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Old 07-29-2021, 01:47 PM   #1
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Grand Tetons to Moab, Ut.

Taking the wester states tour mid August and would like some advice on the best route to take from Grand Tetons, staying at Gros Ventre Campground to Moab, Utah. I see on google maps it shows taking 89 down to Interstate 80 and around Salt Lake City. The other option is taking 191 than 40 towards Grand Junction, Co..
Anyone have any advice on which is the better route. I'm towing a tow behind,31 ft. with a F-250 Diesel.
I'm planning a one night stay over in between. Any advice on a half way overnight spot. Can be campground or boondocking site.
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Old 07-29-2021, 05:23 PM   #2
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Just stay on US 191 all the way. It will take you straight to Moab! No point going to Grand Junction unless you absolutely want to see the place! SLC is WAY out of the way for where you want to go (unless you love bad traffic and/or are just dying to go there).

Halfway point: try Vernal UT. There are campgrounds and RV parks around there.

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Old 07-29-2021, 06:07 PM   #3
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Elchilero53,
Thanks for the input I'll do some research.
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Old 07-29-2021, 08:24 PM   #4
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Highway 191 has some pretty good grades both up and down. Out of Green River it's a lot of downhill to Flaming Gorge then a good climb up and a yeehaw downhill into Vernal. There is a nice KOA and several good eating places. Going on south on 191 south of Duchesne is another steady grade until right going over the top when it gets steep and then on down the other side into Castle Gate. After that it's clear sailing all the way to Moab. I did it in 2010 with an F150 and a tent trailer.
On my last trip in 2016 I went through Baggs Wyoming and caught I-70 in Rifle Co.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:10 AM   #5
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There is the Palisade Peach Festival in August around Grand Junction if that interests you.
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Old 07-30-2021, 01:43 PM   #6
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Pony Express RV Resort

If you go the Salt Lake Route, we have stayed at Pony Express RV Resort. Very nice campground.

If you have the time, SLC is pretty interesting to explore.
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If you go the Salt Lake Route, we have stayed at Pony Express RV Resort. Very nice campground.

If you have the time, SLC is pretty interesting to explore.
I agree, Pony Express RV Resort is a very nice campground. We stayed their (site B9) in early June of 2019 on our way from Kanab, UT to Coulter Bay Village campground (Grand Tetons NP).

On our 2019 trip to the West, we went from Moab to Kanab (Grand Canyon North Rim, Zion NP, and Bryce Canyon NP stop) and then to the Grand Tetons, the opposite direction as Keithinpa. While we live in Florida we started are trip west from PA, went back home to visit friend and relatives before heading West.
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Old 07-30-2021, 05:00 PM   #8
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SLC is a nightmare to travel through over 80 miles of 4 /5 and 6 lanes going in either direction . people drive 80 mph or more , big rigs , construction etc . SLC is the worst stretch of hwy from west yellowstone to Fort Myers Fl . if you go that way make sure you have a full tank of gas to get you through the worst as no good places to get gas anywhere along the 80 miles that i would feel good about getting off and using .
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SLC is a nightmare to travel through over 80 miles of 4 /5 and 6 lanes going in either direction . people drive 80 mph or more , big rigs , construction etc . SLC is the worst stretch of hwy from west yellowstone to Fort Myers Fl . if you go that way make sure you have a full tank of gas to get you through the worst as no good places to get gas anywhere along the 80 miles that i would feel good about getting off and using .
That's a fact Jack. The SLC corridor is crazy beyond belief. I've had to do it twice in the last ten years.
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Another vote for Pony Express, but I think it might be a little out of the way for you as it's on the north side of town west of the 15.
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Old 07-31-2021, 07:01 AM   #11
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Avoid SLC

I am in Yellowstone right now, having just done your intended route in reverse.

First, avoid Salt Lake City at all costs if pulling a trailer. Worst conditions imaginable.

Do as others have indicated and just take US 191. The temps are hot, though not as bad as last week.

The best boondocking is 5-10 miles south of Flaming Gorge. The elevation is 8,000 and it’s the only cool place along the way. We stayed near the Highline Trail trailhead and it was great.

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We stayed at Flaming Gorge. We were boondocking and got there late and left early, so the heat wasn't an issue. If you need hookups, I'm would imagine there are some available.
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Old 07-31-2021, 08:23 AM   #13
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191 is a good road. Best way to go. Vernal KOA is nice, have been there.
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That's a fact Jack. The SLC corridor is crazy beyond belief. I've had to do it twice in the last ten years.
And I do it twice a year . never look fwd to it and always glad when i get past it .
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Thanks for the caution comments on the SLC corridor. We are traveling from Tetons to Moab the first of October with stops at Perry KOA and Wasatch Mtn SP. Will toad around SLC and Antelope Island from Perry.

I may change my route to Wasatch to the east via I-84/I-80/US-189 rather than go thru SLC.

Our stop near Moab is at Ballard RV in Thompson Springs.
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Old 07-31-2021, 11:27 AM   #16
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Thanks all for your input.
191 is the way I shall go. Have a cousin in Grand Junction want to meet up with will be there mid Sept.
Great forum and great input!
Thanks again, especially Blackrock for what to expect on the road.

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Old 07-31-2021, 05:36 PM   #17
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Grand Teton to Moab

Agree with all who recommend 191 South all the way to Moab. Halfway at Vernal makes a lot of sense. We like Fossil Valley RV Park right in town. Lots of things to do in Vernal, including a stop at the Dinosaur Museum, and - if time permits - a day trip to Dinosaur National Monument.

We have visited the area several times and prefer to stay in Green River, UT rather than Moab. Quieter, and Shady Acres RV is very nice. Great Lewis and Clark exhibit in Green River, and easy day drives to Arches and Canyonlands from there. Recommend driving East from Green River to SR 128, then SW along the Colorado River for a memorable scenic drive. Never crowded.
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Old 07-31-2021, 08:08 PM   #18
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After you leave grand junction i70 go to Cisco UT. Its an old ghost town. then down 128 to Moab awesome drive along Colorado river.
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Old 08-05-2021, 10:29 AM   #19
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Well hell if we want to see the USA take a left turn out of Vernal to see Dinasoar NM then south on hwy 139 which will put you closer to Grand Junction. Hwy 139 does have some steep grades and switchbacks but no worse than between Flaming Gorge and Verna,
And I also agree on that turn off at Cisco and then follow 128 into Moab. You will come around a corner that will take your breath away. Sure beats the Interstate.
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