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    Default Grand Circle, UT Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, GC in Winter?

    We are planning a road trip for early January 2010 that will include Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

    Our plans include renting an 25 ft RV, starting in Las Vegas and looping around the Grand Circle back to Vegas over a three week time period.

    We're from the Northeast, so we're used to good amount of snow and winter driving - but would like to know a bit more about road conditions, park conditions, and if our trip will be impacted a lot by the weather conditions.

    Any tips, suggestions, or other help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your input!

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    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    Yes, there will probably be some impact. In order to leave Zion by the east entrance, you have to go through a tunnel. The road to get there can get very treacherous, and with an RV you have to pay a $15 toll and make a reservation, and they have to stop traffic to let you through. If you have to go back to I-15, you have to climb over 10000 feet to get to Bryce on UT-14, or go way out of your way up to UT-20. Bryce is at around 9000 feet. UT-12 from Bryce to Capitol Reef can get treacherous.

    You may be used to winter driving, but have you ever done it in a RV? I'm not trying to discourage you - the roads may all be clear, but the potential for issues is definitely there. What you have for "mountains" there in northern NJ are not even "hills" by Utah standards.

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