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Old 05-07-2016, 05:13 PM   #15
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If you or someone in your group is a serious mountain biker, Gooseberry Mesa near the southern entrance to Zion should be considered. It's one of the most scenic rides in North America

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Old 05-07-2016, 06:34 PM   #16
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Just came across this thread, as we are planning a mid June trip to southern Utah as we speak. Kind of overwhelming, too many things, too many places, how to decide. Trying to sort it all out.


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Old 05-07-2016, 07:50 PM   #17
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May want to check out the blog for Love Your RV. Just did a Utah trip. Here's one post.
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:16 PM   #18
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Such great information, thanks for the posts.

The million dollar question is Boondocking or hookups? Clearly, Boondocking would provide the best adventure, but we will be going in July....I can't help but think the heat would be too much and we would be much more comfortable runnin AC ??
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You will definitely want/need AC in July in Southern Utah, so either reserve early or get a couple of generators to boondock. If staying in Moab (great for Arches & Canyonlands), and you want full hookups, I would recommend as we have stayed their twice in our Airstream. For full hookups outside of Zion, we stayed last year at in Hurricane, UT. It sounds like your family is physically fit, so if you are doing Zion, then catch the very first shuttle bus for the hike up Angels Landing. Even on the first bus it will be crowded. We did this last summer and the caught the second bus and buy the time we got 3/4 the way to the top, your were waiting in line for the section with chains. Quite a difference when I did this 30 years ago and had the summit to myself. Back to Arches, 2 hikes I would recommend are and then sign up for a ranger hike - You could spend your whole time just in the Moab area and not run out of things to do.
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Also I don't remember which one, but one of those parks is anticipating major road construction and road and campground closures in 2017.

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Also I don't remember which one, but one of those parks is anticipating major road construction and road and campground closures in 2017.
Devils Garden campground in Arches is closing for when we will be there.

Here is the info from the NP website FYI:

Construction Projects
May 3-June 16: Crews will be working on the Tower Arch trailhead road. There will be large trucks on the road. You may experience delays.

June 2016: The parking lots at Arches Visitor Center, Balanced Rock, and Sand Dune Arch may be closed for chip-seal work. Check back here for dates and details.

March-October 2017: Extensive road construction may occur in 2017 that will limit access to some areas, particularly Devils Garden. Devils Garden Campground may be closed March 1 to October 31, 2017.
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Congratulations, you have all the great ones. Your 10 days will go by fast, I guess I like Brice the best. Zion can be very crowded.

Relax and enjoy
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Last September we spent a month in Utah. It was a great adventure. Like you we do a lot of hiking and found plenty of opportunities. We stay at most of the national parks and several state parks. Our trip took us from the North to the South end of Utah. It is key if you travel in the busy season to make your reservations well in advance. I found that you had to know the reservation openings in National Parks. I missed it by a couple of days in Arches and we had to stay outside the park. A recommendation is to stay at the Dead Horse Point State Park near Canyonlands. It is truly a great experience. You can check out our blog at for more information. Just scroll down the right side there are two links to Utah South #1 and #2. There are several other posts for that trip as well. You will enjoy your time there!
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Ditto on Dead Horse Point if you go to Moab. There is a nice reservable campground in the state park up there, a nearby BLM overflow CG (Horse Thief,) and permitted dispersed camping. You can drop your AS there while you tour Arches NP without it.

We normally visit southern Utah once or twice a year, having previously owned a second home in the state for many years. The crowd build-up between then and now is overwhelming, so we tend to seek out the less-visited places. There is a trade off between the beautiful world-class scenery in the popular parks, and getting into the back-of-beyond for us into scenery that is still incredibly beautiful, just not on everybody's iconic postcards.

For sure in the summer at the lower elevations, you'd want to think about AC. Normally it wouldn't be necessary at the higher elevations like Bryce. We seldom use our AC, but Zion Canyon is definitely the place.

You didn't mention dogs, but they are not allowed on most of the trails in the National Parks. Which is why it's good to know about the outlying BLM and USFS possibilities, where they're fine. There is also a nice kennel (Doggy Dude Ranch) outside of Zion in Rockville, UT that takes both day- and overnight dogs.

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