I, too, am planning a roadtrip to Color Country. I'll be flying in and out of Las Vegas. Route is Zion, Page (via, hopefully, Coyote Buttes if I can get a permit!), Monument Valley, Moab (Arches), Bryce, Vegas.
Ordinarily, I love driving down back roads and getting pleasantly list (but not really) in the scenery. I'm experienced at long deserted drives, but after what happened to the Kims, I have had some second thoughts about part of my route. I'll have all the needed supplies. The trip is in mid May so the weather may still be rough in places. But still.
What's the best and safest way from Moab (Arches) down to Tropic (and Bryce)? I will do it in one long day, but looked at the map. The highest elevation I've ever driven is the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, that's hardly mountain terrain, though. I presume cellphone reception is going to be dicey in come areas. THh mountains here in California are nothing like the ones I'll be seeing, I'm sure.
I plan to leave my itinerary with the B and B in Moab and will call them once I get to Tropic. I'd love to go down a secondary paved road but it looks soooo deserted. Is the interstate route best?
What do you recommend? I feel like an old biddy hen suddenly, worrying, when in fact long drives through the backcountry has long been one of my favorite pastimes. I'm not a kid, I'm 48 and have had wilderness survival training. but...I still worry!