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Old 03-07-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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We are trying to plan a trip to the Grand Canyon. I am pretty familiar with Arizona and the weather but would like some input on what month to go
and an rv park to stay nearby. This time of year the cg's will be full of
snowbirds and could be difficult? North or south rim? Any input would be appreciated. We will be towing a toad.

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Old 03-08-2012, 05:27 AM   #2
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We have been to the Grand Canyon in May a couple of times. The weather is plenty warm, but the huge summer crowds have not yet arrived. We were able to get reservations right in the park at Trailer Village only a few months in advance. I highly recommend staying in the park if you can. Trailer Village is only a few minutes from the rim.

We have been to both the north and south rims. The north rim is less crowded, and many of the formations are closer to the north rim. However, we like the south rim better because we think the lighting for viewing the canyon is better with the sun at your back as you look north.

I don't think anywhere near the GC is snowbird country - too high an elevation, and therefore too cold. The AZ snowbirds are quite a bit farther south in Phoenix, Yuma and Tucson.

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We went to the CG in July. Don't know if it's the same as Yellowstone, but we reserved Yellowstone in May and that was for the 21st ( the day they opened). There was ice on the road going up so they kept us at the gate for 2 hours. I don't know what day they open, however I agree you won't run into snow birds. Snow maybe, but no birds.

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If the park is full Williams Ariz. is a nice place to stay. Grand Canyon Railway has a new & very nice RV park.
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Thanks for the replies. will look further on this site.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:45 AM   #7
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We went to both rims in late Sept. The weather was great. We stayed at Williams to see the south rim. It is only a drive of about 50 miles from Williams to the rim. From Williams it is a short drive to Sedona. Sedona is a don't miss.
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We have been there both in May and mid September when the crowds have died down. It's still busy but as bad as peak season. As far as campgrounds I would google campgrounds in and around the canyon. The park campgrounds are pretty tight for manuevering with limited ammentities. Never been to the North side yet but that's in the plans for the next time out.
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We have stayed on both sides of the Canyon. Dry camping the north side. The north is a much higher elevation than the south rim. There is a government campground on the south rim and as mentioned Williams is a good choice. Williams has RV parks & restaurants if you need those. One of the RV parks in Williams is tied in with the train that goes to the canyon and there is/was a significant discount in the RV park if you also buy the train ride. Which was fun but may not allow sufficient time to really explore the south rim area.
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We have stayed at Circle of Pines KOA in Williams a few times and find it lovely. Previously we would stay at GC KOA just to the north, but it was distroyed in a fire some years ago. We find Williams to be a good base camp, about 45 minutes from the South rim, 15 min from Flagstaff, close to Sedona, nice for a trip to the crator and volcanic area. Circle of Pines is far enough off the freeway to be quiet yet close enough for easy access. Lots of trees and large spots. We stayed close to the rim our first trip, many years ago, in the town just outside the park. The helicopter noise was unbelievable and the traffic was extreme. Next trip, probably next year when the grandkids will appreciate it, will be back to the KOA.
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the road to the north rim does not open till may 15th weather permitting.
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With our 40' motorhome we stayed at DeMotte national forest campground for the North Rim. It's just outside the park entrance. Sept/October is beautiful there. There's also a lot of boondocking near DeMotte campground with very easy access. We like the North Rim because it's a lot less hectic and more relaxing. There are some nice trails.

For the South Rim we've gone in February, March and May and have stayed at Ten-X national forest campground just outside the South Rim entrance and Desert View campground within the park at the east entrance. If you need hookups Trailer Village within the South Rim area is your best bet. Williams is too far away and if you take the train from Williams you only have a few hours in the park before returning. If you're there to see the Grand Canyon, we would recommend you stay IN the park for the best experience. We would also recommend you walk down Bright Angel Trail, if only for a very short distance. You will get a great perspective of the canyon. If you stay in the park they have a great shuttle service to all the view points. You just get on and off wherever you want. Have a great trip.

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