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Tips for North Rim visit with RV

Vienna, Virginia
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Tips for North Rim visit with RV

We'll be visiting the North Rim with a 30 ft RV on Friday, July 25. Right now we have reservations at Jacob Lake Campground 45 miles away (the nights of July 24 and 25) but will continue to call to see if anyone has cancelled at the North Rim Campground inside the park. With just one full day at the north rim, how do you suggest we spend our time? We're traveling with two teenaged boys (ages 15 and 18). Is it easy enough to get around the park with an RV? Have perused some other forum questions and it doesn't sound too bad, but not sure if that applied to RVs as well.

Sedona, Arizona
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1. Re: Tips for North Rim visit with RV

The roads inside the park that take you to the remote viewpoints are two lane paved roads. But they are narrow and mostly lack shoulders for pulling off. On some of the tight curves an RV can be a challenge. Hopefully your driving experience will be sufficient. You don't really have a choice. Just be considerate of other travelers and beware of the cars and their drivers who will be frustrated behind you.

Vienna, Virginia
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2. Re: Tips for North Rim visit with RV

Thanks for the reply, RedRox, and the heads up. Is there a shuttle service on the north rim that we could use instead?

Sedona, Arizona
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3. Re: Tips for North Rim visit with RV

Nope. That's why folks like the NR. No nothing. You're on your own.

If you want a more manageable GC visit with more view points, facilities and access, choose the south rim. Much better IMO for a first time GC visit.

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Vienna, Virginia
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5. Re: Tips for North Rim visit with RV

Unfortunately, we're locked in to the north rim for this trip, so we'll make do. Thank you, Copper_JackRabbi (or JillRabbit?)t, for the reassurance! Sounds like it will be quite hot while we're there next week. Will try out some of the after dark activities suggested by other reviewers!

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7. Re: Tips for North Rim visit with RV

RedRox's comment on roads "that take you to theremote viewpoints" refers to the side road to Point Imperial and Cape Royal. Map:

nps.gov/grca/…north-rim-map.pdf

You will enter theparksin on state highway 67 and can stay on that to the end at the Grand Canyon Lodge and visitor center. There is a large parking lot where you can park your RV. You can easily spend half a day at the visitor center, lodge ( buy lunch at the deli and go sit on the patio of the lodge,might on the rim), and walking out to Bright Angel Point (spectacular) and taking the Transept Trail toward the store and campground. This goes along a side canyon and is usually shaded, making for a pleasant walk.

Ask at the visitor center about the advisability of taking your RV on the Cape Rpyal/Point Imperial road. If OK, you can do this, at least to Point Imperial, 16 miles RT, as a nice detour on your way back to Jacob Lake.

Aubrey, Texas
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8. Re: Tips for North Rim visit with RV

You shouldn't have any problems on the NR roads. Enter "Cape Royal Road, North Rim, Coconino, AZ" on Google Maps. With the satellite layer turned on follow the road to Cape Royal and Point Imperial then back to 67. Apart from the relatively tight turn just before Cape Royal, which looks manageable, the road looks fine for your vehicle.

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9. Re: Tips for North Rim visit with RV

I don't know if you've seen the 2014 North Rim visitors guide, but it contains lots of really useful information about the park services at the North Rim, such as ranger programs, day hikes, restaurant/shops/services hours, etc. You will get a paper copy when you enter the park but I think it's worth browsing through ahead of time to get a feel for the layout of the park:

nps.gov/grca/…NRimGuide2014_tabloid.pdf

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