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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, 11:21 PM
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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.
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post Mar 9 2013, 07:07 AM
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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.
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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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