USA 2022 - The Southwest

Tour facts

Hotel review

Date of the tour: Beginning to the end of April 2022
Start and end point: Denver
Flight: Nuremberg - Frankfurt - Denver (Lufthansa)
Car: Booked SPAR (Pickup Truck) with Hertz via ADAC - we got a Jeep Cherokee Limited 4x4
Duration of the tour: 21 days

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Very good, everything fit here
Good, we felt comfortable
Complies with the standard
Very simple but clean
Never again

Tour details

Day Activity of the day Day remarks Overnight stay Miles
Day 1
From Nuremberg to Frankfurt
Two days before departure, our flight to Frankfurt was cancelled. We were booked on a flight three hours later, with only one hour connecting time in Frankfurt. Then it went as it had to, the flight was delayed and we missed our connecting flight to Denver. We were very lucky to get a flight via Houston to Denver for the next day. Not exactly what we wanted, but we are glad to be able to fly at all.
Hotel NH Frankfurt Niederrad ***
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Day 2
We actually wanted to spend this day in Denver.... It went differently. Our rebooked flights via Houston to Denver went ok and without any problems. We were on time for sunset in Denver. Our suitcases had already arrived with the flight before us without us being informed. After a short search we had our suitcases and could finally fall into bed in the hotel.
Hampton Inn Denver Downtown ****
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Day 3
Our booked pickup from Hertz became a Jeep Cherokee because no pickup was available. Ok for us. We had booked the pickup anyway only because of the cheaper price. Program: Denver - Silverthorne - Cisco - Moab. A nice first day with shopping, snow, ice and a not-so-ghostly Ghost Town.
Comfort Suites Moab near Arches National Park ****
350mi
Day 4
Morning Glory Bridge - Onion Creek - Castle Valley The trail to MGB was somehow farther than believed, but both the trail and the bridge were quite nice. In Castle Valley we had very bad visibility.
Comfort Suites Moab near Arches National Park ****
120mi
Day 5
Potash Road - Mussleman Arch - Moab - Castle Valley Today we had the first flat tire in the USA and we were lucky because a group of jeep drivers patched the hole and we could drive with the tire back to Moab to the garage.
Comfort Suites Moab near Arches National Park ****
149mi
Day 6
Tower Arch - Street Art in Green River Half of the day is spent changing the tire. Fortunately the rangers still let us into Arches NP, although our entry time on the permit has long since passed.
Broken Spur Inn & Steakhouse ****
175mi
Day 7
Black Spire - Eroded Rocks - Moonscape Overlook First we wanted to hike, but then we discovered the road that leads directly to our destination. It is partly very sandy, but with a little momentum good to drive. At Moonscape Overlook we somehow expected more.
Broken Spur Inn & Steakhouse ****
140mi
Day 8
Cathedral Valley - Mars Station - Critters Garden The adventure today was to drive through the river. We had nice company and so it was only half bad. After the river crossing there was about a mile of deep sand. Here our 4x4 was definitely useful.
Broken Spur Inn & Steakhouse ****
160mi
Day 9
Arsenic Arch - Little Egypt - Hite Frighteningly little water in Lake Powell. In reality you don't see a lake anymore but only the Colorado and the sediment it has spread in the landscape over the years when there was still a lake around Hite.
Broken Spur Inn & Steakhouse ****
197mi
Day 10
Upper Calf Creek Fall - Escalante Natural Bridge - Cedar Wash Arch - Scenic Byway 12 - Zion NP Three nice little locations that fit well into one day of driving.
Clarion Suites St.George - Convention Center Area ****
268mi
Day 11
Shopping - St.George
Clarion Suites St.George - Convention Center Area ****
37mi
Day 12
Matt's Offroad Recovery - Grafton Ghost Town - Little Finland The road to Little Finland is a pure disaster. We have never been shaken like this before.
Clarion Suites St.George - Convention Center Area ****
265mi
Day 13
St.Thomas - Lake Mead NRA - Hover Dam - Seven Magic Mountain Today is another day of extreme drought in the southwest. At Hoover Dam you can hardly see the water in Lake Mead.
Clarion Suites St.George - Convention Center Area ****
370mi
Day 14
Snow Canyon SP The surprise of the vacation. We did not expect so much but were surprised by a diversified great canyon.
Clarion Suites St.George - Convention Center Area ****
43mi
Day 15
Hurricane Easter Car Show - Pentagon Arch
Clarion Suites St.George - Convention Center Area ****
103mi
Day 16
Zion NP - Observation Point (East Mesa Trail) Great alternative if you want to hike to Observation Point. Relatively easy trail.
Kanab Suites *****
103mi
Day 17
Cobra Arch - Kanab Super hike if you want to take on the drive and the 7.5mi hike. Our discovery of the vacation was our motel - Kanab Suites - we would stay here again and again.
Kanab Suites *****
100mi
Day 18
Johnson Canyon - Skutumpah Road - Lick Wash - Willis Creek - Cottonwood Canyon Road - Grosvenor Arch - Stone Circle Great day because the roads were in great condition.
Kanab Suites *****
148mi
Day 19
Great Chamber at Cutler Point - Inchworm Arch - Paria Townsite - Lake Powell Super sandy approaches. We are glad that we have booked a tour, even if that always puts holes in the vacation cash. Towing is still more expensive.
Best Western View of Lake Powell, Page ***
100mi
Day 20
Cottonwood Canyon Road - Lake Powell
Best Western View of Lake Powell, Page ***
121mi
Day 21
Monument Valley - Moab - Grand Junction Today we experience Monument Valley in the rain/sandstorm. Very interesting atmosphere. Afterwards there is a meeting with dear friends in Moab.
Home 2 Suites by Hilton Grand Junction Northwest ****
390mi
Day 22
Drive to Denver - Voodoo Doughnut Snowstorm at Vail Pass and we are glad to be back in Denver.
Double Tree by Hilton Denver International Airport ****
335mi
Day 23
RiNo District Very worthwhile stroll through one of Denver's new hip neighborhoods.
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