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Old 11-06-2016, 08:49 AM   #1
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We are planning to leave the New England area around April 10, south to Route I40, making stops along the way and ending up in the Sedona/Cottonwood area approximately a month later or even sooner. We hardly ever make reservations as we never know where we will be. We are not on any kind of time schedule. We will then head north to the Grand Canyon and also visit as many national parks as we can...i.e. Bryce, Tetons, Zion etc.. my question I guess is will we be able to find open campgrounds without reservations that time of year? We have a 32 ft "C'" towing a Jeep. We can do resorts, state, dry, doesn't matter tho we prefer the more scenic, forested settings vs being on top of our neighbors. Want to be back home end of June for a week of beach camping but will cancel that if need be. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks!
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We just returned from our yellowstone trip a couple weeks ago from the outer banks of NC. Took 40 out and crossed over to St Loius to 70, and into denver, where we had a tough time of finding well priced and location of a place to stay for a few days. Found a gem to us at boulder county fairgrounds, in longmont, co.
We dont tow anything, we Uber, Taxi, or rent a car, with major cities we can get close anywhere with all the casinos or walmarts, park there and get public transpotation.
We rented at yellowstone for 3 days, 19 dollars a day..new Bern, nc for about the same price.
I think your time frame is great, most kids are still in school so the demand will be less.
We stayed in Flagstaff, at military campground, went into the north rim for a few days, came back out and almost went into the south rim it was just that convienient, and flagstaff was a good town for walking, some of our days we did 10 miles walking and so enjoyed it, and that was done with a new knee put in about 5 months ago.
We did not have an itinarary, we left one day and just stopped along the way when we felt or saw something we liked, over look or campgroung. We liked to keep the milage within the 240 range, i do 65 mph, stopping for lunch and streching legs, thats what we shot for, several times more several times less.
Ill put quartszite on the list of places to go, being kinda close to sedona, its a quirky type of town with good vibes, people get to know your names quickly and are friendly.
good and safe travels to you
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We haven't done it yet but several friends have. We were told it is easier to find sites that time of year. What you don't want to do is try it in the summer when school is out. Be out of there by the beginning of June. Yellowstone and Grand Canyon get crowded then anyway.
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Dogtown lake. Tons of free camping. Just outside Williams. Might be cold.
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Some thoughts about the Sedona/Cottonwood area. The primo campground in Sedona is Rancho Sedona. You will need reservations. Free in area is public land. Really cheap is the Elks Lodge (no dump station). Cheaper campground in Cottonwood is Rio Verde RV Park. Many people like Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. You have to move to dump. Safe travels.
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We are planning to leave the New England area around April 10, south to Route I40, making stops along the way and ending up in the Sedona/Cottonwood area approximately a month later or even sooner. We hardly ever make reservations as we never know where we will be. We are not on any kind of time schedule. We will then head north to the Grand Canyon and also visit as many national parks as we can...i.e. Bryce, Tetons, Zion etc.. my question I guess is will we be able to find open campgrounds without reservations that time of year? We have a 32 ft "C'" towing a Jeep. We can do resorts, state, dry, doesn't matter tho we prefer the more scenic, forested settings vs being on top of our neighbors. Want to be back home end of June for a week of beach camping but will cancel that if need be. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks!

When we leave Cape Cod (which we will be doing next week) we take 495 to Mass Pike to 84 to Scranton to 81 to south to 40. This avoids all major cities (except Hartford). You could pick up 84 in Hartford then continue west as above. Next week we are going to change this a bit (depending upon the weather) and take 80 across PA, once in Ohio, south to Columbus, then back west through Indianapolis and St Louis stopping in Branson for a week. Then we are headed west to OK City, Amarillo, Santa Fe into Grand Canyon. Then depending upon the weather up into Zion and Bruce, Las Vegas and into Pasadena for the Rose Parade. If you want more info (as if this isn't too much already) PM me.
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