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Old 07-03-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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Smile Roadtrip suggestions for AZ - UT National Parks quick roadtrip?

Time to get out of the concrete jungle!

I'm headed to the North Rim, Zion, and Bryce Canyon area from Wed. - Sun.

Any recommendations on camping spots and/or easy 4x4 trails?

I'm not trying to get crazy with the new truck, but I'd like to take advantage of any 4WD / high-clearance opportunities in the area.

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Any pics from your trip?
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:54 AM   #3
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Yep. We did some exploring around Grand Canyon North Rim (Sublime Point 4x4), Grand Staircase Escalante (Cottonwood Road 4x4, Grosvenor Arch, Cottonwood Narrows canyon), Bryce Canyon, and Zion (Kolob Canyon Road).

I would love to do some more exploring on the dirt roads around the Grand Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Pretty amazing that we were able have Sublime Point nearly to ourselves on a holiday weekend!

Here are a few pics:

Grand Canyon North Rim on the way to Sublime Point:


Sublime Point campground:


Sublime Point campground closeup of rim:


Thunderstorm across the Grand Canyon on the South Rim, taken from Sublime Point:


Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Cottonwood Road:



Zion Kolob Canyon:
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Very cool lookin trip! I took a similar trip a couple months ago. There are a lot of places to enjoy some solitude up there
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Sub'd for more cool pics.
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The Point Sublime trail is a great little road through some nice forest. Looks like a good time. I need to explore the grand staircase one of these days.
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OP stole your idea and went on a similar road trip last weekend.

North Rim:


Point Sublime:


Got super lucky and drew out in the lottery for The Wave:



Thunderstorm rolling into Bryce Canyon:


Broken Arrow in Sedona on the way home:


The optional Steps on the trail (I think a little pee came out):




A few more pinstripes, but the Taco handled the whole trip like a champ
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how'd you guys do on gas / range at the north rim?
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how'd you guys do on gas / range at the north rim?
Not sure what you're asking. I've been to the North Rim four times... the truck gets the same mileage there as anywhere else. I have an extra fuel tank (9 gal) and sometimes carry a 2 or 5 gal backup so range usually isn't an issue. But that really isn't a problem there... there's a gas station at the Vermilion Cliffs west of Navajo Bridge, one a Jacob Lake, and one right outside the national park.
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Damn, yo did get super lucky drawing for the wave. Awesome pics.
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sub'd. i'm gonna have to make this trip!
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Damn, yo did get super lucky drawing for the wave. Awesome pics.
Thanks. Yea we were definitely lucky, and this time of year there are a lot less people trying. There were about 25 people in the lottery, but apparently during May or October there can be up to 150 people on any given day. I also think there was some kharma involved because we were the only ones that even looked remotely in shape and prepared.
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sub'd. i'm gonna have to make this trip!
It's definitely worth your while!
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