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 03-17-2008, 06:34 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Chickadee's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,027
G'Morning iRV2 Gang: Sittin here in AZ getting anxious to travel and was hoping someone could give us an idea about the following route. We'd like to take Hwy. #89 N. from Flagstaff then connect to Hwy. #160 heading NE toward Mesa Verde and the "four corners" area. Have been told it's a beautiful area to visit but was wondering about the drive. We'd like to depart around the end of April or first week in May and wonder what the general weather will be, how the road is and find out any highlights to see along the way. Any great campground suggestions would be appreciated. Can anyone give us a little insight into this route??? Thank you all. Steve & Lynette
__________________

__________________
2014 Newmar 3103 BAYSTAR/Triton V10 w. Banks/05 Honda Element toad
Chickadee 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 03-17-2008, 06:34 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Chickadee's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,027
G'Morning iRV2 Gang: Sittin here in AZ getting anxious to travel and was hoping someone could give us an idea about the following route. We'd like to take Hwy. #89 N. from Flagstaff then connect to Hwy. #160 heading NE toward Mesa Verde and the "four corners" area. Have been told it's a beautiful area to visit but was wondering about the drive. We'd like to depart around the end of April or first week in May and wonder what the general weather will be, how the road is and find out any highlights to see along the way. Any great campground suggestions would be appreciated. Can anyone give us a little insight into this route??? Thank you all. Steve & Lynette
__________________

__________________
2014 Newmar 3103 BAYSTAR/Triton V10 w. Banks/05 Honda Element toad
Chickadee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 07:37 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
LindaH's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 1,545
US-160 is a good road. You should be OK at that time of year, but keep an eye on the weather since much of the road is at almost 5,000' and above.

Along this route is the Navajo National Monument just off US-160 at Black Mesa on SR-564. And, of course, you'll want to take the detour to see Monument Valley.

Have you ever been to Canyon de Chelly National Monument near Chinle? If not, that's certainly worth seeing if you have the time.

There's an RV park in Tuba City that's OK, a campground in Navajo NM (we haven't stayed there, so can't give you any information), and a campground in Monument Valley NM that's strictly dry camping as I recall. And, if you make it down to Canyon de Chelly NM, Cottonwood Campground in the monument is nice (dry camping).
__________________
2014 Winnebago Aspect 27K
2011 Kia Soul
LindaH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2008, 07:43 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Ding-a-ling's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Zephyrhills, FL
Posts: 935
Steve & Lynette,

US 89 and US 160 from Flagstaff to Durango are fine roads for an RV. We travelled them in Sept. '05 without any problems or concerns. They are, however, somewhat remote and you should monitor your fuel situation. There are fueling stops along the way, but they are spaced out. I wouldn't start out with half a tank.

I highly reccommend taking US 163 at Kayenta, AZ to Monument Valley. Just inside Utah stay at least one night at Gouldings Campground. You'll not be disappointed! The view from the CG is spectacular, as is all of Monument Valley.

From Gouldings you have the option of continuing on US 163 and take US 191, returning to US 160. I might backtrack to Kayenta and turn left on 160 toward Four Corners.

At Four Corners there is adequate RV parking. The Navajo Nation charges an entrance fee to get in to see the marker on the ground and to browse their stands selling trinkets and souveniers.

At Durango you have to decide how you want to travel to The Springs. We have travelled US 550 in a rent-a-car and it is spectacular - but maybe a little too much for an RV. Grades and windy (curves) thru the mountains.

Have no experience with US 160 between Durango and I-25 at Walsenberg. Hopefully, someone will comment on that route.

