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Old 03-25-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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Southern Utah - more than the National Parks

There have been frequent posts about visiting the "Mighty 5", the national Parks in southern Utah. The state tourism folks have started a campaign identifying even more wonderful sites, primarily state parks. They call the campaign "The Road to the Mighty Five"', and it has some great information. Take a look at Road to Mighty | The Mighty 5 National Parks | Utah Road Trip Itineraries | Visit Utah . Yes, it is from a tourist organization, but the information and maps are very well done. We will be doing one of the alternatives they mention next week; just have to figure out which one.
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If you haven't been to the Southern Utah National Parks yet you are in for a treat. The whole area is beautiful to drive through and picking just one will be hard to do. Have fun.
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IMO, the National Monuments like Red Canyon and Cedar Break are every bit as nice as the mighty five. That is not meant to say they are not beautiful also. Also check out the north rim of the grand canyon.
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Hike the Zion Narrows, it's easy, amazing and beautiful.
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I highly agree that there's more to Utah than the 'Big 5'. I think we've explored every inch of that wonderful state over and over. Having a Jeep we've driven many backroads and have down fun Jeep trails. We've hiked many, many miles to awesome places.
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Lots more to Utah than the National Parks, great to see but only in the off season......

How mobile is your set up? If you like hiking/fourwheeling look at the San Rafael Swell, Grand Staircase, Natural Bridges, or the Maze and Needles districts of Canyonlands are remote enough they offer some good solitude still, even though they are NPs.
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They call the campaign "The Road to the Mighty Five"', and it has some great information. Take a look at Road to Mighty | The Mighty 5 National Parks | Utah Road Trip Itineraries | Visit Utah . Yes, it is from a tourist organization, but the information and maps are very well done.

Thanks for the link!
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Anybody have suggestions for ATVing in Utah, places to stay, places to ride, etc? We're planning a trip there this fall. Thanks for the link!

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Anybody have suggestions for ATVing in Utah, places to stay, places to ride, etc? We're planning a trip there this fall. Thanks for the link!

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Second the recommendation for Moab. It is definitely on the bucket list for OHVs. You can also visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks while you are there! With the size of RV you have there are only a few spots for dispersed camping on the trails, but depending on the time of year you might get into Sand Flats Recreation Area. We were there earlier this week, and there were a few sites suitable for big rigs. Otherwise I recommend SpanishTrails RV park on the south side of town.

There are also lots of trails in the Richland, UT area.
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Were are thinking about a UT / CO. trip for 2017. I had just called Utah inquiring about how their state parks work. I also asked when the best time to visit. I have only skied in Utah in the winter flying in and out of Salt Lake City.

I didn't realize Southern UT. can reach 100 degrees in the summer. He mentioned Oct. and April are good months to go...

Any feed back on what time of year and what kind of weather as far as temperatures. I originally thought mid Aug thru mid Sept. after the kids went back to school. Since we'll be retired by then, 4-6 weeks in CO. & UT. would at least give a feeler of the area.
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Southern Utah - April/May; Sept/Oct - depends on elevation - for summer you'd want to be around 7-8,000' at least. For instance, Zion NP is hot; Bryce NP is higher elevation so cooler although they're not that far apart. Arches NP/Moab is very hot in the summer

SW Colorado - June to October - very popular the summer months. Summer at 7,000' EL is comfortable. We've spent some summers at Silverton at 9,000' EL - wonderful.
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Throwing out another suggestion, look at the Riverside Oasis Campground in Moab. We have stayed there a few times and it is very nice and smaller than many campgrounds in Moab. I love all the trees and green grass.

For boondocking there is not much left around Moab that has not been closed or turned into BLM campgrounds. However if you want to boondock check out Willow Springs Rd. With a big rig it would be a good idea to walk down the rd first and make sure there is a spot but there are several that you can get a big rig into.
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Southern Utah - April/May; Sept/Oct - depends on elevation - for summer you'd want to be around 7-8,000' at least.
Arriving in mid April to any of the southern Utah national parks, do you have to worry about snow? night time lows?
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