RV Camping Trip to the Grand Canyon – North Rim

Be sure to also see our post: RV Camping Trip to the Grand Canyon – South Rim.

If you’ve never seen the Grand Canyon, or have only visited the South Rim, it’s time to plan a trip to the North Rim. Much wilder and more remote than the popular South Rim area, there are fascinating vacation possibilities there for the intrepid RV camper. Let’s talk about places you should definitely visit while on your RV camping trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

First, we should discuss how to get to the North Rim area. You’ll find the entrance to the North Rim thirty miles south of Jacob Lake in northern Arizona. For an incredibly scenic drive, pick up your RV from El Monte RV Rentals in Las Vegas and discover the beauty of Zion National Park in the southwest corner of Utah along the way.

Once you arrive at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim Entrance, take the road to the North Rim Visitor Center on Bright Angel Peninsula. You’ll find trail maps and other helpful information there to make your visit more rewarding. Grand Canyon Lodge, located very near the Visitor Center, offers some once-in-a-lifetime views from its dining room.

Park your RV at the Visitor Center and hit the trails for the ultimate North Rim experience. A note of caution: the North Rim is at 8,000 ft. elevation, so hiking here is best left to those in good physical condition. But there are spectacular views available for almost everyone from Bright Angel Point, a half-mile walk from the Lodge.

For hikers, the North Kaibab Trail offers three options, depending on your level of fitness. Seasoned hikers will love the slightly less than five mile hike down to Roaring River. A less challenging hike takes visitors to the Supai Tunnel, two miles from the trail head. If your group includes non-hikers, consider Coconino Overlook as your destination, a mile and a half round trip with an amazing view of the Grand Canyon as a reward.

Two more essential North Rim experiences are Point Imperial, about eight miles down the road from the Visitor Center, and Cape Royal, at the end of a twenty-three mile journey from the Lodge past breathtaking overlooks.

Now, where to camp while you’re there? The North Rim Campground is located within the Park itself, while DeMotte Campground, Jacob Lake Campground and Kaibab Camper Village are all located within an easy drive from the Park entrance. Use this link to National Parks Service information on RV campgrounds in the North Rim area.

There’s nothing quite like viewing the sunrise from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It’s an experience everyone who loves traveling by RV should enjoy at least once. Why not plan to make the trek to the North Rim this year? We can safely say it’s a trip you’ll never forget.

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One Response to RV Camping Trip to the Grand Canyon – North Rim

  1. RV Vacation says:

    The Grand Canyon is a nice place to RV Vacation. It even made our Grand Canyon RV Vacation list! Thanks for the information.

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