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Old 08-06-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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Zion, bryce canyons vs. Arches, Monument Valley

I will be coming down through Utah headed to the Grand Canyon from Yellowstone. If you had to pick one area to visit, which would it be, Zion, Bryce area or Arches, Monument Valley?

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Wow - do both. They are unique in their own way.
But I think if you can only do one with a big rig, Arches/Monument Valley might be an easier trip to plan and execute.
Big rigs in Zion require one entry/exit that is on the other side of the park from Bryce (due to a tunnel).
Bryce is spectacular, the key is to ride the bus to the last stop (on top) and walking down. Most folks get off at the 1st bus stop (bottom) and walk up. Gravity is not forgiving for those poor folks.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:52 AM   #3
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In my (humble) opinion the order of preference is Bryce, Zion, Arches then Monument Valley.

Given that... They are all unique and wonderful places that you'll want to see them all at some point.
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My preference would be Zion, then Bryce, then Arches, however all are beautiful.
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Don't choose, do 'em all. And be aware of the tunnel restriction at Zion.
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Don't choose, do 'em all. And be aware of the tunnel restriction at Zion.
What tunnel restriction? Had to disconnect the toad and pay a fee. Told the park ranger at the other end "now that was a lot of fun." She said "I hope you enjoyed it." The people in their cars, waiting in line for me to get thru, did not look all that amused.
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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.
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Don't choose, do 'em all. And be aware of the tunnel restriction at Zion.
When visiting Zion in September I'll be staying in Springdale and arriving there from the west (I-15). Are there any big-rig travel issues coming from that direction, or is the travel restriction just the tunnel on the east side of Springdale on Utah-9?
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Bin there did that!!! had to disconnect the toad for the tunnel and would do it again in a heartbeat, absolutely one of the best trips in my 40+ years of RVing. Our rig is a 36ft pusher and had no problem at all, we were coming from the west. Go for the gusto!!!
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What tunnel restriction? Had to disconnect the toad and pay a fee. Told the park ranger at the other end "now that was a lot of fun." She said "I hope you enjoyed it." The people in their cars, waiting in line for me to get thru, did not look all that amused.
Yup - that's the restriction.
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When visiting Zion in September I'll be staying in Springdale and arriving there from the west (I-15). Are there any big-rig travel issues coming from that direction, or is the travel restriction just the tunnel on the east side of Springdale on Utah-9?
The restriction is on the east side of Zion, as you depart through the tunnel.
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If it were me, I would do Arches, Canyonlands,then Capitol Reef thru Grand Escalante to Bryce. I might then go through Zion, Pink Coral Sands State Park to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Monument Valley is great but there is more variety going the other direction.
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To get to the Zion RV Resort from Flagstaff will I have to go through the tunnel?
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