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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 17, 2016
Can't find much reservable camping in Moab area  (3 Answers)

We are in the area in the run up to 4th July as part of a 3 wk trip from Denver to LA. Parts of our itinerary are already pinned down so we don't now have entire flexibility. We want to hike Arches, Canyonlands and then move on probably via Capitol Reef and Bryce and Zion but can't find much reservable camping in the Moab area beyond Devils Gdn. Can anyone recommend anywhere. We prefer quiet and undeveloped campgrounds but may not be able to access anywhere too remote as we will have a rental vehicle (SUV class) of undetermined road clearance and can' t risk any damage to it. Suggestions much appreciated. Thank you. Sam



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 26, 2015
I want to make sure these places are worth going  (5 Answers)

we were at Arizona last year, this would be my 2nd time and my hubby's first time
I want to make sure we utilize our 1 week in Utah well.
here are what I think we must see, please let me know if you agree or some other suggestions. thanks in advance

Salt lake City
• Mormon Temple
• State Capitol
• Mormon Tabernacle
• This is the Place Heritage Park

Golden Spike National Historic Site

Great Salt Lake

Bonneville Salt Flat

Arch National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Canyon Land National Park (do I need to stop at here if I have been to momument valley in AZ?)

Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument

Capitol Reef National Park

Zion National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2014
exploring utah and near by places  (6 Answers)

Me and my parents are traveling to Utah from India to see my brother, he is in Utah state university.our travel dates are 15dec-5jan kindly suggest me places to see around Logan. and exploring near by places. and also we thinking of traveling to places like San Francisco and California. kindly help me with cheap travel services,like local bus services or what do u thinking will hiring a car be good as in india we have right hand drive though i have an international driving license.and accommodation too. n where all we can go. I am looking for an economical trip. thanx


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2014
where to stay overnight between Tillamook and Salt Lake City  (1 Answer)

where is a good place to stop for the night between Tillamook Oregon and Salt Lake City ? I am car camping or can go to inexpensive B&B, hotel or just fun place to spend the night.
I am visiting family in Oregon and visiting another friend in Salt Lake


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2014
Name this site, please  (8 Answers)

These 2 pics were taken in May 2012 when I went on a bus tour from LA to Yellow Stone. The bus stopped at this gas station somewhere between Vegas (Int. 15 then Int. 70) and Arches national Park. This tour was the best trip I've ever made. I can account for all the picture sites taken except this one. Could someone please tell me where this was? Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2014
Wire Pass + part of Buckskin Gulch?  (15 Answers)

Anyone done this? We'll be down in the Page area for the couple of days this fall and I'm looking at spending one of them hiking Wire Pass to the confluence with Buckskin Gulch, and Buckskin no farther than Middle Trail; return via same route. I don't believe this section of Buckskin requires any technical gear, or goes as far as the Cesspool but...

Any insights on the way in (House Rock Valley Road) would be great as well; I know it's unmaintained but looks to be only 8 miles of that from turnoff on 89 to the trailhead, and we'll have a 4X4.

Thanks in advance for any pointers!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2014
2 weeks trip from Zion to southern california  (13 Answers)

Hi there,

I am planning a trip for September 2014 for 2 weeks, we are a French couple in our 40's. we would like to mix our holidays with some hiking and then some rest /visiting the southern coast of California. We know pretty well Northern California. In France we are based in the French Alps.
I have a main itinerary in mind but would appreciate few pointers to adjust the logistic/itinerary.
First week we would like to concentrate our visit to Zion Park & Bryce, couple of days each to have a fair amount of time for hiking.
Then we would like to drive off from Las Vegas to L.A and possibly go down to San Diego.
So first question : I was wondering if I should take a flight from Paris to Las Vegas or Salt lake city ?
Looking at the map if I we start off from Las vegas, we would drive up to Zion and Bryce and go back down by more or less the same route. Would it be more interesting to land in Salt lake and drive down to Zion, Bryce and then to Las vegas etc ...
Secondly : 1 week ish would be sufficient to visit the coast from Santa Barbara to San Diego ? ( not having to rush around)
Are we trying to fit too many things or drive too much over two weeks ?
Many thanks in advance for your ideas !


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2014
Cottonwood Canyon or Burr Trail?  (13 Answers)

I'll be heading north through Utah in late May. I was wondering if I should take the Burr Trail or Cottonwood Canyon road? Which one is more scenic? What kind of views can I expect along each trail? And which one will seem more appropriate weather-wise (passable) in late May?

