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Old 08-01-2013, 05:15 PM   #1
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Future Trip to Grand Canyon??

Next May we will be taking our longest trip so far to Key West. Our next trip after that (which will be even longer) will be to the Grand Canyon. This trip may take us 3 or 4 weeks to complete the round trip.

What time of the year would be the best to plan this trip? I am assuming either May or September, but May would most likely be cooler. I do not want to get caught by early or late snow if possible.

Also using several mapping website it shows two basic routes. One is through the middle of Dallas, Amarillo and Albuquerque. The other route is South of Dallas and then through Abilene and Roswell. I hate the idea of driving through Dallas which make the second route better. But is this a route I would want to take in a motorhome?
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If you go in September you can also see the North Rim. The South Rim is grand, but the North is better and not seen by most folks. And closed from snow except July to mid October.
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If you can make it late May that would be good. We were there the last weekend of June and it was in the 90's was fairly hot for us. We traveled east from the Grand Canyon to Denton, TX and the drive was nice. Didn't get into Dallas so can't tell you about freeways there. The scenery was nice.
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If you go to the South Rim, see Hoover Dam (different name) and the little town of Williams AZ. It is a quaint little western town on Route 66.
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I would say September. Supposedly it will be cooler, and kids are back in school, Not too crowded.
Don't know about driving thru Dallas, but Amarillo and Albuquerque are no problem.
Old parts of route 66 are still drivable around Seligman, and Williams, but will knock the fillings out of your teeth. But it is quaint.
Grand caynon does take the senior pass, free admission, but the campground will not. Must pay full price to camp, but there are shuttles that take you everywhere. That is a nice feature.
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Also if you go in September you can include a stop at the Alberquerque Balloon Festival (every October) on your journey!
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I would say September. Supposedly it will be cooler, and kids are back in school, Not too crowded.
Don't know about driving thru Dallas, but Amarillo and Albuquerque are no problem.
Old parts of route 66 are still drivable around Seligman, and Williams, but will knock the fillings out of your teeth. But it is quaint.
Grand caynon does take the senior pass, free admission, but the campground will not. Must pay full price to camp, but there are shuttles that take you everywhere. That is a nice feature.
enjoy !!!
1/2 price to camp with the card at Mather CG. I just made res at $9 per night.
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Mather campground has NO HOOK UPS...have to walk or drive to Trailer village. Thats the one that has full hook ups for $35.00 a night. Camper Village is even more, $46.00. and passes are not accepted.
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North rim nps, desert view, park also has no hook ups. Checked this using RV park Reviews.
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Mather campground has NO HOOK UPS...have to walk or drive to Trailer village. Thats the one that has full hook ups for $35.00 a night. Camper Village is even more, $46.00. and passes are not accepted.
I know that. We are self contained.
"Must pay full price to camp," was what I was reacting to.
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DonDee. i see what you mean. Good point. If anyone wants to go without hook ups, $9.00 is far better then $46.00...
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The North Rim is best in July or August when it's warm. The campground on the rim is awesome - great views - but you need a smaller rig (30' or less I would think - sites are not that big).

If you go in September, swing through Telluride/Ridgway Colorado around September 22 to see the most amazing fall foliage colors...

Ridgway, CO - Peak fall colors on the Dallas Divide - WOW!!
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DALLAS: Go I-20 which is the southern route you mention. 60mph even at rush hour. I-30 thru town can be a parking lot most any time and you had better know which lane to be in for several "splits".......
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We've been there many times in September. Weather has always been good for us visiting that time of the year. The views are breathtaking, have a great time.
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