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Old 12-27-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon South & North Rim/Zion/Bryce

Hi, starting to plan our first season in our new Airstream, Beatrice! I'm searching AllStays and various other sites on the internet. Getting a little confused on which campgrounds/RV Parks to stay at in these locations. Any suggestions on specific campgrounds would be wonderful. We would love full hook ups but, we realize it might not happen at many spots. Happy New Year to all!!!
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On the Grand Canyon North Rim stay here:
Campgrounds - North Rim - Grand Canyon National Park
A lovely campground.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:13 PM   #3
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Grand Canyon South Rim choices. Grand Canyon Trailer Village (inside the park) has full hookups, Mather Campground has no hookups. Camper Village (outside the park in Tusayan) has hookups. It is about 4 miles from the park.
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Our Spot on the North Rim

This was our assigned campsite on the North Rim; spacious and convenient to everything in the park:
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This was our assigned campsite on the North Rim; spacious and convenient to everything in the park:
Do you happen to remember which site # this was? Could you look into the canyon from your site?

I'm trying to get a feel for how close those edge campsites are to the North Rim.
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Do you happen to remember which site # this was? Could you look into the canyon from your site?

I'm trying to get a feel for how close those edge campsites are to the North Rim.
The RV Campsites are contained by an oblong, perimeter road with four, parallel roads crossing east to west. (See the map at my link in the earlier post)
The perimeter road has pull-through campsites that offer the most isolation since you are on the outermost campsites.
The campsites on the parallel roads inside the perimeter are more level, but you could have other campers nearby.
There is no view of the canyon from any RV campsite that I recall. Though it's only a short hike to the rim, there is a Ponderosa forest between your campsite and the rim.
Some tent-sites are perched closer to the rim.
I don't remember my campsite number. We were about 5 o'clock on the perimeter. (Right at the "p" in campground on the map.) No matter, there are no bad sites.
Hope this helps
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For Bryce Canyon you may want to consider Ruby s. It is just outside the main entrance. We stayed there in early October of this year for four days and liked it very much. Also there is an RV wash just across the street that was very convenient. The Watchman campground in Zion NP has some sites with water and electricity but we weren't able to get a spot so stayed somewhere else. We walked through it and wished we could have stayed there.

We did the loop of National Parks (except the North Rim) and enjoyed every minute of it. Have a great time.
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I can't speak about the Grand Canyon, but for the others:

I would suggest you check out the official National Park websites: the ones with the .gov addresses, not the .com ones. Sometimes you have to hunt for it on their sites, but they do have information on all their campgrounds, including the ones that take reservations. Because the National Parks are so popular, it is something to consider. The Watchman Campground in Zion takes reservations and has electrical hookups.

First-come, first serve in a National Park can mean RVs are lining up at 9:00 a.m. to bag a site if anyone is leaving.

You don't mention what time of year you intend to travel. Basically on the shoulder seasons, the higher elevation parks can get quite cool, with freezing nighttime temperatures. (The park websites also have weather info.) Consequently (like Woosh) we've stayed at the commercial campground at Ruby's Inn near Bryce to get their electrical hookup for our space-heater. Similarly, Zion gets really hot in the summer, so a plug-in for your AC would be nice.

Check out the Woodall's guide. They list the parks as destinations, with Springdale, UT being the gateway town for Zion. There are several large RV parks just outside of Zion and Bryce, and then the parks have shuttle busses during the high season to take you around.

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Old 12-28-2012, 04:21 PM   #9
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North rim. There is one very bad site. Somewhere around number 64 or 65. I would not take anything in the 60's just to be sure.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:02 PM   #10
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More Info on North Rim

Found this on the internet. I think I was in RV Space 23. See the actual sites at this link: Campsite Map V2 - NORTH RIM CAMPGROUND, AZ - Recreation.gov
"Shaded by ponderosa pines and situated alongside Transept Canyon (a side canyon), this is a delightful place to pass a few days. The pines, which shade a soft, smooth forest floor, are spaced just far enough apart to allow for group sports and other activities. The 1.5- mile-long Transept Trail links the campground to Grand Canyon Lodge. A service station, the North Rim General Store, a laundromat, and showers ($2 for approx. 6 min.) are all within walking distance. The most spectacular sites are the rim sites, which overlook the canyon. These cost an extra $7 but are worth it -- they're some of the prettiest anywhere. Campfire programs are offered at 7pm nightly in the amphitheater. With only 87 sites, the North Rim Campground fills up for most of the summer. You can book a spot up to 6 months in advance. Even if you show up without a reservation and find the SORRY, CAMPGROUND FULL sign on the entry booth, ask about cancellations. The best time to do so is between 10am and 11am when sites made available by the preceding night's cancellations go up for sale. The campground sometimes stays open on a limited basis after October 15, until snow closes Highway 67, but you'll need to self-register, and few services are available in the park."
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We have stayed in site 24 at North Rim campground. I'd guess sites 15-19 have the best positions right on the edge. Nothing is undesirable at this campground!
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A couple of years ago we stayed at the North Rim as well as Bryce Canyon. We were on our way to the Balloon Festival. Both of these places were spectacular. I believe that we were in either site 14 or 16 but like Alumaholic has said, most of the sites are very nice, especially the ones on the outside of the big loop. We were very close to the canyon but that is a bit misleading. The "Grand" canyon is a ways off. The campground is located on one of the side canyons that feed into the Grand Canyon if that makes any sense.

The trail that leads to the Grand Canyon Lodge is well worth the walk. It is an easy trek, level most of the way and very safe as it is set well back from the edge.

We found Bryce Canyon spectacular in its own right. There is no comparison between the two and I would suggest that you try to see both. Both of these campgrounds are set up for dry camping. There is water available but no electricity.
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Thank you so much for all your responses!!!! Will be booking our trip soon. Happy New Year!!
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Don't Overlook Lee's Ferry

We spent the night at the Lee's Ferry Campground on our way to the North Rim, almost a random decision on the way to our destination. We found ourselves loving that, smaller, unmentioned spot on the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam and about 40-50 miles upriver from the Grand Canyon itself; the only place I know of that you can drive right up to the banks of the Colorado River.
So, if time allows, plan a night or two there.
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