Any info is greatly appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2014
national parks  (10 Answers)

Planning 8 day trip this June. Should we try to see bryce, zion, arches, canyon lands parks or is that too many in that time frame? If so, which ones should be on must do list?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2014
southern Utah RV friendley?  (1 Answer)

Having never been there, thinking of renting an RV to see the Monuments and the petrified forest. looking at Google maps, doesn't appear to be much for roads out to these places, can anyone bring me up to date on what to expect?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2013
Please help plan my week  (10 Answers)

I have about a week to visit Zion/Bryce/Paige/Grand Canyon area and in need of some urgent advice on places to visit and hotels. Here is what I have so far:
Day 1: Vegas to Zion, stay at Springdale
Day 2? Day3? Day4? Day5?
Day6: Travel back to Vegas.
Thanks so much!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2013
destination wedding in december  (4 Answers)

our wedding is pretty close to Christmas time and was wondering of things that our guests can do for fun while they are there to stay for a couple of days. Do the shops/malls/recreational spots close early for the Christmas holiday? Is it going to be hard for them to get around without a rental car, or is the public transport a good thing to consider for them? Any tip would be great as I am also not from UT!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2013
Driving from Las Vegas to Yellowstone  (6 Answers)

We're driving from Las Vegas to Yellowstone Natl Park in September. Does anyone have any "must see's" along the way that doesn't take us too far off of the beaten track?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2013
Getting around Southern Utah's parks carless  (8 Answers)

So I'm planning a trip out to southern Utah to check out the parks and the ones on my target list are: Zion, Cedar Breaks, Grand Staircase, and Bryce.

I'll be flying into Vegas and taking a bus either to St George or Cedar City to begin with. I have 4 or 5 days and have to end my trip in Cedar City.

Now I just need to figure out if it's possible to pull this off without a car. I know I could manage Zion and Cedar Breaks on a rented bike since I could bike out there from their closest cities (St George and Cedar City respectively, I believe), but I don't know if it's possible to get the other ones. Even better, however, is if there existed buses or shuttles in between the parks. I know a lot of them have shuttles within them, but I want to know if they go between.

Not sure if I want to try my hand at hitchhiking, since I'm a sole female traveler, but I'd be open to it if it's legal and safe...Maybe getting rides from others camping nearby could be an option but then it would be hard to stick to my desired schedule.

I'm open to all suggestions except renting a car or taking an expensive tour, I have a very limited budget and am generally not a fan of tours.

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2013
Itinerary for Utah's five national parks  (21 Answers)

My family is considering taking a long road trip, spending some of the time in Utah. I'd like to visit all five national parks, but we might not have a lot of time. So I'm wondering, what's the fastest that you can go through all the parks without feeling terribly rushed? We wouldn't be doing any super long hikes or anything (probably 2 mi. round trip in most instances). And with whatever amount of days that you suggest, which parks would you visit each day and where would you stay?

Also, I know there are several national monuments, Glen Canyon NRA, and Monument Valley as well, so if any of those are can't miss, let me know. Or if one of the national parks could be skipped to give more time to other stuff, let me know as well.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2013
Best advice on seeing parks in 7 Days  (12 Answers)

We will be in Utah for 8 days in May. Arrive and leave from Vegas and renting car. What is best advice for seeing as much as possible in the 5 National Parks. starting at zion ending at arches What NOT to miss and what to avoid? Reservations necessary for lodging?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2013
Trip through Utah National Parks  (16 Answers)

We have 8 days, tickets to Vegas and back from Vegas for the first week of April, desire to see beautiful places/hike a bit

Please, help me choose the best route. I realize that my first draft might be too much but don't see how to adjust it without sacrificing much.

1. What whould you suggest to change? One thought is to remove Moab parks and add nights to Bryce and Zion.
2. What specific points/trails are must see in every place? Any, especially scenic roads?
3. We would like to stay in tents. Will it be warm enough at night?
4. Are there enough road motels that we do not have to tie ourseve up with reservations?
5. Anything else I am missing?

Here is my fist draft.

Day 1. (Sat, March 30). Arriving to Las Vegas at 12:40PM, getting a car, leaving Vegas around 2, driving to Page (4 hrs).
Day 2. In Page: Horseshoe Bend-Antelope Canyon-Rimrock Hoodoos-Alstrom Point
Day 3. Morning drive to Monument Valley (2 hrs). Spend a few hours there. Drive to Moab (2.5 hrs).
Day 4. Canyonlands National Park
Day 5. Arches National Park
Day 6. Driving through Capital Reef (1 hr), Goblin Valley (1 hr), arriving at Bryce in the evening
Day 7. Whole day in Bryce.
Day 8. Morning drive to Zion (2 hr), stay in Zion till about 4, drive to Vegas (2 hr), arriving at ~6, eat and walk on the Strip till 10 pm, going to the airport, departing at midnight.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 02, 2012
Want to rent class B RV or campervan  (5 Answers)

