Day 38—Tuesday July 3, 2018
We departed Willowwind RV Park in Hurricane Utah at 10:40 (Mountain Daylight Time). Our destination was DeMotte Campground in the Kaibab National Forest which is located near the entry to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, a trip of 133 miles.
We prefer the North Rim; it is higher, cooler and is forested. There is more to see with side canyons, ridges and rocky outcrops.
DeMotte CG is located 18 miles from the North Rim Visitor Center. When we last visited the Grand Canyon North Rim in 2009 we stayed in the Nation Park Campground (also dry camping).
We arrived at DeMotte at 12:05 (Mountain Standard Time—Arizona does not have daylight saving) so the driving time was over two hours.
We had a pull through campsite on a hillside above the road, though long enough, it was not level and Brian had some “FUN: Frustrating Universal Nonsense” getting situated. It was a dry campsite: no water, electric or sewer so Brian had to setup our generators; our stay was only two nights and we had sufficient water in the trailer fresh water tank.
Day 39—Wednesday July 4, 2018
With one day to do our sightseeing we elected to see the canyon from the east end rather than going into the Visitor Center and Grand Canyon Lodge area—traffic and parking—to see the canyon. Unlike the South Rim, personal vehicles are allowed on the North Rim Scenic Drive.
We left the trailer at 8:20 am and drove to the end of the North Rim Scenic Drive (35 miles). From there we hiked to view points as we worked our way back.
We drove to the Visitor Center after completing our sightseeing. Maryann was able to stamp her National Parks Visitor Stamp Book and Brian fueled the truck at the service station located at the North Rim Store and Campground.
There are bison along the north boundary of the park and we encountered several as we drove back.
Day 40—Thursday July 5, 2018
We rested and played computer games; Brian worked on journal photos.