Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Boondock on the North Rim, Grand Canyon

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Most RVers just aren't interested in dispersed camping, and that's okay. We're sitting down here by the campsite at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and it is full, full, full. Reservations are required well in advance of your trip. It is also dry camping everywhere. It's also not free.

If you're still not intrigued by the idea of cruising on in on your own schedule, choosing a quiet section of the Kaibab National Forest, and putting out a couple of lawn chairs, I've added a picture of the Canyon for you to enjoy while I have nothing interesting to say.

But, you protest, I want to be near the Grand Canyon while I camp! I can't do that if I'm camping for free in the quiet forest!

In fact, you can be ON the Rim, if that's your desire. Looking out your windows to the other side of the Grand Canyon. On a good gravel road, just a few easy miles from the main road. Just outside Grand Canyon National Park. But, I'll save that for another post.

For now, here are a few campsites we admire. I've added the main Park complex for perspective, in the south of the map.


View Boondocking North Rim in a larger map

If you're still not interested, sorry the photo wasn't better. 


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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

How is your connectivity out there?

The Good Luck Duck said...

Great question, and I should have addressed it. Connectivity is zero. Zip. 0 X. 0G. No phone, no internet. That's what makes the General Store inside the park such a popular destination.

Andra Watkins said...

That picture is stunning. I will never camp in the GC, but I need to line up for the years it will take me to get into the North Rim accommodations......

Jan Goldfield said...

An incredible photo! Great capture.

Sherry said...

I'll be waiting for that 'other' post. I'd love to camp on the rim anywhere I can. I assume that you are sitting by someone else's campsite in the full full full North Rim Campground. But that your rig is out there in the spot to be described in the 'other' post. Are you going to be around long enough to see if it gets way less full after labor day??

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sherry, it's coming! We are sitting down here at the General Store for its wifi, but the Duck is parked in a sunny place, not at the shady rim. I don't think we'll be here after Labor Day.

Thanks, Jan!

Yes, do line up, Andra! It's nothing like the South Rim, except for the big hole in the ground.

Grace said...

Thank you! Very helpful. Enjoyed your photo, too!
Grace (in Tucson)

The Good Luck Duck said...

My pleasure, Grace. And, thank you.

Page said...

Want...to...be...there...NOW! Oh well, don't have our rig yet and still getting rid of stuff. AAARRRGH!

Sue Malone said...

okey dokey Ducks. this one gets pinned so I don't lose it for the next time we are down Grand Canyon way and want to....disperse....

Teri said...

I think once I get my propane refrigerator, I may want try some dispersed camping. And back in 2009 when I wasn't RV'ing I was able to get a cabin (#10) right on the North Rim, made the reservation only about 4 months ahead, but we were there on opening week in May before the summer crowds.

Barbara and Ron said...

I was going to say that following your good example, I've started posting coordinates for good boondocking sites we find and then ask for them in this case, but, lo, I clicked on your map and there they were! Thanks!

Diana said...

Thank you so much - will be at the North Rim in another month or so. Glad you found great spots for me! I am also looking forward to you next post.

Gaelyn said...

OMG, there's a white dot where my 5er is an inch away from the North Rim campground. Depending on which scale you're looking at.

BTW, that campground requires reservations up to 6 months in advance and the cabins are 6 months to a year advance, with an occasional cancellation if you're standing there at the exact time.

Some of the remote free camping along the rim might not be great for big rigs but superb for smaller and tenting.

¡Vizcacha! said...

Is that you, Gaelyn? :D A couple of the East Rim sites would work for us, and we're pretty massive. But, that's not officially "North Rim," is it?

Ooh, it should start being pretty here then, Diana (LOL). When do the aspens start to change?

Glad to help, Barbara!

Teri, I predict you'll like it.

Aw, Sue, I've been pinned!

Page, just bring a tarp and a blanket. What else does a person need... oh yeah.

lesliewhozit said...

Beautiful photo ladies!! Just stunning.

Leigh said...

Thanks for the coords, we'll be checking them out in a few weeks!

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