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Old 04-30-2014, 09:46 PM   #1
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Boondocking just S of Grand Canyon

Yes a few helicopters over head but we are in the park most of the time during the day. Off FR 302 in Tusayan dry camping and it is so wonderful.

Off to more boondocking in a few days at Lake Mead but just loving this!
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:56 PM   #2
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Do you have a GPS coordinate to share perhaps?
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That sounds very exciting yet peaceful. I've been down some of those Forest Service roads there and the forest is so incredibly different from the canyon to the north or the desert to the south. I'll be van camping at the canyon later this year (I'm currently repairing and renovating my AS). I hope you enjoy your time at the Grand Canyon - it is such an amazing place.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:24 AM   #4
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We found our spot on Freecampsites. It is in Tusayan. The directions were really simple..when coming from the S up 64 as you enter Tusayan at the first traffic circle it is a right turn and is marked with a FR 302 brown sign. Just turn right there and 1/4 mile down will be a camping allowed from this point sign then take your pick. We are about 3/4 mile on the left side .. there are so many places. You can drive off the road down one of these little dirt roads and there are multiple sites in the woods.
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Maybe you're thinking of Ten-X campground just south of Tusayan:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Te...bba02af0c3f4c8


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Passed that on the way in..this is FR 302..boondocking FREE
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badkat -- what's the general availability of sites amongst the scrub? Looking at the Kaibab forest rules for dispersed camping and comparing that to google satelite maps, I am curious how easy it was to find space (especailly the rules that you can't boondock near water sources, historical buildings and only within 30' of the fire road)?
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:48 PM   #8
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Gosh ..no problem..sites are everywhere. Where we are is kinda close to 302 we are the only trailer in a very large site. Beside us is a dirt road in very good shape that goes back to about 4 or more sites. There are little roads everywhere in the beautiful Ponderosa Pines. They all seem to go and branch off into sites.

Just unreal! Loving it.
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ah you get the Anasazi radio station too! enjoy the time there; thanks for the recommendations on FR 302 -- its in my book for a seasonal trip!
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This is only our 4th time boondocking. If they are similar to this I am hooked! Off to Lake Mead in a few.
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Maybe you're thinking of Ten-X campground just south of Tusayan:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Te...bba02af0c3f4c8


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tenX is a wonderful rec.gov site, Ive been there many times and it affords a bit more of a low key experience. The Forest Service Road 302 does indeed exist I promise ...Im camped on it as we speak. I will try to get some photos up for you folks. Hint to the wise, arrive on a Monday through Thursday. It is not a "mad house" per say on the weekend, quite quiet as a matter of fact, the prime camp spots do fill though by Friday afternoon.

Some helpful hints:
You can enter the Grand canyon with your park pass....head to Mather campground, it is about 4 miles past the gate. ...take a left turn on CENTER street...and a right turn at the first campground sign, A last right turn at the Mather camp sign. You will see a FREE
dump station, on your right just BEFORE you enter the Mather gates- a FREE Water hook up....and FREE trash disposal....
Did I mention the small laundry mat ( 1.75 to wash / 1.00 to dry) and coin showers for 2.00??

So save your money, as the FR 302 is WELL worth it IMHO, solitude and a beautiful setting. The story about the helicopters is true, just go past the small green mile marker 2 sign and you will be out of their flight path. They normally operate on the hour in the mid day for a few hours ( off season).
No night operations, so it is quite quiet and peaceful. Mather Campground is IMHO quite loud, many 1 nighters, rushing in late and making a good bit of noise. 18.00 night 50% off for us seniors. The full hook up campground next to Mather CG was a large disappointment, as it looked to be like parking in a walmart parking lot with hook ups, not an exaggeration for $36.00 a night no senior discount.

Feel free to PM me, I will try to post photos for inquiring minds We are 67' all hooked up and had no problem with a quad door dually 8' bed and 34 triple axle

Hope this helps- Safe and peaceful journeys
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Forest Road 302, is as the OP stated just past the first rotary, on your RIGHT as you head toward the main gate-
Brake early it is aprox 30 feet beyond the FIRST rotary You will know you are on the right road as you will cross a cattle guard and head up a decent incline on a dirt road. nothing major- beautiful campsites!!

If you go "too far" or dont find what you want ....there is a LARGE Y in the road about 5 miles in where even I can 3 point turn around, no worries
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Marking this spot in my AZ Benchmark! Thanks for the tip, looks wonderful.
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