Road Tripping in Northern Arizona

KOA Campground - Grand Canyon

RV’ing can be a great way to experience frugal family fun.  We are a family of 4 based out of Phoenix.  We were looking to spend some time together as a family and escape the heat of the Phoenix valley.  It was time to head up north for the long weekend.


We took the RV to Williams, Arizona, just south of the Grand Canyon.  We stayed at a beautiful KOA campground.  You can find all of the amenities for the campground and more information by clicking on KOA Campground – Grand Canyon.   Some of the fun things we did while there included swimming, tether ball and panning for “precious gems”.


The weather was amazing; the temperatures were cool with a high of 72 for the entire time we were there.    The itinerary included visiting Bearizona, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and hiking the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument plus the Wupatki National Monument.

Bearizona was so much fun.  This was the first time I had ever seen a bear climb up a tree.  It was quite an amazing site.  My daughters just got the biggest kick out of this huge animal making its way up the tree.  After the drive thru portion of the tour, there is a walking tour.  On that tour, we were able to see the new Jaguar exhibit and watch the trainers feed the beautiful Jaguars.  We saw the cutest little bear cubs ever!  And we saw so many more animals that I can hardly name them all.

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is beautiful.  We have been there a few times, but every time we go, we see new things.  This time, we rode the “Red Line” Shuttle bus that takes you to Hermit’s Rest.  This was AMAZING.  It made it, by far, the best trip we have had to the Grand Canyon yet.  The best way to get to the red line, in my opinion, would be to park in Parking Lot D and then walk back to where the red and blue lines meet.  Look for the interchanges on your park map.  You should get one of those as you pay to get in.  Click for more information regarding Grand Canyon Village and Park.

Our last stop on our RV Road Trip was the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.  The Lava Flow trail is one of the first hiking trails and, in my opinion, one of the best hiking trails available.  There are two trails that you can head down.  One is a short and easy, paved 1/4th mile loop hike that is even handicapped accessible.  The other, is a one mile loop trail that goes down into one of the lava flow craters.  It is beautiful and totally worth the extra time spent.

I hope you have enjoyed road-tripping with us.  I look forward to many more in the future.

Bon Voyage!

The Purperas