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National Parks advice!

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National Parks advice!

My boyfriend and I are doing a 2 week road trip through Yosemite, Sequoia, Zion and Bryce from June 21st to July 9th but as novice campers/hikers we would love some advice!

We've booked to stay in Crane Flat campsite in Yosemite but apart from that haven't booked any campsites (we've realised this is a big mistake as all the big campsites seem to have been reserved months ago). Can anyone suggest good campsites in or near Sequoia, Zion and Bryce? Or the best way to book campsites?

Also any general tips about how we get around within the camps, good hikes for beginners, essential equipment or things we really should know about beforehand would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: National Parks advice!

You may be too late to book campsites at Zion and Bryce - there are limited options and high demand.

You can try the campsites right in the parks. In Springdale you can try www.zioncamp.com. Otherwise the Walmart in Hurricane will let you sleep in the parking lot.

One bad option is to camp east of Zion. That means you are driving an hour plus each way to get to the mandatory shuttle at the west entrance. However that may be your only option. Zion Ponderosa Ranch is one option to the east.

Realistically you may need to rethink your trip. There are areas in UT where you can find camping, but Zion/Bryce may not be feasible last minute. For example Moab has virtually unlimited camping options.

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2. Re: National Parks advice!

Bryce has just as much or even more dispersed camping than Moab and fewer restrictions (sanitation for instance) You can camp all around Red Canyon on the forest roads just west of Bryce. If you really need organized campgrounds you are probably out of luck for Zion, Bryce and Moab.

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3. Re: National Parks advice!

The sites to look for online camping reservations are recreation.gov, reserveamerica.com, and hipcamp.com. You probably are to late to find anything in those parks. You may find private stuff somewhat close. I would check everyday to see if you get lucky and get a cancel.

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4. Re: National Parks advice!

Thanks for all the help everyone!

We are almost there with our plan, we have now got Crane flat booked (Yosemite), Sunset Campground booked (Sequoia), South Campground booked (Zion), plus private campgrounds booked near Bryce, Escalante and Antelope Canyon. Then we are going to try FCFS sites at Kaibab and Ten X near Grand Canyon.

Now we are just working out which hikes want to do/which we think we are fit enough to do and what to bring.

Thanks again, we are so excited!

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5. Re: National Parks advice!

Get to the FCFS sites as early as you can, before noon for sure.

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