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Coming from LA to explore AZ

Hello South Westerners!

Fellow FJ owner from Los Angeles, planning a trip to AZ next weekend. (March 24-26th) This will be my first time exploring in AZ in an overland capable vehicle so I would love to explore some areas that most people don't get to see. Thats what brought me to this section of the forum, I need opinions/suggestions from the locals! haha

Here are the areas I've found interesting online.
  • Grand Canyon (Its a must right?! Ive never been)
  • Diamond Creek Rd from Peach Springs, AZ. (I read you can drive this to the bottom of the canyon, and there is a camping area along the Colorado River
  • Toroweap Overlook
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Marble Canyon
  • Grandview Lookout
  • Glen Canyon
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Antelope Island
  • Lone Rock Beach (thats Powell isnt it?)
  • Escalante (see note below)

*this was quoted from another thread in this section
"For Escalante, Don't forget to take the drive from South to North or vice versa on the trail where the below surface coal is burning. (See my sig link) very scenic and lengthy drive. We stuck tent anywhere there was spot. There was nobody else. I believe it starts almost where the South end visitor center is."
Grand Canyon/Lake Powell/Escalante National Monument

This list isn't an itinerary just some things Ive found online.
My buddy and I are leaving either Thursday night (late start 9pm-ish) or Friday super early and coming back Sunday but don't really have a plan on where to go each day / or where to camp each night.

My FJ can handle a decent amount of wheeling so Im open to any suggestions. I would love to see Lake Powell but Google Maps says its 12hrs to there from LA so I might have to pass. (12hrs back home on Sunday will not be fun) The furthest I'd want to drive away from LA is 8-9hrs which according to Google Maps is the Antelope Canyon area. I would also love to sleep near some kind of stream, or lake but I know that area is fairly dry. Also, Im aware that the North Rim is closed til May :/

I tried planning a route that can be done in those 3 days but don't know if Im planning the best thing possible. I truly appreciate any and all suggestions or opinions, thank you ahead of time!

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Re: Coming from LA to explore AZ

Forgot to add Havasupai point! I believe there are campsites within a mile from there so thats probably a for sure stop during this trip.
I think we're going to leave Thursday night, and try to get as close to the Grand Canyon area as possible before pulling over for some sleep. Maybe start Friday with Diamond Creek Rd from Peach Springs, AZ. Hit the bottom of the canyon eat lunch, then head back out and north to the GC area. Then from there go to Havasupai point and camp there Friday night. Saturday morning head to Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon and try to camp Saturday night near Toroweap Point.

Anyone have any suggestions?


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Re: Coming from LA to explore AZ

I can chime in regarding Diamond Creek Road.
First off, it's on reservation land. You will need to stop into the motel and pay to go on that road. (I think I paid $23/person in August 2015)
I didn't camp, but that costs more.
Expect it to take you an hour each way on the road. Longer if you stop to take pictures.
The farther you go down the road, the more excited you'll be.
Pictures don't do it justice.
I would suggest airing down to help with the bumpy road. When I got done, I aired back up in the parking lot of the motel. There are also gas stations with pay for air, if you don't have a compressor.

The closer you get to the bottom, the rockier the road gets, then you'll get to where the creek spills onto the road. Driving wasn't affected by the water, so you should be good.
I sped up the video to 2X for time constraints, but here's a good way to waste 30 minutes.
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Re: Coming from LA to explore AZ

The other thing I noticed is that a lot of the places you suggested are on the north side of the canyon, where as Peach Springs is on the south side.
If you end up on the south side only then I'd suggest making the Sedona area your destination for wheeling and camping.
Hope it's a good trip, that area is beautiful!
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The other thing I noticed is that a lot of the places you suggested are on the north side of the canyon, where as Peach Springs is on the south side.
If you end up on the south side only then I'd suggest making the Sedona area your destination for wheeling and camping.
Hope it's a good trip, that area is beautiful!
Thank you for the information! and the video haha
Where were you able to take that 2nd photo of the FJ near the cliff?


Also, I can remove Peach Springs from the itinerary and make Rock Crossing Campground my first destination. Does anyone have experience with this area?

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Thank you for the information! and the video haha
Where were you able to take that 2nd photo of the FJ near the cliff?


Also, I can remove Peach Springs from the itinerary and make Rock Crossing Campground my first destination. Does anyone have experience with this area?
I spent a week in Sedona and surrounding areas.
The cliff picture is on the top side of Schnebly Hill Road.
The one with the raft is at the end of Diamond Creek road.
The other photo is on Broken Arrow Trail in Sedona.
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Thank you!

As I keep doing my research on AZ I continue finding other points of interest away from the Grand Canyon. The areas surrounding Sedona seem to have more camping areas along streams and bodies of water which is my favorite kind of camping.

I might just have to reroute my trip.
Hopefully someone on this forum has some more suggestions. @BlindWilly , what can you suggest sir?

LA to Phoenix area and head north to the Red Rock Crossing area, maybe go to Knoll Lake before that? Then finish my trip on Sunday with Havasupai Point at sunset before heading home?
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Sorry man, I don't have all the camping info for you.
On my trip out there, we had a free stay at a condo in Sedona. However, I just typed in Camping on google maps around Sedona and found a bunch of options.
https://www.google.com/maps/search/c...6!2d34.8697395

Hopefully, someone else will chime in with more info.
Have you tried the Overland Bound website?
They seem to have some pretty good people over there. Here's the link to the Southwest Region in the forums:
https://www.overlandbound.com/forums...south-west.80/

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Thank you! Im about to register on that forum
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We just got back from a trip to Sedona and Tucson.
If you do get a chance, Sedona is amazing.
In Sedona hit these trails:
Broken Arrow - Must do. Go to Submarine Rock and Chicken (point) Rock.
Scnebly Hill. It was closed half way up last week. Hopefully its open because the views here are to me better than grand canyon.
Cliffhanger - not a must do
Greasy Spoon - not a must do

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