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Old 08-07-2019, 05:26 AM   #29
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After posting the previous post my wife and I decided that the issue of not having cell or more importantly wifi service would not be that big of a deal. We would just need to dig out our books and kindles.
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After posting the previous post my wife and I decided that the issue of not having cell or more importantly wifi service would not be that big of a deal. We would just need to dig out our books and kindles.
I like to know when I am going into a site without any service so I can load the audio and e-books I want. Yes, I can survive just fine, but not happily if not prepared. As for satellite, we had a portable antenna and just didnít set it up. There are some big bluffs you are tucked under, but the view south is pretty open.
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After posting the previous post my wife and I decided that the issue of not having cell or more importantly wifi service would not be that big of a deal. We would just need to dig out our books and kindles.

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Rubyís is the part that Iím trying to wrap my head around and staring at maps for too long. Actually looking at 5-6 nights for Bryce and taking some back roads to Kodachrome. Not sure if Iím seeing this correctly. The Grand Staircase doesnít look doable from Rubyís and have been looking for sites around Escalante.

Will probably do another 5-6 nights around Moab and hit the Arches and Canyonland.

Not trying to rush everything and leave some time to relax.


We used Rubyís as a base camp for a week while exploring the area. We actually stayed in the overflow area of Rubyís. It was pretty nice, and would accommodate the largest of rigs. We day tripped out of Rubyís and drove to Kodachrome SP, Escalante, the Grand Staircase, and Capital Reef NP in our toad. If I were to do it again, I would plan overnights at Bryce (for Bryce and Kodachrome), then some more days around Torrey (for Capital Reef and maybe the Grand Staircase/Escalante area.
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Old 08-07-2019, 02:21 PM   #33
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After posting the previous post my wife and I decided that the issue of not having cell or more importantly wifi service would not be that big of a deal. We would just need to dig out our books and kindles.
It's amazing how folks need the constant attachment. When we began full-timing we didn't have a cell phone (used phone booths). No television. No computers. No email. (we wrote letters/postcards). We still leave the house most of the time without our phones. Unfortunately, I'm hooked on this forum!
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It's amazing how folks need the constant attachment. When we began full-timing we didn't have a cell phone (used phone booths). No television. No computers. No email. (we wrote letters/postcards). We still leave the house most of the time without our phones. Unfortunately, I'm hooked on this forum!
We do the same thing with the phone. We only have one between the two of us. But to miss out on our daily fix of forums and casino slot games will be tough.
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Iím planning on doing the same area, starting at Lake Havasu for the go fast boats in April, then up to Vegas and then over to the canyons. I do intend to boondock in the canyons or find some cheap NPs to stay at (offset the cost of Vegas and Havasu). Weíll have about a months time to see what we can see. Kind of hoping things wonít be too busy at that time of year, Iíd prefer to ďwing itĒ and move around as our curiosity sees fit. I havenít really started looking into the whole BLM thing yet, so I donít know what Iím getting myself into or not, ha!
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Utah is one of our favorite states to visit. My concern with your outline of your trip is that you are boxing yourself into a schedule and will therefore endup having to skip things. We invariably make reservations foe 2-3 nights and then end up extending and staying more days as we find out more tha we want to do before leaving. When we are done at a spot, we figure out where to go next and only then book reservations for just the next spot. We have done two 2 month trips and one 3 month trip from vt to the west and will leave on another in a couple of weeks. Please donít get yourself all booked up ahead of time this forces you to miss things and get frazzled.
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In mid May 2020, we'll be spending 4 days at Trailer Village at the Grand Canyon an plan to do some of the day bus excursions inside the park. Not really sure about a lot of hiking but may do short trails. Any other suggestions for the Grand Canyon?
If you get near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and you have a Jeep Rubicon, there is a place you really need to see, called White Pockets, in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. This page tells you that it is in Utah...

https://www.myutahparks.com/things-t...s-white-pocket

... but it is actually in Arizona, just a little south of the Arizona/Utah border. You need a 4X4 to get there, but only because there are a few sections of sand that will stop you without 4-wheel drive. We had zero problems getting there in a stock Toyota 4Runner, very easy drive.

This place is beyond spectacular and well worth the drive. Do your Google homework and be sure to download the Google Maps directions so you can follow them even if you cease to have cell service.

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We just made that trip this past May. KOA in Tucumcari good stop but be prepared for cross winds in NM. I hit some that were as high as 55moh per Weather Channel. Also CO has chain laws in effect through May. We rerouted south through Moab and Cortez and still hit snow in Cortez. Original plan was through Breck and Denver. Trailer Village great place. We went from Tampa. I-10 rough west of NO. Check out Antelope Canyon on way to Zion from Grand Canyon. Moab has a 4 wheeler event in May so make reservations early. Lake Powell area in Page, AZ is where Antelope is located. Top off fuel before heading to Moab if taking I-70.
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Regarding the Grand Canyon...Try Desert View Campground 25 miles east of Trailer Village along Route 64 (Desert View Dr.). I have been researching it because we will be staying there in September. No hook-ups. No reservations. First come, first served. Campground fills up by noon. Beautiful views.
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Regarding the Grand Canyon...Try Desert View Campground 25 miles east of Trailer Village along Route 64 (Desert View Dr.). I have been researching it because we will be staying there in September. No hook-ups. No reservations. First come, first served. Campground fills up by noon. Beautiful views.
Yes, we've stayed at Desert View, also. Nice campground. Keep in mind that the free shuttle doesn't go way out there. Mather and Trailer Village are more convenient to everything and Desert View is quieter which is nice.
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NOTE Many govt rustic campgrounds did not allow generator at night and there were no electrical or other hookups.


Bryce is heavenly, lots of nice easy hikes.


There are riding tours (burrow back) in bryce there may even be horse back.


There is a circle of fire or ring of fire tour route which is just amazing. So so many parks in So Utah and N AZ. If you are going toward Phoenix, there is a road called schnebly hill road (sp) off the highway from flagstaff to phx. If you take that exit and park you RV then drive your jeep down into Sedona you will love the vistas and the outing. Lady Schnebly used to drive her cart up and down that road to Flag to sell apples from her orchard etc.


Kodachrome is named for bring your rolls and rolls and rolls c.s you will be taking lots and lots of pics.


With the jeep there with you you may pay a minor fee into a jeep tour operation and just follow along, we have done so before when the times were simpler.
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I live in Cedar City, UT and May can still have snow or rain. I'm at 5800 ft so we get the snow. The road into Kodachrome turns into the camp ground. If you want a really nice road ride with toad continue on Cottonwood Canyon rd. It will take you to highway 89. You'll need to back track to Kodachrome.
We have based camped in Escalente and found lots of off road adventures. We stayed at Canyons of Escalante TP.
From there you may want to go to Capital Reef. If you like unusual rock formations then your close to heaven.
I'm not impressed by Bryce. (NO dogs on trails) I've got 2 dogs and I don't leave them at home.
If you find the time search House Rock Valley rd. several places to hike. The Wave is there but don't plan on going there, it's a lottery draw to keep the crowds very low. Go the very end if you can. You'll need high clearance and 4WD because you have to go though sand for about 100 yds. It's very loose sand. My off road is a '95 pathfinder.
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