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Old 05-14-2017, 08:43 PM   #1
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Hello all,

We kind of got an itch to get a 2-2 1/2 week trip in before my wife returns from maternity leave at the beginning of August. We were thinking a Utah National Park tour. Zion, Bryce, Arches. Then up in to WY and Yellowstone and Cody. Finally over to SD and do Badlands and Mt Rushmore.

Leaving from So Cal sometime towards the end of June. Traveling with a 5th wheel and 4 kids. 12,11,3 and 6 week old baby. Not looking to log heavy miles a day as it would be hard on the wife and I. Something in the 4-6 hours a day range with a couple day stay in the parts we like.

Any suggestions? Parks to stay in? Stay away from? We realize camp sites will be difficult this late of planning but we can make it work.

Thanks,

Andrew
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Zion and Arches will be very hot - like 100+; Bryce a little cooler. Arches will have some heavy construction going on all summer so traffic will be terrible.

With the two little ones I'd recommend skipping those parks as they're mostly hiking parks anyway. Instead, try to get in some cooler temperatures and more fun for especially the two older ones. Yellowstone would be good but because of the eclipse that area will be crowded, including Grand Teton Nat'l Park. You could try for reservations though. Seeing animals always interest kids. Or what about doing something on the coast - CA or Oregon? It will be nice and cool and the kids would like the beach.

I wouldn't try to plan a lot of stops and distance. That will be very tiresome for the parents and mom would be exhausted when she returns to work. Even plan to have some spare days before she returns to get things in order and relax a little. Plan to stay at one place at least 3-4 days. Wow! I'd keep it simple and not traveling far with the two little ones. Good luck!
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Old 05-14-2017, 10:07 PM   #3
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Wow! This trip is about 2700 miles round trip, driving 50 mph and 6 hours per day, it would take 9 days of driving. This would leave just 3 days each for Utah, Yellowstone and South Dakota. I would leave going to South Dakota for another trip. The eclipse isn't until Aug. so crowds to see it won't be a problem with your plan to go in June. Hope you have a wonderful trip.
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We're going to Yellowstone in two weeks from San Diego area. We have a toy hauler and toys so two of our stops are related to riding dirtbikes but our schedule is to go from San Diego to St. George the first day and overnight at a Cracker Barrel, it should be under a 7H drive. Next day is a 5H drive to N. Salt Lake City to the Pony Express RV park which is next to a motocross track. After that we're heading to St. Anthony Sand Dunes in Idaho and staying at Elgin Lake BLM RV campground and will be there for two day before driving to Jackson Wy.
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[QUOTE=Fushux;3598516]Hello all,

We kind of got an itch to get a

2-2 1/2 week trip ...... We were thinking a

Utah National Park tour. Zion, Bryce, Arches.

Then up in to WY and Yellowstone and Cody. Finally over to

SD and do Badlands and Mt Rushmore.

Leaving from So Cal sometime towards the

end of June. Traveling with a

5th wheel and 4 kids. 12,11,3 and 6 week old baby.

Not looking to log heavy miles a day as it would be hard on the wife and I. Something in the 4-6 hours a day range with a couple day stay in the parts we like.

Any suggestions? Parks to stay in? Stay away from? We realize camp sites will be difficult this late of planning but we can make it work.

Thanks,

Andrew

QUOTE]

Andy,

17 day trip

Utah and the Mountains

Then YNP and MT. Rushmore

And then get back home

Traveling in the Month of JULY

4-6 hours a day

"couple day stay in the parts we like. "

Any suggestions........


Look this Map over -- https://binged.it/2qiXj19

Looks like I missed a lot of "your" trip?

Yes I did - too many Miles not enough DAYs - but the good part is with the next child you can sneak up to Yellowstone...

Seriously, need to be a little realistic in the plan - this trip still has too much in it but will Allow you to just drive by any of the spots as time gets short.

Get out of town and do the long drive the first night - hopefully past Las Vegas.

Gets you into some of the Hotter spots but also take you into Colorado - San Juan's - Cooler - Beautiful - FUN.

Then will lop you back to Warm Up before heading Home.

IMHO this is still too Ambitious - but is a suggestion.


JMHO,
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Too much....Were leaving soon for 3 weeks just in the Tetons and Yellowstone.

The campgrounds inside Yellowstone are most likely booked up. Maybe West Yellowstone private campgrounds might have dates open. They say there are always cancellations, so you could luck out.
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