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Old 04-28-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Bryce Canyon to Capital Reef to Moab

Anyone got any reason why I can't travel US 12 then join (I think) 24 to I 70 on the way to Moab
Currently in Zion with 2 nights booked at Rubys then 3 Moab. Thinking of modification to do a night at Capital Reef. Is it worth a stop.
I've been told the scenery is fantastic. Also the longer/slower route may be just too much driving for one day.
Driving a 45' with toad
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I don't see why not. There is a kind of stiff grade at one point and a section of about 150' that they call the Hogback where you are on a ridge,but if you close your eyes you won't even notice it Seriously though,it is a great trip as the scenery is awesome. You'll have to check the campground info for the one at Fruita which is in the park tho. There is an rv park at Torrey also.I absolutely love that country and really want to go back. We were going to do it a few weeks ago,but had to go straight thru to Vegas instead.
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Going "UP" US 12 from Escalante is a bit steep but can be done. The best camp spot is SINGLE TREE USFS on the TORY side of the grade....it will take your unit and is the last one with water and trees and such....Camp there and drive the toad down into Capital Reef...the CG at the park is a mess...Then when you get to Moab....head up towards Dead Horse Point and camp at the BLM CG called Horsethief...use the toad to explore the park and such....where to then
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Great information thanks to you both

I've already paid for Moab valley
They are all close to a full house
Ill see if they will change my reservation by 1 day.
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Agree w/ the others. US12 is a very scenic drive. There are definitely a few steep grades and one section with no shoulder and big drop-offs (Hogsback), but it is do-able as long as there are no snow or freeze warnings (I most definitely would NOT drive it if there is any chance of it being snowed-in or slippery).

Also X2 on SINGLETREE NFS campground. One of our fav national forest campgrounds in the area. Lovely, large sites a few of which actually overlook Capitol Reef. It's high elevation so depends what time of year you go. Now it's a tad chilly, but in summer will be very, very nice.
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Managed to find a pic of Hogsback to give you an idea of what it looks like:
Hogsback

Definitely can be a bit hairy depending on how good you are with drop-offs, but the road is good quality. Like I said I wouldn't drive it if there is any chance of snow or ice (or wind...!)
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Can't change the Moab booking. Full house on Saturday and I don't want to cut Moab short
Ill leave Bryce early and prepare to stop in Capitol .
I assume that's possible driving along 12/24 or do I need to leave the coach on the outside and backtrack in the car.
It will be a big day driving but at least we'll get to see some of Capitol Reef.
Looks like I drive thru it on the way to I 70??
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Totally understand the Moab deal. We just spent 9 days there and it was very, very busy. We stayed at the BLM campgrounds. Full everyday! You will see some of Capitol Reef as you drive through. It's a neat drive a worth a stop on the way.
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Too bad you can't take the extra day as then you could go thru to Blending and see the Natural Bridges NP too.
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We did the drive yesterday (high wind advisory in effect)
What a fantastic trip. Scenic byway 12 and hwy 24 surely are as suggested - 1 of a dozen of the best in USA.
The wind wasn't really an issue. There was still snow on the ground in the high country.
We set off from Bryce Canyon at 7.30 and arrived at Moab at 3.30
We did half the drive in Capital Reef NP and stopped at a couple of overlooks.
Thanks for the advice. Everyone should do it.
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Another place to add to the bucket list!
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Another place to add to the bucket list!
Yes definitely add it
We have spent 3 nights at Pagosa Springs and will travel east tomorrow camping at RatonPass
Hopefully the weather will be kind to us
Highway 160 is a scenic byway I believe. Most posted speeds well below 65.
Lots to see
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