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Old 12-27-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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We are wondering about heading out on a trip out west in February. Leaving Tennessee in February to Grand Canyon then north to Yellow Stone via Las Vegas , Zion -Bryce Canyon .we will be going to Yellow Stone and east through the Black hill and on to visit my daughter in Wisconsin.

My question is ,will the snow be gone in these areas during February- March?
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:09 PM   #2
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You do not want to be Yellowstone or the Black Hills until at least June. Earlier is just too chancy for snow and guaranteed cool to cold weather. Grand Canyon April is a good time. Again you canmdo the SW earlier, but chances of cool cold goes up the earlier in the year
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Big Bend National Park is a good winter destination.
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I'd recommend moving your trip to those areas closer to April. Lots of places may not be open on the highways you may wish to travel. Weather at those altitudes (Flagstaff is 7500 feet) can result in heavy snows up through March. For example, the north rim of the Grand Canyon doesn't open until mid-May. Yellowstone is much the same. As for Wisconsin in February, that too could be an issue due to snow. Consider that you may have "winterizatilon" issues with the RV in sub-freezing temperatures...
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My question is ,will the snow be gone in these areas during February- March?
Short Answer .... NO
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Bryce will be totally inaccessible during those months. Don't even think about it.
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snow, snow, snow....don't go.
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Old 12-27-2014, 03:51 PM   #8
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Out west trip

We were planning on Leaving in March, but a wedding is our problem. So I was thinking earlier. Ok so if I leave say mid to late April visit Early March and May, would that be better?

I really don't want to visit during the summer months because of all the parks being crowded with kids out on Summer break.

I want to do the circle across Texas to Grand Canyon, L.V. , Zion, Bryce, up through Utah to the Grand Tetons, to Yellowstone, and to Black Hills to Milwaukee.

Any help please?

We were going last Sept. But I threw my back out and I waited to long.
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Any suggestions on last post?
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:47 PM   #10
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April May and June would be your best months.
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When at Yellowstone, a must drive, is the "Beartooth Pass" , sometimes still closed in June though.......A bit long , but it is the drive across it.




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The bottom line is: later in the year is better on your departure date. Ultimately it's your call. As mentioned, several places you've listed as places you'd like to visit are at high altitudes, and snow is possible late in the year. Some roads will not be open until May or even later.

Kids on summer break may be the least of your issues if you arrive in a snow storm - that's why kids and everyone else like to visit in the summer months. See gruelens post #5 above.

Do the research by visiting the web pages of the parks you'd like to see and checking on winter travel. We're going to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the 15th of May - that's the first day of 2015 that the road will be open and the snow is cleared.

Weather is fickle...no one responding to your questions can provide any guarantees that you'll have a safe trip.

All that said, you'll love the west, and the parks you've chosen to visit!
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Thanks for information, any place I go to, I plan on staying as safe as I can and take the jeep inside the parks. I really appreciate the info, I use the information to plan. Experience is the best teacher.
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"Do the research by visiting the web pages of the parks you'd like to see and checking on winter travel."

That's good advice. Do your research and beware. I have been to national parks where the roads were still closed due to snow - in June. I know it is not what you'd hoped to hear, but if it were me, I'd not start until late May and do the low elevations first. Many of the places you listed will be closed in May and into early June.
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