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Old 10-09-2018, 10:20 AM   #1
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Vacation Ideas - Colorado, Utah, Arizona

My wife and I are planning a family vacation with our two daughters (ages 10 and 14). Coming from Toronto, Ontario, we are looking to plan a trip through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, with Yellowstone National Park being our last stop before heading home.

What are the "must do's" in these states? Where would be the best places to stay?
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We did the Great Circle when we were in that area. We started in Vegas and hit Hoover Dam, Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands, Kodachrome Basin, Arches, Mesa Verde, and the Grand Canyon. Probably the best trip we've ever taken. You didn't mention what time of the year you were traveling. In our case we made reservations everywhere we planned on going.
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How much time do you have?

- Rocky Mt NP
- Great Sand dunes NP
- Mesa Verde NP
- Arches NP
- Bryce NP
- Zion NP
- Grand Canyon NP
- Teton NP
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Hoping this is a summer trip, because a good portion of those destinations will be trouble in the winter.
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We are going in August 2019 and are just trying to do the planning now. Total time will be about 2.5 weeks including the six day round-trip drive from Toronto.
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You can't go wrong with any of the suggestions above.

I would suggest making reservations as soon as possible as summer is peak busy time. Also, there are things you may want to do that may require making reservations a week or two before arriving. We have been shut out a few times thinking we can just sign up when we arrive.
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We could easily use up a month or more, and that's doing things all day every day, in stunningly beautiful Colorado. Depending on what your interests are:

Colorado for our visit was to target 3 or 4 rivers to raft - La Cache De Poudre and Browns Canyon were awesome - we did June, so check the water levels and rapids for August month, if that's your cup of tea

Colorado Springs was one of our favourite areas = Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was small and intimate but one of the best we've ever experienced and we've done many around the world. Highlight several years ago was hand feeding the giraffes (not sure if they still allow or it's changed, but it was up very close and personal. Another must do we thoroughly enjoyed was Garden of the Gods horseback riding (down some very steep and narrow areas in places).

We also loved Denver (Art, Nature & Science Museums if they appeal???) and lazy floats from nearby Golden on Clear Creek River (again check water levels locally). Grab one of those black inner tubes from a gas station (more sturdy typically). You'll find loads of rivers and white water rafting opportunities everywhere. Also Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave in Golden.

Of course the most popular attraction is the Rocky Mountain National Park, which whilst lovely, for us was more home away from home, as we've been spoilt for a quarter of a century being almost on the doorstep to Banff/Yoho/Glacier/Jasper where our home base is near. Enjoyed Alberta Falls.

Breckenridge - Main St (250 Historic buildings). Glenwood Springs - Hanging Lake/Gardens & Hot Spring. Idaho Springs - Gold Mine/Mill. Boulder - Pearl St Mall, Celestial Seasonings. Fort Collins. Pikes Peak Cog Railway near Manitou Springs. We loved walking for an hour around Ouray and watching the hundreds of hummingbirds everywhere. Then of course there's the Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings and Alamosa = Great Sand Dunes Nat'l Park (we did these enroute for an hour just to experience whilst passing, but you could easily spend longer). Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway and the San Juan Nat'l Forest. Mount Evans Scenic Drive. and ........ and ...... Tons to do, see and savour in Colorado.

Utah & Arizona are the NP's listed above, much to many folks dismay we did the Southern Utah Red Rock NP's over 3 days to get a flavour in a short time and yes we were WOWED with what we saw, however, after 3 days we personally felt "red rock overloaded" = too much of a wonderful thing. Arizona around Page we loved, loved, loved the Antelope Slot Canyon (Lower) and would do it again and again in a heart beat = our Navajo guide was wonderful even taking my camera to get better photos - For August strongly recommend you reserve!!! Be sure to see Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon & Lake Powell = Lone Rock Beach for awesome beach camping

You'll have an absolute blast and just wish there were of course more time to savour the flavours.

Enjoy, the above is far from exhaustive, but should give you some pointers to research further those of interest to you.
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We will take note of your suggestions as well! Heading that way from Alberta hopefully this week! Thanks
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You are trying to cover a huge area if you are trying to do Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone in only 12 days (18-6=12). Three weeks ago, we towed our 5th wheel from the east entrance of Yellowstone to our home in Denver via U.S. 287 and it was a total drive time of 11 hours.

You may be able to do that in one day and tour RMNP the next day, then head to another destination the following day. But just driving an RV from RMNP to the Grand Canyon takes most of two days--725 miles via I-70 and US 191 and 15 hours without any summer tourist traffic slowdowns. And you might want to add some time to that to see Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, which are on that section of 191.

