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Old 06-25-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Trip to Canyons in Southern Utah and Arizona questions.

We are leaving for the canyons of southern Utah the day after Labor day this September 2012. We usually do not make reservations at parks. Is that time of year, a bad time to go there without reservations. We are making a large loop around them ending up in Moab, then back home to Oregon. We plan on seeing everything so we are figuring about two months to be gone. Any useful input or places that many people miss. Anything to avoid?

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We did Black Hills, Yellowstone, Tetons, Brice Canyon, Zion and both sides of Grand Canyon last year about the same time you are going. We made reservations a couple of hours before we stopped for the day. We had no problems. Should be lots of room that time of year. Enjoy the trip, wish we were going back.
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We did this 2 times in the last 3 years. First time we arrived at Zion, in mid sept. and it was almost empty. Second year we got there by noon & it was full. all of Utah is amazing. We had a 32ft motor home, pulled a grand Vitera. Some of highway 12 was a bit tricky, but just take it nice & slow, & enjoy the ride. We took 4weeks, from Janesville WI. Would love to do it again, it is so awesome. Did not need reservations anywhere along the route. But you may call Zion. They may still be busy. Lots of foreign visitors, keeping Utah green..
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We are leaving for the canyons of southern Utah the day after Labor day this September 2012. We usually do not make reservations at parks. Is that time of year, a bad time to go there without reservations. We are making a large loop around them ending up in Moab, then back home to Oregon. We plan on seeing everything so we are figuring about two months to be gone. Any useful input or places that many people miss. Anything to avoid?

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Two or three nice RV campgrounds in Moab. Went there in September ???? Made side trips from Moab to Canyon Lands and Arches and along Colorado river. Nice steak house in downtown Moab (do not remember the name) on main street. Go to Allstays | Campgrounds | RV Parks and you can find some info on RV campgrounds. Also [url=http://www.parkreviews.com]parkreviews.com
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I suspect since it will be after Labor Day the traffic should be down a bit since kids will be back in school. We always traveled that time of year and never seemed to have any problems anywhere we went. Good luck and have a great trip. The scenery is beautiful.
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We drove Highway 12 in '05. We stayed at Kodachrome State Park and North Campground at Bryce. We have a 36'. Kodachrome was a great campground. We had to walk ( we weren't towing then) North Campground to find a suitable spot for us, but while there we found a spot for a 40'er too. We have some reviews in the iRV2 campground section.

Safe travels. We want to do that trip again.
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be sure to visit The Mountain Meadows Massacre in Southern Utah. It is an important peice of history. 9-11- 1857, yep the date is correct. ed
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for all of our adventures, go to our blog at weedsinmygarden.blogspot.com
If you can't click on the link, just copy this address into your search. There are many trips, but look on the menu on the right to click on the western trips.
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I'm staying at a wonderful place just outside of Bryce on hwy 12 about 12 miles from park entrance. It's called Red Canyon. Very nice, clean, no hook ups, but has water and dump available.
We did go into Bryce and stayed one night at North campground without Reservation during 4th of July week. It was pretty empty. I was disappointed with their campground condition, roads were mostly dirt and dusty, no hook ups, etc.
We went back to Red Canyon for the next few days, it,s much nicer. Run by Forrest Service.
we. Stayed at North Rim Grand Canyon couple of nights before, had to show up about 10am to get a site. I didn,t have a reservation, but they found me a place. very nice again.
I don't make reservations, I refuse.
Yosemite is the only one that I've ever had trouble. Getting a site without reservation.
have a nice trip.
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We stayed at Bryce canyon pines rv park, just outside the park. Was a CCUSA discount park. Wonderful place. Drove to the shuttle parking lot, & took the shuttle all over the canyon. What a wonderful way to see the park, & without having to drive our car.
The whole "canyons" trip, from Zion, to Arches, was something we will forever remember. Can't wait to do it again. I'm sure we missed a lot.
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we did Bryce, zion, escalante/grand staircase/waterpocket fold, canyonlands, arches, a colorado river drift, and cedar breaks back in 01. Called it the "Grand Erosion" tour.
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We don't make reservations either and have no problems getting into the parks. The past 2 months we've done a return trip to Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Red Canyon forest service c.g., up Hwy 12 to Capitol Reef. We were absolutely surprised by the lack of people in the parks and campgrounds. Even the outlying motels, RV parks didn't have cars parked. Perhaps it was too early for the summer tourists or perhaps not as many foreigners traveling this year. Anyway, it was very pleasant finding spots and parking places at the scenic overlooks. Have a great trip!
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We are leaving for the canyons of southern Utah the day after Labor day this September 2012. We usually do not make reservations at parks. Is that time of year, a bad time to go there without reservations. We are making a large loop around them ending up in Moab, then back home to Oregon. We plan on seeing everything so we are figuring about two months to be gone. Any useful input or places that many people miss. Anything to avoid?

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Road to it is dirt, but in real good condition.
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