Boondocking in Tusayan Near the Grand Canyon, South Rim

Tusayan, for those of you that don’t know, is a tiny town just south of the south rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. It’s the last stop before you fall off the cliff into the great gorge… if you’re heading north, that is. My exact location, for you RV boondocking types, or others who may wish to camp for free, is along NF-302, a dirt road in

Boondocking near the Grand Canyon
My boondocking site along NF-302. It’s a 7 minute walk to the main road in town.

the Kaibab National Forest, at GPS coordinates N 35,96821º, W 112.12428º. The elevation here is about 6100’. This spot is close to the Grand Canyon airport so it’s abuzz with small planes and helicopters packed with sight seers zipping by overhead during the day. At night, at least last night, the first of several I expect to stay here, it was quiet. From this location is but a short walk–maybe 10 minutes if I recall correctly–into Tusayan where you will find restaurants and other things you might expect in a small town close to the Grand Canyon.

[Note: This boondocking report is largely an excerpt from VALLEY OF FIRE TO GRAND CANYON BOONDOCKING, a report written during the nascent stages my RVing and blogging experience. This explains its brevity and lack of detail. I very much wanted people to know there is boondocking in this area so I created this page years later. With a call to the Forest Service you can get more information about boondocking along NF-302 and other Forest Service Roads in the vicinity, about as close as you can get to the south entrance to Grand Canyon National Park.]


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