Salt Lake City—Your First Stop for RV Camping Adventures

You may have passed through Salt Lake City on your way to California camping or a Rocky Mountain vacation, but did you know that there are dozens of places to play within a few hours’ drive of Utah’s largest city? From mountain-studded national forests to the starkly beautiful national parks of southern Utah, it’s all easy to access when you start in Salt Lake City.

You probably already know that the city is bordered on the east by the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, stretching two million acres, from northern Utah into Idaho and Wyoming. Plenty of national forest RV camping is available in the Wasatch National Forest closest to our starting point, so pick a place to explore and get started.

Another beautiful spot for RV adventures near Salt Lake City is just an hour southeast, at Wasatch Mountain State Park. With a nice mixture of modern campground amenities and outdoor recreation possibilities, this is a prime spot for RV campers new to the Salt Lake City area.

While camping at Wasatch Mountain State Park, you’ll have the chance to play a round on one of the state park’s four golf courses, enjoy scenic drives and hiking trails and visit historic sites, all within the park’s boundaries. You can reach this outdoor wonderland by following I-80 E from Salt Lake City to the junction with US-189 and then south forty miles to the park entrance.

When you’re ready to venture farther south of the city for national park RV camping, you’re in for a treat. Within a five hour drive south of Salt Lake City are a half dozen national parks, each with its own special appeal. From the green and crimson canyons of Zion National Park to the hundreds of natural stone arches in Arches National Park, campers will find unforgettable landscapes in every direction. Here’s a list of the national parks south of Salt Lake City that you’ll want to add to your camping vacation itinerary.

  • Arches National Park – near Moab, UT, with more than one hundred square miles of red rock arches to discover by scenic drive, hiking or canyoneering.
  • Zion National Park – four and a half hours south of Salt Lake City via I-
    Zion National Park

    Zion National Park

    15, waits to amaze RV travelers with the sight of enormous sandstone cliffs turned shades of pink and red by time.

  • Bryce Canyon National Park – tucked between I-15 and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, promises memorable views and once-in-a-lifetime hiking through gigantic sandstone ‘hoodoos’ and spires.
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument – just east of Bryce Canyon, is a vacation in itself, an area the size of a small state filled with slot canyons, plateaus swooping upward from the desert floor and wilderness areas filled with hidden waterfalls and streams.
  • Capitol Reef National Park – north of Grand Staircase, is a completely different experience for RV campers Visit the Fruita Historic District to learn about Southern Utah’s early settlers and then plan time to hike or take a scenic drive to see the multi-colored canyons formed by this giant ‘fold’.
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell – in far southern Utah, has outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone. Scenic drives, trails and the blue, blue water of Lake Powell will lead you to red rock canyons, historic sites and impossibly tall rock formations. Don’t forget to make the trip to Glen Canyon Dam; the tour is worth the drive! 

Southern Utah travel tip: RV travelers to southern Utah may find it easier to make reservations at private RV campgrounds that surround these national parks, as the campsites within most parks fill early. Fortunately, quality RV parks abound in Southern Utah, so just remember to make reservations before you come. 

Didn’t we say there’s a lot to see and do when you begin your RV camping adventures in Salt Lake City? Pick one or two or stretch out RV camping season and see them all. The state and national parks spread across the Beehive State are sure to become a part of your favorite RV travel memories.

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Nine State Park Campgrounds to Kickstart RV Camping Season

What plans have you made for camping on Memorial Day Weekend and beyond? With the beauty of America’s state parks just waiting to be enjoyed, there’s no time like the present to find your favorites in the comfort of a motorhome or travel trailer.

If you need some help deciding where to go first, why not use our list below of nine state park campgrounds that RV campers love to visit? Then build your own list and be sure to let us know in the comments section where you plan to go RV camping this season.

Nine State Park Campgrounds for RV Camping

  1. Salt Point State Park – California

“Camping by the rocky Pacific shore, just off iconic Highway 1 north of San Francisco”. Doesn’t that sound like a splendid way to kick off camping season? With coastal trails, an underwater park for divers and coves just waiting to show you the best views of the summer, there’s no reason not to add Salt Point State Park to your camping itinerary.

