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Old 03-23-2019, 11:21 AM   #1
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Chilliwack to Moab

We are picking up our new Escape 19 in Chilliwack in a few weeks. We are planning to head to Moab UT before returning home to Calgary. I'd welcome any advice on routes from Chilliwack to Moab and info on good campsites along the way.
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Staying around Jackson, WY and the Tetons is nice. Though, depending on when you are traveling through, campsites might not be open and it will be chilly. The views are incredible and Jackson is a nice town.
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We are picking up our new Escape 19 in Chilliwack in a few weeks. We are planning to head to Moab UT before returning home to Calgary. I'd welcome any advice on routes from Chilliwack to Moab and info on good campsites along the way.
Using Google Maps, down the I-5 to Seattle, then I-90 East to Ellensburg, then I-82/I-84 to Salt Lake City and then cross country to Moab. Avoid Seattle in the rush our like the plague. There's good overnight parking at Wild Horse Casino just outside Pendleton, We have also stopped at Walmart in Mountain Home Idaho too, both are free. As an alternative, the great basin highway (highway 93 south from Twin Falls) to Ely, Nevada (you can overnight at the Ely Hotel) then east on highway 50, for something different.

Moab is wonderful, great scenery all around. Horsethief Campground out of town is great and smaller and cheaper than in town, but its dry camping and no hook-ups.

If you are new to this, get the Allstays App for information on places to stay, including free places to camp.

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Using Google Maps, down the I-5 to Seattle, then I-90 East to Ellensburg, then I-82/I-84 to Salt Lake City and then cross country to Moab. .
We are picking our 5.0TA on April 12 and will take this same route on our way home to Texas. We drove it in September when we went to Chilliwack to visit ETI and found it to be a great drive.

We plan to stay at the Lynden KOA a couple of nights to load up, stock up, and check out everything then will leave to head south on Sunday morning to avoid the worst of Seattle traffic. We mapped out a relatively easy 3 day drive to Moab, staying the first night in Umatilla OR at the Umatilla Marina & RV Park on the Columbia River, and the next night at the Riverside RV Park in Heyburn, ID on the Snake River. Both are nice little city owned RV parks, hookups and not too expensive - and both on a river.

Link for Umatilla: https://www.umatilla-city.org/marina

Link for Heyburn: - Riverside RV Park - City of Heyburn *

In Moab the commercial campgrounds are very expensive but there are quite a few BLM campgrounds in the area. If you look at Route 128 heading east on the north side of town there are half a dozen nice BLM campgrounds right on the Colorado River within the first few miles, no water or hookups but spectacular scenery.
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Got to stage yourself in many instances to snag a first come spot at those BLM sites on the Colorado(and Horsethief first come vs. Deadhorse SP resevations). Big Bend about 4 miles up the Colorado was very nice for us.
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If you aren't in a hurry, you could take I-5/99 all the way to Bakersfield, then head east. Go to Lone Pine on 58/14/395, then east through Death Valley, Las Vegas, and hit the Utah National parks (Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef) on the way to Moab.
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If you aren't in a hurry, you could take I-5/99 all the way to Bakersfield, then head east. Go to Lone Pine on 58/14/395, then east through Death Valley, Las Vegas, and hit the Utah National parks (Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef) on the way to Moab.
That would be a good route, although we find that I-5 is better scenically south of Sacramento rather than 99.
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Gonna probably be Hot in Death Valley by then and that drive in from the 395 is the most difficult entrance. Was just there and was intent on not repeating that journey we took in April 2014 with a Highlander/17B combo. The only good part of that in/out traverse was being sure we needed a larger tow for the 21 we soon ordered afterwards.

Just finished a loop from here to Palm Springs then Vegas for a wedding and the road from Pahrump was easy. Not much worse was from DV to Beatty on the 374. After trying to get info from rangers, etc. in DV(none knew) we found the 168 from Nevada to Big Pine to be awesome!
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We are picking up our new Escape 19 in Chilliwack in a few weeks. We are planning to head to Moab UT before returning home to Calgary. I'd welcome any advice on routes from Chilliwack to Moab and info on good campsites along the way.
I'm picking up June 24 and plan the same trip to Moab to visit Arches and Canyonlands. After that, we'll head down t Monument Valley and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I'll be interested in what you recommend following your trip.
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We are picking our 5.0TA on April 12 and will take this same route on our way home to Texas. We drove it in September when we went to Chilliwack to visit ETI and found it to be a great drive.

We plan to stay at the Lynden KOA a couple of nights to load up, stock up, and check out everything then will leave to head south on Sunday morning to avoid the worst of Seattle traffic. We mapped out a relatively easy 3 day drive to Moab, staying the first night in Umatilla OR at the Umatilla Marina & RV Park on the Columbia River, and the next night at the Riverside RV Park in Heyburn, ID on the Snake River. Both are nice little city owned RV parks, hookups and not too expensive - and both on a river.

