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Old 09-22-2016, 07:43 PM   #1
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Question Utah National Park Tour

Starting in Albuquerque and heading in what looks to be a logical route>>to me. Grand Canyon, Zion, Brian Head, Bryce, Capital Reef, Provo and end up in Bend Oregon for a few days. Our interest is mountain biking and hiking so plan to do at least 4-6 days not including travel in or around each park.

Looks like a lot of questionable roads between these parks so asking which are ok in our 45' RV with a Honda CRV behind. Parks to stay in? Roads that are ok and which to avoid? We are ok to drive the Honda if best to stay close. Looking for any ideas or suggestions to help make this a successful trip.

Posted last year for our tour-de -Oregon and you guys gave us some great advice so had an awesome trip.

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Old 09-22-2016, 08:43 PM   #2
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You can drive about any of the major routes between those parks, Hwy 89 & 12. You won't be able to go through the tunnel from the east entrance of Zion on 9. Hwy 20 above Parowan is a good cutoff to get from I-15 to 89.

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Old 09-22-2016, 08:57 PM   #3
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I'd recommend the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for a much less crowded visit. In addition, if you're calling it the "Utah National Park Tour" you're leaving out Arches and Canyonlands and Arches, a couple of great hiking, biking, and 4 wheeling parks!

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I-40 to Grand Canyon via 64 north at Williams. Stay in Williams or possibly Trailer Village in the park but check the sizes. A 40' will definitely fit, not sure of a 45'.

If at Trailer Village you can exit the park taking 64 east to Hwy 89. Or from Williams take I-40 east to Flagstaff and north on 89.

To get to Zion take 89 north out of Flagstaff and Alt 89 to Fredonia. You'll have a short steep uphill but your MH is quite capable of doing it. Many RVers & semis drive it. If concerned, stay on 89 through Page and west to Kanab, UT then south to Fredonia. At Fredonia, AZ take 389 west which becomes 59 in UT to Hurricane. Stay in Hurricane or Springdale which is right at the park entrance. The free shuttle stops in Springdale.

Brian Head involves a very steep curvy drive which really isn't big-rig friendly. Hwy 14 is not good for RVs. Possibly stay in Cedar City, UT to tour Brian Head. It's at 9600' elevation.

To get to Bryce take I-15 north to Hwy 20 east to 89 then south on 89 just past Panguitch to Hwy 12. Ruby's is the best place to stay. It's at the park gate and again, the free shuttle stops there.

From Bryce take Hwy 12 to Capitol Reef. Excellent mountain biking can be had in Moab, UT (Arches/Canyonlands). From Capitol Reef take either 24 east and then north to I-70 east to 191 or take 24 east to 95 south to Blanding then north on 191 - a very scenic drive.

From Moab to Provo you could take Hwy 6/191 to Wellington/Price.

Sounds like a nice trip to all of our favorites!
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We went last summer in a 43'MH towing a pickup and had no issues. As mentioned in the prior post, definitely go to Moab if you are into mtn biking. Canyon Lands and Arches NP's offer great hikes too.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:51 AM   #6
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So much to see and so little time. We have traveled extensively in this area and would be happy to provide some insights to help you with your trip planning. The trip you are describing is very close to a classic road trip referred to as the "Grand Circle". Here is a site that can be helpful in getting you started:The Mighty 5 - Utah's National Parks | US-Parks.com :: Get Outdoors. Of course, many other options exist depending on your schedule and how you feel about the road less traveled.
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All good advice given.The only road I would avoid is 89A. I took it last
year from Grand Canyon to Bryce, Zion etc.It had beautiful scenery, but
the road is more fit for the toad, or motor cycle.

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