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Old 02-17-2015, 06:46 AM   #43
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232 Miles In Mountains?

I may have made a mistake when I dropped the North Rim stop (Kailab Campground) out of my trip. I now have to drive 232 miles from Trailer Village to Bauer's Campground. Will this be a hard drive?
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:34 AM   #44
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Highly recommend Carlsbad Caverns NP.

I lived in Roswell and a nice town with friendly people. Just not anything of much interest for visitors. They lean heavy on the space aliens with small museum.

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232 miles in itself is not a long drive unless you rarely drive that far. Also, the roads will not have much slow traffic so you should make good time.
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:14 AM   #46
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I may have made a mistake when I dropped the North Rim stop (Kailab Campground) out of my trip. I now have to drive 232 miles from Trailer Village to Bauer's Campground. Will this be a hard drive?
It is an easy drive. We have made it in both directions. Highway 89 is closed so they developed Highway 89T which parallels it and it is a new highway.

NOTE: Consider seeing Horseshoe Bend which is on the old Highway 89 about 1 to 2 miles south of the Walmart in Page, AZ. There is a good size parking lot plenty large enough for a big rig. In high season I would probably not take my MH there while towing however. We parked at the Walmart, unhooked and took the towed there. It is a pretty good hike from the parking lot to the edge of the cliff overlooking the Colorado but once there you are up close and personal with a beautiful sight. I have attached a picture.

This is not to be confused with Deadhorse Point in Canyonlands NP near Moab, UT. That, too, is a great vista. This one is more up close and personal. Locate it on Google Earth. Highway 89 just south of Page, AZ.

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That is one gorgeous view, and we never stopped there. I have stopped at the Navajo Bridge where 89A crosses the river. There is a big parking area there and you can walk across the old Navajo Bridge over Marble Canyon, which is now just a foot bridge. This was on the way to Lees Ferry for a 6 day rafting trip. Lees Ferry is an interesting place with a lot of history and is now the launching point for all Grand Canyon rafting trips. There is an RV Park there but we've never stayed in it. The Paria River dumps into the Colorado there and there is supposed to be some excellent trout fishing there.
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We've stayed at Lee's Ferry campground and yes, the fishing is good.
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Just FYI, the NM State Fairgrounds (in Albuquerque) is only about 1 mile south off I-40. An easy drive once you get out of the fairgrounds itself.
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We are planning on doing the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, canyon land and what ever else. Could wind up at ballon festival but need some answers. Is it nessasary to stay at fairgrounds to enjoy the festival? How hard will it be to get a site at an Rv park and drive toad to festival? Sorry to hijack this thread but many of the previous post has been very helpful!
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We are planning on doing the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, canyon land and what ever else. Could wind up at ballon festival but need some answers. Is it nessasary to stay at fairgrounds to enjoy the festival? How hard will it be to get a site at an Rv park and drive toad to festival? Sorry to hijack this thread but many of the previous post has been very helpful!
I hope you meant the Balloon Grounds.

RV Parks are booked a year in advance and they raise their prices, so start looking now. Traffic is a bear. They do have a park and ride system..http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/park-ride.. You could be in traffic for an hour or more before daylight, the Balloons launch at dawn. Parking stars at $10 an event. You would still have a good walk to get to the field.
The RV parking across from the field is $30 a day for dry, rally style parking. They run free shuttle busses to the gate.

But it would be worth it.


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I hope you meant the Balloon Grounds.

RV Parks are booked a year in advance and they raise their prices, so start looking now. Traffic is a bear. They do have a park and ride system..The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Fiesta Express Park & Ride.. You could be in traffic for an hour or more before daylight, the Balloons launch at dawn. Parking stars at $10 an event. You would still have a good walk to get to the field.
The RV parking across from the field is $30 a day for dry, rally style parking. They run free shuttle busses to the gate.

But it would be worth it.


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We've stayed at Lee's Ferry campground and yes, the fishing is good.
How was the campground? Is it FHU or dry camping? I would love to return and do some fishing and explore the area.

Here's a different view of Hwy 89A and the Navajo Bridge.

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So much to see in NM. I-25 S of Albuquerque; Hwy 60 west of Socorro, its Pie Town; for the pies!
Then turn left on 380 at San Antonio for the Owl Cafe. Just east of Valley of Fires SP is Carrizzo: turn S on 53 and camp at Three Rivers Petroglyphs site. Its a beautiful BLM campground w/ water and elect. The petroglyphs will fill you with wonder. Then its south to Alamagordo and White Sands. On the day we were there, it snowed! You couldn't tell where the snow ended and the white sands began. North of Carlsbad is Artesia, where they have a baloon festival (first weekend in Nov. when we were there in '13). Carlsbad Caverns deserve at least 3 days; take a different tour each day; fascinating. If you are heading west thru Las Cruces, make a stop at Mesilla; nice old town square where they say Billy the Kid was captured in a bar. So much to see.
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Lee's Ferry campground is dry camping and a part of the national park service. It is fairly open so it would be hot in summer. We were there in the Fall.
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Moab, Utah to Gallup, NM Route

Right now I have planned on taking Hwy. 191 to Monticello, Utah and then take Hwy 491 on down to Gallup, NM. Is this route OK for a gas motorhome? The DW wants to go to the Ute Casino. This would also check off Colorado off of our map list.

Also are there any fuel stops along this route?
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