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Old 11-27-2015, 04:55 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon tours

My wife and I are new. Just purchased a 2011 Tiffin 34TGA 3 months ago. We are planning on making our first trip in March/April, 2016, including a visit to the Grand Canyon. We have a couple short tours booked at the South Rim (Sunset Tour and Hermits Rest Tour). There is another tour to the bottom of the canyon in a van. They pick you up in Williams. It's an all-day event and fairly expensive (over $500). Has anyone taken this tour to the canyon floor, and if so, was it worth the money? Thanks.

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I don't know about the bottom of the canyon tour but it must be outside the National Park Boundaries.

Be sure to consider the Grand Canyon Railway, the vista dome cars are great. The Grand Canyon Railway RV park is nice, but you do have several trains passing thru Williams at night but it was not too bad with the RV windows shut.

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Old 11-28-2015, 03:01 PM   #3
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A tour to the bottom is most likely given by the Indian tribe on their land. There's no way to drive to the bottom within the national park. I wouldn't pay that amount for the tour.

I'm wondering about the cost of your other tours. The free shuttle within the park can take you to Hermit's Rest and you can stay as long as you want and then take the free shuttle back. The same with the sunsets. They happen every night so you could easily do it on your own. Not sure what you're paying for.

Where are you staying?

The best place would be to stay IN the national park itself at Trailer Village which has full hookups. It's very close to the Rim - a short walk. The free shuttle also stops at the RV park and you can get on and office all day long. It's an excellent way to visit the different areas. There are also many ranger programs given day and night - a great way to learn about the park.

If you stay in Williams and take the train to the national park, you will only get to stay in the park a few hours. That's definitely not enough to visit a national park. Best to stay IN the park itself for the best experience. It's a long ride through sagebrush country by train.
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check out the helicopter tours. you will see a lot more of the canyon also the plane tours out of vegas are well worth while
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Thanks for the info. I think we will pass on this particular tour.
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Grand Canyon Trailer Village in the Park is great. You pick up the Park shuttle at their main gate and go wherever - including Hermit's Nest. All of this is included in the park entry price. Once you get the shuttles figured out, it's super simple. When you get to a view point, off, do your sightseeing for as long as you want, then get on another bus going the same way. The tours may be great but they do tend to 'push' you to move on from what I could see - they have a schedule to keep. Also, if you are lucky while in Trailer Village, you will have an elk or three wander by, grazing their way through. The park fills often as it is fairly inexpensive, is centered well in the park and is relatively easy walking to some areas if you choose instead of taking the shuttle. Also, a Golden Age pass (or whatever the NPS is offering now) takes the pain out of entrance fees which will be going up in 2016.

Our site at Trailer Village from our visit in September this year:

A 'visitor' just behind us - one of three that were there:

The shuttle from Trailer Village:


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