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Posted: 02/07/10 08:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can someone recommend a campground for a month long stay in southern Utah to use as a base for exploring that part of the state?


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Posted: 02/07/10 09:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

[emoticon] "Southern Utah" is a hugh area. If you have a month, I would probably break it up into 3 stops. Moab for the area around Arches. Then Ruby's Inn for the Bryce Canyon area. Then over to Springdale for Zion.

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Posted: 02/07/10 09:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, a lot to see and a very large area as well. This is what I have in my Utah file:

When we wanted to see Bryce and Zion, we did the North side of the Grand Canyon before going to them; which is less crowded than the South. But we had to stay at a forest service camping area, campground was full in the park. Not a bad place and not far to the canyon. We had gone by Monument Valley on our way to the Canyon with a stop at Page which was so hot at night we had to go to a higher elevation, Grand Canyon. Cool there.

Check this What to see & do at Bryce, Clicky.

It seems, it might be easier to see Zion and Brice and any other of the Utah National parks, then to Monument Valley & Navajo National Monument, Canyon de Chelly in Arizona and maybe points East. [emoticon] Of course, The Moab Area has many national parks and a nice state park to see as well. Arches National Park - Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Point. We noticed this RV Park outside of Moab when we were in the area, but we had parked in one in Moab kind of down town area. Not sure of the name. They have many to choose from.

Here is a good Link to other Utah Sites.

We went to Fish Lake and Panguitch Lake because we had a canoe with us and wanted to use it. We made a day trip from Panguitch Lake to Zion via the Dixie Nat'l Forest & top part of Cedar Breaks National Monument because it was so hot in Zion (100 degrees or so)and in those days we did not have a generator for the A/C.


We later went to and camped at Capital Reef Nat'l Park as well as Bridges Nat'l Monument. All very neat. And not too far on to
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It wouldn't be tooo far of a trip from Monument Valley down into AZ to Navajo National Monument and/or Canyon de Chelly Nat'l Monument by Chinle, which are unique with a free campgrounds and showers. Been there want to go again. Nat'l Park

We drove by the turn off to Goosenecks State Park in Utah when we went to Mon't Valley. It seems like one to see. Goosenecks added info ** Primitive camping *** How Far To____

Navajo National Monument is located at the end of State Highway 564 off of US Highway 160. We have not been to this one, but sounds very interesting. Two campgrounds, one open all year, somewhat isolated but no fees are charged. Visit

[emoticon] Of course, The Moab Area has many national parks and a nice state park to see as well. Arches National Park - Canyonlands National Park & Dead Horse Point. It really make you want to take a 4 wheel drive Jeep or something out and drive some of the trails you can see from the tops of bluffs or whatever on the way to Dead Horse and othe places in Canyonlands.

Moab is not far from Colorado Nat'l Monument which is really neat, with a campgound which is by Grand Junction. On the way from or toward Denver, Georgetown, CO has a Train Ride, my daughter & her husband rode it, seemed to have enjoyed it.

We liked the FLAMING GORGE National Recreation Area - dramatic red cliffs above a large artificial lake- over by Dutch John and Vernal, but this is in the Northeast UT.

Have a good trip, I'd like to go out there again myself. Happy Tavels!

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Don't forget about Lake Powell. We stay at Wahweap every year and love it.


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Posted: 02/08/10 06:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As others have said, there are many areas that warrant some time. If you only want to stay in one place for a month, I would choose Kanab, Utah. From there you can make day trips to Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell, north rim and lots of other places. There are many hiking/photography opportunities from this base. I have spent weeks in the area without seeing it all. My photo gallery has some of it. The RV Corral in Kanab is a good park, nice folks running it.


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As has already been pointed out, "Southern Utah" encompasses a huge region. No single spot can serve as a base camp to see all, or even most of it.

I've tramped around that area for years and here's my opinion: Southwest Utah and Southeast Utah are distinct areas that will each require a different base camp. The obvious choice for SE Utah is Moab, with access to Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point, Not to mention the surrounding public lands that would merit National Park status if they were anywhere else.

Less obvious is a base camp for SW Utah. Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon and the various State parks are more spread out. If it were me, I would find a place in or near Springdale (the gateway community outside of Zion). From there you can see most of the region with long day trips.

Then, when you're ready to move on to Moab, I would spend a night or two at Capitol Reef, which is situated about halfway between the two.

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Posted: 02/09/10 08:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I get out to those areas often and would wholeheartedly agree with the advice given by eurocamper. have fun!

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As you've probably gathered by now, this is a big area and it's not joined by high speed interstate highways. You're better off moving several times rather than spending several hours every day just getting to your next park. BTW, pick your month carefully. While we've hit 100+ temps in Moab in May, we've seen three foot drifts at Cedar Breaks NM in late June.

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