Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Park

With temperatures ranging from 63℉-104℉ for 3 nights between Thursday, June 16, 2022 and Sunday, June 19, 2022, Bennett Burgess, Cannon Burgess, Kimber Burgess, Matt Burgess, Ruby Burgess, Teagan Burgess cozied up to campsite #60B in Shana, a retro red canned ham travel trailer. The 1958 Shasta Airflyte Deluxe traveled 358 miles through 1 state to camp at Zion National Park near Springdale, Utahand received 5 compliments . Plan your RV camping trip to Zion National Park in Utah by reviewing more info at https://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm.
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From Devil’s Garden Campground at Arches National Park we did a couple hikes to Landscape Arch and Double Arches before heading through Capitol Reef National Park to stay overnight at the Noor Hotel. But before Capitol Reef we stopped at a not so popular trailhead for a very difficult 5 mile hike in the 100 degree heat of the day to beautiful slot canyons. On to Capitol Reef that is a quaint park with no formal entrance. In the middle of the park is a visitor center near and old homestead where orchards of fruit trees continue to flourish as part of a farm still in operation. We were too late to get a fresh pie from the local store that exists within a single old house on the property. After a good meal, showers and air conditioned sleep at the Noor Hotel we set out for Zion National Park stopping at Bryce Canyon National Park along the way. Our stop at Bryce was brief, but enough time to hop at shuttle bus to Bryce Point at 8300 feet to see the largest concentration of hoodoos in the world, then onto the Bryce Canyon Lodge before going onto Zion. Around 9pm we approached an ascent to Zion and 12 miles from entry our car made an awful sound followed by burnt rubber. On a 2-lane highway with few other cars and no reception, we had no options but to continue, so we did while closely monitoring the engine temperature. We made it to the park entrance and drove the entire route at sunset. Coming in so late we were able to pass through the 1.1 mile Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel constructed in 1930, which we otherwise would have not been allowed to pass with Shana. It was late and were hungry for dinner, so rather than going to our campground we left the park to eat dinner immediately outside in Springdale. We had a great meal at Zion Canyon Brew Pub, which closed at 10pm. We went back to our car to leave and the engine squealed loud with burnt rubber. At 10pm everything was closed and most hotels were full or extremely expensive, so we boon-docked in the parking lot which was a very safe area. At dawn the parking lot filled as it was the main entrance the most visitors walking into the park. The closest Toyota dealership was 45 minutes in St. George, so we tried service stations 20 minutes away in Hurricane. They were all booked for weeks, but one suggest a mobile mechanic who agreed to swing by first thing. While store owners asked when we would leave the kids played crayons outside the restaurants. Not knowing when the mechanic would arrive Matt went into the park to find another camper that could tow the camper, which did not work. The mobile mechanic finally arrived, determined the timing belt was stuck on a bearing that had malfunctioned. He left to get parts to return later. We were able to fire up the car and get the belt moving enough to drive to our campsite. A bit later in the day the mechanic returned to replace the belt and 2 bearings that we simply worn out at 280k miles. We played in the nearby Virgin River, then our next day we wet hiked the Narrows before having rooftop lunch at the lodge followed by a tour of Springdale including a taxidermy museum, Bumbleberry Pie and art galleries. That night before a ranger talk we realized the car battery was completely dead. The next morning after two attempts to jumpstart the battery we got enough juice to start the car so we were off for Las Vegas.

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