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Old 06-04-2020, 08:56 PM   #1
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Missouri to the Grand Canyon

Hi there, we're planning a trip from Missouri to the Grand Canyon. I plan on taking I40 from OKC to Flagstaff with a few side trips along the way. Has anyone made this trip lately? If so, is there anything about the route or the Grand Canyon NP I should know...Information and advise is appreciated.
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Hi there, we're planning a trip from Missouri to the Grand Canyon. I plan on taking I40 from OKC to Flagstaff with a few side trips along the way. Has anyone made this trip lately? If so, is there anything about the route or the Grand Canyon NP I should know...Information and advise is appreciated.
We're heading to MO and visiting friends in Hollister, (outside Branson) from Lake Havasu City taking a route through Utah, CO, and up to Kansas City then down.

On the way home, we're coming on your proposed route. Not too much to see in our experience till you get to the ABQ area. Last time we were in the area we stayed north of ABQ at Cochiti Res, which is a very nice park run by the COE.....it was $20 with hook-ups and $10 with the Sr pass. 40 minutes to ABQ and 15 minutes to Santa Fe.

We stopped in Winslow, won't do that again but the area around Flagstaff is very nice.

You may want to think about staying in Williams, AZ (30 miles past Flag), it'a cute little RT66 themed town and there is a great train that runs every day to the GC. I recommend the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and RV park...very nice and walking distance into town.

Have a nice trip!
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Old 06-04-2020, 09:12 PM   #3
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Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, OKC
Cowboy Hall of Fame, OKC
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Side trip to see the Very Large Array, Soccoro, NM
Sedona, AZ. Pink Jeep Tour
Lake Powell National Rec. Area, Page AZ
Horseshoe Bend, Page AZ
any number of national parks, monuments, etc on your route.
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JJ R - There are quite a few things to do along that route. Right on I 40 in Arizona is the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Parks. This is right next to the small town of Holbrook Arizona. We stay at the nice KOA there. They have BBQs at night in the RV park. Up the I 40 about 3-4 hours is Meteor Crater. There is a very nice RV park right next the the entrance of the Crater Park. The Crater is very worth going to see if you have not done that before. We went last year as we had not been there for quite some time.

Just past Meteor Crater is Flagstaff. Right around Flagg is Wupataki and Sunset Crater National Monuments plus Walnut Canyon National Monument (a must see). Past Wupataki National monument about an hour maybe less is the Camron Trading Post. A tourist spot with all sorts of Indian art and trinkets. If you want Indian stuff stop at Gallup NM which has dozens of "trading posts" in it's old town. Go there to find real bargains in Indian things of every description at good prices.

You did not say if you are staying in an RV park on the canyon rim. If yes you are lucky. If you have not booked yet you might think about staying in Williams and taking the old train up to the Canyon. When you are at the canyon have lunch in the main dining room of the El Tovar. Not expensive (about double McDonalds) and super view, great wait staff, beautiful place with Teddy Roosevelt mounted moose and such in the lobby.

Driving up to Page after the GC is worth doing. Be sure you stay at the Indian reservation RV campground in the National park there and not in Page. Visit the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument on the way there.
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We're heading to MO and visiting friends in Hollister, (outside Branson) from Lake Havasu City taking a route through Utah, CO, and up to Kansas City then down.

On the way home, we're coming on your proposed route. Not too much to see in our experience till you get to the ABQ area. Last time we were in the area we stayed north of ABQ at Cochiti Res, which is a very nice park run by the COE.....it was $20 with hook-ups and $10 with the Sr pass. 40 minutes to ABQ and 15 minutes to Santa Fe.

We stopped in Winslow, won't do that again but the area around Flagstaff is very nice.

You may want to think about staying in Williams, AZ (30 miles past Flag), it'a cute little RT66 themed town and there is a great train that runs every day to the GC. I recommend the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and RV park...very nice and walking distance into town.

Have a nice trip!
Good advice- FYI- The CoE campground at Cochiti Lake is still closed as of today. I live in Santa Fe just a few miles from the lake and visit there for day trips.

IMO all of the above posts have good ideas. Just depends on your interests and time. You can overnight in the RV area of Twin Arrow Casino just east of Flagstaff. If you do, watch out for the bump at the entry cattle guard. Maybe fixed by now. Another nice stop is El Morro National Monument in NM.
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Be sure to read the national park's web site thoroughly to stay updated on what is open. Lots of good information.

Staying inside the park will give you the best experience. Trailer Village is the place to stay. You can walk to the Rim from there and the free shuttle stops at the campground. Full hookups

Flagstaff has some very nice Indian ruins for exploring along with Sunset Crater. We love the forest service campground at Sunset's gate. It's called Bonito. No hookups but a very pleasant setting.
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Missouri to the Grand Canyon

Thanks to all who took the time to send some great information. I was also wondering what, if any current information folks may have regarding the open or closed status of parks and businesses along the way. Thanks
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I think you'll find the majority of businesses and private RV parks are open. For the national parks and other public parks it's best to go directly to their web site to see what's open. Many now have limited facilities, including camping open.
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I think you'll find the majority of businesses open by now along with private RV park. For the public parks it's best to go directly to their web site as things are changing. Here is Grand Canyon's:

https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
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You can only enter the park from William's. Hwy 64. The east entrance is closed still. Also unless you have a previous reservation in the campgrounds you can not stay in the park campgrounds.No shuttles are running and not sure when they will start up again
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