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Old 02-01-2015, 11:04 AM   #1
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To the Grand Canyon from the North

We are planning to visit the South Rim of the Canyon from the Trailer Village CG in May. Plan to drive down from the North leaving I 15 to check out Bryce Canyon for a couple days and then to Page, AZ and down to the Village.

Am I correct in assuming the highway, US 89 and AZ 64 are typical two lane highways and suitable for a 40' class A and toad? Or, is there something I should be aware of? Any weather concerns in May?

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Old 02-01-2015, 11:13 AM   #2
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Hello Dennis, I have not looked lately, but r89 washed out a couple of years ago, and they opened r 89t US 89 Update: shorter detour opens to Page, Lake Powell , Yes, they are all great roads to travel.....
Make plans to stay here Lake Powell: Wahweap Marina RV Park & Campground , if you like being on the water with a view........we had a end site with the lake in front of us along with the sun rise! One of the most wonderful places we have ever been, stayed 4 more days we liked it so much!
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:21 AM   #3
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US 89 south of Page is closed but there is US 89T that replaces it. It's all two lane good road. I have been up and down US 89 north of Flagstaff many times but I haven't been on AZ 64 between US 89 and the canyon. I am sure it is perfectly okay for your rig.
Be advised that going from Zion to US 89 on UT 9 will involve going through the Zion tunnel which has travel restrictions on large vehicles, see the NPS website for details. An alternate route from Zion is to use UT 59 out of Hurricane UT to Fredonia and up to Kanab to get on US 89.
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Old 02-01-2015, 11:25 AM   #4
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You should have no problems on that route. They are good highways. As to the temporary 89T route, the regular road may be repaired by the time you get there:


Per that article, "Construction is currently underway, and is anticipated to be completed by late spring 2015."

As to weather, it will probably be very nice, but it's worth checking reports as you travel to be sure.

As mentioned above, IF you go through Zion, there is a tunnel that you'll have to pass through. Here's some information on the tunnel:


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Thanks everyone for your replies. This forum is the best $15 / Yr an RVer can spend.
Thanks for the heads up on the tunnel. When I was plotting a route using Good Sam, it actually detoured me around this tunnel but didn't say why.

This trip has been on "The List" for a long time and has finally made its way to the top. Really looking forward. Too bad our dollar had to tank but WTH...at least the fuel and beer is cheap.
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Don't forget about the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I liked it better than the south.
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Don't forget about the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I liked it better than the south.

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