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Old 01-01-2015, 04:05 PM   #1
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Looking for info, Grand Canyon area

We will be going to the grand canyon this July for a week or so.
Any info as to places to stay, things to do would be a great help.
I know its a big area and we are more than willing to move a few times for different exp.
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Till others chime in, here https://www.google.com/search?q=Gran...y=0&gws_rd=ssl is a ton of reading on the canyon. We stayed at Trailer village a year ago, ask for the row clear in the back, lots of animals, around your campsite......
This was taken from our site in the back row....
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We also stayed at Trailer Village. Fantastic location and elk everywhere. Look...there is not much to do up on the rim. Only plan for a few nights there, riding the shuttle buses. You might want to consider getting down in the canyon if you are going to be spending more time in the area.
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Old 01-01-2015, 05:42 PM   #4
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Try the North Rim - far fewer people, lots of hiking opportunities...
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North rim is awesome. When we had the TT way stayed at Jacobs Lake. I asked the host where I could get my fishing license for the lake and she said it's dry...no fish.

South and West rims are both way too commercial.

http://kaibabcampervillage.com/
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Not sure what your health is but a hike to the bottom is a amassing experience. Walk up permits can be obtained at the Bright Angel Lodge.
Walk down to bottom one day stay at the bunkhouses at bottom back up next. The Colorado River and the trails near the bottom at awesome.
All permits and lodging and food can be arranged at the lodge .

Permits that are turned back in are available on a walk up first come basis.

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How far is it from Jacobs Lake to the North Rim? How long does it take to drive?

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How far is it from Jacobs Lake to the North Rim? How long does it take to drive?

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It's 20-30 miles of good 2 lane from what I remember. About 15 years ago when we were there.

Edit: CRS...maps say 1 hour - 5mins.
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How far is it from Jacobs Lake to the North Rim? How long does it take to drive?

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45 miles ...... Grand Canyon North Rim directions - directions Grand Canyon North Rim
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I agree, although July is not the best time to hike GC. Any hiking in July needs to be done way early and then find shade and water for the afternoon. When I say water, I mean water to soak your whole body in. It can be done, it just needs to be planned and managed.

The north rim would be my choice too. It's about 1100 feet higher and more alpine, not to mention less crowded. If you have a spare week or two, I can highly recommend a river trip. You can see more on one trip down the river than you could see in a lifetime hiking from the rim.
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Trailer Village a a couple of nights, drive through Williams, then south to Sedona, Cottonwood, Jerome, Prescott, then southeast to Roosevelt lake.

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As always, you folks kick tail. Thanks for all the responses.
So the "rest of the story".
We grow and wholesale Christmas trees. One of our biggest customers is in Hong Kong. He has become like a family member. So we invited him and his wife to come to America and go on a two week vacation. We will be leaving from the pacific northwest so starting at the north rim works great. Also thinking about something like a horseback day trip to the bottom. Anyone done that?
Love the idea of a raft trip also.
Then maybe over toward Bryce Canyon.
Ending in Vegas where they will fly home and we finish the trip north.
Thanks again and any and all sujestions will be considered!
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For a 2-week vacation from Washington, I would recommend eliminating the river and horse trip. The river trip is too many days of your vacation and the horse/mule trips are very strenuous even though you're sitting. You will be going down a steep trail & up the same so you'll be leaning forward and backward for many hours. Taking visitors on a trip like that is iffy unless you really know their condition.

For July the North Rim would be good. However, with your 40' RV there are just a few sites you'd be able to fit in the park's campground and it's dry camping if you don't mind. Just outside the park entrance is a lovely forest service c.g. - DeMotte & no hookups. Jacob Lake (no lake) has a full hookup RV park, I believe. The next spot would be in Kanab, UT and just do a day trip to Grand Canyon. Their RV parks aren't the greatest.

From that area you could work in Zion and Bryce Nat'l Parks. Zion at Watchman c.g. in the park has electric & dump/water fill. Bryce - Ruby's is the best for hookups.

If you wanted to go to the South Rim of Grand Canyon, the best place is the above-mentioned Trailer Village - in the park near the rim. The free shuttle stops just outside the RV park & you can get on and off whenever you want. It will be a lot warmer at the South Rim than the North Rim - and more crowded.

From the South Rim you could drive down to Sedona. We stayed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in nearby Cottonwood. It will be hot there, too. Another option is checking out the Flagstaff area with a few very nice Indian ruins and Sunset Crater.

Two weeks will fly by!
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I would suggest Bauer's Canyon RV in Glendale, UT. A nice small, clean, quiet, family owned park that is very central to seeing Zion, Bryce, Cedar Breaks, and the North Rim. That is what we did. Not much choice in the North Rim proper and it makes a good day trip from Glendale.

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