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Bryce/Zion alternatives

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Bryce/Zion alternatives

We rented an RV for the Memorial Day weekend and the week following planning to do a trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion, but did not get a reserved RV spot at either Bryce or Zion. Should we roll the dice and hope we get a non-res spot (we've never been so don't know how busy this will be)? Are there other alternative parks that may have openings? We weren't planning to take a car because we wanted to stay in the parks. Hubby is tempted to just cancel the whole trip!

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1. Re: Bryce/Zion alternatives

Welcome to the forum.

This will be an extremely busy weekend. I wouldn't leave it up to chance. Look for areas outside of the parks and also commercial campgrounds. Staying in the parks is best, but a 30-minute commute won't kill you.

At Zion look into Zion Ponderosa Ranch and the town of Hurricane. Even ST. George is less than an hour away.

For Bryce, you could try Red Canyon or Kodachrome Basin and the nearby towns of Tropic and Panguitch for RV parks. There may be others.

Good luck.

Edited: 16 May 2018, 01:41
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2. Re: Bryce/Zion alternatives

Also get early starts on your mornings, so you can avoid crowds and get parking within the parks. The earlier the better.

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Look at the commercial campgrounds like Rubys at Bryce or the one in Springdale.

Or look into boondocking.You are self sufficient in an RV.

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Check out the little video they have.

Edited: 16 May 2018, 01:51
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I guess my main question if we don't stay in the park is how do we get to the park? We won't have a car, just the RV -- and I've never RV'ed before. Do you just drive it into the park for the day, then back to the campsite at night?

Edited: 16 May 2018, 01:58
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5. Re: Bryce/Zion alternatives

Yes, you would have to leave your site each day and travel in the RV and then back to camp each night. What size did you get? The larger it is, the more cumbersome to set up and break down each day for travel. Each RV is different. Some have panels that extend outward to create more room inside. Usually it is leveled and secured and then you tied in the plumbing and electrical hookups.Some folks tow a separate vehicle for day trips, but that doesn't sounds like what you'll be doing. You may consider bagging the RV and just getting a rental car and hotels.

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6. Re: Bryce/Zion alternatives

Do not leave this to chance. Try to book a site at the Ruby’s Inn campground near the entrance to Bryce. You can take the park shuttle from there. At Zion, try to get a spot at the Zion Canyon Campground and RV Park in the town of Springdale. You can take the town shuttle from the to connect to the mandatory shuttle to access Zion.

If you stay somewhere outside the Bryce area, you can drive the RV to,the shuttle parking area and take the shuttle. It will be more complicated at Zion. The only free parking for Zion is at the park visitor center. If you don’t get there by 8 am, you probably won’t get a parking spot there. That means you will have to look for a paid parking spot in the town of Springdale. That could be tricky with an RV.

My suggestion is to cancel the RV and book hotel rooms....if you can even get them at this late date.

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7. Re: Bryce/Zion alternatives

You may want to consider Kanab, Utah just 30 minutes from the east end of Zion National Park. Many RV places in Kanab versus the west end (start looking now). Also check out hipcamp. You could drive all day at Zion in a rental car from Kanab (Xpress Rental) and leave the big RV parked in Kanab. Way easier to get around, park, etc. Believe me, Zion is so beautiful you won't mind backtracking to get home to the RV to rest for one night in Kanab. The next day you could drive to Bryce. I try to stay out of St. George and Hurricane. Kanab is very friendly, cooler temps, less traffic.

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8. Re: Bryce/Zion alternatives

Starley’s advice about getting a rental car in addition to the RV is the best! You don’t want to try and move your house with you everywhere during the holiday travel week. You’ll spend way too much time looking for places to park, and likely having to walk very long distances once you do.

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9. Re: Bryce/Zion alternatives

Regarding Kanab - it's a horrible base for Zion. You are talking about a 1.5 hour drive one way to get to where the shuttles pick you up - you have to drive all the way through Zion to the west entrance to get to the visitors center. So 3 hours of back and forth time per day. Then since you are there so late you have no chance of beating the crowds. The visitors center parking will likely be full forcing you to hunt for somewhere to pay to park in Springdale. Then you have to wait in lines to get a shuttle to Zion. Then you have to wait in lines to get on the shuttle into the main canyon.

It's just not a practical way to go.

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