camping between North Rim and Las Vegas
Hello, we are coming over from France for a family RV holiday for two and a half weeks to visit, Zion, Bryce, monument valley, Lake powell and then finally the north rim of the Grand canyon. We have all our camping sites booked, except one. I am struggling to find a campground that can take an rv (25ft) for our last night before we have to hand the camper back at the depot in Las Vegas. I am looking for somewhere that is not more than about two hours' drive from las vegas as we have to have the camper back before noon. can anyone suggest anywhere for our last night between the north rim and Las Vegas?
also, in light of our itinerary, I would welcome any good suggestions for things that might be worth seeing off the beaten track, and that would interest kids of 13 and nine.
Thanks very much for your help.
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At the far end of your two hour range from Las Vegas would be Snow Canyon State Park outside St. George, UT, and it can handle your RV. But it only has space for 17 such units, so book ahead if you decide to use it!
The other option is much closer in to Las Vegas and that is Valley of Fire State Park about 55 miles northeast of town. This has 73 campsites, but it does not appear that reservations are accepted.
One thing you must keep in mind - with an RV it can be a pain getting from the North Rim to Las Vegas - the most direct route is through Zion, and you will require an escort to go through the tunnel. This costs an additional $15, and you may be waiting a while for a slot. Going the other way around, you will be delayed and searched at Hoover Dam unless you take the truck detour through Bullhead City and Searchlight.
I wouldn't pass up on the drive through Zion....
I wouldn't pass up on the drive through Zion....,but there is an alternative (and slightly faster) road if time is tight... When you reach reach US-89 you will turn west (south) and proceed west on UT-389 past Pipe Spring NM and over to I-15 at St. George. This route will save you a couple of hours or more depending upon traffic in Zion.
Neither would I !
To be honest, I wouldn't describe it as a pain to get through the tunnel in an RV, Yes, you will have to wait with other RV's untill they stop the traffic coming in the other direction to allow you to drive through the middle of the tunnel due to height issues, but other than that it's not a problem.
[Although after re reading your first post it looks as though you might be doing this route on the way out.]
Those are great sites Buck linked you too but another option would be to stay in Vegas. The Oasis is a full service resort and depending on the time you are leaving the North rim and having to hand the RV back could be an option, the kids would love the pools. Don't forget you will be best off with a full service site as you will need to empty all your tanks before returning the RV and finding a dump station, packing everything up and having a clean of the RV can all be time consuming so allow time for that. It might make your last night/morning in the RV a little more relaxing being close by.
Mark, are you referring to AZ-389 at Fredonia, which turns into UT-59 and joins UT-9 at Hurricane?
Thanks so very much for all those suggestions. I have looked at valley of fire but was a little put off by the fact that we could not book. It could be a little risky and then if there are no places we might be driving for hours on our last day to find a place to camp. That might cast a cloud over what i hope will be a fantastic holiday. Re snow canyon, we are staying there on the way out and i did toy with the idea of staying there again. I will check out your suggestion southwest dave and thanks to you all for the recommendations. We can't wait!
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