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Touring canyonlands in an RV

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Touring canyonlands in an RV

My husband and I are travelling to USA from UK and hiring an RV as part of the trip. We pick up and drop off in Henderson near Las Vegas. We have two weeks from June 13th 2012 and wish to visit Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon as priorities.

We would like some practical advice on where to stay to give easy access to the parks. The first night we need a short distance as we pick the RV up late afternoon and will have to stock up on groceries.

Also the last night as we have to drop off at 9am.

We have looked on the National Parks website but would like some first hand knowledge and advice on booking.

We would also be interested in other suggestions for visits or just scenic drives bearing in mind the RV is 30 ft. and we only have two weeks.

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1. Re: Touring canyonlands in an RV

Hi and welcome to the forum.

As you only can pick up the RV late in the afternoon I suggest to stay close to Henderson that day. The p/u can take several hours and buying groceries can take same time. Maybe do your shopping in Boulder City and also stay there for the night. Here's an RV site:

http://www.boulderoaksrvresort.info/

Next stop with amenities will be KIngman and that's 2 hours from Henderson.

Maybe try a roundtrip like this one.

1. P/u RV and stay Boulder City.

2. To Grand Canyon NP via Hoover Dam and a stretch of R66 between Kingman and Seligman

3. Grand Canyon NP

4. GCNP to Page (Wah Weap camground)

5. Page

6. Page to Monument Valley (Goulding's Lodge cg)

7. Monument Valley to Moab

8,9: Moab

10. Moab-Torrey

11. Torrey-Bryce

12. Bryce-Zion

13: Zion

14. Zion to Las Vegas, stay Vegas.

15. d/o RV Flight home.

Maybe that's one day too long. If that's the case I'd skip one night in Page because Page to Monument Valley is just a 3 hours drive.

Many also think 1 night at GCNP is enough so it's up for you to decide. I'd keep the time for Moab and for Zion.

Many more details to give of course.

Tet

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2. Re: Touring canyonlands in an RV

Thanks Tet

It looks a good itinerary and we have checked some distances. Had not thought of Page, what is there to see and do?

We believe there is a tunnel with restrictions between Bryce and Torrey, any advice.

Can you give me any help with the National Park RV sites, booking in advance etc. Or is it better to stay outside the parks. What are the pros and cons?

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3. Re: Touring canyonlands in an RV

I'm not an RVer and just mentioned some places I was familiar with.

Page has Antelope Canyons, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon Dam, Navajo Village, Colorado River raft, Rainbow bridge tours etc etc.

You'll need in escort for the Zion-Mt Carmel tunnel

nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/the-zion-mount-ca…

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Tet

Thanks again for valuable advice and links to websites. It has helped with our plans tremendously.

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You're welcome. Have a great trip!

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Hi

We have taken a 30ft rv through the tunnel at Zion - its fine - you have to go through by yourself (you pay a little extra). But its not a big deal. Its just that the sides come down sharply so tall vehicles would hit the sides if they don't drive down the middle. I have attached the link from the national park service regarding it.

nps.gov/zion/frequently-asked-questions-abou…

Cheers

Kiwi

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7. Re: Touring canyonlands in an RV

You should be booking your campsites ASAP inside the National Parks. They vary a lot - some are very rustic, others nicer with hookups. At Grand Canyon, Trailer Village is for RVs as it has full hookups including cable TV. Bryce has no hookups at all, but Ruby's is located just two miles from the entrance and has full hookups. Wahweap in Page is nice.

You should probably buy the NP pass for $80.

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With an RV, do try to book inside the parks so that you can take advantage of any shuttles or be able to walk to sightsee when possible.

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9. Re: Touring canyonlands in an RV

You say you're picking up an RV as part of a trip. Does that mean you might have other transport the morning of the RV pick up? When we rented an RV last year, we had our rental car as well (we handed it back after picking up the RV, drove in tandem for 1 mile to drop off the no longer needed rental car). If you're doing the same, you could do your grocery shopping in the morning of the pick day to save some time. We got the RV inventory from the website so knew what was included, and what we needed to buy. That way, we were able to drive for about 3 hours in good daylight after picking up the RV. At that time of year, you'd even have another hour of daylight longer than we had. But if you do this, do book your RV stop for that night and let them know you'll be late, some parks don't expect new arrivals after 6 pm.

Also, if you're pick up address in LV/Henderson is on the Boulder Highway, there's a huge Walmart with a huge car park with lots of space for parking an unfamiiar RV easily almost next to most of the RV depots. It's also on the 'right' side of LV from driving out of the city in the direction you'll be heading.

On our last night, as we had some cleaning up to do before handing back the RV, we stayed right in the LV area at the Sam's Town RV park. Not great compared to the RV parks in much smaller places or in the parks, but it was fine for just the night, and it enjoys a better reputation than many RV parks in that area, but make sure you ask for a parking space away from the wall against the Boulder Highway to avoid the traffic noise.

I do agree that you should try and stay within the parks, where possible if there's availability, and you do need to book ASAP.

Here's the best website to find RV parks outside the national parks, with reviews from actual RVers:

http://www.rvparkreviews.com/

Have a great trip,

SWT

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10. Re: Touring canyonlands in an RV

Thanks to everyone for your replies. It really helps with our decision making process.

We won't have a car in Las Vegas, as we fly in from San Francisco and spending 3 nights in a hotel, but we do need to sort out transfers to Henderson to pick up the RV.

I have secured the first and last night at Boulder City and also 2 nights at Camper Village Tusayan, as I have been unsucessful to get reservations inside the Grand Canyon.

The shuttle goes from Tusayan but I am bit alarmed by the Tripadvisor reviews for this RV park. Anyone got more up to date info on it?

Gouldings at Monument Valley have space but seems pricey at $49.00.

More internet work for Moab,Bryce and Zion.

Hazel