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All of the recent talk of the Grand Canyon makes me want to go back there! I have found places where we can dry camp just east of Tusayan -- the question is whether there will be too much snow in late March. The area is at about 6500 feet. I don't mind cold weather -- but it is tough to drag the trailer through snow more than a few inches deep on those forest roads.

Am I out of my mind to even consider it?? (We tend to avoid campgrounds and RV parks -- too crowded and noisy, most of the time.)

Your thoughts would be appreciated.


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I think that you have a reasonable chance of good weather in late March. However, I would always have a plan B when planning a camping trip this time of year.

Suggest Southwestern Utah for plan B.


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Not sure if this will be of help Dispersed Camping Coconino Nat'l Forest I am not sure if there would be sites along the loop mentioned below or not, even if the campground is not open, perhaps there would be dispersed sites which could be use. It has been too many year for me to remember the area well.

Perhaps these will be of help. Area Around Flagstaff and Freidlein Prairie - FR 522 Dispearse camping has a map at bottom of the site as well.

I was going to suggest a possible B site, but the March date would not work.
Here was the suggestion anyway. Sorry.

We have always stayed in campgrounds out of the park. We found the park on south side by Flagstaff is close enough to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument with camping nearby where we have stayed to see the area. There is no camping in the monument. However, Bonito Campground , operated by the US Forest Service, is located across from the visitor center at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument which is on the loop road which goes by the Wupatki National Monument. This campground is generally open from late May through mid-October. There are no hook-ups. There are nice campgrounds on the north side at the park and if full in the Nat'l Forest just before getting into the park. We stayed outside the park when there in summer and park cg was full.
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Our experience with AZ over the last 15 snowbird years is that the weather there at that elevation can go either way. We've seen no snow at 9000 feet and this year (again at the Snowbowl outside Flagstaff) got about 90 inches in 5 days so you just don't know what it's gonna be. The best way to find out is our never fail method of "wait & see."


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