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Old 06-07-2015, 08:53 PM   #1
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Good Sam Trip Planner Got it WRONG!!

Just to let folks know that Good Sam's Trip Planner, while good, is not perfect.
Recently used trip planner to route our trip to Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon (Page, AZ), Monument Valley and from Monument Valley to Natural Bridges National Monument. The last segment called for us to travel on UT State Road 261. I had the "RV Warnings" turned on and the program still routed us without warning UT 261. It's only a 30+ mile road but take a look at this: Mokee (or Moki) Dugway We made it up with no problem but really feel like we dodged a bullet as we didn't meet any RV's coming down. When we stopped at the top to take a quick photo here comes a guy in the "Battleactus Galapedus" of motor homes, 35' +, towing a car behind. If we'd have met him on one of the hairpin switchbacks it would have been a real mess.
The old adage is still true, "Trust BUT Verify"
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:41 PM   #2
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My old stomping grounds. I have seen quite a few very big rigs go up and down the Moki. That's one reason why I always prefer going down on a switchback; you can see farther ahead; but then they have the right of way.

I'm surprised a service that touts RV ownership, didn't route you up 191 to 95, over to the bridges.

You were very close to one of my favorite dispersed areas; the Valley of the Gods, In fact, in your photo, the dirt road off to the left off 261 is the Valley of the Gods road; it winds around and eventually hits 163, just a few miles north of 261.

Another view of the Moki...


I'm pretty sure that rock formation in your photo, off in the distance is the Lady in the Bathtub...


I sometimes miss that area....
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:37 AM   #3
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But looking back at all this at least you got to experience the Moki Dugway route. Awsome country.
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Thanks Guys, I have spent a good deal of time on Cedar Mesa exploring the numerous Indian ruins in that area. I had heard of the Moki Dugway and knew enough about it to at least Google it. I knew my rig would't have any problems making the climb but didn't consider the problem of someone with a rigid 40 footer coming down. Wouldn't do it again with the TT attached but it was a real experience for sure. Whole trip was a bucket list tour ending in Capitol Reef.
DW was not in for a tour of "Trail of the Ancients" but we did stop at the Goosenecks State Park before heading up the hill to Natural Bridges Natl. Monument.
HWY 95 to Hite and north to Hanksville was awesome!
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:08 AM   #5
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Ever visit Riverhouse? Out of the way. Might want a 4x4 with some clearance or visit via the San Juan River. Just south of Comb Ridge (south of Bluff). BLM does a very poor job of marking the trail! A lot of "Y" intersections.

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What a beautiful area!
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All gorgeous photos!!!! Looks like wonderful places to visit!
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Really nice shot f5. Have not done much exploring around the San Juan River area.
Will PM you for some specific directions and info if that's OK?
Our friends at BLM are all about keeping secrets and not marking, even removing cairns and other markings to places some of us would like to enjoy. Folks die every year trying to follow BLM's directions to the Wave. If that were the track record for any private company they'd be shut down!
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please contact goodsams with this info, asi will be traveling this area soon. thanks
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:39 PM   #10
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great pics tho
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