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Old 08-21-2016, 09:30 AM   #1
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Grand Canyon trip

I am planing a trip to Grand Canyon and zion national parks from Michigan. I have reservation at the Grand Canyon and Zion. I am hoping to find other CG on the way. I am pulling a 26vfks super V with a F150 3.5 ecoboost. Also what is best rout from the South rim to Zion.
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:41 AM   #2
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Well, Jed, there are literally thousands of CGs between Michigan and GCNP. This summer we drove from AR to the GC, and to make things simple, booked KOAs the whole way due to easy online booking, easy access to interstates, and full hookups. But that may not be what you're wanting. CGs run the gamut from primitive national forest sites all the way to $100+-night RV resorts, and you'll have to decide what level of amenities you want for the trip. That's why we decided on the KOAs. Normally we camp at COEs and SPs, which don't have full hookups. But we didn't want to rough-it for a 3-week, 4800-mile round trip. The KOAs, while more expensive, were worth it for us.

Once you've decided what you want out of your trip, sit down with your favorite online or paper CG directory and find appropriate CG'S reasonable distances from each other, and start planning your itinerary. Or alternatively, you could go the spontaneous route and drive until you get tired and stop at the closest CG. Obviously you wouldn't then get to be picky about where you stay.

If I could do it over again, I wouldn't let DW plan the trip. She's too intense for my liking. I would have a minimum 2-night stay at every stop and not drive such long distances. But of course that limits how far you can travel in any given time period. Good luck! Planning is part of the fun.

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Old 08-21-2016, 01:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input 😊
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Old 08-21-2016, 05:07 PM   #4
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For the best scenery, in my opinion is 89 to page, then continue on 89 skirting the Grand Staircase NM, then though Kanab to hwy 9 into Zion.
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Thanks how's hwy 9 with a camper?
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Thanks how's hwy 9 with a camper?
In the park you have some curves, then some switchbacks, but speeds are low since it is inside the park.

Just in case, there is the Mt. Carmel tunnel, here are the required specs and possible permit needed for them to close the tunnel. Not sure how big your rig is, I do things in a popup.
https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvis...mel-tunnel.htm

If you can't do the tunnel and don't like switchbacks (they are not bad really) you need to head over to the west/main entrance to the park via 89A to 389 to 59. Takes you through Colorado City AZ and Hildale UT.
Beautiful area, but very strange town. One time I stopped for fuel, went into a place to get some water and everyone was staring at me like I was an alien or my fly was open. Didn't hang around long. But no one bothered me, no one said anything other than thanks and the person in the store was quite friendly.

I won't say why, it might upset someone so do a google search for Colorado City AZ.
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Thanks I was worried on how to get there. My camper is 30 feet long. I think I will take your second rout camp in the park and explore with just the truck.
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From memory there is a minor set of switchbacks, nothing like Hwy 9 in the park. But I do recommend driving hwy 9 once you unhook; it's a beautiful ride and if you want to Visit Bryce while camped in Zion, that is the road to take over to hwy 89 north (to I believe) hwy 12 to Bryce. About 80 miles give or take.
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Great we do plan on going to Bryce. We are staying 3 nights in Zion and have reservation there. Did you make reservations at all your stops or did you wing it?
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Only once did I make a reservation at Zion and that was about four years ago at Watchman. Nice campground. However, I very seldom camp in NP campgrounds since the parks are not dog friendly and I take two with me. So it is usually dry camping in FS/BLM campgrounds or dispersed in FS or BLM areas.
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