Last minute trip Vegas-Monument Valley-GC?

Old May 25th, 2006, 01:36 PM
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Last minute trip Vegas-Monument Valley-GC?

I somehow managed to get a cancellation at the Grand Canyon for two nights next week. I've never seen Monument Valley, and would like to add it. I have two free days and nights before GC. Could I go from Los Angeles to Las Vegas (more or less) to Monument Valley and end up at GC in that amount of time?

What would be the best routing? Can I drive thru Zion on the way there? Or is this NOT ALLOWEd any more?

Thanks so much.
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Old May 25th, 2006, 11:23 PM
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You can drive thought Zion on Hwy 9. The dead end road into the canyon is shuttle bus only & is closed to cars in the summer.

Not sure exactly how much time you have.

Los Angeles - Las Vegas - Zion - Monument Valley - S. Rim Grand Canyon - Los Angeles is 1350 miles.

If you only have two days before the Grand Canyon then your itinerary will look like this.

Day 1: Drive Los Angeles to Zion is 430 miles approx. 6 1/2 hours of driving.

Day 2: Spend a few hours in Zion before driving 240 miles approx 5 1/2 hours to Monument Valley, tour Monument Valley

Day 3 Drive to Grand Canyon, S. Rim 180 miles about 4 hour drive, but plan on longer because there are many great scenic overlooks before you reach Grand Canyon Village.

Day 4 Grand Canyon

Day 5 Drive back to Los Angeles 490 miles and about 7 1/2 hours...unless it's a Sunday and then plan on it taking longer. Traffic backs up in Barstow going back to LA on Sundays!

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Thanks for replying! I decided to go for it.

Now need to decide if staying at Gouldings is worth it. The consensus is yes?
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We've only camped in the park and in Gouldings, but Gouldings is going to have the VIEWS, VIEWS, VIEWS!

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I've just returned and had a great trip. The best thing about Gouldings was being able to get up at 5:30 am (gulp) Arizona time, drive over to MV, and get in the park before virutally any one else. I had nearly 2 hours where I saw only two other cars, it was wonderful!

At Gouldings I had to stay in "Goulding's House" which is a rather large mobile home, but it did have the view from the living room and a real kitchen. I think "next time" I may approach from the east/north, do a sunset tour, and then stay at the Anasazi Inn.

Brief trip report to come! PS, Thanks for your replies.
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