RV Park Reviews

Welcome Guest ( Log In | Register )

2 Pages V  1 2 >  
Reply to this topicStart new topic
> 14 Day Round Trip From Denver
adamabz
post Mar 6 2013, 08:55 AM
Post #1


Newbie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 8
Joined: 6-March 13
Member No.: 77249



HI, As you can see i'm new to this site, i am hiring a 40' RV from B & B rv in Denver for 2 weeks at the end of July. We are planning to do a round trip leaving Denver and heading south to Santa Fe, then along to the grand canyon, then vegas, then Zion national park then making our way back to Denver.
Can people please recommend places to visit and parks to stay at, i am assuming i will need to pre-book the park!
open to all suggestions as this is the first RV trip we have done, and would appreciate any tips that will help us on our trip. thanks in advance. Adam.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
edcornflake
post Mar 6 2013, 01:19 PM
Post #2


Advanced Member
******

Group: Members
Posts: 109
Joined: 14-May 10
From: New Jersey
Member No.: 42869



QUOTE(adamabz @ Mar 6 2013, 09:55 AM) *

Can people please recommend places to visit and parks to stay at, i am assuming i will need to pre-book the park!


Unfotunately, I have not been out west (yet). I did drive to FLA from NJ last year and I used this site to determine my waypoints along the way - I figured out where a good stopping point would be by distance, or near something I watned to see (or in Georgia so I could color the state in on my map!) and then went with the place with the best overall ratings. I was not disapointed in either of my stopover campgrounds. Beyond that, i'm sure there are folks here that can make specific recommendations for scenic routes, places to visit, things to see, and possibly areas to avoid (low bridges, narrow roads or steep grades).
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Jerry S.
post Mar 6 2013, 10:14 PM
Post #3


Advanced Member
******

Group: Members
Posts: 428
Joined: 9-January 07
From: Chicago
Member No.: 10441



Hi Adam,

From your post I am guessing 2 things: You are flying into Denver to pick up the RV you will be using on your trip and you are coming from overseas (Australia?, NZ?, Europe?).

The first thing you should decide is how long you are going to want to spend at some of the places (Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, etc.) you mentioned in your post. Your general route outline (Denver - Santa Fe - Grand Canyon - Las Vega - Zion - Denver) has plenty to see all along the route. If, however, you plan on spending multiple days at places like the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, you will have to by-pass some scenic and/or intersting sights.

If I am right about you flying into Denver, you won't be able get very far on your first day. Even without any sightseeing between Denver and Santa Fe (or Albuquerque), it is over a trip of over 400 miles. I'd allow 2 days to get that far south. There are plenty of things to see and do in this area but, again, that is your decision and it will effect how much time you have for other sights later. From Albuquerque to Flagstaff, AZ is over 300 miles and has numerous intersting scenic areas (El Malpais National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, Meteor Crater) along Interstate 40.

From Flagstaff, it is about 2+ hours to the Grand Canyon. If at all possible, spend at least 2 full days here. Then it is an hour plus back south to I40 and the 200+ miles west and north to Las Vegas. This is another possible multiple day stop. From there it is only 3 hours to Zion and the begining of a national park a day trek across southern Utah. The parks you can see are Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Arches. Just north of Moab, UT is Interstate 70 and a 300+ mile drive to Denver. This route goes by the Colorado National Monument and goes by or through many ski towns like Aspen and Vail as it crosses the Rocky Mountains.

As you can see, this is just a slightly expanded version of the route you outlined in your post. If you can give folks a better idea where you want to stop, they can give you better RV park suggestions.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
adamabz
post Mar 7 2013, 07:14 AM
Post #4


Newbie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 8
Joined: 6-March 13
Member No.: 77249



QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Mar 7 2013, 04:14 AM) *

Hi Adam,

From your post I am guessing 2 things: You are flying into Denver to pick up the RV you will be using on your trip and you are coming from overseas (Australia?, NZ?, Europe?).

The first thing you should decide is how long you are going to want to spend at some of the places (Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, etc.) you mentioned in your post. Your general route outline (Denver - Santa Fe - Grand Canyon - Las Vega - Zion - Denver) has plenty to see all along the route. If, however, you plan on spending multiple days at places like the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, you will have to by-pass some scenic and/or intersting sights.

