Grand Canyon – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

How do you describe the Grand Canyon?  For me, it was the colors.  Red. Blue. Gold. Green.  It was the texture and light.  It was simply majestic.  But it was also incomprehensible and complicated.  All these adjectives and more fill my mind’s eye when I remember the Grand Canyon.


Exploring Grand Canyon clip

We drove from Los Angeles mostly on Interstate 40 and it was a long day.  Almost 500 miles and the worst part, I was car sick for most of it.  Blah!  But we made it to Trailer Village on the south rim of the Grand Canyon.  It was funny driving up the South Entrance Road.  I kept waiting to see the canyon out my window.  Little did I know, the Grand Canyon was surrounded by a forest, the Kaibab National Forest and trees were everywhere. Even right up to the rim of the canyon.


We set up camp and headed over to Mather Point where the day’s anguish quickly faded.  We lingered at this viewpoint for a long time letting the beautiful sights soak in.

The next day we were up early and we headed back to Mather Point and explored the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.  We decided to walk along the Rim Trail to get away from the crowds and check out all the viewpoints a long the way.  The Rim Trail was a great trail and very easy.  It’s paved, wide and perfect for the kids.  However, I was a little on edge (LOL) with the kids bouncing around and climbing the boulders.  There is no fencing along the Rim Trail and it is over 5,000 feet to the bottom.


We made it to the Verkamp’s Visitor Center and the Hopi House.  The Hopi House is an unique gift shop.  It was constructed in 1905 and modeled after part of the Hopi Village at Third Mesa in Oraibi.  It was designed as living quarters and a shop for the Hopi artisans to sell their crafts and retains much of its original appearance.


To finish out our visit, we left the south rim heading east.  We stopped at several more viewpoints for pictures and enjoyed a long stop at Desert View close to the East Entrance Station.  Here you can explore the Desert View Watchtower which was built in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower.


Grand Canyon National Park is one of the best national parks we have been to.  They provide a fantastic shuttle system.  The grounds and visitor center are beautiful.  A return visit is definitely in our future.  Especially when the kids are old enough to hike down into the canyon and back.  I bet the view from the bottom is fantasic.

Carley's RV Park Review Graphic Cursive

During our visit, we camped at Trailer Village.  While this RV campground was nothing to write home about, you can’t beat the location and convenience of this park.  Located only 1/2 mile from the rim of the Grand Canyon, this campground offers full hook ups, pull-through sites, and accomodates RVs up to 50 feet.  This was the perfect place to stay for a Grand Canyon vacation.


Know Before You Go

  • Trailer Village is open year around starting at $35 per night.
  • Awesome market plaza with grocery store and reasonable prices.  The only overpriced item in my opinion was the bag of ice.
  • Weather can change quickly at the Grand Canyon.  Dress in layers.
  • Drink plenty of water, especially during hot temperatures.
  • Use the free shuttle.
  • Elk are everywhere.  At least when we visited!


Thank you so much for reading and please feel free to share across your social networks. Did you miss my other posts in the Six States in Three Weeks Series?  Catch up here:

Part One – The Road Trip that Changed My Life

Part Two – Getting to California

Part Three – Big Sur, California

Part Four – Elephant Seals and Hearst Castle

Part Five – Sequoia National Park

Part Six – Disneyland

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A=Trailer Village | B=Grand Canyon Visitor Center, South Rim

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  1. Great write up and nice tour… It’s on our list.

    Don & Gayle

  2. The Grand Canyon is such an amazing sight to see. I think that everyone should witness this wonder at least once in their life.

    • Hi Caleb – I couldn’t agree more. I am so thankful my family and I travel and experience some amazing places. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

      -Carley 🙂

  3. Nice camping place i have read the blog and gain many more things and get enjoy thanks

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