The trip is from Natchez Trace, Tennessee, to Dodge City, Kansas, by way of Tucson, Arizona.
South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Once we finished our tour at Meteor Crater we drove west on I-40 back to Flagstaff, then headed north on Hwy 89. It was flat desert, with the mountains of the painted desert in the distance to the east. We turned west onto Hwy 64. We continued to pass through flat desert until we approached the Little Colorado River, which had carved the eastern reaches of the Grand Canyon.
We continued following the river until it bent north toward the Colorado River, while 64 continued west into the greenness of the Kaibab National Forest. At the east entrance to Grand Canyon National Park we learned the campground was full, but the ranger told us we could dry camp in the National Forest, as long as we were outside the park and not on Navajo land. We really wanted hook-ups since we planned to stay for at least three days, but that would be a fall-back plan if we couldn’t find a campground anywhere nearby. So we drove on into the park from the east.
We soon could see the Colorado River snaking in from the north.
Our first stop was the tower.
After that, we drove straight through the park and out the south entrance. We were concerned with finding a campground. Which we did, just outside the park in Tusayan. Also there were several motels, touristy shops, a movie theater, and several restaurants. We tried some pizza that was okay. To our delight we learned the park shuttle stopped right outside our campground. So once parked, the motor home would not need to be driven for the next three days, we would be chauffeured all about.
The next location is South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona 2