Nevada, Arizona and Utah

Nevada, Arizona and Utah

RV Roadtrip in the Southwest

Fly in/out: Las Vegas, Nevada

Recommended ages: 5 and up

Best Season: Summer

Ball Park Price: $800/person for 5 travellers. Not including airfare

Currency: US Dollar

Pace: Moderate

Time Zone: Mountain Time Zone

Itinerary

DAY ONE: Fly United to McCarran International Airport (LAS) Las Vegas, Nevada. Take airport shuttle to Mandalay Bay Hotel. Explore the strip, hang at the pool and have an Italian dinner at The Venetian’s Buddy V’s Ristorante. (TLC’s Cake Boss)

RV TravelDAY TWO: Van Service to pick up Cruise America RV. Stop at Walmart in Henderson for provisions. Drive 4.5 hours to Grand Canyon Camper Village. View sunset.

DAY THREE: Drive RV with kids still sleeping to watch sunrise at Grand Canyon South Rim. Hike South Rim trails and early lunch at El Tovar. Late Dinner at Arizona Room at Bright Angel Lodge, no reservations required.

DAY FOUR: Take a morning hike and lunch at Grand Canyon Lodge. Drive a beautiful 3-4 hour drive to Lake Powell, Wahweap Marina RV Park in Page, Arizona. Shop for new provisions in Page.

Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon

DAY FIVE: Take an early tour of Antelope Canyon. Rent boats and water toys for a day on Lake Powell.

DAY SIX: Drive 3 hours to Bryce Canyon National Park and check in at Ruby’s Inn RV Park for a noon check in. View night sky presentation at Bryce Canyon Visitor Center.

DAY SEVEN: Spend day at Bryce Canyon with a morning and sunset hike at Sunset point. Stay overnight and camp at Ruby’s Inn RV Park.

DAY EIGHT: Drive two hours to Zion National Park and stay overnight at Zion Canyon Campground. Take park Shuttle to explore Zion. Have dinner at Lodge in Zion. Hike the Narrows. Take Zion Tubing float trip twice with Zion Adventures.

DAY NINE: Drive back to Las Vegas and return RV. Fly home on United.

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Vacation Highlights

  • Rainbow Bridge Lake PowellThis is a terrific way to see some of the most beautiful national parks at a very reasonable cost.
  • Really enjoyed showing the kids Las Vegas for one night. We loved the strip, the pool and the great restaurant choices.
  • This trip offered a great balance of one day hot and hiking, the next swimming and watersports. We particularly liked Lake Powell and Zion National Park.
  • This is a lot of “togetherness” for the family which is why we kept it action-packed. Camping is not for everyone, but it certainly proves to be affordable and memorable.

Great Excursions

  • We loved our full day boating and the campground at Wahweap Marina in Lake Powell.
  • The water-tubing adventure in Zion National Park was an all-time favorite for the kids.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our tour guide us through the unique beauty of Antelope Canyon in Lake Powell.

Exploring Southwest


Places to stay

  • Zion Canyon Campground
    Zion Canyon Campground
    We enjoyed the luxury, location and pool at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. We could have ended the trip at this location as well!
  • The RV campsites were very good especially the Wahweap Marina RV Park and the Zion Canyon Campground.
Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas

Eateries

  • Buddy V’s Ristorante was an excellent Italian meal for the family.
  • Zion National Park Lodge had a family friendly restaurant we particularly enjoyed.
  • We usually dined at the National Parks, but occasionally cooked over the campfire using these recipes.
Zion National Park Lodge
Zion National Park Lodge
Campfire Cooking
Campfire Cooking
Buddy V's
Buddy V’s

Helpful Hints

  • Zion National ParkTwo RV companies with good pricing for round trip rentals include Cruise America and El Monte R.V.
  • Get trips provisions at your major stops. Most RV companies come with kitchen kits but you may want to bring your own bedding and towels. Have kids bring their own pillows.
  • Make sure campsites offer fire pits, electrical and water hook up. When reserving space, request space lots together when in larger groups.
  • Most of the National Parks have limited on site campsite reservations for RVs unless you make reservations way in advance. We thought the campsites we stayed at were still conveniently located.

Eateries

For camping checklists and tips purchase the Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids.

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