Tuweep, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Best For: Getting away from it all
The Campground: It’s no new revelation that the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is far more low-key than the South Rim with all of its development and crowds. The good news is, that dynamic won’t change that much because the North Rim is so remote: It’s a 212-mile drive to the visitors center from the South Rim (or a 24-mile, 10,500-vertical-foot hike). Tuweep is even more remote than that. The nine-site campground requires drives of 61, 56, or 91 miles down dirt roads that require high-clearance vehicles and can be impassible in mud. Plus, the Park Service makes clear that this campground has “no water, gas, food, lodging, or phone.” But if that kind of isolation is what you want, you’ll be in the right place.
What's Out Your Door: The views from the campground itself are stunning enough, but drive out to the Toroweap Overlook, where the cliff edge drops 3,000 feet straight down to the Colorado River, and wander along the six-mile round-trip loop of the Tuckup Trail, which skirts the rim deep in the park’s backcountry.
Book It: Camping is by permit only (submit a permit request up to four months in advance), and campers must arrive before sunset.