To really see the geysers, waterfall, and wildlife in Yellowstone requires 2-3 days. If you want to add Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, you need to add a day, at least, for seeing each park and a travel day for each.

So, it appears that 12 days is not nearly enough time to spend traveling between such widely spaced parks. My advice would be to have your daughters use a map and the Websites for each national park to pick out the parks they would most like to visit, then concentrate on a smaller region.

For example, if you don't mind scorching temperatures, plan a loop from Arches NP to Capital Reef NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Zion NP, and the Grand Canyon before heading home. You can travel to Arches on I-70 through Colorado and return on I-40 through New Mexico, even though you won't have time to really visit the attractions of either state.

If you prefer cool mountains to hot desert in summer, an alternative night be to spend more time in Yellowstone and spectacular, adjoining Grand Teton National Park. Then you might have a little more time to stop at a few attractions that might interest the girls between Ontario and Wyoming.

It will be interesting to see what you decide, so keep updating your thread!
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That's about 5,000 miles of travel or more, quite a bit for 2 1/2 weeks.

I think I'd skip Arizona, will be about 110 degrees (43 Celsius) there the whole month.
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My wife and I are planning a family vacation with our two daughters (ages 10 and 14). Coming from Toronto, Ontario, we are looking to plan a trip through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, with Yellowstone National Park being our last stop before heading home.

What are the "must do's" in these states? Where would be the best places to stay?
Sorry but you do not have the Time to do what is Planned.

Let's do more than you should but at least close to possible - MAP - https://binged.it/2NAg0pk

Custer for ?? days - catching - Emerald Cave - Custer State Park - Needles Highway - Mt Rushmore - Black Hills and more...........

Then Long day to Cody - then Yellowstone down to Dino NM across to Grand Lake/RMNP up through Snowy Range Pass and a Long drive Back Home.

This trip is 4,500 miles at 50 miles an hour on the main roads and 35-40 miles / hours so say 100 + hours of driving so long - long days of driving to make even this work.

Look it over, cut where you can, and start to replan.

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For those who don't think we have enough time, our first trip with this trailer was to the Canadian west coast. Yes it was a little rushed. But, we had a blast.

The total trip was almost 11,000 km in 17 days. We drove three days to get to Edmonton then ...

- West Edmonton Mall
- Jasper
- Lake Louise
- Banff
- Revelstoke
- North Vancouver
- Tofino
- Mt. Rushmore

What an adventure !! We're looking to do something similar through the US mid-West. The anchors and must see's of the trip will be the Grand Canyon and end off at Yellowstone.

We're giving the kids the experience of seeing North America. After we retire, we'll have more time to explore at a more relaxed pace.
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For those who don't think we have enough time, our first trip with this trailer was to the Canadian west coast. Yes it was a little rushed. But, we had a blast.

The total trip was almost 11,000 km in 17 days. We drove three days to get to Edmonton then ...

- West Edmonton Mall
- Jasper
- Lake Louise
- Banff
- Revelstoke
- North Vancouver
- Tofino
- Mt. Rushmore

What an adventure !! We're looking to do something similar through the US mid-West. The anchors and must see's of the trip will be the Grand Canyon and end off at Yellowstone.

We're giving the kids the experience of seeing North America. After we retire, we'll have more time to explore at a more relaxed pace.
We can absolutely totally relate to your last paragraph. We covered untold miles and tons of stop starts in our travels with the kids in the 90's and turn of the millennium years. Holy Guacamole, they experienced more places (40+ states inc Hawaii, all provinces and territories except 2), than almost any of their friends ever did. Picked kids up last day school Easter breaks at 2.30pm in RV, and hit the road, stopping for Dairy Queen enroute and eating prepared foods whilst driving. Main stop around 1.30am until 6am in the morning to get mileage and closer to warm weather under our belts. Then heavy driving next day until mid afternoon, to then take 7 days or so slower paced on experiences (mainly and still do a ton of boon docking/dry camping which we prefer).

It's hard for many on these forums we've personally found, with untold amounts of time available to them travel wise, to conceive our needing to do things quicker on our limited time availabilities at certain points in our lives.

Today, we are at your last sentence = doing it all over again, smelling more roses a lot lot slower and exploring other hidden gems in years gone by we'd bypassed enroute.

Good for you MBirch, these are all memories both you and your children will treasure for many years to come.

PS: For what it's worth, we personally preferred the North Rim of the Grand Canyon over the more developed McDonald's South Rim. However, ........... to each their own
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We did our first trip to Canada specifically to see the West Edmonton Mall which at the time was the largest in the world.

I learned about Canada's 4th of July celebration which occurs on the 1st of July. Didn't have reservations anywhere. Wound up in Edmonton a day early because of no space anywhere south of there in Calgary. Calgary was packed!!!
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