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Old 07-26-2006, 02:56 AM   #1
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Kaibab National Forest North Ranger District

Anyone ever taken their Airstream boondocking at the North Rim dispersed camping in the Kaibab National Forest North Ranger District?

I have a 31', and am wondering if there is any place to boondock up there where you can turn it around and get it out?

Any stories?
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I'd like to see this info, too. How soon are you traveling?

There's lots of boondocking opportunity along 89 west of Page on the way to Kanab. You can start right at the Paria River BLM office parking lot. That whole route varies between arid and then junipers as you get closer to Kanab.

You are a real trooper if you boondock with a 31 footer!
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You are a real trooper if you boondock with a 31 footer!
I boondock in my 31 footer ALL THE TIME with 3 people and 2 dogs.
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Old 07-26-2006, 09:25 AM   #4
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Anyone ever taken their Airstream boondocking at the North Rim dispersed camping in the Kaibab National Forest North Ranger District?

I have a 31', and am wondering if there is any place to boondock up there where you can turn it around and get it out?

Any stories?
David--We just returned from a weeks stay at the North Rim and are frequent visitors to the Kaibab. While we have never had our trailer in there we have tent and car camped there many times. The answer to your question is yes. Once you turn south on rt 67 at Jacob Lake you can camp anywhere in the National Forest. The are several roads that lead through out it and lots of places to camp. This is a big deer hunting area in the fall and there are multiple hunter made campsites to choose from. My advise would be to trailer to Jacob Lake, drop the trailer and scout out a campsite. The reason for this, once you leave rt 67 its all gravel roads, mostly grader mantained but the Kaibab Limestone it VERY hard on tires. Go slow and there is no problem. Looking around without the trailer would be much easier on equipment. As a side note they just had a large forest fire and there are some restrictions at the present time. Information is available at the Jacob Lake visitor center.-----Pieman
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OK...that makes sense to scout a place then re-hook and go.
I knew about the fire shutting down the road into North Rim earlier this year, and that there was a large amount of damage to the forest North of the GC Natl Park in places.
I was thinking: In the forest and at elevation would be cooler at night than in the flats someplace. But, I also know that you don't turn around a 31' trailer and a crew cab Duramax on a one lane gravel road....you have to have someplace to back it into a campsite, to be able to get back out of the forest. I can back a trailer with the best of them, but it is not my favorite activity.
Of course, if there is room at Jacob Lake Campground, that would make it easy as well.
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I believe you can drop temporarily right at the visitors center (Park Service, Forest Service, don't recall right now). It's very close to Alt 89 after you turn south onto 67 at Jacobs Lake. I did that a couple years ago for a few hours, after asking at the desk.
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Kaibab is one of my favorite destinations. We have not taken our AS up there yet but plan to do so. Back in my tent camping days Iíve taken my Jeep deep into the Kaibab 50+ miles off road to breathtaking vistas. I would recommend buying an Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/089...lance&n=283155
This map is very detailed and valuable for exploring our states back roads and forest roads. The main Forest services roads in the Kaibab are wide graded gravel. Some of the secondary FR could be a little tight for a big AS and the jeep trails would obviously be impossible. There are several large boondock sites just off the gravel along many of the main FR roads. HUGE Ponderosa pines . The North Rim Grand Canyon Lodge closes Oct 15th. A friend of mine just got back Sunday from a motorcycle trip to the N. Rim and just south of Jacob Lake there was a large section of the forest burned from the fires earlier this year. But the Kaibab is so large that a couple of thousand acres burned wonít even be noticed. Have fun and safe travels.
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Kaibab is one of my favorite destinations. We have not taken our AS up there yet but plan to do so. Back in my tent camping days Iíve taken my Jeep deep into the Kaibab 50+ miles off road to breathtaking vistas. I would recommend buying an Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/089...lance&n=283155
This map is very detailed and valuable for exploring our states back roads and forest roads. The main Forest services roads in the Kaibab are wide graded gravel. Some of the secondary FR could be a little tight for a big AS and the jeep trails would obviously be impossible. There are several large boondock sites just off the gravel along many of the main FR roads. HUGE Ponderosa pines . The North Rim Grand Canyon Lodge closes Oct 15th. A friend of mine just got back Sunday from a motorcycle trip to the N. Rim and just south of Jacob Lake there was a large section of the forest burned from the fires earlier this year. But the Kaibab is so large that a couple of thousand acres burned wonít even be noticed. Have fun and safe travels.
I have the Texas and New Mexico versions of the Gazetter. It is a good publication. Thanks for the reminder.
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I would recommend buying an Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer
Even better than the Delorme atlas, IMO, is the one published by Benchmark. These atlasas can also be found at Amazon.com.
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Even better than the Delorme atlas, IMO, is the one published by Benchmark. These atlasas can also be found at Amazon.com.
I have the New Mexico version of the Benchmark.
All maps seem to have their good and weak points.
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Looking for a Camping areafor the photo rally

I'm looking for an area to camp in the north rim area, I would prefer not to camp in the NP campground, but that is an option. The idea location would be near nice scenery and maybe big enough for upto half a dozen rigs in a reasonable area. Suggestions are welcome )
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Theere is a forest service campground at Jacob lake that while not senic should take care of your needs---pieman
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Anyone know about boondocking along Alt 89 west of Page?
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