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RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

It is the time it that the highway closes. watch weather we already had snow.I forgot to say that I'm planning next summers trip. Hopefully the snow will be cleared off the road by July! thanks for the input.
4runnerguy 11/12/19 09:59pm Roads and Routes
WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

We've never done either of these roads! Have had them on our list in the past but forest fires caused a change in plans. So if were only going to do one or the other, which would you choose? We'll be travelling west to east. We may plan an extra day or two on whichever one we travel to do some hiking.
4runnerguy 11/12/19 05:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Has anyone stopped for the night at Avon CO

Thank you 4runnerguy!! That gives me several places to look. We want to go up for Vail Snow days but only for one or two nights. My teen boys want to see the band Modest Mouse who is playing up there for free. Just the cost of lodging - but lodging, of course, can be very expensive during ski season. So if the weather would hold out, we could take our travel trailer up (live just southeast of Denver) Then if the weather gets bad, we don't have the risk of late cancellations etc. I hope it works out - the boys really want to see the band and free is awesome!!Obviously the Gore Creek CG is closed by then. They also gate the BLM sites. Just drove by Gypsum today and they haven't yet, but when the snow flies they do. One thing you're going to have to figure out is what to do with the trailer when you're at the concert. Not really anyplace in Vail to park it while you're at the concert. So I guess you'd go up earlier in the day and drop it somewhere? At least by the time the concerts get going, parking in the Village Parking structure is free (after 3:00 p.m.) Not too much of a walk from there. Another option is River Dance RV Park just west of Gypsum. It is open all year. They have a cancellation policy where you'd lose a night if you don't go, but they're not full this time of year anyway, so just call the night before you want to go and make reservations only when you're sure about the weather. I think they're minimum is $45, but having electricity to plug into is nice. We take a couple of electric heaters to keep warm rather than burning our propane. Taking your skis/snowboards too?
4runnerguy 11/12/19 05:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Has anyone stopped for the night at Avon CO

Maybe the manager might let you stay, but I wouldn't count on it. Signs all over the parking lot and I've not seen anyone camped there when I've stopped in. A few other options: Gore Creek CG is at the east end of Vail up a canyon right off I-70. NFS CG that takes reservations so you know you'll have a place if you arrive late. Just past Wolcott is a BLM campground called, of all things, Wolcott. I think it's $10 per night. Gets real busy on summer weekends as rafters use it as a base camp to float the Eagle. But might have availability mid-week. No reservations, pit toilets. Right on the river, so a nice setting. Exit at Wolcott (157), north 1/4 mile to the frontage road, left (west) about two miles. CG on right. Another BLM CG is just past Gypsum, also with the clever name of Gypsym. Near the river but not as close as Wolcott. Pit Toilets, no reservations. Exit at Gypsum (140), south to the round-about, first right onto the frontage road, then 1 1/2 miles to the CG on left. There's a Walmart Supercenter in Rifle, about 1 1/2 hours west of Vail. You might have better luck with overnighting there. I just can't remember if there are signs there. FYI: the rest areas at Edwards and at Rifle have free dump stations (in season). They're closed for now until spring. The Rifle rest area might be a better choice than Edwards for a place to park for a little while. Drive around the loop where the bathrooms are then on your way back out there's a area where trucks often pull off and there are picnic tables there. While at the Edwards rest area you'd be parking side by side with the trucks, at Eagle it would be front to back.
4runnerguy 11/11/19 11:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ghost Towns

Some more in Colorado: St. Elmo SW of Buena Vista. Graded gravel road primarily following an old railroad grade. You can continue on the road up toward Hancock for another 6 or so miles and there are various mining ruins along the road. Once you cross the creek, there's a trailhead where you can walk to the east portal of the Alpine Tunnel (about three miles). Bonanza at the NW corner of the San Luis Valley. Graded gravel road but easy driving. Gothic north of Crested Butte. Just a few buildings here, but the wildflowers in July and August are some of the best anywhere in the nation. Again, an easy graded gravel road. Marble, CO. The marble quarry here supplied the stones for some of the buildings in D.C. Also do the loop through Redstone on your way here (it's a one lane street on the other side of the river from the highway). Some charcoal kilns right beside the highway. Paved road all the way to Marble. There are lots of smaller ghost towns above Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek itself has legalized gambling which has kind of changed the complexion of the town. But as employees looked for housing, some other towns like Victor have been preserved and restored to an extent. Lots of paved roads up here and many of the others are well maintained gravel roads. Same can be said for Blackhawk and Central City. Lots of smaller ghost towns in the surrounding hills. All along US 550 between Ouray and Silverton there are mining ruins visible across the valley. There are also a few right along the highway like at the view area about 1 1/2 miles north of Red Mountain Pass. If you're serious about seeing lots of ghost towns and mining ruins, rent a jeep in Ouray or Silverton and take a day to explore those back roads. Pretty interesting stuff. As boogie 4-wheel mentioned, head to Nevada to see a lot of ghost towns without the crowds around.
4runnerguy 11/07/19 09:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping near Moab, Utah

https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29448394.cfm Ken has pretty good info .............Glad it's back up and working. Tried to link to it a week or so ago and the first page wouldn't load. Heck, that's where all the good info is. Just got back from Moab yesterday. Think we made it out just in time. Got down to 19 last night at the airport and they're predicting lows in the teens again starting Tuesday night. Brrr!
4runnerguy 10/28/19 08:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Texas to Ridgway CO late November

