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Old 05-23-2016, 05:21 PM   #1
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New York - Grand Canyon - Lake Powell - New York

I have traveled up and down the east coast and am now planning my first cross country NY to Grand Canyon, then Grand Canyon to Lake Powell and then back to NY. Any advice on where to stop, what to be concerned about, and what roads to take.
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Old 05-23-2016, 05:22 PM   #2
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Should have added I am driving a 2015 3170 Sunseeker
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Old 05-23-2016, 08:59 PM   #3
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As far as in the Grand Canyon area, I assume you are traveling to the South Rim? I would recommend that from Flagstaff you either travel Rt 180 or take I-40 to Williams (nice tourist stop) and take Rt 64 to enter the park on the west side at Tusayan. Not sure were you plan on camping at the canyon, the sites in the park fill up fast, but there are a few campgrounds outside of the park and dispersed camping in the surrounding forest.

By going in the west entrance you will travel east the entire length of the south rim park area. Leave the park on Rt 64 & take it to Rt 89. You will get a view of some of the Canyon that lies outside of the park on the Navajo Nation. The Cameron Trading post about a 1/4 mile north of the 64 turn off and is on Rt 89, the road you will take to Page. It is a good stop for fuel, food and souvenirs, much cheaper than in the park. There is a steep grade between Gap and Page but you should be fine and there are some good views in that area of the Navajo reservation.


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Old 05-24-2016, 11:49 AM   #4
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We stayed in Page for 2 wks last year, things to do? Float trip colorado river, Antelope canyon is a must! Glen canyon is beautiful! We also went to Monument Valley, Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce, we dont mind staying in one spot and seeing what we can see within a 150 mile radius. 89A or coppermine road was a great road and no steep grades, no traffic it was a temp road when 89 was closed due to landslide it goes straight into Page.
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:53 PM   #5
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I have traveled up and down the east coast and am now planning my first cross country NY to Grand Canyon, then Grand Canyon to Lake Powell and then back to NY. Any advice on where to stop, what to be concerned about, and what roads to take.
Hmmmm......

Sorry if I sound flippant, but is this a mad dash in both directions ?
If so, you are better off flying to Flag, renting a car, and flying back.

But....if you are RV-ing, take at least a month, stick to the blue highways, get lost on purpose, and enjoy the things you stumble across.....Booger County's largest pumpkin, the deepest well, world famous sauerkraut days, etc.

It ain't the destination.......it's the trip.
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So...is that Buffalo NY or NYC...makes a difference in routing! What time of year are you going and how much time have you allocated for the trip? If you have time for exploring along the way...do you like museums or fishing holes? How many hours do you want to drive each day? Do you prefer state parks or private campgrounds or walmart lots along the way?
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:31 PM   #7
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Hmmmm......
But....if you are RV-ing, take at least a month, stick to the blue highways, get lost on purpose, and enjoy the things you stumble across.....Booger County's largest pumpkin, the deepest well, world famous sauerkraut days, etc.
It ain't the destination.......it's the trip.
Some of the best places are the ones we found when we were lost. If you don't want to be in crowds, try the North Rim. I hear it is just as beautiful.
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Depending on how much time you have allocated, I would strongly urge you to consider the following itinerary: Head West on I-to past Denver, then north to Rocky Mountain National Park. Great RV sites in the town of Estes Park. You may want to exit the park by heading west over the in-park paved highway that takes you way above the tree-line into Grand Lake and on to Steamboat Springs. From Steamboat head south to re-join I-70 and stay in or near near Moab, UT to enjoy Arches NP and Canyonlands NP. We've stayed in Green River at Shady Acres RV, and it is quiet and super convenient to I-70. You can then take state routes to Capitol Reef NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Cedar Breaks NM, and on to Zion NP. Zion River RV Park is one of our all-time favorites. Avoid taking tour rig through the tunnel that heads east from Zion. It costs about $50-60, plus you need to arrange for an escort to guide you through. There are easy routes from the west side of Zion that will take you to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The RV parks at Jacobs Lake are OK. The north rim is completely different from the south rim: pine forests and grassy meadows abound. You can head south to the South Rim on Alt Rte 89, or take main Rte 89 to Page to see Lake Powell. We usually stay at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in the town of Williams, which happend to be the dpot for the Grand Canyon Railway tours that take you right to the South Rim for an expertly guided tour of the sites and history. Highly recommended. After visiting Lake Powell, I would suggest finding your way to I-40 eastbound into New Mexico. Don't miss the town of Santa Fe, with the best Southwest Cuisine on the planet. North of Santa Fe you might find the Toltec Gorge Narrow Gauge Railroad of interest. Headquartered in the town of Chama. From Cham, head north towards Great Sand Dunes NP on the west side of the Rockies main range. From there, nothing but scenic highways back into Denver and I-70 East.

We hope you are able to visit at least some of these natural wonders of the Souhwest.
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You need to spent the whole summer on the trip since everyone will have recommendations. I especially like the 4-corners area, including Mesa Verde National Park.
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If you have a generator you can camp at the beach right on Lake Powell at Lone Rock. Loved it!!
North Rim is great!
Bryce, Zion, Mesa Verde. If you want to do some off the grid hiking check out Grand Staircase Discovery Tours. Chris is awesome!
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