nmtfletcher22 We just moved back to SoCal and I stumbled upon your blog when looking into Lake Powell.
Welcome to Ten Digit Grid, I hope we were helpful for your Lake Powell Adventure!
nmtfletcher22 I'm really excited to try out some of the adventures you have listed.
Awesome! I am excited to help if you have any questions on any of those adventures and please feel free to share your experiences when you get back!
nmtfletcher22 My husband and I are looking to do a 3-5 day hiking or kayaking trip mid-July. However, I will be 30 weeks pregnant and unlike our normal adventures cell service is a must. Do you have any recommendations?
This unfortunately is a really hard question for me to answer. I rarely take my cell phone out on an adventure so even if there was cell phone service I wouldn't know. Also each individual has a different cell phone (different antenna) in their pocket and different cell phone service provider.
A 3-5 day trip would most likely take you out of call phone range at some point unless you are car camping in a fairly busy spot.
The best thing I can recommend to you which is kind of a cheating way to answer your question is grab a Garmin InReach satellite communicator. I take one on all my adventures and it allows you to have the ability to text back and forth with anyone via satellite. The only downside is that you can't voice chat and there may be a few minute delay in between texts. I wrote a full review of the older model here which is what I have.
If you are really looking for a trip that may have cell phone service I may be able to point you in the right direction to do some research. I have not gone yet, but have been doing some research on Lake Havasu for Kayak Camping to Boat in Campsites. You can read about all the Boat in beach Campsites here.
I have started to add all those campsites to a Caltopo map but I have not finished yet. You can check out the work in progress map here. I have noticed a few of the northernmost campsites that I plotted are fairly close to what looks like a small city and they may get some cell phone service there. To be clear though I have not been to any of these sites myself yet so it's just an educated guess.
You could also check out Open Signal Mobile app to do some more in depth analysis and research on cell phone coverage. If cell phone coverage is 100% necessary for you though be mindful the Open Signal Maps are not necessarily 100% correct. You never know if the one tower that services a remote area is having issues or if your phone just has a worse antenna in it compared to someone else who reported that they had signal someplace.
If you are ok without going completely off the grid but still want an adventure, check out Hipcamp. Its like Airbnb for for privatley owned campsites and you can find soem campsites on peoples property and can reach out to them about cell phone service. Some may even have wifi.
Hope that kind of helps give you some helpful info and point you in the right direction!