Saddle Mountain Overlook, Grand Canyon NP

North Kaibab Ranger District

Kaibab National Forest

Free Camping Near Grand Canyon National Park

Probably offering the most spectacular views of the North Rim, Saddle Mountain Overlook has only a few previously-used places to camp, although dispersed camping is technically allowed anywhere as long you don't drive beyond 30 feet from the side of a road.


North Kaibab Ranger District

Kaibab National Forest

District Office

Tel: (928) 643-7395


GPS: 36.3031, -111.9948

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: 14 days within 30 day period

Amenities: None

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Camping at Saddle Mountain Overlook

Forest Road 611 from Highway 67 takes you to Forest Road 610, which is what you take rest of the way to Saddle Mountain Overlook. The entire distance is 16.5 miles over a well-packed, but bumpy road that is still suitable for any vehicle. It’s not something for motorhomes or trailers because the bumps will shake just about everything you have inside. It’s better for tent campers or rooftop tents.

Once there, you can take a very short hike to the canyon rim for a gorgeous view. There is also a two-mile hike to Point Imperial for another grand view.

Even though there is a lack of previously-used campsites here, you’ll find yourself not wanting to leave because of the charm of the wilderness and the sense of being miles away from civilization. Make sure to bring plenty of food and water to help you stay up to the 14 day maximum.

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