If I am right about you flying into Denver, you won't be able get very far on your first day. Even without any sightseeing between Denver and Santa Fe (or Albuquerque), it is over a trip of over 400 miles. I'd allow 2 days to get that far south. There are plenty of things to see and do in this area but, again, that is your decision and it will effect how much time you have for other sights later. From Albuquerque to Flagstaff, AZ is over 300 miles and has numerous intersting scenic areas (El Malpais National Monument, Petrified Forest National Park, Meteor Crater) along Interstate 40.

From Flagstaff, it is about 2+ hours to the Grand Canyon. If at all possible, spend at least 2 full days here. Then it is an hour plus back south to I40 and the 200+ miles west and north to Las Vegas. This is another possible multiple day stop. From there it is only 3 hours to Zion and the begining of a national park a day trek across southern Utah. The parks you can see are Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Arches. Just north of Moab, UT is Interstate 70 and a 300+ mile drive to Denver. This route goes by the Colorado National Monument and goes by or through many ski towns like Aspen and Vail as it crosses the Rocky Mountains.

As you can see, this is just a slightly expanded version of the route you outlined in your post. If you can give folks a better idea where you want to stop, they can give you better RV park suggestions.
many thanks for your replies, we are looking it staying for 2 day at both the grand canyon and las Vegas.
Your right in thinking we are flying in to Denver (from Scotland) we pick up the RV at 09.00 and are hoping to be leaving Denver at lunchtime once we have stocked up with food etc.
We are thinking maybe first stop Colorado springs or somewhere close to that so we don't have a long drive on day one. We are only planning on driving for an average of 3 hours a day. We are open to suggestions of places to visit on the route we are planning to take. All suggestions welcome.

User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
jamarynn1
post Mar 7 2013, 10:55 PM
Post #5


Advanced Member
******

Group: Members
Posts: 188
Joined: 7-July 10
From: Central Florida
Member No.: 45805



Here are the places we've stayed in the past - we liked them all:

COLORADO SPRINGS - Fountain Creek RV - tight spots but very convenient to everything. Walk to Old Colorado Springs, short drive to Manatee Springs, Pike Peak's railway, Garden of the Gods (wowza!!!).

ZION NATIONAL PARK - Zion Canyon Campground and RV Park in Springdale. Unbelievable scenery, on the Virgin River, and best of all you can WALK to the national park headquarters or take a free shuttle (very important as the parking lots fill up FAST in the summer). From there you take shuttles to all points of the park. You can walk or take shuttle to downtown Springdale, too, for what it's worth. Has a small pool or you can swim/tube/kayak in the river (very cold).

GRAND CANYON - Trailer Village, which is run by a concessionaire in the national park (do not confuse this with the Camper Village down in Tusayan). Catch the shuttle bus system at the front of the campground or you can walk (1/2 mile) to the canyon. Shuttle busses run all over the park. Walk or shuttle to national park grocery store and restaurant (expensive but at least it's there). Elk and deer wander through the campground. At night it's pitch dark and you can see more stars than you've ever seen. Bathrooms, but no showers or laundry (you have to go over to the Mathers campground and everything is coin-op), no wi-fi, but you can't get better location. You'll need to make reservations NOW as spots fill up fast in the summer.

LAS VEGAS - Circus Circus KOA. Expensive and nothing but a parking lot, but very large level easily-maneuvered sites and you can walk through Circus Circus and you're on the strip. There are nicer parks in Las Vegas but this is the only one that close to the strip. Has a nice pool and a sauna.

User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Fitzjohnfan
post Mar 7 2013, 11:11 PM
Post #6


Advanced Member
******

Group: Members
Posts: 170
Joined: 6-April 10
From: Westminster, Colorado
Member No.: 41655



Hello, as you can see, we live in Denver, and made a similar trip as yours just two years ago (good choice in using B&B RV for your rental, they will treat you well!). Our first day we left in the evening and stayed the night at the Wal Mart parking lot in Alamosa. On I-25 you turn west at Rout 160 at Walsenberg. I'm not sure if you are familiar with the free parking options here in the US, but many Wal Mart (discount stores), Flying J (gas stations) and other places allow you to stay for free.

