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    Default Easter 2017 road trip feom Denver to Las Vegas and back again.


    I am new to this site today. So hello, we are a family of 3 with a 10 year old son who live in Bristol, England.

    I am planning a road trip from Denver to Las Vegas and back again. Here is a list of the places I would like to visit.

    Denver 2 nights
    Gunnison and the Black Canyon
    Cortez and Meza Verde NP
    Drive through Monument Valley on route 163
    Grand Canyon North or South rim, not sure which is better.
    Las Vegas 5 nights
    Zion NP
    Bruce Canyon
    Arches NP

    Fly home from Denver.

    This way round is cheaper for flights than to Vegas. I assume this is because of Spring Break.

    Any help and advise would be much appreciated.

    Take care


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    Sorry forgot to say we are thinking of doing this over 14 or 15 nights.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default The loop.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    It will have to be the south rim as the North rim access road will still be closed early Spring. With half your nights spent in 2 City's and 3.5 days driving, be warned you are not leaving a lot of time for the natural wonders. From Denver you could head to Moab that is home to Arches and Canyonlands NP's. You could then head to Bryce canyon and Zion before Vegas and after head to the south rim, through Monument valley to Mesa Verde and Durango, up the 'Million Dollar Highway' [US550] through the mountain towns of Silverton and Ouray to US50 and Black canyon. You could then continue on US50 through Currecanti Rec area and over Monarch pass and Poncha springs before taking 285 back to Denver. That's one way but there are other options. If you have any specific questions please ask.

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    Zion is amazing!!!!! It's so beautiful and one of my top 3 favorite National Parks!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default Different.

    Quote Originally Posted by bunnj View Post
    Grand Canyon North or South rim, not sure which is better.
    Jeannette, It is not a case of which is better, they both are fantastic. The South rim is more developed and commercialised. The North rim has less development - just the major services - and as a result is quieter

    It is easier to get around by yourself at the North rim, whereas at the South rim you are encouraged to go by shuttle. It is much easier to park at all the view points at the North rim, as it is nowhere near as busy as the South rim

    The drive to the North rim is a very scenic drive, and worth taking your time over.

    There is an IMAX theatre by the South rim, with a great movie of the canyon.

    Each side has short and extreme hikes, as well as spectacular views of the Colorado River.

    The North rim is 1000feet higher than the South rim, so the canyon is deeper from that point of view. But essentially they each give you a view of the spectacular canyon.

    It is very much a personal choice as to which to visit. For me, give me the North Rim any day.


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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default True, when both are open.

    As Lifey mentioned above, they are both great and both have there own identity, but as I mentioned previously, the North rim will not be accessible by road in April.

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