Link for Umatilla: https://www.umatilla-city.org/marina

Link for Heyburn: - Riverside RV Park - City of Heyburn *

In Moab the commercial campgrounds are very expensive but there are quite a few BLM campgrounds in the area. If you look at Route 128 heading east on the north side of town there are half a dozen nice BLM campgrounds right on the Colorado River within the first few miles, no water or hookups but spectacular scenery.
As I mentioned on an earlier post, we'll be making the Moab run late June and I'll also be interested in your recommendations. Our journey will eventually lead to I40 then we'll head east.
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:08 AM   #11
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Going through Seattle?

About the only way south from Chilliwack. Not fun!
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Going through Seattle?

About the only way south from Chilliwack. Not fun!
We avoided Seattle by taking the ferry to Port Townsend, then visiting Olympic NP, then south on 101, along the coast, as far as you want to go.
Great scenery, and little traffic
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Great Advice

Thanks for the advice. We've just started planning and have the maps out. I'll take your advice into account and let you all know how it turns out. We used to tent camp many years ago and this is our first entry into the RV world.
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There are ways to avoid Seattle traffic if you leave the Interstate. When we picked up our Escape, we crossed the Cascade Range via US-20. the North Cascades Highway over Washington Pass, then south. US-20 is closed for the winter (Google Maps will not let you plot a route through there until the road is open), but you also could avoid Seattle by leaving I-5 at Everett (or, taking WA-9 instead of I-5), then US-2, the Stevens Pass Highway, over the Cascades.

From there you would have many options. We took I-84 to Boise, then US-20 to Craters of the Moon before going south on I-15. For I-15 travelers, we recommend staying away from the Ogden - SLC - Provo section during commuting hours.
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We did that trip in 2013..here is our itinerary with start and stop locations, miles, hours, and campground... We were headed to Albuquerque but Monticello, Utah (our last stop before home) is about 1 hour south of Moab on 191.....
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Date Miles Hours Start point Destination Campground
7/15/13 64 1.5 Chilliwack, BC to Burlington, WA Burlington/Anacortes KOA

7/16/13 284 5.5 Burlington, WA to Richland, WA Horn Rapids RV

7/17/13 295 4.75 Richland, WA to Boise-Meridian, ID KOA on Pennwood St. Meridian

7/18/13 297 4.25 Boise, ID to Brigham City, UT Brigham City/Perry S KOA

7/19/13 338 5.5 Brigham City, UT to Monticello, UT Mtn View RV

7/20/13 331 5.5 Monticello, UT to Home
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Moab:

The gold standard for detailed maps of the Western States is the Benchmark Road and Recreation Atlas. You will be glad you bought the Utah map book before your trip.

The Moab visitor center in downtown Moab is a treasure trove of information plus free high speed internet plus comfortable chairs.

Free dump and water fill at the Maverick Gas Station. 923 S. Main St.

Almost just across the street on Main St. from the Maverick is a nice Mom and Pop farm-store, hardware store, RV supplies ,etc. $5 to dump and take on water. Propane . Nice people. Support the locals.

Some of the best public , as opposed to commercial, campgrounds. There are many more than these but this is a list of our favorites.

None of the BLM campgrounds take reservations. Generally only trash disposal and pit toilets.

BLM Goose Island. 38.610936 -109.558037
There are several other BLM campgrounds along UT-128 but this is the only one with cell phone and internet service plus its convenient to town. Fills early in the day so be there by about 8am and look for people packing up.
The other campgrounds along the Colorado River are also nice especially Upper Onion Creek.

BLM Kens Lake. On the south end of Moab at 38.477904 -109.422975
Large sites. Generally there is room as long as you get there early.

Dead Horse Point SP. 38.486609 -109.740352 Electric & dump station. No water. Best to have reservations.

Devils Garden in Arches NP. Reservations are basically a must unless really off season.

Trails worth riding. If you have a vehicle with perhaps 8 ground clearance and either 4WD or All WD you will really enjoy these easy off-road drives. Get the info at the visitor center.

Onion Creek. Our all time favorite easy off-road Trail. You will drive through the shallow creek perhaps 30 times. Through a deep canyon. Just beautiful.

Potash Road/Shaffer Switchbacks..Drive along a steep walled canyon. If you go to the Dead Horse SP overlook, you can look down and see the ant sized vehicles below. That can be you down there.

Disbursed/ boondocking.
If you are so inclined, check this one out. Just amazing. You are on the top of a small bluff surrounded by beauty. Drop your trailer someplace and take a look. If it looks OK to you, drag the Escape up the fairly narrow trail.

38.643814 -109.819371

If you have any specific questions about Moab or Southern Utah let me know. Perhaps I can help.
Were drifting around that area now.

Enjoy your journey.

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I also like driving east in southern BC and dropping south through eastern Washington or Idaho - Idaho means also avoiding Spokane....not that you couldn't skirt around it. You'd need to check the hours of border crossings - some of them are limited, but also very short lines, if a line at all.

