Trailer Camping Near Grand Canyon National Park
November 29, 2011
Filed under National Parks
What is there to say about the Grand Canyon, it’s simply grand. For trailer campers, it’s a must see.
The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most popular parks in America. Nearly 5 million people visit the 1 mile deep, 277 mile long canyon each year. The Grand Canyon was first established as the Grand Canyon Game Preserve in 1906. It was blocked from becoming a national park for many years by opponents, such as land and mining claim holders, but in 1919 it was designated the Grand Canyon National Park.
The Grand Canyone was carved out over millions of years by the Colorado River, revealing 2 billion years worth of geological history in the rocks. This, combined with the natural beauty surrounding it plus the wildlife, makes the Grand Canyon National Park an excellent Arizona RV camping destination.
The Grand Canyon National Park varies in elevation from 2000 feet to 8000 feet, meaning there is a big variance in temperature and climate depending on elevation. In general, the summer months are pleasant. Highs on the South Rim reach up into the 80s, while not usually getting over the 70s in the higher elevated North Rim. Temperatures can reach over 100 degrees down in the canyon. Summer thunderstorms are frequent in July, August and early September. Lightning, rain, flash floods and even tornados and hail can occur. Fall temperatures remain pleasant, although cooler than summer months. Fall is also drier, although late summer rains or early winter snow storms are known to occur, making weather a little unpredictable. Trailer campers should be prepared for sunshine, rain, snow and wind. The winter months can be extreme, with snowstorms, icy roads and trails, and possible road closures. The South Rim is the more accessible part of the park, with many opportunities to see the Canyon from the comfort of your car. 90 percent of visitors only visit the South Rim. The Desert View Drive heads along the east rim of the canyon for 26 miles, ending at the East entrance of the park and at the Desert View Tower. The tower was constructed in 1932 and is a replica of an Indian tower. The view from the top is magnificent with the Grand Canyon in front, the Painted Desert to the East and the San Francisco Peaks to the South. The 70 foot tower is the highest point on the South Rim. The North Rim is harder to access, and weather often makes it inaccessible during the winter months. Since only 10 percent of visitors go to the North Rim, it is a bit more private and much less crowded.
The entrance fee for the park is $25, which is good for seven days and for both the North and South Rim. Trailer campers can hike, climb and even ride a donkey to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
For Woodall’s approved Arizona RV camping spots near the Canyon, visit Arizona campgrounds.