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Old 10-18-2010, 06:31 PM   #1
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Utah Christmas / New Years - 30 Oct - the trip is on

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Bill Wilsons Xmas and New Years Tour de Utah 2010

Current route:
Southern California
Mojave Preserve
Las Vegas
Snow Canyon
Coral Pink San Dunes
Dixie National Forest
Bryce
Kodachrome
Zion
Quail Creek
Virgin River
Valley of Fire
Southern Califoronia

1231 miles
18 Dec thru 04 Jan
several of the parks are very close
may drive in and out same day
When we find a cool spot, stop and hang
Weather will also be a factor
Will print out this map and mark up with Morreseys Backroads
Any input appreciated



Orignal post:Work is a PITA

Got a hole during Xmas thru NY

Baja or Southern Utah

Baja - desert and beach and a bit of "uncertanty"

Utah - mountains, high desert, great scenery

Pretty much know the Baja drill

Any first hand experiance Utah during Xmas thru NY??

Bryce, Escalante, Kodachrome etc??

Lots of it open year round

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Old 10-19-2010, 08:07 AM   #2
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Re: Utah Christmas / New Years - anyone been there done that?

No one been to Utah during Xmas/NY ?
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:41 AM   #3
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Re: Utah Christmas / New Years - anyone been there done that?

Cold. Very cold.
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Cold. Very cold.

Most likely pretty cold


I am reluctant to do Baja with my wife
would have to camp in group type sites for her comfort and safety
Group sites kinda negate the goal
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Re: Utah Christmas / New Years - anyone been there done that?

I would still be reluctant to head down to Baja solo right now as well . I've been to Utah in the early spring and late fall, but never in the middle of winter. What about Arizona as another, warmer option for that time of year?
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I would still be reluctant to head down to Baja solo right now as well . I've been to Utah in the early spring and late fall, but never in the middle of winter. What about Arizona as another, warmer option for that time of year?

Utah is a choice because of the scenery Mrs. Wilson wants to see
Arizona is a bit less scenic

Will do some homework

I lived in Mammoth for 10 years, i am ok w/ dressing for the cold
The wife, being form Thailand gets cold easy but IS better after two years
Me thinks, with Hot Chilies long johns, lined pants and a good parka we would be good

will be calling the Kodachrome state park ranger tomarrow to get some first hand info

Sad about The Baja
Will post on Baja Nomads, they do some caravan type trips
will advise

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Baja Xmas to NY convoy/caravan ???
Want do take the wife to Baja Xmas thru NY
Sportsmobile 4x4 rig, self contained
Although i lived in Mex for 10 years, i am not comfortable
solo in remote places for know reasons
Any one planning a similar trip??
Sea of Cortez side or we are open
thanx in advance

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We are probably going to be in the Mulege/Loreto region over X-mass & NYs

Going down thru Gonzaga.
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Baja Xmas to NY convoy/caravan ???
Want do take the wife to Baja Xmas thru NY
Sportsmobile 4x4 rig, self contained
Although i lived in Mex for 10 years, i am not comfortable
solo in remote places for know reasons
Any one planning a similar trip??
Sea of Cortez side or we are open
thanx in advance

bw
We are probably going to be in the Mulege/Loreto region over X-mass & NYs

Going down thru Gonzaga.

1) get a life, off the boards!!
2) pm me w/ phone, lets chat
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Re: Utah Christmas / New Years - anyone been there done that?

It will be cold and most likley snowy, especially in the higher locals like Bryce. Perhaps the Moab/Canyonlands area is a better choice, but it will be cold there too. My wife and I love going to the area during the winter because the place is deserted. We stayed at Dead Horse SP last winter and snowshoed for a few days, we were the only ones in the campground. Arches is also well worth seeing in the winter time.
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