Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Navigation, Routes & Roads
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-04-2014, 11:03 AM   #1
Senior Member
michguy's Avatar
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Spring Lake, Michigan
Posts: 298
Touring Southern Utah National Parks

We're planning to leave the Phoenix area on March 31st, heading north to the St. George or Cedar City, Utah area for a few days and then over to Moab, Utah for a few days. We're driving a 37' DP pulling a Toad. I would appreciate any and all comments on roads to take and roads to avoid while traveling through the area. I plan on driving I-70 with the DP. Also if you have favorite campgrounds or Resorts that you'd like to suggest, that would be welcomed as well.
Don Lehr (Michguy)

Coach: '05 National TropiCal T370 Toad: '07 Saturn Aura Blog:On The Road With Dar 'n' Don
michguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-04-2014, 01:38 PM   #2
Senior Member
SeeTheUSA's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,448
From Bryce Canyon to Moab, try Utah Highway 12. Wonderful! Stop by at Capitol Reef National Park on the way.

FWIW - some have said Highway 12 might be scary. Those giant Prevost Tour busses don't think so! Neither do many RV's - big, little, tall, short - a great route!

It would be a shame to miss it. One of the best.

Warren and Debbie
2014 Tiffin Allegro Breeze 32BR
SeeTheUSA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2014, 04:37 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Iowa
Posts: 282
Stay in Cedar City KOA or other and drive your toad. The highway straight east out of Cedar City (Hwy 14) is real tight - I would not take my 38' that way. Check on Zion road you need to have an escort to get thru that tunnel and they only do that at certain times of the day. Some good campgrounds near Bryce Canyon and a great place to see. Highway 89 is good road for the rv and gets you up to 70. Highway 12 is fantastic but not a particularly good RV road for a 38' so we drove the toad. Best be secure in your driving habits before taking it since it has both sharp curve and steep grades. Yes the big buses take the highway but then they are professional drivers that have done it before. Fuel up Before you leave town - not much in-between.
Ed and Barb Burgess
2004 42' Country Coach Tag, Intrigue
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
gbburgess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2014, 05:01 PM   #4
kirk7678's Avatar
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 70
Be prepared for snow in the Bryce area. The elevation there is 7500 feet (the park is 8 - 9000 feet) and the campground in the park doesn't open until 15 April, however Ruby's Inn has a nice campground just outside the park. Highway 12 is one of the top 10 scenic drives in the US, so don't miss it. I would drive the toad to Zion and not use the Tunnel with your RV, but DON'T MISS ZION! Good RV access in the Zion park campground for your rig, or just outside the park. If you are an animal lover, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (one of the largest in the country) is just on the other of Zion, north of Kanab. I would stay in St George and just drive to the park, but I live here! The best way to get to Highway 12 and Bryce is to go north on I15 to exit 95 and take Highway 20 to Highway 89, then on to Bryce. That is the most RV friendly way, but still a steep climb. There are many good campgrounds in Moab, and a good one north of town (Archview), but it might be close on some of their spring opening dates.
This is beautiful country, and you will only get a sample of it on this trip. Please come back and do the Grand Circle tour, which includes Monument Valley and the North Rim. As you can see, I'm biased -- as I said, we live here!
Kirk and Michele -- Southwest Utah
USAF Retired Starlifter Driver
2003 National Tradewinds 39'- 2012 Jeep Wrangler
kirk7678 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2014, 06:00 PM   #5
Senior Member
docj's Avatar
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,242
Another vote for picking your routes sensibly as the last several posts have stated. Just because tour buses can use a road doesn't mean you will want to with your RV. One additional route not mentioned so far is UT20 which is a great way to get from I-15 5o US89. Yes, it does get up to ~8,000 ft, but so you can't avoid that around there.

One possible "central" location for staying that hasn't been mentioned is Panguitch UT. It is ~30 minutes from Bryce Canyon, ~ 1 hr from Zion and we even day-tripped from there to Capitol Reef. It's also only ~30 minutes from Cedar Breaks National Monument. There are several RV parks in Panguitch that we found acceptable.
Sandie & Joel (RVParkReviews admin)
2000 40' Beaver Patriot Thunder Princeton CAT C-12
Follow us at http://www.facebook.com/WeissTravels.net
docj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2014, 11:36 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 121
Here's my suggestions. US 89 to Page, AZ; side trip to Antelope Canyon (5 miles east of Page; US 89/Utah 9 to Zion NP (try to get a site in Watchman CG); you don't need an escort thru the tunnel they just shut it down for one-way high clearance traffic), you will have to drive the toad seperately; back to Bryce NP and then on Utah 12 toward Boulder (great hike @Calf Creek Rec. area to Lower Calf Creek Falls); spend some time at Capital Reef with your toad; then on to Moab.
Good roads with some climbs, Cedar Breaks will still be closed in early April.

This is a very scenic part of the U.S.

We have traveled Utah 12 and the Zion tunnel with a 38' diesel MH with no problems.
Rich & Marcia

2012 24'RB Born Free
richf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2014, 03:39 PM   #7
Senior Member
skigramp's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: HOME: Oshkosh, WI
Posts: 2,034
I agree with richf ...

I would add the horseshoe bend of the Colorado River as a do not miss ... just south of Page ... you have to walk about 1/2 mile ... but the view is spectacular
2004 Winnebago Journey 39W - 2012 Buick Enclave
Present @home Home: Oshkosh, WI
We call our rig "Ernie the Journey"

skigramp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2014, 01:57 PM   #8
Senior Member
ChileRick's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Palm Desert, Ca
Posts: 629
We took the same trip our 2nd time out in our new rig. It's a great trip. Here is what we would do, when we do it again and we will:

1. Zion national Park, we stayed at Zion River Resort. Nice park. We'd go thru the tunnel this time to get to Bryce, not sure about that in winter weather though....
2. Bryce Canyon, we stayed at Ruby's Inn. We wouldn't do that again, we would try another park. Probably Bryce Canyon Pines.
3. Stay in Torrey for Capitol Reef. We would not take the 12 in the coach, we would take the 89 to the 62 to the 24. The drive thru escalate was great in the toad. There are great back roads in Capitol Reef also.
4. Moab for Arches and Canyonlands 24 to 50 to the 191. We stayed at the Portal and will stay there again. Very nice on the owners side. Lots of off road opportunities here in Moab and there are some nice sunset cruises in down the Colorado river, not to be missed.
5. We missed monument valley. we would make a point to get there this time.
6. From there, we recommend you take a quick detour east to Mesa Verde National Park, near Cortez, CO. if you can. It is fascinating.
7. Then back to the Grand Canyon. We like trailer village. It's kinda worn and not really well maintained, but the location in the middle of everything can't be beat!

It's a lot. Enjoy your trip, it's a fabulous part of the country

2012 Winnebago Sightseer
2003 Wrangler
...and a dog named Belle
ChileRick is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
National Parks Shutdown baron100 Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 2 10-08-2013 01:04 PM
Suggestions for RV parks on Southern Oregon Coast Bige21566 Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 7 09-04-2013 09:56 AM
Class A length and state and national parks OWV Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 2 08-29-2013 12:05 AM
Small Class A Diesel Not Worth Sacrifices? davidahn Class A Motorhome Discussions 78 08-26-2013 08:09 PM
National Rally Attendees 2000-2010 Madame Boomer Rally Master's Forum 0 08-13-2010 05:41 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:30 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.