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Old 04-21-2014, 08:50 AM   #1
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Grand Canyon (South Rim) to Yellowstone National Park

What is best route to go from Grand Canyon (South Rim) to Yellowstone National Park? We are in 30 ft gas Motor Home. Any suggestions on full hookup camp grounds?
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Best route? Easiest fastest, back to Kingman, up to Las Vegas, then up the 15.
Loveliest...up to Gouldings and Monument Valley, then to Durango then over to though the Utah parks to Zion, up the 89 to Bryce, then pick up the 15. The route really depends on how much time you have to spend. Avoid the 550 north from Durango (shown on the show The Most Dangerous Highways) nice car ride, not for an RV. And Avoid the tunnel to Zion, only because you can be held up for many hours as you must be escorted through the tunnel if you are over height.
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You didn't mention going to Zion but if you are, Zion's Hwy 9 east entrance tunnel has a limited of 40' RV and 50' combo (tow or towed vehicle). You do not get escorted through it. They stop traffic at both ends to make it one-way and you're instructed to drive down the middle. Our longest wait has been 15 minutes or so. Many RVers use the tunnel. It's no big deal. You can also go around to the west side of Zion from Grand Canyon via AZ Hwy 389 at Fredonia, AZ which becomes UT59 to Hurricane, UT and east on Hwy 9 to Zion. No tunnels and easy drive.

Now to your question, from Grand Canyon to Yellowstone, exit G.C. via Hwy 64 east to Hwy 89 north at Cameron, AZ. Take 89 north (there will be an easy detour which runs parellel to the 89, because of a landslide a year ago). Continue on 89 to Page, AZ and into Kanab, UT.

Follow 89 north (can sidetrack to Zion Nat'l Park- see above, or further north on 89 can sidetrack on Hwy 12 to Bryce Nat'l Park - both are advised if you have time).

Take UT89 all the way to Provo, south of Salt Lake City. It's an easy, scenic drive. Then you have a couple choices:

1) stay on 89 to Heber City and pick up I-80 east to Evanston, UT. Then north on 89 again which becomes 16, then 89 again to 30. Stay on WY30 to 89 once again at Montpelier. Continue on 89 to Jackson, WY and drive up through Teton National Park (a beauty), and continue into Yellowstone. This is our favorite drive.

2) If you don't want to visit any other national park on your way, take Hwy 64 east out of Grand Canyon to AZ Hwy 89 north and follow the first instructions. Picke up 89A into Fredonia and then 389 which becomes 59 at Colorado City, AZ. Continue on 59 into Hurricane, Utah and west to I-15. Take I-15 north to Idaho Falls, Idaho (a long boring drive) and then pick up ID20 taking you to West Yellowstone - just outside the national park.

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Thanks for your input. Very helpful. This is our first trip. A little nervous. We have 30 ft Motor Home. If we should avoid any roads, please let me know. We will leave Yellowstone heading back through South Dakota (we think) to South Carolina. If you have any suggestions on this route, please let me know. Thanks, Again....
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Thanks for the information. We will leave Yellowstone headed back to South Carolina. Any suggestions on this route? Would like to know any tried and liked RV parks along the way, if possible. Thanks, again for your time and knowledge.
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I think by the time you leave South Carolina and arrive at the Grand Canyon you will have a lot more confidence on the roads. You're going to get into some mountain driving if you're heading to Yellowstone and South Dakota but your 30' shouldn't be any problem. You could take interstates as much as possible but that's not really seeing this beautiful country of ours. Think positive! You can do it!!

If you can get a reservation, do stay at Trailer Village IN Grand Canyon Nat'l Park. It's so convenient and you can take the free shuttle from the campground and get on and off whenever. You won't have to drive your motorhome.

Are you towing a car? If not, you will have some congested driving within Yellowstone with some hills to navigate. Fishing Bridge RV in Yellowstone would be a good central campground. Be sure to include Grand Teton Nat'l Park which is right next door to Yellowstone. They are completely different. Colter Bay RV would be good for you which is in the park. Have a fun trip!
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Out west any state hyway is OK as the big trucks do it. I'm 63' and the only time I even think is very mountainous and over height restrictions. Now there are some narrow roads out there but they are few and far between and nothing says you can't go slow in those areas. But at 30' even with a towed there are very very few restrictions.

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Whatever time you think that you will need to see Y’stone NP you better double it!

Remember that Y’stone Park itself is about 45 miles E/W and 65 miles N/S and the Grand Loop (figure 8) road is about 170 miles around. With a 45mph speed (radar controlled) limit and all the thermal attractions and the altitude (Canyon Area is 7918 ft, Old Faithful is 7365 ft and Mammoth Area is ONLY? 6239 ft) it will take a full day for each loop, when walking take it easy as it can be very exhausting, then you will only see the highlights. If your luck is like mine I guarantee that Old Faithful will have gone off just minutes before you arrived and will have to wait about another hour and 10-15 minutes for it to go off again kill time by walking around the upper geyser basin. When you are at Old faithful be sure to go into the Old Faithful Inn and look up when inside. When in the visitor center or the Inn they will have a sign displaying approximately when the next eruption will occur (+ or – about 10/15 minutes)

We have lived about 110 miles from the West Y’stone entrance for 50 years and go there a couple of times each summer and I still haven’t seen everything yet.
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