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Which park in Utah?
« on: December 31, 2015, 12:42:21 AM »
Trying to pick a National Park in Utah to spend 7 days in October.  We have visited Arches and Monument Valley and loved them both. 

 We will want to do short hikes and maybe some fishing if possible.

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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2015, 04:49:13 AM »
I have spent a lot of time in all five parks and they are all spectacular. Having to choose only one would be easy, Zion. Two of the best hikes in the whole park service system are there, Angel's Landing and The Narrow. Plus a great shuttle system so you don't have to use your car. Springdale is within walking distance, a great Imax theater located in the park and Oscar's Cafe which sells the best garlic burger on the planet is in Springdale. And on top of all that Zion Lodge sells the best chocolate ice cream in the world.
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2015, 08:27:04 AM »
What a wonderful problem to have! I just love the Canyonlands/San Rafael/Waterpocket Fold areas. Zion is nice, but the hikes mentioned are very strenuous and I just can't do them. The less rigorous hikes are not enough to take 7 days. Bryce is iffy in October due to its high elevation. It can be glorious or snowy, depending on the year. It is a wonderful place though. You should also take a look at some of the Utah State parks too. Goblin Valley, Deadhorse Point, and Kodachrome Basin are remarkable, and there is a nice slot canyon just a couple of miles away from Kodachrome that is easy to get to.

A lot depends on what you like to do.
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2015, 12:50:38 PM »
capitol reef has some nice trails and should be about empty of visitors that time of year.

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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2015, 01:18:49 PM »
Zion is nice, but the hikes mentioned are very strenuous and I just can't do them.
What? Angel's Landing is a piece of cake, not strenuous at all. Two and a half miles straight up. Just like climbing stairs for three or four hours straight. Check out this video. It may look steep and scary but the video doesn't do it justice. It is much steeper and scarier.

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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2015, 01:38:12 PM »
Moab/Arches area in October for 2016 year is pretty booked already as there are several large rallies and races scheduled so I would avoid there, especially if you have already seen it.

I am a fan of Capitol Reef and in the fall I would bet it would be beautiful.

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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2015, 02:05:20 PM »
I am a fan of Capitol Reef and in the fall I would bet it would be beautiful.
Let's get real here. All of Utah south of I-70 and east of I-15 is beautiful. I think they should just make the entire area one large National Park.
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2015, 02:35:24 PM »
What? Angel's Landing is a piece of cake, not strenuous at all. Two and a half miles straight up. Just like climbing stairs for three or four hours straight. Check out this video. It may look steep and scary but the video doesn't do it justice. It is much steeper and scarier.

https://youtu.be/igI1OFitYFk
I watched it, I don't think so not me but beautiful no doubt. I need an elevator. Area on bucket list never been there.
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2015, 09:29:17 PM »
We like to do the easier hikes.  Two to Three miles at the most at any given time.  The Narrows looks like it would be a great hike. 
We were thinking Oct because of the heat but would Sept be better?  We always try for at least 7 days, I hate leaving an area without seeing everything.

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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2016, 06:27:17 AM »
We like to do the easier hikes.  Two to Three miles at the most at any given time.  The Narrows looks like it would be a great hike. 
We were thinking Oct because of the heat but would Sept be better?  We always try for at least 7 days, I hate leaving an area without seeing everything.
The Narrows is my all time favorite hike. Kids really love the hike. All five parks have plenty of short hikes. IMHO Bryce has the best short hikes.

Climate is what you expect and weather is what you get. No one can predict the weather next fall but generally September is not too hot and October can be too cold. The week after Labor Day is your safest bet.
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2016, 09:50:54 AM »
The issue in Utah in the fall is elevation, not latitude. Bryce is high and gets cold early. Zion is low and stays hot for quite a while. The others are in between. A lot also depends on your temperature tolerance. I don't hit the southern parks until mid-late September (Bryce is the exception, depending on the forecast), but I enjoy cool temperatures and hate the heat. I start heading north or up by early to mid-May too.
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2016, 01:08:59 PM »
Bryce and Zion are two of my favorite places.  Also Goblin S.P. is fun.  Angel's Landing is not for the faint of heart!  But Zion has a lot of other hikes that are less strenuous.  I love the hiking at Bryce.  It is such a neat place.

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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2016, 06:49:01 PM »
Thanks for the feedback. We will probably go in Sept now just to be safe.  Not too hot but before it gets cool.

We have decided to do Zion this year and I am really excited.  Fell in love with Utah when we went to Arches!!
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2016, 08:03:03 PM »
Thanks for the feedback. We will probably go in Sept now just to be safe.  Not too hot but before it gets cool.

