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AEsco48 10-24-2011 01:15 PM

National parks winter road trip.... advice...
My family and I would like to do a road trip of some of the national parks but in the winter... I have searched around and have not found much info other than the individual parks vaguely saying they are open in the winter.

I know I cant plan for snow storms that shut down road but any 1st hand kowledge would be great.

Here is one of the routs we had in mind. The Grand Circle Road Trip - Road Trip Planning for Grand Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion and more! -

Unfortunately it wont be in the Jeep since its in Egypt... but still.

GREEN-MACHINE 10-24-2011 03:54 PM

blankets, food, food , food, fire starter, food, sat-phone, ( they work any place on earth) food, warm clothing, food, some means of defense, gun, knife, food, blankets, water and lots of it, ( briter water bottle, it filters dirty water and makes it pure ) hard candy, dried fruit,

jcf 10-24-2011 04:02 PM

Arches & some of Canyonlands are fine in winter, the roads are plowed & there isn't to much snow in Moab & North, North/ West of Moab. Here is a good site with info' of the area
City of Moab's Official Tourism Website - Get up-to-date vacation planning information from the only official source for the city of Moab.
down south of here has a little more snow (Montecello Blanding) as it is higher altitude7 some of the parks with Indian ruins may not be accessable, depending on the snowfall for the season. Zion has quite a bit of snow ,not sure about Grand Canyon it's about 4 or 5 hours south of Moab

CrazyBull 10-25-2011 04:58 AM

I live in southern Utah. The south rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Escalante etc are open in winter. Zion & Bryce are gorgeous in winter with the contrast of snow and red rock. Bryce doesn't have trailer hookups so bring warm bags and/or a tent large enough for a small propane heater. Bryce gets cold. Zion is fine cold wise, lower altitude (I'm talking to campers here, not B&Bers). In off season you can find great deals on lodgings. The grand canyon lodge drops rates from its astronomical seasonal rates to around $40 a night.

If you go, and have them I'd recommend snow shoeing Bryce. And don't forget ice fishing at the higher altitudes.

Like Jeeping, winter activities isn't for pussies. <self censor> :p

AEsco48 10-25-2011 06:28 AM

Great info! Thx. Ye we will be staying at B&B or hotels. Looking to do some trips on snow mobiles as well!

AEsco48 10-25-2011 06:31 AM

Great, thanks for the info. Plan is to stay at B&B or hotels. Looking to do a couple trips on snow mobiles also!

DM6156 10-26-2011 09:26 AM

not sure if it's open in winter or not, but if you go to the grand canyon, drive around to the reservation and get a permit to drive to the bottom.

Yep, there's a road to the bottom. It's rough and some of the road is under water.

It was cheap, but i read it's rather expensive now. Maybe they plan on using the money to fix the road? :rofl:

I haven't been, but I've seen posts on other forums where people have.

Apparently there are some donkeys roaming around. Apparently the got loose from the tour groups that do donkey rides to the bottom.

Also, there are tour company's that do jeep tours to the bottom of the canyon.

- Dan M

CrazyBull 10-26-2011 09:38 AM

Where'd you hear about jeep tours to the bottom of the GC? You can hike in, either in the park down Bright Angel trail, or farther west in the Hualapai Indian Res but drive? I don't think so.

DM6156 10-26-2011 08:51 PM

Here's an article by someone who drove to the bottom of the grand canyon.

Road Into the Grand Canyon, Hualapai Tribe, Arizona

Here's a jeep tour

Inner Grand Canyon Jeep Tours from Williams, AZ

You’ll climb aboard one of our open air Jeeps* for the ultimate journey - to the bottom of the Grand Canyon! As you descend down Diamond Creek into the depths of the chasm, watch as massive canyon walls begin to tower over you, and marvel at views of the spectacular landscape and unusual desert plants. You may even catch a glimpse of a wild burro.

this one is march through september, so no winter tours.

There are others too if you search.

The road is on the reservation and they charge a fee. Or least used too. I'm assuming it's still open.

I first found out about it from a guy on another forum who drove to the bottom.

- Dan M

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