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Old 03-24-2014, 07:15 AM   #1
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Question Boondocking near YellowStone & Gran Canyon

Are there areas that we can just park, I have solar so can stay off grid for a week or ten days.

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Check with the Ranger Station at Kaibab AZ dispersed camping is allowed in the National Forest on the North Rim. I would start by staying at the Forest Service Demotte CG and use your toad to check things out with a bigger rig it may be difficult, we managed to do it with a 26'TT. Caution you will be at 8500 feet take it easy if you have health problems.
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There are beautiful spots around the North Rim. Just south of Demotte national forest campground take the gravel road west and you'll have no problem finding nice spots. There are also spots across the way heading east in the same area. Also areas closer to Jacob Lake. You'll just have to explore.

Yellowstone has many, many national forest campgrounds just outside the park in all directions. If you have a Golden Age Passport they will be 1/2 price. Not too many totally boondocking spots that close to Yellowstone.
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There are some great places on the North Rim where you can park your rig right on the edge. No amenities and dusty roads, but great places. Here are three:

36.303029 -111.994575
Saddle Mountain Overlook - USFS
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Crazy Jug Point - USFS
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Indian Hollow - USFS
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Well I'll make reservations for a CG for a few days to get water do the tanks, but in between now I have some time to be off the grid,

Please keep the suggestions coming

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Get the Motor Vehicle Use Map for the National Forests surrounding those destinations. Most show roads that access dispersed camping areas and designate the distance from the road you can camp. You can find likely areas and then use Google Map satellite view to look closer at the site to see if there is evidence of camping use.

USDA Forest Service - Caring for the land and serving people.

BLM land is another possibility, http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/hassa...ld_office.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/arizona_strip_field.html http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fo/grand...parashant.html
"The Grand Canyon's South Rim is extremely busy, and competition for campsites is fierce during summer months. However, on the North Rim between the Grand Canyon and the Utah border, adventurous campers who are willing to go off the beaten path onto BLM-managed lands will be rewarded with uncongested free camping areas and solitude. Near Colorado City, the Mount Logan Wilderness area offers 14,650 acres of camping in forested woodlands with habitat for deer, turkey and squirrels. Another long-term camping area near the Grand Canyon is the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, a high plateau that forms the watershed for the Colorado River. Native American ruins, hunting and wildlife watching provide endless options for outdoor recreation." Rene Agredano, Demand Media

"Set camp anywhere in a cleared or designated Bureau of Land Management (BLM) area around the Yellowstone Park boundary. BLM lands are clearly posted and some may require a fee if the campgrounds are considered developed; other park-and-camp areas may not require a fee. Most BLM areas will not have an attendant and fees--if required--are paid through the honor box system. The fee is dropped in a designated box and the responsibility for paying the fee is up to the camper." Jeremiah Blanchard, eHow

http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Cody.html
http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Pinedale.html
http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/billi...ld_office.html
http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/butte_field_office.html
http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/dillon_field_office.html
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South rim - turn right 50 yards past the southern roundabout at Tusyan on to forest road, drive 1/4 mile and then boondock anywhere from there on. Good road in. Observe requirements for sticking to made roads and tracks and not going off-road more than 30'

Same goes for almost any forest road
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Is that road marked at all?

Can you give us an idea of the typography?
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I much prefer the north rim over the south rim. Far fewer crowds, even during peak season, and absolutely stunning scenery! There are many forest service roads for boon docking, and several established CGs as well. Be forewarned, mule deer are rampant in the area and it's not uncommon to cross a herd of 20 or 30 deer in the middle of the highway at dusk! During our last trip to the area, we had to slow to a crawl every mile or so to avoid a deer. We were traveling during and shortly after sunset. The road is best traveled before sundown.
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Is that road marked at all?

Can you give us an idea of the typography?
If you click on the travel map link in my signature and move the map to find the grand canyon and zoom into tracking point 1628 (a yellow numbered marker) just south of the west entranc, eyou can then zoom in as much as you like.

There is a sign 1/4 mile off the main road and you can park overnight after the sign as long as you don't go bush bashing.

Just opposite where we parked is a large gravelled area close to the road.
No traffic on the road, but the helicopters get a bit annoying if there are lots of flights.

Pretty much the same goes for any forestry road unless signed otherwise and there are several such roads just a few miles further south.

Our campsites just before and after (1648) and (1598) are also off forest roads and were very quiet locations - well apart from a particularly vociferous pack of Coyotes at 1648

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I much prefer the north rim over the south rim.
I probably would have too, but it doesn't open for another month, and it is a long way in for those with limited time.
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