Amy B.
Bowie, MD
Joined May 2018
Tree covered, close to lake, quiet campsite

Kaibab Lake campground is a short drive from the Grand Canyon South Rim and adjacent to historical Williams, AZ. The sites were far enough apart that we didn’t feel on top of each other. The overhead canopy provided relief from the sun and added to the privacy of each site. Sites had a fire pit and table. Paths led to vault toilets. The lake had a boat launch and was in use with kayaks and canoes. The water level looked low but still plenty highbti have fun.

Nearby us Williams, AZ and Route 66. We had fun walking Main Street and looking at all the shops. The campsite also put us in a good position to get an early start to the Grand Canyon the next morning.

In nearby Seligman,AZ we found a Route 66 shield on the road nearby the airport. It was fun hunting for this.

Shaded, backs to an orchard. Near amphitheater.

Site is shaded and backs to a beautiful orchard. Picnic table and fire ring supplied and close to the bathrooms. No showers. A short walk and you can buy cinnamon rollls, several flavors of fruit pies, and sourdough bread at the Gifford House. Items sell out by 1:00 PM. Pie flavors included: cherry, apple, peach, mixed berry, and strawberry-rhubarb.

We enjoyed the 2 mile hike to Hickman Bridge just after sunrise when we had the trail to ourself. By 8 AM more people were joining us.

The roadside overlook at Panoramic Point at sunset was breathtaking. The short hikes from this trailhead were easy and quick to take in

The 10 mike scenic drive down the water pocket fold was easy to navigate. There are several pull outs for pictures. We didn’t attempt the dirt road which leads deeper into the Gorge. I would have loved to drive this slot Canyon with a 4 wheel drive vehicle, although we did see many two wheel drives making the attempt and succeeding.

Overlooks the mittens. Separate tent sites. RV sites line up and face East.

RV and campervan sites line up and face East for a sunrise view of the Mittens. There is a separate tent location below the RV sites. Each site has a picnic table. No tree cover or shade. There is a code accessed bathhouse with flush toilets, sinks, and showers. Showers have a changing area which could benefit from hooks or a bench. The greatest benefit is the superior view!

The Wildcat Trail (3.7) miles is s great hike in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t directly overhead it took is a few hours at a slow pace to take plenty of pictures.

While in MV we took in two adventures, horseback riding and a Jeep tour. The two hour horseback tour was with the Dinah Riding Stable between point 4-5 on the scenic drive. The Navajo guide provided information on area history and the specific lore around spires and buttes. My daughter, who is an experienced rider, was able to run her horse up the trail while my son and I hung back at a trot- walk.

The three hour jeep tour was with Majestic Adventures and included a guide who shared generations of stories based on Navajo culture. She played a flute under a caved dome and took us to a traditional Hogan to learn about living in MV.

Great view, multi-use, many amenities.

Campground overlooks Lake Powell. Many loops for electric and non-electric. Clean bathrooms for each loop with flush toilets, sinks, and water refill stations. There is a main store, laundry facilities, and showers at the registration office. Nice location with several comforts. Each site has a fire ring with grate and picnic table.

While in the Page area we took in a kayak tour and walking tour of the Antelope Valley slot Canyon and Horseshoe Bend.

The Kayak tour at 6:30AM is highly recommended. We booked through Hidden Kayak Tours. We launched, kayaked through the slot, portaged and hiked into the canyon. On the way back our guide offered a free swim and rock jumping into Lake Powell. Using the public boat launch at Antelope Point you could easily navigate to the Canyon on your own with a little map knowledge

The Navajo tour through the Antelope Valley slot Canyon was crowded but worth it. There were several points to take family pictures but you had to keep moving. There is a newly build structure at the beginning so you don’t have to wait in the scortching sun to enter the canyon. There are several stairs with railings to navigate the canyon.

Horseshoe Bend is free and full of tourists. It looks like the NPS is working on improvements. The parking lot, portapotties and walk to the overlook could all use some TLC. The view once you get there is worth the short hike.

Near the Canyonlands Needles District. Remote bit has the necessities.

Operated privately and inside the park. Tent and RV sites. Flush toilets, sink, coin operated showers. Host has a store with ice cream and essentials. Also sells the only gas ($6/gal) if you need it. We found the owners and extended family helpful and nice. Bathrooms could use renovation but they worked. Price was $23/night and sites included a fire ring and picnic table. We were encouraged to climb the red rock which encompasses the sites, which ended up being just as fun as exploring the park.

Hilltop with 360 degree views of the landscape

When the Fruita campground is full an alternative is to camp for free on BLM land. We chose a spot 9 miles East of the historic district. As you approach the park heading West on UT24 turn left onto Notom Bullfrog Road. The first pullout in the left has several areas to park, some with rock fire rings. We chose the highest hilltop and pointed our window SW for the expansive view of the water pocket fold. For restrooms we used the NPS orientation point vault toilets located on the corner of UT24 and Notom Bullfrog Road, just a few seconds drive.