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Old 01-26-2016, 07:38 PM   #29
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:42 AM   #30
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Great comments and great pics! I'm getting excited about this trip!

Thanks everybody!
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:31 AM   #31
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Starting to look at maps and I seem to be getting scope creep. It looks like we would be driving pretty much right by both Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park on our way from NE Oregon and down through Salt Lake on our way to the Grand Canyon. Seems like it would be extremely wasteful not to at least take a quick peek at these 2 parks since they are right there. Maybe 1 or 2 nights in each, which may not be enough time for full enjoyment but would at least let us know if we wanted to plan a future trip to that area for further exploration.

We're already looking at Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and the Lake Tahoe area in our loop and are thinking of being on the road 2 to 3 weeks. We are quite new to this and I don't want to overload my wife (who is on board, but less thrilled than I am about being away from home for that long). I don't want to push her over the edge by adding 2 other major attractions, but I also don't want to miss at least checking out those 2 parks while we are already driving by.

For those of you who have been to Bryce and/or Zion, do you think they are worth stopping at?
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Don't miss the north rim if you can make it, but be aware that it doesn't open (typically) until May 15th. We were there last opening day, and were treated to a snow storm. The campground has room for larger RVs, but it's a bit of a challenge getting into some of the spots. Reservations inside the park at this CG are required, and make them early.
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:45 AM   #33
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Bryce and Zion are definitely worth the trip. We had a great time, hiked numerous trails, enjoyed the scenery. There is a tunnel on the east entrance/exit. Larger RVs need to have the tunnel closed so you can go through driving down the middle,. Requires a small fee, and the Rangers are happy to do it for you.

The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel - Zion National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 01-27-2016, 12:24 PM   #34
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We did the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches a few years ago. Bryce was our favorite. So much so we made a return trip from Missouri to Bryce last summer and didn't stop anywhere else. That trip we were under time constraints. We want to go to Bryce and Zion again in the future.
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I was disappointed with the KOA in Williams. No pavement, crowded.
Few amenities. I'd go with the Canyon Motel/RV park in town. The
highlight of our trip was raft trip from Glen Canyon dam in Page, AZ
down the Colorado river. It was a 2.5-3 hour drive from Williams,
but the views were amazing. Motorized rafts holding 8-12, smooth
water ride. We took the train to the south rim, it was fun for us and the grandkids.

We also caught an antique aircraft expo at the airport on the way
to the South Rim. If I go back, likely stay 4 full days, and then
move on. Downtown Williams is charming, eat at the outdoor
restaurant right on old RT 66 in town.
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I stayed at the RV park in Williams and took the train to the Grand Canyon, and have very mixed feelings about that option. The RV park in Williams is a very nice park and the Town of Williams is interesting for a day or two. The train ride to the Grand Canyon is a fairly long ride and somewhat uncomfortable. If you take the train you only have a couple of hours at the Grand Canyon which was not enough for me there was still more I wanted to see. Then you are back on the train for a couple of hours back to Williams. The next time I go to the Grand Canyon I will be staying at the Grand Canyon so I will have enough time to fully explore the area. If you have a towed vehicle you can then venture out to explore a much greater area. Happy Travels.
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I'd definitely recommend Zion and Bryce if you can work it in. They are both very different from each other. We loved the hiking in Bryce - like walking through a fairyland.

Zion has Watchman campground with electric or stay outside at the gate at Springdale. The free shuttle makes stops in this small nice town.

For Bryce you can stay in the park with dry camping or just outside the gate at Ruby's.

I'd highly recommend staying at each park. Don't try to try to do both from one spot. It's too much unnecessary driving.
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We stayed at Bauer Canyon Ranch camp ground,in Glendale
this passed summer.It's nothing special,but good location to
both Zion & Bryce.Friendly owners clean but small.Just an option.
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