We have decided to do Zion this year and I am really excited.  Fell in love with Utah when we went to Arches!!
Excellent choice. Make your reservations at Watchman Campground ASAP. It has full hookups, it is located centrally and fills up fast.
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2016, 09:08:41 PM »
Thanks Seilerbird.  Wasn't even thinking about reservations yet but I guess I'd better get on the ball.
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2016, 02:59:57 AM »
Thanks Seilerbird.  Wasn't even thinking about reservations yet but I guess I'd better get on the ball.
September is a popular month at Zion and it fills fast.
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2016, 11:17:07 AM »
Excellent choice. Make your reservations at Watchman Campground ASAP. It has full hookups, it is located centrally and fills up fast.

Tom,

I don't think Watchman has full hookups; I believe it is still electric only.  But yes, it definitely fills up fast.  When I planned our Utah trip a couple years ago, I put the date on the calendar that reservations opened up for each of the parks we wanted to stay in (including some Utah state parks), so that I could reserve online the minute reservations opened up.  I had already scouted out  3 or 4 sites in each CG that were my "top picks".  As I recall, at Watchman, within a couple minutes of reservations opening, all but one of my top picks had been reserved. 

If you do plan to reserve at Watchman, I recommend thoroughly researching the different sites to make sure you find one that will work with your rig.  Although sites are bigger than at many NPs, not all of them are very big.  In addition to the descriptions at the reservations.gov site, campsitephotos.com has photos of all the sites.

One final note:  the bathroom facilities at Watchman do not have showers.  Therefore, you have to shower in your rig and if you are staying for a week, may have to either conserve water or pack up and dump once during the week.  I was there with my family of five and I think only for three nights.  The kids spent a lot of time in the river in lieu of bathing.  :-) 
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2016, 11:25:02 AM »
Tom,

I don't think Watchman has full hookups; I believe it is still electric only.  But yes, it definitely fills up fast.  When I planned our Utah trip a couple years ago, I put the date on the calendar that reservations opened up for each of the parks we wanted to stay in (including some Utah state parks), so that I could reserve online the minute reservations opened up.  I had already scouted out  3 or 4 sites in each CG that were my "top picks".  As I recall, at Watchman, within a couple minutes of reservations opening, all but one of my top picks had been reserved. 

If you do plan to reserve at Watchman, I recommend thoroughly researching the different sites to make sure you find one that will work with your rig.  Although sites are bigger than at many NPs, not all of them are very big.  In addition to the descriptions at the reservations.gov site, campsitephotos.com has photos of all the sites.

One final note:  the bathroom facilities at Watchman do not have showers.  Therefore, you have to shower in your rig and if you are staying for a week, may have to either conserve water or pack up and dump once during the week.  I was there with my family of five and I think only for three nights.  The kids spent a lot of time in the river in lieu of bathing.  :-)

You are correct Scott, they only have electric hookups but there is a dump station in the campground. And you are correct that it is challenging for larger rigs to drive around. It is a very old campground built before large RVs were in vogue. And you are correct there are no showers however there is a shower for $5 within walking distance at the store near the entrance.
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2016, 11:54:50 AM »
You are correct Scott, they only have electric hookups but there is a dump station in the campground. And you are correct that it is challenging for larger rigs to drive around. It is a very old campground built before large RVs were in vogue. And you are correct there are no showers however there is a shower for $5 within walking distance at the store near the entrance.

I probably should have added this to my post, lest it sound negative.  Even with those minor inconveniences, I would still prefer to stay in the park rather than at one of the commercial CGs outside the park.  But that's just the way our family is wired (we've actually never stayed at a commercial CG in three years of RVing, only Natl., State, and County parks).
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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2016, 05:39:09 PM »
We are planning trip to Utah this winter. We like cooler weather and fewer people... Anyone been to Watchman late Feb. early March? We want to do some hiking... plan on staying a week.. Have our dog and know NP rules, so will hike with her outside of park and do some shorter hikes during the week. We are used to Yellowstone with lots of driving and looking... Never been to Zion, I am thinking we will be able to do some drives during that time, shuttle is not running yet??

thoughts, week too long.. Any favorite sites? Our RV is only 26', so not huge! Riverfront sites already booked...

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Re: Which park in Utah?
« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2016, 05:49:49 PM »
No the shuttle does not run in the winter but there is not a lot of roads to drive in Zion. Lots of great hikes though. However the Pa'rus Trail does allow dogs (and bikes). It is a beautiful trail about two miles long that goes from Canyon Junction to the campgrounds and follows the Virgin River.
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