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Indian Garden Campground and Day-Use Area
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Indian Garden Campground
Indian Garden Campground (view S)

Indian Garden Campground

Indian Garden (IG) Campground lies nestled between canyon walls about 4.6 miles and 2/3rds of the way to the bottom of the Grand Canyon along the Bright Angel Trail. Tall cottonwood trees and moderate amounts of shrubby vegetation between campsites provide some privacy. Shrubby vegetation also provides some privacy from hikers and mule trains on the Bright Angel Trail, but hikers might want to choose sites higher on the hillside away from the trail. Backpackers reserve a space, but not a specific site, with their overnight permit, so hikers arriving late might find few choices.

There are about 30 campsites, and each has a covered picnic table, a pole for hanging backpacks out or reach of ground squirrels, and a metal ammo "food storage" boxes or two for storing food and other items that the critters might want to taste. Composting toilets are located at the south and north ends of the campground, and a couple of water faucets are scattered about.

Link to map or official NPS website.

Indian Garden Campground
Indian Garden Campsite on the side of the hill (view S)

A ranger station (with outdoor "self rescue" supplies) and emergency phone is located at the south edge of the campground.

Day hike destinations include Plateau Point with panoramic views of the Colorado River.

When hiking down to the campground, hikers see the ranger station and then arrive at a trail junction to the left that leads into the camp area. A few yards down this trail, hikers find another trail junction. To the left, a short trail leads back to the ranger station, straight ahead a short trail leads to the nearby composting toilets, and the right leads down into the campground.

When hiking up to the campground, hikers pass the day-use area and then arrive at a trail junction to the right that leads into the camp area. A few 10s of yards up this trail, hikers arrive in the lower end of the campground. A composting toilet sits on the hillside to the right and the camps are spread out ahead on both sides of the campground trail.

Indian Garden Campground Indian Garden is an interesting place with a long history. The area was originally settled by Native Americans who farmed the area. Later, the area was taken over for a tourist camp that was run by an unsavory character. The Park Service took it over, cleaned up the area, and developed a ranger station, trail crew quarters (corrals and bunkhouses), and a campground.

Indian Garden Campground

Indian Garden Campground
Hiker arriving at Welcome to Indian Garden sign (view NW)
Indian Garden Campground
Welcome to Indian Garden sign with area map (view NW)
Indian Garden Campground
Indian Garden Campground area map
Indian Garden Campground
Indian Garden Day-Use area map
Indian Garden Campground
Bright Angel Trail at edge of Indian Garden Area (view N)
Indian Garden Campground
Information sign (view NW)
Indian Garden Campground
Bright Angel Trail at Indian Garden Campground Trail (view N)
Indian Garden Campground
Sign at the trail junction (view N)
Indian Garden Campground
Sign at Ranger Station, Campground, Toilets trail junction (view S)
Indian Garden Campground
Trail into campground runs past southern toilets (view NW)
Indian Garden Campground
Southern toilets (view NW)
Indian Garden Campground
Four seater with water nearby (view NW)
Indian Garden Campground
Indian Garden Campsites (view E)
Indian Garden Campground
Indian Garden Information kiosk (view E)
Indian Garden Campground
Indian Garden Information kiosk and water faucet (view NE)
Indian Garden Campground
Water faucet (view E)
Indian Garden Campground
Water faucet (view SE)
Indian Garden Campground
Another water faucet (view SE)
Indian Garden Campground
Indian Garden Campsite
Indian Garden Campground
Indian Garden Campsites
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Indian Garden Ranger Station

Indian Garden Campground
Near camp south entrance, trail to Ranger Station (view S)
Indian Garden Campground
Sign at trail junction (view S)
Indian Garden Campground
Ranger Station (left) and Ranger Residence (right; view S)
Indian Garden Campground
Ranger Station (view SE)
Indian Garden Campground
Self-Rescue supplies and emergency phone on front porch
Indian Garden Campground
Self-Rescue supplies (food, first aid) in ammo boxes
Indian Garden Campground
NPS helicopter bringing in supplies
Indian Garden Campground
NPS helicopter bringing in supplies

Day-Use Area

Indian Garden
Bright Angel Trail at lower campground trail (view N)
Indian Garden
Complicated trail sign at junction (view N)
Indian Garden
Simple trail sign at junction (view E)
Indian Garden
Hiker passing covered picnic shelter (view N)
Indian Garden Campground
Covered picnic shelter (view S)
Indian Garden Campground
Visitor contact station; amphitheater beyond 2nd building (view SW)
Indian Garden Campground
Visitor contact station open for reading
Indian Garden
Hiker passing day-use toilets (view N)
Indian Garden
Side trail to day-use toilets (view N)
Indian Garden
Hiker approaching main day-use area (view N)
Indian Garden
Hikers resting by water faucet (view E)
Indian Garden
day-use area information kiosk (view E)
Indian Garden Campground
Hopeful monster (Common Raven) looking for a handout
Indian Garden
Directional sign at main day-use area (view N)
Indian Garden
Hiker at Bright Angel -- Plateau Point trail junction (view N)
Indian Garden
Plateau Point Trail (view W)
Indian Garden
Plateau Point Trail sign (view W)
Indian Garden
More directional signs and thermometer (view N)
Indian Garden
Hiker on Bright Angel Trail passing pumphouse (view NE)
Indian Garden
Trans-Canyon Water Pipeline information sign (view NE)
Indian Garden
Hiker on Bright Angel Trail passing last Indian Garden sign (view NE)
Indian Garden
Last Indian Garden sign (view SW)

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