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Utah Big 5 trip

Wife and I are road-tripping to Utah again to do the Big 5 and the North Rim over Thanksgiving. Have been to Moab and the Grand Canyon before but wanted to get off the beaten path a little and avoid the summer and fall surges.

What we have planned:

North Rim - Point Sublime
Zion - the normal stuff (narrows, road tour, etc), maybe Barracks Trail if passable
Bryce - Navajo Loop hike, see the viewpoints
Capitol Reef - Cathedral Valley Loop, Fruita, road tour, Trembling Giant (while we are in the area)
Moab - Tower Arch OHV trail, White Rim road, hike the arches in the park

Might do Goblin Valley if time allows.

If anyone has any ideas on what else we should do please advise! We have been to Moab multiple times so not sure is there is a lot left to do there.
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Sounds like an amazing trip, at a great time of year! Goblins Valley is well worth it, VERY special, unique place, and easily accessible
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Elevation at Point Sublime is 8245 feet. Keep an eye on the weather. See North Rim operations transition to day use beginning in November

If you drive US-89A (going to or coming from) Jacobs Lake, the view of the Vermilion Cliffs and Marble Canyon are spectacular. If going through Page (Glen Canyon Dam), consider visiting Antelope Canyon. It is on Navajo Land, but the hike is awesome.

Finally, if you have time in Moab, Canyonlands National Park is nearby. The Island in the Sky Section is my favorite and Upheaval Dome is a geological wonder. When driving back to Moab, consider coming down Shafer Trail. This is not difficult, but fun and scenic.

There is so much to see in southern Utah, a person should allow a couple weeks to visit.
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Re: Utah Big 5 trip

Thanks for the advise so far, and yes I am already watching the Arizona DOT for road and weather advisories. Also I've done Shafer and Canyonlands already.

Anyone else recommend anything? Maybe places to eat in rural Utah (seems like things might be kinda scarce out there)?
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Thanks for the advise so far, and yes I am already watching the Arizona DOT for road and weather advisories. Also I've done Shafer and Canyonlands already.

Anyone else recommend anything? Maybe places to eat in rural Utah (seems like things might be kinda scarce out there)?
Very rural and sparse restaurants outside Moab. Possibly the best place for a great meal for many miles around is between Moab and Castle Valley, right on the Colorado - the River Grill at Sorrel River Ranch - outstanding, and worth the $$
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I plan to visit Horseshoe Canyon (Maze District Canyonlands) when I go next spring (it's only about 50 miles from Capitol Reef). They have BLM camping and a pretty good pictograph scene. Here's a link: https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvis...shoecanyon.htm

"Horseshoe Canyon contains some of the most significant rock art in North America. The Great Gallery, the best known panel in Horseshoe Canyon, includes well-preserved, life-sized figures with intricate designs. Other impressive sights include spring wildflowers, sheer sandstone walls and mature cottonwood groves along the intermittent stream in the canyon bottom. Horseshoe Canyon was added to Canyonlands in 1971."
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Wife and I are road-tripping to Utah again to do the Big 5 and the North Rim over Thanksgiving. Have been to Moab and the Grand Canyon before but wanted to get off the beaten path a little and avoid the summer and fall surges.

What we have planned:

North Rim - Point Sublime
Zion - the normal stuff (narrows, road tour, etc), maybe Barracks Trail if passable
Bryce - Navajo Loop hike, see the viewpoints
Capitol Reef - Cathedral Valley Loop, Fruita, road tour, Trembling Giant (while we are in the area)
Moab - Tower Arch OHV trail, White Rim road, hike the arches in the park

Might do Goblin Valley if time allows.

If anyone has any ideas on what else we should do please advise! We have been to Moab multiple times so not sure is there is a lot left to do there.
My wife and I did North Rim, Zion, and Bryce a couple of years ago in a single trip (in the FJ of course!). We spent a lot of time hiking (down into the canyon in Bryce and clear to Wall Street in Zion) and Mountain Biking, so we didn't visit as many places as you're planning. But it was definitely one of the best weeks we've ever spent. Have a great time!

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Re: Utah Big 5 trip

I will be going with some family friends in the last week of december, 4 people total.

I have no rock crawling experience, and family & friends never driven off the pavement.

Are there any offroad trails beginner friendly? like... no cliffs or big boulder on the path? a quick google search didn't help, lol. I will look into the places mentioned above.


I have a Forester and I could stay on the pavement for the whole time, but I know I/they would miss out a lot.
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Damn this would be a sweet getaway this time of the year, jealous much.
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I will be going with some family friends in the last week of december, 4 people total.

I have no rock crawling experience, and family & friends never driven off the pavement.

Are there any offroad trails beginner friendly? like... no cliffs or big boulder on the path? a quick google search didn't help, lol. I will look into the places mentioned above.


I have a Forester and I could stay on the pavement for the whole time, but I know I/they would miss out a lot.
Are you doing all of southern Utah or just the Moab area?
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