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Old 07-29-2016, 01:38 PM   #15
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Have you heard the Fees to enter OUR national parks went up??
Last year Arches and Canyonlands were $10 for the week. EACH ARE $25 per vehicle NOW
yearly passes are still at $80.
To me, that's a bargain. Everything goes up over the years.

Entry fee money is kept in the parks. The parks don't get enough money from the General Fund each year to adequately maintain these huge parks so the entry money surely comes in handy. The parks are in dire need of updated roads and facilities but they don't have the money to do it.

How much do you pay for a carload going to the movies, bowling, out to eat?
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We have enjoyed the following...
Bauer's Canyon Ranch RV Park, Glendale, UT
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These are also the places we stay as well. Except for Ruby's, we'd stay at all of them again. We weren't thrilled with Ruby's accommodations (the new section is a big parking lot) but it is right at the entrance to the park.
yep-- that new section is a very dusty parking lot.
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yep-- that new section is a very dusty parking lot.

We stayed at what they called "the overflow lot". This is also where their seasonal workers stay. Back behind one of the hotels, over by the rodeo arena. I don't know if we are talking about the same place. It wasn't a "resort", but I wouldn't describe that area as a dusty parking lot. There were strips of grass at each site, and we had 50a FHU's.
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We stayed at what they called "the overflow lot". This is also where their seasonal workers stay. Back behind one of the hotels, over by the rodeo arena. I don't know if we are talking about the same place. It wasn't a "resort", but I wouldn't describe that area as a dusty parking lot. There were strips of grass at each site, and we had 50a FHU's.

There was no grass when we stayed there, just gravel, a newly planted tiny tree, and the pedestal. No real markings that indicated the sites. Here's a pic, this was 2012.
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There was no grass when we stayed there, just gravel, a newly planted tiny tree, and the pedestal. No real markings that indicated the sites. Here's a pic, this was 2012.Attachment 134520

Here is a pic taken in around June 23rd of 2016. Like I said, it is not an RV resort, but good for us given its proximity to Bryce and other area attractions.

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We stayed at what they called "the overflow lot". This is also where their seasonal workers stay. Back behind one of the hotels, over by the rodeo arena. I don't know if we are talking about the same place. It wasn't a "resort", but I wouldn't describe that area as a dusty parking lot. There were strips of grass at each site, and we had 50a FHU's.

X2. We liked it and loved Bryce and the entire area. Stayed there this past June. Overflow was the best.
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Nice to see they've improved it a bit.
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We are planning a trip to the same areas in early October. Will be coming in off of I70 through Arches then down through Moab & canyon lands to Monument Valley/Valley of the Gods, then down and across Arizona and ending up in Zion. We are interested in recommendation for more private dispersed camping sites along the way. Looks like there are several BLM sites along the Colorado river near Moab. We will be driving a 33' class A with a Wrangler JKU toad. Thanks in advance.
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We are planning a trip to the same areas in early October. Will be coming in off of I70 through Arches then down through Moab & canyon lands to Monument Valley/Valley of the Gods, then down and across Arizona and ending up in Zion. We are interested in recommendation for more private dispersed camping sites along the way. Looks like there are several BLM sites along the Colorado river near Moab. We will be driving a 33' class A with a Wrangler JKU toad. Thanks in advance.
We stayed at monument valley in the goulding's campground. It is a great campground, if you like the desert. Sand and red rocks. The scenery is beautiful, but if you are a resort person, you will probably not like it as much as we did. When you get to the bridge and dam at page, make sure you stop and get out to enjoy the view. The visitor center has parking for RV's at the back of the main parking lot. Easy access. spend the night at Kanab in the Kanab RV corral. Don't miss the north rim of the grand canyon. Only 15% of the people visit the north rim. We also visited Zion from Kanab. Go up to Panguitch and stay at the Panguitck KOA. Take scenic hwy 12 to Bryce, Kodachrome state park and Grand staircase Escalante.
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We also stayed at the Kanab RV Corral to do Bryce, Zion, and the North Rim. Great little park.

You are going to hate hwy 163 from Bluff, Ut to Monument Valley. Terrible road surface.
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We are planning a trip to the same areas in early October. Will be coming in off of I70 through Arches then down through Moab & canyon lands to Monument Valley/Valley of the Gods, then down and across Arizona and ending up in Zion. We are interested in recommendation for more private dispersed camping sites along the way. Looks like there are several BLM sites along the Colorado river near Moab. We will be driving a 33' class A with a Wrangler JKU toad. Thanks in advance.
Does anyone think that this is too much for a 9 day trip beginning and ending in central Indiana? If so, what should we cut out or substitute in the above list. Thanks everyone for your input.
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For Moab camping without electric try along 128. We like Ken's Lake, too.

Here's some info on dispersed camping and dry campgrounds.

Dispersed Camping

Nine days from Indiana will really be a tough trip. It'll be 2-3 long days across the Plains both directions. Perhaps just doing the Moab/Canyonlands and perhaps down to Monument Valley area and get back on I-70 east to home. Skip Zion unless you're a fast driver across the country!

If you're retired, consider at least 3 weeks to work in all the wonderful lower Utah national parks and Grand Canyon in Arizona. Try to add as many days as you can. It's a long trip to just see one small area and have to turn around.
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Does anyone think that this is too much for a 9 day trip beginning and ending in central Indiana? If so, what should we cut out or substitute in the above list. Thanks everyone for your input.

If you only have 3 days to see the sights in your destinations, stay in Moab. You'll have lots to enjoy in that jeep. If you have 5 days, you can add monument valley. In either case, Zion (while gorgeous) is out of the way and adds driving, reduces time to see and enjoy stuff, save it for another trip. We took 3 weeks for a similar trip from So Cal. It was tight.
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