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Old 09-22-2017, 02:49 PM   #1
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Driving from Denver to Moab, UT next saturday. Will be heading west to Grand Junction on I-70. From Grand Junction, better to take us 191 into Moab, or take the state hwy 128?

Traveling with my 5ver, would like the best roads and easiest pull, but some scenery would be nice too.
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Old 09-22-2017, 03:31 PM   #2
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I have only driven 128 a few times in a pickup with dirtbikes in back and it was good road.
I will say it is absolutely stunning, truly stunning..
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Old 09-22-2017, 03:36 PM   #3
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Hiway 128 is a must see in my book. That said, it depends on where you are planning on staying in Moab. If you are planning on north of town at say Archview then it would be kind of out of the way. If you are staying at a park downtown then yes it might work for you. There are place to camp out along that road but no hookups.
After a long day on the road you might try for a spot at the Dewey Bridge Campground.
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Old 09-22-2017, 03:36 PM   #4
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US191 is partially 4 lane as you get to Moab, much more relaxed driving. Hwy 128 runs along the Colorado through a Canyon, it's narrower and more winding. According to Google maps it's only 2 miles shorter so you're not saving time. Do the sightseeing later, they also have boat tours down the river.
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Old 09-22-2017, 03:46 PM   #5
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We took US191 in and out of Moab with the trailer.

I drove a stretch of 128 from Moab to a horse ride. It's twisty, but I don't think unacceptable with the truck + trailer.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:08 PM   #6
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So either would be good, thanks all. I haul canyons all the time in colorado, wyoming, idaho so I don't think 128 would be an issue except will be at the end of the trip so prolly will go 191. I'll go 128 on the way back so it will be at the start of the trip when I'm fresh and awake, LOL.

5-6 hours is about a day for me driving these days. No more 12-13 hour ironbutt rides for this old man.
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Old 09-23-2017, 01:26 PM   #7
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A bit out of the way but here's my way: From GJ go toward Montrose and get on C141 at Whitewater. It takes you thru the Unaweep Valley into Gateway, CO, eat at the resort by Gateway, follow beside the Dolores River from Gateway to old uranium mining town at Uravan, CO. proceed on 141 beside San Miguel River to where there is junction going to Paradox, CO. Follow that highway thru Paradox Valley, named that because its river runs across its canyon rather than thru it. Follow that road to highway that runs from Monticello to Moab. Take a right to Moab. There will be an arch or so on that highway, and you drive by the Manti LaSals. The total road will be something you will never forget. The canyons at Gateway rival Canyonlands, imnsho. I saw 150 elk in a herd in the Unaweep Valley last month, prob 10 bulls in the herd.
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Old 09-23-2017, 04:09 PM   #8
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Would stick with 191. Just traveled it a month ago. Good road. Side note: campgrounds around Moab are pretty expensive. Stop by Arches and Canyonland NPs.
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:14 PM   #9
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Ditto on 191 being the best. Canyonlands and Arches will give you all the pretty spectacularness you will need! Dont miss the loop drive through Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction. Have fun!
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:18 PM   #10
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Have done both with a 34ft 5th wheel and a GMC 3500, crewcab, short box . 128 is the scenic route, would recommend it.
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Old 09-26-2017, 11:01 AM   #11
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Well, my planning skills need work as usual, LOL. Not much hope for a spot at the national parks or state parks.

And at $65-85 a night for the private RV parks, I might as well stay in a hotel with cable tv and free breakfast. Not gonna do it, so probably walmart camp at least the 1st night then start looking around on Sunday for someone leaving the NP's in the afternoon.
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Old 09-26-2017, 11:23 AM   #12
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Hi,

Lots of dry camping options once you get into Utah, on BLM land.

Plus, there is a small fee campground by the river at the Westwater ranger - about 5-6 miles off the interstate -- and an area to camp at the river at Cisco, where the river runners take out.

FWIW.

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Old 09-28-2017, 04:23 PM   #13
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BLM land around Moab itself is largely off limits for camping outside of campgrounds due to overuse. There are restrictions in place until you're 10-20 miles outside of town. For details see https://www.blm.gov/media_public-roo...g-restrictions

Check http://www.Campendium.com for campsite ideas, reviews and photos. The BLM campgrounds along 128 are indeed beautiful although somewhat close to the road for my taste. My favorite is Big Bend. They are all dry. If you want free, last month we stayed one transit night on Utah State school trust land at Klondike Bluffs Road near the airport North of town - my review and photos are on Campendium, presently the second review down at https://www.campendium.com/klondike-bluff-road .
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Let us know where you end up & how it turns out! We are headed to Moab next weekend (as luck would have it, we are boondocking with a group in exactly the area mentioned by FirstTracks above) for some mountain biking. :-)
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Old 09-28-2017, 04:41 PM   #15
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We love US 191 !
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