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Old 02-29-2020, 08:31 AM   #1
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Best route in Arizona/Utah Travel

Hello,
Camping in Williams, AZ as a base to see nearby attractions (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Hoover Dam, etc). Heading to Page, UT to visit Zion, Bryce, Antelope Canyon, etc. Question:
Is it better to take 89 to Page (a straight shot from Flagstaff), camp in Page and drive the toad to the areas mentioned above or
take I-40 towards Vegas (stop at Hoover Dam on the way), pick up I-15 and make our way to Page that way?
If we take the interstate it adds about 450 miles to our trip, via motorhome.

Additional questions:

1. Any attractions along the way, other than Hoover Dam, if we do interstate? (Not Vegas, already been).

2. Which is a better drive, road wise, interstate or 89?

Traveling in mid-April, have plenty of time, traveling in a 35í class A, towing a car. Struggling with this . Please comment. Thank you,

Rose
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Take 89 to Page. Don't try to do national parks from a base. You'll be doing too much driving and wasting time; plus, you'll probably only do this for one day. The national parks deserve many days. Move to the national parks themselves. Even doing Grand Canyon from Williams isn't the best way. Again, you'll only do that drive once, probably.

Flagstaff has some very nice Indian ruins - Walnut Canyon Nat'l Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano Nat'l Monument. We like to stay at Bonito national forest campground at the entrance gate to Sunset Crater. Lovely dry campground.

Taking I-40 west just to see Hoover Dam wouldn't be my choice but you'll have to decide what's important to you.
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Hello,
Camping in Williams, AZ as a base to see nearby attractions (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Hoover Dam, etc). Heading to Page, UT to visit Zion, Bryce, Antelope Canyon, etc. Question:
Is it better to take 89 to Page (a straight shot from Flagstaff), camp in Page and drive the toad to the areas mentioned above or
take I-40 towards Vegas (stop at Hoover Dam on the way), pick up I-15 and make our way to Page that way?
If we take the interstate it adds about 450 miles to our trip, via motorhome.

Additional questions:

1. Any attractions along the way, other than Hoover Dam, if we do interstate? (Not Vegas, already been).

2. Which is a better drive, road wise, interstate or 89?

Traveling in mid-April, have plenty of time, traveling in a 35í class A, towing a car. Struggling with this . Please comment. Thank you,

Rose
Mission is to See a Lot.

Answer is to stay in or as close to where you visit as possible - Some spots like Page you can easily do two or three things from the one location, but most NP's it's best to stay in them to fully enjoy Them.

Right now there are a number of threads on Utah and Arizona - main things are the NP's, the SP's and the NM's - Slot canyons are often Missed as is the NRA - Lake Powell and Mead - Canyon de Chelly is a favorite of ours along with Monument Valley.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f38/monu...-478911-2.html

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f59/utah-5-a-357429.html

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f42/pre-...me-433398.html

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f42/sout...ah-351498.html

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f38/sout...-a-349825.html

Read through these - should keep you busy - think about it a little bit - Break it down into smaller Pieces - then we can all chip in to help you make this Great.

Hope this is of some Help,
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Seems to me that trying to see Zion or Bryce from Page is not such a good idea. They are too far. As others said - go stay in/near Zion and Bryce, you'll drive A LOT LESS and have time to enjoy those places for as many or as few days as you want.

In Page you can visit:
Horseshoe Bend (busy place but worth a bit of time to enjoy the view;
Antelope Canyon - crowded so make a reservation;
Glen Canyon Dam - OK visit, nice visitor center;
Toadstool Hoodos - on the way on 89 to Kanab;
Raft The Colorado - day trip, float from the base of the dam to Lee's Ferry;
Marble Canyon / Vermillion Cliffs - nice drive on 89A;
Boat Ride on Lake Powell;
Navajo Bridge;
Book a tour with Paria Outfitters (on 89 on the way to Kanab)

I'd choose 89 over an interstate. Do not do 89A in an RV.

For Bryce you can stay at Ruby's Inn Campground and just take the national park service bus to just about every spot in Bryce Canyon.

Have fun....
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My vote would also be for 89. If you are interested in a slight diversion, stop in Tuba City and visit the Navajo trading post there. The restaurant next door has very good fry bread that we have driven out of our way to enjoy.
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There's also an awesome quality gift shop at the Cameron Trading Post on 89 just north of the intersection of 64. It's on the west side of the highway. It has a terrific restaurant and great Navajo Tacos.

