RV Camping Trip to the Grand Canyon – South Rim

No matter how many times we visit Grand Canyon National Park by RV, we find something different to enjoy. To experience the full range of what the Grand Canyon has to offer, try camping at a different RV campground each time. Let’s focus on the magnificent South Rim area this time, and look at the sights, activities and camping possibilities there.

What You’ll See on the South Rim
Here are some of our clients’ favorite South Rim experiences. Pick a few for this visit and really start getting to know the South Rim.

  1. Desert View Drive: This winding twenty-five mile drive along the South Rim from Grand Canyon Village to the Desert View Watchtower has enough photographic potential to fill your camera’s memory card. Developed overlooks and primitive turnouts can be viewed from your vehicle or one of the Park’s commercial tour busses.
  2. Hermit Road: You won’t be able to drive a vehicle on this super-scenic drive along the South Rim, but if you head west from Grand Canyon Village on foot, by bike or on one of the free shuttle busses, you’ll see more scenery than you could ever imagine. Nine overlooks highlight famous views such as Maricopa Point, Hopi Point and Mohave Point.
  3. Take the Mule Train! RV campers hoping for a more in-depth view of the South Rim should definitely take a mule trip or horseback ride into the Canyon.
  4. Take a Hike! Trailheads leading to scenic day hikes abound on the South Rim. Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail and the Rim Trail are just a few of the hikes you might want to try when you’re here. Read the materials provided here by the National Park Service to plan a safe hike appropriate for your fitness level.

There are plenty of other activities we haven’t mentioned that will fill your days on the South Rim, but let’s look at some of the great camping areas for motorhome campers. Both private and National Parks Service campgrounds are available in the area. Here are just a few:

  • Desert View and Mather Campgrounds are both within the Park boundaries and can accommodate RVs. Neither has hookups, but can provide a pleasant “dry camping” experience in unforgettable scenery.
  • Trailer Village, next door to Mather Campground, has full services available and is run by a private vendor. It’s a very popular area, so make your reservations early.
  • Ten-X Campground: The Kaibab National Forest, adjacent to the South Rim, is run by the US Forest Service. Less than five miles from the entrance to the Grand Canyon, Ten-X may not have hookups for RVs, but it does have beautiful scenery from its pine-filled campsites.
  • Grand Canyon Railway RV Park: Park your RV in this wonderful park in the mountain village of Williams, Arizona, and take the Grand Canyon Railway to Canyon attractions. It’s a wonderful way to the see the South Rim! You’ll love this full-service RV campground’s amenities and convenient location.

Even if you’ve traveled by RV to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, we’re willing to bet you haven’t seen all it has to offer. Contact our Las Vegas RV Rentals or Phoenix RV Rentals office for the right motorhome for your trip. We can’t wait to hear what you discover this year on the South Rim!

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3 Responses to RV Camping Trip to the Grand Canyon – South Rim

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  3. rv camping says:

    its the beauty of rv camping that one can enjoy more than he or she expected. and that’s the reason i choose rv camping in summer vacations for my kids too.

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