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  1. Default 14 days Arches to Yellowstone

    Hi,
    We are a family of five (kids 13, 15, 18) and planning a circular route from Salt Lake City, heading south (Canyon land, Arches) and later going north into Teton and Yellow Stone, altogether 14 days.
    We will be traveling with a 28’ RV.
    Is there a recommended day-by-day trip plan? We would like of course to go thru the major attractions, but would also love to do a few full-day hikes (and some other off-the-main-road activities like a full-day whitewater rafting, etc.).

    Thanks,
    Ron & Michal

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    Default Yellowstone accommodation?

    Hi Ron & Michal, and Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum.

    That's a great adventure for the family. With 14 days you will have a nice opportunity to do a relaxing trip along with some great hikes.

    Do you have accommodation in Yellowstone secured. If not, that is the first thing you should attend to. Depending on what days in the two weeks you are able to secure, will really dictate in which order you do your chosen attractions. Accommodation within the NPs is limited and much sought after, so get onto that right away. You do not say when this trip will take place, but for this summer you may find it all booked out already. If that is the case, get back to the NP site as often as you turn on your computer, as cancellations do occur, especially in Yellowstone with it's no penalty cancellation policy. For that reason I would urge you to take what you can, as you can always change it as more appropriate days become available.

    As for day to day itineraries, that is really up to you and when you want to do what. There is no such thing as a generic itinerary which will suit everyone. Roadtrips are unique, so you plan your trip, just the way you, and the children want it. Be sure to involve the children in the planning, the more they have invested in the trip, the more you will all get out of it.

    Happy planning..

    Lifey
    Last edited by Lifemagician; 07-03-2014 at 04:36 AM. Reason: typo

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    Hi Lifey,

    Thanks for your prompt respond. We did take your advice and succeeded yesterday to reserve 7 nights at Yellowstone (3 different campgrounds for the 3rd week July).
    We really appreciate your advice to involve our kids in the activities planning.

    Thank you!

    Ron & Michal

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    Default Now for the canyons.

    Now you know your arrival date to Yellowstone I would look to secure a spot for Arches and Canyonlands. Devils garden in the heart of Arches NP is a nice site. You could get close to the Tetons in one day from the Moab area but it will depend on how much travel time you have left either side of your Yellowstone bookings. You could stop a night somewhere between the two and take 191 past Dinosaur NM and Flaming Gorge Res. If you have a couple of nights after Yellowstone you could detour to Craters of the Moon.

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    Default Congratulations.

    Quote Originally Posted by michal.sufa View Post
    ... 7 nights at Yellowstone (3 different campgrounds for the 3rd week July).l
    Wow! You were lucky to be able to secure that at this late stage. Now, as Dave said, it is time to get on to the others. The end result will almost certainly dictate the order in which you visit each, and the route you will eventually take.

    Lifey

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    Thanks Lifey & Dave!
    Between Moab and Yellow Stone - what would be the most exciting river for a full day whitewater rafting (rapids of 4+ are welcome...)? Looking at the different websites it is hard to tell what will the water-level and tour look like around mid-July.
    Thanks, Ron.

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    Sorry, no idea ! Someone may come along, but other than that all you can do is use the info you can gather and follow your instincts.

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    I have used Mad River Rafting out of Jackson Hole, which does trips on the Snake River. They were a great company for me, although their whitewater trips are only a half day and the section of river is mostly class II with a couple of class III's. Still a very fun river, and a very good choice if anyone in your group is not experienced with whitewater rafting. But if you are all experienced, you might want to look for something a bit more challenging.

    Be aware, many rafting companies will not do class IV+ rapids with those under age 18.

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    I've done some rafting in Colorado and rafting season is late spring/early summer when the snow is melting. I would imagine that in late July all rivers will be pretty tame.

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