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Old 09-09-2009, 02:30 PM   #1
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Utah suggestions?

Hi all,

We are currently in Victor, Idaho (on the "quiet" side of Grand Teton National Park). We leave this area on Sunday and start slowly making our way to Salt Lake City. Anyone have any state park campground recommendations north of or near Salt Lake City? Any sights/hikes we should definitely see while in this area?

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Old 09-09-2009, 05:25 PM   #2
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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West 80 miles, the Bonneville Salt Flats. Awesome. There is a KOA in Wendover, UT.
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Lani,

I know you asked for suggestions North of Salt Lake, not South. But, there are two of the "best" parks in Utah....Zion (my favorite) and Bryce Canyon.

See post #61 in this thread for my thoughts: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...p-50931-5.html

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Old 09-09-2009, 10:35 PM   #5
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Lani:

North of Salt Lake right off I-15 is Willard. It is between SLC and Ogden.There is a state park there that is pretty decent. We stay there most of the time when we are heading for the Northwest. It is across the interstate from a Flying J truck stop that makes it kind of helpful.

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Check out Bear Lake. Approx 100 miles North of SLC...
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Zion, Bryce, great and natures gift to us. If you have time worth tthe time to get there. How much time do you all have?
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On the east side of the Wasatch Range (avoiding SLC), there are a couple of state parks in the Park City/Heber area.

Also on the national parks list in southern Utah, Canyonlands, Arches and Capital Reef as well as Natural Bridges NM. Between Green R. and Hanksville, Goblin Valley State Park (off the highway, but nice campground and weird rocks). There a lot more to see south of I-70 than north.

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Zion, Bryce, great and natures gift to us. If you have time worth tthe time to get there. How much time do you all have?
Thanks everyone! Years ago we went to Zion (AMAZING!) and I would love to get back there but I'm not sure we can to do it this time around. Unfortunately, we may just be doing the northern part with plans to visit the southern part next year for our next cross-country trip (here's hoping we are still able to do it next year!)

I saw Bear Lake and Willard Bay and plan to check them out as potential campsites. Thanks for the input!
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Just wanted to answer my own question now that we have completed our brief tour through Utah and just in case anyone else needs northern Utah ideas. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. We ended up at East Canyon State Park and also Jordanelle State Park (both near Salt Lake City). Both parks were excellent! And I highly recommend to anyone traveling through that area.

Also, we decided to make a quick trip south to Moab to visit Arches and Canyonlands. Wow!!!! Fabulous time! Now we are in Grand Junction, CO and headed up to Fort Collins tonight. Looking forward to exploring colorado but hoping to avoid snow. :-)

Thanks again!
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Lani, glad you got to see a bit of Canyonlands and Arches. Canyonland is best seen by getting into the 4wd areas with a bike, feet or a nimble, not too big 4wd drive truck. I think permits are now required, but it wasn't so when we went years ago. The Needles and the Maze are the best districts. Did you go to Colorado Nat'l Monument, just south of GJ?

Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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We did some hiking in Canyonlands but nothing too strenuous. Beautiful park. Husband was really, really tempted to take the truck on the 4wd areas but we decided we may be a little too big. Some of those roads looked very narrow with drop offs on one side. Yikes!

Just arrived into Grand Junction late last night and once the work day is finished we are headed east. Unfortunately didn't see the Nat'l Monument.

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