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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAMPGROUND PHASED REOPENING

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So what does "Campground Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Desert View Campground is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas and facilities are closed. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has detailed information about the status of this campground. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas. The Navajo Nation currently has restrictions in place. The below source link also has detailed information and links to find more information about the tribal lands.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Desert View Campground is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Desert View Campground is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service and the local community for more detailed information.

Local Travel Restrictions and/or Quarantine Required

Desert View Campground currently has travel restrictions, usually set by state and local communities, that usually do not allow or require people traveling to the area to quarantine for 14-days before doing anything in the state or area. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings of certain sizes. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service and the local community for more detailed information.

Visitors Centers, Stores and/or Other Facilities Closed

Desert View Campground currently has visitors centers, stores, or other facilities closed due to Covid-19. It is highly suggested that you bring all the supplies you may need in case a store is closed or shopping is limited due to local communities or the park. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: September 14, 2021
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Desert View Campground Overview

Located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park at an Altitude of 7,463 ft/ 2,275 m., Desert View Campground is located 23 miles (37 km) to the east of Grand Canyon Village. The Desert View area offers a peaceful setting. There are 50 campsites. Most sites are sized to accommodate tents or smaller RV’s, or vehicles with travel trailers (30 ft. total length). Vehicles over 29' in total length may not be able to negotiate turns without damaging resourses and/or vehicle/trailer.

Campsites will be available by reservation at www.recreation.gov. The campground will be open April 29, through October 17, 2021. Reservations can be made online or by phone (877-444-6777) beginning April 21. 

Due to high demand, Desert View Campground requires advanced reservations during its opening: April- October. You may book reservations up to 6 months in advance. Desert View Campground does not hold back any campsites for first-come, first-served camping during peak season and does not have a wait list or call back system.  

Same Day Reservations can be made online (www.recreation.gov) or by phone (877-444-6777).

Recreation

•Wildlife Viewing

•Camping

•Biking

•Photography

•Ranger Station

•Star Gazing

Facilities
  • There are a total of 50 campsites in the Desert View Campground.
  • Most sites are sized to accommodate tents or smaller RV's or Travel Trailers.
  • Sites can not accommodate large RV's or Travel Trailers (30 ft. maximum length - Front bumper to rear bumper).
  • Limit of six persons; two tents; two-vehicles or one RV/Travel Trailer per site.
  • There are no Group Sites. Affiliated Groups cannot break up into separate sites. Examples of Affiliated Group: clubs, Scouts, organizations, group of friends, large family gatherings.
  • All campsites are dry sites. No utility, water, or sewer hook-ups are available.
  • Each site does have a campfire grill for fires and cooking use and a picnic table.
  • There are two water faucets located within the campground.
  • There are men's, women's, and ADA accessible restrooms in the campground.
  • The restrooms have flushing toilets and sinks (no hot water).
  • No showers, laundromat, or dump station at the Desert View Campground.
  • The nearest showers, laundromat, and dump station are at: Mather Campground, in Grand Canyon Village, 26 miles/42 km west of Desert View. Note: Mather Campground showers, and laundromat are CLOSED AT THIS TIME due to Covid-19.
  • A General Store and a Gas Station are in the Desert View area; with limited groceries and firewood.
Natural Features

Desert View Campground lies beneath a mixture of Pinyon and Juniper trees, providing most campsites with ample shade. The campground is less than 1/2 mile from the rim of the canyon. A visit to the canyon during sunrise and sunset yields spectacular views of yellow, orange, red and violet hues in the canyon walls. Layers of rock display billions of years of geologic history. Campers can take a short from the campground to the historic Desert View Watchtower. Visitors can see the mighty Colorado River, which flows 277 miles through the bottom of the canyon. Wildlife abounds on the South Rim, including elk, mule deer, coyotes, lizards, songbirds and the endangered California condor. Although condors nest below the rim, they can be seen soaring several thousand feet above the canyon in search for carrion.

Nearby Attractions

• Desert View provides one of the widest views of Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert. The Desert View Watchtower displays the talent of architect Mary Jane Colter. Tusayan Ruin and Museum provide glimpses into the life of a small Ancestral Puebloan village 800 years ago. Both are within 5 miles from the campground. 

Charges & Cancellations

Reservation adjustments are made online through www.recreation.gov. or by phone (877)444-6777.  

Directions to Campground

The Desert View Campground is located in the Desert View Area; 23 miles (37 km) to the east of Grand Canyon Village and 28 miles west of Cameron; near the Desert View Gas Station.

This page includes information about Desert View Campground in Grand Canyon National Park | Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 277 miles (446 km) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. The park is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon; a mile (1.6 km) deep, and up to 18 miles (29 km) wide. Layered bands of colorful rock reveal millions of years of geologic history. Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers visitors from the rim. | Arizona | https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm