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Old 04-29-2017, 06:03 PM   #1
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Looking for ideas -- 8 or 9 days from Salt Lake City

Hey y'all, I've got the week of July 10th off and we're looking to take our first TT for an 8 or 9-day trip starting and ending in SLC. Last summer we truck camped up the Oregon coast with our dogs and now that we bought the TT we're looking for a similar adventure for this summer with our new purchase.

That Oregon road trip last year (The Volcanoes and Waves Tour 2016) would've had a too ambitious itinerary to do with a 6,000-lb. trailer in tow. We thought about the NorCal coast from Eureka into southern Oregon at Coos Bay, traveling via a stop in Tahoe, but that's looking like a bigger bite than we should chew, and Tahoe on the way is likely to be packed. Furthermore, Tahoe's kind of in a weird spot -- too far for night #1, and not far enough from a reasonable night #1 for night #2. I also almost fell over when I saw $84 per night for one particular lakeside campground in Tahoe that I found in my search for waterfront spots -- that's more than a hotel room in half of the country! I therefore think that I have to scale my original ideas back a bit, but if anyone thinks that Northern California/southern Oregon coast trip is doable I'm all ears.

When picking a route we'd rather go to places that we haven't been, and in July I'd also like to avoid the desert heat. I love the desert but I've got other weeks off of work in each early September and early October, so we can instead head south then. We've camped several times near Jackson, and nearly anything within Utah we've already seen. National Parks are out of consideration both for their summertime crowds and their prohibitions on dogs. We've done Flaming Gorge numerous times both truck camping and camping by kayak, and while we love it there we'd rather go further than that anyway.

We'll do campgrounds if we're forced to, but we'd prefer not to. I prefer boondocking as I hate camping right next to neighbors and we'd rather not have to leash the dogs. Water (a lake or stream) is good for the dogs, and an ocean is great for our landlocked psyches, but neither is truly essential. Ocean is a want, not a need.

So, who has any suggestions to share with preferred overnight stops highlighted? Idaho/Montana? Colorado? Specifics on what you liked? Even if you have only favorite boondocking spots that you're willing to share, perhaps I can link them together in a loop? Thanks in advance! We look forward to hearing your ideas.
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If you are a member of the Moose, the lodge at Eureka has 15 sites. Be sure to see the Blue Ox Museum and the Victorian buildings in Ferndale..

If you are a member of the VFW, the post at Oak Harbor has also about 14 sites.
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Appreciate it. Alas, member of neither.
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We love Idaho, especially the Sawtooth area around Stanley. Many public parks to stay and fishing is excellent.
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We love Idaho, especially the Sawtooth area around Stanley. Many public parks to stay and fishing is excellent.
twogypsies, any particular places you enjoy?
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South of town. Wander around the town, spend time at Hyalight Reservoir, visit the incredible Museum of the Rockies. Good for 3 days at least. Then travel toward Virginia City area. Nice historic site. Good fishing in the area and lots of sightseeing. Visit the historic Bannack State Park for a fun gold rush host town. Lots of backroads and hiking. The area around Dillon, MT has lakes and backroads too. You could try to get to Glacier, and it is generally much less crowded than Yellowstone due to how hard it is to get there. Fishing, hiking, sightseeing, historic sites abound on the way there and back.
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Good hints, I'll start Googling tomorrow. Thanks!
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We did a No. Cal loop a few years ago--it was fantastic. Crater Lake, Jedediah Smith, Klamath river, Avenue of the Ancients, Tahoe, Yosemite and then back across Nevada to Utah. There are enough good locations going south that you can pick one that doesn't make Tahoe too far.

We've also enjoyed Durango, Silverton, etc. It is south but the altitude is high enough that the heat isn't an issue.

Also from just about your location we've gone very north. Glacier, Banff, etc. That's an outstanding trip.

We did these trips with a big beginning and ending drive to maximize our time at the location. I can't help with boondocking. If I know a place really well then it seems more feasible.
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We did a No. Cal loop a few years ago--it was fantastic.
Thanks, Grant. Would you do it over 8 days?

And yes, Durango/Silverton is on the radar.

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If I know a place really well then it seems more feasible.
So true.
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Would you do it over 8 days?
Yes but you won't be able to do everything you can during a longer trip. (How's that for obvious.) For me the key is how long before the fun begins? A good long day or night (depending on how many drivers you have) gets you to most places in CA. I'd consider leaving the night before after work and getting to Winnemucca in that leg (if that's on your path). If you start really early the next morning then you'll be in CA within the first 1/2 day of your vacation. My other advice would be to stick to a smaller area. Perhaps So. Oregon and No. Cal together rather than including Tahoe and Yosemite.

Have fun. I still haven't settled my summer trip plans yet.
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Good points all.
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Check out Stanley Lake, Red Fish Lake, Little Red Fish Lake. Anything out this way, I will try to help you where I can.
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Hey y'all, I've got the week of July 10th off and we're looking to take our first TT for an 8 or 9-day trip starting and ending in SLC. Last summer we truck camped up the Oregon coast with our dogs and now that we bought the TT we're looking for a similar adventure for this summer with our new purchase.

That Oregon road trip last year (The Volcanoes and Waves Tour 2016) would've had a too ambitious itinerary to do with a 6,000-lb. trailer in tow. We thought about the NorCal coast from Eureka into southern Oregon at Coos Bay, traveling via a stop in Tahoe, but that's looking like a bigger bite than we should chew, and Tahoe on the way is likely to be packed. Furthermore, Tahoe's kind of in a weird spot -- too far for night #1, and not far enough from a reasonable night #1 for night #2. I also almost fell over when I saw $84 per night for one particular lakeside campground in Tahoe that I found in my search for waterfront spots -- that's more than a hotel room in half of the country! I therefore think that I have to scale my original ideas back a bit, but if anyone thinks that Northern California/southern Oregon coast trip is doable I'm all ears.

When picking a route we'd rather go to places that we haven't been, and in July I'd also like to avoid the desert heat. I love the desert but I've got other weeks off of work in each early September and early October, so we can instead head south then. We've camped several times near Jackson, and nearly anything within Utah we've already seen. National Parks are out of consideration both for their summertime crowds and their prohibitions on dogs. We've done Flaming Gorge numerous times both truck camping and camping by kayak, and while we love it there we'd rather go further than that anyway.

We'll do campgrounds if we're forced to, but we'd prefer not to. I prefer boondocking as I hate camping right next to neighbors and we'd rather not have to leash the dogs. Water (a lake or stream) is good for the dogs, and an ocean is great for our landlocked psyches, but neither is truly essential. Ocean is a want, not a need.

So, who has any suggestions to share with preferred overnight stops highlighted? Idaho/Montana? Colorado? Specifics on what you liked? Even if you have only favorite boondocking spots that you're willing to share, perhaps I can link them together in a loop? Thanks in advance! We look forward to hearing your ideas.
Let me just hook you up with a link from another Forum - thin you and 4runnerguy have very similar interests - RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Search He is the resident expert for Colorado and where and what to see and do.

If Ken doesn't have what you need look over RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Search profdant139 will have places and pictures that fee see.

These two should connect you to just more than most.

After seeing your photo's on the Lake, I'm pretty sure these two will have the info you are seeking.

Just so much to see and do................no need to spend a lot of time on the Road.

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This would be my Route as a loop - picking a spot or two to stay.

https://binged.it/2qSR9mC

Couple side trips would be Dunton and the National Forest around LizardHead Pass - Marble and Crystal Mill - Silverton and Alpine Loop.

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