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Old 07-27-2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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Question Zion Natl to Yosemite Natl Route Suggestions

Heading down from Washington state in April 2013 to stay in Virgin, UT (West of Zion Natl Park) and then heading West to Groveland, CA (West of Yosemite Natl Park). Have no desire to drive through either park w/TT as we'll visit both after setting up in an RV park. Also wouldn't mind avoiding as much as possible climbing and descending twisty mountain roads with a 35' travel trailer.

Any route suggestions would be appreciated!

Also planning on staying at Zion River Resort & Yosemite Pines RV Resort so any feedback on these two places would also be appreciated!

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Old 07-28-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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As you probably seen on a map your best route is South on the 15 thru Vegas to Barstow and take 58 west to Bakersfield to the 99 north. You will encounter the grade uphill out of Vegas on the 15 and down to Baker and then down the Tehachapi Grade on the 58. I've drove my Motorhome up and down there with no problems, just remember its pretty hot out in the desert so going uphill shut off air cond and take it easy on your equipment....meaning downshift to a lower gear and go slower instead of trying to speed up. Downhill...start slow and maintain slow and when not braking put your foot on the floor to give those brakes some relief.

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Old 07-28-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
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In April that will be one of only two open routes, the other being I-80. You can take a slight detour/excursion through death valley but you'll always end up on 58.

another short excursion would be to go down 14 to avenue D in lancaster and across the antelope valley. at that time of year the poppies and other wildflowers should really be spectacular.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:44 PM   #4
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I went to Yosemite twice in 2010 (my son was working there) including once in April. A few things to consider:

1. In April, there will still be snow and Rt. 120 may require snow chains. In April 2010, it snowed after we were in the park and all routes out of Yosemite required chains. Rt. 140, which does NOT go up in elevation as you leave the part, was our only option the next day as the other routes (120 and 41 required chains).

2. The road from Rt. 49 to Groveland is VERY curvy! Even the Yosemite Pines website recommends that you take an alternate route:
Directions from Southern California:

RV'ers, please do not take Hwy 49 as Mapquest recommends, road is very windy and not RV friendly. Also, please do not take Old Priest Grade. This route is for passenger vehicles only and is very steep and windy. Weight limits do apply and are enforced.

Alternate Route:

Take Interstate 5 to Hwy-99 toward Merced. Take Hwy-59 north to Snelling. In Snelling make a left hand turn at Hwy-J59. Continue on Hwy-J59 until it comes to a end. Turn right and you will be on Hwy-108. Continue approximately 4 miles and make a right hand turn on Hwy-120. Stay on Hwy-120 through the town of Groveland. Continue 1/2 mile East of Groveland on Hwy-120 and then turn right onto Old Hwy-120. Follow Old Hwy-120 for 1 mile. You will see Yosemite Pines RV Park and Campground on the left.

3. Keep in mind that the campground is 22 miles from the entrance to Yosemite. You then have to drive another 20 miles to Yosemite Village. So figure the drive in will be 1+ hours.
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