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Why Camping in Grand Canyon Is an Absolute Must For Families

Wonder Why Grand Canyon National Park is a great place to go for your next camping trip?

Camping at the Grand Canyon National Park is an unforgettable experience in its own right. In fact, it is one experience that should be enjoyed as many times as possible, by the intrepid camper.

As far as camping sights go, the Grand Canyon National Park is one destination that anyone and everyone, from grumpy grandpas to even teenagers would be impressed with. The Grand Canyon National Park’s awesomeness makes it the ‘de facto’ destination for various family vacations that might include multiple generations.

This holds true for extended families who may want to take their annual get together to the Grand Canyon for an unforgettable bonding experience for a lifetime. Here it is pertinent to note that any successful Grand Canyon family tour, (irrespective of the fact that it is as a standalone tour or for that matter if you have hired a well-known tour company) would still need to include the right kind of excursions for just about all the respective age groups that have headed there.

This means that you will need to find a nice balance in-between any downtime and natural sightseeing time while also trying to limit the hours that you might have to spend, basically stuck together inside your vehicle (or vehicles).

Here it is prudent to understand that to enjoy the full impact of this natural wonder, the single most important thing that you have to do is to plan and book everything as soon as possible, that is, at the earliest.  There is nothing like pitching a tent like a Pro under the starry sky with the canyon in the background. It will be the ultimate bonding experience for the entire family. However, it is important that you use only the highest quality Canvas tents for the purpose since any ordinary tent cannot survive the harsh elements that the area throws at the un-prepared camper.

   You Should Encourage Young Ones for Junior Ranger  program

With its walking trails, myriad historic sights, exhibits, entire museums, and ultimately the canyon itself, the Grand Canyon National Park has rightly been dubbed ‘America’s largest classroom’ by many enthusiasts. However, to extract the full flavor of this awesome open-air classroom, get your kids registered at the ‘Junior Ranger’ program.

Here, the lessons so learned will be related to the (preservation of the) environment, nature, history, and geology and perhaps best of all, every program is free!

The youngsters can pick up a Junior Ranger book, go through the same and carefully complete all the activities inside. Once they are done, they can also bring the same to the ranger’s ‘Visitor Center’.  There, they will have their work evaluated and reviewed and they will be required to take the junior ranger pledge and subsequently get their Junior Ranger badge.

   The Greenway Trail

The Greenway Trail has been entirely paved and it is therefore perfect for long leisurely bicycling tours along the Rim of the canyon. If you have bought no bikes along, then there is no need to fret since the same can also be rented out through a rental outfit that is well equipped with many mountain bikes and helmets of all sizes, so that the whole family can easily take part in the activities. Apart from bikes they also rent out baby strollers for the youngest of the young, and wheelchairs for the old and frail

   Study Ancient History

If you were to take a drive east right along the lip of South Rim all the way to the Tusayan Ruins, then it is possible for you to teach your kids all about the historical aspect of various civilizations that are intimately connected with the canyon. An excavated village is part of the trail here and it also includes the ancient remnants of different shelters and meeting houses that the Ancestral Puebloans used for their political meetings and religious rituals.

If you want to envisage how they lived where they got their supplies and how they dressed then the answers to these and similar questions can be easily found at the on-site museum.  It has showcases filled all over with various tools, jewelry, and art along with many other artifacts that have been unearthed at the spot.

   Ride a ‘long-eared taxi’ (mule)

Mule riding is arguably one of the single most popular activities for the enthusiastic kid rider who has seen a mule for the first time in his life. However, the rider has to be at least 4 feet 9 inches to take part in any mule riding activities.  Mule riding is a signature experience for the young and the old alike since it allows them to commune with nature, in a way they have never done so before.

  Take a hike to Shoe Shine point

Even young children can also hike to this really quiet South Rim overlook, and the walk would definitely be worth it. The view from this point is just amazing and takes in the whole canyon at a glance. Just make sure you keep your gear organized.

The place is easily accessible via an otherwise level and gated mile long dirt road. There is a peaceful path that just naturally meanders through the huge ponderosa pine forest and then proceeds onwards, till it ends at Shoshone Point. There are many picnic tables strategically located right next to the rim. And there are also several restrooms available, but you must bring your own water supply.

   Conclusion

If you really want to have the adventure of your life, the Grand Canyon national park is the one place where you should go camping. This way you will also get a chance to be at one with one of nature’s greatest wonders.