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Old 07-21-2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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Advice on traveling to Utah

Hi all, we're heading to Utah for a few weeks in August and plan to visit Canyonlands NP, Arches NP, Moab..etc. For maximum flexibility our itinerary will be on-the-fly which is how we normally travel.

Can anyone offer practical input for points of interest and routes while in the area and as well as some what not to do's? (besides accepting candy from strangers)

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Old 07-21-2012, 10:20 PM   #2
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Roadside America often has some VERY interesting places to visit!
Roadside America - Guide to Uniquely Odd Tourist Attractions Thanks to Roadside America I found Fishead Park in Michigan...absolutely FANTASTIC and we would NEVER have found it without Roadside America!

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Old 07-21-2012, 10:49 PM   #3
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One of our favorite parts of the US. Be aware of the fact that in August it will be hot with a capital H. Moab is not the friendly small town it used to be and has become tourist land-wanna slick rock tee shirt-go there. In that part of the world hiway 12 Capital Reef to Escaliente is not to be missed. Stop in at the Kiva Kaffe not far from Calf Creek Falls. We liked the campground at Red Canyon better than any we saw at Bryce. Kodachrome Basin is not to be missed-it was in the upper 90's (F) in june however. Make sure you have plenty of water any where you go and I hope your AC is working well.Have fun and be careful-alot of that country is in the middle of nowhere but beautiful beyond belief.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:08 PM   #4
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Thanks Reid....we visited in Cannonville year before last and we did manage to have a look at the CGs closer to Bryce but about all I can say about them was they were closer than to Bryce but not good enough to make us give up the drive. :-)

I'm taking note of your other suggestions too.

Thanks for the link monB.
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The speed trials for cars at the Bonneville Salt Flats start the weekend of August 11th. I plan to be there. Last year there were probably 2000 campers the Friday evening before start. Everything from pup tents to million dollar motor homes.- It is all dry camping and the camping is free. Plenty of room. On opening morning you drive (follow the crowd) to the end of the blacktop and accross the marked route on the salt to the spectator area about 5 miles. A pit pass for the entire week was $40 last year and was sold at the entrance to the salt. I will probably dry camp at the huge gravel parking lot accross from the Sinclair truck stop. (exit 4 on I-80) and ride my atv to the starting line / spectator area. The truck stop allowed it last year for free. There are also some good spots on BLM land off the gravel road that goes north west from the "bend in the road" corner. Don't camp in the huge flat area south and east of that bend in the road where you will see the bulk of the campers. That is a huge dry mud flat and if it rains it becomes a huge mud hole which you won't be able to drive out of until it dries up. Google Bonneville 2012 and you can find out all about it.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:51 AM   #6
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Be advised that every single square inch of freeway in Salt lake city is ALWAYS under construction.

This means that no matter which lane you are in, it will end in the next couple of hundred yards.

The corollary is that you will have to change lanes. However, it is a very strict (and unique)requirement under Utah's highway traffic laws that every single person must drive with their front bumper exactly beside your rear wheel (either side) and that they must always accelerate when you do and decelerate when you do, in order to prevent your attempts to change lanes as required by your lane ending in the next couple of hundred yards.

I must confess that I have found no evidence of the existence of that law, but I remain convinced that it IS the law as EVERY Salt Lake City driver follows and obeys that law!

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Old 07-22-2012, 03:59 PM   #7
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However, it is a very strict (and unique)requirement under Utah's highway traffic laws that every single person must drive with their front bumper exactly beside your rear wheel (either side) and that they must always accelerate when you do and decelerate when you do, in order to prevent your attempts to change lanes as required by your lane ending in the next couple of hundred yards.

I must confess that I have found no evidence of the existence of that law, but I remain convinced that it IS the law as EVERY Salt Lake City driver follows and obeys that law!

lol BCDave.

We had the pleasure of spending time in SLC a year or two back. We stayed at the KOA, just minutes from town. To our surprise ('cause its a KOA and not 'cause it was in SLC) it was well run and clean. Our experience with everyone we met was great, and no traffic problems then. We even took the "free tour" from the KOA to town in a 12 pass van operated and sponsored by the LDS. No religion hard sell just good local historical info presented in a friendly manner. I'd actually recommend that to anyone staying there on a visit.

The reason we're going back to Utah stems from our previous good experiences there. The number of tourists drawn to the Moab area does concern me a little though, as Reid also points out. That's why I'm looking for input here.

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The Boy Scout Motto.

We camped in a tent at Bryce Canyon in the middle of July.

We froze.

The next morning we discovered it had gotten down to 25F the night before!

Bryce Canyon is at 7000ft altitude.

Have fun. Utah is a beautiful state.
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LOL. I loved your tongue-in-cheek description of SLC traffic. We pass thru there at least twice a year visiting our kids and have always noticed a considerable pucker factor going through. We've never had an actual problem but it IS hairy for the casual traveler!
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Going almost anywhere "On the fly" in August will carry some risks of not having a place to stay at night. You might want to plot out approximately where you will be and try to make a few reservations on-line at Federal recreation, camping and tour reservation information - Recreation.gov
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B alert for young men dressed in white shirts and dress slacks riding bicycles on the road.
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B alert for young men dressed in white shirts and dress slacks riding bicycles on the road.
I don't suppose that we should speculate about the odds that they have had their drivers licenses suspended for too many DUI's?
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going to Moab,,, the national parks are a must see. Arches national is grand. go up to dead horse point. Both are right out side of Moab. there is camping up there at wild horse camp ground. There is camping along the Colorado river. Go south of Moab to the needles district of Canyon lands National Park. There are good hikes here, Indian ruins, and pictographs. The temp. in this part of Utah is the worst, July August, thru Sept. I go to this part of Utah every year,,, often in the winter,,, never in the summer!!!!
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Comments about certain Utah natives are not only inappropriate, as I am led to believe there are few active Missionaries in Utah, (except at the MTC in Provo) they are inaccurate.
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