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Old 02-21-2015, 03:10 PM   #11
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:31 AM   #12
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Headed to Utah in the fall, looking at staying at a number of National Park and Monument CG's, many of which are first come first served, Capitol Reef and Hovenweep, to name a couple.
The Capitol Reef NP campground was full when we arrived mid-day on a Thursday in October 2014. We found a boondocking site a couple of miles outside the park boundary on BLM land (photo), then went to the park next morning and were lucky to get a campsite (Jane went ahead on foot through the campground, enabling us to beat two big RVs to the last spot).

It's been a while since I camped at Hovenweep NM, but I would be surprised if it fills up. Park personnel probably could give you a good idea about expected campground availability if you give them a call. BTW, Hovenweep is a great place. We always enjoy hiking around the ruins - it's like a smaller, more intimate version of Chaco Canyon or Mesa Verde.

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Old 02-22-2015, 05:56 AM   #13
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Thanks Dave, I'm marking down some boondock spots by each park just in case. Don't have a problem boondocking but don't think I'd be comfortable leaving the trailer there while we explore. Of course I have yet to try it either.
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:30 AM   #14
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In 2012, we camped one night at Fish Lake National Forest, before getting a spot at nearby Capitol Reef NP. It worked out great. Kibitka Escape: Capitol Reef National Park, Part 1
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Since you're in the neighborhood, suggest you consider a couple nights (or more) at Kodachrome SP. Secluded, gorgeous and half the sites have partial hookups including several 20-25' spots away from the Sunblockers. Great hikes.
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Going for 5 days there, if I can get reservations.
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:20 PM   #17
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Thanks Dave, I'm marking down some boondock spots by each park just in case. Don't have a problem boondocking but don't think I'd be comfortable leaving the trailer there while we explore. Of course I have yet to try it either.
A good hitch lock and you're all set. I leave my trailer all over the outback and have for years. Of course, there's always a first, but if you get back away from the crowds, nobody even knows you're there. I'm talking about Utah backcountry, not sure I would leave it in some places.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:00 PM   #18
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Since you're in the neighborhood, suggest you consider a couple nights (or more) at Kodachrome SP. Secluded, gorgeous and half the sites have partial hookups including several 20-25' spots away from the Sunblockers. Great hikes.
And with any luck they'll be full and put you in the Host #2 spot. Completely separate from all the other sites, full services, own patch of sprinkled green grass,and has an almost private very nice washroom.

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Old 02-22-2015, 09:02 PM   #19
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We almost got that site during our trip back from Chilliwack last May 27th, but ended up with a non electric site instead. Great park and the only one out of our 49 nights where there was another Escape camped at the same time! Definitely a beautiful campground and also short enough distance to Capital Reef for us to be there by 10:30 AM.
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And with any luck they'll be full and put you in the Host #2 spot. Completely separate from all the other sites, full services, own patch of sprinkled green grass,and has an almost private very nice washroom.

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We're booked in site 2 on Saturday the 4th of April. Small world!
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