I'm trying to find somewhere to rent a VW campervan, truck camper, or small (Class B) motorhome in or near Salt Lake City, for a camping trip next year. None of the big players rent that small a motorhome. There are places out of Las Vegas, but we booked into SLC because flights were substantially cheaper. Am I stuck with a behemoth camper? We just don't need all that stuff, or all that space. TIA


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2012
25.85% Sales Tax in Utah on vehicle rentals? Say it ain't so.  (10 Answers)

So I am being charged 25.85% sales tax on a motorcycle rental in Sandy, Utah. Surely that can't be right? Are there any locals on here that could advise me if I am being ripped off or not? I can't believe I am paying over a100 in taxes for a three-day rental. It is broken down as:

County Tax - 2.5%
State Tax - 7%
Sales Tax - 6.35%
Rental Tax - 9%

Many localities gouge rental / tourism type stuff, but this is the most obscene instance I have ever seen. Surely it can't be right?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2012
Final plan :-) - utah (and some AZ ) - sep-oct - would love to hear your comments :-)  (21 Answers)

Hey guys - after a lot of planning, great tips from people around here and some unlucky permits / nights reservations (and a few lucky ones as well) - finally i have my final trip plan - take a look :-)

so just to update about permits:
got the subway one, didnt get the wave one, and got only one night instead of 2 at Supai lodge.....here is the plan:

arriving to vegas on sep 13 night and sleeping there, up in the morning for some vegas style breakfast buffet, a trip to some last shopping at REI + im really thinking about buying a gopro cam for this trip...and off we go

we will do a short hike at lower pine creek trail (Zion) and sleep at hurricane
then on the 15 (sat) we got our permit to hike the subway (we planning on doing the top down hike after we will visit @Martin_S ( next month for some repelling 101 - any idea btw on how to find more hikers that day in order to have 2 cars one at the start and one at the finish (and to maybe hike together?)

next day we will hike the narrows - we done it twice before but we will go longer this time as in last times we just had a short visit in ....

then we will do some driving to Escalante (we will stay there 3 nights - if any recommendations for hotel/b&b - will be happy to hear them)

next 3 days we will drive hole in the rock road and in between will do some short hikes like zebra and tunnel ,egypt 3 and peekaboo, spooky, dry fork coyote (we will rent 4X4 but also maybe we will try some ATV drive as suggested by some guys here)

then we will drive to Canyonlands and visit Little Wild Horse Canyon and dead horse point on the way (and if more time also Sulphur Creek)

we will spend few nights at Moab, will visit delicate arch again (since its sooo awesome ) and some other stuff (negro bill, Corona Arch, tower arch, Fisher Towers and so on)

after few nights in Moab we will drive to Page with a stop to visit fry canyon
(spending one night at Monticello)

we will stay at Page for 4 nights - visit some slots canyon, rainbow bridge and try our luck again to get a walk in permit for the wave
we will also visit Wahweap hoodoos


after that we will drive to spring peach and sleep at HUALAPAI, the next day we will wake up early and start the hike to Supai village (wanted to reserve 2 nights but they only had one so we will need to make the most out of it) - we will arrive to village around noon and eat and rest a bit- afternoon we will visit falls, next day some more falls if we wish and start hiking out around 2-3 or so (in case we will have the option to take a flight out - even better)

after that we will drive to Vegas and spend 1.5 days at the palazzo for some relaxation before our long flight home:-)...and back to work...

this is basically it, we have some other hikes we will do along the way but these are the main anchors here
we will also try maybe a rafting tour somewhere (we never done it before so probably half day or less and a beginner one...) - any recommendations on where is the best place to try it?

what do u think? any comments? any more suggestions?
anyone around that time want to hike together for a day with a 30+ years old nerdy couple from Israel? :-)

thanks for all the help guys :-)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2012
Travelling in a camper van - is it practical  (2 Answers)

We are planning a three week tour in June 2013. We are flying in and out of Las Vegas (best deal on flights) and we are hiring a medium size camper.
We are delving into all the places to see in Utah but need to know that as we are travelling with this type of vehicle does that restrict us on some of the more isolated spots.
I see in some places there are quad bike treks available, is this a commom theme throughout the state?
Any help and ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Oh and finally June seems to be a good month to go - not too hot or cold - am I right?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2012
NM/AZ/CO/UT - This September  (4 Answers)

My husband and I are contemplating a two-week vacation in September – likely starting in Albuquerque and driving counter-clockwise through Colorado, Utah, and Arizona before returning to Albuquerque. We would appreciate any tips, warnings, recommendations, etc., anyone could offer us. Such as: What weather can we anticipate during that time? Are there some roads we should avoid (we’ll be renting a medium size sedan – not an SUV)? Anything in that general area which is considered a must-see/must-do (keeping in mind I’m 55 and my husband is 65)? Or anything else you’d deem that we should know before we go. Thanks for your help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 09, 2012
Must see places in Utah  (15 Answers)

I am in the planning stages of a trip to Utah so I am very flexible on where to go and what to see. From some research the national parks in Utah seem amazing. I will try and hit as many as I can but are there other attractions that are considered "must see" in Utah between traveling the parks?

