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Old 09-09-2016, 04:42 PM   #1
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Need advice on Utah

Just ordered a Jayco Eagle Ht 26.5 RLS and plan on a trip into Utah/Colorado next May on our 50th Anniversary. Need to know anyone's experience on campsites and roads in the southern part of Utah. We like to find a base camp and then take short road trips to see the sights. Don't really expect to drag this 5th wheel up and down mountain grades and prefer decent main highways for finding a base camp. Suggestions??
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Old 09-09-2016, 06:19 PM   #2
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Don't know what to say exactly. There's no way you are going to go to Southern Utah without dragging your rig up and down mountain grades. Also, your "base camp" will more than likely, be your sight seeing destination. Take Zion National Park; you will want to stay right there and spend a few days hiking, biking and taking in all the natural wonder. That goes for Bryce, Capital Reef, Moab and just about anywhere else around there. You gotta go up and down . Check out rvparkreviews.com for places to stay.
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Utah has a great number of parks. You may be able to do one or two on day trips, but they are not that close together. The highways are good with few large hills to climb, but your going to have to move around to see them all. Hwy 12 is one of the top 10 scenic highways in the country. Obviously Zion, Bryce will be on your list. I would do some research and decide what you want to see and then map it out. I would add the Grand Canyon as your close, especially to the north rim. Good Luck and Enjoy.. congrats on your 50th.
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Parks and destinations our west are grand to say the least. Like others have mentioned, pick a location and stay for a few days at least. Truly, day trip from there.
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Campground » Utah's Scenic Byway 12 - Your Guide to Attractions and Activities on Utah's Scenic Byways
rt 12 is spectacular

You will be be going up and down.. Thats part of why it is so spectacular.

Don't try the Cottonwood Canyon Road. Its got some tight spots and is all dirt. We could do it with our little TT but refrained. We just did a day trip

Cottonwood Canyon Road Scenic Backway » Utah's Scenic Byway 12 - Your Guide to Attractions and Activities on Utah's Scenic Byways
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A couple of summers ago we stayed at the Zion West RV Park off of I-15. It worked out as a nice base camp and is about 30 miles from the Visitors Center.
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Congrats on the upcoming anniversary! Look at the Kanab, UT area - it is a good place to base camp. Numerous sites to see such as Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. We spent some time down there last year doing some volunteer work at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, which is also a great place to visit and take a tour. In fact we are headed back down there next week to do that again.

We run south on I-15 to the Sulphurdale area, then cut over to US 89 on I-70. Kanab is right on 89 so no trouble getting there with larger rigs.

Here is a web site that will give you a much better idea of what all is around that area:

Official Travel Site of Kane County

There are a couple of pages of links to various RV parks and campgrounds in the area under the Lodging/Dining --> Campgrounds menu. The Things to See menu will give you all the major sites in the area.
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We made the Utah "loop" last year. As others have said, there are several good RV parks, but they're not very close together.
We based out of St. George,UT for a few days, then Richfield, UT and finally Moab, UT. All of those locations are on good highways and they allowed us to park our TT and make day trips to the areas we wanted to see.
We're planning to go back next year. The scenery there is second to none!
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This will be our third 5th wheel and having traveled in WV and Va we are familiar with 7 to 9% grades. However our highways in the East are all in the 3 to 4K range above sea level so the downhill sides are normally only a few miles long. After having traveled in Montana and Wyoming with a truck camper a few years ago we witnessed some folks with large rigs in trouble. I'm buying the Mountain Directory before leaving and will try to avoid any really steep grades.
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We made the Utah "loop" last year. As others have said, there are several good RV parks, but they're not very close together.
We based out of St. George,UT for a few days, then Richfield, UT and finally Moab, UT. All of those locations are on good highways and they allowed us to park our TT and make day trips to the areas we wanted to see.
We're planning to go back next year. The scenery there is second to none!
If you consider St. George then add to the list of places to check out Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. It's about and hour and a half drive from St. George and is spectacular. We were at Echo Bay on the north shore of Lake Mead back in April and spent a whole day at VOF. The web site for VOF is here --> Valley of Fire State Park | Nevada State Parks

Another stretch you probably want to avoid in the Zion area is on UT-9 between Mt Carmel Junction on the east and Springdale on the west. There are switch backs as well as the Zion-Mt Carmel Tunnel that has size restrictions. You can read about them here --> https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvis...mel-tunnel.htm
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