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Old 01-19-2018, 11:24 AM   #15
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:Zion is always full one now has to book way in advance to get a spot in there so best to find spot on outside then drive up real early in AM and use their bus system which really works well as one only has to wait a few moments in between each bus to get a ride.

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Old 01-19-2018, 11:26 AM   #16
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One of my all time favorite campgrounds anywhere is Sand Hollow Lake, just outside St. George and Hurricane. Crystal clear water and really nice red rock formations. The campsites, if I recall, are all pull-throughs and are huge. As mentioned previously, there are a lot of campgrounds in the area and Kodachrome Basin (if you can get a campsite) is amazing as well as being close to Bryce.

If you are interested in camping in the high country, the area around Cedar Breaks, off Hwy 14, is one of the most beautiful places I've seen. Look at Duck Creek if you are interested in this area. Make sure to check on the weather though. It's at about 11,000 to 12,000 feet and not impossible to get a surprise.

You are going to be traveling to one of the greatest places for scenic, outdoor activities. Make sure to leave plenty of time because you will otherwise wish you had set aside more time. I live in SC and can't wait to get back out that way. Make sure to visit Moab and if you like to hike or mountain bike, it's a must see. Give yourself more than 3 days though.

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Old 01-19-2018, 11:26 AM   #17
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Utah is my favorite camping destination. I'm sure you will have a great time. In addition to campgrounds, Utah has lots of dispersed or "boondocking" opportunities. If you are into primitive campsites, National Forest and BLM land is everywhere. A good thing to have for your adventure would be a Benchmark or Delorme Atlas (about $25 on Amazon)which will show many other options.

Expect large crowds in the National Parks in May. We were in Zion in late May and it was very crowded. Hopefully, you have allowed plenty of time to see Southern Utah. 4 weeks would be nice, 2 weeks is cutting it short.


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I've camped at Zion dozens of times over the years. I've always been able to drive up and get a non-hookup site.

A couple of tricks: show up during the week, Monday through Thursday. By Friday and through the weekend, forget it.

Arrive at 10AM or earlier.

As someone else pointed out, have a second person scout out sites for you while you are driving the RV. Don't be choosy! Pick the first site that works. All the sites are good, waiting for the perfect site means someone else is grabbing the other sites and you could miss out.

As far as sites with a hookup (electric only by the way), six months in advance. Once you have a non-hookup site, check with the ranger station at the hookup campground. Although they are all booked six months in advance, they do get last minute cancellations, and people do leave early. You can score a hookup site at the last minute that way.

There are no showers at any of the park's campgrounds, in fact, there is no hot water either. Showers can be had directly over the pedestrian bridge in Springdale, easy walk, for $4. Since campsites are so cheap in the National Park, they are still worth it.

It is not unusual to see a long backup of cars into town at the gate of a mile or more. Staying inside the park at a campground, you not only avoid the daily backup, but you have a parking spot inside the park which is hard to find.

We were last there November 2017. The park closed to cars by 1PM as all of the parking was full. No shuttle buses in November, so you were really SOL. In May 2017, we saw the longest bus lines ever! At the visitors center, the bus line looked like straight out of Disney World, serpentine line, going back and forth. We waited through several buses before we were able to get on one.

We've been going to Zion every year since 1979. The crowds have continually grown, and are now huge. They are so popular, and crowded anymore year round, not just during the summer months. We still enjoy Zion, the hiking is excellent and the views are great.
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I think Zion is the Crown Jewel of Utah National Parks, with Arches and Brice very close and tied for second place.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:25 AM   #20
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bill this sounds like branson mo I hate going there but my son lives there. in the 70s lake Ozark was like this one tiny bridge matter the fact the dam was the bridge. come sunday people would wait hours to get out of there this was before the branson experience. someone told me the state and others spent a billion dollars at lake of the Ozarks. now you can fly right through there but with this it has hurt their business! cant win either way!!
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In addition to Snow Canyon and Sand Hollow SPs, there is also Quail Creek SP not far from Sand Hollow in Hurricane. Willow Wind RV park in Hurricane also.
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I think Zion is the Crown Jewel of Utah National Parks, with Arches and Brice very close and tied for second place.
As National Parks go, we love Zion, but our favorites are Arches and Canyonlands. For dispersed camping, Canyonlands is really hard to beat. Perhaps it's that I was born and raised in Utah, and we always frequented the Moab area, but for me it's magical. Another one not to be missed is Dead Horse Point.
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If a big Motor Home is coming from the east and going through the Tunnel then the back up happens. Has anyone you seen the horses Head when you got from east to west? Beautiful as you all say Zion is the queen of parks. How many of you have done angel walk to the top. 2009 was my adventure doing this park, I did Bryce in the middle of winter and Brrrrrrr it was cool up there, but I think the best way to see Bryce is from the back of horse and do the horse ride down below. I agree with Canyonlands and Arches, I can forget about Bryce from the top except when there is a sprinkling of snow then it gets a bit more exciting. How many of you have gone out on the Skywalk on Indian Land? if your afraid of heights I would suggest you not to do it.
2009 in Zion I parked in the parking sites with nothing as I could do well without, also winter time and I would drive my own RV up and down the road, I like it that way better but their bus service is really good to. The bus service at the Grand Canyon is also real good.
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