Thanks, I can't wait to contribute!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 08, 2012
Las Vegas to Lehi, Utah  (6 Answers)

I will be in Las Vegas in June on a Monday and I need to get to Lehi, Utah by Wednesday morning and I need some advice.

I would like to see the Grand Canyon. I would also be open to seeing some national parks so long as I am in Lehi, Utah on Wednesday morning as I have an appointment there that I can't miss. I'm not from the area and so I'm really unsure as to the best way of doing this - rent a car? get a bus? train? carpool? I am travelling on my own and would rather not pay to rent a car by myself as it would be very expensive. The ideal would be to join some people on a roadtrip and see the grand canyon and other sites, if there is time.

Any advice would be welcome!
:)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2012
Traveling "four corners" area USA - alone  (12 Answers)

I'm looking at a last minute trip and one of the top options right now is to do a road trip aroun the southwest USA through the 4 states visiting all the national parks etc. such beautiful landscapes I'd love to photograph

As I think about the trip more I'm starting to freak out about it from a safety standpoint.

I'm starting to second guess and wonder if this road trip is the right one to do for a single female :s

Especially if I want to do sunrise/sunset and even night shots. It's quite remote and wondering how safe it is even during the day :s

Any advice from people who have been there, done that?

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 27, 2012
What to do when traveling from Page to Las Vegas?  (8 Answers)

Help! We are traveling w/ older teenagers this August and looking for things to keep them engaged during our trip. We are starting in Phoenix have two nights at the Grand Canyon booked and then off to Page for two nights. We are planning on flying out of Vegas and have the last two nights there booked. We have basically two days one night to stay in either Kanab or Zion. Which should we do Bryce or Zion? Is there any way to do both or is this just too much driving and car time? I'd rather do one and really enjoy if it isn't possible to do everythin if it is too ambitious? I am leaning towards Zion. Anything we should definitely do in either Bryce, Kanab or Zion?
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2012
Trip to Utah in september  (50 Answers)

Hi
We are planning a 3 weeks trip to Utah during mid Sep to beg of Oct
we've been to Utah few times before visiting the national parks but this time (since we just love Utah) we want to rent a 4WD and get on some dirt roads (which u cant usually with rented cars) and go deeper to less known day hikes
places i already saw which looks like we will love are coyote gulch and such - so few questions to all of you who knows Utah well.

1. is September a good month for this? in a lot of pics i see there are some ponds, waterfalls and such which is amazing - but wouldn't want to arrive and see that everything is dry so - are those places still have water that time? ( a while back we hiked to calf creek and the waterfall was amazing and it was September so i want to assume we will have more like this but would definitely need an advice here so i wont make a crucial mistake here.

2. which other day hikes (meaning we don't camp so need to be able to drive to some kind of hotel/ motel at night) would you recommend? we are no expert so no ropes or such - stuff which are really simple and can be done by any 30 years old who do some sport. :-)

3. is there any car rental where i can rent some kind of SUV or something which is 4WD and which allow driving on dirt roads (nothing too crazy but just be able to go off-road) - will the major rentals allow it? like avis and such? we will arrive to Vegas so will take the car there

thanks in advance :-)
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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 02, 2011
Kanab, Escalante, Bryce Canyon and Vicinity for a week  (22 Answers)

Looking for a lodge, cabin or similar accommodations which would also provide guided flyfishing and trailriding along with similar activities. Nothing big or crowded or fancy, it would probably just be me by myself.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2011
monument valley--  (5 Answers)

we are travelling up from grand canyon. wanting to see antelope canyon and canyon de chelly perhaps-- easiest way to see some ruins etc--- should we have a night in paige and a night in monument valley or 2 nights in monument valley as a base to do these things -- is it possible to do it in one night even ?-- looking at staying at gouldings in a house with mv views-- any opinions on the accommodation or the itinerary-- we are then off on a big drving day to moab via mogi dugway.thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2011
driving moab to escalante and mugi dugway  (8 Answers)

we are planning to drive from moab to bryce in one day -- going through escalante -- it will be in early Dec -- do you think the roads will be okay weather wise - also want to do the mugi dugway-- what is the best way to fit that in fit that in? we are going gc to mv to moab then bryce.thanks to all who have helped so far and for your new help !



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