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Old 04-20-2016, 06:58 PM   #1
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Good Sam has me taking hwy. 54 from Wichita to Tucumcari. Has anyone taken this route? What is the road like? I will be driving a 33ft motor home.
Also we are planning to head over to Grand Canyon and then up to Moab, UT. any suggestion on the route from GC to Moab?
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Good Sam has me taking hwy. 54 from Wichita to Tucumcari. Has anyone taken this route? What is the road like? I will be driving a 33ft motor home.
Also we are planning to head over to Grand Canyon and then up to Moab, UT. any suggestion on the route from GC to Moab?
We have driven that route a few times, the road is not bad at all. We have a 39 foot Winnebago with a toad.
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:43 PM   #3
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I live about halfway on that route....54 is a good highway..most of it is a super 2. Watch for cattle trucks and wind currents especially around grain elevators. Good luck.
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You didn't say where you're staying at Grand Canyon but if it's in the park take the exit of Hwy 64 to the east. (You'll probably be entering the park via I-40 to 64 at Williams. You'll want to leave to the east, not south to I-40 again. It will bring you to Hwy 89 north of Flagstaff.

From here you have many options depending if you only want to go to Moab or do you want to tour any other awesome national parks along the way. You could easily to Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef and then to Moab (Arches Nat'l Park).

Or if you want to skip those parks the from 89N take 160 east at Tuba City to 191 north to Moab.

Again, Monument Valley will be on your way and if you wanted to do this take 160 east to Kayenta, AZ then 163 to Monument Valley (you'll enter Utah a few miles then to get to Monument Valley you'll backtrack into Arizona again for a few miles).

From Monument Valley you can take 163 to Bluff, Utah on 191 then north on 191 to Moab. Lots of options. We've driven all these road many times with a 40' motorhome. No issues.
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Thanks for the information. After your reply we are going by Monument Valley. Where is the best places to stop for gas? I know that there is not too many gas station in Utah and I get nervous when it start to get near 1/4 tank.
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Gouldings at Monument Valley has gas as does every small town on the way. Don't worry about gas. If it worries you, definitely top off when you're at 1/2 tank, not 1/4. That's the rule when driving to Alaska!

If you're short on fuel while at Grand Canyon, fuel will be very expensive in the park so just buy what you need.

If you leave Grand Canyon via Hwy 64 east to 89, about a mile south on 89 is Cameron Trading Post. It has fuel and also awesome Indian Tacos (huge) and an excellent all-around restaurant. It also has an extremely nice gift shop with quality, authenic Indian artwork - a good place to purchase a souvenier. Around this whole area you will find many Indians selling their wares along the roadsides. They are the real thing and if you want a jewelry trinket they make nice things, but most non-Indian gift shops sell things from China. :(

Another place on your way to Monument Valley is Tuba City on Hwy 160. Fuel is probably cheaper there and Cameron but still, stop at Cameron - it's a neat place to browse.

Leaving Monument Valley to Moab you'll find gas at every little town - Bluff, Blanding, Monticello. If you can wait until Moab it will be cheaper. City Market in Moab has good prices and the market has excellent veggies and meats.
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Again THANK YOU, its nice to have information from people who has been there.
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I bought diesel at Gouldings 2 weeks ago and it was $2.17 a gallon.. not bad for the middle of no where.. Monument Valley was really nice.. Goulding RV park was not bad.. stayed full every day.. by 11am was about empty, by 4pm about full.. Moab we stayed at Spanish Trail RV park, and it was ok.. on the south side of town out a bit.. Branding Iron SteakHouse across the street was really good. be prepared for long lines at gate to Arches National Park, but worth the wait.
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We took that route on 54 in January this year and then back again a week ago. No problems with the route. Yes, it can be a bit windy, but no more so than anything else in that area. Road is mostly pretty good, traffic wasn't bad either way. We'll definitely use it again.
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