If staying in Grand Canyon Nat'l Park when leaving just take 64 east to 89. Turn left on 89 and the Cameron Trading Post is right around the corner on the west side of 89.
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Hello,
Camping in Williams, AZ as a base to see nearby attractions (Grand Canyon, Sedona, Hoover Dam, etc). Heading to Page, UT to visit Zion, Bryce, Antelope Canyon, etc. Question:
Is it better to take 89 to Page (a straight shot from Flagstaff), camp in Page and drive the toad to the areas mentioned above or
take I-40 towards Vegas (stop at Hoover Dam on the way), pick up I-15 and make our way to Page that way?
If we take the interstate it adds about 450 miles to our trip, via motorhome.

Additional questions:

1. Any attractions along the way, other than Hoover Dam, if we do interstate? (Not Vegas, already been).

2. Which is a better drive, road wise, interstate or 89?

Traveling in mid-April, have plenty of time, traveling in a 35í class A, towing a car. Struggling with this . Please comment. Thank you,

Rose
Whoa! Everything is long distances. A few facts you may not realize. From Williams, AZ one-way:
  • To Hoover Dam via I-40 to Kingman, AZ then north on US 93 then a very winding access road = 3 Hours + a time zone change.
  • To Grand Canyon NP = 1 Hour
  • To Painted Desert/Petrified Forest NP = 2 Hours
  • Meteor Crater near Winslow = 1-1.5 hours
US-93 from Kingman to Boulder there are NO gas stations. Advanced warning at Hoover Dam, the RV & Bus lot is on a hilltop, the last one at then end of a very winding 2 lane road. There lots along the way for autos.

If you camp in Williams, take the Grand Canyon Express train into the park and is more scenic than the very boring drive up AZ-64. Within the park there are free shuttle buses. There IS a nice CG in the park, but then you're an hour away from Williams. Plan a at least 2 days, here. The breakfast buffet at the GC lodge is great.

If you're coming from the east on I-40, you can exit to the Painted Desert NP with your entire rig and drive thru it and on into the Petrified Forest NP. When you exit the south end, take the US-180 back to Holbrook, AZ and I-40. The road is good and the pull out parking lots along the way have RV spaces. (The Park Road goes OVER I-40).

Meteor Crater is off I-40 a few miles, but they have campground. We didn't stop there, so i don't know the road condition.

Where are coming from? If you come thru Amarillo, TX and have time drop south to the Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It's nickname is "The Grand Canyon of Texas".
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Last April we did a similar trip:
1. Stayed at Mather CG in the Grand Canyon for 3 nights. I love
that CG!!! Elk loved our site too!
2. We drove up to Page and stayed there one night and went on a tour of
Antelope Canyon. OMG- fabulous!
3. We went through Cameron, AZ before Page and I bought some beautiful jewelry.
4. We went on 89 per Twogypsies suggestion and stayed at Sand Hollow State Park, due to the fact that everything else was booked solid. But this worked for us. It was just a 20-30 minute drive to Zion and we also drove down to St. George once for supplies at Costco.
5. We then drove to (NOT through Zion) the Bryce area and stayed 3 nights at Kodachrome State Park as this was our home base for visiting Bryce and surrounding area. We went south then back north up through Kanab.

So, you can see that it would behoove you to use various locations for a base camp and well worth it!
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DW just told me that Moab is closing all campgrounds and lodging until further notice, anybody else hear this. They don't want visitors. Don't know about the rest of Utah.
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DW just told me that Moab is closing all campgrounds and lodging until further notice, anybody else hear this. They don't want visitors. Don't know about the rest of Utah.
As I understand it only Moab - State Parks are open.
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Here's a link on Moab:

https://www.upr.org/post/moab-closed-visitors
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Here's another website.

https://www.discovermoab.com/campgrounds/
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if you plan to enter zion from the east check that your motor home /. towed car will fit through the zion / carmel tunnel. they have height / width / length restrictions. hoover dam seems a long ways to go. i thought i read somewhere that the bryce canyon shuttle was suspended but you could use your car. who know what the situation will be in april?
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