Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Kaibab National Forest, AZ

Of course we had to see one of the world’s greatest natural wonders and spent quite some time at the Grand Canyon! A couple of moose deer greeted us at the Visitor Center and we took our dog for some walks on the rim and enjoyed the spectacular views. No riding for us here, but it is possible to go on different mule trips with the concessionaire.

Quick info:

  • Trails: No horse trails, but guided mule trips possible
  • Restrooms, Showers: Yes
  • Stalls: No, but corrals
  • Camping: Yes, in Mather Campground
  • Cost: $ 30 per vehicle incl. all passengers, valid for 7 days, $ 18 per night camping
  • More info about Grand Canyon National Park

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The South Rim of the Grand Canyon has a huge campground, which also offers sites for horse camping at Mather Campground. You have to book your site early, the campground fills fast. Our original plan was to stay here overnight, but driving to the Grand Canyon, we came through the Kaibab National Forest. There are primitive campsites, where you can stay and they are free! We had a great night here and also did some riding in the woods. It’s only a couple of miles away from the entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park!

Quick info:

  • Trails: plenty of miles, different trail systems
  • Stalls: No
  • Water: No
  • Restrooms, Showers: No
  • Camping: Yes, primitive
  • Cost: Free
  • More info about Kaibab National Forest

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While we were on our way again, we came by the Flintstones in Bedrock City.


And after all of those attractions, we visited Horseshoe Bend just before Lake Powell. In order to see it, you have to take a 20 minute walk down the hill. The view is amazing and the colors of the river down at the bottom are so beautiful!

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