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Easy Epics: 17 Drive-up Campsites a Backpacker Will Love

Combine the best of car camping (spacious tents, comfy chairs, frosty margaritas!) and the best of backpacking (deep solitude, outrageous scenery, swimming holes!) with these 17 accessible hideaways.

Grand Canyon National Park
Crazy Jug Point

Head to the North Rim for this cliff-edge site.

Crazy Jug Point offers lip-of-the-canyon carside camping that blows away the notion that Grand Canyon grandeur comes with a crowd. Crazy Jug and nearby (and nearly as sweet) Timp Point are located on a sliver of ponderosa- and piñon-covered rim managed by Kaibab National Forest, which allows dispersed camping. Both lie at least 27 miles down a series of smooth dirt roads. Crazy Jug is the better choice: From camp, you can see the Colorado River coming out from behind the Powell Plateau, wrapping around Great Thumb Mesa, and winding far downstream. Plus, the Bill Hall Trail starts less than a mile west from camp. Dayhike plan: Descend Bill Hall two miles to the broad Esplanade 1,800 feet below. You can hear the roar of Thunder River, a gusher that bursts from the canyon wall, and see volcanic Mt. Trumbull and the rest of the Uinkaret Mountains rise to the west.

Get there
From the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center on AZ 67, head south 26.5 miles to FR 22. Turn right and go 10.5 miles to FR 206; turn left and drive one mile to FR 425. Take it to its end.
UTM 12S 0374174E 4032247N
Map Earthwalk Press Grand Canyon National Park ($10, boredfeet.com)
Contact fs.usda.gov/kaibab; (928) 643-7395

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