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Old 05-16-2006, 01:47 PM   #1
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About 3 more weeks before we take off to "out west" with grandkids. Plan on the Mt. Rushmore , Badlands, Yellowstone, Beartooth Highway, Chief Joseph highway, Tetons and now Grand Canyon has been added to our list. Two and half weeks and a lot of ground to cover. Hope we make it but we'll see what we can and save the rest for another year. Seen things like Canyonlands and Mt. Zion and others on maps. Should we go to south side of grand Canyon or north side? May not have time for both - hard to tell. Any suggestions?
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Hi Chris
I have been to Zion, the Grand Canyon, Black Hills and Yellowstone ... all beautiful!
We did not camp at the Grand Canyon / Zion but did camp on our Black Hills/Yellowstone trip.

The south side of the Grand Canyon is more touristy than the north side - but both have spectacular views. If you can only do one it may be worth doing the north side of the GC so you can do Zion as well - that is worth seeing - so is Bryce Canyon just north of Zion.

If you are looking for a nice quiet, shaded and clean campground around Mt Rushmore check out www.bigpinecampground.com. We stayed there last year and were very happy with it. Make sure you plan on driving the Needles Highway by Mt Rushmore (you can't take your trailer on it). Again, very worthwhile.

If you are coming to the Black Hills via Rapid City make sure to stop in Wall at Wall Drugs. It's neat too.

Hope this helps! Have a great trip.
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About 3 more weeks before we take off to "out west" with grandkids. Plan on the Mt. Rushmore , Badlands, Yellowstone, Beartooth Highway, Chief Joseph highway, Tetons and now Grand Canyon has been added to our list. Two and half weeks and a lot of ground to cover. Hope we make it but we'll see what we can and save the rest for another year. Seen things like Canyonlands and Mt. Zion and others on maps. Should we go to south side of grand Canyon or north side? May not have time for both - hard to tell. Any suggestions?
I'm jealous!!!

I hope you guys have a fun, safe trip!

We're hoping to get to Yellowstone next summer. We want to take the Casita and, when we get to Yellowstone, spend at least two nights in one of the lodges.
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About 3 more weeks before we take off to "out west" [b]with grandkids. Plan on the Mt. Rushmore , Badlands, Yellowstone, Beartooth Highway, Chief Joseph highway, Tetons [b]and now Grand Canyon has been added to our list. Two and half weeks and a lot of ground to cover. Hope we make it but we'll see what we can and save the rest for another year. Seen things like Canyonlands and Mt. Zion and others on maps. Should we go to [b]south side of grand Canyon or north side? May not have time for both - hard to tell. [b]Any suggestions?
I recommend: Williams / Exit 167 / Circle Pines KOA We camp there every time we pass through.

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50 minutes away -The Grand Canyon
One of the worlds seven natural wonders. Words cannot describe the magnificence that awaits you. A must see for anyone traveling in Northern Arizona!
http://www.nps.gov/grca/grandcanyon/

On site at the campground -
Grand Canyon Van Tour
We can reserve your trip with American Dream Tours, and you will be picked up from our front door! This tour not only provides you the best views of the Grand Canyon but the best value too; they travel with small friendly groups no more than 14 people per vehicle. Your tour includes round trip transportation, entrance fees into the Grand Canyon National Park, and a fantastic picnic lunch near Native American Indian Ruins so you can enjoy exploring them for yourself! For your convenience they provide a cooler full of soft drinks, juices and water iced down. They have the most knowledgeable and friendly guides in the Grand Canyon to show you around and stay in the park longer than other tours, so they can show you the most! Our guests always return in the afternoon with wonderful comments about their day.

5 minutes away - Grand Canyon Railway (taxi service also available)
Take the Railway on one of its daily trips to the Grand Canyon, or visit the depot and Railroad Museum. The Railway departs at 10 a.m. and returns at 5:45 p.m. daily.
http://www.thetrain.com
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Ditto to what Fred said... the Williams KOA was great. (It was an interesting stay in March this year with 6" snow!!!) but the cg is nice, the folks are great, and the drive to Canyon is pleasant. Cheers... Alistair
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Hey Chris...
About the time you hit the Grand Canyon, it'll be "Support your USFS Campground Week." On the way out to the Circle Pines KOA is Kaibob Lake Campground, a nice, secluded campground with two loops, one by the lake and one not. No hookups, no showers, no one trying to tune in their Dish TV (with that annoying beeping), and you can almost always find a site with plenty of shade.

If you head east from the Grand Canyon on 160 out of Tuba City, there's a free campground at the Navajo National Monument. When we were there it had just opened. The elevation is high so it's cooler at night. There are no hookups. The visitor center is really nice.

Have a great trip!
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About the time you hit the Grand Canyon, it'll be "Support your USFS Campground Week." On the way out to the Circle Pines KOA is Kaibob Lake Campground, a nice, secluded campground with two loops, one by the lake and one not. No hookups, no showers, no one trying to tune in their Dish TV (with that annoying beeping), and you can almost always find a site with plenty of shade.

If you head east from the Grand Canyon on 160 out of Tuba City, there's a free campground at the Navajo National Monument. When we were there it had just opened. The elevation is high so it's cooler at night. There are no hookups. The visitor center is really nice.

Have a great trip!
Oh! Thanks! That's my kind of campgrounds! I don't need no steenking hookups! And I [b]much prefer the quiet of a secluded National Forest or National Monument campground!

[b]THANKS FOR THE TIP!
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On the way out to the Circle Pines KOA is Kaibob Lake Campground, a nice, secluded campground with two loops, one by the lake and one not. No hookups, no showers, no one trying to tune in their Dish TV (with that annoying beeping), and you can almost always find a site with plenty of shade.
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You may have plans in place now, but others should be aware of the almost unlimited boondocking opportunities found just north of the Grand Canyon, in the Kaibab National Forest. And what a forest it is, too-- composed of aspen, ponderosa pine and blue spruce, the West's three lovliest trees, all gathered together for a command performance. Bring water, because there isn't much, and inquire about the current state of the dirt roads, and do some exploring.
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Thanks to all
Leaving in about a week. Hopefully, I can get to the North Side of the Canyon too. I like KOA's but I'm really hoping to find other campgrouns since KOA's charge a bunch for the wife and I and 5 grandkids (per head) and seldom let you put a tent along side. Is that a record? Seven with a Scamp?
Actualy taking along a small dome tent and the Suburban can actually sleep quite a few if needed.
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