Originally Posted by pstyer
Consider the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It's never crowded and because it's higher elevation, the North Rim is forested and comfortably cool. The scenery driving in an out from Page, AZ is beautiful!
We were there about six years ago and walked up to the reservation counter at 9:00 AM. An hour later our 12 year old granddaughter was riding a mule down into the canyon! We didn't need reservations!
Just a caution on reservations at the North Rim. We stopped at the campground this past October and asked about needing reservations for a future trip. We were told the campground now fills every night of the season, were given a map to pick out a few sites, and advised to call six months in advance for a reservation. In general, we found that many more people are now using the National and State Parks in the West and Southwest than were five or ten years ago; it can be difficult to find an empty spot during the summer.