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Peggyy

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Re: Yet another grand canyon question
« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2017, 02:42:59 PM »
While I agree, the Grand Canyon is a fantastic natural wonder, there is a down side.  Unless you stay in the lodge or other motel facility at Grand Canyon Village, it is not easy to go to see the view of the wonderful canyon. 

On the other hand going to the southeastern Utah area you are able to park your RV in many, many spots where you can step out of your front door with coffee or evening beverage and watch the sunrise/sunset to your hearts content.  Additionally as you drive there are new and varied views around each bend. 

Bottom line, to me at least, there is far more to be seen and experienced in SE Utah than the south rim of the Grand Canyon. 

While everyone should visit the Grand Canyon, once you have been there, head to the Canyonlands for a more intimate experience.

Where did you camp in se utah?  Anywhere specific you recommend?
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AStravelers

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Re: Yet another grand canyon question
« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2017, 04:19:25 PM »
There are many places to view the various parts of the Grand Canyon that are easily accessible by car or shuttle bus. True, you can't view the canyon from your RV windows at your campsite, but I wouldn't want to see the rim lined with RV's anyway. It's a small price to pay to see the great beauty of this natural wonder.
I agree totally, I wouldn't want the rim of the canyon lined with RV's either. 

The point is, that while the GC is a fantastic view, you have to spend several minutes to a half hour or more to go to the view or views you have selected.  Once there you can stand (or maybe sit) and admire the view, which is fantastic.  Once you finish your viewing you have the travel back to your RV.  If you are in Trailer Village you now have the view of the RV next to you.  Not wonderful!  Better if you are in Mather CG now you have nice trees and hopefully birds to view. 

Once you have seen the GC, head over to SE Utah.  Find a nice boondocking spot.  Sit outside your RV and watch the shadows and color light up the country side for an hour or two in morning and again in evening from the comfort of your recliner.  Or go take a walk near your RV if you like.  Or drive your car/truck down a different road for different views every day for several days to a week or more. 

Of course different people want different things. 

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WILDEBILL308

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Re: Yet another grand canyon question
« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2017, 08:27:38 PM »
Where did you camp in se utah?  Anywhere specific you recommend?
We used OK RV Park outside of Moab as base camp for Canyonlands and Arches.
OK RV Park, 3310 Spanish Valley Dr, Moab, UT 84532, okrvpark.com, (435) 259-1400.
When in Moab try Pasta Jay's on the main drag. it was good enough we are there a couple of times.
Pasta Jay's, 4 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532, pastajay.com, (435) 259-2900
Don't miss seeing all 4 sections of Canyonlands.
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Old_Crow

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Re: Yet another grand canyon question
« Reply #33 on: May 09, 2017, 06:21:01 AM »
While I agree, the Grand Canyon is a fantastic natural wonder, there is a down side.  Unless you stay in the lodge or other motel facility at Grand Canyon Village, it is not easy to go to see the view of the wonderful canyon. 

On the other hand going to the southeastern Utah area you are able to park your RV in many, many spots where you can step out of your front door with coffee or evening beverage and watch the sunrise/sunset to your hearts content.  Additionally as you drive there are new and varied views around each bend. 

Bottom line, to me at least, there is far more to be seen and experienced in SE Utah than the south rim of the Grand Canyon. 

While everyone should visit the Grand Canyon, once you have been there, head to the Canyonlands for a more intimate experience.

I see your toad is a 4x4.  First thing, ditch the south rim and go instead to the north rim of the canyon.  There are probably 1000 miles of forest roads to cruise and many places where you can get to the rim in your toad and park right on the edge if you so desire.  There are also many dispersed camping sites right on the rim.
 Also only a couple hour drive from Zion and Bryce.
My own two personal favorite view points are both about 35-40 miles off the pavement.  Both are actually about that distance from our campground, but they're over 100 "river miles" apart. 
Nothing like looking out over the canyon at sunrise or sunset with no other companion save the sounds of nature.
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blw2

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Re: Yet another grand canyon question
« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2017, 02:40:46 PM »
I see your toad is a 4x4.  First thing, ditch the south rim and go instead to the north rim of the canyon.  There are probably 1000 miles of forest roads to cruise and many places where you can get to the rim in your toad and park right on the edge if you so desire.  There are also many dispersed camping sites right on the rim.
 Also only a couple hour drive from Zion and Bryce.
My own two personal favorite view points are both about 35-40 miles off the pavement.  Both are actually about that distance from our campground, but they're over 100 "river miles" apart. 
Nothing like looking out over the canyon at sunrise or sunset with no other companion save the sounds of nature.

Any places like that you can get to in the RV?
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Re: Yet another grand canyon question
« Reply #35 on: May 12, 2017, 08:13:16 AM »
Depends on how crazy you are. 
I know several spots where I've seen 5er's parked that were walking distance to the rim(say basically across the road). 
There's plenty of spots out in the woods you could put a good sized coach or trailer and not see anyone for a week or more.  Was talking to one guy and we were the first people he'd seen in 4 days.  He was tent camping right on the rim at a spot probably 20 miles off the pavement.
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Dara

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Re: Yet another grand canyon question
« Reply #36 on: May 12, 2017, 01:23:21 PM »
Sedona is a short drive to the south from Flagstaff. Very scenic area. Take the toad, the road is not rv friendly. To the north of the Grand Canyon is Page Arizona. I think its about a two hour drive. It has the slot canyons, horseshoe bend in the Colorado River, as well as the Glen Canyon Dam. The dam is within a few feet of being as big as Hoover Dam. Not far from Page, you are into Utah which has Monument Valley, and lots of National Parks like Zion and Bryce canyon. When we went to the Grand Canyon, we had three days scheduled. Next time I go back, Im going to make it at least a week. Of our 6000 mile tour last year, the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon area was the most scenic.

this is what i did last year.  i don't have a camper yet though.  I loved Flagstaff! but Sedona is a must see.  i drove up very early from Sedona area to the GC and saw the South Rim in one day.  it really depends on the type of person you are. do you like to take your time?  are you going to go to the North Rim too?  i did another one day drive up to Page, AZ and did the River boat tour and Antelope Canyon. So cool.  i will also go back and do the north side and check out Utah parks more.
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