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Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

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Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

arriving in LV late and plan on spending the night and getting up early the next morning to work our way towards Page. we basically have one full day, spending the night along the way, plus 1/2 day to see what we can. We probably want to be in Page by early afternoon of the 2nd day as to meet up with our friends and do provision shopping as we pick up our houseboat early the next day (we are staying at LP Resort that evening). Any route suggestions and/or lodging suggestions for our drive would be appreciated. We are driving straight back to the airport in LV on the backend so this is it for sightseeing. ccy

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1. Re: Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

From Vegas head up to Zion National park. Its three hours from Vegas. Plan to spend the night in Springdale, just outside the park.Several hotel options in town depending on what you want to spend.I like the Desert Pearl or Majestic View , but there are many others.

With most of a day available, take the shuttle into the park.Do some hikes like Emerald Pools, Riverside Walk, Aggels Landing if you are not afraid of heights,or maybe the Narrows if they are open.

The next day head out Hwy 9 to the east side on the way to Page. Stop at Canyon Overlook just outside the tunnel.Zion to Page is about 2.5 hours.You could maybe do a stop at Coral Pink dunes on the way there.

On the way back to Vegas take hwy 59/389 thru the AZ strip.Page to Vegas is about 5 hours.

Page has a Wal Mart if you need to stock up for the houseboat.

Edited: 11:56 am, May 17, 2011
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2. Re: Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

That would be Angels Landing.

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3. Re: Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

Dez suggestion is great. You could add the Grand Canyon.

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4. Re: Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

Grand Canyon is another option. Vegas to south rim is about 5 hours,then about 2.5-3 to Page. Vegas to North rim and on to Page are about the same times.The only problem with going to the north rim,is that reservations are difficult to get.There is only one lodge. South rim has more options.

South rim reservations. www.grandcanyonlodges.com

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5. Re: Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

I should clarify - I was thinking stay the night and Springdale and then visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the way to Page the next day.

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6. Re: Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

If they went in the morning from Zion to NR, its about a 3 hour drive there, and then about 2.5 from NR to Page.Not much time to look around if they want to be in Page in the early afternoon.The viewpoints are very spread out,and take a while to see.You really need a full day there.But if they just want to see the lodge and look over the edge it is doable.

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7. Re: Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

Thanks so much! All rooms sold out w/i South Rim but was able to find a couple of places in Tusayan. Also went ahead and booked Desert Pearl should we decide to go that route. Both 72 hr cancellable so plenty of time to work on route knowing we won't have to sleep in the car!

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8. Re: Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

and yes, we had discounted North Rim for driving distances and lack of lodging.

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9. Re: Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

If the website at Xanterra shows no availability at the south rim, CALL. Cancellations happen all the time.Nothing like being on or near the rim of the canyon.Can't go wrong with Desert Pearl either if you go that route.

Either way you will have nice scenery.

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10. Re: Las Vegas to Lake Powell in 36 hrs

It looks like several people have responded to your question, and I’d agree with their advice. I would say if you really want to see the GC, you should do that on the way to Page—it’s not to be missed. That said, the experience of Zion and the GC are essentially opposites of one another. In the case of Zion, you experience the canyon from the valley floor, and look up at the walls surrounding you, whereas at the Grand Canyon, you experience it all from the rim, looking down. In each case, you can hike to the top (in the case of Zion), or to the bottom (at the GC).

If you go to the South Rim of the GC from LV, it will be a little over 4 hours without stops. Between there and Page, it’s worth a stop at an overlook of the Little Colorado River on Highway 64 as you leave the park (heading to Cameron), between milepost 285 and 286…see the website below.

americansouthwest.net/arizona/…index.html

Near Page, if you have time, a stop at Lees Ferry is interesting, notably the historic park where the Lonely Dell Ranch was established by John D. Lee in 1871, a notorious Mormon leader implicated in (and ultimately executed for) a well-known massacre of California-bound settlers in 1857 at Mountain Meadows, near St. George. A short hike to Horseshoe Bend, just south of Page, may also be worthwhile, though you will have already seen some impressive canyon overlooks…though this one is into the last undammed remnant of Glen Canyon—making it a unique experience—worth comparing the geology to that of the Grand Canyon—in Glen, it’s all about the smooth, sensuous pink monolithic rock formation, called the Navajo Sandstone. In fact, the dam is built into this rock formation, which really defines much of the shoreline of Lake Powell..

On the way back to Vegas, the fastest way is to take 89 to Kanab, then a few miles south to Fredonia, AZ. From there, 389 west (becomes 59 in Utah) to Hurricane, then Highway 9 to St. George, finally I-15 back to Vegas. This is a 4-hour drive without stops. If you have time, it’s worth visiting the Old Paria movie set about 40 miles west of Page (a couple miles north of US 89)…used in many movies, burned down mysteriously a few years ago, but since rebuilt…

www.amwest-travel.com/awt_oldparia.html

Also note that when you cross the border from Arizona to Utah on Highway 389/59, you will be in Colorado City, which is essentially the world capital of polygamy—most residents here are part of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints) church, an offshoot of the mainstream Mormon church. The main difference is that the FLDS has retained the original Mormon tenet of polygamy, whereas the mainstream church long ago rejected this as a political necessity—it was a condition for allowing Utah to become a state in 1896. Look around at the interesting architecture in Colorado City (an amalgamation of what was formerly Hildale, UT and Short Creek, AZ)…many large homes with multiple entrances…which are intended to accommodate the unique family structure of many residents…fascinating.

Best of luck—have a great trip!

Edited: 2:57 am, May 18, 2011