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Old 01-01-2019, 06:57 AM   #1
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Smile Heading out yonder from FL

The wife, 2 Labrador Retrievers and I will be heading out west on April 12.
This trip is open-ended in terms of time and destinations. We are planning to stop in Grand Canyon as first "major waypoint". After that heading north and west. As you can see, still early in planning. We have a Silverado 2500HD pulling a K-Z Durango. Any and all suggestions gratefully accepted.
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Grand Canyon is a great stop. Visit both the north and south rims. The north rim is a 1000' higher than the south and a lot less crowded. About everything you see in photos are from the south rim.



There is so much to see in our wonderful country. You say your trip is open ended, are you planning months or years on the road.


Other biggies are Bryse, Zion, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Olympic, Crater Lake, Lassen etc.


You need to give us a better idea of how long you plan to travel and what you like to see.
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We did Grand Canyon then to lake Powell. From there we went to Zion national park. Anything further north that time of year can have snow. Moab is another good choice as well as Durango Colorado. Have fun

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While at lake Powell, consider visiting Glen Canyon Dam.
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If you really want to experience the Grand Canyon, I would suggest you get reservations at Trailer Village RV park. The RV park is just addequate but it's all about location. You can walk or bicycle to the rim. They have excellent paved trails all around Grand Canyon Village or they have a shuttle stop at the entrance. The RV park is very secluded inside the park and very quiet at night. Many of the tourist leave the park and drive back to Williams or Flagstaff every evening.

You will be restricted from higher elevations in April and May but it sounds like you may have plenty of time and can adjust you schedule accordingly.
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Other things to see and do:


Around Flagstaff-Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater.


Around Page-Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Glan Canyon Dam, Horseshoe Bend, Vermillion Cliffs(best seen driving west to east).


If you get far as Bryce make sure you take Escalante Hwy(12), awesome drive to Capital Reef then on to Goblin Valley, Arches. That should keep you going for several months.........
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Smile Thank you all for your input

Thanks for your help. So far I have booked us through the month of April and that puts us in Grand Canyon Village Trailer Park for four days.
I am wondering if it might make sense to head south first and then move back north in June.
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Being from FL you might be able to handle the SW heat. I wouldn't be caught in the SW after March, April pushing it.
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Being from FL you might be able to handle the SW heat. I wouldn't be caught in the SW after March, April pushing it.
Why? All you have to do is increase altitude as the weather warms up. You could stay there all summer and never need the AC.
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We haven't found that to be valid. Flagstaff gets into the 80s and 90s and that is at 7000'. Nights are nice though.
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We haven't found that to be valid. Flagstaff gets into the 80s and 90s and that is at 7000'. Nights are nice though.
If you complain about 80's and low humidity, maybe you do need to get out in March. Almost any place can see 80's and 90's in the summer. Even on the Pacific coast, where they freak out if it gets above 80.
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Each person's definition of hot/cold is different.
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First of all get your Federal senior card....Hope you already have one as the cost went from $10-$80 in the OBAMA era..grrrrr! Anyplace you think you want to sleep and stay...you better learn about Recreation.gov...NOW..before you leave home. As so many places are booked 3-4 months in advance. Bryse, Zion, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Olympic, Crater Lake, Lassen etc.
The next suggestion is to learn about "500 Nations.com" This list all of the casinos in the USA...and I can only say..even if you don't gamble...many give you great meals and a place to sleep for free . These casino's are wonderful to RV people and make your whole trip pleasant. I go from Oregon to Florida each year...and the American Indians are so nice to travelers, Security for yourself and your trailer is wonderful. JMHO. Richard Alpenlite 29RL 2003 Dodge 1 ton.
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There is much to see and do and with an open ended itinerary you will not be rushed. Check out the big 5 parks in Utah, then northward to Yellowstone, stopping at The Tetons and Flaming Gorge. Hit Colorado on the way back but stop at Cody Wy for a genuine rodeo.
That being said you will have a better response if you post in: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
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