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Old 05-28-2018, 04:58 PM   #1
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Southern Utah Trip Report

Just returned about a week ago from a ten day trip to S Utah, with an intermediate stop at Pawhuska, OK.
Stayed at Bauer Canyon Ranch at Glendale, Utah for three nights (great CG and the people who own it); one night a Ruby's at Bryce; two nights at Torrey.
Zion was very crowded, visitor center lot overflowing, many day trip visitors out of Las Vegas, over half from foreign countries (my estimate).
Bryce very beautiful, not as crowded.
Cedar Breaks not open yet.
Beautiful drive on Hwy 12 as always. Every RVer should make this drive at least once.
Capital Reef less crowded and beautiful.
Backtracked with Jeep to Boulder and went east to Notom Road via Long Canyon. Long Canyon is beautiful but the southern half of Notom Road (15 miles of washboard gravel) is nasty. The north half is paved to Hwy 24.
A great trip, only disappointment was the crowds at Zion, probably just a matter time until the NP Service will need to come up with a program to control the usage of this beautiful resource.
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Glad you had a good trip. You can't help it in southern Utah. Totally agree on Hwy 12. It's an absolute favorite of ours. There has been talk of curbing the crowds but I can't see how unless they have reservations for just entering the park and no spur-of-the-moment entries. As rangers like to say "our parks are being loved to death". Next time try November or January. Cold and could have snow but beautiful. December is popular.
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Old 05-28-2018, 09:45 PM   #3
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We just did the full Grand Circle starting in Kayenta nearly 5 weeks ago. The only bummers were Zion and the North Rim of the GC on opening day. Next time look at Devils Garden south east of Escalante. Grosvenors Arch south of Kodachrome, Toroweap Overlook southeast of Kanab/Fredonia (no people or guardrails-3000 vertical to the Colorado) and either Peekaboo Slot Canyon or White Pocket (near Kanab-like the wave w/o the lottery). We are south of Telluride and just left Lone Rock Rec area near Page on Lake Powell. Think weve hit sensory overload.
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Zion is a beautiful park. We've been there several time and it has always been slammed. Parking is tough too. Bryce is our favorite park. We love Moab so Arches and Canyonland are always on the list of places to visit.
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Was reading the posts. Headed to Utah Nat Parks late April. Starting at Zion and ending at Arches. Any input on campgrounds and roads to use? Will be in a 35 ft class A with tow car. Will enter Zion area after leaving Grand Canyon
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Was reading the posts. Headed to Utah Nat Parks late April. Starting at Zion and ending at Arches. Any input on campgrounds and roads to use? Will be in a 35 ft class A with tow car. Will enter Zion area after leaving Grand Canyon
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We also stayed at Bauer Canyon Ranch in Glendale,it's a good location for both Zion and Bryce Canyon.We stayed at Portal campground in Moab for Arches and Canyon Land.
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When you leave the Grand Canyon for Zion, You might want to consider spending one night at Monument Valley. Its on the way. It is amazing. We stayed one night at the View campground at Monument Valley. The views from the rv park are amazing and there is a 18 mile drive loop that takes you through the most amazing parts of the valley ! The RV Park is just a gravel lot and we discovered after we arrived they dont allow dogs. We had 2 and stayed there without any problem. Not an inexpensive one night stay, but worth it !
We stayed at the Zion River Resort when visiting Zion. VERY nice park and great location for Zion !! Will definitely stay there again !!
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Although Monument Valley is a great stop it's not on the way to Zion. They are in opposite directions.
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Yeah, twogypsies, its 195 miles out of the way so Its technically not on the way but for us, it was close enough to make the detour very worth while.
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Was reading the posts.

Headed to Utah Nat Parks late April.

Can you go Early April or late March? - Crowds and temperatures at the Lower elevation stops.

Starting at Zion and ending at Arches.

Seeing that you are coming from the East - look over a few other stops in Arizona and southern Utah - Canyon de Chelly - Monument Valley - Page and the Slot Canyons - if no Snow on the ground North Rim - Please don't miss the Many Great Utah State Parks.

Any input on campgrounds and roads to use?

Always suggest you try to stay in the park you are visiting - some are easy some not so easy. Do use RT 12 and the Tunnel out of Zion - IMHO both are Just SPECIAL!

Will be in a 35 ft class A with tow car.

Trip will be a Breeze - keep fuel and Propane up, as you never know in the Spring if it's in the 90's or possible Snow.

Will enter Zion area after leaving Grand Canyon

We generally try to enter Grand Canyon from the East, less traffic - easy - Beautiful with many stops to make it progressively better at ever Stop.

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https://utah.com/state-parks

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Click through these to see if they help, IMHO all are Really GOOD.

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Yeah, twogypsies, its 195 miles out of the way so Its technically not on the way but for us, it was close enough to make the detour very worth while.
Monument Valley is so beautiful to me. That 195 miles would sure be worth doing
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