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  • Bryce and Zion National parks - Where to stay and what to see

    So its time for us to plan our next National park outing. This time we will be heading to Utah, got a real eye opener when I found out how much there is to see there!! So this will take more then one trip so selected Bryce and Zion and to be our destinations on this trip with being able to spend two full days at each. I am sure that will only allow us a sampling of each but that is just the way it is. Thinking it would be nice to stay somewhere in-between these two parks and drive to each but looking at the map these does not look very feasible as to much road time each day to each. So will stay at Bryce coming off 15 south then 20 East to get to the park then move over to Zion on 89 south. Like to get some recommendations of where to stay with full hook ups at each plus what are some of the must see points of interest at each as well as in the general area of each. As well of any insights to these highways while towing.
    Thanks
    Adam
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    Adam...this may help at Zion. We stayed at the Watchman camp ground a few years ago and it was convenient. http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions...-national-park

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    • #3
      There is a small RV park about 2 miles north of Panguitch on 89 that will put you about 12 miles from Bryce. Full hookups $13.50 per night. (Yep $13.50/night full hookups and that's up $2 from last year).

      It would still be a ways to Zion, but there is an RV park in every little town along 89 between Bryce and the turn off (Hwy 9) to Zion. It is probable you will need an escort to get through the tunnel entering Zion on Hwy 9 if you're pulling a trailer, (I believe the current restrictions are 11'4" tall or 7'10" wide) otherwise you will need to go around via Kanab and enter the park from the west.

      A few days ago I was looking for a site in Watchman campground in Zion and it was completely booked through October.
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      • #4
        As to things to do in Zion, Angles Landing is FANTASTIC, and also The Narrows. Start early in the morning for Angles Landing, and take lots of water. We have always been there in November and December and could drive up the park. I hear in the summer months you have to take the tour bus, not sure, look into it.
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        • #5
          Be aware, the campground in Bryce are being re-done this year. One or the other will be closed at all times. No reservations. You might look at Kodachrome State Park, approximately 25 miles from the entrance to Bryce. Reservations with options for full hook ups. And beautiful on its own. About 15 miles west of Zion is Sand Hollow State Park. Again with options for reservations and hook ups.
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          • #6
            One of the smaller parks is Kodachrome Basin State Park, near Zion. A lot less crowded and quite beautiful.
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            • #7
              Thanks everyone for all the info, keep it coming!
              Adam
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              • #8
                A double than you. We will be headed that way too as soon as our disk brake / axle job is complete.
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                • #9
                  We stayed at Bryce and just drove down to Zion when we were there...we are to big to go thru the tunnel at Zion and it was really hot at Zion so we enjoyed the cooler temps at Bryce. Regardless both areas are nice to see...
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                  • #10
                    Last year, stayed at the Canyonlands RV Resort in Moab. Park is full hook-up, in town, and close to Arches NP and Canyonlands NP.

                    We also stayed at the Zion River Resort (very nice). Close to Zion NP and Bryce NP is a couple of hours away.

                    No matter where you decide, make your reservations ASAP (RV parks fill up fast, even in off season) and get your NP pass ($80) at your 1st park entry point. It's good for 12 months and you'll save $$$ after two park visits.
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                    • #11
                      We stayed at Rubyís just outside Bryce in April. Full hookups & big sites.
                      For Zion, everything close to the park was full so we stayed at the KOA north of St George just off the 15. It was about. 45 minute drive to the park. Get there early to beat the crowds. No cars past the park entrance. Everything in the park is by shuttle. Shuttle lines get long.
                      Its worth the hassles because itís gorgeous!
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                      • #12
                        +1 for Kodachrome Basin State Park.

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                        • #13
                          When you get over to Moab, we really liked Portal RV Resort just outside Moab...awesome views and facilities. A bit pricey, but well worth it. Also...BE SURE to spend some time at Dead Horse Point State Park on the way to Canyonlands NP. It has great hiking to the POINT with spectacular views. Also, I really like Capitol Reef and the hiking through the rock formations, and other hikes in the area.
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                          • #14
                            Utah is a place we want to get to, thought about going through on our CO trip nearly 3 years ago but knew we didnít have the time to do it justice. My question is some decent times of the year to name a trip there. We donít care to challenge winter driving conditions and would rather not be in the summer high times. We could see a 3 week period to hit most the NP and other spots.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rolland View Post
                              Utah is a place we want to get to, thought about going through on our CO trip nearly 3 years ago but knew we didnít have the time to do it justice. My question is some decent times of the year to name a trip there. We donít care to challenge winter driving conditions and would rather not be in the summer high times. We could see a 3 week period to hit most the NP and other spots.
                              April, Early May, or September.
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