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Old 01-18-2012, 08:11 AM   #1
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Williams, AZ to Bryce Canyon, to Zion NP

Planning a trip for late August, early Sept. Plan to go from Williams, AZ (south rim GC) up 89 to Bryce Canyon, then across Hwy 9 to Zion NP. Saw a post from a year ago that talks about a tunnel on Hwy 9 that you need to pay to go through - guess because of height. I also see lots of switchbacks (map does not show tunnel) on the route. Be in a 37 foot with tow - Hints, suggestions - avoid - what is your experience?


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Old 01-18-2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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There is a height limit on the tunnel. You pay a toll and they close the tunnel from the opposite direction and escort you down the center. Some campers we met in Zion came through in a Montana 5vr at 13'+, but I would not recommend it. The road is curvey. Depends on your height and your tolerance for winding mountain roads. Being flatlanders, we elected to go around.

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We went thru a year ago and did go thru with a 12ft+ 5th wheel pulled by an F450. The problem was not the trailer but the width of the 450. As I recall you buy a round trip for around $13. We decided to go thru and camp on the west side then return for sight seeing with the truck only at a later time. It cost us another round trip because of the trucks width and we still needed to get back to the camper.
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We took a similar route as you anticipate. First, consider staying in the Grand Canyon NP itself at Trailer Village. It is 1/4 mile from the rim and they have shuttle service there.

We stayed in Glendale, AZ at Bauer's Canyon Ranch RV Park (very nice small park), then drove toad to Bryce and then to Zion. Glad we did. The tunnel is curvy and after you come out the grade is pretty steep with switchbacks going down into the park area.

These were good relaxing day trips in the toad. I would do it the same way next time. Here is a link with some information on Bauer's.

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