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Old 12-02-2011, 10:27 AM   #1
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Planning a Trip to Grand Canyon

Ok, so I am planning a trip late next Spring and want to spend a few nights at the Grand Canyon (South Rim). Can anyone recommend RV Parks to stay in. I've searched on RV Park Reviews but nothing really jumped out at me.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:57 AM   #2
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Dave, we have stayed at The Canyon Motel & RV Park in Williams and were satisfied with our stay. Williams provides a decent gateway to the Grand Canyon and has lots of neat restaurants and other amenities for your evening enjoyment. Here is a link to their website: The Canyon Motel and RV Park -The RV Park
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:29 AM   #3
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Here is a Grand Canyon National Park vendor campground, right in the park & not far from the rim. Grand Canyon Lodging, Hotel, Vacation, Camping, Lodge, Tours.
May need to setup reservations, depending on time of year, open year round I believe.
Then back in Tusayan, 2 1/2 miles from the park entrance is : Grand Canyon Camper Village (Tusayan, AZ) - Campground Reviews - TripAdvisor
They are closed during winter months opening ??? for the summer crowds.

We personally used the RV park in BedRock City: Flintstones Bedrock City, Williams, Arizona This was OK out in the desert, kind of hokey and cheap, but even further away from the park entrance.
When I return to the park, I would like to try early spring months and I would really like to stay several days in the RV park right on the rim.

Happy trails!
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We stayed inside the park at Trailer Village. There is a shuttle that picks you up at the RV park and takes you to the rim. Can't beat that. It is an older park so the sites are not real roomy but we did fine with our 42 ft. rig.

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We stayed at Grand Caynon Railroad RV park in Williams. Very nice, a bit expensive, but we thought it was worth the money. RV park has all pull through sites on asphalt. The town of Williams was fun with unique restaurants & stores on route 66. The train ride was OK, but just a train ride. No great views of anything but we had fun.
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We really liked Trailer Village!
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:03 PM   #7
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We stayed at Canyon Gateway RV Park two summers ago and can recommend it. Straight shot into Williams from the CG. Buy your fuel in town...the station next to the CG charges over $.50 a gallon more. The view from the top of Bill Williams Mtn. is pretty cool. Very nice area to stay for awhile...the Canyon ain't bad either! Bob
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:27 PM   #8
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I have stayed both in the park, and Williams. The FHU campground in the park is a little tight and it didn't appear that any of the spots were very level, but on the plus side you can see the canyon at dawn or dusk without traveling very far, and it is not uncommon to have wildlife wandering through the campground. There are multiple places to go eat, and some provisions can be purchased. The advantage to Williams is that it has several nice campgrounds, the town of Williams is interesting, plus the other sights in the area. The best advise is to stay in both places.
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Quite a few years back we stayed at a campground just outside of the park near the South rim. The site I find says it's 1 mile outside the park entrance. It's not cheap, but it certainly qualifies under location, location, location.
Grand Canyon Camper Village location and amenities
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We stayed at one of the campgrounds in the national park. However we stayed in a back packing tent. Then we stayed at the bottom of the canyon after we hiked down. I realize that this isn't very relative to your request. However if I was to stay with my mh, I would stay in the park. There is only one Grand Canyon National Park & if you are going there for the first & possibly the only time you ever go. Why would you want to stay anywhere else? Being in the NP at different times of the day is a complete different experience each time, all within a 24 hr period. If you stay in Williams, are you going to make the journey more than once to see 7 enjoy the wonderful experiences of this great beatiful park?
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Camper Village---Location, Location, Location. I agree, sites are not very level and could be wider. It is an old park, but for just a few nights is ok. A bonus, summer before last we were there and a 10 point buck was just wandering around the park.

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We really liked Trailer Village!
Ditto, can't beat the location and no long drives in and out from Williams. You can walk to the rim and stores. We had mule deer and elk come through the CG. No problems getting level either.

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Dave, we have stayed at The Canyon Motel & RV Park in Williams and were satisfied with our stay. Williams provides a decent gateway to the Grand Canyon and has lots of neat restaurants and other amenities for your evening enjoyment. Here is a link to their website: The Canyon Motel and RV Park -The RV Park
I would second or third the recommendation. A very nice park, well maintained. A little pricey but given the dearth of options in the area, this was a good alternative. Spaces are generous, but no shade trees. The laundry/bath house was one of the nicest I have seen. Simply loved Williams and old Route 66. Spend some time window shopping and dining there. You also get access to some of the hotel amenities, like the swimming pool, if you camp there. Would definitely stay there again, even though my slide developed a hydraulic leak and I had to shell out $$ to get it back in. Didnt' mar the experience. Also, an onsite kennel if you have animals you want to leave back while visiting the Canyon (we took our dogs with us).
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IMO, you can't beat staying right in the park in Trailer Village. We've done it twice. It's a short drive (or take the shuttle that stops right in the campground) to the rim to watch the sunrise or sunset or just to walk along the rim. Take a day trip to Desert View, take the shuttle to Hermit Rest or a take mule ride into the canyon.

We took the train from Williams the first time we went to the canyon. There is even a nice campground right there at the train station. The ride is enjoyable and relaxing; but we found several hours the train trip allows at the canyon was not nearly enough time, so we ended up driving back again the next day in the car so we could see more.
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