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Old 10-04-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon visit

We are going to Las Vegas in late Oct nad early November. We will take the toad to the Grand Canyon for a 1-3 day visit. We will probably drive two partial days and visit for one day+. We have never been there before. What should we see and what should we avoid. What are the must things to see and do during a short visit. we want to pack in the most during a short visit. We will spend 1/2 nights in a motel. Any suggestions. Thanks
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It very much depends on your physical fitness. You can enjoy the beauty and splendour of the Canyon from the rim and I imagine one of the helicopter trips would be outstanding. On the other hand, if you are physically fit how can you beat actually hiking into the canyon? Just be careful.......it's all down hill and at some point you will have to climb back UP!

If you have the fitness and the time, why not hike down and spend the night a Shadow Ranch and hike back-out the next day?
This way you'll really see and experience the G. Canyon.
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I have friends who are hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and want to stay overnight at the lodge ... you need advance reservations ... so if you just hike down you might be sleeping on a soft pine park bench ...
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:56 PM   #4
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Jim are you aware that there is a RV park on the south rim ... it is run by the concession company for the park .... this info is from the Grand Canyon National Park website...

Also, within Grand Canyon Village is Trailer Village, a concessioner operated RV park with full hook-ups. Reservations for Trailer Village are made through Xanterra Parks & ResortsŪ.
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You can take a mule ride down into the Canyon if you don't like to hike.
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I've hiked the canyon, and as beautiful as it is, a caution...be in shape. Your toes will hurt after the hike down, and your heels will hurt on the way out. Be cautious of the temperatures as well. As you go down, the temps increase significantly. And hydrate (but understand, the water you carry is significant additional weight).

They used to have mule rides down. While I could never see how the mule knew when he reached a switchback, and turned. But a lot of people used this approach to view the beauty offered by the canyon.
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You can take a mule ride down into the Canyon if you don't like to hike.

There is a one year advance reservation on those mules as of last April - seriously!

It might be less in the Fall.
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Already getting into the 30's some nights, be prepared.
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Vegas to the Grand Canyon is not a short drive, and checking in and out of hotels takes time, so a 2 night stay gives you effectively one day to see the park. This park is a wonder and you will go back. That said, we spent 4 nights at travel village there in June. (If we were hoteling it we'd stay at El Tovar) We were barely able to see and do everything on the south rim we wanted to see and do. We made one very big mistake. We didn't plan our excursions and make the reservations ahead of time and spent too much time at the park figuring that all out and finding things were booked. Our best advice, is do some research, find the 2 or 3 things you want to do and make the reservations now.
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RV to canyon, then run down South rim

Have an America the Beautiful pass.

Is there a place to park a coach (RV)?

Does the park have access to water, dumping (gray and black)?

I have walked down the South rim of the canyon on Bright Angle. What a beautiful canyon!

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Is there a place to park a coach (RV)?

Does the park have access to water, dumping (gray and black)?



Thanks

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Grand Canyon trailer village has full hook-ps and is in the very center of the park at the south rim within walking distance of the shuttles.
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Taking a mule ride down into the canyon is NOT possible if you are a fatty like me. 200 pounds including gear is the limit and they do weigh everyone. I have been thinking of going on a really strict diet just to be able to go on one of the trips. I think you have to make advance reservations of up to a year.

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