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Old 01-29-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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Utah canyonlands RV Camping in Late June?

We're planning on heading down to Bryce, Zion, Capital Reef, etc. this June and would love some feedback on where to land for a week of touring on our Harley. We'll have our 34' Winnie Class A and a 6x12 enclosed m/c trailer behind so are looking for large sites with full hook ups.

Found Ruby's Inn to have good reviews online so that is at the top of our list so far but would appreciate feedback from experienced UT campers. Want something centrally located to all the parks so we can day-trip out easily on the bike and make it back to home base easy enough. Any good KOA's in the area? It would seem that camping in the Nat. Parks themselves isn't for big-rig setups like we'll be in.

Thanks for any advice!
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Moab Campgrounds

There are so many places to camp around Moab. Archview CG is right between Arches and Canyonlands NP but since you'll be on your Harleys, you might want to be closer to town.
Have fun, it'll be hot there in June so you might want a pool too.
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There are so many places to camp around Moab. Archviewis right between Arches and Canyonlands NP but since you'll be on your Harleys, you might want to be closer to town.
Have fun, it'll be hot there in June so you might want a pool too.

We'd like to make it over to the Eastside to see Moab/Arches too but at this juncture not even sure we'll get over there. Only have a week to see as much as possible. Thinking Central part of the state or South Western corner would be best...no?
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Zion River RV Resort is a nice place on the Western side of Zion right on the Zion River--close to the park entry-seven miles as I recall. Planty of facilities for your rig---lots of bikers in that area. You are riding distance from Bryce and Cedar Breaks----.You can ride through Zion but to see the park you take a tram. You can run the length of Bryce---plenty of stops along the way.
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You can ride through Zion but to see the park you take a tram.



Any reason why taking a tram would be better than us rolling through on the bike? Is the park not accessible by outside vehicles?
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Unless they contain life support for the one of the riders, personal vehicles are not allowed on the Zion canyon road during the summer. The shuttle bus service is excellent & stops at all the high points...
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if at all possible find a designated driver for the rv and ride your bike down highway 12 it is a awesome road in a rv but i dream about doing on a bike either way take the highway it is one you won't forget
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Zion River Resort is indeed a good place to stay. You weren't too specific about your plans and what kind of experience you'd like to have so I'm not sure my suggestions will be helpful.

There are a lot of really wonderful places in that area that are not in a national park (e.g., Kodachrome Basin). (I believe there is a state park with electric hookups near Kodachrome.) Are you going to spend time in the Grand Escalante Staircase? That suggests an RV park that is somewhere along highway 89. I'd look at Untitled Document. RV Park Reviews :: Home can also help you. Start by looking in Glendale, UT. and then the surrounding areas.

You'll have a wonderful time and a lot of fun.
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Last year they added 4 sites at Kodachrome Basin State Park that have full hook ups. The rest are no hook up sites. Dead Horse State Park (just outside Canyonlands) has electric, but no on site water or sewer (they do have a dump station). Goblin Valley is beautiful, but no hook ups, although they have hot showers & a dump station.
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Any reason why taking a tram would be better than us rolling through on the bike? Is the park not accessible by outside vehicles?
Private vehicles are not allowed in Zion Canyon in summer because of excessive congestion. You can drive Mt. Carmel Hwy. from the west entrance to the east entrance (I recommend this because the eastern side of the park is completely different from the Zion Canyon), but you have to ride the tram (or bicycle) to get up the canyon. The canyon is a side branch (with no outlet) from the main highway through the park.
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Last year they added 4 sites at Kodachrome Basin State Park that have full hook ups. The rest are no hook up sites. Dead Horse State Park (just outside Canyonlands) has electric, but no on site water or sewer (they do have a dump station). Goblin Valley is beautiful, but no hook ups, although they have hot showers & a dump station.
Thanks for this tip. Will be looking into Kodachrome (Paul Simon tune running through my head now! )

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Private vehicles are not allowed in Zion Canyon in summer because of excessive congestion. You can drive Mt. Carmel Hwy. from the west entrance to the east entrance (I recommend this because the eastern side of the park is completely different from the Zion Canyon), but you have to ride the tram (or bicycle) to get up the canyon. The canyon is a side branch (with no outlet) from the main highway through the park.
Got it. Excellent clarification!
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Thanks for the tips!! We will be doing the same in the first part of April. Will we be able to drive Zion in our 31' Winni? then. any other tips most welcome thanks.
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Here is a link to the Zion Tunnel information. As long as you meet the size limits there is no problem, however you should be comfortable with steep grades & switchbacks...
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Thanks for the site allot of good info Im sure we will use in April
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