From Alamosa we drove through Durango (check out the narrow gauge steam train that operates there) and drove to Grand Canyon. Route 160 is more scenic than going south to I-40 and you will end up being closer to the entrance to Grand Canyon. You also go by 4-corners which is an interesting stop (the only place in the US where 4 states meet). There are lots of small intian shops which sell interesting items there.

DO spend 2 days at Grand Canyon and take lots of photos and video. The campgrounds there are nothing spectacular, but you are there for the park, not the camping. There are several shuttles there which will take you to most areas of the park so you will never have to move your motor home. Try to watch a ranger program at night as they are very educational.

In Vegas, you might want to call ahead and see about any deals the casinos have. The problem with Vegas is that the hotels many times are cheaper than the RV parks, so you may actually save money getting a room. My wife gambles occasionally in Central City, Colorado and she had built up some "points", so we were able to stay at a casino hotel for $18.00/night and we were able to park our motor home for free in their covered parking. DO plan on staying up late and walking the strip. It's not to be missed.

On our return trip we visited Zion National Park. Very scenic, but if you shoose to drive through the park, check their website for RV restrictions. There are some tunnels that require you to pay an extra fee to have them close the tunnel to allow you to drive through the center due to the small size. Some vehicles are too big to fit through at all, so check before you go.

On the way back, Moab, UT has many nice campgrounds as well as Grand Junction, CO. On I-70, also make a plan to stop in Glennwood Springs, CO. There is a very large hot spring pool that is a great place to rest. Also lots of history here, such as Doc Holiday's grave.

As far as pre-booking your campgrounds/RV parks, I would only make advanced plans for Grand Canyon. All other parks may fill up, but I like to just call the day before to make sure they have a space, but not make any advanced reservations. This way, I have flexibility as far as how long we will drive each day.


--------------------
Chris G.
Westminster, CO
FMCA: F3508-S
1989 32' Southwind MH
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Jerry S.
post Mar 8 2013, 12:10 AM
Post #7


Advanced Member
******

Group: Members
Posts: 428
Joined: 9-January 07
From: Chicago
Member No.: 10441



I AM EDITING THIS POST TO LET FOLKS KNOW THAT THE POSTS FROM Fitzjohnfan and jamaryann1 WERE NOT POSTED WHEN I STARTED WRITING THE FOLLOWING POST.

Hi again Adam,

Now that you have clarified some of your trip plans, I can try to give you some more specific advice. However, let me make some general comments on your plans.

Without many side trips, your itinerary (Den-SFe-Alb-GCNP-LV-ZNP/UT-Den) is about 2,000 miles. While I appreciate you idea of only driving 3 hours a day, you are not going to be in a car cruising along at 70mph on an interstate. In a big RV, you will be lucky to cover 200 miles in 3 hours.

Since it appears that you do not plan to do anything in Denver other than land, pick up the RV, and shop, going south to at least Colorado Springs is a good idea. There are numerous sights in the Colorado Springs area. Pike's Peak (there is a cog railway up to the 14,000' summit) and Garden of the Gods (interesting, colorful rock formations) are two of the most popular. The trip to the top of Pikes Peak would take up most of a day and reservations are a must in the summer. There are maybe 5 RV parks in the immediate Colorado Springs area that are very convenient to these sights. Unfortunately, that also mean they are in the congested urban area that is Colorado Springs (population around 400,000). I am not sure you want to be driving in this type of traffic as a novice in a 40' RV. If you don't want to see any of the Colorado Springs attractions, there is a decent KOA about 20 miles south of the city in Fountain, CO. It may be a bit expensive ($40+), but it is a full service RV park and very convenient to I-25 at exit 132. You can be there in less than 2 hours after leaving Denver. If you have been making good time and want to go a little farther your first day, there is another KOA 20 miles south of Pueblo, CO at exit 74 in Colorado City, CO. (Notice the exit numbers 132 and 74 - these are the mileage markers on the interstate and indicate that the exits for these two KOAs are only 68 miles apart and that you are only 74 miles from the colorad/New Mexico state line). From either of these KOAs, you can easily make it to Sante Fe (the New Mexico state capital with an interesting "old town" section. Sante Fe has several RV parks. If you don't want to stop in Santa Fe, Albuquerque is only and hour to the southwest. There are numerous RV parks in the Albuquerque area. When I am heading west on I-40 from Albuquerque, I prefer to stay in one of the RV parks west of the city. That way you don't get involved with rush hour traffic as you leave the area.

