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  1. Default December/January: L.A.-Sedona-Grand Canyon-Page (Slot Canyons)-Zion-L.A.

    First road trip to these places (we live in L.A.) and will be towing a hybrid travel trailer (20-footer, or so.) We have no particular time limits... would like at least 2-3 days at each place. Will want to have campgrounds with hookups as much as possible, and try to avoid roads that might be closed due to snow (I know that's not terribly predictable!), but enjoy the scenery and fun little towns along the way.

    All suggestions welcomed!

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    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default From the General to the Specific

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Very generally, your proposed trip is the one of, or part of, the most often discussed routes here. So, my first recommendation would be that you read through some of the previous posts on this subject to get an idea of other places to visit and considerations to take into account. Also very generally, you should be fine on the weather as long as you are at low elevation, roughly through Phoenix and perhaps at Sedona, and then again after Zion through Las Vegas and back to Los Angeles. But once you climb up onto the Colorado Plateau for the Grand Canyon, Page and Zion, it will be cold. Snow will not be unusual anywhere along that portion of your trip. Note that the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is closed every winter from roughly November through June due to heavy snows. You will need to plan accordingly.

    Part of that planning will be to make sure that you have reservations at campsites with adequate hookups. Normally, your best bets are state parks for low cost sites, and national parks for proximity to the sights. However, in winter many parks, or at least the campgrounds, are closed and so you should contact each park to make sure that they will be open and that hookups will be in operation. Near Sedona, check out Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Near Page, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument offers camping but those sites tend to be a bit more 'primitive'. For The Grand Canyon and Zion, your best bets are in the parks themselves although near the Grand Canyon you may find camping in Kaibab National Forest south of the park and near Zion Snow Canyon and Quail Creek State Parks offer lower altitude (warmer) opportunities. Again, you'll need to check with each site to see if it's open and offers camping and/or hookups.


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