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Old 05-11-2007, 10:41 AM   #1
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Claudia and I are heading for Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and Zion National Park for a couple of weeks in June. Looking for recommendations on Hiking, Jeeping and good RV sites in the area.

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Claudia and I are heading for Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks and Zion National Park for a couple of weeks in June. Looking for recommendations on Hiking, Jeeping and good RV sites in the area.

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Old 05-11-2007, 12:59 PM   #3
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We were at all those places just a month ago. Some considerations you may want to make before going too deep into them:
The road to Cedar Breaks was closed for repair and I don't know when it will be opened.

You will need an escort to go through the tunnel in Zion's. Also, there are 2 short tunnels that a larger rig must traverse. Keep a sharp lookout for the crazies that make the corners very near them. You'll need alll the road.

Check with the visitor's Center at all places.

We didn't do any hiking, Jeeping or camping so I can't offer anything for you there.

Keep safe and enjoy this wonderful country. When you get into those parks you'll know God did a wonderful job designing them.
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Danny,
we stayed at Watchman in Zion last October, got lucky and got the last available campsite. first come first served. Campground is basic (water and electric only if I remember correctly) but views are spectacular. You can take the tram from the park into the canyon where there are TONS of hiking trails. The tram stops regularly and lets those that want to hike or just site see off or back on.
we took the tunnel to Bryce and as rmmpe says it is "escort". Actually they stop traffic one way and let traffic the other way go through. Short delay between directions. Unfortunately we were unable to stay in Bryce and had to keep going last year.
Haven't been to Cedar Breaks
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I've never taken my rig through Zion. I've always been going from Phoenix headed north and have gone the backway coming into Hurricane from the south. I usually stay in Hurricane at either WHR-St George or Willowind RV Park and gone to the National Parks as day trips with the car.

If anyone wants the details of my route from Phoenix to Hurricane, let me know.
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There's nothing real wild for Jeeping in that area, like there is in Moab. But there are a few trails that still take you to interesting places. There is a trail that runs from Tropic and takes you into the lower part of Bryce Canyon that might be interesting. Capital Reef can be a fun Jeeping area too. We've stayed at Kanab at the Kanab RV Corral (great place) and toured the Grand Canyon North Rim, and surrounding area. Old Pariah still exists and you can Jeep the dry washes from there and look for petrified wood. The film set for the town in the film "The Outlaw - Josey Wales" was there but I heard it's getting torn up a bit lately. The buildings in the old ghost town of Pariah are history now but you can still walk the site.

In Zion there is a 40' max limit. We had to unhook the Jeep and Leann followed the 40' Bus once we entered the park until we arrived at Springdale. With iour 42 footer we can no longer take the Mount Carmel Tunnel and have to get to Springdale via the Cedar Breaks (long way around) route.

It's a nice scenic area and take plenty of time leaving Moab to see the sites as you travel through Escalante towards Bryce. It's an awesome drive and you'll see the scenery change more on that one day than in any other drive you'll ever take.
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George, of the famous "Tioga and George" blog is presently in Zion. Here is a link to his blog. You can drop him an email if you wish. I visited with him a while back when he spent the night in Hesperia, California. Really nice guy.

http://vagabonders-supreme.net/blog/blog.html

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