I'll end here as I can't remember the name of the park 10 miles west of Albuquerque we stayed at back in 2011. I do have one other question for you. Most RV renters do not have a car with them for their trip. Is this your situation.? The reason I ask is so that anyone else who tries to give you advice realizes that you DO NOT have a car with you. Not having a car means you have to drive the RV to every place you want to go. This can limit your ability to sightsee in some instances.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
adamabz
post Mar 8 2013, 04:50 AM
Post #8


Newbie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 8
Joined: 6-March 13
Member No.: 77249



QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Mar 8 2013, 06:10 AM) *

I AM EDITING THIS POST TO LET FOLKS KNOW THAT THE POSTS FROM Fitzjohnfan and jamaryann1 WERE NOT POSTED WHEN I STARTED WRITING THE FOLLOWING POST.

Hi again Adam,

Now that you have clarified some of your trip plans, I can try to give you some more specific advice. However, let me make some general comments on your plans.

Without many side trips, your itinerary (Den-SFe-Alb-GCNP-LV-ZNP/UT-Den) is about 2,000 miles. While I appreciate you idea of only driving 3 hours a day, you are not going to be in a car cruising along at 70mph on an interstate. In a big RV, you will be lucky to cover 200 miles in 3 hours.
Since it appears that you do not plan to do anything in Denver other than land, pick up the RV, and shop, going south to at least Colorado Springs is a good idea. There are numerous sights in the Colorado Springs area. Pike's Peak (there is a cog railway up to the 14,000' summit) and Garden of the Gods (interesting, colorful rock formations) are two of the most popular. The trip to the top of Pikes Peak would take up most of a day and reservations are a must in the summer. There are maybe 5 RV parks in the immediate Colorado Springs area that are very convenient to these sights. Unfortunately, that also mean they are in the congested urban area that is Colorado Springs (population around 400,000). I am not sure you want to be driving in this type of traffic as a novice in a 40' RV. If you don't want to see any of the Colorado Springs attractions, there is a decent KOA about 20 miles south of the city in Fountain, CO. It may be a bit expensive ($40+), but it is a full service RV park and very convenient to I-25 at exit 132. You can be there in less than 2 hours after leaving Denver. If you have been making good time and want to go a little farther your first day, there is another KOA 20 miles south of Pueblo, CO at exit 74 in Colorado City, CO. (Notice the exit numbers 132 and 74 - these are the mileage markers on the interstate and indicate that the exits for these two KOAs are only 68 miles apart and that you are only 74 miles from the colorad/New Mexico state line). From either of these KOAs, you can easily make it to Sante Fe (the New Mexico state capital with an interesting "old town" section. Sante Fe has several RV parks. If you don't want to stop in Santa Fe, Albuquerque is only and hour to the southwest. There are numerous RV parks in the Albuquerque area. When I am heading west on I-40 from Albuquerque, I prefer to stay in one of the RV parks west of the city. That way you don't get involved with rush hour traffic as you leave the area.

I'll end here as I can't remember the name of the park 10 miles west of Albuquerque we stayed at back in 2011. I do have one other question for you. Most RV renters do not have a car with them for their trip. Is this your situation.? The reason I ask is so that anyone else who tries to give you advice realizes that you DO NOT have a car with you. Not having a car means you have to drive the RV to every place you want to go. This can limit your ability to sightsee in some instances.

Thank you everybody for your comments and recommendations above they are very helpful.
Jerry, you are right in thinking we don't have a car with our rental,should have said that above!
If needs must and we have to park the RV up for a couple of days i.e. Grand canyon and hire a car then that wouldn't be a problem if it lets us see a lot more.
Keep the comments and recommendations coming please they are very helpful and informative.
Thank, Adam.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Kirk
post Mar 8 2013, 08:37 PM
Post #9


Advanced Member
******

Group: Members
Posts: 205
Joined: 10-July 05
Member No.: 3594



Adam.

