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Old 05-11-2021, 06:19 AM   #1
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North Rim GCNP Boondocking

I will be traveling from Page, AZ to Kanab UT in the near term. I would like to do day stop to view the North Rim area. Are there any good places I could stop for a few hours and leave my RV safely then drive my Jeep into the park area for a short trip? I see there are a lot of side forest roads but are they suitable for a 40fter? Ideas, thoughts appreciated.....
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My suggestion is to get a site outside the park and stay a day. Lots of gravel dirt roads that you can drive pretty much up to the edge of canyon. You can get away from people on the north rim which is pretty cool. Can’t really think of any good parking lots for that size rig in that area. Safe travels

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My suggestion is to get a site outside the park and stay a day. Lots of gravel dirt roads that you can drive pretty much up to the edge of canyon. You can get away from people on the north rim which is pretty cool. Can’t really think of any good parking lots for that size rig in that area. Safe travels

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Already tried to get a site for my days but all are booked, so I either have to park nearby on a boondocking spot or drive back in from Kanab. I'd rather park near the entrance than drive back all the way from Kanab. I know there are a few RV spots to park in the parking area, but they look to be only 2 and they could be taken, then I would be stuck.
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There are two USFS campgrounds that you could drop your MH off at and stay the night after seeing the north rim: Jacobs Lake at the intersection of 89A and 67 and Demotte further south on 67. Also the parking lot at the North Rim Visitors Center may have room in the back. I see a couple of large MHs parked back there on the Google Maps satellite view.

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FYI - just called and got ahold of the current campground host at Demotte. He told me that they could allow me to park there for a small fee. Might try to head to visitor center 1st and if not lucky enough to find a spot head back to Demotte, as its only 18 miles. When the time comes as I arrive who knows I might change my mind again.....
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Just south of DeMotte campground on the same side of the highway is a firm, flat forest road. Take that back about 1/2 mile and you'll find some very nice boondocking suitable for a 40' MH. We've stayed at DeMotte, boondocking and also in the park. DeMotte and the boondocking are at the park entrance.
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Just south of DeMotte campground on the same side of the highway is a firm, flat forest road. Take that back about 1/2 mile and you'll find some very nice boondocking suitable for a 40' MH. We've stayed at DeMotte, boondocking and also in the park. DeMotte and the boondocking are at the park entrance.
Are you talking about road #22? Off #22 then 270, then 1050 I see what appears to be a big open area. Is this the area you are referring to? If so wouldn't it still be safer to park at Demotte for a few hours rather than 1/2 mile back in woods? Not familiar with this place so that's why all the questions, as I don't want to make any unnecessary mistakes.
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Are you talking about road #22? Off #22 then 270, then 1050 I see what appears to be a big open area. Is this the area you are referring to? If so wouldn't it still be safer to park at Demotte for a few hours rather than 1/2 mile back in woods? Not familiar with this place so that's why all the questions, as I don't want to make any unnecessary mistakes.
Yes, F.R.22 and you don't have to go back far. It's perfectly safe. Park where you can easily see where others have parked... just like campsites. However, if you're allowed to park at DeMotte that would be great! Also, around that area the shoulders are very wide along the highway so you could even park on the shoulder (outside the park entrance) and then do your couple hours of touring the park. We've done that... disconnected the Jeep and sought out camp spots before driving to them.
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It’s a shame you only have a few hours as the N Rim is one of our favorite areas... to go that far and not stay longer. I would park at Jacob Lake as there’s plenty of room on the side of the road/parking area.
We usually stay in the USFS CG there without having advanced reservations. The cafe/ store is not a rip-off in a rip-off location.
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It’s a shame you only have a few hours as the N Rim is one of our favorite areas... to go that far and not stay longer. I would park at Jacob Lake as there’s plenty of room on the side of the road/parking area.
We usually stay in the USFS CG there without having advanced reservations. The cafe/ store is not a rip-off in a rip-off location.
Thanks, will take a look, but I may have to leave gen running to keep dog comfortable. Will talk to folks inside 1st.

I would stay longer but I have folks that are not able to hike or fully enjoy(5yr old GD). Otherwise I might would hike to the bottom of the canyon just to say I did it.
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Never needed AC as the elevation is 1000’ higher than S Rim. The Bright Angel trail (short) is right at the Lodge... easy walk. The Cape Royal Rd has multiple overlooks/parking areas that are short, level walks.
If you are not on a schedule I would stay at J Lake, even in the FHU CG and spend at least a day. We like to leave the rim/lodge at sunset and see how many mule deers we can count on the way back to J Lake... least is 125 and most is 200+.
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Never needed AC as the elevation is 1000’ higher than S Rim. The Bright Angel trail (short) is right at the Lodge... easy walk. The Cape Royal Rd has multiple overlooks/parking areas that are short, level walks.
If you are not on a schedule I would stay at J Lake, even in the FHU CG and spend at least a day. We like to leave the rim/lodge at sunset and see how many mule deers we can count on the way back to J Lake... least is 125 and most is 200+.
Just to carify.... the short trail at the North Rim Lodge is 'Bright Angel Point'.

The Bright Angel Trail is at the South Rim and trust me, it's not short and you don't do it in a day. We've hiked it.

From the North Rim you would also not hike to the bottom of the Canyon in a day.

Here's a map with other good information for things to do for the North Rim.

https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/...pocket-map.pdf

Be sure to check the nps web site for any up-to-date changes as you travel. There have been fires and the road would be closed.

I agree.... AC would rarely be needed at that elevation. It's even cooler than nearby Kanab, UT and definitely a LOT cooler than the other stop, Page, AZ.
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"The Bright Angel Trail is at the South Rim and trust me, it's not short and you don't do it in a day. We've hiked it.

From the North Rim you would also not hike to the bottom of the Canyon in a day."

DOUBLE LOL!
Lots of people hike down a ways just to say they 'hiked' in the the Grand Canyon.
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Our daughter in her first year of grad school hiked from North Rim to South rim in one day. They have 2 groups one starts at south and other starts at north they meet somewhere in middle and exchange car keys.
She then repeated the second year taking more first year grad students.
Edit: Second hike was not rim to rim per my daughter.
Itís a very long day, they camp close by and are on the trail early AM.

https://www.nationalparks.org/connec...n-rim-rim-hike
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