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Old 11-03-2006, 12:59 PM   #1
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We would like to visit the Grand Canyon next year. We are retired and have some flexability on when to go and could use some advise:

1) Should we visit the North or South rim.

2) Best time to go - least amount of traffic/people.

3) Recommended campgrounds and towns to visit.

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Old 11-03-2006, 12:59 PM   #2
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We would like to visit the Grand Canyon next year. We are retired and have some flexability on when to go and could use some advise:

1) Should we visit the North or South rim.

2) Best time to go - least amount of traffic/people.

3) Recommended campgrounds and towns to visit.

Thanks
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Old 11-03-2006, 03:56 PM   #3
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South Rim is the most visited. NOrth rim is more "wilderness". We were there in June of '05 and it wasn't too crowded. There is a nice campground right within the park on south rim. They run a shuttle bus from the campground to the rim and you can change to other buses going out along the rim with regular stops where you can get off and look around or stay with the bus. If you want to stay longer than the bu s stops you can catch the next bus that comes along. Towns along the rim I can't give you any advice on. We s tayed in the park while there. Enjoy!!!
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Old 11-03-2006, 08:13 PM   #4
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We visited there last month, but instead of staying at the canyon, we stayed at Williams and took the Grand Canyon Railway to the canyon. It was a lot of fun and highly recommended.
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Old 11-03-2006, 09:29 PM   #5
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We stayed at Trailer Village inside the park (south rim) a few years ago. This CG had full hook-ups and the shuttle bus. I believe there is another CG inside the park, also at the south rim, called Mather, but it does not have hook-ups. We were there in early Oct. and the nights were cool and the days very pleasant and not too crowded.
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We went for our first time this past September...was there in third week of Sept. Visited South Rim, no crowds to speak of, weather was beautiful. We stayed in Flagstaff at J & H RV park on 89 just north of town and made the day trip to the canyon. We talked to other RVr's who had stayed in Williams and did the train trip into the South Rim...they said it was nice.

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Old 11-07-2006, 08:23 AM   #7
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We have visited both North and South Rims and like the North Rim best. During the summer the North Rim has fewer people, more shade, cooler temps. Views at the South Rim might be alittle better (you are physically closer to the river) but both are memorable (especially if you catch a day with low haze). We are going back to the N. rim in late May and then on to Zion, Bryce and Capital Reef NP's. All three of these NP's are actually more interesting and scenic than the Grand Canyon. If you have questions let me know.
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Old 12-01-2006, 11:31 AM   #8
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My wife and I spend several days tent camping on the South Rim several years ago (Mather Campground). A moose wandered through the site one day. We went during late May, so the crowds weren't bad (school was still in session). Days were warm, but nights got into the high 30's.

Shuttle busses can take you anywhere in the park you need to go, even along the rim itself (got off where you want to explore, then catch the next bus to go to the next stop).

If you're able, I have to recommend the mule ride into the canyon (South Rim). They have a one day trip (maybe 4-6 hours) to Plateau Point and an overnight trip to the bottom (Phantom Ranch). We took the one day ride, and it was without a doubt the highlight of our 2 week trip.

You need to make reservations for them mules at least 6 months in advance, and must weigh less that 200 lbs (yes, they do put you on a scale!). It's safe, and they regularly take kids as young as 12. Here's the websites: http://www.nps.gov/archive/grca/gran...h-rim/mule.htm

http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/Gen...ation-717.html

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Old 12-07-2006, 01:23 PM   #9
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I agree with richf, the north rim is more wilderness, beautiful views and Zion and Bryce are natural stops on the way there or on the way back. We were there in Oct 05 and unfortunately couldnt stay at the Canyon because my wife cant take the elevation (hence also couldnt stay in Bryce)

Either way, you will love it. Let us know how your trip went!

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Was at the south rim April 29, 07 Weather was nice elk was in the camp and deer. Was at trailer village had reservation for three days. They were turning people away Sat. and Sunday night.
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