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Old 04-04-2014, 01:22 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon Boondocking Options???

I am planning a trip to the Grand Canyon for Memorial Day Weekend. I looked into Trailer Village but it is sold out. (no surprise) So I was wondering who has any experience with other campgrounds at the South Rim area. The less people, the better!

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Old 04-04-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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Mather CG takes res. but no hook-ups. There is Camper Village and Ten-x in Tusayan a few miles south of the canyon. Also Desert View CG that is east of the Village but is 1st come. Do not know of any boondock sites on south rim. There are a few boondock sites on the north rim, some on the edge of the canyon.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:39 PM   #3
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Yeah I have looked into all of those. Is that pretty much my only option? Are there any kick ass campgrounds within 30 minutes or so of the park?
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Bright Angel probably has openings, but you might need 4wd.
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* Not sure of the continued existence of these locations, but contact Tusayan Ranger District, Kaibab NF (928) 638-2443 for info.



Unlimited primitive parking at FS overflow area 5 mi S of south entrance (Hwy-180) between mile markers 232 & 233 (just S of Ten-X cg), on Road-688 on East side of hwy, and Road-686 on West side of Hwy. Dirt roads, and only small signs identify them as you turn onto them.
Also,Dispersed Camping: permitted in the NF outside the park. Camping must be at least 0.25mile away from Highway 64. Other restrictions may apply.
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I realize this is 60+ miles out of the park but there are many dispersed (boondock) camping options off US180 north of Flagstaff in the Coconino and Kaibab NF. There are maps on the websites of both forests that show where these spot are, see below. Also check out Bonito CG in the Coconio NF north of Flagstaff off US89 and Kaibab Lake CG in the Kaibab NF just north of Williams off US64, I'm not sure about the reservation policy at either. Yet further away from the Canyon are several campgrounds in the Lake Mary & Morman Lake area just south and east of Flag, some accept reservations some don't. More information on the Coconino campgrounds here:

Coconino National Forest - Camping & Cabins

and the Kaibab here:

Kaibab National Forest - Camping & Cabins

The challenge you will run into around Memorial Day is forest closure. The last couple of years they have had closure in mid June but it is very dry up here this year and there is a chance the forest will close before the end of May (my opinion only, no official word on that.) We are about 56" inches of snowfall below normal, have had 34" when normal is 90" by this time. Basically the same situation at the Canyon. That being said we did get 3" of snow Wednesday and a bit more forecast for tonight. Lets keep our fingers crossed, we need all the moisture we can get.
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Hi from AZ. . . The campground at the North Rim is a great spot, albeit without hook-ups. We prefer it to the South Rim due to less people, not quite so developed. Reservations are thru 'recreation.gov' Beautiful place that, regards, Craig
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Camped at both North and South, prefer North, way less commercialized and laid back. North campground provides fresh water to fill holding tank and does have a dump station. Our site had good direct sunshine allowing the solar panel to keep the batteries fully charged. Spent a week and enjoyed the experience.
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