Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-31-2015, 01:50 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1
Round Trip from San Diego

I am planning a 7 night roundtrip next week from San Diego with my wife and three kids. I'd like to take them to the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, and Sedona.

Any other suggestions of what to see on that route?

Also, any suggestions on where to camp?

I'd prefer state parks/national forest campgrounds to commercial RV parks.

Thank you!
__________________

__________________
slowsteve is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-31-2015, 04:36 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
HavingABlast's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 2,007
Hi Slowsteve,

I live just north of you in Poway.

Here is my take. The 3 stops that you mention will pretty much consume your week. It is a straight shot up 15 to Las Vegas (and the Hoover Dam). Check ahead with the people at the Grand Canyon. One or both of the in park campground might not be open this early in the year. You will lose most of travel day getting there and setting up. There is plenty to see and do at the Canyon, so I would plan 3-4 days there. We traveled (in a car) out the South Rim gate through Flagstaff on to Sedona. Be careful on the leg from Flagstaff to Sedona. You don't mention what you are driving...but I certainly wouldn't take a rig on the route that I took (can't remember the route...just plan ahead). Sedona is good for a few days of hiking with your children. It is then a log travel day home.

For what it is worth, it took me a lot of years to get out of the "drive all day all of the time" mode to my "drive shorter segments and enjoy the journey" mode. Given your forum name, my guess is that you've already embraced this philosophy. There is plenty more to see in Utah...I suggest that you see these areas in another trip.

Make plenty of happy memories for you and your family. Later in life you will be glad that you did.


Travel safely.

- Jerry





2015 Newmar Ventana 3636 (on order)
2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
__________________

__________________
HavingABlast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2015, 07:02 PM   #3
Member
 
Thor Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 48
If you have the time there's a state park (I think) Montezuma's Castle , north of Phoenix.

Roger
__________________
Retreever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2015, 07:36 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Enjoying the Western States!
Posts: 5,559
For the Grand Canyon, definitely stay in either Trailer Village (hookups) or Mather or Desert View (both dry camping). All are IN the park and are open year-round. Trailer Village and Mather are on the free shuttle route and you can get on and off wherever you want all day long.


Hike a couple points along the Rim Trail - easy and fairly flat. However, for a different perspective of the Canyon, hike down the Bright Angel Trail if only for a very short distance. Bring water and remember - up is a LOT harder. Watch the kids closely. Two nights would be a good start for the Canyon. Come back when you have more time.


For Sedona, unless you have a small RV, don't take Alt Hwy 89 from I-40. It's very steep and winding. Instead, take I-17 south. We always stay at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in nearby Cottonwood. It's awesome. You'd be near Jerome and a drive 'up there' is a must - without the RV. You could easily spend 3 nights in this area.


We were just at Sedona last week for our 8th time over 25 years or so. It changes every time we go back. It is extremely crowded with vehicles and people and homes built into the gorgeous red rock. The way to really experience Sedona is to hike a trail and there are many for all abilities. Stop at the Ranger Station or Visitor Center because you'll need to purchase the Red Rock Pass for hiking and there are additional fees for other areas such as Cathedral Rock. Sedona is worth seeing but I just wanted to warn you of the crowds and costs to enjoy it.


Tuzigoot Nat'l Monument and Montezuma Castle Nat'l Monument are both near Cottonwood and are interesting Indian ruins. Neither has a campground.


That should take care of your week. Have fun!
__________________
Full-timed for 16 Years . . . Back in S&B Again
Traveled 8 yr in a 2004 Newmar Dutch Star 40' Diesel
& 8 yr in a 33' Travel Supreme 5th wheel
twogypsies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2015, 01:26 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
HavingABlast's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 2,007
Quote:
Originally Posted by twogypsies View Post
For the Grand Canyon, definitely stay in either Trailer Village (hookups) or Mather or Desert View (both dry camping). All are IN the park and are open year-round. Trailer Village and Mather are on the free shuttle route and you can get on and off wherever you want all day long.


