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Old 09-26-2019, 07:01 AM   #1
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Long Summer 2020 Trip, ideas welcomed

We are currently in the planning stages for a 6 week trip in May-June 2020.These are the destinations we are headed to. I am not listing the one night layovers while traveling from one to another.

1, Custer State Park, SD -Mt Rushmore, Badlands, Devils Tower and Crazy Horse Memorial
2. Grand Teton National Park
3. Yellowstone National Park
4. Craters of the Moon National Park
5. Chester, CA - Lake Almanor and family reunion
6. Valley of Fire State Park, NV
7. Zion National Park,
6. Monument Valley
9. Mesa Verde national Park

About 5600 miles + any local driving in the areas.

Sounds exciting
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:32 AM   #2
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Thatís a lot to pack into 6 weeks. Make sure you make reservations as these are all popular spots.

#1 was our most favorite trip EVER. We spent a whole week in these areas a few years back and could have done two weeks. Made Rafter J-Bar Ranch in Hill City our home base. #2 and #3 fantastic parks with breathtaking scenery. One week between these two was barely enough time. Did #7 this year along with Arches, Zion and Bryce Canyon, North and South rims of the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and Meteor Crater (not a NP but awesome). We liked Bryce Canyon over Zion but Zion was still a great park.

Have a great trip.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:38 AM   #3
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We have reservations for Custer State Park and Grand Teton, The last part (after Chester, CA was up in the air a bit as far as dates were concerned due to family member's schedules, but we can now pretty much nail down the dates and begin making reservations

We also know we cannot do justice to every location but that will just leave a reason to return.

The trip began as a family reunion and since we live so far away we decided to make it a "Round Robin" instead of a "There and Back" trip.

I work for 14 days then get 14 days off. Im taking 14 days vacation for the entire 14 days in my June 2020 Hitch Schedule. This is what is giving me the 6 weeks to do this
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We did a 5000 mile "sprint" from OH to Custer, Cody, Yellowstone, Moab, Grand Canyon, Santa Fe and home in 17 days. You'll do fine with 6 weeks.
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We did the Valley of the Fire and Vegas area several years ago in June. Stayed at the Nellis AFB Desert Eagle CG. Mornings were cool, around 75F with desert winds at sun-up. Within 2-3 hours the temp went to 107F by 10:30, and by noon we were up to 113F. It was a dry, blistering heat. Not many trees for shade. RV's become "hot boxes" , and their A/C's struggle to keep the inside cool. We stayed there for 2 days, then pulled chocks and headed up to Reno for some relief.
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We did the Valley of the Fire and Vegas area several years ago in June. Stayed at the Nellis AFB Desert Eagle CG. Mornings were cool, around 75F with desert winds at sun-up. Within 2-3 hours the temp went to 107F by 10:30, and by noon we were up to 113F. It was a dry, blistering heat. Not many trees for shade. RV's become "hot boxes" , and their A/C's struggle to keep the inside cool. We stayed there for 2 days, then pulled chocks and headed up to Reno for some relief.
Thanks, we were planning on being there 2 days as well, 1 day to arrive, 1 to see the valley and leave the next morning.

Sounds like it will be similar to our trip that took us to Phoenix 2 summers ago.
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For scenic routes and potential campgrounds in Colorado before and after your Mesa Verde NP stop, see my blog HERE.
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