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Old 02-08-2016, 05:31 PM   #1
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Need suggestions for Utah National Parks trip

Trying to plan a 10 day stay in Utah, and see several National parks.
The people on this forum usually have great suggestions, so here is what I was thinking.

Would like to see at least a couple of parks, but not change campgrounds too much....maybe twice (3 at most).

Is there a place to stay as a hub an see some of the parks, or is it pretty much move the rig for each different park.

Have never been to any Utah parks, so your suggestions as to the best will also help.

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Old 02-08-2016, 05:42 PM   #2
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I just bopped from place to place so I can't help there, but IMO two of the best sites to see are not national parks but are national monuments. One is Cedarbreak which is over 10k feet and the other is Red Canyon. BTW if doing Cedarbreak come in from the south. That side the grades are 8% or less while the north side is 15%.
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Hello Dan, here is another thread for ya to read through while waiting for others to chime in Advice on a campground Southern Utah National Parks
We came up into Utah from the south, stayed at Page,AZ and then moved to Moab to cover that area. No matter what you do or stay, you will love it! Utah is our favorite state out of the 48! Have fun!
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Arches NP and Canyonlands NP are almost "across the street" from each other and minutes from Moab. Lots of places to stay in Moab. We usually stay at "The Portal", but if that isn't you cup of tea, then there are others to choose from including CGs in the parks since they are so close. Zion and Bryce Canyon NPs are also close, though not across the street. There are some RV parks midway between, if you have a toad you can make some day trips. We chose the stay near each of these though as driving to and from the parks gets old fast.
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What parks are you considering?

The only possibility is if you stay in Moab where you can explore Arches and Canyonlands. Even so, we usually stay on BLM land around Moab and then move to Dead Horse Point State Park to explore the Canyonlands area. There is excellent 4-wheeling in each area.

In our opinion you have the best experience by staying IN or near each park. Why waste time driving? Would you drive to each one more than once? National parks deserve at least a three-day visit to each. They aren't just drive-thrus.
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st George/cedar city area would allow you to get to bryce, cedar breaks, Zion, and snow canyon state park.

I agree on moab for arches and canyonlands. also within a short drive is dead horse point and the fisher towers monument.

definitely want to plan on a full day minimum to each of these places to see it all!

what sort of recreation did you want to do? and when are you planning the trip for?
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Thanks everyone, Seeing stuff on the map is not as good as hearing it from you folks. We will definitely start with Arches & Canyon land for our first stay.
Moving every three days is not too bad.

Great suggestions, glad I posted.

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Watchman CG in Zion is very nice and handy and has electrical. Bryce Canyon NP is great (especially if you can hike down into the canyon). Utah Hwy 12 from Bryce to
Torrey one of the most scenic drives in USA. Hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls is a must if you can make the 6 miles (level-not much climbing). Capital Reef NP is very scenic, Fruita CG in the park is very nice but no hook-ups. There are a number of commercial CG in Torrey. Take your Jeep and drive the loop south and east of Capital Reef. Moab will be hot in the summer. May or fall is the best time in this area.
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Bryce Canyon was our favorite! I could not get enough of that place! I took hundreds of pics!
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We stayed at a KOA in Green River Utah and then drove to MOAB to visit Canyonlands one day and did the Arches the next day one hour away. We also visited Goblin Valley on a different day this is a state park, but you need to see the park. We reviewed the MOAB parks and they looked to crowed for my needs and way too many ATVs.


When you go to the ARCHES and Canyonlands there is a jeep tour that I highly recommend as this takes you in to the back country. Instead of spending 3 hours hiking to just see one Arch and then back to your car. We used TAG-A-Long Jeep tours in Moab UT, will worth the cost.
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We reviewed the MOAB parks and they looked to crowed for my needs and way too many ATVs.

The Portal is an exception to that rule, very nice, roomy. And if you have a dog, they have the nicest fenced dog park we have ever used.
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In our opinion, public parks and BLM lands are superior to RV parks. There are plenty of places around Moab that will give you lots of space and gorgeous scenery. RVs are built to be self-contained so you really don't need hookups.
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We loved staying at Watchman in Zion. We reserved a large site with 30A. The convenience of staying in the park is a plus. Unfortunately the other 4 NP's don't have campgrounds that can accomodate large RV's. You have to stay outside the park for them.

If you want to get away from all the noise, I highly recommend Kodachrome Basin SP. It can be used as a base camp for Bryce, Cedar Breaks, Escalante, and a few others. It is gorgeous in itself.
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