Ok, so I am new to planning extensive road trips and have been busting my tail to make sure that I cover all of my bases. Just hoping I could get some feedback to calm my anxious nerves:) Me and a friend have a 1999 honda civic coupe, 12 days and $1600. Here's the plan:
Day 1: Leave from GA on day 1 and make a steady run to South Fork, CO. I believe we can make it in 28 hours or so.
Day 2: Plan on spending day two in South Fork where we have a cozy cabin already book ($70 w/ discount).
Day 3: Take Wolf Creek Pass through Pagosa Springs, CO and stop to spend part of the day at Mesa Verde National Park. Then on to Moab,UT to camp (campground or dispersed in manti la sal)
Day 4:Spend day hiking/driving in Moab seeing Arches and Canyonlands then camp for night
Day 5:Open: Either stay in UT or Head towards Grand Canyon NP
Day 6:Drive to Grand Canyon via Monument Valley with possible road trip to glen canyon damn and antelope canyon (wondering how long it would take) Camping in either Ten X campground or dispersed camping in Kaibab National Forest
Day 7: Spend day at/in Grand Canyon - Uber excited about this one so any primo locations would be greatly appreciated. Then camp for night
Day 8: Drive through Petrified Forest National Park and camp in National Forest in Datil,AZ
Day 9: Drive to Guadalupe Mountains National Park with side trip to White Sands National Monument. Camping in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Day 10: Drive to Carlsbad where we have a hotel room booked ($60 w/ discount) See Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Day 11: Drive to Dallas Texas where we have the nicest hotel room for the trip booked (80 w/ discount)
Day 12: The long haul back to GA
I left a day open to figure out when we get out there (Gotta have some wiggle room). We have spent $125 on 32 MRE meals and three dozen heaters. We also plan on spending $80 for the national parks annual pass (believe its called America The Beautiful Annual Pass) Calculated about $750 for gas (4300 route miles) which i feel is more than adequate. That leaves us about $400 + extra for the occasional eating out and misc. Also plan to do some geocaching along the way! What am I missing? Does this seem like it would be feasible? Any places where I should allow more time? Are gas cards good idea? It takes me longer to get to sleep at night wondering if im missing anything so if you lovely folks don't mind calming my heart I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in Advance!