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Old 08-19-2019, 05:56 PM   #21
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Default Re: Grand Canyon Suggestions!

I SOOO regret doing Hwy 12 in a day..... I'll be there again in mid Oct and plan to spend 4-5 days exploring it
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Old 08-19-2019, 09:40 PM   #22
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My general path...I think....
At the scale, it's a little hard to tell ... but ...
I think the dot just barely below your "23 hours" marker is the town of Panguitch
A bit south of that is where Utah 12 heads east from US 89.

If you drive about 3 miles east along Utah 12, you'll find Red Canyon National Forest, with a pretty good forest service campground more or less "across the street" from the visitor center. (they may even have powered sites ... i forget... they do have showers and flush toilets) Very handy when Bryce is full (as it always is). Also much lower altitude (in case you get headaches).



There are easy trails behind the visitor center for clamboring around among the "red rocks" seen in the background of that photo.



The "drive through rock arch" that's a semi-signature of Bryce Canyon is less than 2 miles east of the campground on Utah 12. (repairs were completed 2 days later)



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Im just going to print this whole thread out before I leave. And grab some more detailed paper maps...I hate navigating on a screen....must be the backpacker in me.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:34 PM   #24
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De Lorme makes some superb map books. Hi res, huge scale. About $25 per state, if I recall correctly.

Also, I see that you're going through Moab. Lucky you. If you can spare about three hours, Dead Horse Point State Park, NW of Moab will knock yer sox off. Here it is. As good as the Grand Canyon, IMHO.

Jon at Dead Horse Pano-1.jpg

Several good campgrounds in the Canyonlands NP and Dead Horse Point SP area.

Arches NP is superb, too, but you'd have to get in line at dawn. Very popular in summer. Amazing campground there. A wonderland for kids.
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Default Re: Grand Canyon Suggestions!

We also prefer/use the DeLorme Gazetteer series of maps. (red covers)
We've also started bringing along the Benchmark at times, but in most cases it's the DeLorme we rely on.

DeLorme.jpg

They can be found in hunting/fishing stores, some WalMarts, bookstores, department stores.
(and Amazon, and the companies' sites themselves)

Updates roughly every 5 years.

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p.s. typical difference: the Benchmark will have "selected" campgrounds, the DeLorme tends to have them all .. but the Benchmark might have a non-descript dot on the side of a road which is a boat-launch or other pull-out that might serve for dry camping.
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Weve done arches and were fortunate enough to hit it on a day where the weather was 36 degrees and spitting rain. It chased most of the crowds off and the wet rocks made for some absolutely spectacular sights.

Cold, wet and happy!! Such good memories!!! Going through these makes me so itchy to get on the road!!!!




One of my favorite photos of my daughter, it totally captures her


Hiking in Bryce



And the chaos of 4 people in a 19 foot van..I love it so much...the van is the best thing I have ever done...the best thing ive ever spent WAY too much money on.


One of the best things about the van is the community...both on here and on the road....were always running into sprinter people and sharing insights, stories and sometimes drinks. Amazing times!!

Thanks again for all the insights!!!!!!!

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