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“Camping on the South Rim” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim
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$149.00*
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Grand Canyon Ultimate Tour
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Owner description: The most developed area of Grand Canyon National Park, the South Rim offers amenities such as bus service, hotels and water stations, but is also more crowded than the North Rim. Scenic highlights include Pipe Creek Vista and Yavapai Point.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Camping on the South Rim”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

My family of 4 camped 4 nights at Mather Campground last July. Huge campground with hundreds of sites, but doesn't feel over-crowded. We actually camped in three different campsite loops over the four nights, because we kept extending our stay and had to move to where they had a cancellation! Well worth it. Pay showers / laundry building near the campground entrance stays open late, but don't forget your flashlight for the walk back up the hill to your campsite. The free shuttle bus will take you all over the park, and it has a convenient stop near the shower building. Take the shuttle to the Market Plaza for dinner at Yavapai Lodge or to pick up groceries at the full-service General Store (much bigger than the name sounds!) Market Plaza is also within walking distance from the campground (maybe a quarter-mile, depending on which loop you're camped in.) Carry your park newspaper with you at all times--it has a wealth of information! Shuttle schedules, maps, ranger program times and locations, hiking / trail info, and much more.

Visited July 2013
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“Truly a natural wonder”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

I booked through papillon.com and they picked us from Treasure Island early morning at 5.30. Then took us to their office and gave us a briefing and got us checked in. We got Dwayne as our driver and believe me he is the best in the world. He kept us entertained throughout our journey. We took the west rim tour with skywalk and reached the base at 11.30.
On our way we passed the Dollan Springs town and I will never forget it coz of the way Dwayne explained the town.It was hilarious!!
We had 4 hours to explore which I thought was a bit too much. 3 hours wud have been enough.
Enjoy the Skywalk, Eagle point and Guano Point.

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Akron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Amazing, Breath-taking, Majestic..what more can I say?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

We took the one day tour with Grayline (Airbridge Tours). Do not let all the negative reviews scare you. As another reviewer mentioned, people will remember to leave a review about a bad experience as oppose to those who had a great time. We started the day by gathering at tour company's main facility. There was a brief overview of the day ahead and options given for anyone who wanted to add on to their tour. It was a well given overview and no pressure at all to upgrade. Our driver Dupree was very good at keeping everyone on schedule at all the different stops. There is a brief stop @ McDonalds in the morning and in the evening on the way back. The repetitive McDonalds stops would be one thing we didn't care for. There is a brief stop at the Hoover Dam. A pre-recorded tour guide is played through out the bus ride. The recording is very informative and slightly humorous in a good way. Before arriving at the canyon we stopped at the National Geographic Center for the provided lunch. The food options were surprisingly generous. And then...the Grand Canyon! I can't even put into words how amazing this experience was. There are very few things in life that have left me speechless and this is one of them. So tranquil, so peaceful. We must have went on a good day because there were very few tourists. We could have just sat there all day soaking it all in. Pictures do not do this place justice. Our plan is to return one day and stay at the El Tovar Lodge which overlooks the canyon.
Back on the bus to Las Vegas. It is a long ride and at this part of the day the recording, although appreciated, disrupts any sleep you may want to get on the way back. The only other thing we didn't care for was the recording mentioning twice on the way back about customary gratuity being $10-15 per person. Our driver Dupree did an excellent job but $10-15 per person in our opinion is a bit steep. On our tour that would have been an extra $500-750 in his pocket...maybe I'm in the wrong line of work :) Seriously though, do this tour, you won't be disappointed.

Visited February 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Spectacular!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

We spent 3 days at Bright Angel lodge on the south rim and the view is spectacular from every overlook. Best services of any of the major parks we have visited. Very well maintained with excellent hiking and biking trails. Makes you proud to be American!

Visited February 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Majesty at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

The Grand Canyon should be on everyone's go to list. I felt a sense of wonder and gratitude for being given the opportunity to see this wonderful site. We were able to visit the South Rim (north rim is closed during the winter season) and I was not disappointed. I will go again to visit the North Rim one day but for now, I am very content with what I saw there.

There is a $25 per car fee to get in the park. Worth every penny and more.

Visited February 2014
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