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Old 12-23-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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What is the best route for a coach/toad (64 ft long) to go from around Mexican Hat, Utah (North end of Monument Valley to the 4 corners monument? The trip will take place in the Summer months.

To me it looks like:
163 East
191 South
160 East to 4 corners

The other choices seem to be skinny red lines on the map. Who's done this before?
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:50 AM   #2
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What is the best route for a coach/toad (64 ft long) to go from around Mexican Hat, Utah (North end of Monument Valley to the 4 corners monument? The trip will take place in the Summer months.

To me it looks like:
163 East
191 South
160 East to 4 corners

The other choices seem to be skinny red lines on the map. Who's done this before?
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Old 12-23-2008, 03:29 PM   #3
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In 2005 we visited all these great places, but we followed a different route. From Monticello, Utah we went to Cortez, AZ. From there we went SW on US160 to Four Corners, then backtracked to AZ41 NW back to US 163. Traveling S by Mexican Hat to Monument Vally.
Keep in mind this took us 3 weeks, as we tried to see everything in the area. Along this route you see how native Americans really live, work, and survive. At Twin Rocks-Bluff, UT is a trading post you should take the time to visit. At that time, the only things they sold were made by Native Americans.

When you visit Vally of the Gods, do not attempt to take your MH, there is no place there to park it. We left our 5er at Monument Vally and made it a day trip. The dirt road begins by driving across a rather steep creek-bed, half-way around the road loop it gets into mountain driving, with a twisty narrow road. I had difficulty negotiating some curves with my Chev K3500,LB,CC; some required backing up and jockeying around to make the bend.

All the State and US highways were in good condition, some were somewhat narrow for two large rigs to pass with comfort. That's yet another reason to take your time driving through this wonderfully scenic area.
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GaryKD: G'morning! The route you listed is EXACTLY the route we took as we departed Goulding's RV Park in Monument Valley in May of this yr. (our rig is a 45 ft. MH, and we tow a Honda Element). Goulding's (as you may know) is located immediately N. of the AZ and UT border on Hwy. 163 and if you haven't stayed there, it's a GREAT park for visiting the Valley. We departed heading NE on 163 through Medicine Hat and on toward Bluff but (as you described)we turned S. on Hwy. 191 crossing back down into AZ and picked up Hwy. 160 heading E. to the 4 Corners Monument. That entire route was great driving, good roads all the way. The left side turn into the 4 Corners site off Hwy 160 is easy, AND there was plenty of space in the gravel parking lot on the left off this entry/access road as you approach the site for maneuvering our rig into position for easy out parking but it'll depend on how full the lot is. If lot looks full as you approach it, you can proceed straight ahead on the access road and take advantage of the spacious loop circling the monument to head back out on the access drive, or, to get back to that gravel parking area which would now be on your right. There are little shops and food stands located all around that loop and that parking area is only maybe 50 - 75 yds. from the monument. As I recall, that access drive off of Hwy. 160 into the monument is only perhaps a 1/2 mi. long and ya can see the site well from 160 as you approach. We then went on E. to Mesa Verde Park (visiting Durango & Silverton) for a week before continuing on over Wolf Creek pass and on to Garden of the Gods RV Park in Colorado Springs. It was a GREAT TRIP. Enjoy. Steve & Lynette
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chickadee:
The route you listed is EXACTLY the route we took as we departed Goulding's RV Park in Monument Valley </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
We too covered the same route in 2005 and fully concur with Chickadee's assessment of Four Corners Mon. Goulding's is one spectacular CG! Enjoy your trip!
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Thanks for the replies. It looks like I have a choice of routes. Both routes will accomodate a RV. I appreciate the information.
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Just FYI, though, Cortez is in CO, not AZ.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GaryKD:
What is the best route for a coach/toad ......
The other choices seem to be skinny red lines on the map. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Gary,
You have quite a few states filled in on your map, so, you have travelled a good deal. I would say that where ever you travel if you use at the minmum U.S and State numbered highways you will be fine. Of course, in the West there are mountain grades with which to contend, but that's another story not related to width of a highway or condition of the roadway.

Get out there and get more of those states filled in.
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My bad_ thanks for correcting me golden. I knew it was in one of the corners!
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Hi Ray,
No problem, I knew what you meant. Your posts contain helpful info and that is what is important.
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