Q:

Help Me Plan My Southwestern Road Trip: Vegas to Zion

My buddies and I want to take a car-camping spring road trip through the Southwest, beginning and ending in Las Vegas. What do you recommend?

Apr 23, 2012
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Canyoneering in Zion

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A:

Day 1
I'd tell you to wake up early, but you're starting in Vegas, so forget that. Just get up by noon and drive the 160 miles on I-15 to Zion National Park in Utah and its slot canyons, arches, and massive sandstone cliffs. (Skip Lake Mead: it's artificial, and not worth the hype.) Turn off the Interstate at Lake George, take Route 9 to the park's South Entrance, and unload at the Watchman Campground ($16 per night). From the nearby visitor's center, you can catch shuttle buses to almost anywhere in the park.

Day 1: Vegas to Zion
Day 2: Zion National Park
Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park
Day 4: Capitol Reef National Park
Day 5: Fishlake National Forest
Day 6: Cedar Breaks National Monument

Filed To: Adventure Adviser

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