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Old 11-22-2012, 05:41 AM   #1
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Grand Canyon Ideas

We are going to make the trip from Pennsylvania to the grand canyon next year for a month. I would like to hear from others on what is the best time of year to go out there as far as temps.,crowds, best places around that area to get full hookups, and I guess anything that would help me plan this trip from you people that have done it. Also after some time around the grand canyon any ideas on what to do next as far as places to see while we are out there. Thank you
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:59 AM   #2
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We went in May 3 years ago. Still cold at night, but the days were breathtaking. School had not let out so there weren't many families. No lines to speak of and everything was open. We stayed in Trailer Village at the South entrance. If we get to go back we are going to try for Sept. at the North entrance.
We absolutely loved our stay, I know you will, too.
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G'morning, and a BIG WELCOME to the iRV2 bunch.

Re: Arizona trip..... If you'll be towing a car/truck (toad) (and we'd STRONGLY recommend it), ya might want to consider staying down in Williams, AZ just West of Flagstaff. There are a number of great campgrounds there, and it's a very easy and fun day trip either going up (North) to tour all the overlooks along the South rim of the Grand Canyon at your leisure, OR...even down South to visit the beautiful Sedona, AZ area. and the VERY interesting little town of Jerome, AZ just West of Cottonwood. IF you do run down to Jerome, ya gotta have lunch (or dinner) at the Haunted Hamburger restaurant. It's a HOOT and the food is GREAT (have a piece of their famous choclate cake). Ya might even want to run on 89A West from Cottonwood, through Jerome over to historic Prescott.....or....from your base camp at Williams, run West on I-40 twelve miles to Ash Fork then South on 89 down South to Prescott then loop East on that 89A to Jerome and Sedona and back up to Williams. Don't take 89A nor the Oak Creek Canyon drive North out of Sedona with your Mtn. Aire, but DO for sure plan on taking these drives with a toad if ya can. There's SO MUCH to see and do in the Grand Canyon area that it's hard to list em all BUT, as long as you'll be visiting that area, why not camp in a locale like Williams that offers a pretty centralized base camp from which to visit alot of it. Besides, although it's spectacular, a full day visiting the overlooks along the South rim of the canyon is plenty, and there's SO MUCH more to see as mentioned above.

Williams itself is a fun place for your "base camp." Have a wonderful trip.

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I am guessing you are talking the big one not the PA one......
Was at the bigun in a February and July (previous years). February was a bit cool but we had the place to our self. The day is obviously shorter also and more time there helps as it is rather large..
July... a bit warm by the early afternoon and quite a bit more people.
Both times had their advantages and disadvantages.
We are from the Scranton area and I do not like humidity. We were in Sedona and went ATVing in Red Rock national park. That day it was 104 but felt the same as 86 in our area (that was what I guessed before I saw the thermometer).
If you go in the summer; bring liquids.
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I recommend staying right in the park at Trailer Village. It has full hookups. It isn't real fancy, but staying right at the canyon is a big advantage IMO. We loved going to the rim for sunsets.

We have been to the canyon several times. I recommend May for the South Rim because it's warm, but most schools are not out so it isn't as crowded. It might still be a little cool on the North Rim in May. We went there in June. The North Rim isn't as crowded as the South Rim, but IMO the views are better from the South Rim because the sun is at your back most of the time.

Don't go to Grand Canyon and just look over the edge. Hike at least a short way down into the canyon. Bright Angel Trail is a good place. Just remember to pace yourself and not hike farther than you should because it takes 2 or 3 times as long to walk back up as it did to go down. Take plenty of water.

Better yet, take a one-day or overnight mule ride into the canyon.

Also consider driving to the eastern end to Desert View. The Watchtower is interesting, and there are Indian ruins on the way. The view from Desert View is a little different from either the North or South Rim because the canyon takes a turn to the north there.

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Forgot things to do....
Travel tine involved...
Petrified forest
Meteor Crater
Multiple Indian (Native American) ruins
Watch in the high desert, thin air for us, hiking
Sedona area
Painted desert
Monument valley
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There are 3 day 2 night float trips down the Colorado which are incredible! Research them now, the NPS has a list of authorized providers, years ago DW and I used "Tour West" and we will never forget the beauty and serenity of the G Canyon from river level
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[QUOTE=paz;1378086]
Also consider driving to the eastern end to Desert View. The Watchtower is interesting, and there are Indian ruins on the way. The view from Desert View is a little different from either the North or South Rim because the canyon takes a turn to the north there.

Enjoy your trip.[/QUOTE

Agree on Desert View, a completely different perspective of the canyon. If you're willing to do some non-hookup time, the NPS campground there offers quiet and beautiful desert surroundings. We liked it better than the chaotic atmosphere at the south rim.
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Thanks to all of you that posted, keep ideas coming...
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While it can be quiet in May, it can be cold with snow:
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Desert View Campground May 18, 2011 -
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If you only go to the South Rim, you are really missing out. North rim provides totally different views due to height and lighting.
Also less crowds. Most only see the south. For me the south is now only a place to pay too much for chinese T shirts.
See it all. You will not regret.

http://www.arizona-leisure.com/north...nd-canyon.html
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Nearby: Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest...
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While it can be quiet in May, it can be cold with snow:
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The S.R. was 18 this morning..brrrr.
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Sent you a PM with a link to my blog for our GC trip. There are photo albums on that site, too. It's a great area to visit!
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