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Old 07-13-2016, 02:25 PM   #15
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From Bryce Canyon go over through capital reef and goblin valley. There's a very neat short hike through little wild horse slot canyon and temple mountain camping area that gives a look at the past of uranium mining. Or from capital reef go to Moab and canyon lands and arches. There's lots of different routes and places between Bryce and Slc and also Slc to Yellowstone like going through bear lake and stopping in lava hot springs to float the river and soak in the hot springs
throbbin367 - excellent ideas! Thanks. I will make sure to note these activities to do while at Bryce. Is there a place to park our rig for the day at the hot springs? We don't plan to stop and stay overnight in between SLC and Yellowstone or the Grand Tetons (if we add this stop). Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2016, 02:28 PM   #16
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#8 it's only 171 miles. So come visit Lake FDR, Grand Coulee Dam, Dry Falls, Hanford, The Reach, Ice Harbor Dam, Farragut SP, Palouse Falls, Potholes and the great wheat fields. Many small Russian/German towns, and a whole lot of Friendly People.
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rgvtexan - thanks for the recommendations. Looks like a few of these are close to where we plan on staying in WA (Kennewick) and ID (Coeur d'Alene). We'll make sure to visit.
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Old 07-13-2016, 02:31 PM   #17
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July 24 is Pioneer Day in Salt Lake City. There are only two RV parks there and they get booked up fast so check your dates. I'll be there next July and I'll be making my reservations very soon.
National Parks are usually pretty crowded during the summer so beware of possible problems finding a place to stay.
We've joined the Elk's because they have RV parking in quite a few locations all over the country and it's usually $20 a night, but it's first come, first serve.
Arch Hoagland - thanks for the 'heads up!' I think we'll be there before this date, but I do plan on making several reservations. I know that my plans might change, but I'm picky about where to stay and so I'll take my chances of having to cancel in some of the locations. SLC was very interesting in terms of RV parks when I looked online - not many and not many good ratings. Seems strange to me. At this point, I think we plan on staying at the KOA.
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twogypsies - do you think the Grand Canyon, followed by Bryce, then Grand Tetons, then Yellowstone is too many national parks in a row for my kids? It sounds like we can mix in other activities while staying at the parks (like river rafting, etc.) Alternatively, do you think we should reduce the # of nights at Yellowstone and Missoula to add 3 nights at the Grand Tetons? Lastly, we were thinking of river rafting in Bozeman on the Gallatin river. Do you have any experience with this river? Not sure two rafting trips close together would be a great idea. If the Snake River is more of a meander though, it could be different enough. We were going to do Class II - III rapids on Gallatin.

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Sorry, I hate to say as only you know your children and their likes. Like you stated, you can certainly mix in other activities while staying in the national parks - raft trips, horseback riding, a breakfast cookout by cowboys by riding a horse to get there, ranger hikes and each park has nice outlying small towns that offer things.

I don't have experience with the Gallatin River for rafting. I do know the Snake River can give thrills as it goes through the Snake River canyon south of the town of Jackson. The Snake River in the Grand Teton NP is more mild and is more of a siteseeing/animal watching trip. Both are completely different.

I'd suggest going to each national park site. They will have a 'Clicky' on Things to Do and this might give you ideas. The web sites give a lot of helpful information.

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From Bryce to Slc to lava to Yellowstone, there are lots of canyons parks blm and forest service land that you can camp over night and not need a reservation. Google, Internet or ask if you have any questions
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Just a quick comment , I haven't read all the posts .

Make sure you don't need to get fuel in Needles : I'm sure it's the most expensive in the state. 21 miles up I-40 towards Flagstaff, at the junction of AZ 95 fuel will be a dollar a gallon cheaper. Chevron/Loves/Flying J.
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The Salt Lake City KOA is fine and very close, five blocks, to the church grounds.

We've stayed there several times and have also stayed at:

Mountain Shadows RV - Camping and RV Park | Draper, UT

Both places are fine.

In my own opinion I think you are going to too many National parks. I'm an old backpacker and love the parks but I wouldn't want to see that many in one trip.
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From Bryce to Slc to lava to Yellowstone, there are lots of canyons parks blm and forest service land that you can camp over night and not need a reservation. Google, Internet or ask if you have any questions
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The Salt Lake City KOA is fine and very close, five blocks, to the church grounds.

We've stayed there several times and have also stayed at:

Mountain Shadows RV - Camping and RV Park | Draper, UT

Both places are fine.

In my own opinion I think you are going to too many National parks. I'm an old backpacker and love the parks but I wouldn't want to see that many in one trip.
Thanks for the alternative RV park info. Also, I agree with you. My biggest concern is overdoing it. Four is too many for sure. i wonder if even three is too many. I'd also like it if they were a little more spread out. Much to think about. This forum is so great though - I appreciate all the input. It should make for a better trip!
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Second the mention of Farragut state park. We were museum hosts there in 2015. Loved it! Love Yellowstone and Glacier. Missoula has a nice mall, smokejumpers museum, buffalo refuge and the beautiful Clark Fork River. Also Lolo and Lolo Hot springs. The Lewis &Clark Expedition went through Lolo, MT. Great little RV park, Square Dance Club at Lolo.
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twogypsies - do you think the Grand Canyon, followed by Bryce, then Grand Tetons, then Yellowstone is too many national parks in a row for my kids? It sounds like we can mix in other activities while staying at the parks (like river rafting, etc.) Alternatively, do you think we should reduce the # of nights at Yellowstone and Missoula to add 3 nights at the Grand Tetons? Lastly, we were thinking of river rafting in Bozeman on the Gallatin river. Do you have any experience with this river? Not sure two rafting trips close together would be a great idea. If the Snake River is more of a meander though, it could be different enough. We were going to do Class II - III rapids on Gallatin.

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We stayed in and near Bozeman, Big Sky, and Jackson many nights in the past two years. LOVE the area and the Gallatin. The Beehive Basin hike out of Big Sky is world class. IMHO one day to drive Teton NP and hike Jenny Lake will give you all a good highlight. There are hot springs in the area also.

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You need to spend time in Idaho, north and south all different, same for the west and east. So many things to see I can't list them all, just goggle Idaho and you will see.
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