Camp at King's Bottom

Added by Marley Arango

Kane Creek offers a number of camp sites all throughout the canyon and is an excellent option for car camping as each site includes a fire pit and a picnic table. King's Bottom campground is about a mile from the canyon entrance, making it super accessible for day trips to the various national parks. Almost all of the sites border the river with scenic red cliffs on either side.

Kane Creek is a massive canyon, with the Colorado river at it's feet and red cliffs towering on either side. There are numerous trail heads and campgrounds the farther you explore into the canyon. However, these sites fill up fast. The canyon restricts camping to only designated sites, capping the number of campers allowed. This means if you arrive too late on a Saturday afternoon, it's likely you won't find an open site in the canyon. There's a good mix of reserved sites and walk-up campsites, but if you have the opportunity to reserve a site ahead of time I would recommend doing so. 

Within one mile of the canyon entrance is the campground King's Bottom. Situated between the road and the river, some of the sites are exposed to cars passing by while others are much more private and secluded. Each campsite has a soft sand bed, which makes for comfortable sleeping each night. The bathrooms were maintained decently well, and for the more secluded spots, the parking was very accessible. 

Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cost $15/night. Eleven of the sites are walk-in only tent sites, and are the more secluded spots. Make sure to do a bit of wandering around to ensure you've seen all the options- the site manager told me they just added a few new spots along the river. 

Camping here in late March was an ideal temperature, 60's in the day and 40's in the night. It sprinkled both nights but never in the day. On Saturday evening after driving the canyon's length, we discovered that each and every site (there's at least 100+ sites in the entire canyon) was taken for the weekend. So get there early for the best spot! Here's the link for specific campground information: 

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Short Distance Carry In Car Camping

Smaller campground with walk in spots that are separated enough to have some privacy due to the bushes, trees and vegetation around the site. Soft loose dirt at the sites are comfortable to sleep on but is very dusty. Nice metal picnic tables at all sites with fire pit rings. The bathroom is just an out house style plastic seat over a hole so no running water. There is no trash collection or water so pack in and pack out everything. It is on the Colorado River and surrounded by canyon walls which makes for good shade during the mornings and evenings. More like car camping off the beaten path but you still have to carry everything 20-100 yards depending on which site. I believe there were a dozen sites.

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