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Old 03-26-2019, 07:20 AM   #1
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I'm just finishing up planning the longest road trip we've ever taken for late July into early August. The plan is to head out to Arizona and spend 4 nights at the Grand Canyon KOA. From there we will spend the next 6 days on a slow meander through Utah and Colorado. During this part of the trip we will pass through Zion NP, Dixie NF, Bryce Canyon NP, Grand Staircase NM, Capitol Reef NP, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Uncompahgre NF, Gunnison NF, and Rocky Mountain NP. We will then spend 4 nights in Denver visiting family before heading home.


It may seem like alot to see in a short time but my wife is disabled so we will be limited to whatever we can see from the car or very close to it. Most of these sites we will view as we drive by with brief stops for photo ops.
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...well, where do you live...New Mexico?
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expect hot!!!!! you'll want to run the a/c almost 24/7. though the places you mentioned are at higher elevations so they are not like the phoenix desert. we spent some time in bryce one august and we absolutely loved watching the thunderstorms roll be.
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We kinda did this in reverse, we went out to Denver then over to Utah and down to Grand canyon, then home (Maryland) through New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tenn and Virginia. Was a great trip. We took three weeks.
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:46 AM   #9
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You have chosen the most crowded and hottest time to go. You will have a good time in those places. I moved across the US from the East Coast to California almost 50 years ago in a VW bus. It took 6 weeks. One of the great trips.
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Sounds like a great trip! Some of our favorite places.

I know everyone has different constraints on their available travel times, but that time of year is like our RVing winter. Unless we are going far north or very high in elevation, we stay home and out of the heat if at all possible. Our favorite time for GC is March for weather and crowds.
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I'm just finishing up planning the longest road trip we've ever taken for late July into early August. The plan is to head out to Arizona and spend 4 nights at the Grand Canyon KOA. From there we will spend the next 6 days on a slow meander through Utah and Colorado. During this part of the trip we will pass through Zion NP, Dixie NF, Bryce Canyon NP, Grand Staircase NM, Capitol Reef NP, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Uncompahgre NF, Gunnison NF, and Rocky Mountain NP. We will then spend 4 nights in Denver visiting family before heading home.


It may seem like alot to see in a short time but my wife is disabled so we will be limited to whatever we can see from the car or very close to it. Most of these sites we will view as we drive by with brief stops for photo ops.
Make sure you have your air conditioning freon checked before you hit the road. Keep a cooler with fresh ice and water in your vehicle when meandering in Utah. You will be ready for the higher elevations of Rocky MT Nat Park! It sounds like a great trip, a lots to see, but plan on early mornings in that area, not mid/late afternoons.
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Southern entrance to canyon lands on the way in stop at newspaper rock. Wheelchair accessible. You will see incredible pictographs. Can not miss that one.
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I'm just finishing up planning the longest road trip we've ever taken for late July into early August. The plan is to head out to Arizona and spend 4 nights at the Grand Canyon KOA. From there we will spend the next 6 days on a slow meander through Utah and Colorado. During this part of the trip we will pass through Zion NP, Dixie NF, Bryce Canyon NP, Grand Staircase NM, Capitol Reef NP, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Uncompahgre NF, Gunnison NF, and Rocky Mountain NP. We will then spend 4 nights in Denver visiting family before heading home.


It may seem like alot to see in a short time but my wife is disabled so we will be limited to whatever we can see from the car or very close to it. Most of these sites we will view as we drive by with brief stops for photo ops.
I don't know the extent of your wife's disability but have you seen this:

The Air Hawk Electric Foldable Wheelchair.




A folding power wheelchair that only weighs 41 lbs. Fits in the trunk of most cars and perhaps even in a back seat. They claim it can even be brought on an airplane as carry on luggage.

Many of the places you mentioned have enough access she wouldn't be just limited to the car.
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Back in 2016 we did Indiana - Denver,Co - Bluff,UT - Grand Canyon - Las Vegas and back in July.
We got 105F in Vegas....
4400 miles in almost 2 weeks and it has being the best trip we have done so far.
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Back in 2016 we did Indiana - Denver,Co - Bluff,UT - Grand Canyon - Las Vegas and back in July.
We got 105F in Vegas....
4400 miles in almost 2 weeks and it has being the best trip we have done so far.

Wow! You have me beet.
and here I thought doing 4400 miles in six weeks was a great accomplishment.

TimfromMa --- (30 miles west of beantown) - Yep I am 25 miles south of beantown. I wish you and your wife the best on your long distance trip.
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I know its going to be hot but this trip is centered around a family reunion scheduled for Aug 3 in Denver.
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Wow! You have me beet.

and here I thought doing 4400 miles in six weeks was a great accomplishment.



TimfromMa --- (30 miles west of beantown) - Yep I am 25 miles south of beantown. I wish you and your wife the best on your long distance trip.

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We did 5000 miles over a 2 week period 2 summers ago
I give you a lot of credit, but as you said you stop to sightsee from the RV.
Even so, that is one heck of a drive, especially in two weeks.

Hopefully you stop to rest at some campgrounds along the way.
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Enjoy your trip. You should have good views for the Grand Canyon, Zion (make sure you drive through the tunnel), Bryce Canyon (walk the rim trail), Arches and Canyonlands NPs. There are many handicap accessible trails. The ride up over the pass in Rocky Mountain NP is wonderful (second only to the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier NP). You should see elk in Rocky Mountain NP.

If time allows, take the cog railroad up Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs).

On your way home may consider swinging up past Devils Tower NP and the Black Hills (Mt Rushmore, Badlands NP). I have traveled through the areas you are interested in several times. PM me if you you have any questions.
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On your way home may consider swinging up past Devils Tower NP and the Black Hills (Mt Rushmore, Badlands NP). I have traveled through the areas you are interested in several times. PM me if you you have any questions.
Those were all part of a trip we took back in 2017.
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