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Old 01-09-2019, 12:59 PM   #1
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Need info on getting from Zion to Dead horse point State Park

We are planning a 14 day trip from Indiana to the Grand Canyon National Park and southern Utah parks in mid April. We are towing a 28 ft TT. We are spending 3 days in Zion and 3 days in Dead horse Point State Park. I’d like to travel through and see Bryce Canyon and Capita Reef on the way by taking 22 and 62 and then cut over to 24 and 72 through capital reef. Is this possible towing a 28 ft TT? I have no idea of the roads in Utah. We understand that it will take much longer than the the way my maps take me( 15 to 70). But wanted a more scenic drive ant the opportunity to see two more parks along the way. Any advice is welcome! Thanks
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Old 01-09-2019, 01:32 PM   #2
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Plan on three to four days drive just to get out here from Indiana...

And the same for the trip back home.
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:18 PM   #3
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You're limited to height going through Zion and you'll probably need an escort through the tunnel regardless, which they charge for. We did similar but went to Kodachrome instead of Dead horse, it's a pretty good drive if you don't go through the tunnel. If you skip Zion and come in from the east you should be good. Roads are good. I'm not looking at a map though.
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Old 01-09-2019, 02:56 PM   #4
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There are basically two ways to skin this cat. You can go through the tunnel, about $15 and follow HWY 89 to I70 and then on towards Moab. Google maps shows it as 314 miles but you are traveling a two lane highway and will pass through several small towns. This is by far the most scenic route. The other way is to head west and hook up with I15 and north to I70. That one is a bit longer, about 345 miles but will actually be quicker. When you head to Dead Horse Point make sure to take the short hike to Mesa Arch on the way.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:15 PM   #5
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Been there done that!

We did that route several years ago. We called it the "WOW" highway. Every mile was WOW. My wife ended up with a band aid on her shutter finger.
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:48 PM   #6
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If you go through Zion tunnel you are limited to 50 feet overall.
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Old 01-10-2019, 03:13 PM   #7
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Utah Hwy 12 Scenic Byway

I towed my 21 ft trailer from Bryce to Capitol Reef and Dead Horse Point last spring. Take Utah Hwy 12 from Bryce to Capitol Reef. It's an absolutely awesome scenic byway.
https://scenicbyway12.com/

Then take Hwy 72 up to I-70. Both Hwy 12 and 72 are are excellent two-lane roads. I-70 then goes through some incredible geology on the way to Green River.

After Zion and Bryce, I found Kodachrome Basin to be a complete waste of time. Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands are spectacular.

If you have a 4WD truck, Shafer Trail (Road 142) goes through the canyon at the base of Dead Horse Point with some close-up views of the river, but the road conditions are not for the faint-hearted. It begins with a 1700 ft switchback descent down the canyon wall in Canyonlands NP, and brings you out on Hwy 279 which goes to Moab.
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Old 01-10-2019, 03:20 PM   #8
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You would leave Zion and head to Bryce. Read the comments on this link. It has been sometime since I have driven there. Did it years ago on motorcycle and I don't remember the road numbers. We always ride 2 lane scenic road. When going from Bryce to Capital Reef you just hang a right at the main intersection and head up the road. It is called the Devils Backbone and there is NO pull offs. The scenery is awesome, just don't take your eyes off the road. It can be a long drop down to the bottom. Head North to Moab. You can pick up some time if you drive to I 70, but if you have time there is probably some back road to take. If you go that way let me know if there is a little restaurant called the Luna Mesa. Very spacey place, or shall I say unique.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:21 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the great information! Very helpful!
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:19 PM   #10
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Highway 12 is one of the most scenic highways in the state. From there you can get to Capital Reef & then through there towards Moab. Take you time and enjoy the scenery. Are you planning north or south access to Grand Canyon?
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:31 PM   #11
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Try to avoid Zions and Arches (Moab) around Easter. Don't know when you are going in April, but they are PACKED during that time. Moab has big Jeep rallies about that time so is very congested.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:52 PM   #12
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We did nearly the same trip last year with our 23' hybrid from St Louis. We stuck to the Google routes and we're never disappointed! You are also going to love the drive from GC to Zion!
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:38 PM   #13
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This October we went to Zion, Capitol Reef and then Kodachrome. We went to Capitol Reef from Zion by avoiding the tunnel by going up I15.


If we ever go to Utah again, we will skip Zion. Even in October, it was packed. If you have never been there, it's worth going but be aware that it will be crowded.
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:38 PM   #14
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Highway 12 is one of the most scenic highways in the state.
I agree. None of the other routes mentioned are as scenic as UT 12. It is exciting with a long RV, but the scenery is unmatched until you get to Dead Horse Point. For me, DHPSP has the best views in southern Utah and I have worked in and visited a lot of southern Utah in the past 50 years.
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Old 01-15-2019, 03:29 PM   #15
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One more pointer for you. Should you decide to not take the route through the tunnel make sure you unhook and take the drive up to and through the tunnel and back. Driving to the top of Zion Canyon and then back is SPECTACULAR especially if you are not towing a trailer and can look at the scenery.
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Be ready for cold temps. Two days ago Dead Horse/Canyonlands had blizzard conditions.
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I stated at a CG just outside the east entrance to Zion last summer. I see it has a new name now "High Road Base Camp" It was kind of scruffy but I had a site with full hookups that was good. I am seeing mixed reviews but the location is perfect.
https://hiroadbasecamp.com/
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Grand Canyon trip

I am planning a trip in June to the Grand Canyon. I have made reservation which just opened up in Trailer Village which is the only RV park within the canyon. My question, we will be coming from Florida - A long way.... so once there, I would like to see other things but realize my husband will not be able to be away any longer at this stretch. So my tentative plan is to have him fly back with our grandson and park me somewhere for a few weeks until he can make the trip back. June is hot in Arizona so I thought maybe somewhere higher elevation may be cooler. This is a southern girl so I have no idea what to look for in figuring out where to be. I will want full hookups because once settled I will not be moving myself. Any suggestions on places or RV parks would be appreciated.
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:35 PM   #20
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I am planning a trip in June to the Grand Canyon. I have made reservation which just opened up in Trailer Village which is the only RV park within the canyon. My question, we will be coming from Florida - A long way.... so once there, I would like to see other things but realize my husband will not be able to be away any longer at this stretch. So my tentative plan is to have him fly back with our grandson and park me somewhere for a few weeks until he can make the trip back. June is hot in Arizona so I thought maybe somewhere higher elevation may be cooler. This is a southern girl so I have no idea what to look for in figuring out where to be. I will want full hookups because once settled I will not be moving myself. Any suggestions on places or RV parks would be appreciated.
I would head northeast through Monument Valley (think John Wayne and John Ford) and head to Durango Colorado by way of Mesa Verde. A beautiful trip and and a great town at higher elevation to spend a couple of weeks.
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