Long ago in a state far, far to the east, a girl had a dream. Her dream was to touch the rim of the Grand Canyon, to hike through the Narrows in Zion, to watch the light change in the Antelope Canyon, to see hoodoos and the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend.
This week, that dream is getting a little bit closer to reality. Why this week, you ask? Because on recreation.gov, you can make campsite reservations exactly six months in advance of your trip, so on Tuesday, I start booking.
It will take us 30 (!!!) hours to drive out to Arizona from South Carolina. That is a solid three days of driving, pulling the camper. Not for the faint of heart! But the West is not moving any closer, and airline tickets would break the budget (plus where would we put our beloved pop up camper on the airplane?), so we’re loading up the Championship Edition minivan and our three almost grown kiddos and heading out.
As much as I’ve thought about this trip, I’ve only planned the first few stops. I am still a little at a loss as to what we absolutely must do. I also know we will need to build in some downtime or risk scenic overlook overload. Here’s what I’ve got:
- Day 1: South Carolina to Memphis, TN
- Day 2: Memphis to Amarillo, TX
- Day 3: Amarillo to North Rim of Grand Canyon campground
- Day 4: Hike North Rim area, eat supper at the Lodge
- Day 5: Leave North Rim area, drive to Zion National Park, camp at Watchman
- Day 6: Hike the Narrows.
- Day 7: Hike Angels’ Landing in Zion.
- Day 8: Drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, camp at Panguitch Lake or another National Forest campground that takes reservation, maybe Ruby’s RV park in order to have hookups.
- Day 9: Hike in Bryce Canyon or maybe just fish and chill.
- Day 10: Leave Bryce Canyon, go to Glen Canyon National Recreation area on the AZ/Utah border
- Day 11: Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell/Colorado river rent kayaks
- Day 12: Tour of Lower Antelope Canyon near Page, AZ
- Day 13: Trip back
- Day 14: Trip back
- Day 15: Trip back
Reservations begin booking soon! I’m so excited!