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Old 08-03-2019, 08:53 AM   #15
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August: The coolest will be Bryce.

Next, Grand Canyon (South Rim) and Meteor Crater.

The hottest: Zion, Moab (Arches, Canyonlands), Mesa Verde - You'll need to plan to get up early if hiking. By 10-11 am it'll be very hot. 5pm will start cooling down.

A brimmed hat, sunscreen and lots of WATER!
Will I be correct that the hottest and coolest NP's shown above would be the opposite in May? Also when will I need to start making my reservations for a trip in May.
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Ray, I have already started making reservations for my May 2020 trip and feel comfortable when I know that I have a spot to park.

Starting at the Grand Canyon, I reserved 5 nights at Trailer Village and than 5 more nights at Zion River Resort.

Working on the Rubyís for Bryce Canyon but for now, they will take your information but you will not receive a confirmation until sometime late November. Iím sill looking at the maps for some off road sites that we may want to see.

Next Iíll work on Moab, Arches, and Canyonland. From there, will hit Mesa Verde on our way back to Florida.

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Ray, I have already started making reservations for my May 2020 trip and feel comfortable when I know that I have a spot to park.

Starting at the Grand Canyon, I reserved 5 nights at Trailer Village and than 5 more nights at Zion River Resort.

Working on the Ruby’s for Bryce Canyon but for now, they will take your information but you will not receive a confirmation until sometime late November. I’m sill looking at the maps for some off road sites that we may want to see.

Next I’ll work on Moab, Arches, and Canyonland. From there, will hit Mesa Verde on our way back to Florida. I also noticed that you will have to cross Texas to get to anything.

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I guess I better get to work. Most of the campgrounds you are staying at we are also. I will be at Trailer Village around the third week of April. After we leave Moab we head to GTNP, YNP, Custer's, Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, etc.
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Will I be correct that the hottest and coolest NP's shown above would be the opposite in May? Also when will I need to start making my reservations for a trip in May.
You'll have the same variances in May. It's all about elevation.

However, in May you most likely will not have extremes as you would in August. Your weather should be perfect wherever you go.
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I would stay at Kodachrome to visit Bryce Canyon. Its only around 15 miles from the Bryce entrance and is absolutely beautiful. It also has several trails that you can do from the campground.
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I would stay at Kodachrome to visit Bryce Canyon. Its only around 15 miles from the Bryce entrance and is absolutely beautiful. It also has several trails that you can do from the campground.
I had been debating on using this instead of Ruby. My concern is will the sites be long enough for my 40'10" motorhome plus toad. I will be staying at two other Utah state parks heading to GTNP.
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I had been debating on using this instead of Ruby. My concern is will the sites be long enough for my 40'10" motorhome plus toad. I will be staying at two other Utah state parks heading to GTNP.
Kodachrome Basin has sites plenty big for you. We have a 40í plus toad and had no problems though we had to unhitch the toad and park it sideways in the site. The campground is relatively new and well suited to big rigs. Get a reservation though since it fills up all the time, particularly the bigger sites. Note there is 0 cell service at Kodachrome, nothing, nada.
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We were just there a few weeks ago. I agree they have sites plenty big for your rig. We had one that was a pull thru off the main road as you come in. Sites are level, long, and great views all around. We also did the Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde. Kodachrome was probably our favorite.
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Is there any grass at Kodachrome? Our Yorkie needs grass to do her thing.
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I would stay at Kodachrome to visit Bryce Canyon. Its only around 15 miles from the Bryce entrance and is absolutely beautiful. It also has several trails that you can do from the campground.


I second Kodachrome. FTIW we had reservations at Ruby’s with our 36’ Alpine. We had a site so un-level and tight we asked for our money back. Went over to Bryce North Campground in the NP and boondocked.
Kodachrome is beautiful and as said just a short trip away. AND way less crowded. first pic is North Campground, second is Kodachrome.
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Is there any grass at Kodachrome? Our Yorkie needs grass to do her thing.

They have (had) nice restrooms (I think showers too, we don't use them) and I remember irrigated grass around the restrooms. Satellite still shows grass. BTW we stayed in #9.
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Yes there is still grass around the bath house area. When we headed out on our trip end of May our dog had trouble as well finding her spot to pee without grass. She finally got to where she would just do her business anywhere, in the sand, on the gravel, in the middle of the road. It was quite funny.
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Is there any grass at Kodachrome? Our Yorkie needs grass to do her thing.
After your trip your pup will go anywhere! Not a lot of grass where you're going!
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The big issue of staying at Kodachrome is no cell or wifi service at all. I have Verizon (cell) and AT&T (wifi-Mobley). I would bet there would be other stops along my route that would have the same issue.

Hopefully I will be able to get the satellites for the TV at least. This would be important early in the morning and late at night.
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