Hike a couple points along the Rim Trail - easy and fairly flat. However, for a different perspective of the Canyon, hike down the Bright Angel Trail if only for a very short distance. Bring water and remember - up is a LOT harder. Watch the kids closely. Two nights would be a good start for the Canyon. Come back when you have more time.


For Sedona, unless you have a small RV, don't take Alt Hwy 89 from I-40. It's very steep and winding. Instead, take I-17 south. We always stay at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in nearby Cottonwood. It's awesome. You'd be near Jerome and a drive 'up there' is a must - without the RV. You could easily spend 3 nights in this area.


We were just at Sedona last week for our 8th time over 25 years or so. It changes every time we go back. It is extremely crowded with vehicles and people and homes built into the gorgeous red rock. The way to really experience Sedona is to hike a trail and there are many for all abilities. Stop at the Ranger Station or Visitor Center because you'll need to purchase the Red Rock Pass for hiking and there are additional fees for other areas such as Cathedral Rock. Sedona is worth seeing but I just wanted to warn you of the crowds and costs to enjoy it.


Tuzigoot Nat'l Monument and Montezuma Castle Nat'l Monument are both near Cottonwood and are interesting Indian ruins. Neither has a campground.


That should take care of your week. Have fun!

I agree on Trailer a Village and every thing that twogypses posted. Stayed there later in the year many years ago. We woke up to snow on the ground. The North Rim...also a nice campground IMHO is closed for the season.

I haven't yet stayed at Dead Horse Ranch Sate Park, but it is very high on my list for when in the area.





2015 Newmar Ventana 3636 (on order)
2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
__________________
HavingABlast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2015, 09:27 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
mbridinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 637
Stay in dead horse located in Cottonwood. Not the best in my opinion but cheap and great central location. Tuzigoot, page springs winery, Jerome, Verde Canyon Train, Clarkdale -Copper muzem and kayaking. Great restaurants, antiques and exploring in cottonwood. Must see Out of Africa wildlife park (Cottonwood). Short drive to Sedona, many things to see, Broken Arrow trail (4wd or Pink Jeep Tour), Red rock state park. You could easily spend 3- 4 days in this area alone. April is getting warm.
__________________
1992 Bounder 28T, Chevy 454, Yak Rak
2000 Trackatara
Scottsdale, AZ
mbridinger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2015, 03:28 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
HavingABlast's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 2,007
Quote:
Originally Posted by mbridinger View Post
Stay in dead horse located in Cottonwood. Not the best in my opinion but cheap and great central location. Tuzigoot, page springs winery, Jerome, Verde Canyon Train, Clarkdale -Copper muzem and kayaking. Great restaurants, antiques and exploring in cottonwood. Must see Out of Africa wildlife park (Cottonwood). Short drive to Sedona, many things to see, Broken Arrow trail (4wd or Pink Jeep Tour), Red rock state park. You could easily spend 3- 4 days in this area alone. April is getting warm.

Thanks for the tips. Because we are still working (although severely pounding on and kicking the door to retirement) we can drive to Tucson in 6-7 hours for a quick get-a-way. We learned a long time ago that, for us at least, this region is best visited between October and March. The rest of the year it is too hot for us to enjoy all that it has to offer. Soon, when we step through that "door", the idea of using Dead Horse as a base camp for the other locations that you mention sounds appealing. The OP lives in my area as well. Your advice is something for him to keep in mind as well. Thanks!


2015 Newmar Ventana 3636 (on order)
2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
__________________

__________________
HavingABlast is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why 101 Santa Barbara to San. Diego Hurk Navigation, Routes & Roads 7 01-10-2015 11:50 PM
San Diego area Ramets Southwest Region 11 12-24-2014 09:17 PM
Group trip from San Antonio to Williams, AZ Txcirclem Navigation, Routes & Roads 19 03-18-2014 09:46 AM
Redwood Forest day trip suggestions from San Francisco?? mrsharper Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 7 01-26-2014 06:40 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.