Hello all. this is my first day and i have to say i have spent the entire day reading this site! What we are doing is very exciting, and i am learning a lot, especially how much i have to learn! So here are a few questions to get me started.....
We are first time RV'ers. (lots of previous camping/hiking/biking/watersports experience tho) We are in the planning stages for a summer trip from Ohio to see some of the sights of the West. We have 3 to 4 weeks to do this and have a good list of interesting places. What i am having trouble with is putting them in order and mapping out a workable route, especially in the middle of the trip near the Grand Canyon. I have not been to that area of the country at all. There is just so much of interest in that area! Our basic plan with the research we have done is to Head west from Ohio and make it to Rocky Mt National Park in 2 long or 3 shorter days. From there, the middle of this trip is hangin me up.... we want to see Mesa Verde, Zion, Glen and Bryce, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam/Las Vegas (probably a day trip just to "see" it and probably a show that night) How do you plan a course through all that which is so spread out? I think parts of the general itinerary are going to fall into place easily, because of the ability to spend 3 or 4 days in one area and use a park as a central hub, traveling to see the nearby parks/attractions. But this Southern Utah/Northern AZ part is not falling into place.
And the next challenge is the next leg. We need to get up to Teton area. Is there enough interest in the Salt Lake area to do a day stay there or just do one long run straight up to Teton??? I'd love to Kayak in the Salt Lake if possible. From the Teton/Yellostone area, we plan to head back east making a few days venture of the Custer/Rushmore/Badlands area before heading back.
I realize this is a full schedule. We may need to cut back some of the stays to make it all fit. I have a long list of smaller attractions and "off the beaten path" things we'd like to get in, too. It may be a bit too ambitious..... We dont want to shortcut too much for the sake of seeing more. I know we are going to hit some places we just want to spend a bit longer! But with college students and work schedules, we have to do this while we can. Making a quick run from Ohio to see what we missed is not an option!
"We" is my 22 yo daughter and 19 yo son in a 32 ft Bounder towing a Ford Escape. We plan to take our Kayaks (somehow...) and possibly bikes. We are all pretty sporty and looking for a more adventurous than relaxing type trip. We want to ride the mules (are reservations even possible at this late date?) and white water raft somewhere in the Colorado River.
As new Rvers, we also want to make sure we are not overdoing what the RV can do. (We've only taken a couple weekend trips to date with no heavy driving) So advice on roads, passes etc is especially important to me. I plan to get the Mountain Directory - if you all recommend that... It is tough, though, having never been to any of these parks or areas at all.... The other thing I am getting is that getting park reservations might be a problem due to the timing. We are leaving on June 21. How do i go about finding good campgrounds without having ever been there??? Oh, so much to figure out!
Any help/advice/resources you all can give is much appreciated. Thanks for reading!
Shelley from Ohio