First Camping Vacation 

20 days to go until our vacation finally starts. I am actually counting the days.

We will fly to from Frankfurt via Amsterdam to Salt Lake City and then the fun begins. Its going to be our first camping vacation. I admit I am excited and a bit nervous. This is going to be our home for a little less than 3 weeks.


It was not easy, at least for me, to decide where to go or to at least decide for a certain regoin. There was too much choice. After initially aiming for only Yellowstone we decided against it. There is so much more to see. This is the route that we have decided to go for. Exciting!!! 

We will start in SLC than head south to Zion NP via Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP to the North Rim of Grand Canyon. Then on to Lake Powell and Monument Valley and north again via Dead Horse Point SP to Dinosaur National Monument, Grand Teton NP to Yellowstone and finally back to SLC. 

Any recommendations for this area? Any good hikes, good photo spots etc? I am looking forward to your tipps. 

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20 thoughts on “First Camping Vacation 

  1. That’s awesome. You’re guaranteed to have a great trip! I’d highly recommend Antelope Canyon, which is super close to Lake Powell. Cascade Canyon is fantastic in Grand Teton and there is so much to see and do in Yellowstone. I have a bunch of posts on my blog about a few places you’re going to.

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  2. If you going to be at dead horse point, will you spend time at Canyonlands NP? Check that one out too. Pity we will only publish our US journeys in 4 months’ time. But we did a similar road trip too but from LV.
    You have bought the NP pass right? It saves you on entry.

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      • Yep we were in Canyonlands too!
        Antelope Canyon’s near Page and further along it you will see Glen Canyons. We only stopped at Antelope canyons but if you can, go Glen Canyons and share it with us!

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  3. If you going to the Arches NP be there early in the morning. It is beautiful.
    Antelope Canyon near by Pages, take the 12 o’clock trip, the colors are amazing.
    Powell lake, take a boat trip to the arches.

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    • No Arches is not going to be on our list, we did that one last year. But you are so right, we were there early in the morning to avoid some of the crowds! Page is lovely too. This time we will head for the upper antelope canyon as we did the lower last year as well. I have some posts about that trip if you want to check them out.

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      • Have fun, we will leave Germany in 19 days. Heading to Albuquerque for a couple of days and then to Vancouver for a round trip Jasper, Banff Vancouver. The first time with an TruckCamper. I am very excited 😊

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  4. I think you have chosen well. All you need is more time :). Timp Point is a great destination for the North Rim if you are ok with dry camping. We did Pink Coral Sand Park a few years ago – if you like beetles (not the pop music group) they have a tiger beetle found no where else on earth there. Kodachrome Basin SP is in the area and nice (all the National Parks were closed when we were there due to Govt shut down). Buckskin Gulch in the slot canyons north of the Vermillion Cliffs is fascinating, but do some research to see if this is of interest to you. Accommodations are primitive. Good luck & enjoy!

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  5. I grew up in the southwest. You have chosen a great route! You can relax knowing you are about to see beautiful places. There are no rights or wrongs – recommend not worrying about seeing everything, not possible. I do agree you should try for Antelope Canyon, just be sure to check the forecast for rain.

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  6. You are in for a treat. I absolutely love Zion, Grand Canyon, Monument valley. I haven’t been to the others but I’m sure they’ll be amazing. Do you have time to fit in Bryce Canyon National Park? It’s only about 1.5 hour drive from Zion and a totally unique and beautiful park. I’ve posted about both Bryce and Zion in my blog if you need recommendations for some nice hikes. Have fun!

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