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Old 08-07-2014, 09:35 AM   #15
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To get to the Zion RV Resort from Flagstaff will I have to go through the tunnel?
The RV park is on the west side - you can go from Flagstaff over toward Hurricane, then go to the west side entrance - no tunnel. Hope that helps.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:46 AM   #16
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Zion/Bryce would be my choice
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Don't choose, do 'em all. And be aware of the tunnel restriction at Zion.
This one....

The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel - Zion National Park (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:03 PM   #18
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Arches isn't really that close to Monument Valley. If you decide on Arches, also consider going to Canyonlands NP. It's a lot closer and a lot bigger than Monument Valley.
X2 agree on canyonlands NP. Quite close to arches, yet quite different at the same time.

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If your vehicle is 11'4" (3.4m) tall or taller or 7'10" (2.4m) wide or wider, including mirrors, awnings, and jacks, you will need a tunnel escort.

Obtaining a Tunnel Permit

Have your vehicle measured at the entrance station when you arrive at the park. Any vehicle that is 7 feet 10 inches (2.4 meters) in width and/or 11 feet 4 inches (3.4 meters) in height or larger is required to have a tunnel permit.
Pay $15.00, in addition to the park entrance fee, for the tunnel permit at the entrance station before proceeding to the tunnel.
Drive to the tunnel during the tunnel hours of operation (posted seasonally).
Tunnel traffic control will be provided by friendly NPS rangers.
Your $15.00 tunnel permit is good for two trips through the tunnel for the same vehicle within seven days of purchase.
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We did all 5 Southern Utah NP's in April, and Bryce was definitely our favorite. All 5 are mind boggling, but Bryce out-boggled them all. We stayed at Ruby's Inn, right at the entrance to Bryce, and Zion and Capitol Reef were easy drives in our Toad. Make sure you drive Highway 12 to Capitol Reef. Spectacular road. The only way to do Canyonlands is to rent a Jeep, and go through the Canyons to the Island In The Sky. We
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Arches and Monument Valley get my vote. For me, it is an easy choice. When in the Monument Valley area, consider a side trip to The Valley of the Gods. It is in the very south east corner of Utah. It is a day trip. Pack a lunch and take plenty of water. If it is dry any vehicle can make the passage. If it has been raining, consider 4 wheel drive.
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Yes but the tunnel fee is a lot less then it would cost in fuel to go around to come other way. The tunnel is also worth seeing as you pass. We enjoyed all 3 but Zion was probally liked the most plus the free shuttle tours were even nicer.
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