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Old 08-06-2022, 05:25 PM   #1
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Wildlife and Views Out West

Deb and I did a ride out West and a ride up to Maine. I have to admit the ride out West was probably more interesting and scenic. So I have to ask, are there places that people have found to be worth the stop?
We have stopped in at Cedar City Utah (for example) and done the canyon with the car. Along with this we toured Rushmore, Yellowstone, Custer, the Badlands and down to Vegas. All in all I consider that a good start. I am hoping to see more wildlife on this pass and I am thinking Spring time to facilitate that.
I know there are far more places like Bryce etc. so what are your experiences that you are willing to share?
I am planning another Western tour for '23.
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Old 08-06-2022, 07:02 PM   #2
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Rocky Mountain National Park will get you some views of Elk,deer,big horn sheep, seen one snow shoe rabbit and other various critters.Best views take some mountainous hikes and time to acclimate to altitude.Lots of water, Ginko was recommended and really seemed to help.
Not all that far away Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Royal Gorge.

Grand Tetons, Black Hills, Bad lands.
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The west has much less traffic, much more to do, everywhere is scenic, better roads, mountains, deserts, lakes canyons, and vista's. VERY few Tolls, and most costs are cheaper too.
But very far apart.
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There are too many to list, depends on what you want to see. Attached is a photo of our site boondocking at Goosenecks state park in Utah. Not much wildlife but the best view from an RV site we have ever had.
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One of our favorite spots in the country is in the middle of Yellowstone. Just north of the Fishing Bridge campground is a wildlife area where people park in the evening and watch for bears, elk, eagles wolves, etc. We usually take our dinner, back our truck into a spot in the overview, put our chairs in the bed and spend hours with binoculars along with others spotting animals. Enjoying dinner just adds to it.
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While not very "wildlife viewing" oriented, we found Southern Idaho to have unusual and spectacular landscapes. From Craters of the Moon National Monument to the spectacular waterfalls gushing out of cliff faces in the Thousand Springs area, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
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How early are you planning to go in spring? Higher elevations might still have snow.

Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are prime areas for animals and in spring will see the little ones. Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park would be good, also.

The desert parks like Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, Grand Canyon are more known for their unique beauty rather than animals, although that doesn't rule out animals.

Stay IN the parks for the best overall experience of even having some of the animals coming into the campground. Chances aren't as great in RV parks. Outside of the parks travel down any two-lane road and you'll see something. If you have a 4x4 even better to get away from people. Get out and walk/hike away from the crowds and have good binoculars. Go exploring early morning and around 5-7 pm when animals are more active.
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The west has much less traffic, much more to do, everywhere is scenic, better roads, mountains, deserts, lakes canyons, and vista's. VERY few Tolls, and most costs are cheaper too.
But very far apart.
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We made our first trip out there this summer. Night and day from the east coast.

Iíll add it is far less humid as well. The Black Hills are something to behold.
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One of our favorite stops is Karchner Caverns SP in AZ. We enjoy the scenery from the campground and so much to see in the surrounding area. Not so much wildlife, that I recall, but the stargazing is top notch.

In California we enjoyed the trees when we camped in the Avenue of the Giants. The peace and tranquility is hard to beat.
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Thanks for the input everyone. I am tempted to start the trip in May, but might wait until June to avoid snow. Although that is not a guarantee.
A couple of good unexpected stops we have done in the past included Caverns of Sonoro and the Bannack Ghost Town. The later was near by a stop we did to break up the trip. We had no idea it was there until we checked in at Countryside in Dillon Mt.
The caverns were a real treat since the RV park was right by the cave entrance. It's private and off the main road aways but was really worth the diversion. It was one of the best cave tours we have done (in the USA).

We did do quite a bit of Yellowstone, but I have to ask, how is the road from the West Entrance down to Grand Teton? Suitable for a class A?
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Also maybe consider the Banff/Jasper area of the Canadian Rockies -- amazing views and hikes, lots of wildlife.

A long drive to get there, though.
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California redwoods, Devil's Tower, Crater Lake (even on a cloudy October day,) Death Valley, Meteor Crater, Arches NP, . . . Start South, go North. Or not, you'll not see it all in one trip. Three trips for these samples.Attachment 373123Attachment 373121Attachment 373122Attachment 373124Attachment 373125Attachment 373126Attachment 373127Click image for larger version

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The highway from West Yellowstone through the park to Grand Teton NP is certainly OK for your motorhome.

It looks like you may begin your trip from Florida. If so, I'd recommend leaving by mid-May (or sooner if you're doing things in the lower elevations) The crowds begin mid-June. Bring warm clothes and bedding for the mountains. It can we sunny & warm during the day and cold at night and in the early mornings.
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July 4th this year there was still a little snow still on the ground in Yellowstone. Especially at the Continental Divide, at around 8200+ feet. We were at Yellowstone area from June 20th to July 6th.
Then at Glacier July 10th to the 17th.

In Glacier, the Going to the Sun Road did not open until July 13th, because of snow and avalanches. There were reports of snow being 40 feet deep in there.
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