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    Default RV trip Denver to Los Angeles, late March 2014

    Hi everyone,

    Coming over from Downunder in March next year and looking to take the family, wife and 2 young kids, on a 7-8 day trip in an RV from Denver to LA. Interests include Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Zion if it works, but open to all suggestions as not familiar with the area.

    Looking for advice on best places/attractions to see and how much time to spend at each.

    Thanks in anticipation,

    Tim

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    Default Wrap up warm.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    You will be driving through some fantastic and diverse scenery on this trip ! March can be a lovely time to travel but it can also see snow and winter conditions with nights going below freezing, which can be pretty brisk in an RV. In high elevation places like Rocky mountain NP and Bryce canyon there is a real chance of snow and ice, but maybe that's why they are not on your list. If possible I would try and move it forward to early May, but you will need to pack layered clothing no matter when.

    You have a good base layed out for your trip which is doable. You could drive direct from Denver to Arches and spend a day and a half there exploring Arches and Canyonlands before making your way towards GC. Cameron Trading post is near the east entrance to GC and although the RV park is basic it's fine for a place to sleep and the Trading Post is pretty cool, ideal for an overnight between MV and GC, although it won't leave you a lot of time in MV. A full day and a night at the GC would be followed by a day on the road to Zion NP where you could book 2 nights and have one full day there enjoying the easy walks. To break the journey up to LA would put Vegas right in the mix for an overnight stop.

    You can mix it up to suit your own tastes, but that's one way to spend 8 days.

    Note: The North rim's services will be closed and it will very much be in winter mode, so it's the south rim and Grand canyon village you need to head to and even that can and probably will be in winter mode with some ice and snow possible.

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    While in the Arches/Canyonlands area, you might also pay a visit to Dead Horse Point State Park.

    Between Moab and Monument Valley, Moki Dugway and Goosenecks State Park are both worth a looksee. I don't know how big of an RV you'll be using but there are some restrictions applicable to Moki Dugway.

    If you happen to be anywhere near Kanab, Utah, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is an interesting and unusual stop.

    Utah is a hard place to beat for being able to see a lot in a comparatively small area.

    Have A Great Trip!!

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    Southwest Dave gave you excellent advise.

    I also agree that March is probably not the best time to be driving an RV especially in Colorado. From Denver to Arches you will be driving though the Eisenhower Tunnel at an elevation just over 11,000 feet so if it snows it could mean delays!

    Utahtea

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    Thanks everyone,

    Looking at our dates, we will drive out of Denver on Mar 30, getting to LA Apr 5 or 6 so hopefully the winter may be a little less by then. We are looking at a Class C RV - smaller rather than larger.

    I certainly have some better ideas now and it seems that the timing will work OK.

    Aussie T

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    Default You're welcome.

    If you have any other questions just ask.

    Have a great trip !

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    With a review of our timings, we are now at 6 nights that makes RV bookings difficult, so now looking at a car:

    Denver to Moab, 2 nights there to do Arches and Canyonlands.

    Then? Want to do Goosenecks and MV but a long drive to include that and drive Moab to GC all in one day. Is there anywhere to stay between Moab and GC but closer to GC - after MV?

    Then a night at GC with hopefully a good afternoon and morning either side, into Las Vegas - was thinking 2 nights here to have day getting a feel for the strip, and lastly on to Anaheim.

    Happy to be told if this is ridiculous to expect or on the right track.

    Thanks again,

    T

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    Cameron Trading Post Lodge at the junction of US 89 and Arizona 64. In addition to the Lodge, there is a nice restaurant, a wonderful gift shop, a grocery store and a campground. It is 56 miles from Cameron to Grand Canyon Village via Desert View Drive (Arizona 64). You could then take Arizona 64 into the Park at the east entrance. This would be 265 miles from Moab.

    Arizona 64 beecomes Desert View Drive and Desert View, Lipan, Moran, Grandview, Yaki, Mather and Yapavi Points are along Desert View Drive. Desert View Drive takes you in to Grand Canyon Village. These east rim viewpoints along Desert View Drive provide some excellent views and the east rim is generally much less congested. Arriving in the Village, you can park and walk the Village Rim where there are several excellent viewpoints as well as restaurants and gift shops. You can then catch the Hermit Road shuttle or, if you’ve seen enough, take Arizona 64 on in to Williams, Arizona.

    There is also lodging at Kayenta and Tuba City

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    Default Thanks again

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie H View Post
    Cameron Trading Post Lodge at the junction of US 89 and Arizona 64. In addition to the Lodge, there is a nice restaurant, a wonderful gift shop, a grocery store and a campground. It is 56 miles from Cameron to Grand Canyon Village via Desert View Drive (Arizona 64). You could then take Arizona 64 into the Park at the east entrance. This would be 265 miles from Moab.

    Arizona 64 beecomes Desert View Drive and Desert View, Lipan, Moran, Grandview, Yaki, Mather and Yapavi Points are along Desert View Drive. Desert View Drive takes you in to Grand Canyon Village. These east rim viewpoints along Desert View Drive provide some excellent views and the east rim is generally much less congested. Arriving in the Village, you can park and walk the Village Rim where there are several excellent viewpoints as well as restaurants and gift shops. You can then catch the Hermit Road shuttle or, if you’ve seen enough, take Arizona 64 on in to Williams, Arizona.

    There is also lodging at Kayenta and Tuba City
    Many thanks for the advice. Great ideas there and looking forward to finally meeting the GC next April.
    Last edited by Southwest Dave; 11-20-2013 at 03:21 AM. Reason: In line response so no quote needed here. Removed for easier reading.

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