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Utah & Colorado Canyonlands Itinerary

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Utah & Colorado Canyonlands Itinerary

Our plan so far is flt to Denver, then Amtrak to SLC (stay 2 nights), hire car, drive to Moab stay 3 nights for rafting, Arches, canyonlands etc. All accom. booked in advance . Then! very flexible. Our thoughts were via UT12 to Panguitch (3 nights?) for Zion, Bryce etc then we have 12 nights to get to Denver via Kanab,North Rim ( Jacob Lake maybe), Page, Mexican Hat, (Monticello), Cortez, Durango then on via (??? suggestions) to Colorado Springs and Denver to return car and fly home to London. Does anyone have any comments on this itinerary or suggestions to make better use of our time in this wonderful part of the world!


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1. Re: Utah & Colorado Canyonlands Itinerary

What time of year will you be travelling?

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Further to: Utah & Canyonlands Itinerary:

We arrive in Denver on 5th September 2006 and will be flying home to UK 27th September 2006.


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Sounds great! You've certainly listed the highlights of the area.

Along with the places mentioned, you have enough time to consider an overnight at Grand Canyon. I think the South Rim is worth a visit. You can see a lot of what makes the Grand Canyon vie for one of the Wonders of the World. September should be reasonable accessable since most schools have started and families are not travelling so much.

You should check if you can get lodging at Grand Canyon. It may be worth the gamble of asking if there are cancellations when you get there, also. Sunset and sunrise are wonderful (given good weather). You can hike a bit below the rim if you are interested, or just visit the many overlooks.

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Hi Tony

You have 22 days and your first 6 days are set in stone, that leaves 16/17 days to make the grand loop starting from Moab.

Maybe this helps:

Day 1: From Moab to I 70 and hw 24 to Hanksville, maybe visit Goblin Valley State Park but don't miss Capitol Reef NP. Stay the night in Torrey.

Day 2: Very scenic hw 12 to Bryce Canyon, making as many stops as possible. Visit to Bryce in the afternoon. (or take an extra day for hw 12/Bryce)

Day 3: Drive from Bryce to Zion. Take hw 143 from Panquitch to Cedar Breaks NM for a visit, to Cedar City and I 15 south to Springdale/Zion (signposted)

Day 4: All day Zion.

Day 5. From Zion NP to Grand Canyon North Rim. There is only one lodge and probably it will be sold out. But you can always try.

Day 6: Grand Canyon NR.

Day 7: From NR to Page on hw 89A, stops at Marble Canyon and Navajo Bridge and to Page. Relax at Lake Powell.

Day 8: From Page to Monument Valley. Visit to Antelope Slot Canyon in the morning (just east of Page) There is only one lodge in MV too. Goolding Lodge. If booked stay in Mexican Hat or Kayenta.

Day 9: Visit to Monument Valley by guided tour, or drive yourself (if your carrentalcy allows, it's on dirt a road, but no problem driving it).

Drive to Mexican Hat, visit Gooseneck SP, drive Moki Dugway to Natural Bridges NM and find a place to stay for the night in Blanding or Monticello.

Day 10: Drive to Cortez and a visit to Mesa Verde NP and to Durango.

Day 11: Durango-Silverton train ride.

Day 12: From Durango to Pagosa Springs and visit the sulfer springs (take a bath!) and to Alamoso on hw 160 driving beautiful Wolf Creek Pass (good roads).

Day 13: Visit Great Sand Dunes NP in the morning and drive to Colorado Springs and visit Garden of the Gods in the afternoon.

Day 14: PIkes Peak and drive to Denver

From Zion you might drive to Las Vegas, visiting beautiful Valley of Fire SP first and drive from LV to Grand Canyon South Rim instead of visiting GCNR and drive to Page afterwards. This will add 1-2 days. Many other options too.

Buy a National Parks Pass at your first NP at $ 50 for car and passengers valid for one year. Saves you money.

2/3 days left. I think you'll need a nice day by the pool on this strenuous trip or stay one day longer at places.

Maybe this all sounds complicated so don't hesitate to ask any more questions.

Have fun


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Firstly, September is a great time of the year to visit this amazing part of the World.

Some good stuff from Tet, as ever, now here's my threepenneth.

Day 1: Moab to Torrey, via Goblin Valley State Park and Capitol Reef Nat Park.

Day 2: Torrey to Bryce, via the amazing UT12.

Day 3: In amongst the amazing Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon Nat Park.

Day 4: Bryce to Springdale, via the scenic loop to Cedar Breaks Nat Mon.

Day 5: In majestic Zion Nat Park. Simply enjoy.

Day 6: Springdale to Las Vegas, via Valley of Fire State Park.

Day 7: Las Vegas to Williams, via Historic Route 66, and the ghost town of Oatman, Grand Canyon Caverns?

Day 8: Williams to Cameron, via breathtaking Grand Canyon Nat Park.

Day 9: Cameron to Monument Valley. With a tour of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and an evening at Goulding's Lodge.

Day 10: Monument Valley to Chinle. An afternoon tour of one of the Southwest's best kept secrets, beautiful Canyon de Chelly Nat Mon.

Day 11: Chinle to Cortez, via Four Corners Monument.

Day 12: Cortez to Durango, via stunning Mesa Verde Nat Park.

Day 13: Durango to Montrose, via the amazing 'Million Dollar Highway', don't look down!

Day 14: Montrose to Salida, via Black Canyon of the Gunnison Nat Park.

Day 15: Salida to Denver, across the amazingly scenic Rockies.

Day 16: Relax in Denver.

As Tet says there are many other options, but do buy a National Parks Pass, it will save you money. If you have any further questions, or want a bit more 'meat' added to the suggestions, ask away.



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6. Re: Utah & Colorado Canyonlands Itinerary

Nothing much to add to the wonderful ideas suggested by Tony and Tet but as a fellow Watfordonian (Watfordite?) I just wanted to say that you will have a wonderful time in this most amazing part of the world and yes, a night in Torrey (The Skyridge B&B is excellent) and then two in Tropic or Panguitch (or even the lodge within the park)would be better. Bryce is unique and one of the highlights of our trip but can be seen in a day and that would include hiking down into the canyon.

Likewise at Monument Valley, Gouldings really is the only place to say if you want to be close to the park entrance. Cancellations do occur so it's worth being flexible.


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Mr. Tram,

Why not cut out the Hotels & Motels and you and Miss Gereenfingers should Hire a Winnebago Motorhome. A bit like a turtle take you home along with you!

Anyway enjoy your trip ...sounds fun

Best regards,

Big Chief Sitting Bull

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