  1. Pocahontas State Park – Virginia

Fishing, paddling and more bring RV camping families to this state park near Chesterfield, VA. Besides the many miles of hiking, mountain biking and multi-use trails, you’ll find an Aquatic Center for swimming with the kids, Beaver Lake where you can rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboats and Swift Creek Lake, where the largemouth bass can be legendary. It’s just three hours north of Roanoke, VA and easy to access from Richmond and Norfolk, too, so why not make this park a goal for this summer?

  1. Grayton Beach State Park – Florida

Sugar sand beach, a scenic coastal dune lake and a pleasant RV campground—that’s what you’ll find at Grayton Beach State Park on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Not only can you play on the beach and hike the trails through coastal forest and dunes, you’ll also enjoy Western Lake, a prime spot for paddling and fishing.

  1. Golden Gate Canyon State Park – Colorado

Why not kick off the summer camping season by picking up your Denver RV rental and then heading west (and a little north) just thirty miles to Golden Gate Canyon State Park? Your camping party will find twelve-thousand-acres of rocky, tree-lined trails, be surprised by clear mountain lakes and, in the midst of all that, enjoy modern, convenient RV campsites.

  1. Elk Neck State Park – Maryland

About an hour and a half northeast of Baltimore, jutting out into Chesapeake Bay, is a wonderful place where hiking, lighthouse viewing, swimming and RV camping are just the beginning of the adventure. Elk Neck State Park, on the peninsula between Chesapeake and the Elk River, offers a whole vacation full of interesting things to do. Bonus: Nature photographers are going to love the trails, the seaside cliffs and the wealth of wildlife this gorgeous state park promises.

  1. Mills Norrie State Park – New York

What if you could pick up your RV rental near New York City and then drive north a couple of hours to a wooded paradise on the Hudson River? Would that help you jump into summer RV camping season? Then a visit to Mills Norrie State Park is in order! Wooded, no-hookups campsites with views of the river, trails through forests and to state historic sites, a legendary public golf course, a river marina and an on-site environmental center round out the perfect spot for a summer vacation on the Hudson.

  1. Clear Lake State Park – California

Just a couple of hours northwest of Sacramento is the chance to camp on the shores of California’s largest freshwater lake. Clear Lake State Park is a bass angler’s dream that also promises shaded campsites, hiking and interpretive trails and a visitor’s center. Bring the boat and plan to stay awhile!

  1. Shabbona Lake State Park – Illinois

Drive an hour straight west from our Glen Ellyn El Monte RV Rentals location and you’ll find Shabbona Lake, the “Muskie Capitol of Illinois”. Besides great fishing, your crew can rent kayaks and discover the lake’s scenic shoreline, hike the woodland trails and enjoy the amenities at the state park’s well-managed campground.

  1. Palisade State Park – Utah

A place to play for everyone—that’s the best way to describe the playground two hours south of Salt Lake City. Palisade State Park, home to Palisade Reservoir (great trout fishing here!), is also home to a public golf course, an expansive campground, miles of hiking trails and OHV trails in a high desert canyon. What could be better for kicking off summer camping season?

These are just nine of the places people like to play when they go state park RV camping in America. Let us know where you like to go, and as always, let us know if we can help with an RV rental.

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US89 – An Epic Two-Lane RV Road Trip through Six National Parks

When you get the yen to slow things down and leave the interstate behind, America’s two-lane highways can lead to some pretty amazing places. US89 traverses the Western US from northern Montana to Flagstaff, AZ, with the chance to visit six of our country’s national parks along the way. Ready to find out why US89 is on many an RV traveler’s ‘got-to-drive-it’ list?

US89 RV Camping Itinerary

Let’s start our journey at the highway’s northern US terminus—Piegan, Montana. You’ll be skimming along the eastern side of Glacier National Park, so don’t miss the chance to experience the Northern Rockies by camping in Glacier NP and hiking at least one of the park’s seven hundred miles of trails. There’s nothing quite like topping a rise to be greeted by the sight of a glacial lake!

Bonus Glacier National Park RV travel tip: if you’re coming from the Pacific Northwest, swing through Seattle to pick up your RV rental as you come.

Let’s keep moving! Quaint mountain towns like White Sulphur Springs, MT will keep things interesting as you make your way south on US89 to Wyoming and the wonders of Yellowstone National Park. On the way, you’ll have passed through Lewis and Clark National Forest, another natural treasure worth spending time getting to know.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Once US89 reaches Yellowstone at Gardiner, follow the Grand Loop Road south through Mammoth to Old Faithful (not clearly marked as US89 within the park). Take the time to visit as many of the national park’s scenic wonders as you can, including Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Camping in Yellowstone is also a ‘don’t miss’, so make your reservations before you come.

