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Old 12-19-2007, 02:52 PM   #15
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Just to give you a feel, we live at 8,400 feet, somewhat south of the latitude that includes Bryce. They don't build houses with air conditioning here. Just open a couple of windows, and you're fine. (Close them at night; it gets too chilly.)


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Old 12-19-2007, 04:10 PM   #16
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Bryce canyon

Water? Don't worry about no stinking water - This may well be the most majestic place in the world. pack some water in - don't bath - don't waste - Do this - -

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Old 12-19-2007, 05:53 PM   #17
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As a fellow humid-hot Easterner, I recognized your worry about hot. What I have found (Westerners can correct me if I am wrong) is that altitude is everything. Zion canyon, at 3,000 ft or so, is hot as hades in the summer. Grand Canyon, either rim, is never bad (like it is in the East) during the day, and cool at night. North is 1,000 ft higher, by the way. Carry blankies for Bryce.

And double what Pop says. Dry-camping is Airstreaming at its best. You can do it.

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Old 12-22-2007, 12:03 PM   #18
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I am a National park junky... I have been to all of the western parks and stayed at all of our "Grand Lodges"... Bryce is an amazing place. It should be the first of many places you should discover in that region...
As for water.. All parks have water... You just need to find it.. There are very few of our National Park camp grounds that are full hook-up... Just remember it is "BoonDocking Heaven"... You just need to ask around and you can find water... The North Rim i remember that i went back into the employee housing area... and used a hose that the employee's used to wash thier cars to fill my water tank... I know it was ok because it was attached to the main water line that went into the housing unit... It is amazing how having a airstream in tow can bring a certain type of perk!

As for your trip... You are very close to two other parks... The North rim of the Grand Canyon is the farthest... about 1/3 day drive... (It is closed in winter months) If you have never beed to the north rim... only 1 in 20 that see the canyon are from the north rim, than its well worth the 1/3 day drive..
It is were the forest meet the canyon's edge! It is the very best place to see sun rises and sun sets... The north rim is like a little village... fun for the entire family... Believe it or not the shortest drive to see it is from the bryce canyon area...
Next would be Zion... it is about a 1/8 of a day trip... But depending on the way you are coming from you should go threw it coming or going to Bryce Canyon... Bryce is all about light... morning sun rise is a must! Zion is all about the day time... so if you plan around that you call see the best of both parks in one day! There are many great little hikes that you can do in Zion... Very cooooool way to beat the hot summer heat!

Also note if you are heading back east from zion , bryce, north rim area? There is an amazing two lane road that goes from bryce to two other national parks... Capitol Reef (the least travel to western nation park) and Arches national park.. The road should only be travel in day time... there is a section called the razer back... and yes you drive along the razor for miles... very cool... from that region you can travel north to I 70 via Colorado... or even take another wonderful turn and head to Monument Valley! The sun set is the closest to heaven you will ever find! From there you can loop to the south rim... or yes take another turn and head to four corners... or Mesa Verde National Park! And the South west park of colorado (the best part of the state!)...

food for thought! lol
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:46 PM   #19
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I certainly can second the Grand Canyon and Zion! Alas, we can't visit the north rim: They open late in the spring and close early in the fall, both at times when we have to be back here in Angel Fire to run this place. We did, however, spend a week at the south rim just last fall and loved it! And Zion is spectacular! Spent a week there in the spring. Both offer great views and gobs of hiking. It's very easy to escape the crowds at either park: Just walk a couple hundred feet.

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Thanks guys for the incite into what I think is probably some of America's most beautiful natural wonders!

I could probably get by with the boondocking and might could even convince the wife, but we will have our dog with us I'm sure and leaving him inside the Airstream with the potential for heat build-up during the summer might be the deal breaker. But, if the temps in the north wouldn't get too hot, or if electricity would be available every other day or so to recharge the batteries, we might be able to manage. I'll definitely research this out before we go.
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Like you, Suni and I can hardly wait for our trip in the late spring.
Suni and I will be heading that way in May/June 2008, and Bryce will be one of our first stops on the way to Yellowstone.

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