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Old 10-29-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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Best Route to avoid Salt Lake City, Great Falls to Palm Springs trip

Considering going to Twin Falls and down Hwy. 93, then going through Vegas and down Hwy. 95 on a trip to Riverside, Hemet, Palm Springs etc. in November. A more westerly route could involve going out to Sacramento on Hwy.80 and down Hwy. 99. While these are dramatically different trips, I'm looking for a good diesel pusher route with the least likelihood of high passes where we'd have to deal with potential snow, ice, and salted roads. We'd appreciate suggestions from any snowbirds on their preferred routes south that help us avoid the freeway construction, heavy traffic, and spaghetti junctions in Salt Lake City we experienced last fall. Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge of good routes.
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Perhaps living in LA, I find Salt Lake City not so bad. Salt Lake City KOA is a lovely campground to take a break from driving, and a scenic walk through Temple Square is nice all seasons. Just plan your drive so you miss morning and evening rush hour. The 80 across to Sacramento is a long lonely drive in high elevations and the pass Donner Pass is certainly no fun. The prediction for an El Nino this year could make mountain pass driving across the entire region interesting to say the least. So I would be flexible.
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I just picked up new RV at Camping World in Kaysville just north of SLC a week ago. I stayed overnight in their lot. I left their at 6:45am and went down I15 all the way to Vegas. There was some traffic but moved at full speed all the way. From Vegas picked up 515 on east side of town that put me right onto 95 down to I40. Then your choice is to go south at Amboy to hwy 62 into Desert Hot Springs. The road gets a little rough but most direct. Another way is to go onto hwy 247 back to 62.
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Salt Lake City KOA is a lovely campground to take a break from driving, and a scenic walk through Temple Square is nice all seasons.
Thanks for the rec. We have been wanting to go to Moab but the driving math hasn't worked out well. Being able to stay in SLC might make it work.
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Old 10-29-2015, 11:32 PM   #5
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Most of the construction is done. We go through there all of the time and find some construction south. I get into lane 3 and stay with it. Unless you hit rush hour the trip through is very reasonable.
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I live in the area. Still quite a bit of construction on the south end of the Salt Lake Valley. But as Gordon stated. If you avoid rush hour, and drive through from 9 am - 4 pm or after 7 pm ish, you'll maintain freeway speeds
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Perhaps living in LA, I find Salt Lake City not so bad. Salt Lake City KOA is a lovely campground to take a break from driving, and a scenic walk through Temple Square is nice all seasons. Just plan your drive so you miss morning and evening rush hour. The 80 across to Sacramento is a long lonely drive in high elevations and the pass Donner Pass is certainly no fun. The prediction for an El Nino this year could make mountain pass driving across the entire region interesting to say the least. So I would be flexible.
We stayed there in August and found it to be a nice facility, centrally located in the city. As far as traffic, I had no issues with the roads/interstates there.
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Avoid Cajon pass on I-15 if possible. I-15/215 split above San Bernardino is completely under construction from Hesperia to Rancho Cucamonga and San Bernardino. With lanes changes and bypass lanes moved daily and will be till 2017. It is a mess.
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Well, going down 99 doesn't seem like a good option to me. Try to plan your trip so that you pass through Salt Lake on Sat or Sunday morning, that's what we did. I can't help you with the weather, just watch the forecasts
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We have done Alberta to socal many times. On our last trip 2 weeks ago we took Montana 200 from north of Great Falls to Missoula and then US 93 right down to Vegas. Then I 15 and I 215 to Hemet. Probably won't do it again as the US 93 north of Twin Falls is high and slow in places and San Bernardino is busy and under construction.

Other options to catch 93 in Nevada are to leave the 15 at Pocatello and go to Twin falls and then south or head west on the north side of SLC to Wendover and then south to Ely, Nevada. I like those routes because we can travel a little slower and see more than on the interstate.

Next year if we can leave for Hemet in early October we might go from Missoula south and west to pick up the US 95 to Reno and then 395 to Victorville, etc. Adding a day or 2 to a trip sure opens up a lot of different routes to explore.
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We live in the Salt Lake City area and the best day and time to travel along the Wasatch front I-15 is before noon on a Sunday. When we head out we leave on Sunday and return on Sunday.

Also, if you are going westbound out of Las Vegas on I-15, do it on any day EXCEPT Sunday. Coming back (eastbound) on I-15 DON'T do it on a Friday. WHY?? because you could walk on top of the cars either way and get there faster on those days.
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Third recommendation for the KOA in Salt Lake City on North Temple street. You are right across the street from the,light rail (Trax) that will take you to downtown and Temple Square. The only traffic problem is on the south end where Salt Lake County and Utah County adjoin. Take it between 9-3 and no problems. I am not familiar with all the roads on your route, but the easiest way east of SLC on I-80 is to take I-84 from the north end of the SLC area. There are some curves but the speed limit is only 55 most of the way with less grade making it an easier drive.
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Best Route to avoid Salt Lake City, Great Falls to Palm Springs trip

...... And make it X4 on the KOA there. SLC is a great stop. We wound up spending six weeks there a couple of years ago when DW needed some surgery. [High marks to the UU Med Center!]. Saw nothing horrendous about the roads or the traffic. Sure, they have a rush hour like many places, but it's not like Boston or New York or DC or LA where certain highways just stay jammed all day!

Also, there is a fabulous Mexican place right on North Temple, just a few blocks from the KOA that is NOT to be missed. Called the Red Iguana, and it looks a bit like a local dive, but do not be misled. Very, very good. When we were there in Salt Lake, there were dozens of folks waiting in line outside both lunch and dinner, in 100*+ heat. That's what piqued our interest! Give it a try!


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Thanks for all the detailed route choice inputs. Snow is predicted along our route from monday on, offering some concerns about the high passes. There does not appear to be a work around for the Monida Pass, so we may have "an adventure" we were hoping to forego.

Can those with Hwy.93 experience suggest good places to get fuel, and places with services (50 amp?) to camp hooked up? Our coach is winterized, and we likely won't have fresh water onboard until somewhere in Idaho.

Due to time constraints we won't get to test the KOA in SLC this trip.

Any suggestions for a place to stay in the Las Vegas area and the Hemet area would be appreciated too.

Thanks again for contributing to our requests for advice.
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