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Old 05-18-2016, 08:08 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Route to Grand Canyon

We are planning a trip west for summer 2017 and while plotting out our routes I found that there really isn't a direct way from Salt Lake City to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon with out taking smaller state roads. I don't normally mind that because you see some of the best scenery. My only conern is the grade and steep curves on some of these roads. Has anybody exited I-15 south in Utah near the AZ stateline onto Rt 59 - 89A - 67? Any other suggestions other than staying on I-15 to Las Vegas area and coming back east then north?
We have a GMC Sierra 1500 pulling a Roo 21dk. Thanks for any help. While this will be our 3rd summer with our tt, this will be the longest trip we have made. Members of this forum have answered questions I didn't know I had and given us many ideas.

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Old 05-18-2016, 09:22 PM   #2
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We were just at the south rim from April 29 to May 2; The north rim road was still closed due to snow. I would recommend to go in late April or early May. There were alot of people there esp. foreign visitors. We have a Forester 3051 and we went up into all 5 of the national parks in Utah. While going from Capital Reef to Bryce Canyon we took rt 24 across the grand staircase and crossed a peak at about 9800' and had no problems. We started in South Jersey and took I-95, 70, 81. 40 and US 64 at Williams Az.

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Old 05-18-2016, 09:44 PM   #3
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As you said it is 2 lane roads but with your pickup and your Roo you should not have any issues. I would expect you to slow down and stay here and there because that is the most beautiful area north of the Grand Canyon as well as the North Rim. 89A and 67 are normal road for any traffic including semis and really don't have many large steep hills.
You are actually on the flats in the park.
You can Google map it and select the little man on the road and you will see what the road looks like. Here is a shot of 67 when you are getting close to the N Rim.

Hope this helps you.

PS I live in Arizona and have driven this road a few times.

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Old 05-19-2016, 09:39 AM   #4
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No worries on your planned route. You will be going up to get to Jacob Lake but nothing real steep. The north rim is over 8,000 feet.

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Old 05-19-2016, 09:58 AM   #5
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We ventured out that way a couple of years ago leaving from Louisiana. Definitely some "OMG moments" on some of those steep grades! Needless to say we relied heavily on the engine brake!!
We stayed at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel Campground in Williams, Az. It is a nice campground walking distance across the street from the hotel. Guests at the CG can use the hotel pool and eat at the hotel buffet (fantastic food). The train will take you to the Grand Canyon and while it is a fun "western" type of day the train is slow so the trip there can really eat into your time at the Grand Canyon. At Christmas time they offer the Polar Express train ride (passengers ride in pajamas and meet Santa).
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Old 05-19-2016, 11:34 AM   #6
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Don't worry about 89 through Utah - it is a nice, beatiful road. Just relax and take it in - no need to bring the freeway in at all. 89 is my main road in the motorhome because that how you get to all the good stuff. It is relatively flat except for a few climbs and decents - nothing to be concerned about. Plenty of gas stations and services. Wave when you see me!
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:53 PM   #7
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We did that in 2013 coming from Yosemite, Mohave desert, Las Vegas, etc., F-150 EB pulling fully loaded Windjammer to Jacob Lake (Hwy 389), where we camped for a week. After coming into Yosemite from the west side nothing can scare me ever again! Roads, hills, curves, etc., were no problem. Some very beautiful country around there. Don't miss the Vermillion Cliffs east of GC. Makes me want to go back! Cheers!
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Iggy and the other are right on about the roads to the North Rim, you won't have any problems.

The North Rim gets a lot fewer tourists than the South Rim, but the south rim has more access to the canyon and you get to see more of it from that side.

Are you also going to Zion Nat. Park since you are taking that route to the Canyon? Coming in from Mt. Carmel the road to Zion is a little twisty and there are several switch backs after you enter the park and a tunnel.
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X3 what Iggy said. No worries. Nice drive.

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