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Ideas for a Nat'l Park timeshare week in May or June

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We would like to visit a National Park area in the U.S. or Canada next year in May or early June, before most schools let out. Trading through RCI. We have already visited Yosemite & Grand Canyon and we'd like to try more.

We haven't been to the U.S. or Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Bryce/Zion, Glacier, or we're open to other ideas.

We'll need to secure an RCI trade into a decent timeshare nearby, where Park access roads will be open in May or early June. Ideas?
 

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We haven't been to the U.S. or Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Bryce/Zion, Glacier, or we're open to other ideas.

We'll need to secure an RCI trade into a decent timeshare nearby, where Park access roads will be open in May or early June. Ideas?

Of all those listed, only Bryce/Zion would not have major road closures in May. Early June would be a better bet for the other locations.

Estes Park (adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park) has a few RCI locations and would be beautiful in Early June.

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton will have the roads open by Memorial Day. How much hiking into the high country you could do might be debatable. We've been there over a Memorial Day holiday, and found open roads, but 6 feet of snow beside them and on the picnic tables and the lakes still frozen over.

It could go either way. You might have heard there has been a drought out here. There might not be much snow on the ground at all. Anybody's guess.

Jim
 

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Of the places you listed, Bryce/Zion is your best bet. Early May is a great time and there are timeshares in St George which is a good base.
The other places are better in September after Labor Day if you want to do some hiking. May and early June is a great time to spot critters and their young.

This year, there wasn't much snow so hiking was a month earlier than normal. I was in the Canadian Rockies the first week of June and quite a few trails were open along with the grizzlies being awake and active with their young. As a result, we stayed with the popular trails and made sure we had lots of company. In a normal year, the only hikes snow free would be very low elevation for only a short distance. I was there in a normal snow year the 2nd week of June and there were so many bears with their young out making up for a hungry winter that it didn't feel safe to hike anyplace. However, we saw lots and lots of critters and babies and it was a fantastic trip. It really depends on what you want to do.
This year is forecasted to be a strong El Nino which usually means warmer and drier in the NW and wetter in the south. So more snow in Colorado and California and less in Glacier and Canada and maybe Yellowstone.

Besides the big National Parks, take a look at the smaller National Historic Parks or N Monuments. There are a bunch of them around Sante Fe which would be great in May. To find these hidden gems, go to nps.gov and select find a park and then pick whatever state you want. A list of the various locations will come up and you can click to find out more info. http://www.nps.gov/state/nm/index.htm . One of my favorite small parks is El Morro in western NM which we did as a stop on the way from AZ to Sante Fe. There's a rock face above a spring that is soft enough to write in so travelers over the centuries have left their marks. The stories are fascinating and there's a beautiful hike up and over the rock.

Sue
 

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Of the places you listed, Bryce/Zion is your best bet. Early May is a great time and there are timeshares in St George which is a good base.
If you choose Bryce/Zion, also check out the other nearby parks in Utah. This website has lots of good info.
 

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ST. George Worldmark

We would like to visit a National Park area in the U.S. or Canada next year in May or early June, before most schools let out. Trading through RCI. We have already visited Yosemite & Grand Canyon and we'd like to try more.

We haven't been to the U.S. or Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, Bryce/Zion, Glacier, or we're open to other ideas.

We'll need to secure an RCI trade into a decent timeshare nearby, where Park access roads will be open in May or early June. Ideas?

We really enjoyed this resort and made trips to Bryce,Zion and then made longer drive to Page,Arizona to Antelope Canyon which are slot canyons with great picture taking opportunities.
 

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You might also consider the Olympic National Park - stay in Ocean Shores -- on the ocean!!! so you get both: ocean and park -- and then go to the park -- it's the best one in my opinion - it has everything. I am getting ready to write about it, in fact!
 

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Such great ideas and useful tips - thank you! Bryce/Zion and Olympic both sound great. Now to look at timeshare options.... thanks again!
 

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See the Olympic national
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Timeshares in ocean Shores, WA
 

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Are you open to an East Coast NP? Acadia in Maine is beautiful, and so is the Maine coast. We went in early June and had a wonderful time.
 

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See the Olympic national
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Timeshares in ocean Shores, WA

The Ocean Shores timeshares provide good access to the Quinault Rain Forest. The alpine areas (Hurricane Ridge) are best accessed via timeshares on the N side of the peninsula; Discovery Bay (Worldmark) or Port Townsend (Kala Point).
Ideally, I'd also throw in a night or two in Forks or La Push for access to the Hoh Rain Forest and wilderness beaches.
Sue
 
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