Get ready for the jaw-dropping splendor of the Teton Range as you follow US89 (marked as John D Rockefeller, JR Memorial Parkway) from Yellowstone’s southern border into Grand Teton National Park. The rugged beauty of this national park will lure you to hike one more trail, take one more photo and wonder why it took you so long to visit. Whether you prefer ‘dry camping’ in the forest or a full-hookups site at the foot of a mountain, there’s the perfect place to come RV camping in Grand Teton NP.

When you’re ready to roll south again, the scenic route continues to the famed mountain resort town of Jackson, WY, continuing along the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Snake River and through Star Valley, surrounded the entire time by national forests. You’ll cross over into Idaho and then swing south toward the bright blue waters of Bear Lake at the Utah border. If you’re ready to stop for the night, numerous campgrounds in the Bear Lake State Park area will be right along your route.

Keep following US89 south from Bear Lake as it becomes Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway and then south through iconic Utah towns like Brigham City and Ogden on your way to Salt Lake City. The Wasatch Range, Temple Square, the Great Salt Lake and Wasatch-Cache National Forest offer RV travelers along US89 in Utah plenty of places to stop and explore.

And then it’s south again along the Jordan River, through valley towns where Utah’s Mormon heritage is celebrated and the cool, green beauty of Manti-La Sal National Forest. Palisade State Park’s RV campsites come highly recommended, if you need a place to stop just off the highway.

From Palisade State Park to Utah’s southern border, your RV trip along US89 will be, in a word, “breathtaking.” Utah’s southern National Parks are unlike any other region in the country. Take the quick side trip east to Bryce Canyon National Park to photograph red rock hoodoos and spires and hike a canyon trail. Spend the night in one of this park’s inexpensive campsites before swinging back west to US89 and Zion National Park.

The canyon trails, waterways and multi-colored vistas that bring visitors to Zion National Park will encourage US89 travelers to stay awhile. Whether it’s a scenic drive through Kolob Canyons or a hike through The Narrows, there’s a way for everyone to experience the wonders of Zion. Campgrounds fill early in warm weather, so plan to arrive in the morning.

We’ve saved the best, or at least, the best-known, stop along US89 for last. Grand Canyon National Park north of Flagstaff, Arizona is the final stop on this itinerary. But before we reach the ‘big one’, enjoy the trip as US89 swings east through the magnificent cliffs and canyons of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to cross Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Your camera will be clicking as the blue waters of Lake Powell contrast with surrounding red rock formations for one-of-a-kind vistas.

Once you’ve made your way to the Grand Canyon, choose your favorite campground and set up camp, then let the convenient shuttle service transport you to the national park’s most famous attractions. From Yavapai Point to the Skywalk, there are trails, scenic overlooks and photo opportunities enough for a lifetime of exploration.

Ready to find your own treasured travel memories on US89? There’s no better way to experience the American West than with an RV camping trip from point to point, national park to national park, on this iconic roadway. You can even explore further south along the ‘traditional route’ of US89 all the way to Nogales, Mexico!

No matter where you choose to travel on US Route 89, there’s an RV rental nearby, so don’t let lack of a motorhome slow you down. It’s an epic journey and one every adventurous RV traveler should embark upon at least once. Let us know about your US89 adventures!

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Six Spectacular RV Camping Trips to Find Fall Color

Chase a splash of red up a mountain road, and be rewarded by an endless valley filled with autumn colors. Wake up in your RV campground to the blaze of red and gold glory all around. That’s the beauty of an RV camping trip to find fall color.

These six spectacular trips offer a banquet of autumn beauty to RV travelers. It’s not too late to plan your itinerary!

