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Old 02-21-2020, 08:16 PM   #1
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Planning, which we do not really do much of as we usually fly by the seat of our pants. Leaving Houston Memorial day heading up to Crater Lake, then over to Yelllowstone with stops all along the way. I notice the route or portion of, goes from Las Vegas direct to Reno, which is fine except that long desert stretch Vegas to Reno, nothing out there, think is was HWY 95, we don't always stay at camprounds, have spent night at lighted turnouts, rest areas etc. Has anyone run this route before and can provide any thoughts. So far only camps we have reserved is in Williams AZ for few nights to visit Grand Canyon. Realize choices going to be limited when it comes to Yellowstone but we have toad. Really do not want to dip into CA. Anyone stayed anywhere between Vegas and Reno? Thanks in advance. BTW campgrounds do not have to have all the goodies, clean and fairly quiet is just fine as we never stop more than 3 nights. Figure about month long trip.

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Visiting these popular places in the summer, will severly limit your "fly by the seat of your pants" options, if you don't make reservations.
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Old 02-22-2020, 08:03 AM   #3
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Old 02-22-2020, 08:29 AM   #4
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Bishop, Mammoth area absolutely at the top of my list so much to see and very accessable. Not all locked down like the National parks.
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We've stayed a night at Williams AZ, but if you are really going to 'visit' the Grand Canyon, without feeling pressure to drive to long distances to and from Williams, stay at the Grand Canyon Trailer Park - a great RV park right there at the edge of the canyons. Easy. Full hookups, or even non-hookup sites.
Both nights we were there, in January 2015, it snowed ... : )

Sounds like you already know how to 'off-grid', and are comfortable with it. You should have no problems, even out in the 'wilds' where it seems no others are. We do the same, and don't rely on 'advance' reservations very often, unless we 'know' we are going to be somewhere several days, specifically. Even rv parks and campgrounds in the summer months have cancellation opening, so you can still always try even if you show up at the last minute.

no worries... be flexible.
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Old 02-22-2020, 04:05 PM   #6
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Not really sure what Bishop and Mamouth except Mamouth Caves, what states and or what do you mean. Towns, parks campgrounds..thanks
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Thanks for the reply, we try to make reservations when staying couple days or more however, we hate to feel rushed to make it to a particular campground on a particular day. Retired so no longer have to cater to the career scene. I prefer not to drive over 400 miles per day unless have to. I rarely drive after sundown, I wanna see what critter I am going to slam into if at all possible. Besides, that is kickback pop a top time!
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Not really sure what Bishop and Mamouth except Mamouth Caves, what states and or what do you mean. Towns, parks campgrounds..thanks
Mammoth and Bishop California, between Reno and Vegas. Lots of campgrounds as well as a million places to boondock without the crowds of national park areas.
Town of Mammoth Lakes has access to so much recreation, hiking, fishing, 4 wheeling, mt bikes. Ghost town of Bodie. Mono lake.
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Have you got a route in mind? We've done a bit of camping over a few years through Oregon one summer trip, Montana, a bit in Wyoming, etc. If I could visualize your route, I could rack my memory on where we've stayed and what was good and not. Most of where we've stayed has been great! One in Idaho was a little less than great, when our mat was about 6" away from our neighbors' dump inlet. Or the one in Yellowstone where our stairs were even with the edge of the pavement in the site and made it tricky getting in our out of the trailer. The one in Bend that we had to back our trailer back down the road we came in on, turn around, then back to our site was interesting too.
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Old 02-24-2020, 03:07 PM   #10
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Yes well that is current problem, wanted to hit crater lake, just to drive around the crater through the park in toad. I have been looking at map and major stop after that would be Yellowstone park, I will stay in that area for few days. Not seeing easy route from Crater to Yellowstone, I am 42 pulling small Nissan flat.
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An option might be if you went up through Bend, through Spokane, through Missoula and then down to Yellowstone? By Google maps, it looks about 3 hours longer, but I'm not sure how your timeline is either.
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Highway 95 from LV to Reno is fast but not that interesting. Plenty of public land to boondock on. Wild donkeys, jets and good stops at Goldfield and Tonopah.

For a vacation, I would take US 395 north through Owens Valley, one of the great highways in the US and it heads straight to OR.
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Drove it several years ago from West Texas to Eagle Point, normally go southern route but enjoyed this one better. Took 95 to 395. 2014 Tundra and 35ft almost 10 TT no problems.
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If you are going through Reno, then go ahead and take 395 North, to Susanville, then to Klamath Falls vis US 97, and then 62 over to Crater Lake. Mazama is the only CG in Crater Lake that has hookups. There is also Collier Memorial Sate Park, on 97, by Chiloquin, but may still be closed due to CoronaVirus. There are CG's along 62 around Cater Lake, in the NF, but a lot of those are closing down now due to the virus. From Crater Lake to Yellowstone, best bet would be go north to Bend, Or, then take Hwy 20 east to Vale, Or, then connect in to I84. From there, lots of options.
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If you are going through Reno, then go ahead and take 395 North, to Susanville, then to Klamath Falls vis US 97, and then 62 over to Crater Lake. Mazama is the only CG in Crater Lake that has hookups. There is also Collier Memorial Sate Park, on 97, by Chiloquin, but may still be closed due to CoronaVirus. There are CG's along 62 around Cater Lake, in the NF, but a lot of those are closing down now due to the virus. From Crater Lake to Yellowstone, best bet would be go north to Bend, Or, then take Hwy 20 east to Vale, Or, then connect in to I84. From there, lots of options.
This is the route I would take. We have gone this way many times. There are several places to stay and gas up in Beatty north of Vegas. Tonapah is a less desirable gas up stopover. 95 is a good fast route without much traffic. Plenty of choices to boondock. Hawthorne NV has a great RV park called Whiskey Flats. When you hit 395 north of Reno it’s a pretty quiet drive again.
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I agree with Roaminaround and High Desert generally. I really enjoy the SE OR desert, but if you are tired of sagebrush, look at swinging north of Bend, out to Prineville and going east on Hwy. 26. The Painted Hills west of Mitchell, John Day Fossil beds west of Dayville, Kam Wa Chung in John Day. All depends on the CV-19 status, but the drive is beautiful. Watch out for wildlife and cattle drives. Enjoy OR small town hospitality.
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I agree with Roaminaround and High Desert generally. I really enjoy the SE OR desert, but if you are tired of sagebrush, look at swinging north of Bend, out to Prineville and going east on Hwy. 26. The Painted Hills west of Mitchell, John Day Fossil beds west of Dayville, Kam Wa Chung in John Day. All depends on the CV-19 status, but the drive is beautiful. Watch out for wildlife and cattle drives. Enjoy OR small town hospitality.
I can see Hwy 126 from my house here in Powell Butte. 26 is a prettier drive as you are going through all kinds od terrain. Just be aware, gas up in Prineville, as the ar very few stations between there and John Day, and John Day to Vale. If you have a big rig, some of these stations could be interesting getting in and out of base on low clearances, or how the pumps are set up, so I recommend topping off in Prineville.

If you do opt to come up 395 to Klamath Falls, there is a truck stop / gas / food station as you merge onto Hwy 97, on the right. Past that would be the Indian casino just before Chiloquin.
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