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Old 09-29-2017, 09:48 AM   #1
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Boondocking at Grand Canyon

Anyone have any experience boondocking at Grand Canyon?
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Old 09-29-2017, 09:58 AM   #2
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Grand Canyon is a National Park....senior pass will get you in free, camping with the pass cost us $18 two nights....outside the park in Flagstaff they do not allow boondocking in the Walmart and other regular free overnight parking lots...we stayed at the Camping World overnight, free...
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We went to California for Christmas in 1995? Along the way we stopped at the Grand Canyon. This was during a government shutdown over a budget battle. The campground was wide open, but unattended. We stayed the night, and since most of the lights were turned off, the stars were something to behold. Next morning, while DW was still in bed, I drove to a parking spot near the rim. Since no one told me I couldn't, I drove so close that when my wife sat down for breakfast she couldn't see anything but the bottom of the canyon.

A nice view for breakfast.
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Grand Canyon is a National Park....senior pass will get you in free, camping with the pass cost us $18 two nights....outside the park in Flagstaff they do not allow boondocking in the Walmart and other regular free overnight parking lots...we stayed at the Camping World overnight, free...
There are usually a half dozen RVs in the Walmart lot here in Flag on any given day.
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Good spot! Just go at least 1/4 mile in off the main road (there is a sign).

Helicopters will wake you up early so you can get an early start into the park

and if you are heading in from the east, there is forestry camping here -

http://app.ioverlander.com/places/16341-kaibab-nf and here -


ioverlander has 3100 similar places across the USA, 1700 in Canada and 3400 in Mexico, not all suitable for large motorhomes of course but worth adding to your list, especially since the app is free and the android app works offline.
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Here is a link to my post on boondocking at the North rim (the best rim):


As far as I can tell, boondocking is not allowed in the GCNP itself, you need to stay in the adjacent Kaibab NF (N or S) if you want to boondock.
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