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Old 02-12-2020, 07:38 PM   #1
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Now that you got a camper, You gotta see this!

There are tons of icons among the West and other parts of North America, I want to share some of my favorites and hopefully inspire others to share their favorite places.


I will lead with Oxbow Bend In Grand Teton N.P., just off Moran Junction. It hits your right in the face when you round the bend.


Do not miss this one!


Plenty of camping near by with or without hook ups
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:51 PM   #2
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The Maroon Bells

Aspen, Colorado
Glenwood Springs, CO

These are the two most photographed peaks in Colorado. They are just behind Aspen, off Maroon Creek Road. This is one of the best places to see in late September. Always a crowd favorite and the walk around Maroon Lake is To-Die-For!

Just a few miles from Aspen night life and anything to the West is actually the Wild West. These are the most deadly peaks to climb in the state. DO NOT DO IT!

Glenwood Springs (my favorite) is one hour away with their world famous hot springs! This is one of our favorites and lots of places outside of this area to see, particularly in September with the changing leaves.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:44 PM   #3
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And, while visiting Glenwood Springs, take the hike to Hanging Lake. I believe you now have to get a permit due to parking problems, but while you will climb 1000' in one mile, it is worth it.

Another great area for those that like waterfalls is along OR 138. A couple favorites:
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Unfortunately, my favorite place in the US is the False Kiva at Canyonlands, however, due to a couple of idiots that damaged the site, the hike is now off limits. The most serene place I've ever been.
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Numa Pass on the Rock Wall Trail in Kootenay National Park in western BC.
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Old 02-13-2020, 01:05 PM   #6
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Here is a panorama of Hanging Lake.
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The Grand Canyon never grows old

This is my husband Jon at the Grand Canyon in February, 2018. We were accompanied by herds of young elk along the roadside at sunset.
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Amen to that!
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The Maroon Bells

Aspen, Colorado
Glenwood Springs, CO

These are the two most photographed peaks in Colorado. They are just behind Aspen, off Maroon Creek Road. This is one of the best places to see in late September. Always a crowd favorite and the walk around Maroon Lake is To-Die-For!

Just a few miles from Aspen night life and anything to the West is actually the Wild West. These are the most deadly peaks to climb in the state. DO NOT DO IT!

Glenwood Springs (my favorite) is one hour away with their world famous hot springs! This is one of our favorites and lots of places outside of this area to see, particularly in September with the changing leaves.
Rafting down the Colorado at Glenwood springs in 2012. Wife Paula front left with paddle, I'm in the baseball cap two seats behind her. It was a blast!
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Canyon De Chelly with the cliff dwellings. Magical, mystical place.
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I prefer a canoe. Or, used to.
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Rocky Mountain National Park.

This one is in my county. The high point (Long's Peak 14,255') is in the very corner of Boulder County. At the base of this great ridgeline are several parks that hold wintering elk. The three big parks on the east side are Morraine, Horseshoe and Beaver Meadows. On the West side, the Kawuneeche Valley is moose territory, although they are all over these days.

The elk wait for the snow to push them down into the parks just in time for the rut, usually by late September. When the temperatures drop, the action heats up. Anyone can see these giants throughout Estes Park, the local town.

Morraine Park Campground is a favorite for camping and watching these giants. Here are a few pics of them gathering.
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Canyonlands National Park - Needles Section

Remote, primitive, off the beaten path...in other words, a perfect Escape destination! Lots of wonderful hiking. A fairly small campground in the park but a decent primitive privately owned campground right outside (Needles Outpost) and also a nice BLM spot (Hamburger Rock) only a mile or two away. Not overrun with people like most of the other Utah national parks, a great place to get away from it all.
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So many places...

This country has many, many places to visit. Here are a couple of our favorites. The first three pictures are from the primitive campsites along NF-610 near the Saddle Mountain Lookout are of the Grand Canyon. You are able to pull right up and camp at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Very remote and quiet.
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So many places... part 2

The last two photos are on the other end of the continent. Meat Cove campground at the Northernmost tip of Cape Breton, NS. Camp right on the cliff overlooking the Cabot Street. Takes a while to get there, but is absolutely beautiful and serene. Watched whales go by below us last time we were there.
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Canyonlands National Park - Needles Section

Boy Dave, you just hit on one of my all time favorites. That place rocks. The campground is Squaw Flats, it is first come first served. Open year round. The scenery and hiking is at the very top of the charts.



Best times to go, March, April, Sept, Oct, Nov.. Summer is too hot!



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Boy Dave, you just hit on one of my all time favorites. That place rocks. The campground is Squaw Flats, it is first come first served. Open year round. The scenery and hiking is at the very top of the charts.

Best times to go, March, April, Sept, Oct, Nov.. Summer is too hot!

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A growing trend in NP campgrounds....half the campground is on the reservation system now.
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Another southern Utah favorite of ours that a lot of people miss is Capitol Reef National Park. An amazing variety of rock layers and formations, not nearly as heavily visited as Arches, Bryce and Zion. The Fruita campground is my favorite national park campground, a heavily wooded grassy oasis in the middle of the red rock formations.

The campground is large but popular and is entirely on the reservations system so requires planning ahead. If you go, be sure to check out the Gifford House museum and gift shop next to the campground...every morning they have locally baked individual pies and sourdough bread. We eat pie pretty much every day we're there!
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Alright if were going to go there, here is a little secret about both Squaw Flats and Capitol Reef. Excellent pics by the way!

Both of those places are my secret spots to weather out a storm that flies across Utah. These are both quiet, calm spots. You can get there pretty fast and once there let the storms fly! You are safe! You might have to stay for a few days and stay off the rocks with snow on them while hiking until they show rock again (mostly).

Another one is Hovenweep and that will be my next post.

I call dibs.
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Hovenweep.

We first came to this place when a storm chased us out of Natural Bridges (yes I am going to do that one too). Natural Bridges is around 6,700' and directly faces West into the brunt of the storm.

Mind you we were tent camping then.

Not wanting to suffer thru rain and snow, we fled to Hovenweep and it was a damn good idea! 4,300 feet and a mild rain as we hike around superb ruins. I mean superb!

Very entertaining and I saw my first Escape 19 there.

Just for fun, I threw in a pic of "House On Fire" in Cedar Mesa on the way to Natural Bridges.
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