National Park itinerary- Utah, Wyoming

Old Mar 27th, 2015, 04:01 AM
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I totally agree.

I checked the reviews on TA and the place sounds lovely. But it's still a commute, and as Dayle says, people are commuting that route because of financial reasons.

"Jackson Hole is one of the most beautiful places in the world."
Totally agree. I've seen a lot of pretty places, but there are few that come close to its sheer beauty and drama. If you can afford it, you should get a mountain view room at the Jackson Lake lodge and wake up to that view and enjoy it anytime you are in the room - not the view from a car on a 2 hour commute.
http://www.gtlc.com/lodging/jackson-...dge-views.aspx

I agree about the sales job too. You are already going to be in the car for a lot of this vacation. You are choosing to skip access to one of the prettiest places on Earth for 2 hours in the car. It just doesn't make much sense. It's like an innkeeper convincing me I should stay in Montclair, NJ for a visit to Manhattan. The innkeeper may be absolutely right that Montclair is a beautiful location in NJ. But is it really good advice to use Montclair as a base for visiting Manhattan? Does it make much sense to stay in her inn in Montclair vs. Manhattan?
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Old Mar 27th, 2015, 06:04 AM
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OK - what do you think of either Teton Village, Colter Bay Village or Moran, WY?
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Old Mar 27th, 2015, 06:19 AM
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I posted on your other thread. Anywhere IN the valley is going to be better than an hour drive, each way.

Look at the 1 bedroom cabins at Dornan's. They have 1 bedroom cabins available in May for $150 -
http://dornans.com/cabins/about/
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Old Mar 27th, 2015, 08:34 AM
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OK, I am convinced. I changed my stay from Idaho to one in Teton Village. Doran's
cabins look great but the prices went way up for available cabins on my dates. We still intend to eat there. Thanks
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Old Mar 27th, 2015, 10:53 AM
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I think you made the right choice switching to Teton Village, and agree that side is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

That said, the view of the Tetons from Driggs, ID is not too shabby!
http://activerain.trulia.com/image_s...3395796788.jpg

Re Zion vs Moab, though I suggested Zion, you were in a no-lose situation and Arches / Canyonlands are fantastic.

There are no arches along the Park Avenue Trail in Arches, but it's an easy walk and well worth the stop. You can see the trail in this photo:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-g_BAdr8lqB...park_ave01.jpg

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Old Mar 27th, 2015, 12:37 PM
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Actually I think you can get a good view of Park Avenue from the road. I would save the walk for one of the other easy trails.

http://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/easytrails.htm

As I suggested earlier, I would go to the NPS websites and look up their suggestions. You can also stop into the park offices and ask (although the lines can be long).
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Old Mar 27th, 2015, 12:56 PM
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bas, take a look!
It is a beautiful spring day in the Tetons and we have exciting spring news! Teton Park Road was plowed and has melted down to pavement in most places and is now open to non-motorized recreation such as walking, biking, and roller-blading. Springtime visitors can look forward to access on this park road for nearly five weeks before it opens to private vehicles for the summer season on Friday, May 1.
https://www.facebook.com/GrandTetonN...type=1&theater
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Park Avenue hike in Arches can be made into an easier walk by parking at Courthouse Towers parking area going up as far as you want and then going back. This way you don't have to go down and back up the switchbacks that are at the start of the hike at the Park Avenue overlook. It's a great evening hike because you only have to drive into the park a short distance.

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Old Mar 27th, 2015, 06:09 PM
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Lots of good info here and nice photo as well. Thanks all - keep it coming - I appreciate all of the input I can get, It will be my first time in this part of the country other than a quick coast to coast drive thru.
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You are going to love it and will return. Have fun!
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This was great info for our trip as well, so thanks everyone.
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