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Planning another trip to Southern Utah - finally!

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Hello to all our southern Utah-loving friends on Fodors -
Peter and I are FINALLY getting back out there (after 5 long yrs) and would love to get some input. Admittedly, we have our general itinerary of where we want to spend each day pretty well set.

Now we want to fill in the good stuff - places off the beaten path that are really special. We will drive or hike to most places within reason (always prepared and VERY cautious), love photography, always seeking ruins/rock art/other cultural/historic artifacts, and try to avoid the crowds.

We're flying into LV early (10am arrival) and heading straight to Kanab, mostly hoping for a quick visit to Best Friends. I am a supporter and want to see their incredible operation in person.

Our last trip was 10 days spent exploring between Zion and Capitol Reef including a few nights in Bryce and a hike to the Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon, link to trip report: http://www.pbase.com/peterb/utah_tr&page=1

The main focus of this trip is Moab and the southeastern corner of Utah. We want to hike in Needles district (any thoughts - Chesler Park?), spend a few nights in Moab (Fiery Furnace, not sure what else but I love Arches), Cedar Mesa, Mule Canyon, Natural Bridges.

I'm not a huge fan of the southern route over to MV/Valley of the Gods from Kanab and I'm not sure I want to spend time trying to get a permit to The Wave/Coyote Buttes (will continue to research though). So we're going to drive from Kanab to Torrey with no major stops and hope to camp at Fruita our 2nd night. We'll be heading back this way on our return with more time to spare.

An early morning at Goblins is likely then onto Moab on 3rd day for 2 nights. Plenty to amuse us here and need to provision for 3 nights camping. 5, 6 & 7th nights camping at Canyonlands Needles area, Valley of Gods and Natural Bridges - generally. We're flexible but want to explore some ruins/rock art that we've been researching. Any suggestions are very welcome. From Natural Bridges, we'll drive route 95 to Hanksville with lots of stops on the way - there are just loads of sites to explore! That night at Boulder Mtn Lodge, of course. And a fine meal with our pals at Hell's Backbone Grill.

Hope to camp somewhere around Escalante the next night - always find incredible places to roam including some unique formations down the Hole in the Rock Road (Devils Garden is as far as we've gotten). Then our last night in Springdale because we love Zion and enjoy ending our trips there. Plus our flight doesn't leave LV until almost midnight the following day so we have a full day before we have to head to LV - may go and check out Kolob Canyon area of Zion - any advice?

That is our general plan - any and all thoughts/advice is always greatly appreciated. As you all know, planning is almost as much fun as the trip itself.......not quite, though. Thanks Guys!

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