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3 day summer trip from SLC?

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I will be going to SLC in August with my family to drop off my son for college. We're going to stay in PC  with family, but my wife and younger son will have to leave early b/c younger son starts school. That gives me 2-3 days with oldest son. Since we will have already have been in PC for 5-6 days, I was thinking of taking short trip somewhere as I have never explored that area (except for SLC area of course). Southern utah is attractive, but in middle of August, I hear the temps get onerously hot.I was thinking also of maybe Jackson Hole/Yellowstone area. Any other suggestions welcome. Never been to Yellowstone or JH, so any tips welcome. I don't want to drive ridiculously far as we only have 3 days.    
post #2 of 12
I spent one day at Yellowstone. Wish I could have had two days. The park is so large with a lot to see. It took us six hours to drive the loop, of course we were stopping to look at everything! Sometimes buffalo crowd the road which holds back traffic till they can clear them out. We didn't have enough time to do the north loop.
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Yellowstone and Jackson can make for a pleasant three day trip from northern Utah.  I would make a bit of a loop of it by driving up through West Yellowstone looping back through Grand Teton/Jackson.  You will not see it all but I suspect you will want to come back.  Yellowstone is crowded that time of year but with a little walking you can leave the crowds behnind.  That will not help as much at the biggest attractions like Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone etc. but they are must sees.  The view of the Canyon from Artist's Point is really a highlight and best experienced early in the morning as the sun is just hitting the bottom.  Later in the day after the crowds have dissapated is good too.  Grand Teton is spectucular and you will definitely want to hike around to get a feel for it.  We usually camp in Yellowstone so I cannot be much help with accomodations.  For Grand Teton, I like to stay in Teton Village or at the Jackson Lake Lodge which are a little lower key than Jackson is in mid-summer. 
post #4 of 12
high uintas

camping fishing cool mountains lakes streams.

mosquito's, bears,  rain

close to park city but miles away in atmosphere.
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Originally Posted by Maui Steve View Post

I will be going to SLC in August with my family to drop off my son for college. We're going to stay in PC  with family, but my wife and younger son will have to leave early b/c younger son starts school. That gives me 2-3 days with oldest son. Since we will have already have been in PC for 5-6 days, I was thinking of taking short trip somewhere as I have never explored that area (except for SLC area of course). Southern utah is attractive, but in middle of August, I hear the temps get onerously hot.I was thinking also of maybe Jackson Hole/Yellowstone area. Any other suggestions welcome. Never been to Yellowstone or JH, so any tips welcome. I don't want to drive ridiculously far as we only have 3 days.    

panguitch area.

Cedar Breaks national Monument
Brain's head peak
Bryce Canyon Nation Park if temps arent that hot
old volcano flows
Capitol reef Nation Park
Grand Staircase


if you MTB the most underrateed trail in the nation is there at 10,000 feet the Virgin River Rim trail. When temps where in the 100s in SLC temps at our camp groud were low 50s at night and low 70 in the middle of the day.

some MTB centric pics you dont need to ride but you can see alot more land on a bike than you can by foot.

Bryce Canyon area


Panguitch VRR area



just along the road



Cedar Break Nation Monument "the amphitheater"
Cedar Breaks National Monument

dont be afraid of southern Utah just go high and stay high. Plus if you MTB at all. the best and most uncrowded trails in the country are located in the area.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. The photos make me want to check out southern Utah. Appreciate the advice re elevation. I do MTB. Looks pretty cool. 
post #7 of 12
Bryce Canyon (rim area) is at 10,000' so temperature shouldn't be too bad at all.

If you MTB, Red Canyon right outside of Bryce (you'll go right passed it on the way in) is one of the best. You get the Bryce-like scenary, on bike!

Also, having a bike with you at Zion Park is an advantage. Don't have to wait for the shuttle bus. And the scenary from bike is just ... heavenly!
post #8 of 12
Three days wouldn't be long enough.  But someday you just have to take a houseboat trip on Lake Powell!  That place is magical!
post #9 of 12
Flaming Gorge 3 hours from pc. float/fish the Green RV., cool geoligical stuff, nice homestesder  museum history stuff @ Fort Bridger and John Jarvis ranch. mountain biking, horse riding etc
post #10 of 12
SLC is about 4 hours from Jackson, south entrance of Jellystone is another hour. Staying in Teton Village is a good choice as it's not as crazy busy as the town of Jackson plus there is an easy backroad from TV. avoiding going thru Jackson, to the Grand Teton Moose entrance.

Having a beer at Dornans in Moose has a great view of the Tetons while enjoying a local beer or some wine. You can take an easy scenic float with one of the local operators in GTNP or for some more excitement a whitewater trip thru the Grand Canyon of the Snake a few miles south of Jackson.
Some awesome short hikes in GTNP. Staying at Jackson Lake Lodge(for 9 years during the summer I washed once a week the huge scenic windows of JLL) is really special and is much closer to Jellystone than staying in Jaclson.
Edited by JHrefugee - 4/23/10 at 3:32pm
post #11 of 12
 I've hiked in Zion in August and it wasn't too unbearable.  Sure it was hot during the mid-day but if you get an early start you can take a long rest in the middle.  Also hiking the Zion Narrows is cool in both senses of the word due to the mandatory water crossings plus the narrow enormous walls keep you in shade for most of the day.
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Flaming Gorge 3 hours from pc. float/fish the Green RV., cool geoligical stuff, nice homestesder  museum history stuff @ Fort Bridger and John Jarvis ranch. mountain biking, horse riding etc

great choice as well. I am also still a Dino nut that like to ride so its fits the bill perfectly.
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