The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas

Circular trip for visitors to Las Vegas who want to see the Grand Canyon, not from a bird’s eye view but by land. It is also possible to stay at The Train or The Grand Canyon.

Depart from: LAS VEGAS
Duration 8 Days
Distance 710 miles / 1142 km.

Pick up camper in Las Vegas and leave directly for Blake Ranch for the first night. You enter Arizona through the Hoover Dam but it is recommended to stop there on the return leg. Warning: when crossing this area it may be necessary to undergo a security control (Homeland Security), nothing painful but keep in mind that dam on the Colorado River contains a few million cubic meters dammed. 182 km to Kingman via the Hoover Dam. Visit the old mining town of Chloride.

Exit in the direction of Williams and The Grand Canyon Railway RV campsite next to the train station and hotel. The hotel offers a swimming pool and jacuzzi, bar and restaurant available to those staying at the campsite. 158 km to Grand Canyon Railway. Visit Planes of Fame (aviation museum) in Williams or the city of the Flintstones.

The most important moment of this circuit is when you contemplate the magnificence of the park from its very edge. The vision it offers surpasses any attempt to photograph or paint it. It is enough to record it in memory. The Mather campsite is recommended: it has no electricity or water connection, but there are showers and toilets. Good option: helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon. 87 km to Grand Canyon Camper Village. Visit the canyons at sunset and especially at dawn.

Follow I-40 to Flagstaff and south on I-17 to Coconino National Forest until you turn toward Sedona and lodging tonight at Rancho Sedona. Nearby on foot you reach the city, which has restaurants, galleries, shops in the center of amazing rock formations. 178 km to Sedona. Visit Oak Creek Canyon, the so-called nephew of the Grand Canyon.

Today we have a detour through the Prescott National Forest to return to Seligman. It takes about 4 hours and in Prescott you visit the museums of Western art and Indian crafts. You should also visit Sharlot which was the mansion of the first governor of the territory. After Ash Fork you return to Route 66 and shortly after you reach the KOA campsite. 212 km to Seligman and starting point of Route 66. Visit the picturesque mining village of Jerome.

There is one of the longest stretches of the 66 that leads to Peach Springs, touching the Hualapai Indian reservation, and Kingman. Continue in the direction of Fort Beale RV Park campsite. 143 km to Kingman. Visit Grand Canyon Caverns, where air flows underground at almost 100 km per hour.

Today it is worth stopping at the Hoover Dam, an engineering work worthy of admiration and amazement. Its turbines process water from the Colorado River at a rate of 136 km per hour to supply electricity to a large part of three states. For the night we have one of the best campsites in Las Vegas. 160 km to Las Vegas. Visit Lake Mead Recreational Area: about 65000 hectares between Nevada and Arizona and 885 km of stunning coastline.

Return of 20 km to Las Vegas for the return of the motorhome and end of the trip