Hello to all of you my name is Gary and I go by Mr.Cleane on this forum
This will be my first time to post anything on any forum anywhere and also my first real road trip in our motorhome.
My wife and I have owned a motorhome for several years but haven't had time to take a real road trip due to job constraints.
This one will only be for ten days but we are hoping to see a lot in this amount of time. We will probably come home tired...lol
We live in Arkansas and are hitting the road for Arizona for a couple of days then to the four corners, up into Utah and over into Colorado. We have never been to any of these places and are looking forwards to some good sight seeing.
We will probably be staying at a different campground every night and being as we don't know where all we will be and when we will be there its hard to reserve in advance.
We are not pulling a dingy....just bicycles
So, I have some questions;
But first I want to say thanks for any responses that I get in advance. My questions are many so feel free to answer one or all. We truly do appreciate any advice and will take it into consideration on our trip.
So here are my questions;
Any advice from you that are experienced with this kind of travel?
Special places you recommend us to visit?
Places to avoid?
Are there places to see the Grand Canyon that are easily accessible from a RV?
Any tourist traps to avoid?
We are considering a helicopter ride down the canyon...recommendable?
Is Eastern Utah a good place to visit or should we concentrate on Colorado considering the limited time we have?
I could ask many more but maybe I can get some info from these out of you that are experienced in these matters.
Well, for your first trip you are taking in alot in a short period of time. To start I suggest you reconsider your plans. You can spend a month in each state. I suggest you do 1 maybe 2 states only, and even then you won't see much.
We spend a week at the Grand Canyon every year, and don't get to do everything we want. There are 2 campgrounds on the south rim. Trailer Park has full hook-ups and is always full. Recommend a reservation there. You can catch the shuttle with your bikes and bike the whole south rim if you want. It has a great shuttle system all over. The second campground is Mather and is dry camping.
On your way in stop at Canyon de Chelly, Walnut Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and Meteor Crater. This is just in Arizona.
In Utah you have Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands and Arches N.P in the southern part of the state.
I could go on and on about Colorado, but you get the idea.
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Personally I would eliminate the AZ/Grand Canyon part until you have more time. Thus you'll be able to concentrate more on the other portions of your planned trip. This way you can actually get to know the places you are camping in rather than just see a lot of sights out the windows of your RV.
You can still include the 4 Corners in your trip. Take in Mesa Verde Nat'l Park. There are some nice parks in SE Utah too. Head up to the Silverton/Ouray/Telluride area of CO. This will give you a good taste of the Rockies. From there you might take in Rocky Mtn. Nat'l Park and maybe the Buena Vista, CO area. Or, depending on your time, cut out the Rocky Mtn. NP and just go to the Buena Vista area where there are nice campgrounds and beautiful vistas (as the name states). Head home from there and you'll be tired.
Canyonlands, Shafer Trail switchbacks in background
Casa Arch, Canyonlands
These three parks alone would take more than the ten days you have.
Last but not the least go to Truck Camper Trip Report(clickable link below), there are many trip reports with lots of photos of the very areas you want visit, read and enjoy.