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Old 04-29-2019, 09:09 AM   #1
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We are going to Monument Valley, Ut. Gouding cg end of May. Then maybe on up to Hanksville and across to Bryce Canyon going through Capital Reef and Escalante-Grand Staircase country. Got my routes picked out just looking for advice on what to expect along the way.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:38 AM   #2
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Just a few suggestions for Monument Valley. Make sure you take the Indian guided tour. If the wind is blowing and you are bringing a "real" camera, not your phone, put your camera in a zip lock bag. You will never get the fine red sand out of your camera if you don't. Sunrise at the Mittens are some of my favorite pictures that I have. Have fun!
A tripod for night sky pictures at Bryce would be worth bringing along. Some of the clearest sky in the nation.
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:44 PM   #3
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Great country. Meet the Natives whenever you can. I drove my 65 VW bus on some dirt roads in Monument Valley around 1972. I finally got all the red dust out of the brakes around 1974. Most of the area in on the Res. Stay on the pavement. Watch out for horses in the road at night. They are attracted by warm pavement. Be ready for 90 degrees or snow. The roads are not hard.
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:47 PM   #4
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If you haven't looked at it yet, consider camping in Kodachrome Basin. Awesome campground and gorgeous scenery.
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:53 PM   #5
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I have driven through that country many times traveling to other places just never stopped to play the tourist part.
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:21 PM   #6
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Hi,

Just south of Bluff, where 191 chops left over a bridge (going straight takes you Monument Valley) there is a nice little BLM campground near the river. Sand Island -- stayed there many times. Nothing fancy, but convenient.

To the South of there, Navajo National Monument has a sort of small campground with great sunsets and sunrises over the canyons there.

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Old 04-30-2019, 12:29 PM   #7
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That is a great trip, and you'll pass by some superb scenic wonders.

Some suggestions:

1. If you can, spend some days in Capitol Reef. The hiking there is marvelous. And be sure to head to the east side of the park to visit Cathedral Valley. We took our F150 out there with positraction and did just fine. Our worries went away when we followed a compact car for a mile or so before passing them up. Get GOOD DIRECTIONS at the visitor center. Cathedral Valley is not to be missed.

2. Best campground at Capitol Reef, if you cannot get into the park's campground, is in Torey, UT. Family owned, really nice park, and easy and scenic drive to the park. Wonderland RV Park - Torrey, UT - Campground Reviews

3. Add Page, AZ to your plans. There you can tour a slot canyon (Upper and Lower Antelope are both superb, and you can google for more off-the-beaten-path options), take a trip down the Colorado starting at the bottom of the Glen Canyon Dam (stunning scenery right at the dam!), take in Horseshoe Bend at sunset or sunrise or both. Best campground is right on the edge of the city with easy access to tons of stuff: Welcome to the Page Lake Powell Campground and RV Park » Page Lake Powell Campground

4. More parks: that section of Utah is packed with parks, each with unique and stunning geography. The more time you can spend the better.

Have a blast!

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I have a question about it, How are the gas stations? Other words do you have to worry about fuel? Pictures I've seen doesn't look like there too much out there for services.
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I cannot say anything about Monument Valley except to say don't miss it. One of the most amazing places we've ever visited.

If they still have the Night Ranger program at Bryce we recommend it. Amazing show by the park rangers using telescopes and they offer a lot of information about the different stars. We also recommend route 12 from Bryce to Capital Reef. An amazing ride with some great scenic views. Some people say this road is not for RV's but we've driven it twice and have many friends that have driven it in motorhomes, 5th wheels, and trailers.

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Hi,

Last time I was through, there was fuel in Bluff on the north end and Kayenta has it as well on the south end.

Hope this helps.

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Should try to include Zion, but try to get the early before the free parking is used up. Ruby's inn RV park was great.
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Stayed at the Tribal campground there. It was fine. If I remember right it allows for a shuttle to catch the tour and to get to the theater in the evening.
Like a previous commenter said, take the canned tour. I would also recommend the funky viewing of "Stage Coach" in their tiny theater in the evening after your tour. It ties it all together and you can "get" what Ford saw when he saw this as the quintessential Western movie backdrop.
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following, we are going the last week of May also!
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Hi,

Just south of Bluff, where 191 chops left over a bridge (going straight takes you Monument Valley) there is a nice little BLM campground near the river. Sand Island -- stayed there many times. Nothing fancy, but convenient.

To the South of there, Navajo National Monument has a sort of small campground with great sunsets and sunrises over the canyons there.

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I have boondocked just at the bridge. It would be on the right as you are going south.
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We stayed at Gooseneck State Park near Mexican Hat one night on our way through the area. Awesome views.
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On Hwy 261, north of Mexican Hat, look at a map and you'll see the Moki Dugway. It'll look like a blob until you scroll in and see it is a series of switch backs traversing the face of the plateau. Make sure you are within the length limit they have for that section of highway. It is worth a couple hour trip without the trailer to experience the elevation changes and views.
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On Hwy 261, north of Mexican Hat, look at a map and you'll see the Moki Dugway. It'll look like a blob until you scroll in and see it is a series of switch backs traversing the face of the plateau. Make sure you are within the length limit they have for that section of highway. It is worth a couple hour trip without the trailer to experience the elevation changes and views.
I was already going to go that way until I showed my wife some pics from Google maps. She said no and hell no.
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I think Zion is the prettiest park in Utah. I like being down in close to the river.
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