Monday, August 13, 2012

Kaibab National Forest, North Rim and South Rim big rig camping

I am writing this post WITHOUT Google or internet connection, so nothing will be fact-checked. Believe at your own risk.* Now you will know what it's like to talk to me in person.

This is being composed in my email client. This is how professional bloggers write.*

We were going to hang around the South Rim just a little longer, but friendly Officer Barnes stopped last night to remind us we'd been there 14 days (17, but it's rude to correct a fire service man). Today was moving day.

The distance between the North and South rims of the Grand Canyon is ten miles.* Driving time is five hours. How the crow flies is not how the Duck rolls.

First, let me tell you how to get to a great South Rim campsite: 
Take 64 toward the South Rim 

Go through Tusayan 
Pass the ranger station (or pull in and pick up a southern Kaibab NF map) 
Next left is Forest Road 326.* [Annie says it's 328] 
Follow it 0.7 miles; (pass Apache Stables) 
On your left is a fire road; take it, then pull into the sweet campsite loop on the left. You'll see it easily from 326(8).

There are other nice spots. The Kaibab is shot through with Forest Service and fire roads you can camp along. This just happens to be a great site for big rigs.

You're very close to Tusayan, and very close to the Park's south entrance.

If you prefer to pay lots of money to camp, there is a campground in Tusayan called Camper Village. You get a view of the dump station and the back of the General Store. You can tent camp for $20/night (showers are extra), or bring your RV for $50 or $55/night. Filling your tanks with water and emptying them of other stuff is extra.

Here we go!

Coming down off the rim is a temperature shock. We've been at 6500 feet and above since May, and this hurt.

I always wondered why Denver is called the Mile-High City. I mean, lots of cities are high. I finally understood this summer when I saw its elevation sign: 5280 feet.

I always wondered why the Mile-High Club was called that. Do you join in Denver? I'm not in that club because I've never been to Denver, I guess.*

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Lou said...

Awesome pics and your mile high comments are hilarious.

¡Vizcacha! said...

Thanks, Lou! I love hearing from you.

Maggie Whitehead said...

You are now in one of my favorite places in the world. And someone mentioned Best Friends - DO go. You will be glad you did.

Russ Krecklow said...

Too bad you couldn't just fly across, huh? My Mom took me to Denver once when I was little. I'm higher now, but I'm not in Denver. Awesome professional blogging tools that you use! It's like "carrier ducks", much better than "carrier pigeons", and probably lots faster, too. Nice campsite you just left on the South Rim. Now that you've given directions, there will be a bazillion boondockers converging on it at break neck speed. You should go back and take videos.

Harriet said...

Once I was in Denver's airport messing around, and almost missed my connection flight. I wasn't in a club but if I were, I bet I would have missed that connection, for sure. Carry on...

Gaelyn said...

And now you're higher, at 8,000 ft. I promise not to send the FScops after you for at least 21 days. ;)
I'll be experiencing that hot dang desert tomorrow.
Don't eat those shrooms.

Sherry said...

HA! I get the mile high club joke but I don't get the professional blogging tools. Why are you so smart and I'm not?? Annie's smart, I'm her cousin, shouldn't I be smart enough to figure these things out? SIGH........... well thanks for the specific directions to the 17 night 14/day campground. Those are just fabulous pictures of an unbelievable setting. I'm all over it..someday.

sierrasue said...

Beautiful Photos !! Looks like a nice place to camp. I second Maggies Suggestion. Go to Best Friends while in the area. Best animal sanctuary in the country. They will take you on a wonderful tour !!! and you can volunteer a bit if you want to .

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sherry, it's because they're not professional blogging tools at all. I'm just using my email client (Mail) to blog, because the "professional" tools I bought (MarsEdit) don't work. You guys have the SMRT genes, that's for sure. 9200' is doing a number on the 47 brains cells I have left.

Gaelyn, we intend to outrun them...oops. Enjoy your desert run from a cool vehicle. Right now, we're at the General Store by the campground inside the park.

Yep, I hear a lot of connections are made and missed in that Club, Harriet.

Russ, that would have been the thing to do, if I weren't so scared of heights! Pigeons - ppffft! Carry things around their cankles. Ridiculous. It might be fun to watch that convergence, but so few of us boondock that it might be a convergence of one rig, and that's not video-worthy.

Maggie, if we were living in a charming, spacious country home with a lovely back deck overlooking the woods, we might be glad we did. In 300 square feet, there could be cause for regret. Calico regret, tuxedo regret, tabby regret... No-kill makes a big difference, though.

Maria B said...

Hey, I think I've been inside that little hut built into that sandstone boulder! That was on the drive from the South Rim up to Utah... this means that you have actually been to spots where I have actually been before... it's almost like we were there together! :-) Are you guys going to Utah at any point? They have some great parks there...

The Good Luck Duck said...

Really, Maria? That's cool! We thought about you on that trip, because we saw a Navajo family selling jewelry in the shade of a rock, just as you described it.

We do intend to go to Utah. I'm just not sure if it will be this season, though.

Sue, I've heard lots of great things about BF. The problem here is that Annie cannot see an unattached kitty without making it attached - to us. Maybe we could manage such a thing if she can see that they already have a guaranteed good home.

Maggie Whitehead said...

Roxanne and Annie,

No kill. Really, no kill. :-) There are hundreds of them, and when I went I cried - partly because there were so many and partly because they are being cared for so very well. It is a truly beautiful place. The DO have a guaranteed good home, right where they are.

And they would all LOVE to soak up your attention for an hour... :-)