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Old 05-22-2016, 07:54 PM   #1
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Flagstaff to Zion 89 in 40 ft MH?

Heading up to Zion from Camp Verde (Hwy 17). We are in a 40ft MH with a tow vehicle and have never been on 89 out of Flagstaff to Zion. Any issues?

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No issues on 89 north of Flagstaff (or 89A) to the junction of SR 9. However, if you wish to use SR 9 to travel across Zion NP be aware their is a tunnel. Tunnel travel with a motorhome is restricted. You will experience a delay and toll for officials to close the tunnel so you can travel down the center. On the west side of the tunnel the grade is steep and curvy for a few miles until you reach the bottom.
As an alternative to the tunnel route, you may wish to go west on 389 at Fredonia, AZ.
By the way, if you find yourself on the west side of Zion, check out the Kolob Canyon section of the park off I-15. You can drop the motorhome near that visitor center and travel an absolutely awesome paved road for several miles with your toad.
Drive safely. Have fun!
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No issues on 89 north of Flagstaff (or 89A) to the junction of SR 9. However, if you wish to use SR 9 to travel across Zion NP be aware their is a tunnel. Tunnel travel with a motorhome is restricted. You will experience a delay and toll for officials to close the tunnel so you can travel down the center. On the west side of the tunnel the grade is steep and curvy for a few miles until you reach the bottom.
As an alternative to the tunnel route, you may wish to go west on 389 at Fredonia, AZ.
By the way, if you find yourself on the west side of Zion, check out the Kolob Canyon section of the park off I-15. You can drop the motorhome near that visitor center and travel an absolutely awesome paved road for several miles with your toad.
Drive safely. Have fun!
Thank you Fred we appreciate the information. I think I will bypass going through the tunnel. We remember it 20 years ago in our 30ft 5th wheel, it was a little scary in December (black ice) but a great experience, but a beautiful view. I do not think we want to tackle with the MH+Toad.
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89 or 89A are both good for big rigs. 89A has an uphill to Jacob Lake but very doable. Definitely take 389 from Fredonia into Utah where it becomes 59 and then Hwy 9 from west to east into Zion to avoid the tunnel.

If you want to do Bryce Nat'l Park from Zion go back over to I-15 north and take Hwy 20 across to 89 and south to Panguitch and then east on Hwy 12. Don't be tempted to take Hwy 14 from I-15 to 89. You won't like the steepness and curves.
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There is a small stretch on 89 from Flagstaff to page AZ which is a little bumpy, but all flat aside from one climb just before you get into page but it's short and scenic. The drive from page to Zion on 89 is beautiful too, I drive it every summer from Parker AZ to panguitch Lake.
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89 or 89A are both good for big rigs. 89A has an uphill to Jacob Lake but very doable. Definitely take 389 from Fredonia into Utah where it becomes 59 and then Hwy 9 from west to east into Zion to avoid the tunnel.

If you want to do Bryce Nat'l Park from Zion go back over to I-15 north and take Hwy 20 across to 89 and south to Panguitch and then east on Hwy 12. Don't be tempted to take Hwy 14 from I-15 to 89. You won't like the steepness and curves.
Thank you twogypsies! Question. Is the tunnel on Hwy 9? We were thinking of just staying on 89towards Panguitch and then drive the toad into Zion.
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There is a small stretch on 89 from Flagstaff to page AZ which is a little bumpy, but all flat aside from one climb just before you get into page but it's short and scenic. The drive from page to Zion on 89 is beautiful too, I drive it every summer from Parker AZ to panguitch Lake.
Thank you! We have been meaning to go to Panguitch Lake. I am guessing you like it there. Good fishing? CG?
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It's beautiful country, great trout fishing and endless miles of trail riding through the woods, Bald eagles and lots of deer too.

There's 4 campgrounds at the lake as well as dry camping in the forest, and a few spots around the lake to dry camp. At 8300' it gets a little cool sometimes, that good ole mountain weather.
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Thank you twogypsies! Question. Is the tunnel on Hwy 9? We were thinking of just staying on 89towards Panguitch and then drive the toad into Zion.
Here's everything you'd want to know on the tunnel and Zion, in general. Explore the whole site for lots of good information. By the way, each national park has an excellent site such as this.

https://www.nps.gov/zion/frequently-...and-tunnel.htm

Yes, the tunnel is on Hwy 9. If you're on 89 heading west you'd drive the tunnel. If you're on Hwy 9 at Hurricane heading east you won't go through the tunnel. You'd come to the main area of Zion, then if you wanted to exit Zion to the east, you'd drive the tunnel. So...if you come in from the west to Zion - no tunnel.

Springdale would be a good place for Zion - it's right next to the entrance and the free shuttles stop at many places throughout this small town.

Staying in Panguitch is definitely possible but it would be a long day. Zion, along with all national parks, warrants more than a day to enjoy it.
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