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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