Utah - Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands & Grand Canyon - 11 Days in an RV
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 8, 2012 8:09 AM Last Post By: carracar
Nov 7, 2012 8:11 AM
Utah - Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands & Grand Canyon - 11 Days in an RVHi Guys
Long time lurker - got a trip planned to the US and just wanted to pass the itinerary through you guys to check it seems doable.
We're keen to do some basic hiking, snap photos and drop the radar for a bit. We have an RV booked for 11 days in/out of Vegas in early November. I understand this isn't peak season but hopefully it isn't too cold?
Day 1: Pickup RV and Drive to Grand Canyon NP / Mather Campground
Day 2: Grand Canyon / Mather Campground
Day 3: Grand Canyon / Mather Campground
Day 4: Drive Grand Canyon to Canyonlands / Squaw Flat Campground
Day 5: Hike, Drive Canyonlands to Arches NP / Devils Garden Campground
Day 6: Arches NP / Devils Garden Campground
Day 7: Drive Route 24 then Route 12 to Bryce Canyon / Bryce Canyon NP
Day 8: Bryce Canyon / Bryce Canyon NP
Day 9: Drive to Zion NP / Zion NP
Day 10: Zion NP / Zion NP
Day 11: Drive to Vegas, drop the RV off and get on a 4PM flight?
First time in an RV but we're from Australia so the distances don't seem too bad. Would we be anticipating any snow in mid - late Nov or should the roads be OK? 10 nights in an RV boondocking sounds ambitious - we were hoping to go without hookups but just use the dump stations en route? Does that sound reasonable if we charge things as we drive or should we stay out of an NP to get a hookup in between?
Is it worthwhile to break up the drive from Moab to Bryce? I've heard that Route 12 is stunning - any recommendations for a stop in between? We weren't really looking to do much hiking in Bryce Canyon but snap a few photos.
Would you perhaps spend less time in the Grand Canyon and more time exploring some of the other NPs?
Nov 7, 2012 8:29 AM
1Take a day from the Grand Canyon and add it to xCanyonlands.
You are only into "basic" hiking, so you can cover a lot of ground at the GC. This will give you more time at xCanyonlands, which has a number of different areas to explore.
Snow is possible, particularly at xBryce and along 12. Whether you will see any, well, we can't predict the weather.
You should still prepare for the cold.
Be aware that true "boondocking" is illegal in all national parks. Pulling over on the side of the road for the night is illegal in many areas as well.
I'd say just enjoy the drive between xMoab and xBryce. It's not too far, and you'll likely stop enough to make up for it. You drive right through Capitol Reef on the way.
Nov 7, 2012 9:35 PM
2Well, your trip is fairly compressed so I don't know if can squeeze more utility out of your itinerary, but I could endorse the idea of one fewer day at GC for an extra one at Canyonlands. Squaw Flat is a superb campground, and there is excellent hiking in the Needles District. I don't see how you'd have time for both Needles and Island in the Sky districts, though. Too bad, they're very different and both highly worthwhile.
Nov 7, 2012 10:10 PM
3Sounds like a fun (and busy trip). I agree with the other's suggestions about taking one day away from Grand Canyon and adding it to Canyonlands. Bryce Canyon is quite small and doesn't really require more than a day. If you can squeeze it in, I would suggest stopping at Little Wild Horse Canyon (near Goblin valley state park) which is a short detour off of highway 24 on your way from Moab to Bryce. It's a beautiful slot canyon, quite unlike anything else on your itinerary. Check the weather forecast first and don't go if there's any chance of rain because rain falling near a slot canyon = flashfloods.
Nov 8, 2012 8:09 AM
4Try to avoid overnights at higher elevations and keep interior heat on overnight to avoid freezing up any coach water or waste containment systems..Fully UNDERSTAND such systems before setting out !!! I suggest keeping the unit "winterized", That of course,negates the utility of and the expense of renting a RV in the first place...Carracar (currently traveling in a RV in the NE States)
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