Campground Review: Trailer Village RV Park, Grand Canyon National Park

Campground Review Summary

  • Name: Trailer Village RV Park
  • Dates of stay: April 15-21, 2021
  • Location: Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim
  • Type of campground: National Park (run by private concession)
  • Cost: $65/night
  • Additional fees: none
  • Stay limit: unknown
  • Accepts mail / packages: did not ask
  • Cell reception: none
  • Website: https://www.visitgrandcanyon.com/trailer-village-rv-park
  • Pros: You’re in the National Park!
  • Cons: pay showers, sloped sites

Full Review

The Grand Canyon South Rim complex includes two campgrounds: Mather Campground and Trailer Village. Mather Campground has no RV hookups and is operated by the National Park Service. Trailer Village offers full hookup sites and is operated by Delaware Parks and Resorts, an authorized concessionaire. This is the first time we have ever been able to camp within a national park! Normally, we’re too big to get in anywhere. But Trailer Village offers big-rig capable sites AND full hookups to boot!

We had seen some worrisome reviews claiming that navigating big rigs into the campground would be problematic (low hanging branches, etc), but we had no problems whatsoever. Our angled pull-through site was paved and more than long enough for the bus. (We had parking room for the truck next to the motorhome) The full hookup utilities (50/30 amp electric, water, sewer) worked flawlessly. We even had cable TV! Our site was open and satellite friendly, so no issues with our DirectTV.

We had essentially zero AT&T cell service, though. Our WeBoost antenna managed to pull in a slow data trickle, enough to receive texts, but not send a text back or make a phone call. For cell service, you have to drive over to the Village area or the Visitor Center. There, we had 4 bars of service.

Just a couple of potential negatives to note. Our site was fairly level front to back, but was sloped to the left. We were able to manually adjust to an acceptable degree, but could not completely get to level. The other item to note is there are no showers within the campground, at all. There are restrooms — old school, but clean and serviceable. For showers, there is a camper services building located between the two campgrounds. That building was closed completely during our stay due to Covid, but normally showers are available ($2.50 for 5 minutes) as well as coin laundry facilities. Since we had full hookups, it was no problem to simply use our own shower and laundry equipment. In normal times, shuttle buses can take you directly from the campground all around the South Rim complex, but most routes were not running during our stay.

But these are minor inconveniences. From the campground, you can hop on paved trails and walk or bike one short mile to the Visitor Center and the Rim Trail. Elk wandered by our rig, calmly grazing on grasses between campers. Infinite stars shone in the night sky.

Priceless.

Bottom Line: A unicorn! Big rig capable, full hookup campground inside a national park!

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