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Old 02-24-2013, 10:51 AM   #1
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We are planning a trip for next summer and Google showed us 2 routes to take. First was via 95 and hwy 6 and the other was Hwy 50 which is a little north. Any suggestions for a more scenic/ things to do route? I would like to stop at a ghost town or two. Other than that, we're open.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:16 PM   #2
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This past fall we came through Reno on our way to southern Utah. We stopped in Fallon and spent one night in the Bonanza Inn & Casino. Nothing more than a parking lot with full hookups, but for $15/night it was fine. We did take the US50 option but be forewarned, it is billed as the loneliest road in the country. Once you leave Fallon there is absolutely nothing until you arrive in Ely, NV. There is the Bob Scott NSFS Campground in Austin but your coach won't fit. If you need a break there is one large turnout on the right just before the Bob Scott Campground. It seems that there was a Rest Area further up the road around Eureka but I don't remember. If it was, it was on the left.

The town of Ely, NV is an interesting place to stop for a couple of days. We have stayed at the Valley View RV Park there on two different occasions. This park has some semi-permanent workers living in it with some very permanent house trailers down the hill in the back of the park. Don't let that discourage you. The owners are nice and are constantly making improvements. Call ahead because they fill up every night.

If you like trains and railroad history go to the Nevada Northern Railway Museum. No fee but they do like donations. Well worth your time. Another place to check out are the Ward Charcoal Ovens, the remains of the town of Ward and the Ward Cemetery. From Ely you can also access Great Basin National Park. About 60 miles away.

Leaving Ely we continued out US50 & 6 to Utah 487 and then down to Utah 21 into Beaver, UT. If you don't mind a bit of narrow road and some good pulls this is a very scenic ride. From Beaver it was down I-15 to Utah 20 east over to US89 south to Panguitch, UT and the Hitchin' Post CG where we headquartered for 2 weeks. Jodi & Randy are great hosts and they'll take good care of you. We visited Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks. Drove over to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Went up to Circleville and found the boyhood home of Butch Cassidy. Supposedly the home of the Daltons is there also but we didn't look for it. From Panguitch it's a 10 minute ride over to Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest. The Canyon is a great place to hike and take pictures. The scenic drive out route 12 from Panguitch to Boulder is a great ride with lots of scenic turnouts along the way. Look for the "Hole in the Wall" rest area, monument and museum east of Escalante. You may want to stop for pizza at Escalante Outfitters for lunch also.

There is plenty more to do in the area. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. We had no problems with our 41' coach pulling a 15 1/2' Jeep Liberty.
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