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adamabz
post Mar 6 2013, 08:55 AM
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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.
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post Mar 7 2013, 11:11 PM
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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.


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adamabz   14 Day Round Trip From Denver   Mar 6 2013, 08:55 AM
edcornflake   Can people please recommend places to visit and p...   Mar 6 2013, 01:19 PM
Jerry S.   Hi Adam, From your post I am guessing 2 things: ...   Mar 6 2013, 10:14 PM
adamabz   Hi Adam, From your post I am guessing 2 things: ...   Mar 7 2013, 07:14 AM
jamarynn1   Here are the places we've stayed in the past -...   Mar 7 2013, 10:55 PM
Fitzjohnfan   Hello, as you can see, we live in Denver, and made...   Mar 7 2013, 11:11 PM
Jerry S.   I AM EDITING THIS POST TO LET FOLKS KNOW THAT THE ...   Mar 8 2013, 12:10 AM
adamabz   I AM EDITING THIS POST TO LET FOLKS KNOW THAT THE...   Mar 8 2013, 04:50 AM
Kirk   Adam. Having lived along the Colorado front range...   Mar 8 2013, 08:37 PM
Jerry S.   And again, I'll start where I left off yester...   Mar 8 2013, 11:21 PM
adamabz   And again, I'll start where I left off yeste...   Mar 9 2013, 07:07 AM
nedmtnman   My personal opinion is you are trying to do too mu...   Mar 9 2013, 09:06 AM
Lindsay Richards   In general, we have found it is much better to go ...   Mar 9 2013, 11:44 AM
Jerry S.   And again, While I certainly agree with the opini...   Mar 10 2013, 08:37 PM
adamabz   And again, While I certainly agree with the opin...   Mar 13 2013, 07:52 AM
Jerry S.   Just a quick note before you finalized your route:...   Mar 13 2013, 10:30 PM
jamarynn1   Just a quick note before you finalized your route...   Apr 1 2013, 09:01 PM
nedmtnman   You want to be darned careful that you're wit...   Apr 2 2013, 09:15 AM
Jerry S.   Hey Adam, You haven't posted in a couple week...   Mar 27 2013, 10:42 PM
adamabz   Hey Adam, You haven't posted in a couple wee...   Mar 28 2013, 03:39 AM
Jerry S.   Hi Adam, Even though you are not in need of any m...   Apr 1 2013, 10:12 PM
edcornflake   I really like reading all the collaborative planni...   Apr 2 2013, 11:12 AM
rkw99   I really like reading all the collaborative plann...   Apr 2 2013, 03:00 PM
edcornflake   Ed, when you plan your trip make sure to post you...   Apr 4 2013, 11:01 AM
adamabz   Hi Again everybody, Just over 3 weeks until we fly...   Jun 24 2013, 07:13 AM
Jerry S.   Hi again Adam, I'm glad to hear that your tri...   Jun 25 2013, 10:03 PM
adamabz   Hi again Adam, I'm glad to hear that your tr...   Jun 26 2013, 05:42 AM


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