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Old 04-23-2009, 04:23 PM   #1
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Moab to Springdale, UT (ArchesNP to Zion NP)

I am planning a road trip with my family in June. I would like to make my way from Moab, UT, (Arches and Canyonlands National Parks) to Springdale, UT, (Zion National Park), via US 191 and UT 276 to Halls Crossing. Probably spend the night at Halls Crossing, then cross the ferry and continue to Escalante and finally Springdale, UT via UT 276, “Burr Trail”, UT 12, US 89, and finally UT 9, (as outlined from Google Maps).

Thanks for any advice as to the soundness, (or lack there of), of attempting this route towing a 30’ airstream with my Duramax, please reply.
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:17 PM   #2
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The Tunnel

I have done part of that trip. The important thing is that you need to work with the Park Service on going through the tunnel on Highway 9. They stop traffic and let trucks and RV's go through one direction at a time. When you arrive near the east end of the tunnel there is a place to wait until they are ready to stop the eastbound traffic so you can drive westbound down the middle of the tunnel. It is a great drive and the scenery is incredible beyond the tunnel. While in Springdale make sure you go to Oscar's for a wonderful hamburger. The garlic will keep vampires away.
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It's purdy dang hot in June but worser in July and August. The best travelin weather is spring and fall. Go to Arches NP website and look up their temperature stats.
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I drove that exact route last fall, and it was spectacular. I especially enjoyed the drive through Capitol Reef Nat'l Park. At Zion we stayed at Zion River RV Resort. One of the nicest parks I've ever stayed at.
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Be aware that there is a 50 foot combined length limit for going through the tunnel on 9. Otherwise it is a long loop back to Kanab and over to La Verkin and up to Springdale on the other half of 9

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I went through the tunnel last summer. They had a hard time believing that the Trade Wind was as narrow as it was. They still made me tuck in the (mostly to save face after measuring the rig). The narrow body pays off there since it means you don't have to pay for the escort. I guess this isn't useful information, but I enjoy the story
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I drove that exact route last fall, and it was spectacular. I especially enjoyed the drive through Capitol Reef Nat'l Park. At Zion we stayed at Zion River RV Resort. One of the nicest parks I've ever stayed at.
Thanks all for the education.

I can appreciate the heat of June in the south west.


Besides Zion River, any other suggestions for campgrounds along that route?
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Well, smack me silly. I believe that Howard E and I have passed through that tunnel a few times together. Usually without the trailers but always with large wooden cameras.

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I went through the tunnel last summer. They had a hard time believing that the Trade Wind was as narrow as it was. They still made me tuck in the (mostly to save face after measuring the rig). The narrow body pays off there since it means you don't have to pay for the escort. I guess this isn't useful information, but I enjoy the story
Tuck in the what?
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Tuck in the what?
oopsie That would be the mirrors
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A year or 2 ago I went through the tunnel . No escort but they closed the tunnel to oncoming traffic and told me to straddle the center line. Had to pay, but it was fun to think I was more important than I am.
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Year before last we put on almost 10,000 miles from Texas through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico before returning home to Texas. We saw some of the most scenic and beautiful country that God ever created, but for us the route that you are considering held the most beautiful vistas we encountered. Enjoy.
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We moved to Colorado because we love it here, but we seem to spend just as much time camping in southern Utah. We've done the full trip as you propose and parts of many times over. We usually start and end our camping season in Arches, or split our time between Arches and some of the other Parks. We actually take off for our first trip next Thursday for Arches and will be staying through Mon. May 4th. My favorite campground is still Devils Garden in Arches although the Fruita campground in Capital Reef is a close second. You should be fine towing your Airstream on that route. Temps are fine without hookups through very early June. You may see an occasional day hit 100, but the nights are still in the 60's and are comfortable for sleeping. Bryce is a littler cooler since it's at a higher altitude, and Zion is a little warmer. Have a fun trip.
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Well, smack me silly. I believe that Howard E and I have passed through that tunnel a few times together. Usually without the trailers but always with large wooden cameras.

Hi Howard!

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Hi Tom. Whaz been happening?

Ponz - one other item on your route - UT 12 from Boulder to Escalante has a number of steep grades (8% or worse), sharp turns, and no shoulders in places. Also one heck of a view! Speed limit is down to 25mph for some of the route.

Last fall we went to Zion via the long route - stayed at Goose Necks of the San Juan S.P. outside of Mexican Hat (boondocked, free), Dead Horse Point S.P. near Moab. Off of the road to Canyonlands (electric, limited water in park, go with fresh tank full), Gobblin Valley S.P. off UT24 between Hanksville and I-70 (dry camp but water and dump available), and Kodachrome Basin S.P. outside of Cannonville (dry camp, water and dump). We usually stay at the Zion Canyon CG in Springdale when we are there in early November. Not as nice as Zion River, but it is close to the main gate (0.5 mi), on the shuttle route, and cheaper.

Have a blast with your trip!

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