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City: Prescott Valley
Begins: Mar 27, 2018
Date: Fri, May 11th, 2018
Start: Prescott Valley, AZ
End: Prescott Valley, AZ
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 163.1
Entry Visits: 144
Journal Visits: 3,017
Guestbook Views: 14
Guestbook Entrys: 1
Post trip info
Here’s a recap for anyone interested in info on our trip:
There were more people than we had anticipated - even on long, rough dirt roads.
There are a lot of free BLM camping opportunities but expect other people around.
Permits were not required, free or inexpensive for all the hikes. The highest fee was Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada with a $ 10 entrance fee. We have an America the Beautiful pass but only used it at Bryce Canyon NP on the last day but would have needed it with a later entry to Arches NP.
Bring hand soap to Bryce Canyon NP because it was not offered in the bathrooms at the trailheads. The camping soap sheets are handy for this and they even sell them at Walmart (camping department) and lots of websites. The bathrooms were clean in the morning but by 1pm, they were filthy.
The weather in March was colder and windier than we would have liked. A campfire would not be a good idea with the spring wind. Mid to late April is ideal for southern Utah.
These are the favorite hikes (see those posts for details):
o Slot canyon: Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Canyons loop
o Ruins: Bullet Canyon hike to Perfect Kiva and Jailhouse Ruin
o Rock art: Horseshoe Canyon
o Regular hike: Capitol Reef NP
Crazy Horse RV campground in Kanab was dirty but at least the woman running it was nice. The laundry fee was the cheapest of all our stops. Nedra’s Too was the only restaurant open for breakfast other than McDonald’s. Food and service were good with large servings but a little expensive and barely opened on time.
For info on Moab, see the April 20th post.
For Escalante campground, see the April 27th post. Boots Café did not open when posted.
The Coleman tent that the wind demolished was old and held up well through a lot of use so we had bought another one when we spotted a sale knowing that this may be its last trip. We took the new Coleman tent when we set back out and had problems with the zippers by the second day. It is also noticeably flimsier than the other one which was apparent using them within a week of each other. We considered taking them up on the warranty but we’re required to pay for return shipping (once we received preauthorization to return it) so it was not worth the money. Sadly, our Coleman car camping tent days are over. Our first backpacking tent was made by Coleman under their Peak One label and we still have it!
The area was amazing and our repeat visits to the National Parks were worth the stop. I don’t think we’ll ever be done with southern Utah!
Canyon Country 2018
Tom & Alicia
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