Utah Circuit 2018

UTAH CIRCUIT

COORDINATOR:

Lu Anne Frost

frostbites57@hotmail.com

928-205-0006

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.


NEWSPAPER ROCK/CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UT (The Needles)

May 1, 2018 to May 5, 2018
Activity Ideas

Hiking, petroglyphs, biking, scenic drive, sunrises and sunsets, 4-wheeling

Parking Location

Free parking across the road from Newspaper Rock on NF land.

Directions and Other Information

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

GPS Coordinates

N38.074224, W109.350360 - Click on link to see Google Map


MOAB/ARCHES NATIONAL PARK/CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UT (Island in the Sky)

May 5, 2018 to May 10, 2018
Activity Ideas

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.

Parking Location

Big Bend Campground (BLM), “first come, first served”, (435) 259-2100. Dry camping, no amenities.

Directions and Other Information

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.

GPS Coordinates

38.64716, -109.48008 - Click on link to see Google Map

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CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK, UT

May 10, 2018 to May 16, 2018
Activity Ideas

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

 

Parking Location

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.

Directions and Other Information

Stay on Highway 24 towards Torrey, Utah. Campground will be on your right.

GPS Coordinates

N38.281908, W111.248652 - Click on link to see Google Map

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BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UT

May 16, 2018 to May 21, 2018
Activity Ideas

Hiking, biking, scenic drive, bus tour, Ruby’s Inn

Parking Location

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.

Directions and Other Information

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.

GPS Coordinates

- Click on link to see Google Map

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ZION NATIONAL PARK, UT (Mt. Carmel Junction)

May 21, 2018 to May 29, 2018
Activity Ideas

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.

Parking Location

Mt. Carmel Junction – Hwys 9 and 89; gravel parking lot

Directions and Other Information

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.

GPS Coordinates

N37.216122,W112.683666 - Click on link to see Google Map

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NORTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON, AZ

May 29, 2018 to June 1, 2018
Activity Ideas

Hiking, Interpretive Ranger Programs, trail rides (1 hr, ½ day or trips into the Grand Canyon), scenic drive, smooth water raft trips

Parking Location

Kaibab National Forest. Close to Highway 67 to get into the Grand Canyon National Park, plenty of spaces all along route 22.

Directions and Other Information

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.

GPS Coordinates

N36.401567, W112.137511 - Click on link to see Google Map

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