Having lived along the Colorado front range for 20+ years and traveling by motorhome for many years, I think that your idea only to Colorado Springs is a very good plan. That is especially true if you have not driven an RV as large at this before. The drive you have planned is over mostly multi-lane highways, once you get on the road and nothing very mountainous for your first day. You will probably find a 40' motorhome to be pretty limiting for sightseeing as there will often be problems in parking in some of the best places to visit.

I like short driving days with plenty of time to see things. You may be able to find RV parks that have shuttle service to some of the more popular tourist attractions so consider that was you select places to stay.


--------------------
Good travelin !..............Kirk
Professional Volunteer
URL: www.adventure.1tree.net
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Jerry S.
post Mar 8 2013, 11:21 PM
Post #10


Advanced Member
******

Group: Members
Posts: 428
Joined: 9-January 07
From: Chicago
Member No.: 10441



And again,

I'll start where I left off yesterday - the Albuquerque area. If you want to stop north of Albuquerque, there is a nice RV park in Rio Rancho at I-25 exit 242 a few miles north of the city. It is called Stagecoach Stop RV Park and is a full service park. The nice thing about this park is that you are within walking distance of a Super Walmart and several fast food places. If not, there is American RV park to the west of the city at exit 149 of I-40. In the 150 miles from there to the Arizona border, there are decent RV parks in Acoma (Sky City RV Par), Grants (KOA), and Gallup (USA RV Park). On this stretch you may want to take a side trip through El Malpias National Monument, Bandera Volcano and Ice Caves, and El Morro National Monument). These are nothing earthshaking but are all (more or less) on side roads that are 10-30 miles south of I-40. This side trip might cost you 100 extra miles and couple extra hours.

Heading west out of Gallup, you will be crossing into Arizona in less than half an hour. Another hour west on the interstate and you will be at Petrified Forest National Park. This park includes part of the Painted Desert and can be seen from 30 miles of in park roads. There are also numerous walking trails in the northern section of the park. You can see this park in a couple hours and there is no reason to by-pass it when it is this convenient to the interstate. Just 25 miles west of PFNP, is Holbrook. There are two good parks (OK RV Park and the KOA) here at exit 286. OK is cheaper but KOA has a pool. Another 50 miles to the west, at exit 233 is a attraction called Meteor Crater. This is a private enterprise and they have a decent RV park right at the exit. The actual crater is about 10 miles south of the interstate.

You are now within reasonable driving distance (5-6 hours) of Grand Canyon National Park.

As for suggestions from others here, I do want to second jamaryann1's recommendations concerning:

1. The Trailer Village at Grand Canyon. This is the one park you should really try to get reservations for because it is in the park and there is a free shuttle at the trailer village entrance that takes you everywhere in the park. Once you get set up in your site, you don't need to drive the RV until you are ready to leave.

2. Zion Canyon Campground and RV Park in Springdale, UT. There is a shuttle that will take you to the national park's visitor center where you can pick up a ntional park shuttle to tour the part of the park that doesn't allow privately owned vehicles. Last fall when we were there, we walked from our RV to the Visitor Center in about 15 minutes.

3. Circus Circus KOA, Las Vegas. This is the only RV park on "The Strip". It is at the north end of The Strip" and about a mile south of the Stratosphere Tower which is south of old downtown Las Vega (Freemont Street). If not for the heat in Las Vegas in the summer, you could walk much of the strip from this park.

With the exception of the Circus Circus KOA, I have stayed at all of the RV parks noted in this post the last two years.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
adamabz
post Mar 9 2013, 07:07 AM
Post #11


Newbie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 8
Joined: 6-March 13
Member No.: 77249



QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Mar 9 2013, 05:21 AM) *

And again,

I'll start where I left off yesterday - the Albuquerque area. If you want to stop north of Albuquerque, there is a nice RV park in Rio Rancho at I-25 exit 242 a few miles north of the city. It is called Stagecoach Stop RV Park and is a full service park. The nice thing about this park is that you are within walking distance of a Super Walmart and several fast food places. If not, there is American RV park to the west of the city at exit 149 of I-40. In the 150 miles from there to the Arizona border, there are decent RV parks in Acoma (Sky City RV Par), Grants (KOA), and Gallup (USA RV Park). On this stretch you may want to take a side trip through El Malpias National Monument, Bandera Volcano and Ice Caves, and El Morro National Monument). These are nothing earthshaking but are all (more or less) on side roads that are 10-30 miles south of I-40. This side trip might cost you 100 extra miles and couple extra hours.

