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Old 09-12-2009, 10:20 AM   #1
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Grand Canyon area - Help!

Again I seek the help of the experienced. We will
be traveling west on I 40 into the Grand Canyon area. There seem to be several entrances, a little confusing. I was hoping for a hub where we could park the MH and day trip with the car. We will be leaving the kitties in the motorhome on those days. We had wanted to see Sedona, but I believe that would probably be too far away from the Grand Canyon. We might have to stop there seperately or not at all. We only plan to stay a couple of days at the Canyon and then will travel North on Rt 15 to see Zion and Bryce.
We will then be cutting west on Rt 6 through Nevada and into California to see Yosemite off of Rt. 395. Any advise regarding CG in the vacinity of the National Parks mentioned or any suggestions on passing through or staying in Sedona. Any CGs along the route, etc. Your advice is appreciated and you have helped us greatly already on planning this trip. We would be in the Grand Canyon area around the 3rd week in April 2010. Thank you

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Old 09-12-2009, 11:26 AM   #2
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Stay at Trailer Village inside the park at the South Rim. Walking distance to shuttles which take you all around the park.

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Old 09-12-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
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There are several nice campgrounds in Williams. We have stayed at Grand Canyon Railway Park and very nice. Trailer Village is also very nice if you want to drive your RV to the GC. There is parking available for RV's. If you wont be spending the night there is also a huge parking lot at the railroad depot that goes to the canyon. You should be able to park there without any problems. I saw several RV's in the parking lot. From the depot parking lot you would have the option of driving your car to the canyon or taking the train. Taking the train would double your drive time but the train is a great experience but you only have a few hours at the canyon. There is also a kennel adjacent to the train depot if you want to board the kitties. We boarded out 2 dogs and it is a nice facility.
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Ditto on Trailer Village at the South Rim, if you can get in. They are usually booked up during the summer, but you might have better luck now that its past Labor Day. If you can't get into Trailer Village, there is a campground called Camper Village outside the South Entrance in Tusayan. From the South Rim, you can drive about 20 miles to visit Desert View, but the North Rim is quite a long drive and you would be better off making that a trip of its own. The South Rim is the most popular (and most crowded) area of the Grand Canyon.
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G'morning from the prairies of South Dakota. Thought I'd offer what I can about visiting the Grand Canyon.

Wife and I agree with suggestions above, although we'd pretty strongly recommend staying down in Williams at the Railway Depot RV Park....if you'll have a toad. We also have kitties (3 of em) and found that by parking in Williams, and driving up to the Grand Canyon for the day was superior to taking the train ride...which we did also. Trouble with the train is that you have a very limited amt. of time at the Canyon and the trip wasn't that spectacular while touring w. your toad gives you a big advantage by allowing you to tour at your leisure along the S. rim stopping at various overlooks. The drive up to the Canyon is short and you can poke around as you'd like.....ALSO...... staying in Williams allows you to take another day trip East toward Flagstaff then S. on I-17 and immediately (or shortly) right onto the road down to Sedona called Oak Creek Canyon Drive....a VERY enjoyable and scenic route and all this is easily done from Williams. This way ya can do BOTH the Grand Canyon AND Sedona w/o having to relocate your RV....very convenient!! Just a thought. Steve & Lynette
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Old 09-13-2009, 07:33 AM   #6
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Having been there earlier this year we stayed in the park at the Trailer Village and loved it. However we stayed for 5 days.
For only two days we would seriously suggest staying in Williams or Flagstaff. Lots of RV parks available at either. The reason we mention Flagstaff is the "Canyon" road to Sedona starts there and to us it would be a "toss up" if we were required to choose only one destination. You've GOT to do the canyon road.
The entry fee to GC includes using the busses all day and was much easier than driving ourselves. In fact, busses are allowed several places that autos are not and it's a looong walk to the west end from the last auto parking lot.
If Flagstaff is chosen, take Hwy.180 northwest out of town to Hwy.64 and into the parks south entrance. 180 was scenic and very little traffic.
Should you decide to forego Sedona, stay in the park! Williams was interesting but with only 2 days, lots of driving.

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