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Moab:

The gold standard for detailed maps of the Western States is the Benchmark Road and Recreation Atlas. You will be glad you bought the Utah map book before your trip.

The Moab visitor center in downtown Moab is a treasure trove of information plus free high speed internet plus comfortable chairs.

Free dump and water fill at the Maverick Gas Station. 923 S. Main St.

Almost just across the street on Main St. from the Maverick is a nice Mom and Pop farm-store, hardware store, RV supplies ,etc. $5 to dump and take on water. Propane . Nice people. Support the locals.

Some of the best public , as opposed to commercial, campgrounds. There are many more than these but this is a list of our favorites.

None of the BLM campgrounds take reservations. Generally only trash disposal and pit toilets.

BLM Goose Island. 38.610936 -109.558037
There are several other BLM campgrounds along UT-128 but this is the only one with cell phone and internet service plus its convenient to town. Fills early in the day so be there by about 8am and look for people packing up.
The other campgrounds along the Colorado River are also nice especially Upper Onion Creek.

BLM Kens Lake. On the south end of Moab at 38.477904 -109.422975
Large sites. Generally there is room as long as you get there early.

Dead Horse Point SP. 38.486609 -109.740352 Electric & dump station. No water. Best to have reservations.

Devils Garden in Arches NP. Reservations are basically a must unless really off season.

Trails worth riding. If you have a vehicle with perhaps 8 ground clearance and either 4WD or All WD you will really enjoy these easy off-road drives. Get the info at the visitor center.

Onion Creek. Our all time favorite easy off-road Trail. You will drive through the shallow creek perhaps 30 times. Through a deep canyon. Just beautiful.

Potash Road/Shaffer Switchbacks..Drive along a steep walled canyon. If you go to the Dead Horse SP overlook, you can look down and see the ant sized vehicles below. That can be you down there.

Disbursed/ boondocking.
If you are so inclined, check this one out. Just amazing. You are on the top of a small bluff surrounded by beauty. Drop your trailer someplace and take a look. If it looks OK to you, drag the Escape up the fairly narrow trail.

38.643814 -109.819371

If you have any specific questions about Moab or Southern Utah let me know. Perhaps I can help.
Were drifting around that area now.

Enjoy your journey.

Ed
Good info. Started checking out the sites you mentioned. I also ordered the Benchmarks for Utah and Arizona. Thanks jn
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I also like driving east in southern BC and dropping south through eastern Washington or Idaho - Idaho means also avoiding Spokane....not that you couldn't skirt around it. You'd need to check the hours of border crossings - some of them are limited, but also very short lines, if a line at all.

Have fun!

I'll have to check out this route, it might be a good option. For sure I'll skirt Seattle as best I can. Thanks!
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Moab:

The gold standard for detailed maps of the Western States is the Benchmark Road and Recreation Atlas. You will be glad you bought the Utah map book before your trip.

The Moab visitor center in downtown Moab is a treasure trove of information plus free high speed internet plus comfortable chairs.

Free dump and water fill at the Maverick Gas Station. 923 S. Main St.

Almost just across the street on Main St. from the Maverick is a nice Mom and Pop farm-store, hardware store, RV supplies ,etc. $5 to dump and take on water. Propane . Nice people. Support the locals.

Some of the best public , as opposed to commercial, campgrounds. There are many more than these but this is a list of our favorites.

None of the BLM campgrounds take reservations. Generally only trash disposal and pit toilets.

BLM Goose Island. 38.610936 -109.558037
There are several other BLM campgrounds along UT-128 but this is the only one with cell phone and internet service plus its convenient to town. Fills early in the day so be there by about 8am and look for people packing up.
The other campgrounds along the Colorado River are also nice especially Upper Onion Creek.

BLM Kens Lake. On the south end of Moab at 38.477904 -109.422975
Large sites. Generally there is room as long as you get there early.

Dead Horse Point SP. 38.486609 -109.740352 Electric & dump station. No water. Best to have reservations.

Devils Garden in Arches NP. Reservations are basically a must unless really off season.

Trails worth riding. If you have a vehicle with perhaps 8 ground clearance and either 4WD or All WD you will really enjoy these easy off-road drives. Get the info at the visitor center.

Onion Creek. Our all time favorite easy off-road Trail. You will drive through the shallow creek perhaps 30 times. Through a deep canyon. Just beautiful.

Potash Road/Shaffer Switchbacks..Drive along a steep walled canyon. If you go to the Dead Horse SP overlook, you can look down and see the ant sized vehicles below. That can be you down there.

Disbursed/ boondocking.
If you are so inclined, check this one out. Just amazing. You are on the top of a small bluff surrounded by beauty. Drop your trailer someplace and take a look. If it looks OK to you, drag the Escape up the fairly narrow trail.

38.643814 -109.819371

If you have any specific questions about Moab or Southern Utah let me know. Perhaps I can help.
Were drifting around that area now.

Enjoy your journey.

Ed
Thanks Ed, this is great info!
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