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Old 02-11-2021, 08:44 PM   #1
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Durango, Moab, & Panguitch, any activities suggestions?

We have narrowed our plans a bit for a 22 day trip with our 6&8 year olds this July. Will spend four nights in Durango, four nights in Moab, and six in Panguitch. Making a day trip down to the north rim, if anyone has any suggestions on where to go. Main visitors center, or should we try one of the long dirt roads to more isolated overlooks?

We plan to visit all the national parks and a few state parks in those areas. That's largely what I have been researching this week, and some easy hikes to take the kids on in each area. In addition to the known national parks in these areas, we plan to visit dead horse point, Kodachrome, and pink coral.

Would like to add some fun outdoor activities in each area. Considering a rafting trip on the Animas near Durango, perhaps rent a razor/utv near Durango. Any fly fishing guide suggestions? Preferably by raft or drift boat. No idea what to do near Panguitch. Was curious if anyone might recommend any activities in these areas. Memorable outdoors activities for the kids my main objective.

Thanks for any thoughts.

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Traveled many times to Moab and Durango when my now grown kids were young.

One of our most memorable trips was renting ATV's and touring the BLM lands across from Arches NP in Moab. Also took a float trip down the Colorado River there. Arches has great hikes to Delicate Arch and the Fiery Furnace.

Make sure you take the kids to Mesa Verde when you're in Durango. We only intended to stay one day in Mesa Verde but my kids made us stay longer to see more cliff dwellings, especially Balcony House. Also the train ride from Durango to Silverton.

In Panguitch, definitely go to Bryce and even take the 1.5 hour ride to Zion. Hidden Canyon is a great hike there.
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While in Durango go to silverton and rent a 4x4 to drive trails for a day. The views from up high are great. Also do the train from Durango to silverton for a day trip. Safe travels

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Another vote for the Durango-Silverton train. Also Mesa Verde.
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We plan to see mesa Verde one of our days in Durango. Doubt my kids, 6&8, would enjoy the 9 hours on train ride, although I'm sure it's a great trip. We enjoyed the 4 hour Hill City train ride near Custer SP on trip last summer.

We will drive up to Silverton, cool town, we drove down to it in Aug while camping at blue Mesa reservoir near Gunnison. Renting atvs there a great suggestion. Looked like a hot spot for off road trips during our brief visit there this last Aug.

We will back track one day to see Pagosa springs, any suggestions in that area? As for the nearby San Juan, any suggestions there, not familiar with that area. Appreciate your thoughts and time.


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All that has been mentioned so far sounds great! You may also want to consider Monument Valley ... stunning!
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We have narrowed our plans a bit for a 22 day trip with our 6&8 year olds this July. Will spend four nights in Durango, four nights in Moab, and six in Panguitch. Making a day trip down to the north rim, if anyone has any suggestions on where to go. Main visitors center, or should we try one of the long dirt roads to more isolated overlooks?

We plan to visit all the national parks and a few state parks in those areas. That's largely what I have been researching this week, and some easy hikes to take the kids on in each area. In addition to the known national parks in these areas, we plan to visit dead horse point, Kodachrome, and pink coral.

Would like to add some fun outdoor activities in each area. Considering a rafting trip on the Animas near Durango, perhaps rent a razor/utv near Durango. Any fly fishing guide suggestions? Preferably by raft or drift boat. No idea what to do near Panguitch. Was curious if anyone might recommend any activities in these areas. Memorable outdoors activities for the kids my main objective.

Thanks for any thoughts.

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Panguitch - ? - is there a particular reason for Panguitch?

I would look more towards Jacobs Lake or Page- might be more for the Kids and just Cooler could be more desirable - So much to see and do - issue will be the weather schedule - elevations key - with Cold mornings and Hot afternoons - Tour early and shed your layer then find a water feature in the AM - to enjoy - Sun Screen and Floppy Hats help. Zion will require you to be there early - No Before everyone else - or you sit and wait - might do a little research - Think they will love the State Parks and Bryce just so Different and the elevation makes it Cooler.

