Upon entering the Grand Canyon, you soon realize that nothing you have seen before compares to the precipice before you. I remember a camping trip to the Grand Canyon not too long ago; after a long, aggravating journey, travel fatigue set it and the bickering began. Once the sun began to peak and the canyon became visible, the car stopped and so did the fighting. The lovely thing about entering the park so early in the morning is that you will never see a sunrise like that anywhere on earth. Along the long road to the camping areas, viewpoints are littered here and there for visitor amazement; make sure to stop and take in the panoramic views.
South Rim Camping
Camping at the Grand Canyon can be an inexpensive vacation, if one plans well. One way to save when camping is to pack coolers and cook one's own meals. Plan on paying $25 per vehicle or $12 a person (for those by foot, motorcycle, or bicycle) for entering this lovely national park. You can choose to visit the South Rim, which is considered the Arizona portion of the canyon, and is easier to reach due to its proximity to Interstate 40 or the more rugged North Rim. Camping, if traditional, will run you about $18 per night. Mather Campground, the main developed camping station in the South Rim, allows guests access to paid hot showers, coin laundry, and even paid internet service; it also offers scenic camping sites. A general store is available, should you need supplies or souvenirs, but be warned, items are quite pricey.
Remote spot on the western North Rim
Once you have the financial side of your trip worked out, you can spend your time enjoying the sights the Grand Canyon offers. Elk, deer, bobcats, and ravens can be spotted throughout the park, in addition to the lovely flora of the area. Trails, both for newbies and advanced hikers, provide a way to see the canyon up close. Some of these trails offer mule rides down into the canyon. Other options include hiking down into the canyon for an overnight in the wilderness. If you want to stick to the easier fare, try taking the South Rim walk, which allows you to stop at scenic points along the rim, no hiking required.
Not another soul for two days - Remote camping on the North Rim
The many lovely views in the canyon allow for spectacular photo opportunities. Make sure when coming to the Grand Canyon that you pack a digital camera or even a professional camera; the photos will be the most picturesque in your travel collection. The memories of the Grand Canyon will also live on to remind you of the splendor.