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Old 01-21-2016, 07:56 PM   #11
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Moki Dugway, what's not to love We were a little apprehensive about going up it but ended up enjoying it.

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Old 01-21-2016, 07:58 PM   #12
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It's been a long time, but favorite memories from our tent days: the Zion Narrows hike (mentioned by Jon above); the hike to Delicate Arch, especially nearing the arch; hiking down into the Bryce Canyon formations - once on a full moon night. Southern Utah is other worldly…Glenn.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:37 PM   #13
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We've been there many times but a great memory is a stop on the river at Mexican Hat, UT and lunch or dinner at the San Juan Inn.
We were heading to a week backpack trip to the Anasazi ruins just north of Mexican Hat in the BLM canyons. We stopped there for lunch and by the time we reached the trailhead I was so food poisoned from lunch that we limped into Blanding UT and spent first 12 hours you know what and 48 more hours nearly unconscious before I was back in this world. Like Chipotle it's kinda a Clint Eastwood thing "You feel lucky," but we've never stopped in MH again. Probly wouldn't be a problem now, but we can't lose the memory.
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I would not go across the country in a hurry and then see everything I could see in a hurry. That is the way some travel, but I would just go to the Grand Canyon and a couple of other places and spend a little time at them, instead of in and out. And save the rest for another trip. It's your trip though. Whatever seems fine to you.
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There is so much to see, just in Utah, that's you'll just have to pick the spots you most want to see, and then plan to go back for the rest. Capital Reef is a favorite of ours as it is less crowded and offers a big variety of terrains to see.
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We were heading to a week backpack trip to the Anasazi ruins just north of Mexican Hat in the BLM canyons. We stopped there for lunch and by the time we reached the trailhead I was so food poisoned from lunch that we limped into Blanding UT and spent first 12 hours you know what and 48 more hours nearly unconscious before I was back in this world. Like Chipotle it's kinda a Clint Eastwood thing "You feel lucky," but we've never stopped in MH again. Probly wouldn't be a problem now, but we can't lose the memory.
I said it was memorable, something you'll never forget!

We like to get a cold brewski and a Navajo taco. Good grub and great scenery.
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Old 01-21-2016, 10:57 PM   #17
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A month out of New Jersey is really like 3 weeks in CO/UT factoring in to/fro. Since Grand Canyon seems a must see then I can offer a good boondocks site. On the road from Williams,AZ there is a spot on the right just after the state park on the left a mile or so from I-40. We were where you want to go just before & after labor day and it was tight at the campgrounds. Plan on "staging" prior. For example we boondocks about an hour or so east of capitol reef on hwy 12 up on the aspens. got to capitol reef early next day and it was full shortly afterwards.

Ouray is nice...Rigeway SP is a good spot to unwind & reorganize...laundry, etc. From there you can go to Gunnison via montrose then up to crested butte and oh be joyful. Steve in Texas gave us that tip. Liked it so much we cruised over kebler pass down to paonia, back to Rigeway then to telluride, then back to crested butte.

A cool book to read prior to going to Utah is Finding Everett Ruess. He was 20 year old who wandered the 4 corners for several years back in the 1920's.
Canyon de Chelle is very worthwhile and a place less traveled compared to many of the other well known sites. The natives live in the valley and there is an interesting history. you can walk in at the white house trail.
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You want to give a 12 yr old the most awesome swimming experience take a night or two at Glenwood Springs, CO. Worlds largest hot springs pool, and where Doc Holiday died in the TB sanitarium. You will need res to get in the RV parks in the area, but well worth it. It's not far to Moab after leaving Glenwood.
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Consider the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It's never crowded and because it's higher elevation, the North Rim is forested and comfortably cool. The scenery driving in an out from Page, AZ is beautiful!
We were there about six years ago and walked up to the reservation counter at 9:00 AM. An hour later our 12 year old granddaughter was riding a mule down into the canyon! We didn't need reservations!
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As mentioned, you want to see the Grand Canyon, for swimming, the Ouray pool is great, naturally hot and the Glenwood Springs pool is a don't miss either. At Glenwood you can camp at the park at No Name exit off I-70. That park allows you to back up to the Colorado River and watch the boaters go by or the trains on the other side of the river. If you have bicycles the path along I-70 is one of the most scenic of bike paths.
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