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Old 12-26-2018, 01:21 PM   #1
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Thinking of Canyonlands/Arches NP in early March...

Anyone visited the Moab / Canyonlands / Arches area in early March? Want to avoid the crowds, figuring on camping around a week, maybe in Dead Horse Point State Park ?

We won't be doing any long hiking, just auto touring as my wife has a bad knee that limits her to maybe a mile walk on level ground.

Also thinking of spending a few nights at Escalante or Painted Forest state parks near/in the Escalante Grand Staircase NMR on the way back... Same thing, nothing extreme.

I'd love any feedback on these areas. We did a trip to Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon North Rim early season in the 80s in our old VW camper but otherwise haven't explored much of Utah.
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Old 12-26-2018, 01:51 PM   #2
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Add Capitol Reef to your list. Also Kodachrome Basin State Park. Utah Hwy 12 is a wonderful route, plenty to see from the vehicle especially if you explore some of the dirt side roads.
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+10 Capitol Reef, also Zion NP. Bryce could be cold, really depends on the weather.

If you can get a site at Capitol Reef, great! If not, Wonderland CG in Torrey is very nice. Our dog is named Torrey, so you can image we like this area.

https://www.capitolreefrvpark.com

Highway 12 should not be missed. Note, lots of elevation change on Highway 12, road goes above the tree line to over 10,000 feet elevation.

Staying in Snow Canyon SP in March ourselves, outside of St George (close to Zion).

And if you travel on highway 12, might as well check out the slot canyon on Burr Trail.

https://www.visitutah.com/things-to-...he-burr-trail/


I prefer SW Utah over the Moab area. Moab is worth the trip too, not just as much as Zion IMO. 2018 was the first year I didn't visit SW Utah since 1979. If you want to see arch type formations, Bridges National Monument has a nice circle drive with several bridges that can be easily viewed.


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Some good BLM campgrounds in Canyonlands. No hookups, but pit toilets. Bring water. Arches is packed even in March, but worth a drive thru (dont bring camper) even if you cant get out & walk much.
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Some good BLM campgrounds in Canyonlands. No hookups, but pit toilets. Bring water. Arches is packed even in March, but worth a drive thru (dont bring camper) even if you cant get out & walk much.
https://www.discovermoab.com/blm-campgrounds/
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A week is not nearly enough time. Utah is so stunning, I could spend the rest of my life there and not see all of it. Goblin Valley SP is great especially if you have small children.
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Staying in Snow Canyon SP in March ourselves, outside of St George (close to Zion).
We also stayed at Snow Canyon when we did our National Park(s) tour. Loved exploring the lava tubes, looking at the pioneer graffiti covered canyon walls, and traversing the little sand dune from the movie Jeremiah Johnson.
Tons to see and do wherever you go in this region.
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10,000 feet in March?

I have skied in Utah in March so I would think there would be snow to contend with at that elevation.
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10,000 feet in March?

I have skied in Utah in March so I would think there would be snow to contend with at that elevation.
It is very weather dependent for sure. I've been on that road in February and it was dry and clear. But I would not count on it! Meanwhile, I have come west in early June and got snow in Vail (I was on my motorcycle, so it wasn't pleasant).

If you have gotten to Moab in March towing a trailer, then you have caught some breaks on weather along the way.
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Yep, March will be busy, but less busy than April and especially May, assuming you aren't there over spring break. Definitely worth it. There are a lot of good places to check out in Utah, but see what you can without rushing. It'll still be there next year, though every year it gets busier and busier, more and more overrun. Some of the places posted on the internet in this thread used to be well off the beaten path; a place to find solitude. No more But that's the way our world is headed. This mornings dose of pessimism brought to you by...me
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As others have stated. March is crowded. the time to go to Arches National park is October thru February. Been there well over 50 + times. done years of back country 4 wheel drive. Moab mountain bike rides in February. Love Goblin state park. Capital Reef National Park will be getting traffic, Go. Highway 12 been snowed on in Feb. I would and will be there. Spend many days in Torrey. Dead Horse Point just opened a new camp ground. Try Lower Calf Creek camp ground on highway 12 near Esclante Ut. I plan trips to southern Ut everywhere. Ski Utah golf and hike Southern Ut in the same day.

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We were there towards the end of April a couple of years ago. You need at least ten days to see Zion and Bryce Canyon. Canyon Lands is an extra four to five days.

Be prepared for snow, ice, and cold weather. When we were at Bryce Canyon in April we had four inches of snow and ice. We know how to deal with the snow and ice but a lot of people who were there did not and were not prepared for it.
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Camping in Moab or Escalante areas

You have lots of good answers so far. There are good full hookup campgrounds as you cross the river into Moab. I wouldn't try camping at Dead Horse point or Canyonlands in March. Ditto on hwy 12 to Escalante and Kodachrome state park. Also, the state park campground outside Escalante is very nice. As far as scenery, you can't lose in red rock country.
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Last year in early March, high temps in Moab were mostly 50s and 60s, with lows around 20 or so. Plenty of sun. Pretty decent weather for camping and sightseeing. Make your reservations early, and enjoy! Arches NP is gorgeous. I greatly prefer it over Zion (others differ, obviously). Glad you can get away at that time of year; I only get time in summer so it's always been hot hot hot when I get to Moab.



Goblin Valley SP would be great for a night, too, and a short stroll around the valley will be well worth the effort.
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