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National Park Road Trip: Itinerary for Winter Travel to Avoid the Crowds

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain

Traveler Authors: Chris and Caitlin

Inspired by the words of Mark Twain, in December 2017 Chris and I departed from Carlsbad, CA on a 9-Day national park road trip to 5 National Parks in Southern Utah in our 24’ Winnebago View from Adventure KT.  We designed a route that maximized our mileage while offering adventure in the outdoors including hiking, mountain biking, and photography.

DAY 1 (FIRST DAY)

From Carlsbad, CA to Primm, NV

Drove 300 Miles

Slept at BLM Land named “Ivanpah East Dispersed”

Cost to camp on BLM Land $0

National Park Road Trip with RV Rental

catching a beautiful sunset on the first night of our national park road trip

DAY 2

From Primm, NV to Zion National Park, UT

Drove 200 Miles

Slept at “Watchmen” Camp Ground

Cost to camp $30 per night

relaxing in the comfort of the RV at “Watchmen” Camp Ground in Zion National Park.

DAY 3

No driving

Hiked “Angel’s Landing”

Cooked Large Dinner

Enjoyed comfort of the RV

resting at the summit of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park.

taking in the sweeping views at Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park.

DAY 4

From Zion National Park to Bryce National Park

Drove 70 miles

Cooked large breakfast at scenic lookout

Hiked “Peek A Boo Loop”

Departed Bryce National Park for Boulder, UT

Drove 80 miles

Slept at BLM Land named “Deer Creek Lake”

Cost to camp on BLM Land $0

enjoying continental breakfast prepared outdoors at a scenic overlook in Bryce National Park.

Chris on the “Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail” in Bryce National Park.

Caitlin on the “Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail” in Bryce National Park.

happy trails on Christmas Day in Bryce National Park.

DAY 5

From Boulder, UT to Moab UT

Drove 200 miles

Refilled on groceries, pump and dump

Slept at “Goose Island” Camp Ground

Cost to camp $15 per night

Cooked large dinner

Enjoyed comforts of the RV

 

our beloved 24’ Winnebago View offering comfort, privacy, and total relaxation.

DAY 6

No driving

Hiked “Morning Glory Bridge Trail”

Cooked large dinner

Enjoyed comforts of the RV

Chris on “Morning Bridge Trail”.  Warm socks and boots were helpful at higher altitudes where there was snow.

stunning sunset on snow covered Arches National Park.

DAY 7

From Moab, UT to Flagstaff, AZ via Monument Valley

Drove 250 miles

Slept at BLM Land named “FR545 Dispersed Area”

Cost to camp on BLM Land $0

strolling down Forrest Gump Point in Monument Valley.

DAY 8

From Flagstaff, AZ to Sedona, AZ

Drove 30 miles

Mountain biked “Templeton” trail in the morning

Mountain biked “Broken Arrow” in the afternoon

Caught sweeping sunset views atop “Airport Road”

Ate dinner at Pizza Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen (this is the only meal we ate in a restaurant in 9 days!  The RV had a beautiful kitchen with a wonderful gas stove where we had so much fun making all of our meals.)

From Sedona, AZ to Prescott, AZ

Drove 70 miles

Slept at “Quail Ridge” RV Park

Cost to camp $40 per night

DAY 9 (LAST DAY)

From Prescott, AZ to Carlsbad, CA

Drove 400 miles

Arrived home at 6pm

using a Go Pro Hero 6, Chris enjoyed shooting photography at night to capture unique image of the sky.

HOW WE PREPARED:

Our 24’ WINNEBAGO VIEW rig was a 100% home run.  This quality RV offered unbeatable comfort, privacy and total relaxation.  Our favorite features included:

*LARGE BED: we brought our own linens from home making the sleeping arrangement extra comfortable.

*HOT SHOWER: after a long day on the trail there is nothing better than washing off in a hot shower.  Ample storage for shampoo, conditioner and soap in vanity above the bathroom sink.

*PRIVATE RESTROOM: allowed us to avoid germs and skip long lines at public bathrooms.

BEST TIME TO GO

Taking a national park road trip in December during the holidays offers extraordinary benefits including minimal tourists, limited traffic, and comfortable weather for hiking.  Did I mention the parks offer free entry on Christmas and New Years Day?  Bonus!

HELPFUL GEAR TO BRING FROM HOME

*Walkie Talkies

*Trekking Poles

*Slippers For Indoor Use

*Electric Rice Cooker

HELPFUL APPS TO DOWNLOAD

*Allstays

*Mountain Bike Project

*Hiking Project

BEAUTIFUL HIKES TO CONSIDER TAKING
*Zion National Park- “Angel’s Landing”

*Bryce National Park- “Peek a Boo Loop”

*Arches National Park- “Delicate Arch”

 

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