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Old 10-30-2017, 08:28 AM   #1
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SW Utah trip weather timing advice?

Rescheduled our September Utah trip to this coming spring. Our route will be Jacksonville, FL to visit family in Texas & Phoenix, then to Grand Canyon north rim, Zion, Bryce, Moab, then I-70 east thru Colorado, Kansas, visit friends in Missouri, then back home to Jacksonville. Probably 6-8 weeks total, with many stops enroute that I won't bore you with. We will have a toad and expect to spend 2+ weeks of the trip in SW Utah.

We can leave any time in April and need to be back by June 15th. If I plan to get to Flagstaff area around May 1st, will that be late enough to avoid snowy road conditions and the really cold temps that are so hard on the DW's arthritis?

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Rescheduled our September Utah trip to this coming spring.

Our route will be Jacksonville, FL to visit family in Texas & Phoenix, then to

Might catch a little Sedona on the way up.

Grand Canyon north rim, On the way think about - Canyon de Chelly - Monument Valley - Mexican Hat - Page - Antelope Canyon - Lake Powell - Goosenecks.................

Check Weather before you go. May 15th opening.

Zion, Bryce, Moab,

RT 12 Hog Back - State Parks - Kodachrome - Escalante - Goblins - Capital Reef NP - RT 128 in Moab.


then I-70 east thru Colorado, Kansas, visit friends in Missouri, then back home to Jacksonville.

Will you take any time in Colorado? - More to see if you have the time - LOT's MORE - like two weeks to just touch a little.

Probably 6-8 weeks total, with many stops enroute that I won't bore you with.

We will have a toad and expect to spend 2+ weeks of the trip in SW Utah.

We can leave any time in April and need to be back by June 15th.

If I plan to get to Flagstaff area around May 1st,

will that be late enough to avoid snowy road conditions and the really cold temps that are so hard on the DW's arthritis?

"Average Weather in May in Moab Utah, United States. In Moab, the month of May is characterized by rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 11°F, from 73°F to 84°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 93°F or dropping below 60°F."

Thanks for the help!
First off North Rim opens usually around May 15th. So you may need to at least think about the South Rim Vs the North Rim.

Second, I'd plan on trying to Leave April 1st so as to have time and be able to get back by the 15th of June, 10 weeks.

Weather Your guess is as good as anyone's Last year Trail Ridge in Colorado did not open till after Memorial Day, 17' snow drifts - just beautiful. we just got back from Colorado last week - flew out and it was 80 degrees - next day they had 6"'s of Snow. Soooooooooooooooooooo..........

IMHO this is a Great/Perfect time to be in the Southwest - Warming but not Hot - Issue might be Crowded in some spots like Moab for one of the many spring rallies - so check as the time gets to be more firmly decided upon.

We tend to work hard to be in those areas - Southern Utah - then - getting into Colorado after the 1st of May works for all but the high Passes.

Hope this is of some help,
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Good info. I should have mentioned that we've hit most of the popular spots in CO, except along I-70, so I think 3-4 weeks in SW Utah should be OK. We did the South Rim, Sedona and Jerome about 6-7 years ago, but not in an RV. The May 15ish north rim opening date is a big help. Thanks!
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