While it also seems that Durango is your Destination you could also Look at Ridgway State Park - Water - just north of Ouray and Silverton - nothing wrong with Durango ..... but it could be a little long to many things we have enjoyed - This Summer the Kids - 5 girls - 8-14 LOVED Ridgway SP - water and well Water - Neat little town and the area is what I have always felt as the Number 1 SP in Colorado - Just a thought.

I personally would extend the time in Colorado - and when you head to Moab make the drive through the Mountains, In Utah try to get to the Coolest overnight locations - and Move around closer to the Destinations you seek, JMHO.

Think I already gave you 4runners Moab post - https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/f...d/29448394.cfm - if not here it is again truly a magical place - RT 128 along the Colorado River is just a MUST!

Rambling ..... so I'll stop and see what becomes of all this.

So Much to See and Never Enough Time,

https://utah.com/itinerary/grand-circle-tour

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Moab - Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point State Park and Arches.

Durango - Mesa Verde, Silverton, Ouray. You can ride the train one way and bus back to Durango or vice-versa. Agree the route is scenic but doubt it would hold youngsters attentions. You'll see much of the same things on Hwy 550. Jeeping around Silverton/Ouray is the best anywhere. Ridgway SP is nice as mentioned but be aware that this past summer the lake was extremely low.

Ruby's at Bryce Canyon is a good RV park. The drive over toward Escalante and Boulder is outstanding. Kodachrome Basin Park and Zion, but be prepared for crowds in Zion.
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Moab - evening lighted boat tour with dinner; definitely rent a Jeep or take a 4x4 tour

Grand Canyon North Rim - head right for the park for excellent views - skip the long dirt roads which aren't always in good condition or will not have good phone signal if help is needed.

Kanab, UT - along with Coral Pink Sands State Park - beautiful, arrange for a tour of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary situated in a colorful canyon. Awesome no-kill facility for all kinds of animals.
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We spent 5 days in Panguitch 2 years ago. The KOA there is very well maintained and not expensive. Off roading whether with a 4X4 or a side by side is very big there. We also use it as the jumping off place for Bryce. It is a quaint western town, unspoiled by tourists. Day trip to Zion and Capitol Reef is a nice excursion.
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Green River, on 70 between panguitch and Moab, has a camp ground and they have tubing/rafting on the green river. Itís an unremarkable town otherwise but you can get gas and some supplies there.
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all good suggestions; one more: while in the Silverton area drive up to see the Animas Forks Ghost town.
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Panguitch - ? - is there a particular reason for Panguitch?
We spent ~2 months in Panguitch one summer doing some workamping so we got to know the area pretty well.

Panguitch is a good base from which to see Bryce Canyon and Zion NP. There's also Cedar Breaks NM which is often overshadowed by the national parks. You can even take a long day trip to Capital Reef NP.

I don't know how much of that the kids would enjoy, however.

We did take an ~50 mile ATV ride with an experienced guide. That was a lot of fun; the ATV trails through the area are extensive.
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I really appreciate you guys and gals taking the time to help us out. The four nights in Durango I chose to pick up where we left off this past Aug, from our first big trip. We spent five nights at blue Mesa reservoir near Gunnison and drove down as far as Silverton. Eager to get back to that area.

Moab we will plan on arches canyonlands early in the morning, and visit goblin valley, shafer trail, dead horse, sego petroglyphs, etc in the evenings. Plan to have the kids in pool around lunchtime each day and wind down between sight seeing trips and hikes.

Same basic idea with Panguitch, six nights there to see bryce and zion, north rim, capitol reef, etc each morning. Hoping if we get into zion early enough we might have better experience, sounds like a very crowded place. The shuttles are a bit foreign to us, being from NC.

We will research all the suggestions above, heard a few new ideas here, which we greatly value. San rafael swell, Kodachrome, pink coral, on top of the big national parks, it's a bit overwhelming if I'm being honest. Suspect it will be a tip of the iceberg experience, so much to see in this area. Prioritizing is very tough for us at this point, which is why our plan is to make a morning and evening trip each day, with a few hours of downtime and swimming pool, lunch, midday.


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