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baja1d
12-08-2011, 09:05 PM
I'm trying to plan a Grand Canyon 4x4 trip with my brother in April 2012 but I'm having trouble finding routes. The plan is to do some light wheeling and more sight seeing with the family. Anybody have any tips on where to look or routes.

Hulk
12-09-2011, 12:04 AM
Is there four wheeling around the Grand Canyon?

baja1d
12-09-2011, 12:59 AM
Doesn't look like it. We'll probably hit the Maze instead

Woodsman
12-09-2011, 07:52 AM
From the portal.
http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/40589-The-Arizona-Strip-May-9-15-2009

Here's some info from the blue room.
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/trail-report-photo-section-gps-coordinates/58277-arizona-strip-north-rim-grand-canyon-run.html

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/trail-report-photo-section-gps-coordinates/61810-grand-canyon-north-rim-tuweep-zion-national-park.html


You might invest a few dollars in the NG Map and see what else is around.
http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Canyon-Bundle-Trails-Illustrated/dp/159775336X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1323438413&sr=8-3

sno bored
12-09-2011, 11:05 AM
After I hiked the Grand Canyon a couple of years ago I stayed a few days in Flagstaff. Flagstaff is about 45 minutes South of the canyon. I found out that Sedona is about 30 minutes from Flagstaff. I drove a couple of the trails in Sedona, similar to Moab and very scenic. The town is very touristy, I just drove through and never stopped.

bh4rnnr
12-09-2011, 12:47 PM
Lots of trails to explore along the North Rim.

Corbet
12-10-2011, 08:58 AM
North Rim for anything off pavement. South side is all about the tourist and RV.

baja1d
12-11-2011, 01:54 PM
Thank guys, still researching things but leaning towards the North Rim

farnhamstj
12-25-2011, 09:31 PM
There are some seasonal closures on the n. side. Check with the NPS.

farnhamstj
12-25-2011, 09:34 PM
http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/directions_n_rim.htm

farnhamstj
12-25-2011, 09:43 PM
If it's not too far out of your way. Not sure on the age of your kids? But I highly recommend Zion NP. It's excellent with young kids. We rode the free busses. Did some of the shorter hikes, little slot canyon stuff. The Grand Canyon on the other had was kind of a let down. Drove forever with the same scenery only to look over the edge. My kids were too young to hike anywhere that was any different than looking over the edge with 1000 other tourists. Line up to take pictures every where. The north side was closed when we tried to go. Bryce NP was great too. The San Rafael Swell has great moderate wheeling and excellent hiking. See http://climb-utah.com/ for some ideas

Uncle Ben
12-25-2011, 11:36 PM
If it's not too far out of your way. Not sure on the age of your kids? But I highly recommend Zion NP. It's excellent with young kids. We rode the free busses. Did some of the shorter hikes, little slot canyon stuff. The Grand Canyon on the other had was kind of a let down. Drove forever with the same scenery only to look over the edge. My kids were too young to hike anywhere that was any different than looking over the edge with 1000 other tourists. Line up to take pictures every where. The north side was closed when we tried to go. Bryce NP was great too. The San Rafael Swell has great moderate wheeling and excellent hiking. See http://climb-utah.com/ for some ideas

Hiking The Narrows trail in Zion is not for little kids unless they can ride on dads shoulders. I mention it because the first time I did it as a 10 year old I was beyond blown away. When my wife and I did it later in life (before kids) we were both blown away. Not our kids are big we will take them there again and be blown away again! Hard to explain the experience!

farnhamstj
12-26-2011, 06:03 PM
I believe we went to Echo Canyon in Zion. Not Narrows.

smslavin
01-16-2012, 05:41 PM
Not sure if you're still looking for input but there was a great article in Overland Journal about some backcountry camping on the North Rim. Routes looked pretty tame and I've been thinking about duplicating it. I don't have my issues handy as we've already started packing for our move but I believe it would have been published in either the Spring or Summer issues of 2011. Here's a small description that I did find.

http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php?topic=8528.0

pskhaat
01-17-2012, 03:30 PM
Love the 'Canyon. May I recommend Tuweep on the North Rim?

http://g.co/maps/ujzeu

There are hundreds of miles of high desert trails out there. It can vary between very challenging and very easy. I actually got high centered on a pile of tumbleweeds once, as well as having to cross 300 yards of deeply flooded roads praying to the snorkel the whole way.

Hard to beat the view out there:

http://www.allgrandcanyon.com/images/primary/11449_1295373119_JIt3H_md.jpg

DaveInDenver
01-17-2012, 03:53 PM
Indeed, Toroweap does not suck.

It's not hard core, it does not have hand rails and showers. It's a lot of wash board and is Remote. It's a little bit of proof of heaven on earth. Bring extra fuel, plenty of water and extra tire plugs. I used 3 on that trip.

Also be careful coming in at night. Consider listening to your navigator/spotter very closely... Kid and dog leashes are mandatory.