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The next nearest lodging to Grand Canyon West would be in Kingman, Arizona , about 90 minutes Southwest of Grand Canyon West. For more information on Grand Canyon hotels – or lodging at any other stops on your tour - visit www.GrandCanyon.com/hotels.html or call (800) 916-8530.

Travel Tip 7 - How About Camping or RV Parks?

At Grand Canyon South Rim, trailer and tent sites are offered at Trailer Village, which is managed by Xanterra South Rim LLC (www.grandcanyonlodges.com , 888/297-2757 or 303/297-2757). Tent sites and limited trailer sites are also offered at Mather Campground, which is near Trailer Village. Mather Campground does not have hook-ups for trailers, but does have a dump station, pay showers and a Laundromat at the Camper Services building.

At the North Rim, the campground is open from mid-May through mid-October. There are no trailer hook-ups, but a dump station is available. In-park campgrounds for both North and South Rims are administered by the National Park Reservation Service. Advance reservations are strongly recommended for Grand Canyon camping during peak travel periods. Reservations for Grand Canyon and other National Park campgrounds can be made by phone at 877-444-6777 or on-line at www.Recreation.gov

First-come, First-Serve Camping There are a few Grand Canyon campgrounds which are operated on a first-come, first-served basis. 2 miles South of Tusayan, the U.S. Forest Service’s 10-X Campground offers “dry camping” from May through October. There are no utilities or hook-ups at individual campsites, but pit toilets and cold water spigots are located throughout the campground. 26 miles East of Grand Canyon Village is the Desert View Campground. Run by the National Park Service, it is also open to tent campers and trailers, though there are no hook-ups.

In Valle, 30 miles South of Grand Canyon South Rim, a remnant of true-blue American roadside kitsch still stands: the Flintstones Bedrock City. Built in 1972 (under the official auspices of Hanna-Barbera, no less), you can’t miss Bedrock City. Here, campers can park their trailers or tents next door to colorful replicas of Fred and Wilma’s house (or Barney and Betty’s if one prefers). There’s a theatre on-site that plays (what else?) Flintstones cartoons, a diner that serves up Brontosaurus Burgers and a “kiddie train” that tours a “volcano.” Though showing its age according to recent visitors, many still get a kick out of Bedrock City’s unabashedly cheesy character. Located at the junction of Highway 64 & 180. For more information, call

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