An RV vacation to Grand Canyon turns your getaway into something special. You can visit Grand Canyon National Park many times in a lifetime and never run out of things to do and see. The breathtaking views are only the beginning of a journey of discovery.
The best way to plan your trip is to allow plenty of time, and simply arrive! You can stop at the different visitor centers to get important information on access, as well as sights you can put on your itinerary. Ensure you plan on going to both the South Rim and the North Rim so you can see all the park has to offer.
Enter the park via the East entrance, as this way you will be driving along the South Rim and have the opportunity to stop at numerous overlooks along the way. The Desert View Information Center is inside the entrance and here you can pick up a lot of information about the attractions within Grand Canyon National Park.
Three miles west of Desert View are the famous Tusayan Ruins (PDF), an inspiring spot where you can see how Pueblo Indians lived here more than 800 years ago. A ranger-led walk will provide you all the history of these ancient people. When you leave here in your RV and head for Grand Canyon Village, you will experience all the wonders available along Desert View Drive for the next 25 miles. Stop at every pullout. You will learn a lot about the canyon and see the red rock walls in all their glory.
Once you get to Grand Canyon Village, Canyon View Information Plaza on Mather Point is a great place to stop, with outdoor displays and rangers available to answer questions so you can find out more about what’s to come on your RV trip through the park.
From Grand Canyon Village, it’s easy to get to the Yavapai Observation Station where you can view the panoramic scene of the canyon from a glass-enclosed space. You will be able to pick out each layer and formation in the colorful canyon walls. Get some exercise by hiking from the point back to the visitor center then back again to get your RV. It’s an easy walk with additional views.
Just south of the Southern Entrance to the park you’ll find the National Geographic Visitor Center in Tusayan. Pick up additional tips on where to go and what to see. Take some time to see the interactive exhibits and watch the Grand Canyon IMAX movie. From here you can also make special forays on mules, helicopter tours and much more.
Back to Grand Canyon Village and a visit to the Hopi House. Shop here for gifts to take home. You are not far from the train depot and it’s always fun to ride the train to Williams, Arizona and back again. There is always a lot happening to make it a fun trip on Grand Canyon Railway.
Now it’s time to take off for the North Rim. Driving to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is simple, but can only be done in the summer months when Highway 67 and the North Rim are open. When you arrive, stop by the North Rim Visitor Center for maps and more information on what to see on this high rim.
To see a stunning view from a natural arch, walk out to Angels Window. It’s only about a half-mile walk, and gives you an incredible view of the canyon. Bring your camera as you won’t find many better places for photo opportunities. Dramatic views are also available at Bright Angel Point (PDF), a paved but somewhat steep trail in places taking you out to the point.
Drive out to Point Imperial, which is the highest overlook in the Grand Canyon. You can see as far as the Painted Desert from here. Head for Cape Royal, and when you get to Vista Encantada, you should stop and have a picnic overlooking Walhalla Plateau. More views await you at Cape Royal and some nice hiking trails. Head back to the North Rim Visitor Center and you can spend the night at the North Rim Campground, a great RV park with a 40-foot limit and great amenities.
Your RV vacation doesn’t have to end here. If you’ve allowed enough time, you have a lot more to see on both the North and South Rim. It’s bound to be a vacation of a lifetime!