Trip Report: All Across the South West

Nov 29th, 2019, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by mac_kraut View Post
A question to all of you:
If I ever get to go back to drive Hwy 12, how would you recommend to experience it: How many days, where to stay overnight, any special food places along the way, and which side roads are worth driving?
We drove from Capitol Reef to Bryce making a few detours along the way. In hindsight I wish we had spent the night somewhere along the way, maybe Boulder or Escalante, to have more time to explore. We went to Devils Garden and Willis Creek Slot Canyon. Had we had more time I would've liked to have driven the entire length of the Burr Trail, hike Calf Creek Falls and maybe visit Kodachrome State Park. One complication may be that the majority of side roads are unpaved so you'll need to check if you can take a rental. We also checked road conditions at nearby visitor centers before we set out https://www.blm.gov/learn/interpretive-centers/GSENM_VisitorCenters We went in October and at the time of our visit, the only road where 4WD was recommended was to Willis Creek Slot Canyon as it had an uphill sandy section.
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Nov 30th, 2019, 02:52 AM
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Originally Posted by emalloy View Post
Thanks for posting your trip report.
For your next trip, Late September- October or April-early May are my favorite times to do the parks in Utah. If you wanted to do Death Valley as an add on, put it at the very beginning of a spring trip or at the end of a fall trip to avoid the extreme heat. You could do it from Las Vegas, drive up UT 94 to Beatty then head west over to the park with a stop in Rhyolite for the "ghost town" experience, the view from the top of the mountains as you approach the park is spectacular.
This sound really cool (or hot, rather). I will certainly try to add this to the plan, if I ever get the chance to come back.
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Nov 30th, 2019, 02:58 AM
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I was skeptical about traveling in the RV, but I am a convert. We loved the lifestyle, loved having all our stuff at our fingertips, loved being outdoors more of the time than we would be staying in hotels, loved being able to eat in or out depending on the mood (we usually ate out one meal a day, but ate in all three meals if we weren't any place where eating out was special), loved not having to pack and unpack. All in all, we're looking forward to getting back on the road in April 2020.
I totally agree. Our first attempt at RV-ing (a few days in Switzerland) did not work out so well, so I had almost given up on the idea. But this trip was absolutely terrific, especially thanks to the RV experience, and for precisely the reasons you mention.
I envy you for the possibility to do 4 month coast-to-coast trips ... some far day (with the kids out of the house) I might want to look into that. Until then we will have to do with 3-4 week trips, and you can already do a lot with those. We were also thinking of doing some east coast trip (New England to Florida), I probably will start a new thread to collect any ideas for this.
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Nov 30th, 2019, 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Patty View Post
We drove from Capitol Reef to Bryce making a few detours along the way. In hindsight I wish we had spent the night somewhere along the way, maybe Boulder or Escalante, to have more time to explore. We went to Devils Garden and Willis Creek Slot Canyon. Had we had more time I would've liked to have driven the entire length of the Burr Trail, hike Calf Creek Falls and maybe visit Kodachrome State Park. One complication may be that the majority of side roads are unpaved so you'll need to check if you can take a rental. We also checked road conditions at nearby visitor centers before we set out https://www.blm.gov/learn/interpretive-centers/GSENM_VisitorCenters We went in October and at the time of our visit, the only road where 4WD was recommended was to Willis Creek Slot Canyon as it had an uphill sandy section.
Thanks, Patty, for this info ... this sounds like a really awesome variant. I will look into this, if there is a chance for us to go back.
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Nov 30th, 2019, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by mac_kraut View Post
I totally agree. Our first attempt at RV-ing (a few days in Switzerland) did not work out so well, so I had almost given up on the idea. But this trip was absolutely terrific, especially thanks to the RV experience, and for precisely the reasons you mention.
I envy you for the possibility to do 4 month coast-to-coast trips ... some far day (with the kids out of the house) I might want to look into that. Until then we will have to do with 3-4 week trips, and you can already do a lot with those. We were also thinking of doing some east coast trip (New England to Florida), I probably will start a new thread to collect any ideas for this.
Well, our kids are grown and we’re retired (I can’t believe it will be a year already at the end of December). We waited a long time to be able to do this with no time constraints.
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Nov 30th, 2019, 12:33 PM
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I spent a night in Torrey but if you are camping, there is a campground in Fruita inside Capital Reef. Reservations possible for peak season.

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/272245
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Dec 2nd, 2019, 12:11 PM
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I spent a night in Torrey but if you are camping, there is a campground in Fruita inside Capital Reef. Reservations possible for peak season.

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/272245
This looks great.
It really feels awkward to know that despite having had a really intense trip, there are still so many other things to discover along the same route. One could do precisely the same route in 12 weeks and still not get bored!
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Dec 7th, 2019, 09:04 AM
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Really enjoyed your trip report. Vielen Dank! (Northern Germany draws me back....Binz/Rügen in particular.)
If you get back to the area, Capitol Reef NP is worth a day, with a number of hikes, and the interesting rock art.
Have fun planning your next adventure!
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Dec 8th, 2019, 04:32 PM
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What a great trip! I'm a little jealous.

The heat is horrible at that time of year but sometimes you just have to deal with it.
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