  1. Gatlinburg, Tennessee:  Located on the northern boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and half a day’s drive from Louisville, KY, Gatlinburg is one of our favorite autumn destinations. Use it as your starting point for one of the many scenic drives through the National Park to net a camera full of autumn color.
  1. Bristol, Rhode Island:  There’s never a bad time of year to drive Rhode Island’s coastal highways, and autumn there is particularly memorable. From the grounds of the Blithewold Mansion to the autumn wonders of Colt State Park on Narragansett Bay, RV travelers will find their fill of fall color in Bristol. RV vacation bonus—it’s a short drive via I-95 from Boston!
  1. Park City, Utah:  If you find yourself RV camping near Salt Lake City this autumn, take the time to visit Park City, less than an hour east on I-80. That’s where to start your journey through miles and miles of golden aspen as you follow the Provo Canyon Scenic Byway, with a side trip up the Alpine Scenic Loop “Backway” through Sundance. Don’t miss this Western wonder of nature!
  1. Grand County, Colorado:  The county and forest roads around the Rocky Mountain towns of Granby, Grand Lake, Winter Park and Fraser reveal some of
    Fall Foliage

    Fall Foliage

    Colorado’s best fall foliage. About an hour and a half from Denver, Grand County RV campers can find hours of autumn color along byways like County Road 50 (Church Park Rd) west of
    Fraser and Hwy 34 from Grand Lake to Granby. Autumn travel extra—keep an ear open for elk bugling during fall mating season!

  1. Tioga County, Pennsylvania:  Here’s an RV traveling family’s chance to see the PA Grand Canyon, as well as unforgettable autumn vistas! Tioga County, PA, a couple hours’ west of Kingston, boasts charming towns like Wellsboro, where quaint shops and homes are surrounded by glorious hardwoods in full autumn blaze. Follow the county roads between Ansonia, Wellsboro and Colton Point State Park for your best fall camping trip photos.
  1. Galena, Illinois:  As your motorhome rolls into Galena, Illinois, be prepared to be charmed! This Mississippi River town along the Great River Road blends abundant autumn leaves, streets winding up scenic hillsides and Victorian homes and shops galore. About three hours west of Chicago, Galena is one of the finest places to find fall foliage in the Midwest.

Admit it, you’re hoping to make an RV trip into the countryside to witness the beauty of autumn foliage. Use these suggested itineraries to start your trip planning, and don’t forget to give us a call if you’re in need of an RV rental. This autumn promises to be spectacular! Don’t miss the chance to see it for yourself with an RV camping trip to find fall color.

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Cedar City, Utah—RV Camping in the Center of Fun

Ready for a place to park your RV with abundant outdoor adventure close at hand? Cedar City, Utah, about halfway between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, is ground zero for outdoor recreation.

Why so much back-to-nature fun near Cedar City? Southwest Utah and its amazing variety of national parks and forests is all within an easy drive from your Cedar City RV campground.  Come along as we do a quick tour of the outdoor wonderlands you’ll want to visit.

Zion National Park

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Zion National Park – Angel’s Landing

No motorhome trip to Cedar City and Southern Utah is complete without a visit to Zion National Park. Home to awe-inspiring redrock cliffs and canyons, Zion is just fifty miles south of Cedar City. Once you’re there, your outdoor fun can take the shape of wading the Narrows Trail down the Virgin River, hiking, biking or driving the scenic wonders of the Kolob Canyons or making it your mission to discover the Park’s outstanding waterfalls. No matter what kind of recreation gets you out into nature, you’ll come back to your campground filled with tales to share.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Get ready to be blown away by the raw beauty of this half-mile deep, three mile wide amphitheater in the mountains thirty minutes east of Cedar City. You’ll climb to ten thousand feet and then watch as the earth drops away in spectacular fashion at the rim of this remarkable formation. Bold hoodoos and spires can be spotted on the canyon floor and the entire Cedar Breaks formation is one glorious vacation photo in the making.

Ways to get outdoors and explore? Pack gear for rain and sudden drops in temperature and then explore one of the Monument’s trails. Whether you’re up for the high altitude, challenging Spectra Point Trail or choose to explore the forests, flower-filled meadows and ancient rock formation along the Alpine Pond Trail, have your camera ready. It’s going to be memorable!

Dixie National Forest

Campers who desire an authentic wilderness experience will find it just a half-hour drive from Cedar City. Dixie National Forest, two million acres of red rock and limestone canyons, high desert plateaus and dramatic mountain gorges, can be as remote and isolated an adventure as you choose.

Four wilderness areas—Ashdown Gorge, Box-Death Hollow, Cottonwood Forest and Pine Valley Mountain—each hold mystery and beauty that only travelers willing to take the challenge will discover. Even a short hike along one of the marked trails will give you a sense of America as it appeared to its earliest inhabitants. Don’t miss it!

