Here are the URL’s to the RWGPS maps:
DATES (as of this email) — flexible and subject to change:
Sept22nd — Arrive in Moab
Sept23rd — Sightseeing Moab & a couple short hikes in Arches NP.
Sept24th — Finish seeing Moab and head southwest to Mt. Carmel (20+ miles east of Zion NP)
Sept25th — Sightseeing Zion NP
Sept26th — Depending on wishes of the group…another day in Zion or start the bike tour back to Moab
etc., etc., etc.
DISTANCE: Mt. Carmel (close to Zion NP) to Moab — 320 miles. Approx 10 days of riding.
Major sightseeing locations: Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Escalante Grand Staircase, Escalante Petrified Forest, Capitol Reef NP, Goblin Valley SP, San Juan Reef, Arches NP, Fisher Towers
Itinerary: Again, I’ve tried to thread together State Parks, National Parks, other campgrounds, RV parks, and hotels.
Mount Carmel: Mount Carmel Motel & RV Park, (435) 648-2323, Mt. Carmel. Simple & Basic, very good reviews. Leave my truck here.
Zion NP Hiking: http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
Angel’s Landing Trail: http://www.utah.com/hike/angels-landing-trail
Narrow’s Trail: http://www.utah.com/hike/the-narrows-trail
Canyon Overlook: http://www.utah.com/hike/canyon-overlook-trail
Hidden Canyon Trail: http://www.utah.com/hike/hidden-canyon-trail
Mt. Carmel to Harold’s Place — 45 miles
Junct Hwy89/Hwy12: Harold’s Place Inn, SE of Panguitch, 17 mls from Bryce, turn R on Hwy12 off Hwy89 twd Bryce. (435) 676-8886. Simple & Basic, good reviews.
ALT: Red Canyon Campground, 4 mls east of Harold’s Place. Camping, Water, Showers, $15
ALT: (Quality Inn Bryce Canyon, S of Panguitch on Hwy89, pricier, (435) 676-8770)
Junct Hwy89/Hwy12 to Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park — 19 miles
Bryce Canyon Hiking: http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm
Peekaboo Loop: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/peekabooloop.htm
Fairyland Loop: http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/fairylandloop.htm
Bryce Canyon NP to Escalante — 50 miles
Escalante Petrified Forest SP, Escalante, PH:435-826-4466. Water, showers, camping. http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/escalante-petrified-forest-state-park
Hiking: Petrified Forest Loop
Escalante to Torrey — 65 miles (6900 ft elevation gain) — MAJOR CLIMB
Days Inn, Torrey 435-425-3111
Sandhill RV Park, west side of Torry. Allows Tents. Very good reviews. (435) 425-3577. (Wonderland RV Park–rude owners)
Escalante to Singletree Camp: 52 mls (just past 2nd summit)
USDA Campground: Singletree Campground: Large, Water, Showers, etc., $10
Escalante to Oak Creek Camp: 46 mls (just past 1st summit)
USDA Campground: Oak Creek Campground: Small, Water, Vault Toilets, $9
Torrey to Capitol Reef NP — 13 miles
Capitol Reef NP: http://www.nps.gov/care/index.htm Developed campground (Fruita)–First-come first-served — Water, No Showers — $5 w/ Golden Age Pspt.
Hiking: Trail Guide — http://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/trailguide.htm
Hanksville to Goblin Valley SP — 20 mls
Dir: North from Hanksville on Hwy24 13 mls to Goblin Valley Cutoff Rd (might be gravel), turn L 7 miles to park.
Goblin Valley SP: Water, Showers, Tent Camping, etc. $18 PH:435-275-4584
San Rafael Swell: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Rafael_Swell
Hiking: Little Wild Horse Canyon — http://www.utah.com/thingtodo25639.htm, http://www.climb-utah.com/SRS/lwh.htm Little Wild Horse Canyon is located in Emery County between the towns of Green River and Hanksville. From Green River, Utah follow I-70 west for 11 miles to Exit #149 and Highway 24. Follow Highway 24 south for 24 miles to mile maker 136 and the signed turn-off to Goblin Valley State Park. Follow the signs to Goblin Valley State Park. The signed turn-off to Little Wild Horse Canyon is located 11 miles from Highway 24 and 2 miles before the Goblin Valley State Park fee station on the west side of the road. Follow the dirt road for 5.3 miles to the Little Wild Horse trailhead. The trailhead has parking, a vault toilet, trail register and information kiosk. The trailhead can usually be reached by passenger car in good weather.
Goblin Valley SP to Green River SP: 50 miles
Green River SP: PH:435-564-3223, all facilities, $18
Green River to Moab: 22 miles
Arches NP, Fisher Towers, Petroglyphs
Arches NP: http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm
Hiking: Delicate Arch Trail — http://www.utah.com/hike/delicate-arch-trail
Landscape Arch Trail — http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/landscape-arch-hike-arches/
Moab petroglyphs: http://www.discovermoab.com/rockart.htm