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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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Jerry S
post Mar 8 2013, 12:10 AM
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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.
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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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