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  1. Default SW National Parks 10 nights in RV Las Vegas to LA

    We need a little advice with our late planned RV trip, late June-early July. We have travelled once before in a RV in New Zealand but this is our first time in an RV in the States. We have previously spent time in San Francisco and Yosemite and have done some theme parks, Disneyland, Universal Studios. So this time we are interested in National Parks and some short hiking, family time and history with a little bit of civilization at either end. We are a family of 5 with 3 older teenagers who enjoy camping and hiking and this RV trip was their idea (they are used to long drives etc)

    After reading some Roadtrip forums we quickly booked Grand Canyon and Sequoia as we realised they go fast. After doing some more research we probably should have done things in a different order but .. that's what we have now. I am after some advice as to what to see and how long to spend around Bryce and Zion and what else we could visit or do

    Our itinerary so far is below

    Arrive Los Angeles - 1 night, hotel booked
    Las Vegas - 1 night, hotel on strip booked
    Pick up rental RV Las Vegas
    Grand Canyon NP - 2 nights in South Rim NP campsite reserved
    Bryce NP - 1 night?
    Zion NP - 2 nights?
    ??? - 1-2 nights
    Sequoia NP - 3 nights in NP campsite reserved ( we booked 3 but could cancel 1 night)
    maybe drive back via San Simeon/Hearst Castle?
    Malibu - 1 night booked
    Return RV Los Angeles
    Santa Monica - 1 night hotel booked
    Leave Los Angeles

    Our RV can't go through Death Valley and it's 28ft so we have to come into Seqouia via I180.

    If anyone has some suggestions for the middle of our trip .. . how long to stay in each place or whether to squeeze in some other sites, also the best route to get to Seqouia .. any help would be greatly appreciated. Are there day or half day rafting trips (not very rough) that can be booked a day ahead. Does this trip look doable/enjoyable??

    Also do Walmart sell good road maps, I think this will be our closest supermarket when first starting. Any other tips for RVing would be handy.

    with thanks


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Some thoughts.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    That's a nice well balanced trip you have and you have obviously done your homework in your planning. Bryce canyon and Zion also book up early and I would look into it immediately. One night in Bryce and 2 in Zion is the way I would do it, both are spectacular, but Zion can easily absorb more time with walking through the canyon area alongside the Virgin river etc.

    Rubys Inn and RV park is pretty cool and right at the entrance to Bryce canyon. If there is a spot I would book it asap. You will get a free shuttle bus to the main Bryce Ampitheatre area and drive to the other southerly viewpoints. When doing this, drive to the furthest point first and stop on the way back up at the various viewpoints. This will put them all on your side of the road and you won't have to keep pulling across the traffic.

    On the way to Zion you might want to make quick stops at Red rock canyon and Checkaboard Mesa. As you enter Zion NP you will have to drive through the Mt Carmel tunnel. This will cost you $15 for a tunnel escort and a short wait while they stop oncoming traffic from entering so that you can drive down the middle and clear the sides of the tunnel. Good fun ! Try the Watchman campground in Zion NP but again it might be too late. There is an RV resort about 25mins away called Zion river resort and I think they still have a shuttle bus service to the canyon.

    To get to Sequoia and avoid DV from Bryce you will still go through Yosemite, lucky you !!
    From Zion you can head south on I15 to NV 168/US93/NV375 [ET Highway near area 51 where you will find the Litte'Ale'Inn] to US6 at Warm Springs. A good place to put the kettle on and stretch the legs in this deserted town that was once an old stagecoach post. In more recent years a couple of newer buildings were put up and a Hot tub built, fed by the natural spring coming from the mountain just a short walk up the hill. From here continue to Tonopah [old gritty mining town] on US6 to CA120 and across Yosemite on the Tioga pass. I would stop the night somewhere between Tonopah and Lee Vining and a rest area called 'Millers rest' would fit the bill quite nicely. It's just outside Tonopah, it's free, peaceful, with toilet blocks and is popular with bird watchers as the birds stop here on their migration path.

    I would certainly go for a 2 night stop and spend a little time in Yosemite next day and perhaps look for some place to stop in Oakhurst before headin to Sequoia. [The High Sierra RV park is OK].

    I'm not sure but I would imagine Walmart sell maps, but you should find them in most gas stations. I would personally get some before you depart and get familiar with them and the roads. Local book stores should be able to order them in or simply look at the 'Shop' link in the tool bar above and order on line.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Walmart does sell maps, including their own edition of the Rand McNally atlas. Its your standard atlas, but its only $7, in part because it also includes a directory of all the Walmart and Sams Clubs in the US. I probably have a half dozen of them around the house!

    You'll typically find them in the books section of the store, along with in the magazine racks near the checkouts.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvfamilyholiday View Post
    Also do Walmart sell good road maps, I think this will be our closest supermarket when first starting.
    Hi Annette, If you are a member of the RACV, NMRA, RACQ, or your State's equivalent, make sure you take your membership with you. When you arrive in LA, go visit the AAA and you will get excellent maps from them FREE! It is part of their reciprocal arrangement with automobile clubs worldwide. While you are there, make sure you also get their camping guide (also free), tell them what you are about to do, and they will offer you whatever else they have.

    As well as that, I always buy a Rand McNally road atlas, which can come in very handy, but is not essential.

    Lifey in Melbourne
    Last edited by Lifemagician; 06-14-2012 at 09:25 PM. Reason: correction

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