Question about Mather Campground

She-Shed asked on 4/11/2020

We are planning a trip with our 24' motorhome in October. Having never been to the Grand Canyon, we are planning to be at the North Rim 23-26 October then to the South Rim 26-28 October, squeezing in West Rim walkway. Does this sound do-able? Are we too late in the season? The No Rim Nat'l Park appears to still be open that late but the So Rim Nat'l Park looks like it closes 9 Sept. Any recommendations?

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Answered on 4/11/2020:

According to the nps.gov website the North Rim closes Oct. 15 but the South Rim is open all year. Of course nothing is open right now. It took us all day to go from the South Rim to the North Rim on the eastern side with a few stops in between in Sept. I don't think it's possible to do the western route, especially doing the walkway on the same day. Try Google maps and put in your destinations to make choices for driving. We prefer not to drive more than 6 hours a day, but we are old!
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Answered on 4/12/2020:

Your rig would need to be well insulated for cold temperatures. In late October you will likely have temperatures well below freezing (in the 20s) every night on the north rim. In our case, poor battery performance in very cold weather and running on solar power alone while dry camping would make this a challenging experience. The south rim is 1,000 feet lower in elevation and might be more pleasant weather-wise, especially if you can get into the full hookup Trailer Village.
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Answered on 4/11/2020:

I camped at the South Rim in late October last year. It was fantastic and not busy at all.