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“A tranquil microcosm”
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Indian Garden
Reviewed 15 April 2012

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.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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10  Thank Esty666
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Two couples (sisters and their husbands) on a rim to rim hike from North rim to the South rim. On our third day of hiking, we travelled from Bright Angel Campground to Indian Gardens. After arriving in Indian Gardens, we set up camp leaving the backpacks in camp and took a side trip to Plateau Point - great views and we even had cell reception there. Well worth the hike! There is a drinking water fountain there - go figure. The water was hot, but after we let it run a few minutes, it cooled down. There was a rattlesnake in camp which was the excitement. We attended a ranger talk on the Kolb Brothers (photographers). The ranger, Emily, was excellent and answered all our questions.
This was probably the nicest campground of the three (Cottonwood, Bright Angel, and Indian Garden) because each site had a covered shelter which worked for shade as well as rain protection (if needed). No flush toilets like Bright Angel, but there was plenty of vegetation and a nice little natural pool to cool off in.
We look forward to returning to this campground in the future.

Room Tip: First come, first served. Also, there are day hikers that may be using the sites as they rest - ask...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank EmTeeNesters
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Reviewed 7 August 2009

The Indian Garden campground was second on our list of stops for our trip. Most people refer to it as an oasis and I would definitely agree. It appeared to be larger then Bright Angel campground, with more open space, vegetation and shade. The camp area wasn’t secluded at all but it did have a table with a shelter over it. It doesn’t have the restroom facility like the other campground but more like wooden large porter potties. Sounds yucky but it is maintained and kept clean. To be honest, it beats digging a hole and using the rest room outside where other creatures are. But this area does have drinking water, which is always needed and a delight.
One thing that I did not like about this area, were the squirrels. I have never in my life every came in contact or even seen and animal so aggressive. The squirrels are all over the place and the main objective is to get your food. They would literally walk up to you and try to get whatever you got. The problem with this is, for one, you are not supposed to feed the animals and secondly, you are not and don’t want to harm the animals. So what are you to do to get them to leave you alone? The one thing you do is put all your food away as soon as you get there. If you must eat, don’t eat for enjoyment, eat for survival because once they get a whiff of your food, they are in your face. I found that once I put my food in the container, immediately they went away. Another thing that they have there are little lizards which were not a bother at all. They just roamed around and did whatever lizards do.
The best part of this area is the little pool that was made for people to wade in and cool off. My husband had the pleasure of sitting around talking to people from all over the world. England, Australia, Canada, France, you name it. Everyone was so nice and so friendly and happy. People shared their experiences thus far and different events along the way. There were people there with intension on camping out for the night but there were a few day hikers there as well. One particular day hiker had hiked to the bottom and came back up to the garden to rest. He looked tired but was in good sprits considering what he was trying to do (hike the canyon in a day).
All in all, the area is beautiful and great place to camp if you want to be adventurous and leave the rim.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2009

We also booked our one night stay as early as it was possible.
The campsite is set out in separate areasof different sizes for for each camping group. Each site has its own covered table and pole for hanging rucksacks. You are provided with large metal containers in which to store food. There are a couple of double toilet blocks - earth pit and a bit gross, and water taps.
The setting is lovely and it gets shade relatively early in the afternoon.
The walk to plateau point has to be done, and the bullfrogs (?), made the MOST amazing noise. Our only regret is that we did not set off as early as we should have to enjoy the peace there more. It is VERY dark at night and the stars are fantastic.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 February 2007

We requested our stay at Indian Garden in April just as soon as it was possible to do so (For a labor day weekend stay). We faxed in the days we wanted and waited impatiently for the permits to come, and were thrilled when they did. We stayed here as part of a three day trip to the river and back. We headed down South Kaibab trail and camped at Bright Angel Campground. The next day we headed up. When we got to Indian Gardens they said it had reached 120 degrees at the river bottom that day. However Indian Garden is about 2000 ft higher and much cooler.

This is a beautiful oasis in an otherwise fairly barren brown landscape. The trail follows the stream for awhile before arriving at the oasis. There is a ranger station, a campground, several restrooms, a picnic area, water pipes (which is where most everyone congregated), benches and fences to sit on, and trees, glorious trees for shade. Many people hike to Indian Garden as a day hike before heading back up so it was actually very crowded in the common area when we arrived. Campspots are first come first served and are not too private especially from nearby campers. We set up camp and then went various ways. Some headed out to Plateau Point, some napped.

In the late afternoon when the day people had left it was a quiet and peaceful sanctuary. I am hoping to get there again one day.

Stayed: September 2003
17  Thank Kbecjeans
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Address: 4 1/2 miles down Bright Angel Trail going towards Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Region: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
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Ranked #10 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 15
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Indian Garden Hotel Grand Canyon National Park

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