It's all beautiful countryside. Drive safely and enjoy the trip.
__________________
'14 Winnebago Vista 35F, '14 GMC Terrain
BlueOx Towing Pkg, SMI Stay-n-Play
49 States & 7 Provinces visited in MH | WIT W112365
Ding-a-ling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2008, 05:49 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Chickadee's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,027
Linda & Frank: Hey, thank you for your help and suggestions re: my route inquiry. We are really looking forward to seeing this region and as you suggested, we'd like to take that "detour" you mentioned to see Monument Valley. What route did you mean when referring to "the detour"?? Anyway...thanks again. Steve & Lynette
__________________
2014 Newmar 3103 BAYSTAR/Triton V10 w. Banks/05 Honda Element toad
Chickadee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2008, 07:28 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
LindaH's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 1,545
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chickadee:
What route did you mean when referring to "the detour"?? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Monument Valley isn't right on US-160. At Kayenta, you have to go north on US-163. To drive into the monument itself to get the to Visitor's Center or to Mitten View, the monument campground that I mentioned, you actually have to drive a ways into Utah and make a right-hand turn on Indian Reservation Road 42. It's 22 miles from the junction of US-160/US-163 to the junction of US-163/IRR-42.

Be aware that, while Arizona as a whole does not observe Daylight Savings Time (right now, Arizona is the same time as Pacific Daylight Savings Time), the Navajo Reservation DOES observe Daylight Savings Time. So, once you enter the Reservation, set your clocks one hour ahead.
__________________
2014 Winnebago Aspect 27K
2011 Kia Soul
LindaH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2008, 06:19 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Chickadee's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,027
LindaH: Thank you. Wonderful help. Can't wait to see that area. Thanks again. Steve & Lynette
__________________
2014 Newmar 3103 BAYSTAR/Triton V10 w. Banks/05 Honda Element toad
Chickadee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2008, 07:19 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Fulltiming. Living wherever the jacks hit the ground.
Posts: 138
First, the route you're planning on is fine. US-160 is a good road with very limited traffic.

Like Linda said, you have to take the detour up SR-163 to get to Monument Valley. As long as you're going to take that detour, continue north on 163 to Mexican Hat, UT. There is a small RV park there you can use as a base to see some great things.

These are "day trips only". Not suitable for the RV.

Take 163 north out of Mexican Hat to SR 261, and watch for the sign to Goose Neck State Park. No place to camp, but a great view.

Back out to 261, and turn left. About 5 miles from the intersection you should be at the bottom of the Mokee Dug way. A shelf road that climbs up the side of a cliff, 1,100 feet in 3 miles. At the top of the cliff, there is a dirt road to the left. Follow that "all the way" to the end. If you go far enough you will be at Mulie Point, and looking out over the Glen Canyon area. Beautiful view.

Next trip is Valley of the Gods. Better if you have a 4 wheel drive, but I did it in my Honda. It's a slow and awesome drive.

When you're done at Mexican Hat, head on up 163 to 191. Take 191 south to 160, then east to Teec Nos Pos then on to Four Corners and Mesa Verde.

It will cost a bit of gas, but will create memories that are well worth the cost.
__________________
Bob Hatch
Bob Hatch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2008, 07:07 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Chickadee's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 2,027
Bob: WONDERFUL suggestions...thank you, thank you. Will likely do most if not all...will our Honda Element do alright on that "tiring" drive you mentioned?? Also, is it reasonably safe weather wise to poke around these areas in...say...last of April, first of May-ish timeframe? Thanks again. Steve & Lynette
__________________
2014 Newmar 3103 BAYSTAR/Triton V10 w. Banks/05 Honda Element toad
Chickadee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2008, 07:31 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Blue74's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Goodyear, AZ
Posts: 363
Watch out for the dirt roads if it rains. The mud will be impassable even with 4 wheel drive but are great areas to explore when dry and don't forget your camera.

Paul
__________________

__________________
USA Map of Travels Canada Map of Travels Picasa Photo Albums
Are we there yet? Truck 2013 F350 Black DRW CC 6.7 Diesel King Ranch
Blue74 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
Info on Palo Verde Cafe Quartzsite, AZ rvgrandma Workkamping & Volunteering 3 10-29-2008 06:47 AM
Fort Clark Sprngs RV Park MCPO Ret South Central Region 4 08-13-2008 12:36 PM
Snow in Flagstaff! Donna & Chuck Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 3 05-13-2008 06:54 PM
Mesa Verde NP to Santa Fe j griff Navigation, Routes & Roads 3 05-12-2008 07:34 AM
Mesa Verde NP to Zion NP moldmkr Navigation, Routes & Roads 8 05-09-2008 03:43 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:04 PM.


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