Heading west out of Gallup, you will be crossing into Arizona in less than half an hour. Another hour west on the interstate and you will be at Petrified Forest National Park. This park includes part of the Painted Desert and can be seen from 30 miles of in park roads. There are also numerous walking trails in the northern section of the park. You can see this park in a couple hours and there is no reason to by-pass it when it is this convenient to the interstate. Just 25 miles west of PFNP, is Holbrook. There are two good parks (OK RV Park and the KOA) here at exit 286. OK is cheaper but KOA has a pool. Another 50 miles to the west, at exit 233 is a attraction called Meteor Crater. This is a private enterprise and they have a decent RV park right at the exit. The actual crater is about 10 miles south of the interstate.

You are now within reasonable driving distance (5-6 hours) of Grand Canyon National Park.

As for suggestions from others here, I do want to second jamaryann1's recommendations concerning:

1. The Trailer Village at Grand Canyon. This is the one park you should really try to get reservations for because it is in the park and there is a free shuttle at the trailer village entrance that takes you everywhere in the park. Once you get set up in your site, you don't need to drive the RV until you are ready to leave.

2. Zion Canyon Campground and RV Park in Springdale, UT. There is a shuttle that will take you to the national park's visitor center where you can pick up a ntional park shuttle to tour the part of the park that doesn't allow privately owned vehicles. Last fall when we were there, we walked from our RV to the Visitor Center in about 15 minutes.

3. Circus Circus KOA, Las Vegas. This is the only RV park on "The Strip". It is at the north end of The Strip" and about a mile south of the Stratosphere Tower which is south of old downtown Las Vega (Freemont Street). If not for the heat in Las Vegas in the summer, you could walk much of the strip from this park.

With the exception of the Circus Circus KOA, I have stayed at all of the RV parks noted in this post the last two years.

Thank again for taking the time to write the above recommendations. You have been very informative and has been a great help. After reading everybody's input i can't wait until July now. Thank you all again.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
nedmtnman
post Mar 9 2013, 09:06 AM
Post #12


Advanced Member
******

Group: Members
Posts: 209
Joined: 14-September 08
From: Muldrow OK
Member No.: 26175



My personal opinion is you are trying to do too much in too short a time. I have found from conversations that most folks from overseas don't realize how big the US is. I have roughed out a driving schedule that will show you won't have much time to do anything but drive.

Day 1 Denver to Colo Spring ( Broadmoore Hotel, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, US Olympic Training center and so on ).

Dat 2 CO Sp to Santa Fe ( You could spend a week in the Santa Fe area. At lest 2 days just to do the downtown and area )

Day 3 Santa Fe to Albu ( Albuquerque old town ).

Day 4 Albu to Gallup ( Sky city is a must )

Day 5 Gallup to Flagstaff ( Petrified forest and painted desert )

Day 6 Flagstaff to Grand Canyon ( ok drive )

Day 7 Grand Canyon to Las Vegas ( 1 whole day at the Grand Canyon and at least 2 days
in Vegas )

Day 8 Vegas to Zion ( 1 whole day in Zion )

Day 9 Zion to to I 70 ( You have to go back out to the interstate as the tunnel is closed to long RV's )

Day 10 I15 & I 70 to Grand Junction ( A really great trip across Utah )

Day 11 Grand Junction to Denver ( Over Vail pass and through the Eisenhower tunnel )

Day 12 sightseeing along the trip

Day 13 clean motor home and turn in.

Day 14 catch flight. home

As you can see this is a pretty aggressive schedule.




--------------------
2003 Ford F-350
2003 Keystone Everest 343L
Bill and Bob guard cats.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Lindsay Richards
post Mar 9 2013, 11:44 AM
Post #13


Advanced Member
******

Group: Members
Posts: 1070
Joined: 2-November 05
Member No.: 4762



In general, we have found it is much better to go very slow and always stay two nights in the same place. Drive the toad around to see the sights and then go less than two miles to the next place. We never schedule where we will sleep next becasue you never know what interesting you will run across. We have never not be able to find a place to sleep. It is about the journey, not the destination.


