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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:46 PM

Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon North Rim late August -early September, any recomendations?

We like hiking up to around 10 miles per day. Really interested in anything unusual or non-touristy, too. We will be fying in and out of Las Vegas (NO interest in gambling whatsoever)

Ideas? Comments?


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Reply Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon North Rim late August -early September, any recomendations? (Original post)
we can do it Jan 2013 OP
cbayer Jan 2013 #1
we can do it Jan 2013 #2
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we can do it Jan 2013 #6

Response to we can do it (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:00 PM

1. If you don't want tourists, I would recommend you stay away from Grand Canyon at that time of year.

I would even stay away from Zion and Bryce. They can all be like Disneyworld at that time of you.

You might want to look at Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument in Utah. It is stunningly beautiful and much less visited. There are lots of great hikes and other things to do. Just driving through it is utterly amazing. The Highway 12 drive is particularly stunning.

If you head to Four Corners, you will also see less tourists and can go to Arches and Garden of the Gods.

Sounds like a great trip (and to one of my favorite areas in the whole country).

Edited to add: Look into the National Park Pass. If you do decide to go to one of the bigger parks, it will save you time and money.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:13 PM

2. Thanks! Already have parks pass. We often do more congested hikes, etc. early am, then go on longer

less traveled ones as the day progresses. We are planning on doing the highway 12 drive, too and hopefully kodachrome.

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Response to we can do it (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:30 PM

3. Yes to kodachrome. On Highway 12, there is a town on the road, the name of which I can't

remember.

There is a great motel there that has small cabins, some with cooking facilities, and a small store with local foods. We were there off season and got a great deal on our place, but it might book up in the summer. There are not many places to stay on 12, which is actually a great advantage, imo.

I'm envious! I can picture it now.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:21 PM

4. Any GLBT issues near the parks that you know of?

We are pretty benign, but really don't want to patronize any blatant homophobes.

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Response to we can do it (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:24 PM

5. Not that I know of, but there are lots of Mormons, of course.

My experience is that they take a rather live and let live approach, plus they seem to love tourists of all stripes.

But, being straight and not having traveled through there with any GLBT friends, I don't have any personal experience. Have you checked some of the GLBT guidebooks or sites?

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Response to cbayer (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:29 PM

6. A little, they seem to agree with you.

And suggest staying out / passing thru of some small fundamentalist towns, I'll have to check it again, but they don't sound appealing anyway.

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