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    Default Southern CA to N. Central MT road trip

    Hi All, I'm beginning to plan a trip to the Bitterrot in MT from just outside of Los Angeles. I know my first few stops: Vegas, Zion Nat'l Park and maybe Bryce N.P What are your must see's in Utah? What are your favorite RV friendly routes? Do you think, April is too soon to head up into Utah, Wyoming and Montana?
    Thank you,
    Michael Elliott

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    Default Weather can be wild up that way

    You'll need to be flexible and prepared.

    Here is some of my dashcam video from a run from N. Colo to Seattle and back in late April.
    At the 5:00 minute mark I am south of Billings MT headed south/east on I-90.
    Late April.


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    What type of RV are you driving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by openmind View Post
    Hi All, I'm beginning to plan a trip to the Bitterrot in MT from just outside of Los Angeles. I know my first few stops: Vegas, Zion Nat'l Park and maybe Bryce N.P What are your must see's in Utah? What are your favorite RV friendly routes? Do you think, April is too soon to head up into Utah, Wyoming and Montana?
    Thank you,
    Michael Elliott
    Hi Michael,

    We've gone to Utah in our 30 foot motorhome (towing a jeep) almost every April for the last 12 years since DH retired. Usually towards the middle or end of the month. We've had all ranges of weather. I remember one year mother nature played an April Fools joke on us and had a couple of inches of snow in Zion. That's pretty unusual. We've also been in Capitol Reef and had it snow and we've also had beautiful warm sunny weather in Utah in April.

    I don't know about Wyoming and Montana. April and the chances of snow up there would worry me in an RV.

    You don't mention what kind of RV you have or how long you have for the trip. I would recommend Zion, Bryce and then AFTER CHECKING THE WEATHER and if there's no chance of snow, I'd drive Hwy 12 between Bryce and Torrey, UT for spectacular views and spend some time in Capitol Reef National Park. Depending on how much time you have you might want to check out Moab, UT and Canyonlands and Arches National park but just make sure you're not there over Jeep Week unless you like CROWDS!

    Utahtea

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    As mentioned above, how much time do you have and is it a one way trip or return ? All weather permitting I agree with the above, from Bryce take UT scenic 12 to UT24 through Capital Reef and then you could head north on US191 past Dinosaur NM and Flaming Gorge Res. Perhaps visit Moab for Arches and Canyonlands ? You have many options it's more a case of what appeals to you the most and then start working out a route to join them up, which we can help with.

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