--------------------
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
Jerry S.
post Mar 10 2013, 08:37 PM
Post #14


Advanced Member
******

Group: Members
Posts: 428
Joined: 9-January 07
From: Chicago
Member No.: 10441



And again,

While I certainly agree with the opinion voiced by nedmtnman in his post, we have to realize that visitors from overseas want to see as much as they can in their limited available time. We have time and availabliity they don't. Plus, they may never be here again. As Adam has mentioned, this is their first RV trip to the U.S. I can't blame him for wanting to see as much as possible in the two weeks he has. Since his starting and ending point is Denver and he wants to see the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, we have to work with that.

My previous post had us approaching Flagstaff on the way to the Grand Canyon. I was a bit surprised that nedmtnman's post didn't mention all the attractions around Flagstaff. Within less than 40 miles of Flagstaff, you have Walnut Canyon National Monument, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and Wupatki National Monument. Two of these (Sunset Crater and Wupatki) can be seen via short side trips on the way to GCNP if you go via U.S. 89 and AZ 64. Besides getting a chance to see the two aforementioned national monuments, you will also travel through more of the painted desert and be able to see the east side of GCNP on the way to the main area of the park. There is a decent RV park on U.S. 89 as it leaves the northeast edge of Flagstaff. It is called J & H RV Park. It calls itself "adult oriented", but I don't think it means children are not allowed. You (Adam) have never mentioned the composition of your party (just you and the wife?, friends?, kids?). There is also a KOA just north of J & H, but I seem to remember review comments stating that the KOA's sites are not good for large RVs.

If you have made it this far (GCNP) and not taken too many side trips, you could be here in less than 7 days. I think it would be best if you got to this point on your 5th night. That would give you your 2 days at GCNP, 2 days in Las Vegas, a day at Zion, and 4-5 days to get back to Denver from southwestern Utah.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post
adamabz
post Mar 13 2013, 07:52 AM
Post #15


Newbie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 8
Joined: 6-March 13
Member No.: 77249



QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Mar 11 2013, 02:37 AM) *

And again,

While I certainly agree with the opinion voiced by nedmtnman in his post, we have to realize that visitors from overseas want to see as much as they can in their limited available time. We have time and availabliity they don't. Plus, they may never be here again. As Adam has mentioned, this is their first RV trip to the U.S. I can't blame him for wanting to see as much as possible in the two weeks he has. Since his starting and ending point is Denver and he wants to see the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, we have to work with that.

My previous post had us approaching Flagstaff on the way to the Grand Canyon. I was a bit surprised that nedmtnman's post didn't mention all the attractions around Flagstaff. Within less than 40 miles of Flagstaff, you have Walnut Canyon National Monument, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and Wupatki National Monument. Two of these (Sunset Crater and Wupatki) can be seen via short side trips on the way to GCNP if you go via U.S. 89 and AZ 64. Besides getting a chance to see the two aforementioned national monuments, you will also travel through more of the painted desert and be able to see the east side of GCNP on the way to the main area of the park. There is a decent RV park on U.S. 89 as it leaves the northeast edge of Flagstaff. It is called J & H RV Park. It calls itself "adult oriented", but I don't think it means children are not allowed. You (Adam) have never mentioned the composition of your party (just you and the wife?, friends?, kids?). There is also a KOA just north of J & H, but I seem to remember review comments stating that the KOA's sites are not good for large RVs.

If you have made it this far (GCNP) and not taken too many side trips, you could be here in less than 7 days. I think it would be best if you got to this point on your 5th night. That would give you your 2 days at GCNP, 2 days in Las Vegas, a day at Zion, and 4-5 days to get back to Denver from southwestern Utah.

many thanks for your feed back yet again.
we are meeting this weekend to go over our route and hopefully finalise a few things.
User is offlineProfile CardPM
Go to the top of the page
+Quote Post

2 Pages V  1 2 >
Reply to this topicStart new topic
2 User(s) are reading this topic (2 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 



Lo-Fi Version
RVParkReviews.com