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Old 01-21-2023, 11:09 AM   #1
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Grand Canyon in spring

Hello everyone,

We're planning a trip to the Grand Canyon sometime this spring, either April or May. We've never been. We'll be travelling south from Vancouver BC and looking for the best route with nice campgrounds along the way. We don't want to travel more than 4 hours a day if possible.

If anyone has any campground/route suggestions that would be awesome. We normally boondock so don't need a hookup if that helps.

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Double-check, some of the campgrounds don't open until mid-May.
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There ae many ways to get to the Grand Canyon from Vancouver. If you have time....head down Hwy 101 through the Olympic Pen...the Oregon Coast and the Northern Calf Redwoods.....a beautiful drive...lots to see. If you like history and museums.....stop by the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Wa.....some folks consider it a "must see" when visiting the Pac. Northwest. By the way.....at the Grand Canyon......if time permits.....visit the North rim as well as the tourist South rim......both are beautiful in their own way. Bryce....Zion....Crater Lake.....Yosmite....all can be part of the trip depending on time and desire.....have fun....safe travels.
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Double-check, some of the campgrounds don't open until mid-May.
I wondered about that. I'll be sure and check. We have a few campgrounds here that are open all year, but most are closed.
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I wondered about that. I'll be sure and check. We have a few campgrounds here that are open all year, but most are closed.
Yeah, check ALL of the places you want to go. It's not unusual for the Rim Road to be closed at Crater Lake until Memorial Day.



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There ae many ways to get to the Grand Canyon from Vancouver. If you have time....head down Hwy 101 through the Olympic Pen...the Oregon Coast and the Northern Calf Redwoods.....a beautiful drive...lots to see. If you like history and museums.....stop by the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Wa.....some folks consider it a "must see" when visiting the Pac. Northwest. By the way.....at the Grand Canyon......if time permits.....visit the North rim as well as the tourist South rim......both are beautiful in their own way. Bryce....Zion....Crater Lake.....Yosmite....all can be part of the trip depending on time and desire.....have fun....safe travels.
Thanks! We haven't been to the Northwest Carriage Museum yet. We'll have to see if it's on route, when we have one figured out that is.

We did the 101 many years ago for our honeymoon. Took a leisurely 3 weeks down to San Diego and back. It really is beautiful. But that was in July in good weather. We've tried camping on the Oregon coast before and it's always hit or miss on the weather. Not that it isn't still beautiful when it's raining, and being from Vancouver we're no stranger to rain. Our preference would be to get east of the mountains sooner rather than later where it's drier.
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Be prepared for cool weather. Desert View campground at the Grand Canyon on May 18th:
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Be prepared for cool weather. Desert View campground at the Grand Canyon on May 18th:
Snow?! I knew it was cold at night but didn't realize there could still be snow in May. I guess at that elevation all bets are off. Similar to Banff or Jasper when it could snow in August.

Maybe we will rethink the April-May timeline and shift it to May-June. We are just trying to stay ahead of the crowds, if that is even possible.

It looks like a beautiful campground though. What are those trees?
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Whenever possible, camping inside the National Parks is both convenient and low cost. It will require reservations, and some parks like Zion are HOT by May so getting electric hookup is important.

Utah is also home to many GREAT state parks, too many to list here.

One direction I’d loop west through WA state or OR, through Idaho and Utah.

North rim of Grand Canyon is always my choice, when it’s open.

Ahead of the crowds? Not happening. Zion for example is packed by the middle of March. One overlooked advantage of a campsite inside the park is that it also gives you a parking spot. It’s not unusual for Zion parking to be full by mid morning.

Weather wise, it’s all about elevation, not state area is located in. Google has ample weather history that is more accurate than any forum post IMO.
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Whenever possible, camping inside the National Parks is both convenient and low cost. It will require reservations, and some parks like Zion are HOT by May so getting electric hookup is important.

Utah is also home to many GREAT state parks, too many to list here.

One direction Iíd loop west through WA state or OR, through Idaho and Utah.

North rim of Grand Canyon is always my choice, when itís open.

Ahead of the crowds? Not happening. Zion for example is packed by the middle of March. One overlooked advantage of a campsite inside the park is that it also gives you a parking spot. Itís not unusual for Zion parking to be full by mid morning.

Weather wise, itís all about elevation, not state area is located in. Google has ample weather history that is more accurate than any forum post IMO.
We don't have air conditioning so a hookup won't help with the heat but having a parking spot inside of the park is a great tip I hadn't thought of.
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If you are passing through Idaho, Craters of the Moon is unique and worth a stop. In Utah, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion should not be missed. All are more accessible than Grand Canyon. Kodachrome Basin is a nice Utah state park. I would stick with the earlier schedule, skip the school kids and hotter weather.
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Thanks! We haven't been to the Northwest Carriage Museum yet. We'll have to see if it's on route, when we have one figured out that is.

We did the 101 many years ago for our honeymoon. Took a leisurely 3 weeks down to San Diego and back. It really is beautiful. But that was in July in good weather. We've tried camping on the Oregon coast before and it's always hit or miss on the weather. Not that it isn't still beautiful when it's raining, and being from Vancouver we're no stranger to rain. Our preference would be to get east of the mountains sooner rather than later where it's drier.
I have traveled almost every road you could possibly take to get to the Grand Canyon......lots to see no matter how you go. I love the coast in all weather but.....it's not for everyone. As for the museum.....you won't be disaapointed........I have restored 40+ vehicles over the years and acquired over 1000 artifacts.......our collection is considered world class and people from all over the world visit us each year.....hope you do as well. Safe travels.
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