2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Grand Canyon South Rim - Trailer Village - Site J62

Grand Canyon South Rim - Trailer Village - Site J62. another view

Grand Canyon South Rim - Trailer Village - Site J62. and another

Tree by our site shows evidence of past enconters with other RVs

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 0 - our route - 132...

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 1

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 2

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 3 - the San Francisco Peaks...

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 4

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 5

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 6 - entering Flagstaff

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 7

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 8

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 9 - it seems anytime you...

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 10 - as we get higher,...

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 11

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 12 - whoa, I didn't sign...

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 13

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 14 - we didn't see any...

Camp Verde to Grand Canyon Village 15

Sunset Tour 1

Sunset Tour 2 - one of the more than 100 rapids in...

Sunset Tour 3

Sunset Tour 4

Sunset Tour 5

Sunset Tour 6

Sunset Tour 7

Sunset Tour 8

Sunset Tour 9 - the sun is getting low

Sunset Tour 10

Sunset Tour 11

Sunset Tour 12

Sunset Tour 13

Sunset Tour 14

West Rim Trail 1

West Rim Trail 2

West Rim Trail 3

West Rim Trail 4

West Rim Trail 5

West Rim Trail 6 - Bright Angel Canyon within the Grand Canyon

West Rim Trail 7

West Rim Trail 8 - Bright Angel Canyon intersecting the Colorado River

West Rim Trail 9

West Rim Trail 10

West Rim Trail 11 - another of the rapids

West Rim Trail 12

West Rim Trail 13 - a brief respite as we transition trails

West Rim Trail 14 - part of the trail

West Rim Trail 15 - one twisted Utah Juniper tree

West Rim Trail 16 - more of the trail

West Rim Trail 17 - I think the trail is getting a...

West Rim Trail 18

West Rim Trail 19

West Rim Trail 20

Elk in the campground 1

Elk in the campground 2

Elk in the campground 3

Elk in the campground 4

Elk in the campground 5

Elk in the campground 6

Elk in the campground 7

Pioneer Cemetery 1 - memorial to the 31 killed in air-to-air collision...

Pioneer Cemetery 2 - one of the many unusual headstones

Pioneer Cemetery 3

Pioneer Cemetery 4

Pioneer Cemetery 5

Pioneer Cemetery 6

Pioneer Cemetery 7 - this one used a petrified log

East Rim 1

East Rim 2 - the watchtower

East Rim 3

East Rim 4 - this shows the Colorado River at the start...

East Rim 5

East Rim 6

East Rim 7 - the plateau to the East of the Grand...

East Rim 8

East Rim 9 - the Watchtower from the next point West

East Rim 10

East Rim 11

East Rim 12

East Rim 13 - more rapids

East Rim 14

East Rim 15

East Rim 16

East Rim 17

East Rim 18

East Rim 19

East Rim 20

East Rim 21

Tusayan Ruins 1 - four of the rooms

Tusayan Ruins 2 - storage rooms

Tusayan Ruins 3 - Large Kiva

Tusayan Ruins 4

Tusayan Ruins 5 - small kiva

Tusayan Ruins 6


It was a leisurely 132 mile trip to the Grand Canyon. We had to stop in Flagstaff on the way since Doris was having a Michael's withdrawal! It was a pretty drive through the San Francisco Peaks from Flagstaff to the park. We are staying at the Trailer Village inside the park and have 50 amp full hookups, good Verizon and satellite. The sites themselves are roomy enough but the park is full of pinon pines and they don't keep them trimmed very well. It's impossible to not brush against them on occasion - you just try to hit the thin stuff. The tree by our site has one large branch that looks like it has been able to inflict considerable damage on previous rigs. We were able to avoid it, but not by much. The access roads are also in very poor shape though it looks like they may be working on that.

First night, we had a sunset tour scheduled. It started about an hour and a half before sunset and gave us the chance to see the canyon as the shadows lengthened - very pretty.

Thursday we caught the shuttle and headed for he West Rim Trail. This trail is about seven miles around the rim and we were able to hike about a mile and a half of the dirt portion of it. Most of it is paved and Doris' knees and back don't do so well on pavement. It was a nice hike with incredible views though, on a few occasions, it did come a little closer to the edge of the canyon than we would prefer. You know you step off the side of this thing and it's a mile down before you come to an abrupt stop!

Friday, we did the East part of the rim. We did a little hiking but most of it was driving and stopping at the various points. At the far eastern side of the park, they have an east entrance visitor center as well as the Watchtower to see. You could see almost forever from the Watchtower - what a great view. We also visited the Tusayan Ruin and Museum. It was much like the many indian ruins we have seen thus far but smaller.

Saturday we stayed around the Mothership and caught up on a few things we needed to get done before venturing to the North Rim tomorrow. We will be dry camping there - no hookups - so a few things needed to be done in preparation for that, such as making sure the generator has sufficient oil, etc. It will be about a 200 mile trip around the canyon to get to a spot about four or five miles from where we are!!

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