Indian Gardens is a lush green oasis sitting at the bottom of the side arm of the Canyon down which the Bright Angel trail wends its way in tight serpentines on its way to the river. As the ground levels off more and more and the canyon opens up ever more to your left and right, with the Tonto Plateau now stretching ahead of you, you come to Indian Gardens. Looking down from the rim close to the rim lodges, you can see Indian Gardens as the verdant green ribbon in a more arid and rocky surrounding, making a great destination in its own right. Whereas it makes for a perfect stop for hikers on the way down to the river and Phantom Ranch, it'll also make a perfect day-hike for expereinced hikers. You can even go to Indian gardens and then on a bit to Plateau Point, which is a sensational overlook, with the river roaring below you.
Indian Gardens offers benches and tables at various camping sites in the shade of the portly trees - it also offers restrooms (well, not the ones that flush, more basic, bust still) and, last but not least, water.
if you want to camp here overnight you need a permit and a reservation. But anybody is welcome during the day.
The camp sites have shelters against the sun or - depending on the season - rain. There's running water and a tiny pond, making this an idyllic spot to rest weary limbs. There are also rangers there in case you need help or have a question.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offers 15 campsites. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Indian Garden Hotel Grand Canyon National Park