Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Navigation, Routes & Roads
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-27-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
TTT1953's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Richlands, NC
Posts: 737
Blog Entries: 1
Crossing the Rockies?

We are traveling from CT. to CA. in late July. For the trip out my main goal is to see Arches NP and Bryce Canyon NP and Zion NP before going on to Fairfield CA. My concern is where to cross the Rockies. We are traveling in a 31 ft class A with a Ford V-10, pulling our Colorado pick up. My question is this; with our rig, would it be better to take I-80 and then travel down I-15 to get to the national parks or would we be okay taking I-78 to I-70 in Denver and then crossing the mountains and traveling into Utah?
__________________

__________________
Tom & Carol - Ruger, our Silver Lab
2008 Monaco Monarch 30SF
2012 Jeep Wrangler
TTT1953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-27-2011, 08:59 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 11
Take i70 from Denver. There are few big hills but it is very senic much better than i80. Then you hit arches, Bryce then Zion then take us 50 to i80 to fairfield. I live sacramento,ca area and drove this on are way out to Denver 2 ago in 27 ft class a
__________________

__________________
carstud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
RVThere's Avatar
 
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Florida Keys
Posts: 2,163
I drove my 35foot class A pulling a mini-van out of Denver with no problems. Big hill right past Denver but you will be going faster than the 18 wheelers.

Stop in Fruita, CO right before the UT border for some great produce.
__________________
Tom and Katharine
'07 Winnebago Tour 40TD, 400hp Cummins
'17 Winnebago View 24V, '02 R-Vision B+
RVing for 19 years & 150,000+ miles
RVThere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 11:48 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
TTT1953's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Richlands, NC
Posts: 737
Blog Entries: 1
Thank you both for the information. That's the way we wanted to go but we needed to hear from someone that has done it in a rig similar to ours.
__________________
Tom & Carol - Ruger, our Silver Lab
2008 Monaco Monarch 30SF
2012 Jeep Wrangler
TTT1953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 12:43 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Ronnie Bledsoe 2006 Dutchstar 43''s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Manteca, Ca
Posts: 1,340
Once you leave So Utah heading to Fairfield you have several route choices. You might consider taking I 15 into Las Vegas, 95 to 50 in Silver Srings Nv and 50 to Sacramento via Lake Tahoe then 80 to Fairfield. Nevada and Utah will be pretty hot this time of year.
__________________
"Piddln"
2008 Jeep Sahara '4Dr"
Ronnie Bledsoe
Ronnie Bledsoe 2006 Dutchstar 43' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2011, 10:07 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Tom and Patty's Avatar


 
Alpine Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,850
IIWM, and we have taken this route in reverse, I'd take 70 to Utah highway 24 which travels past Capitol Reef. Turn south at Torrey and take Utah 12 to Bryce and finally 89 and 9 to Zion. We have some pictures in the members gallery of Utah 12, a must drive, plus we have posted campground reviews of a few stops we made along the way.

This way you do have to travel the tunnel into Zion..... no big deal and hopefully the park gets to keep the extra moola.

Course we prefer the roads less travelled when we have the time.
__________________
Tom, Patty, Hannah "The Big Dog" and Abby Kat, Indianapolis, Indiana 2000 36' FDS 72232 Our Photos
We live out in our old van. Travel all across this land. Drive until the city lights dissolve into a country sky, me and you - hand in hand.
Tom and Patty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2011, 01:13 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
skigramp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: HOME: Oshkosh, WI
Posts: 2,102
TTT1953

I have crossed the Rockies multiple times on I-70 and I-80 ... I would make these comments

I-70
  • More scenic
  • longer and steeper grades (in the 6 to 7 % range ---up and down)
  • higher elevation (11,000 feet a couple of times)
  • More interesting places to visit: Georgetown, Keystone, Breckinridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Glenwood Springs (large natural hot springs here)
  • Glenwood Canyon with the Colorado River

I-80
  • Much less scenic
  • shorter and gentler grades (generally 5%)
  • lower elevation (8,000 feet)
  • more wind

Utah 12
There are some extemely steep grades between Boulder and Escalante ... you can make it ... but shift into your lowest gear and reduce your speed to a crawl before you begin the descent ... as I recall one of the grades is about 10% ... this is extremely scenic ... and I agree with Tom that this is a fantastic drive and you don't want to miss it.

By the time you have gotten here you will have been over the Rockies and you will have more confidence in how your rig (and you) handles steep grades ...
__________________
2012 Buick Enclave
Present At home Home: Oshkosh, WI

former owner 2004 Winnebago Journey 39W
skigramp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 09:32 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
TTT1953's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Richlands, NC
Posts: 737
Blog Entries: 1
Thanks for all the help. This is the biggest trip we've ever undertaken and I appreciate all the help I can get.
__________________
Tom & Carol - Ruger, our Silver Lab
2008 Monaco Monarch 30SF
2012 Jeep Wrangler
TTT1953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2011, 11:39 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
RVing3per's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom and Patty View Post
IIWM, and we have taken this route in reverse, I'd take 70 to Utah highway 24 which travels past Capitol Reef. Turn south at Torrey and take Utah 12 to Bryce and finally 89 and 9 to Zion. We have some pictures in the members gallery of Utah 12, a must drive, plus we have posted campground reviews of a few stops we made along the way.

This way you do have to travel the tunnel into Zion..... no big deal and hopefully the park gets to keep the extra moola.

Course we prefer the roads less travelled when we have the time.

YUP!
__________________

__________________
Freedom Outlaw
RVing3per is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Our first canada border crossing Seajay RV'ing Humor & Crazy but True Stories 7 03-17-2010 11:47 PM
Canadian Rockies -Trans Canada #1 or Crowsnest #3 Highway? Denisb Canada Region 8 09-29-2009 11:04 AM
Will it freeze crossing the Rockies overnite? max49 Class A Motorhome Discussions 2 12-31-2006 07:20 AM
Labor Day at Rayford Crossing -- can't make Burleson Traveling Teacher Texas Boomers 1 08-19-2006 06:31 PM
Camping @ Rayford Crossing on 6/10 thru 6/12 Bob & Darlene South Central Region 1 06-06-2005 07:39 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.