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Old 02-26-2019, 08:34 PM   #1
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We are planning a late May trip to the Grand Canyon and looking for advise on good places to camp and of course the places we should also avoid. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:38 PM   #2
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Mather Campground is located in the park. You'll need reservations.
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:45 PM   #3
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You don't say North or South Rim.

I made reservations a month ago for the North Rim in late May and it was filling up as I watched. I think the North Rim opens May 21 IIRC.

South Rim, just get anything you can. I think the trailer size is listed at 22' max. Get on the reservation site now and see if you can find a spot. It's not the campsite, it's the unbelievable view and educational experience. You'll still have to drive to the overlook area and the visitor center.

Free entry and 1/2 price camping with a senior card. I think we paid $9. per night. We had no hookups, but water was available at faucets.
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Old 02-27-2019, 04:38 AM   #4
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We also are planning a trip out to the Grand Canyon, this summer, and we plan to stay where we can, Boondocking if need be, no reservations, and travel to the many different National Parks in the Area.
Think I won't have too much trouble with the Casita FD but maybe our travel mates will in there 31ft motor home may.
He doesn't seem concerned so why should I be.
I know some of you will say..."You should be" but I'm a "live in the spur of the moment" type of guy and usually make out OK.
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Reservations within the Park for May will likely be hard to come by but, if you're planning to visit the North Rim, there are lots of other options (and we prefer that side anyway). There are numerous camping opportunities in the adjoining Kaibab National Forest. Jacob Lake and DeMotte are two developed nearby USFS campgrounds and there are unlimited dispersed sites off AZ67 and 89A. Stop at the Visitor Center located at the intersection of these two roads for maps and suggestions for boondocking sites.

If you're coming in through Page, I'd suggest spending a night or two at the Glen Canyon NRA Lee's Ferry campground. Its an awesome setting and Condors can often be seen early morning perched under Navajo Bridge. Take a tour of the dam and, if you have time, the all day boat trip to Rainbow Bridge NM is well worth it.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:30 AM   #6
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If you camp on the fly then you miss one of the best parts of a National Park: camping inside the park!!

I’ll take my chances along the way but not at prime destinations. On our trip last year we made reservations at Denali and Yellowstone on the way back. Imagine predicting what day you will arrive at Yellowstone when you are already 9,000 miles into your trip. But it worked out fine!

My “trick” is to have a couple of slack days built in. I ended up ahead of schedule so spent a few extra days in WA state.

At the GC, camping inside the park is so handy. On the south rim, the shuttle bus runs right past the campground. So you don’t have to drive anywhere.

I used to take pride in never making reservations. I finally realized I missed out on some great camping, particularly in popular areas with limited camping like almost all NPs. Oh yeah, and with a senior pass NP camping is incredibly cheap. Best deal in camping.
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:21 PM   #7
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Mather Campground is located in the park. You'll need reservations.
Does this campground have electrical hookup? Somewhere I saw it written there were no hookups but there was a dump station.
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:28 PM   #8
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Does this campground have electrical hookup? Somewhere I saw it written there were no hookups but there was a dump station.
Just found my answer, non electric. Thanks everybody!
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Mather Campground is a large facility with 327 campsites. Each site includes a campfire ring with a cooking grate, picnic table, parking space and room for up to three tents. There are flush toilets and drinking water spigots throughout the campground. There are no hookups available but there is a free dump station near by at Camper Services.

Trailer Village, located next to Mather Campground, has hookups and can accommodate larger RVs. Almost all of the RV spaces are pull-through. Generators are NOT permitted in Pine Loop (sites 265-319).


Source: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232490
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Old 03-02-2019, 10:06 AM   #10
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There is also a campground where the spontaneous way of life is supported.

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/poi/258825
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There is also a campground where the spontaneous way of life is supported.

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/poi/258825

Thanks for that link.
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If you can, hike down into the canyon as far as you can comfortably hike back up out of. It offers another perspective, and there are or were in 2006, a couple of shelters with potties and water part way down the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails--the two main drags down into the canyon on the south side.
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If you can, hike down into the canyon as far as you can comfortably hike back up out of. It offers another perspective, and there are or were in 2006, a couple of shelters with potties and water part way down the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails--the two main drags down into the canyon on the south side.
Just remember, hiking down is optional. Hiking back up isn't.
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We camped behind the Red Lake 76 Convenience Store just north of Williams on Hwy 64. Not a splendid site, but was good for an overnight and space was available, then we toured the South Rim and went on from there. Don't recall if there were hookups, but we don't use them for our Mity-Lite.
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