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Posted: 05/02/10 10:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are traveling from Camp Verde to Page tomorrow and would like to b oondock overnight close to the Grand Canyon. Any suggestions for a safe, overnight stay? Thanks.

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North Grand Canyon, there should be many dispersed sites around Jacob Lake in the National Forest. South Grand Canyon, likewise there should be dispersed sites in the National Forest south of the Canyon. disperse camping ******* north rim dispersed
However, the north rim seems is not open at this time, Open May 15 it seems. Open Date 2010
Flagstaff Area Dispersed Camping ***** More Dispersed Info ***** More Info

Freidlein Prairie - FR 522 Dispearse camping has a map at bottom of the site.

At Grand Canyon South, We have always stayed in a campground out of the park. We found the entrance to 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 Homolovi Ruins. Edit: No, make that Wupatki National Monument.[emoticon] 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. While at the Canyon or on the way to it, these are neat places to see as well. Not far from Flagstaff, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and on the same looping hwy, Wupatki National Monument.
Sunset Crater & Wupatki

Off of I-40 by Winslow, Arizona, Homolovi Ruins State PARK.

On I-40 Take exit 257 for AZ-87 toward Second Mesa 0.4 mi; Turn left at AZ-87/I-40 Bus/E Second St (signs for AZ-87/Second Mesa)
Continue to follow AZ-87 1.5 mi; Turn left at Honani Rd.

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Posted: 05/02/10 11:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

South Grand Canyon - Ten X national forest campground at Tusayan on Hwy 64 has large sites. Desert View campground IN the park on the east side is very nice. We even fit our 40' in one.

North Grand Canyon - many dispersed areas along Hwy 67 to just pull off onto. You would also fit in the park's campground but get there early in the morning for a site.

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There are some national forest roads east of Tusayan that are open to boondockers. My guess is that some of Desert Hawk's amazing links will show you those areas.

I am told, though, that you want to be as far away from the airport as you can because of the noise.


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Hi!
Not sure if you know much about the Grand Canyon ~ here's some helpful information: http://campingandtravels.blogspot.com/20........going-to-grand-canyon-here-is-great.html.


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Hi,
A spot that I have used on the south rim. You access it from inside the park.
From south rim hwy 64 east toward Cameron, between mm 252 & 253 & 2 miles east of Grand View view point, at a sign that says Arizona Trail, turn right. You go 0.5 mile and across a cattle guard. After the cattle guard and fence the land is National Forest. Pick a spot. Be SURE that you get onto the National Forest. The Grand Canyon park rangers get really testy if you are parked within the park.
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Thanks for all the input and suggestions. We stayed at the Ten-X Campgroud which is about 5 miles south of the park and is very nice. During our tours around the area, there is a lot of National Forest areas that you can park on. Just get 1/4 mile off the road and you are good to go. The host at Ten-X is a great guy and is full of lots of information about must-see things and places to go. With our Senior Pass it was only $5. bucks a night.

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We actually stayed at Ten-X now for 4 nights, very nice park. The camp hosts' "The Ayres" are super hosts and you can tell they enjoy their job. Their are many spaces that are large, the only problem was low hanging branches in the sites. This is a great place to stay.

Thanks for the input.

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DesertHawk wrote:

North Grand Canyon, there should be many dispersed sites around Jacob Lake in the National Forest. South Grand Canyon, likewise there should be dispersed sites in the National Forest south of the Canyon. disperse camping ******* north rim dispersed
However, the north rim seems is not open at this time, Open May 15 it seems. Open Date 2010
Flagstaff Area Dispersed Camping ***** More Dispersed Info ***** More Info

Freidlein Prairie - FR 522 Dispearse camping has a map at bottom of the site.

At Grand Canyon South, We have always stayed in a campground out of the park. We found the entrance to 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 Homolovi Ruins. Edit: No, make that Wupatki National Monument.[emoticon] 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. While at the Canyon or on the way to it, these are neat places to see as well. Not far from Flagstaff, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and on the same looping hwy, Wupatki National Monument.
Sunset Crater & Wupatki

Off of I-40 by Winslow, Arizona, Homolovi Ruins State PARK.

On I-40 Take exit 257 for AZ-87 toward Second Mesa 0.4 mi; Turn left at AZ-87/I-40 Bus/E Second St (signs for AZ-87/Second Mesa)
Continue to follow AZ-87 1.5 mi; Turn left at Honani Rd.


FANTASTIC links! Thanks for sharing..I am saving this thread & post for future reference when we go back to that area.


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