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Old 07-07-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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Just got back from Grand Canyon...5700 (nearly) trouble free miles

Thanks to those who helped out with tips and suggestions both before and during the trip. 3 1/2 weeks took us to Graceland, Monument Valley, GC, Arches, Canyonlands, Rocky Mountains, not to mention great towns like Sedona, Santa Fe, Aspen, etc. Only trouble was a bent scissor jack and a Black Water tank that reads full most of the time no matter what I do (even after the ice trick). Equalizer was awesome...countless trucks going by and some pretty high winds...never once got pushed around.

Again, thanks to all who took the time to help.

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Awesome trip!! Glad everything went well.
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Super stuff - great to see fellow vagabonds doing it!!
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Old 07-07-2016, 06:08 PM   #5
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daveRG, Glad your trip went well. I do have a question for you. I'm heading out the 1st week of Aug. for Yellowstone, Rocky Mtn N.P., etc. Will be gone for 5 weeks.


I plan on going to Monument Valley on the way home. Could you recommend a campground in the area and is diesel available?
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I plan on going to Monument Valley on the way home. Could you recommend a campground in the area and is diesel available?
Monument Valley is very touristy, so you won't have a problem finding diesel, and there is camping available. I'm not sure if you will be able to find a spot there, at this time of year, unless you book in advance. Also, you aren't far from Kayenta where you can also find fuel and food (I'm not sure about camping).
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Steve Fisher,

The bad news is there is really only one real CG in MV...the good news is its excellent. Its called Gouldings RV park, and we had no problem calling a few hours ahead for a spot. Its on the Navajo res, and there's diesel real close as well as a grocery, etc. The campsite is a little pricey but beautiful and even has great views of MV. Be prepared for not much else out there though.

If you're going north through Utah on 163 when you leave, make sure to stop in Mexican Hat, Utah for lunch. Its a tiny town, maybe 4 or 5 buildings, but the hotel on the river has a good lunch.

Also, when at RMNP, stay at the Winding River RV resort in Grand Lake, CO. Best RV park we've ever been to, and somehow very inexpensive. Its actually inside RMNP, and has great views and activities.
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Thanks to both of you for the info. I will be coming south from I-70. It won't be till the middle of Sept. so I don't anticipate any issues with CG sites.


Should I plan 1 or 2 or more days to really get to see as much as possible?


I have a 4WD Jeep Grand Cherokee ecodiesel so off the beaten path where possible isn't a issue.


I'll call the CG and see what they say about that time of year.
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I have a 4WD Jeep Grand Cherokee ecodiesel so off the beaten path where possible isn't a issue.
I haven't been to MV in many years, and while there is a road into the valley, I think you need a Navajo escort now.
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MV you pay a fee to get in...and there is an 18 mile road you take that winds through everything, no escort needed. There are lots of people in their cars doing it. A lot of outfits try to sell you their tour, but you will be going to 99 percent of what they cover so don't waste the money. I think its more for people who don't have their own capable vehicle (low sedans and sports cars, etc).

How much time depends on whether you're the type to get out and hike at all. This goes for MV and RMNP. You can drive through both in a couple of hours and see quite a bit from the windows. But we were so impressed that we had to get out a lot and hike a half mile here or a mile there...lots of places to do that. If you have the time, a full day at MV is nice, and 1-2 days at RMNP. I predict you'll be pretty taken with both and will want to wander.
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daveRG, Been to RMNP before and spending about 5 days in Estes Park and will have plenty of time to really see the area.

Will probably hit some of the NP's in Utah on the way south to MV. I'll probably plan 2 nights in MV which will be about a day and a half, to tour the area.

Always wanted to see it in my 30+ years of RV'ing but somehow always eluded my routes.

Initially heading to Yellowstone & Teton NP for about the 8th time, just can't get enough of that area. About 5+ weeks total for the trip.

Thanks for your input.
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