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Old 08-07-2017, 03:53 PM   #1
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Mighty 5 utah

We are plan a trip in sept out to the mighty 5 Utah national parks.we are looking for a r v map to do a loop to include all 5 parks any help would be very great. John
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Why not just contact Utah Dept of Tourism and see what they have to send you--probably everything you would need.
Also, there are maps called "Topographic Recreational Map of (state) that has many more RV-pertinent details than a regular road map. Published by www.gtrmapping.com
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Well, if you're going to do the Big 5 you might as well finish up with the others! Coming south from I-70 in eastern Utah on highway 191 you pick up Canyonlands and Arches in Moab UT. BTW, Portal RV Resort is very nice. When you finish with Moab sights continue south on 191 to Bluff UT. From Bluff you can see the Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges AND, if you're adventurous, you can do the Moki Dugway and see the Goose Necks from Muley Point. It would be ashame to come this close and not see it all... Look at our website, The List, Page 3 to see what I'm talking about... www.kensbucketlist.com
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Why not just contact Utah Dept of Tourism and see what they have to send you--probably everything you would need.
Also, there are maps called "Topographic Recreational Map of (state) that has many more RV-pertinent details than a regular road map. Published by www.gtrmapping.com
I have those tourism publications from 2015 and 2016 along with a Michelin 4 corners map - and they are worn to tatters. Do it via the internet and they will send it out fairly fast plus continue to update you with Utah events, including one received today though are not going West this year.

https://www.visitutah.com/

You can also find lots of info on line about Utah state parks as the Big 5 are US parks. Also, you can get a pass that will save you many bucks. We have the Golden Age pass which has been discontinued but still valid. The $10 we paid for it has saved us hundreds if not thousands of dollars: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

We found that Arches, Bryce and Zion were the most enjoyable for us but be prepared with good walking shoes, a day pack and water bottles. At Zion, parking can be beyond tough though we got there early (0700) and got a front row, inside the site place to park
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First of all Welcome. You didn't say where you were coming from or where you are going from there. How much time do you have. If only a week or two don't waste your time trying to seeing all five. If wanting to stay in the parks Bryce & Zion will be the ones hardest to find a campsite open. Like most N.P. out here in the west you need time to see it all. I've been to Yellowstone five or six times & still haven't seen it all.
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[QUOTE=Stealth01;3741987]Well, if you're going to do the Big 5 you might as well finish up with the others! Coming south from I-70 in eastern Utah on highway 191 you pick up Canyonlands and Arches in Moab UT. BTW, Portal RV Resort is very nice. When you finish with Moab sights continue south on 191 to Bluff UT. From Bluff you can see the Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges AND, if you're adventurous, you can do the Moki Dugway and see the Goose Necks from Muley Point. It would be ashame to come this close and not see it all... Look at our website, The List, Page 3 to see what I'm talking about... [URL="http://www.kensbucketlist.com"]www. t u got it
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Thanks for all the awsome info should get me started on our trip.Info is very much so appricated.
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We did just this in July on our two weeks vacation and that was plenty of time to see the parks with mild hiking. It was generally very warm or even hot in the summer.

But agree about which direction you're coming from would help. Since we are from CO, we stayed in Moab first, 5 nights there. Lots to do in Moab besides seeing Arches and Canyonlands. Next to Capitol Reef and spent 1 1/2 days there which was plenty for us. The Wonderland RV park in Torrey was a very nice place. Left Torrey and traveled Hwy 12 to the Bryce/Zion area. This is a very nice drive and you can see the notable drivable sites within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on this hwy.

If I had to do things over it would be spending more time hiking in Zion. Both Bryce and Zion were amazing areas, Zion taking the cake for great hikes. Loved both areas staying on the east side of Zion between the two parks. I would probably also consider staying closer to Bryce, then packing up and staying closer to Zion but would still want to be on the east side of Zion to avoid severe crowding.
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Well, if you're going to do the Big 5 you might as well finish up with the others! Coming south from I-70 in eastern Utah on highway 191 you pick up Canyonlands and Arches in Moab UT. BTW, Portal RV Resort is very nice. When you finish with Moab sights continue south on 191 to Bluff UT. From Bluff you can see the Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges AND, if you're adventurous, you can do the Moki Dugway and see the Goose Necks from Muley Point. It would be ashame to come this close and not see it all... Look at our website, The List, Page 3 to see what I'm talking about... www.kensbucketlist.com


Love the list! I feel the same way you do about exploring our awesome country after seeing a lot of the world with 22years with the U.S. Navy. I hope to make t least 1/2 the places on your list. Thank you for your service, and keep on wandering!
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Although we thought the mighty 5 was great, I thought that Red Canyon national monument was really beautiful. And another national monument not to be missed is Cedarbreak. At nearly 11,000 feet it is the prettiest sight I have ever seen.
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When to go?

This is all great info. I bookmarked all the links. I am planning to spend at least a month in Utah next year. When is the best time to go to avoid crowds and heat, yet not be at risk for really bad (cold/snow) weather? My "toad" is a motorcycle, if that makes a difference.

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We went in august and warm but not unbearable. Now Cedarbreak is another story. It was in mid seventies at bottom and in the fifties at the top. Also there is a campground up there. You should come in from the south which is about an 8 percent grade. I came in from the north which was a 15% grade. Its a long haul, but beautiful and the only way to see it is from the top as it is a couple thousand foot deep bowl. The other parks were typically in the 80s.
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This is all great info. I bookmarked all the links. I am planning to spend at least a month in Utah next year. When is the best time to go to avoid crowds and heat, yet not be at risk for really bad (cold/snow) weather? My "toad" is a motorcycle, if that makes a difference.

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The best month IMO is September. I live close to Cedar Breaks. The schools around the area(southern Utah) start sometime in August, so crowds are little less. The weather cools in September, especially the nights and early mornings. Our first snow usually is in October. September could be hot or it could be cold, but little chance of snow.
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