Lu Anne Frost
On this circuit we are going to visit five of Utah’s National Parks and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. There will be spectacular views, lots of hiking, kayaking, dancing as often as we can find it, and four-wheeling opportunities. In Canyonlands, our first stop, we will visit The Needles for hiking and four wheeling. From there we will go to Moab and visit the other half of Canyonlands, Island in the Sky, for expansive views from many overlooks and fabulous hiking. Then we will visit Arches National Park, for a red rock wonderland of hoodoos and arches. The hiking, kayaking and four wheeling in Arches and the Moab area are endless, and the scenery never gets old. From Arches we will head to Capitol Reef for cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges. Then it’s down Route 12, one of America’s most beautiful routes, to Bryce Canyon for the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. Bryce Canyon offers many hiking opportunities, as well as mountain biking, and a paved bicycle/pedestrian trail. And don’t forget the weekly Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo at Ruby’s Inn. After we ooh and aah in Bryce we will head to Utah’s first national park, Zion, where we will gaze at massive sandstone cliffs and hike to Angel’s landing and other notoriously named perches. While we are camped near Zion we will visit the Town of Kanab, Utah and the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. The last stop on the circuit will be the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, where we will see more beautiful views, take more fabulous hikes, and possibly see Bison. The North Rim is scheduled to open May 15 for the 2018 season. Please join us for a fabulous circuit of five of Utah’s National Parks and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Hiking, petroglyphs, biking, scenic drive, sunrises and sunsets, 4-wheeling
Free parking across the road from Newspaper Rock on NF land.
From Monticello go N on Hwy 191, then W on Hwy 211 toward Newspaper Rock, the pullout is on the left at mile marker 9.
GPS COORDINATES ARE TO THE JUNCTION OF HWY 191 AND HWY 211
N38.074224, W109.350360 - Click on link to see Google Map
There are many hiking and mountain biking opportunities in this area. Take a scenic drive; catch the amazing colors of the Southwestern sunrises and sunsets. Go 4-wheeling. Kayak or tube the Colorado River.
Big Bend Campground (BLM), “first come, first served”, (435) 259-2100. Dry camping, no amenities.
2 miles North of Moab on SR-191, turn right (NE) on SR-128 and travel 7.5 miles. The campgrounds are on the left along the Colorado River. If there are not enough spaces at Big Bend there are several other campgrounds on SR 128. There are several places in Moab for dump and water.
38.64716, -109.48008 - Click on link to see Google Map
There are many hiking and biking opportunities, and amazing scenery in this part of Utah. Visit Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Kodachrome Basin State Park. Mother’s Day is May 13
Capitol Reef Campground Highway 24, (435) 425-3791, National Forest, Free, no amenities. OR Thousand Lakes on the west side of Torrey. Water and sewer for $39.50/night or dry camping at $16/night or $96/week. Restaurant, pool, gift shop and dump. 5 miles from Capitol Reef.
Stay on Highway 24 towards Torrey, Utah. Campground will be on your right.
N38.281908, W111.248652 - Click on link to see Google Map
Hiking, biking, scenic drive, bus tour, Ruby’s Inn
Boondocking on NF land near Ruby’s Inn or in Panguitch, UT depending on the weather, it can be muddy this time of year. Paradise RV Park in Panguitch has decent rates, full hookups or boon docking.
PANGUITCH, UT GPS N37.822755, W112.435764
RUBY'S INN GPS N37.673614, W112.157371
This area will be scouted by the Coordinator in advance and parking information will be relayed to the group.
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Hiking in Zion National Park, scenic drives through the Park, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, “The Wave” lottery in Kanab. Four wheeling at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes.
Mt. Carmel Junction – Hwys 9 and 89; gravel parking lot
There is no Verizon service at this parking location. There is WiFi at the Thunderbird Motel and Restaurant 1/4 mile up on Hwy 89 and “Ho made” Pie too! Memorial Day is May 28.
N37.216122,W112.683666 - Click on link to see Google Map
Hiking, Interpretive Ranger Programs, trail rides (1 hr, ½ day or trips into the Grand Canyon), scenic drive, smooth water raft trips
Kaibab National Forest. Close to Highway 67 to get into the Grand Canyon National Park, plenty of spaces all along route 22.
From Kanab, take Highway 89Alt south to Jacob Lake, AZ. From Jacob Lake, take Highway 67 south to the North Rim. Route 22 will be on the right about 5 miles from the Park entrance.
N36.401567, W112.137511 - Click on link to see Google Map