Bryce Canyon National Park

One more wondrous spot outdoor adventurers will want to visit on an RV camping trip to Cedar City is Bryce Canyon National Park. Located eighty miles east across the southern end of Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon defies accurate description, with countless limestone hoodoos, scenic overlooks and pine forests that seem to grow from bare rock everywhere you look. Hiking a canyon trail or looking out over miles of baffling limestone formations will inspire awe and create wonderful vacation memories. RV Travel Tip:  RV parking outside the campgrounds at Bryce is limited to overflow lots, so plan to take your towed vehicle from Cedar City or take advantage of the free shuttle that stops at RV parking areas.  It will take you to all major attractions within the park with hop-on, hop-off privileges.

Cedar City Area Mountain Biking

A bonus tip for outdoor adventurers coming to Cedar City: the mountain biking here is outrageous! Use this guide to Cedar City/Brian Head mountain biking trails to plan your own two-wheeled trek through some of the prettiest terrain ever. 

Before we go, have we mentioned that Cedar City’s cooler temps, thanks to its five thousand feet elevation, make it the perfect summer RV getaway? When you come back to your campground, take the time to visit Cedar City’s own historic and cultural attractions, including a nationally famous Shakespeare Festival held all summer long!

Summer’s the time to visit Cedar City by RV, when mountain roads are clear to millions of acres of national parks and forests. Come for top-notch Utah RV camping and discover the center of outdoor fun.

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Through Utah’s Arches and Canyons on an RV Expedition

You haven’t seen true natural beauty until you’ve seen the arches and canyons of the American Southwest!  Years of erosion from wind and water have shaped the terrain of Utah into soft, flowing valleys and towering spires of rock.  Utah’s arches and canyons should be on your “must visit” vacation list, and you’ll need several days to take in every amazing sight.  In order to do this vacation right, pick up an El Monte RV in Salt Lake City or get an RV rental from a location closer to your home from one of the other numerous El Monte RV rental locations found throughout the U.S. and then get ready for the expedition of a lifetime!

Amazing Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah

Amazing Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah

Your first destination should be Dead Horse Point State Park.  Despite its name, the park is anything but dead!  The most famous feature of the park is the view from the top of a 2,000 foot prominence above a “gooseneck curve” in the Colorado River.  Over the millennia, the river has carved its way deep into the rock of the park, leaving layer after layer of fantastic, multi-colored rock.  The sight of the river’s slow and steady meandering journey through the landscape will take your breath away.

A short drive away you’ll find Arches National Park.  The name may be simple, but there’s a reason this is a world-famous destination for lovers of the great outdoors.  You have to see the natural arches to believe them.  The graceful arcs of stone look like they shouldn’t be able to stand on their own.  The longest, Landscape Arch, is an incredible 306 feet long!  After you’ve finished snapping pictures, take some time to sit back and simply enjoy the view!

If you’re ready to find an even more hands-on approach towards examining the arches, check out the Moab Adventure Center to sign up for some rock climbing and canyoneering.  At the Adventure Center, expert guides will help you suit up and scramble over hundreds of feet of red rock.  You can even rappel down into chasms or off a giant arch!

After getting up close and personal, the next best way to see the parks is from up high.  The best way to do that is by way of a hot air balloon!  Canyonlands Ballooning will take your group up, up and away over Moab, Utah, and all of the incredible surrounding countryside.  The expansive view of the landscape can’t really be comprehended until you take it all in slowly from the sky.

Incredible Capture of the Double Arches and MIlky Way, Arches National Park, Utah

Incredible Capture of the Double Arches and MIlky Way, Arches National Park, Utah

Another view you can’t get anywhere else isn’t just from the sky – it’s of the sky itself.  Far from bright city lights, take your RV out at night to meet up with Redrock Astronomy.  After arriving at a designated “dark sky site,” Redrock Astronomy will regale you with tales of how early Native Americans understood the universe and their relation to the stars.  You’ll get to examine those stars through a high-powered telescope and see them with a level of clarity that’s impossible to attain near towns and cities.

The arches and canyons of Utah are like a whole different world.  Pick up an El Monte RV motor home today and you can head out on an expedition you’ll remember for your entire life!   Remember to plan ahead and reserve your camp site inside the Arches National Park HERE!  For information on locating other RV campground locations CLICK HERE.

