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Old 11-26-2015, 05:02 PM   #1
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Grand Canyon and Utah National Park?

The wife and I went to bad lands,black hills and yellowstone in September and looking to head out west end of April first of May. Leaving from Alabama. I want to see Grand Canyon,Bryce,arches,canyon land,Zion and monument valley. Looking for some input on good CG's in those areas. Also any must see sites along the way or things to do.
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We traveled out west to Utah and the Grand Canyon southern rim this fall. We stayed in Green River UT at the KOA. This allowed us to drive to Goblin State park and visiting Canyon Lands and Arches Nation park when we where in UT. Moab UT has several campgrounds that are in RV Park Reviews that you should check out. We traveled through Moab to get to the south rim of the Grand Canyon staying at Trailer Village at the Grand Canyon. Make sure you do the jeep tour at the Arches in Moab. We used Tag a long jeep tours great tour of the back country. Will worth the money for the tour saw arches we could not have walked to.

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Old 11-26-2015, 10:33 PM   #3
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Go to Page AZ, Lake Powell Stay at the Wahweap Campground overlooking the lake w/hookups
See Antelope Canyon Tour. walk out to Horseshoe Bend Overlook, take a river trip (NO whitewater) from Colorado River Discovery 1/2 day, evening dinner cruise on Lake Powell, a flight seeing tour of Lake Powell from American Aviation at the Page Airport (much better than Monument Valley), a dam tour at the dam and visit the dinosaur museum in Big Water UT 14 miles NW of Page on 89 then drive to Zion and Bryce NW on Hiway 89 out of Page..
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We stayed at Zion Canyon Campground and RV Resort in Springdale right at the entrance to Zion. The bus stops right in front and takes you in to the Park. We drove our tow cars to Bryce for a day trip. In Moab we stayed at Spanish Trail RV Park & Campground. There are plenty to choose from in Moab.
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Thanks for the tips everyone.
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Be aware that there is a tunnel on the east entrance to Zion.

The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel - Zion National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Travel through it is halted when an over sized vehicle enters. There is a fee of about $15 for that service. Zion is beautiful. Enjoy!

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is magnificent. Far fewer people go there. It opens (typically) on the 15th of May. We did that this year, and on May 15th were met with a heavy snow storm. Had a wonderful time, nonetheless! The campground is very nice, and fills up fast.

We've hiked almost every trail in Arches. Fantastic place. The Portal RV Park in Moab is pretty decent. If you enjoy hikes, try to get on the list for the ranger led Fiery Furnace hike. You'll never forget it. There is an RV campground inside the park. Smaller motor homes will be OK. Our 37' Discovery won't fit. Arches is one of our favorite places!

The road to/from Monument valley is very bumpy for quite a distance, so slow down and enjoy the ride. Did that this summer.

If you'll be passing through Durango/Cortez, Colorado, on your travels, Mesa Verde is an absolute must see. Two RV campgrounds are located just outside the park. We recommend the Mesa Verde RV Resort. We've stayed there many times. Active/retired military get a significant discount. Good people.

Have to agree with Cliffy - Wahweap RV Campground in Page, AZ, is excellent.

Sounds like you may be going through Blanding, UT, as you travel between Moab and Monument Valley. The Blue Mountain RV Park and Trading post is a good park. See the Edge of the Cedars State Park ruins, and the West Water Ruins (requires a short hike to get there, but it's free - ask how to get there at the Blanding Visitors Center, or Blue Mountain RV Park). Much to see in this area, such as the Natural Bridges National Monument.
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Should I make CG reservations or just wing it? I'm not big on reservations as I like to go at my own pace.
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Even though you're heading out in late April to early May, I would recommend reservations, especially around Memorial Day weekend. You may not need to, but it is always best to be safe than sorry.

Bryce-Zion Campground is a nice little campground sandwiched in-between Bryce and Zion in Glendale, UT. We stayed there twice when it was a KOA.
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We spent a good deal of this past summer out there. We are in a 43'MH with a pickup toad. For Zion, we stayed at Zion River Resort, for Bryce we stayed at Ruby's,for Capital Reef we stayed at Thousand Lake RV, for Arches and Canyon Lands, we stayed at Portal RV resort in Moab. then went to Gouldings for Monument Valley.
I would suggest reservations. Pretty much every place we stayed at except for Ruby's was full. I was amazed at the number of rental Class C's at the parks. Mostly European visitors. We took a mule ride tour at Bryce and we were the only English speaking people of the 15-20 riders.
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You might also look into Goblin State Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Capitol Reef National Park.

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We spent a good deal of this past summer out there. We are in a 43'MH with a pickup toad. For Zion, we stayed at Zion River Resort, for Bryce we stayed at Ruby's,for Capital Reef we stayed at Thousand Lake RV, for Arches and Canyon Lands, we stayed at Portal RV resort in Moab. then went to Gouldings for Monument Valley.
I would suggest reservations. Pretty much every place we stayed at except for Ruby's was full. I was amazed at the number of rental Class C's at the parks. Mostly European visitors. We took a mule ride tour at Bryce and we were the only English speaking people of the 15-20 riders.
Thanks for the info. This is what I was looking for.
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My next question is should I start at Grand Canyon and work my way up or start at top and work my way down?
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RE: Where to start your trip. It would really make no difference...just depends what roads you want to take to get there.

We always feel it's best to stay IN the national parks themselves for the best experiences. No, you will not get full hookups but you'll but all RVs are self-contained so you really don't need them.

For Grand Canyon stay at Trailer Village which is very near the Rim and the free shuttle stops at the RV park. This one does have full-hookups.

For Bryce, stay in the park (dry camping) or just outside at Ruby's and again, the free shuttle stops there.

Arches - the park's campsites are absolutely gorgeous but long sites are limited. Definitely reserve early.

Canyonlands - can easily be done from Arches/Moab. To stay near the park itself a beauty is Dead Horse Point State Park overlooking the awesome canyons.

Zion - Watchman campground in the park. It has electric and water fill and dump station.

Monument Valley - this is not a national park. The only full hookup place is Gouldings. Monument Valley itself has a dry campground right in front of the famous 'Mittens'.

Above all, don't hope for a base campground and then spend hours driving from park to park. It's not difficult to move to each area. You won't have long drives and won't get as tired.
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Jf you want to go to Lake Powell/Page after the South Rim of the Grand Canyon you will be going north on 89 toward Tuba City (turnoff) and Page, Make sure you do not turn left at the Marble Canyon turnoff to Jacobs Lake and on to Kanab, If you turn there you will completely miss Page which is about 20 miles further down the road. From Page you can go on to Kanab and Zion also.
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