Outside the Park
North of the national park, the next-closest lodgings are the Kaibab Lodge and the Jacob Lake Inn. You'll also find lots of budget accommodations in Kanab, Utah, 37 miles west of Jacob Lake.
En Route to the Park
If you don't have a reservation at the North Rim's Grand Canyon Lodge, you should call the places recommended here to see if you can get a reservation. If so, you can continue on to the North Rim the next morning. Lodges anywhere near the canyon fill up early in the day if they aren't already fully booked with reservations made months in advance.
Just north of Grand Canyon Lodge, the North Rim Campground (tel. 928/638-7888 or 928/638-7814), with 90 sites and no hookups for RVs, is the only campground at the North Rim. It's open mid-May to mid-October. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service (www.recreation.gov; tel. 877/444-6777 or 518/885-3639). Campsites cost $18 to $25 per night.
There are two nearby campgrounds outside the park in the Kaibab National Forest. The DeMotte Campground (May 15-Nov 1) is the closest to the park entrance, has 38 sites, and charges $17. Jacob Lake Campground (May 15-Oct 1) is 30 miles north of the park entrance, has 51 sites, and also charges $17 per night. Neither campground takes reservations. You can also camp anywhere in the Kaibab National Forest as long as you're more than 200 feet from a main roadway or a quarter-mile from a water source. So if you can't find a site in a campground, simply pull off the highway in the national forest and park your RV or pitch your tent. Contact the North Kaibab Ranger District, 430 S. Main St., Fredonia (tel. 928/643-7395; www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai), for information.
The Kaibab Camper Village (tel. 800/525-0924, 928/643-7804 May 14-Oct 15, or 928/526-0924 other months; www.kaibabcampervillage.com) is a privately owned campground in the crossroads of Jacob Lake, 30 miles north of the park entrance. It's open from mid-May to mid-October and has around 100 sites. Rates are $17 for tent sites, $35 for RV sites with full hookups. Make reservations well in advance.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.