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Picture Credits: Panoramic Arches National Park by Bruno Monginoux and Double Arches under Milky Way by John Fowler, both licensed under Flickr Creative Commons
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2013 Paiute Trail Jamboree

RV camping fans who are also ATV / UTV fans may want to take note of the upcoming Paiute Trail Jamboree. The 5th annual Jamboree will be held August 7 to 10, 2013 in Marysvale, Utah. At the Jamboree you can expect:

  • Some great guided rides on the Paiute ATV/UTV trail
  • A vendor and after-market expo
  • Skill & brute force events
  • Live entertainment
  • Great country food

All rides depart and return from the Marysvale City Park in Marysvale, Utah. The Paiute Trail Jamboree is 100% free to all participants.

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Take an RV Trip to Southern Utah for the Ultimate Vacation

Traveling to Southern Utah offers the RV vacation of a lifetime. The gorgeous red rock formations, the colorful canyon walls, the beauty of the parks and the excitement of spotting wildlife wandering near – all and more await the visitor to Southern Utah.

Recommended is starting in Kanab, Utah. This spot makes the perfect base of operations for your adventures. Kanab is right in the middle of the scenic circle of natural attractions. Everything is about a day away and you can plan your itinerary accordingly. Go east, west, and north to some of the most spectacular sights in the United States. Plenty of outdoor recreation too! Make your camp at Crazy Horse RV Campark in Kanab. You will find full hookups and a dump station and Laundromat.

Thor's Hammer in Bryce Canyon National Park

Thor’s Hammer in Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is some miles to the north, and you must put this park on your list of places to go. Limestone formations make this park what it is – a series of amphitheaters with rock spires and domes, colors that will take your breath away. Watch the fascinating film at the visitor center then explore by hiking or strolling along the rim. Rainbow Point is an 18-mile drive one way and there are many viewpoints where you can stop and take in the views.

The Sentinel in Zion National Park

The Sentinel in Zion National Park

To the west of Kanab you’ll find Zion National Park with miles and miles of natural wonders. The Virgin River cut these intricate canyons and has thus provided outdoor lovers with a fascinating area to explore. Be sure to visit one of the largest freestanding arches in the world – Kolob Arch.

From Kanab, traveling east for sixty miles, you will come to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This is a place of rivers, where five beautiful rivers form Lake Powell. Water recreation here is amazing, and you will definitely want to get out there and fish, soak up the sun and cruise the shoreline.

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is another must-see. This area is not just a place to see, but a place to DO. You can have fun off-roading, biking or hiking. Grab your camera and start shooting some of the incredible landscapes. There are no facilities so you will be roughing it and must be sure to bring plenty of water. There are some trails but many are not marked well. You will want to go to the Devil’s Garden Natural Area which is easily accessible.

Part of your adventure should include visiting some of Utah’s wonderful state parks. For an unusual experience, see Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. It is as the name implies – lots of pink sand dunes along with steep red cliffs and fresh clean air. The park is open seven days a week during the daylight hours. Kids really love playing in the sand!

Another great place to hike is Cottonwood Canyon. The best thing about this location is you get to see a well-preserved cliff-dweller settlement. This will really take you back in time. And a visit here may be the perfect ending to a perfect vacation in Southern Utah.

Picture credits: The pictures Thor’s Hammer in Bryce Canyon National Park and the Sentinel in Zion National Park are from the National Park Service website. The picture of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

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Exploring Bryce Canyon on an RV Vacation in Utah

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

The incredible power of erosion is clearly visible in Bryce Canyon National Park, with amazing shapes, canyons and spires dominating the landscape. You can hike the canyon trails, walk along the rim and take time to see the wildlife, such as the endangered Utah Prairie Dog and the California condor. This is a trip made perfect in an RV, where you have all the comforts of home with you.

Bryce Canyon has a couple of campgrounds which accommodate RVs. These are the North Campground with 55 RV sites and the Sunset Campground, with 50 sites. Maximum length is 30 feet for your vehicle, and there are no hookups. Once settled, you can enjoy the night and then take off the next day to explore the park.

