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Campsites in Bright Angel Campground (view N)

Bright Angel Campground

Bright Angel (BA) Campground lies just north of the Colorado River in Bright Angel Canyon. Bright Angel Creek flows down the middle of the canyon, and the campground is stretched out between the west canyon wall and Bright Angel Creek. The other side of the creek is a transportation corridor so mules don't run through the campground.

North Kaibab Trail runs through the middle of the campground, and campsites sit along both sides of the trail. Cottonwood trees provide shade, and riparian vegetation provides privacy between some sites, but campers need to choose between camping by the creek (more scenic) and camping by the cliffs (more private).

Link to map or official NPS website.

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Vegetation shields campsite from traffic on the North Kaibab Trail

The campground is about 0.2 miles long with restrooms (running water and flush toilets) near the middle. At the south end of camp, stone structures that might once have been mule corrals, now serve as covered campsites in the group area. There are about 30 campsites plus 2 group sites, a ranger station, and emergency phone. Phantom Ranch, with so many amenities, is about 0.3 miles north of the campground.

Backpackers reserve a space, but not a specific site, with their overnight permit, so hikers arriving late might find few choices. Each site has a picnic table, a pole for hanging packs off the ground (keeps ground squirrels and ringtails out), and an ammo box or two for storing food and other items that the critters might want to taste.

While camping, the creek is a wonderful place to cool off after the long hike down.

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Bright Angel Campground information sign (view NW)
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Bright Angel Campground information
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Campsite in Bright Angel Campground (view NW)
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Bright Angel Campground Restrooms and drinking water (view N)
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Running water
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Flush toilets
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Campsites in Bright Angel Campground (view N)
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Campsites in Bright Angel Campground (view N)
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Bridge at upper end of Bright Angel Campground (view N)
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Bridge at upper end of Bright Angel Campground (view NE)
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On bridge, looking back down Bright Angel Creek (view S)
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Campsite in Bright Angel Campground (view S)
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Campsite in Bright Angel Campground (view S)
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Canyon Wren visiting the campsite
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Our private cactus garden including Graham's Nipple Cactus
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Rock Squirrels are a food hazard
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Pole rack for hanging packs to keep squirrels out
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Ammo boxes are provided for food storage
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Food storage ammo boxes
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Food storage ammo boxes are good for storing other things too
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Cleaning up campsite before dark (view S)
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Light sunset colors and moon in the evening sky (view S)
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Sunset colors on the South Rim (view S)
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Getting tucked in early
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Hiker in the tent getting ready for bed (view S)
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Dark sky (view S)
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Dark sky with a bit of red-painted tree (view S)
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Mule riders heading out early for the South Rim
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Pack train coming in with supplies for Phantom Ranch

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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