Bent's RV Classic Destinations: The Grand Canyon

Yaki Point Sunset, Bent's RV

Fingers of light breach the horizon. As the sun vies with the stars for dominance in the desert sky, the many-colored walls of the Grand Canyon reflect that light. Mother Nature’s paintbrush is in full force, spreading hues of gold, red, orange, and purple, all visible from your vantage point at Yaki Point. A mile beneath your feet the Colorado River winds its way through the canyon, audible in the early morning hours.

You’ve come a long way from Louisiana to visit Grand Canyon National Park, over 1,500 miles in fact. This is the ultimate road trip, made even better because you’ve brought your own home on wheels, courtesy of Bent's RV service. Yes you can make that trip in a little more than a day, but why rush? Along the way you can camp at out of the way places like Purtis Creek State Park in Eustace, Texas, or at Lake Arrowhead State Park just outside of Wichita Falls, Texas. Once you’ve had your rig checked out at your local Louisiana RV service center, you are free to explore the open road and stop where you wish.

Your ultimate destination is the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The desert landscape of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is very different from the bayous and marshes of Lousiana. Camping in or near the park means you don’t have far to go to enjoy the decadent sunrises or the equally colorful sunsets.

Campgrounds on the South Rim of the canyon range from back-to-nature sites (no hook-ups) at the remote Desert View Campground to Trailer Village with paved, full-service RV sites that can handle rigs up to 50 feet long. The Mather Campground, in the heart of Grand Canyon Village, has 300 sites (no hook-ups) suitable for rigs of 30 feet or less and is within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of Market Plaza. Free shuttle buses take campers from Mather Campground to the Visitor Center and the various trails and scenic outlooks along the South Rim.

The NPS North Rim Campground is on park land and also offers dry campsites. This is the less developed, less touristy side of the canyon, studded by Ponderosa pines and mountain aspens which sport leaves of golden yellow at the first hint of fall. Hikers, cyclers and pets are welcome on the forested Bridle Trail. The more challenging North Kaibab Trail leads down into the canyon.

The Skywalk is another not to be missed feature on the western edge of the Grand Canyon. On Hualapai Tribal Lands, this lazy arch of steel branches out over the canyon floor. Beneath your feet is a glass bridge, offering the illusion that you are walking on air. Part of the Legacy Gold Tour offered by the Hualapai Nation, Skywalk is an ethereal, memorable and perhaps for some, a rather intimidating experience.

Before you head out to to the Grand Canyon or any other ambitious road trip, come by Bent's RV for expert service, including repairs, or for parts if you're the do-it-yourself sort.


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