The Grand Canyon. Even the name is almost mythic in quality, redolent with majesty and magnificence. The name, however, is not what draws millions of visitors annually. The reason that millions flock here every year, like pilgrims to a natural cathedral, is that Grand Canyon National Park offers sights and experiences that are without equal in the US and even the world.
While bus tours are a common way to get to the Grand Canyon, there’s a far better way to experience the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon than piling into a crowded tour bus with a bunch of strangers. Opting to get to the Grand Canyon via RV rental will allow for a much more relaxing journey, giving you the space to take things at your own pace and even stay the night to catch the sunset or sunrise (undoubtedly the best times to view the Grand Canyon).
The quickest way to get to the Grand Canyon National Park is to book a Las Vegas RV rental and make your way east past the impressive Hoover Dam. Departing from Phoenix is another quick way to get to the canyon. If you want to take a few days exploring the surrounding area and really make a road trip out of it, then your RV pick up options broaden considerably. A Salt Lake City RV rental is a popular alternative for Grand Canyon pilgrims, and Los Angeles and Denver are also possible pick up points for those who have a decent chunk of time to play with.
Exploring with a Grand Canyon RV rental
An RV rental will put you well ahead of the crowd when it comes to travel and camping arrangements, but to see the Grand Canyon at its best you’ll need to park up your RV and get out from behind the wheel and explore this one-of-a-kind area on foot.
To see the Grand Canyon at its best, eschew the viewing points where all the tourist busses unload and set out on a day hike. Rim Trail is far and away the easiest of the many trails along the canyon and is perfect for those who aren’t avid hikers but still want first class scenic views. Part of the trail is paved and wheelchair accessible, and there are even shuttles which you can catch to different points on the Rim Trail, making the length customizable by you. The South Kaibab trail is great for folks who want to dust off their hiking boots while embarking on a trail that’s still relatively short. Offering some of the best Grand Canyon vistas possible, South Kaibab provides a fantastic for those prepared to tackle something a little more strenuous. Remember to take care if you’re visiting during winter or early spring, as the trail can become quite icy at times.
If you want to descend into the Grand Canyon itself, there are a number of options available to you. From whitewater rafting to helicopter tours, to taking the long (thrillingly scenic) way down on the back of a surefooted mule, there are an array of amazing experiences waiting for those who are keen to delve into heart of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon RV rental camping spots
Each season at the Grand Canyon offers its own charms, from the snow dusted sandstone formations of winter to the clear blue skies of summer. If you do choose to visit Grand Canyon National Park in summer, be aware that this is high season, with huge crowds arriving at the canyon every day. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but you will need to book accommodation and tours well ahead of time - a year ahead of time is prudent, if you’re aiming for the height of summer.
There are few different options for those looking for a Grand Canyon RV park. Mather Campground places you right in Grand Canyon Village although there are no RV hook-ups. Right next to Mather is Trailer Village, which does have full hook-ups and allows for RVs up to 50 feet long. There’s also Desert View Campground which allows RVs up to 30 feet in length and does not have hook-ups - this site is also closed during the winter months.