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Old 08-06-2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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North Rim Grand Canyon

We're planning a couple week trip this October with our main destination being the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We'll also take in Zion, Bryce and probably Monument Valley.

Anyone out there have suggestions on where or where not to camp in and around that part of the Grand Canyon?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 08-06-2012, 11:18 PM   #2
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If you can work it in, Arches NP is a fantastic stop on that route. I'm curious why the North Rim? I've done both and the South is sort of the typical destination. At the time I was tenting, so I'm not sure about RV sites...

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Old 08-06-2012, 11:20 PM   #3
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North Rim closes by October 15 at the latest for the Winter.....FYI
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:39 PM   #4
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Hope you have reservations at zion. I put in two months ago for the third week in October and there wasn't much left. If your there look for us. We will be down across from the river in watchman campground..

We stayed in a RV park about 20 min for the north rim. that was back in 2001 so I don't even remember what it was call. but I like the North rim, not so touristy..

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Old 08-07-2012, 03:16 AM   #5
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Actually, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is open until November 27th, or until snow closes Highway 67.

Quote from National Park Web site:

Starting October 16, or until Highway 67 closes due to snow, campsites with limited services, such as portable toilets, will be available for a $12 fee on a first-come, first-served basis.

See links below for additional details, maps, etc.:

Operating Hours & Seasons - Grand Canyon National Park

Campgrounds - North Rim - Grand Canyon National Park
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:19 AM   #6
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At the North Rim CG in the park, spots 9-14, on the outside loop are pull throughs that are right next to the edge of the canyon. In St. George, UT, Snow Canyon is very neat spot. In Bryce there is a loop hike you can do from Sunrise point down the Queens garden and back up through Wall Street which is the best way to see the formations. Kodachrome SP is a neat spot just east of Bryce and there is a nice slot canyon hike at Willis Creek. In Escalante, is the Shooting Star Drive-In, is an all airstream RV park that is worth the stop to visit or stay, or at the Petrified Forest SP.
Capitol Reef is also a great place if you want to hike some great canyons.
Natural Bridges is a nice park, but you would need to camp at the dispersed camp area outside the park. At Monument Valley, you want to stay at Goulding's and not the RV park inside the monument. That's just a fraction of things to see in a nutshell! Highway 12 has some steep and winding grades but it is doable if you take your time and go slow. Muley Twist between Natural Bridges and Monument Valley is a hairy canyon grade that can be done if you are familiar with tight mountain grades and have good brakes.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:41 AM   #7
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Good info. You just might see another 2011 27 FB Int'l cruising around up there this fall.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:07 AM   #8
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Use the search function here on the Forum. Last year there was a great discussion and info on the North Rim....roads, overnights, Parks, etc.
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If you can camp at the North Rim or Bryce Canyon, plan on some frosty weather, as the elevations are very high. We've stayed at the Ruby's Inn RV park just outside of Bryce a few times, mostly for the electrical hook-up. It's a nice place. There are some Forest Service campgrounds in these areas, but if you are thinking of using them its best to find out ahead of time if they will still be open.

We camped at Natural Bridges this past spring. This place is so worth it, and less heavily visited. The NPS campground was tiny and full by around 11:00 am. We did get one of the "dispersed" sites Mojo mentioned. These are on BLM land, and we got a nice one where the park service handout said "tent camping", but it worked fine for us. Thankfully. The road to the RV overflow area was in very rough shape.

Arches and environs are super places. If you visit Arches, we would also recommend Dead Horse Point State Park. The view is phenomenal. There is a small campground there, and a larger BLM overflow campground called Horsethief CG close by.

There are some RV parks around Springdale, just outside Zion NP if you can't get into the campgrounds. Check the Zion NP website if you plan to enter or exit via the tunnel/East entrance. There are some length restrictions and they charge a small fee to take RVs through with a pilot car.

October can be a surprisingly popular time in the southern Utah parks. I think a lot of retirees decide to visit then. But what a beautiful time to go!
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:51 PM   #10
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I actually like Brice better than the Grand Canyon. Much more to do, lots more hiking trails, less crowded and the colors in the canyon walls are magnificent.

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:52 PM   #11
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Near Zion you might want to check this spot out:

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Totally agree with all the above. We were in Snow Canyon near St George in February. The whole area has a unique beauty that we had to return. In July, we started at North Rim for a few days (camping at Kaibab near Jacob Lake), then on to Kodachrome (don't miss it, convenient to Bryce Canyon), stopping at Shooting Star on the way to Dead Horse Point near Moab and Arches National Monument. We had so much fun, and there's so much to see, we'll make our way back again soon to see more of the places we didn't get to this time.
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Agree with Mojo ,great advice. Snow Canyon is quite a Suprise.Very Nice.
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Seemore, this Airstream Park looks amazing. Thanks for the tip-off. We stayed at a B&B once in Escalante, shortly after Bill Clinton had declared the Grand Stair Case National Monument, and our hostess showed us pictures of townspeople hanging him in effigy. We get to Utah once or twice a year, and the Escalante area is one we should revisit!

We camped once at Snow Canyon, and really liked it, but it can fill up. Nice red rocks and trails, and a few sites with hook-ups. Very close to St. George, UT. They do take reservations.

Anyone here hiked Angels Landing at Zion? I won't do it (fear of heights) but Len is very proud of having hiked it last year (at age 71.)


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