You won’t find better hiking than in Bryce Amphitheater. There are a number of trails that range from easy to strenuous. An easy hike is on Mossy Cave Trail where you will get a lovely walk by a stream and see a small waterfall. This hike is .8 miles roundtrip. You can also try the 11-mile rim trail, which is paved and mostly level.

If you are up to it, you can embark on a strenuous hike, up steep grades, and share the path with horse and mule riders. One such trail is the Peek-A-Boo Loop, 5.5 miles and with spectacular views. Bryce Canyon National Park is also great for those who love to trek in the backcountry. It’s the perfect way to really explore all this park has to offer.

Take your RV on a scenic drive to take in the vistas and incredible shapes of red rock wonders. Driving to Rainbow Point is an 18-mile trip one-way with many viewpoints to visit on your way back. Get a bird’s-eye view of the stone sculptures below that were carved by wind and water through the centuries.

If you hike the Bristlecone Loop Trail from Rainbow Point, you will see one of the oldest living things in the canyon – a 1,800-year-old bristlecone pine. As you head back north, stop at the Ponderosa Canyon Overlook. Here you will see multicolored hoodoos, those tall spires of rock that seem to grow right out of the earth. From Farview Point, if the day is clear, you will be able to see the Kaibab Plateau on Grand Canyon’s north rim.

When heading back to the main road, stop at Inspiration Point. You can’t miss this view of a collection of hoodoos that appear to be a sleeping city. When you come to Sunset Point you will have to stop and take some photos of Thor’s Hammer and the panoramic view of the Bryce Amphitheater.

Bryce Canyon also offers some exciting and educational events through the year, like the Annual Astronomy Festival in May and the Annual Utah Prairie Dog Day in June. No matter the time of year you come, you will find one of America’s most fascinating National Parks, and an RV trip with which there is no compare.

Picture credits: The picture of the Amphitheater at Bryce Canyon National Park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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An RV Adventure into Arches National Park

Double Arch in Arches National Park

Double Arch in Arches National Park

The landscapes of Utah are fascinating, with incredible stone arches, balanced rocks, red rock pinnacles and spires towering towards the sky. Arches National Park is a paradise of rock formation delights. It is worth a trip in an RV, exploring these natural wonders of our world.

Expect high temperatures in the summer months. The desert is, after all, the desert, and offers challenges like no other place on Earth. However, the features you can view at Arches are a treat. You’ll also find all sorts of hiking opportunities which you won’t be able to pass up. Just remember to tote lots of water with you.

Once you enter the park, you will come to the Park Avenue Trail and Viewpoint, a spot where a two-mile round trip hike will let you stretch those muscles. You will be greeted with some spectacular viewing pleasure. Further along the park road you will have to stop at La Sal Mountains Viewpoint. Grab your camera and get some shots of the La Sal range in the distance.

Some think desert landscapes all look alike, but nothing could be further from the truth at Arches National Park. You will see from Courthouse Towers Viewpoint the rock towers that make this a famous stop. At the Tower of Babel, view the amazing rock formation sticking right up out of the flat desert floor, giving you food for thought. How did this ever come to be?

The Petrified Dunes is not just a viewpoint but a possible adventure. Here you can take off over the land to the east, following no trail but your instinct will lead the way. These dunes were once made of sand, but now are covered with sediment and were compressed into Navajo Sandstone sculptures. Of course, there is no denying that the Balanced Rock is likely the most famous attraction in Arches. Hike the loop trail around the base. It is only 0.3 miles round trip.

Balanced Rock in Arches National Park

Balanced Rock in Arches National Park

Take a right and head for the Windows Section, not long after you begin heading north from Balanced Rock. The Windows Section offers a number of good hiking trails, plus incredible views. Taking the Windows Loop Trail will get you right up close and personal with the North and South Windows as well as the Turret Arch. Heading back to the main park road, stop at Cove of Caves to see these caves etched magically into the red rock formations.

Continue north to Panorama Point with many wonders to enjoy, and turn to make a stop at Wolfe Ranch to see this fascinating historic site. Further on are the Upper and Lower Delicate Arches, with more nice trails to explore.

As you backtrack to take Devils Garden Trailhead, you will find the perfect place to camp. At Devils Garden Campground there are some sites available for RVs up to 30 feet in length. Stay the night before heading home. You will be happy to be able to enjoy this National Park just a while longer. A trip to remember – a journey through Arches National Park in an RV.

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