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  1. Default Southwest winter road trip at the end of november-your help please...

    Hello all,

    I really need your help (-:
    Starting our road trip November 21st in Phoenix, Arizona and finish it on the 12th of December in Phoenix. we have 3 weeks to travel and we like to see the best scenery, wilderness/national parks/water and mountains as possible. less off an Urban tour and less desert (-:

    We thought of starting with red rock, head to grand canyon (south rim), then to Bryce. we really would like to see Yosemite.
    What do you think? is that a good plan? what should we change? where should we go next?

    my partner is 5 month pregnant at the time of travel so we don't want to drive very long full days so a bit limited I think to 4-6 hours drive a day.

    2 years ago we've been 4 days in February in Colorado and loved it! (vail, frisco).


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

    Default East or West.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    The best plan is the one you feel most comfortable and happy with. You could visit Yosemite but you would have to keep an eye out on the conditions as it's possible you will need to carry snowchains and use them if required. There is also a chance that the popular route in from the east over Tioga Pass will be closed, it typically closures in November for the season with the first big storm to hit the mountains, although it can see temporary closures as well. This wouldn't be a huge problem as you can drive around the mountains and visit the Valley which is also spectacular. Death valley and Sequoia NP could also be included in the trip, also the same weather issues applies to Sequoia. Another option would be to head through Northeast Monument valley after GC and head towards Arches and Canyonlands and then make your way to Bryce canyon via Capital Reef NP and Utah scenic byway12. You could then head to Zion NP and then towrds Vegas on the return leg with possible detours to Valley of Fire, Death valley and Hoover dam to name a few. You could also look around the Page area, Antelope canyon, Horseshoe bend and Lake Powell for examples.

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    Thanks Dave.
    Your reply is very helpful.
    What route would you take? Would you plan two alternatives if driving to Yosemite?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    From Bryce, head for Las Vegas via US-89 and UT-9 through Zion. If Tioga Pass is open, take NV-160 to Pahrump then Bell Vista Avenue to Death Valley Junction. Jog onto CA-190 through Death Valley, exit to Lone Pine via CA-136, then take US-395 to Lee Vining and CA-120 over the pass. If Tioga is closed, take I-15 out of LV to CA-58 to CA-99 to CA-41 into Yosemite.

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