Grand Canyon North Rim, Arizona
Less than a half-hour drive from the national park entrance on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon lies our secluded tented camp. Mirroring the concept of a mobile African safari, our camp brings this classic outdoor experience to the American West. Traditional canvas tents accommodate a small group of no more than 14 guests. An open-sided lounge tent provides a gathering space, with comfortable chairs for relaxing. This is also where a high-powered telescope is situated for shared use after dark—we’ll be camping beneath some of the darkest, starriest skies in the U.S.
While our accommodations are not luxurious, they offer full-service, classic tented camping at its finest. You’ll be able to stand up inside your 10-foot by 14-foot tent, which has two double-door openings, one on either side. You’ll enjoy an excellent night’s sleep on real beds with full linens, including down comforters and warm blankets. While there is no heat, air conditioning or fans, our high-altitude location usually means a comfortable daytime environment, while cool nights, sometimes down into the upper 40s, are made cozy with plenty of bedding. Private hot showers are available in camp, along with ecologically sensitive soap, shampoo and conditioner. Each morning, warm water for freshening up is placed in a basin on a stand just outside your tent, with washcloths provided. Each tent has its own private, enclosed toilet set up nearby.
The camp chef creates memorable meals accompanied with fine wines and served al fresco at an awning-covered table dressed with tablecloths, cloth napkins, glass dinnerware and silverware. In inclement weather, the dining table can be moved inside an enclosure. After dark, we are generally able to enjoy a crackling campfire under the stars, and guests will wake to a warming fire in the morning. Depending on weather conditions at any time, however, park officials can prohibit open fires, and we must abide by those regulations.
In keeping with the totally secluded nature of our accommodations, there is no cellular reception or electricity at camp, although there is a charging station available during the day for cameras, iPads and other small electronic devices. We encourage guests to embrace the chance to disconnect from the outside world and enjoy a quieter pace, serene setting and total immersion in nature. (A satellite phone is available for guides’ use in emergencies, however.)