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  1. Default Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Zion - Vegas

    Hello everyone,
    I'm travelling to Las Vegas in January, and I'm thinking of hiring a vehicle from Las Vegas, driving to the south rim and staying for a night, then I'd love to visit the Zion national park, staying there for another night before returning to Las Vegas. I know that the north rim will be closed because its winter, but is it possible to get from the south rim to Zion, and does anyone know how long that takes? Also, do you think I will be ok in a car for this trip at this time of year or should I be thinking of hiring a 4WD instead?
    Any help appreciated!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Of Course

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    The drive from the South Rim to Zion is roughly 300 miles, all on well maintained highways (US-180 east/US-89 north/UT-9 west/UT-17 north/I-15 north) and goes through some spectacular country including the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The drive should take about 6 hours with minimal stops, and a typical front wheel drive sedan is more than up to the task. There is always the possibility that a winter storm will hit precisely when you'd like to be on the road, but in that case the hulkingest SUV is not going to be of any particularly better use to you.


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    Thanks heaps AZBuck, thats really helpful, I can't wait!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    The most difficult part of the drive from the GC to Zion is probably going to be the road from the east entrance (UT-9) into the main portion of the park. It's quite narrow, hilly, and winding, and goes through a tunnel. Expect it to be quite icy.

    Buck is just a tad bit off on the highway numbers - you take AZ-64 out the east entrance to the GC, then US-89 north to UT-9 west. If for whatever reason you can't take UT-9 (closure, fear, etc.) there's a way around it - when you get to Kanab, take Alt-89 south to Fredonia, then AZ-389 west. Stay on this back into Utah, where it becomes UT-59. This will take you to UT-9 in Hurricane, which you can take east into Springdale and in the main entrance to Zion. I do not know how good this alternate is as far as terrain and winter maintenance goes, maybe someone else has first hand information.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Little time at GC

    Depending on how long your stay in Vegas is, I would consider doing Zion as a separate day trip. With 5 or 6 hours travelling either side of your night at Grand canyon and short day light hours will mean very little time admiring this wonder of the world.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    The Great Midwest, Illinois to be precise

    Default Stay at Williams, Arizona

    It is sometimes referred to as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon" and on famous Route 66.

    Some neat old stores and restaurants as well as bars.

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