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JCSC

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Planning a trip next spring to visit the National Parks in Utah for the first time. Will be pulling a 26' travel trailer with a diesel pickup. Will be starting at Arches and ending at Zion. Would like to know routes that would be relatively easy for pulling a travel trailer and proceeding from Arches to Capitol Reef to Bryce to Zion. Main concern would be tough switchbacks to maneuver a trailer. I am aware of State Highway 12 as a scenic route that is doable pulling a trailer. Not sure of other routes over the landscape other than travelling on Interstate 70.

Also, any recommendations as to private campgrounds would be appreciated.

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I cannot think of a single paved road in Southern Utah which would be an issue.

Hwy 12 is a very good road. There are no issues with switch backs. The only issue would be climbing over Boulder Mountain. A diesel pickup should handle that easily.

What pickup do you have and how much weight are you pulling?

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I forgot to mention campgrounds because I never stay in private campgrounds. If you want private campgrounds I assume you want hook ups? There are endless choices near all of the big 5 except for Cap Reef. There are at least a couple in Torrey. Whether NP or private campgrounds, you need to consider making reservations. Springtime is extremely popular for visitation to southern Utah.

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If Monument Valley is not on your list it would be worth considering.


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Have a 3/4 ton and only pulling about 6,500 pounds.

Thanks for responding, please keep them coming.

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During the season, it was totally PACKED. ( Utah ) make reservation MOW.


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JCSC wrote:

Planning a trip next spring to visit the National Parks in Utah for the first time. Will be pulling a 26' travel trailer with a diesel pickup. Will be starting at Arches and ending at Zion. Would like to know routes that would be relatively easy for pulling a travel trailer and proceeding from Arches to Capitol Reef to Bryce to Zion. Main concern would be tough switchbacks to maneuver a trailer. I am aware of State Highway 12 as a scenic route that is doable pulling a trailer. Not sure of other routes over the landscape other than travelling on Interstate 70.

Also, any recommendations as to private campgrounds would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Might also want to check out Monument valley and stay at Goulding's


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Going from Bryce to Zion, the direct route, get's pretty marginal going in thru the east entrance. Tight twisty very busy road with lots of vehicles parked on the shoulder and pedestrians wandering across the road. Then you need to get a pass to go thru the tunnel with an RV and there are size limits. On the other hand, it's quite a ways to circle around to the south entrance.

Might not be out yet but check on entrance passes. Bryce, you could just show up this fall but Zion, you needed a ticket for the shuttle bus (and you can't drive into the main canyon)...and tickets were selling out quick.


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JCSC wrote:

Planning a trip next spring to visit the National Parks in Utah for the first time. Will be pulling a 26' travel trailer with a diesel pickup. Will be starting at Arches and ending at Zion. Would like to know routes that would be relatively easy for pulling a travel trailer and proceeding from Arches to Capitol Reef to Bryce to Zion. Main concern would be tough switchbacks to maneuver a trailer. I am aware of State Highway 12 as a scenic route that is doable pulling a trailer. Not sure of other routes over the landscape other than travelling on Interstate 70.

Also, any recommendations as to private campgrounds would be appreciated.

Thanks!


We did that last summer (but west to east coming from Grand Canyon).

Bryce to Zion - I would take 12 to 89, to 20, to I-15, down to 17, then 9 to Zion. It's just not worth it trying to get thru the tunnel with a trailer. I went thru with just my dually pickup (def need to drive thru), and going in on the west side the ranger said "have a nice day", but coming back in from the east, they measured and made me buy a permit.

As stated, there are no real problems with any of the highways in this area. The Hogback on hwy 12 between Capitol Reef & Bryce could be an issue for a first-time mountain driver, but just take it easy and use the pull-outs and it's a piece of cake. And awesome!!

We only stayed at one private CG (we prefer public parks) in Escalante HERE and it was pretty nice.

BTW - While at Bryce, you HAVE to eat here!! BEST FOOD & PIE AROUND!!

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