Editorial: Canyon is nearby at Ten-X

With nice weather comes the desire to get outside and do a little exploring. As temperatures this week stayed at a relatively cool 80-plus degrees, many begin to have thoughts of hiking and fishing. Others began to check their camping gear and make plans for a day or two with nature.

A popular spot in the Kaibab National Forest, located within the Tusayan Ranger District, is the Ten-X campground. The site is a mere four miles from the entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park and only two miles south of Tusayan. From Williams, Ten-X is a mere 47 miles. The attractive locale is also a great spot for those looking for a summer getaway in their own backyard or for those visiting the area. At $10 a night, per vehicle for a single family campsite, it is also easy on the checkbook.

Other rates also apply to those seeking larger accommodations, such as the campground's two group sites. The campsites can accommodate up to 125 campers and can be rented separately or together at a rate of $200 per night. Campsite A can hold roughly 75 people per night, while Campsite B can hold about 50 campers. Both offers potable water, barbecue grills, group campfire rings, pavilions, trash cans, benches, picnic tables, vault toilets and tent pads. Campground A also offers food preparation tables for their campers. Costs are $125 a night for Campsite A and $75 a night for Campsite B.

Besides a return to nature, tall pines and refreshing high-altitude air, the Ten-X site also offers a self-guided nature trail. Campfire programs are also offered occasionally at the outdoor amphitheater on the weekends. The site is capable of hosting 70 campsites on a first come, first serve basis. RVs up to 40 feet in length can be accommodated at Ten-X. All the parking areas are paved, making for a camping adventure that is also easy on the vehicle. Showers and a sewage dump station, while not on the premises, are available at Grand Canyon Village inside the national park. When it comes to fuel for a campfire, however, dead and down wood can be collected outside of the Ten-X campground and brought back to the campsite.

For more information on the Ten-X campground call the Tusayan Ranger District office at (928) 638-2443, Monday through Friday, by calling (877) 444-6777, or go online to www.recreation.gov.

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