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Old 06-11-2016, 10:23 AM   #1
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Any suggestions for the Bryce/Zion area for next weekend?

We are on a trip now and have been planning things on the fly. So far so good.

Our next plan is to hit southern Utah. We aren't too particular on location, other than in that general area. We have a bunch of kids, and our main requirement is to have electric. Other amenities are nice, but not required.

Any suggestions for campgrounds that adequate and convenient and may have last minute availability?

Or any suggestions on another area of Utah that may be a better place to find a central camping area.

We are hoping to stay for 5 nights and also hope to get a day trip down to the Grand Canyon north rim.

Thanks!
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I would be worth the time to try and find a space at Watchman campground in Zion.

Facility Details - WATCHMAN CAMPGROUND, UT - Recreation.gov

depending on the length of your rig there may be sites available, we have to reserve months ahead of time due to limited sites that can accommodate big rigs.

Great campground
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A few years ago, my husband and I tent camped at Zion Canyon Campground in Springdale (http://www.zioncamp.com/locations/ut...national-park/) just outside the part entrance. Basically an RV park right behind a motel, with a few tent sites along the river. We found it really convenient for exploring the park, but I can't comment on the RV sites, other than there were a lot of them!
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all I can add is that you will love it. In Zion you are at the bottom looking up and Bryce you're at the top looking down. Both are amazing
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You stated a 'weekend' for Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon North! That's way too much from one spot. Pick one.

For Bryce your best bet would be Ruby's RV at the national park gate. The free shuttle stops there.

Possibilities for Zion and Grand Canyon North would be to stay in either Glendale/Mt Carmel or Kanab. You could do both parks from one of those although it would be too much of a day trip for us. We prefer to stay in or near each national park we visit. Although you might be used to doing this. Good luck!
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Any suggestions for the Bryce/Zion area for next weekend?

Try Kodachrome State Park. Good sites in a beautiful box canyon, easy quick drive to the big parks. Way off the beaten path. You won't be disappointed.

http://utah.com/kodachrome-basin-state-park
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A year ago, we made a 16 day trip out west through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. We stayed 3 nights at Portal RV Resort in Moab and took in 4 of the 5 parks in Utah. We stayed 3 days at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and took in both the North Rim and South Rim. Can't remember the name of the N. Rim campground, but there's only one private campground at the North Rim. Both campgrounds were great, but doubt at this late date you can get in either for this next weekend.

Enjoy your trip.
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Thanks all! We are staying in hurricane Utah for 5 days. Hopefully that will work for exploring around southern Utah.
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If your staying in hurricane, you're really close to zions but not very close to Bryce Canyon, Capitol reef, canyon lands arches or Moab. If you really wanted to have to some cooler temps and closer to the other parks head north west towards panguitch, tropic or Teasdale. There's so much to see across southern Utah besides the big names that you hear of all the time
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Thanks all! We are staying in hurricane Utah for 5 days. Hopefully that will work for exploring around southern Utah.
To get to Bryce from Hurricane, take I-15 north and Hwy 20 east to Hwy 89 and then south on 89 to 12. It's a long drive. By staying in Hurricane you will have some very long day trips to see other national parks. We always go to the parks themselves for a lot less stressful time.

Definitely don't take Hwy 14 from I-15. It's very steep and curvy.
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Thanks all! We are staying in hurricane Utah for 5 days. Hopefully that will work for exploring around southern Utah.
Shame you can't locate closer but still you will have fun, just might be driving too much.

On your Exit - remember Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon - We always touch Canyon de Chelly when in these parts.

https://www.google.com/search?q=cany...w=1536&bih=796

This is a Beautiful area that we will never visit too often, If you are able to hike up to Angels Landing you will be Rewarded with memories that will never leave you. (Take more pictures than you think you need because every glance is just spectacular)

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We just left Bauers RV in Glendale & are now at Bryce Canyon Pines. Either would be a good choice for exploring the area. Don't forget Cedar Breaks National Monument. The forest service campground in Jacob Lake is great for exploring Grand Canyon North Rim & Pipe Springs National Monument.

If you go through Hatch the Adobe Cafe is excellent!
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