4.5 of 5.0 stars on both TripAdvisor and Yelp. Not a zoo, you imagine yourself in the Serengeti as you tour areas of the park either on foot or by tram. The highlights of our visit were being kissed by a giraffe and camel, feeding tigers and petting a giant python, but also watching hyenas swallow their food whole and listening to the roars of the lions throughout the day.
Why visit the Grand Canyon? For activity junkies like us there’s the lure to hike, bike, mule ride, raft, whitewater, helicopter or experience land tours (bus, jeep or van). And, hello… how about just for its amazing landscape! Unfortunately, we had planned little time in the area and didn’t even know if the trip up would be doable. We’ve never been in Arizona for the winter and were worried about freezing weather… getting around in the RV.
Want to return to the Old West? Then jump aboard the Grand Canyon Railway from the Williams Depot, like we did! Sure, we could’ve driven to the Grand Canyon on our own but to make it more unique and special, it’s always more comfortable to let someone do the driving. When in your life can you have an opportunity to experience a vintage train on a century-old rail line?
I’ve been looking forward to this drive-thru wildlife adventure since I caught an episode where it was highlighted on Travel Channel’s – Trip Flip. We arrive around 2:30pm, after visiting Montezuma Castle, as the animals are more active either earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Imagine your apartments right smack against a limestone cliff! This community was built about 800 years ago… talk about ingenuity for a desert backdrop! This morning, we’re in Camp Verde, AZ visiting the Montezuma Castle National Monument before going up to Williams, AZ where we look forward to Bearizona.
We turned to page 278 of "Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways" by National Geographic which talked about how “Sand laid down about 300 million years ago became sandstone, tinted red by the presence of iron, then shaped by water and wind…” to what you see today. It’s only a short but sweet 7.5 mile scenic drive (Exit 298 to Hwy 179) of Red Rock country. We make an afternoon of it.
RV Day #9: Time to move from Capri RV Resort to Quail Ridge RV Park. We jumped on I-8E and have a 3-4 hour drive. With colder weather approaching, we had researched a good location to stay that wouldn’t have temperatures below freezing and would allow us to explore somewhat North Arizona with the Mini Cooper – Red Rocks of Sedona, Bearizona, Montezuma Castle, and the Grand Canyon.
RV Day #8: Time to move from Mission Bay RV Park to Capri RV Resort. We jump on Hwy 8 East where we say goodbye to California and hello Arizona! It’s only an overnight pitstop to rest before another drive from Yuma, AZ to Mayer, AZ. Here we go to RV Park #2 where we see the Mexican Border, pass through the small town of Jacumba and the Imperial Sand Dunes.