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Old 06-06-2009, 08:18 AM   #1
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Help planning Summer trip

We are planning a July trip from FL to northern AZ and up through Utah and would like some ideas on what to see and where to stay. We travel with no toad so we have to do our viewing from the motor home or National Parks with shuttle systems.

Our 2004 trip consisted of these stops: Petrified Forrest and Painted Desert, Grand Canyon south rim, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Rocky Mountain NP.

We would like to see some of the places we missed such as: Monument Valley, North rim of Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante Nation Monument, Capital Reef NP, Canyon Lands NP.

Any ideas and suggestion appreciated.

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Old 06-06-2009, 09:00 AM   #2
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May I suggest the following:

1) Start in the Flagstaff area, then US 89, 160, 163 to Goulding's CG in Monument Valley
2) Page, AZ and Glenn Canyon Dam and Lake Powell
3) Alt US 89 to Jacob Lake and see the North Rim of the GC
4) Alt US 89, SR 389 and 59 to St. George, UT area
5) I-15 to Cedar City - See Kolob Canyon part of Zion along I-15
6) SR 14 to Cedar Breaks NM
7) Then up 89 to SR 12 (along the Hog Back) and Torrey, UT - Capitol Reef NM
8) SR 24 to I-70 - visit Goblin Valley SP north of Hanksville (Park in lot at Highway and use toad to GV)
9) East on I-70 to the Powell Museum at Green River
10) US 191 to Moab - Arches and Canyonlands

Just schedule enough time to see all the sights and ENJOY!
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Moab is a must see. you will never forget it
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Page, AZ and Monument Valley

Don't miss these two great sights near Page, AZ ... take your camera to both spots

1) Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River ... this is about a 1.5 mile round trip hike ... the parking lot is on US 89 about a mile south of the WalMart in Page
===> See it

2) Antelope Canyon ... you purchase your tour in downtown Page ... their shuttle will pick you up from the RV park (located on hwy AZ 98) in Page ...
===>See it ===> See it Again

3) There is a shuttle service from Gouldings RV resort to take you through monument valley

4) And to whet your appetite for Moab, Dead Horse State Park, and CanyonLands
===> See it
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Don't miss these two great sights near Page
Thanks for those beautiful slide shows.

Would you mind elaborating on the campsite and shuttle to Antelope Canyon?

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Page info ...

We stayed at the
Page Lake Powell Campground
(928)645-3374.

The campground is right in Page on hwy 98. We told them at the desk that we wanted a tour the next morning ... they called the tour company (located right on the main street of Page) ... about 10 minutes before our tour ... we were picked up at the campground ... we went to the tour office and signed up for the tour ... they took us to the Canyon ... after the tour they dropped us off at the Campground.

You will be walking in loose sand both through the canyon and out to Horseshoe Bend ... I recommend you wear your hiking boots ...

I might add that we had an excellent dinner at Bonkers restaurant in downtown Page ... the ribs rival the best we have eaten.
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More advice:
1. hit Four Corners if possible. Very cool place and inexpensive Native American jewelery
2. MOAB - rent ATVs to ride on the BLM land across from Arches. Also can do white water rafting on a 'tame' part of the CO River
3. Monument Valley - take the jeep tour hosted by one of the Navajo.
4. If you run out of time, pass on Canyonlands. No main feature to see and by that time the DW was sick of red rocks.
5. Driving the 'Hogback' is a must! No shoulder, what seems like a bottomless pit on both sides of the road and something like a 14% grade. Oh and no guardrails...
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Thanks for all of the helpful replies, they should come in very handy,

Page AZ is denfinitely on the stop list along with others.

It's going to take a lot of planning to see as much as we can in only 30 days.

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Moab is an excellent choice and you can rent a Jeep while there to tour the canyons in the area so you won't be hampered by being without a toad.
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