Starting June 1, 2015, the cost recovery charge for overnight backcountry permits will increase for permits with start dates on or after October 1, 2015. The new charge will be $10 per backcountry permit (same as present), plus a nightly charge of $8 per person or stock animal camping below the rim and $8 per group camping above the rim (in designated backcountry camping areas). This increase does not affect camping fees at Mather, Desert View, or the North Rim campgrounds.
Additionally, the Frequent Hiker Membership program will end effective June 1, 2015. As part of terminating this program, all existing members who have not already experienced $25 in savings through their memberships will be provided with hiker credit for the difference (up to $25).
Grand Canyon began charging for overnight backcountry permits in 1997 and last modified backcountry fees in 2000.
For questions about the backcountry permit charge increase and termination of the Frequent Hiker Membership program, contact the Backcountry Information Center at 928-638-7875.