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Old 01-02-2016, 03:51 PM   #11
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Staying in Moab don't forget Dead Horse Point Utah state park.
Some of the best views of the upper grand canyon you will see.
All 3 Canyon lands, Arches and Dead Horse are easy drive from Moab.
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Old 01-02-2016, 04:12 PM   #12
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We stayed at Watchman Campground inside Zion National Park. Good location right on the creek. If you are so inclined, look into hiking the Narrows. Absolutely fantastic adventure with gorgeous scenery. Zion Adventure Company in town can outfit you for about $35. Oscar's Cafe in Springdale is a great spot for a meal. The Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel on Hwy 9 heading to / from 89 is also an experience. RVs are escorted through. Check out this link.
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:44 PM   #13
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Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands

While visiting Zion NP we have stayed several times at Zion River RV Park just SW of park entrance. Excellent RV Park with spacious pull-throughs, full hookups, extra friendly staff. Easy access to Zion. Make sure you make use of the free shuttles once you are there. I would recommend a minimum of three days. Have lunch at Zion Lodge, especially if they are serving smoked trout. All hikes are uphill on the way out, and downhill on the way home. Don't try Angels Landing unless you are really fit and brave!!

It is also an easy day trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, if you are so inclined. It is worth the drive just to have lunch or a cocktail in the Grand Canyon Lodge there.

Shady Acres RV in Green River UT is excellent. Large, spacious sites in a quiet, small town. Visit the museum there featuring the exploits of the Powell Expeditions. Outstanding. Easy access from there to Moab, Arches, and Canyonlands. Be sure to drive up along the Colorado River from Moab back to I-70 East of Green River. I think it is Route 128. Spectacular with several historic sites to see.
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Old 01-02-2016, 09:52 PM   #14
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I'd also note that you can leave from Zion and visit the north rim of the Grand Canyon and back in the same day if you leave early. Worth the drive if you have the time. Take the short hike out to Bright Angel point.
We prefer full hookup/full service parks & were generally happy with the accomodations near all the parks along your route as listed below. Full reviews can be found under my name on
Grand Junction CO KOA
Zion Canyon Campground & RV Park Springdale, Utah
Ruby's Inn RV Park and CampgroundBryce Canyon, Utah
Canyonlands Campground Moab, Utah
Thousand Lakes RV ParkTorrey, Utah (Capitol Reef )
Temple View RV Resort St George, Utah

I'd also note that there is a 2nd section of Zion that has its' entrance off I-15 called kolub canyon...little visited and no way to get to it from the regular park entrance. Takes about an hour to drive through and scenery & well worth the pull off from 15.
One out of the way suggestion for Utah is Dinosaur National Monument near Vernal (beautiful little town...use KOA there) ... in the N. East Corner of the state. The Visitors center is built into the side of a hill and you can see and touch the THOUSANDS of dinosaur bone fossiles embedded in the hill. Do NOT attempt to reach this from Grand Junction on 139 to Rangely. You'll think you're gonna die!
Do it from the Utah side. Zion... take the bus to the last stop and take the 3 mile round trip pretty easy hike to the narrows canyon if you are able.
Bring walking sticks'll need them for balance in the River (creek).

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Old 01-03-2016, 06:04 AM   #15
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From Camaradrie's post

"Do NOT attempt to reach this from Grand Junction on 139 to Rangely. You'll think you're gonna die!"
There are probably better routes, but we drove CO 139 with our Sunseeker 3100 towing our Pathfinder. The grades were steep and the curves were tight. It was slow but nothing scary. We spent a lot of time at 15 - 20 mph. Great scenery and a few places to pull over to enjoy it.
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Old 01-03-2016, 06:09 AM   #16
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There was a thread in October, 2014, about Zion, particularly concerning the tunnel in Zion. I posted some information about it in Post #5. You can search for other threads about Zion.

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Old 01-04-2016, 09:48 AM   #17
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I've been across all those roads but it was on my Harley, pulling a Bushtec trailer, and camping. Absolutely gorgeous from Zion up to Torrey.

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Old 01-04-2016, 10:32 AM   #18
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One comment about my previous post. CO 139 wasn't a problem with our 32 foot long Sunseeker towing our Pathfinder. The Pathfinder barely tracks inside the Sunseeker's tracks on tight turns. If someone is towing a 40 foot triple axle toy hauler with a long bed crew cab, that's a very different situation.
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:43 AM   #19
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Thanks to everyone who provided feedback.

So looking forward to this trip.

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Old 04-04-2016, 05:30 PM   #20
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WARNING! I'm kinda late to this discussion, so I'm not sure if you've made your trip yet, but if not, do not try to enter Zion from the east side while towing your trailer; they have a length restriction. I made that mistake and had to turn around and drive for another couple of hours to get to Springdale. Springdale was probably just about 7 or 8 miles from that point, but over a hundred to make the loop around. Even if your rig is under the allowable limit, I wouldn't advise towing a trailer through that entrance. You can make it through the tunnel okay, but the switchbacks are pretty tough. Without a trailer though, that drive is beautiful! We camped at the Zion Canyon Campground and RV Park in Springdale and loved the location. It's right outside the entrance to Zion and within walking distance to several restaurants. There's a tour company right across the street that we booked a 4X4 tour with and loved it. Of course in Springdale, they have shuttles running all of the time that will take you from one end of town to the other with stops all throughout the town, plus take you into the park. From there, we made day trips to Bryce and the north rim of the Grand Canyon. After that, we went to Moab for a week and stayed at the Moab Rim RV Campark. It's a smaller campground just south of town, and for the price, you can't beat it. I would go back to southern Utah in a heartbeat; one of my favorite places! Safe travels!

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