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Old 04-16-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon trailer village

We are going to visit the grand canyon this summer. Is trailer village the best place to stay? Also anyone do the train ride? Is it worth it? We are not much into hiking, so I was thinking this may be a good way to see the canyon. Any helpful advice? Reviews? Tips?

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Did the train ride, it is the high plains.... and the high plains.....
Would not do it again.
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Did the train ride, it is the high plains.... and the high plains.....
Would not do it again.
Thanks! It seemed fairly expensive. Where did you stay?
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We stayed at one of the campground within the park. Pretty tight roads to navigate but the turnouts to the site had some room. What a site at night sitting outside. I have never seen so many stars in my life. Being there was and is a great experience. We've been there probably five times now and every time back all I can say is WOW! Have a great time you won't regret being there.
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Are you traveling with kids? How long are you planning on being at 'the Canyon'? Biking?

My girlfriend and myself went specifically to take the train. We stayed at the Train RV park which is what you'd expect, almost a parking lot. The train ride was a typical tour. Yes, it is high plains and not really too much to see but the tour guide was knowledgeable. Information about the Native People and how they survived. History on the train, as well as, info on the canyon. I would recommend it for kids...

The train ride will take a bit of the day. Leaves you with time for lunch and to walk around the Village at the south rim. You can see it all but just to gain a glimpse of the area.

If you stay at the Canyon, I would recommend the trailer village. It is the closest to the canyon you can get. It's located pretty close to the village, I have never stayed there personally. If you do stay there it would be a breeze to see the south rim, and ride bikes or take a bus tour of the south rim.

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Are you traveling with kids? How long are you planning on being at 'the Canyon'? Biking?

My girlfriend and myself went specifically to take the train. We stayed at the Train RV park which is what you'd expect, almost a parking lot. The train ride was a typical tour. Yes, it is high plains and not really too much to see but the tour guide was knowledgeable. Information about the Native People and how they survived. History on the train, as well as, info on the canyon. I would recommend it for kids...

The train ride will take a bit of the day. Leaves you with time for lunch and to walk around the Village at the south rim. You can see it all but just to gain a glimpse of the area.

If you stay at the Canyon, I would recommend the trailer village. It is the closest to the canyon you can get. It's located pretty close to the village, I have never stayed there personally. If you do stay there it would be a breeze to see the south rim, and ride bikes or take a bus tour of the south rim.

Have a great trip!
Yes 8 and 11. Is the south rim the place to see the canyon?
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We stayed at one of the campground within the park. Pretty tight roads to navigate but the turnouts to the site had some room. What a site at night sitting outside. I have never seen so many stars in my life. Being there was and is a great experience. We've been there probably five times now and every time back all I can say is WOW! Have a great time you won't regret being there.
Where did you stay? This will be our first trip! Will the roads be too hard for first timers?
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We stayed at the Mather campground which is adjacent to Trailer Village. It has no hookups so possibly with the little ones that may not work out so well. Trailer Village has hookups but reservations are strongly suggested. You can go to www.grandcanyonlodges.com for reservations. If you decide to go to Grand Canyon Trailer Village the roads in are decent and you won't have a problem navigating. Mather on the other hand is a little different. You could google Grand Canyon Trailer Village and come up with some sites that have pictures of the campground.

The South side of the park has great viewing points. It is said that the North side has better views but we have never been on that side. Hope this helps a bit and you have a great time.
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We had actually stayed in Thousand Trails Verdi Valley.
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Stay at Trailer Village! You can't imagine how nice the evenings are when all the day trippers are gone. The spaces are large with good roads. Make reservations but if the national reservation system says "it's full" call the RV park direct. During our stay, the national system was "full" but in fact the park was 50% occupied. Front gate to trailer park personnel said "the national system hasen't got a clue!"
We did not visit the north rim - note it has a shorter season and little developement (park or commercial). PS, it's a looong way from anywhere.
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We recently stayed at Trailer Village. It has hookups and is convienent to the tram to take around to the various stops. We didn't have a reservation since it was early April. Little did I realize that it was Spring Break for schools somewhere... We got a spot but I would definitely make reservations on our next trip there.
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We stayed in Trailer Village. Lots of campers but didn't spend alot of time at the RV anyway. We also made the drive from the south rim to the north rim. Beautiful drive and easy walking to see the canyon views. It is a long drive to get to the North rim but it was my favorite.
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We are going to visit the grand canyon this summer. Is trailer village the best place to stay? Also anyone do the train ride? Is it worth it? We are not much into hiking, so I was thinking this may be a good way to see the canyon. Any helpful advice? Reviews? Tips?

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For a first-time visitor, I recommend the South Rim. It is more crowded than the North Rim, but IMO the views of the Canyon are better because the sun is generally to your back.

We did the train ride the first time we went to the Canyon. We stayed in Flagstaff, but there are a couple of campgrounds in Williams including one right at the train station.

The train was expensive, but it was fun, especially for kids. They have a mock train robbery on the way back. You do not see the Canyon from the train. It is only a fun way to get there. The problem we had with the train is it didn't give us enough time at the Canyon. We drove back to the South Rim the next day because we wanted to see more.

We went to the South Rim twice after that and stayed at Trailer Village both times. The campground isn't anything special, and the spaces are a little narrow; but you can't beat it for convenience and access to the Canyon.

If you stay at Trailer Village, go the the rim for the sunset. It is spectacular.

Even though you're not into hiking, walk a short distance down Bright Angel Trail to see what it feels like to be below the rim.
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For a first-time visitor, I recommend the South Rim. It is more crowded than the North Rim, but IMO the views of the Canyon are better because the sun is generally to your back.

We did the train ride the first time we went to the Canyon. We stayed in Flagstaff, but there are a couple of campgrounds in Williams including one right at the train station.

The train was expensive, but it was fun, especially for kids. They have a mock train robbery on the way back. You do not see the Canyon from the train. It is only a fun way to get there. The problem we had with the train is it didn't give us enough time at the Canyon. We drove back to the South Rim the next day because we wanted to see more.

We went to the South Rim twice after that and stayed at Trailer Village both times. The campground isn't anything special, and the spaces are a little narrow; but you can't beat it for convenience and access to the Canyon.

If you stay at Trailer Village, go the the rim for the sunset. It is spectacular.

Even though you're not into hiking, walk a short distance down Bright Angel Trail to see what it feels like to be below the rim.
Great info! Thanks everyone. Everyone else likes outdoorsie stuff! Thank you for telling me a spot that a non hiker can enjoy! We will stay at trailer village. We are really looking forward to this. My daughter who is 8 has been wanting to go to the grand canyon for years!
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