Possibly I might be crazy, but thinking of Ridgway CO during Thanksgiving week. Weather wise, is it a big gamble this time of year? Need a campground that has electricity cause we'd be going in a pop-up and need to be able to run a couple of space heaters. We've camped at Dead Horse Point in Moab during Thanksgiving and even with two space heaters going in our PUP, it got a little uncomfortable when the temps got into the mid 20's at night. The average low in Ridgway is around 15 degrees that time of year. If you decide to go, I'd take electric blankets. And if you're follicly challenged like me (thinning hair), wear a stocking cap to bed. For your route, if the weather and/or roads look iffy on Monarch Pass, head west on I-40 to Albuquerque, north on US 550 to Durango, west on US 160 to Cortez, north on US 491 to CO 141 to CO 145 then east back to Ridgway. This route will avoid some of the higher passes, although you should still keep an eye out for snow storms. They do get the roads cleared reasonably quickly but you might have to wait a day if a big storm rolls through.
4runnerguy 10/17/19 11:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Camping near Moab, Utah

Spring is a great time to go but everyone else also knows that. Can be incredibly busy. Do avoid the week before Easter (April4 4-12, 2020) as this is the week of the Moab Jeep Safari. You'll find Moab busy from mid-March through the end of May.
4runnerguy 10/17/19 10:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling in Oregon

The town in CO where my co-worker went and smelled it strongly downtown was Colorado Springs. Kind of amazing since Colorado Springs is about the most conservative town in the state.
4runnerguy 10/11/19 01:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Traveling in Oregon

In our travels, we've found usage in CG's about the same in states where it's legal as in states where it's not. When it was legalized, the place we noticed the usage increase here in Colorado was skiing. Seems a lot of out-of-state people want to experience the Rocky Mountain High! I'm not sure what the OP's concerns were but we've found alcohol to be at the root of unruly campers far more than those getting high. What's interesting is that I've discovered a significant number of Coloradoans in their 50's, 60's, and 70's partake, mostly at home. Haven't heard if they get an AARP discount! ;)
4runnerguy 10/09/19 04:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds is closed for the season.

And my little trailer (2500 lbs, fully loaded) could be pulled by a mountain bike. You're obviously more manly than me! :D
4runnerguy 10/08/19 06:34pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A Few Places to check out for RV Parks.

Campground map Shows both private and public CG's.
4runnerguy 10/08/19 06:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Canyon 2020

I'd go to Bryce Canyon and camp up there rather than spending 1 1/2 hours each way every day you want to go up there. Three hours drive time is more than it takes you to break and set up camp. It's quite a bit higher elevation in Bryce so much cooler in the campground. Again, there's a great shuttle system there, too. Drop into the canyon at one place and come out another, using the bus to get back to your car. Bryce Canyon is another place to hike in the mid to late afternoon as the main part of the "canyon" faces east and gets shaded in the P.M. Escalante is a huge area. If I had to pick the main things to see it would be Lower Calf Creek Falls and Spooky and Peek-a-boo slot canyons. For camping, you might look into camping at Singletree CG north of Boulder up in the NF. At over 8000' it's far cooler. Timing: At a minimum I'd plan two full days (three nights) at the south rim. At least two full days at Zion (great hiking). A full day (two nights) at Bryce so you can do an extended below the rim hike. For your route to or from the South Rim from TX, consider taking NM 63 and visiting El Morro NM. We've been to a lot of NP's and NM's and this one was quite surprisingly interesting. Plan on three hours or so for a quick tour. Also, whether you do a day trip from the south rim or you camp at Bonito Campground near Sunset Crater north of Flagstaff, there are several NM's to visit near there. Walnut Canyon and Wupatki NM's are worth a day between them.
4runnerguy 09/29/19 09:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Canyon 2020

Been to both rims many a time along with Zion, Bryce, Escalante and many places in between. My observations: The south rim is more crowded, but you are able to drive in a more continuous manner along the rim. There's a lot of different view points on the north rim, but several of these require a fair amount of driving to get to. The south rim has more amenities. One that is really nice is the shuttle system. So once you park, you can visit much of the south rim w/o moving your vehicle. I think photography is easier for us novices from the south rim. Of course this doesn't matter as much in the summer as the sun is virtually overhead, but in certain times of the year, shooting toward the south often is difficult with the sun in front of you. North rim is cooler due to elevation. While Mather is a nicer CG, Trailer Village is the place to be if you "need" a/c. Of course if you're out exploring all day, it won't matter as much since it tends to cool off quite nicely in the evening. That's the great thing about a PUP. Unzip every window and let the breeze blow through. As for the suggestion to hike into the canyon, I'd only do it if you got some cooler weather. Gets quite hot as you go down. If you do want to hike, take the Bright Angel Trail and leave in the mid to late afternoon. The shadow from the canyon rim hits the upper part of that trail so you're out of the sun. Plus, when you get back to the top, you can get an ice cream cone at the Angel Lodge! The north rim is simply too far from the other places you're talking about visiting to use it as a base camp. All told, if you haven't been to the GC, I'd recommend the south rim for your first visit. For Zion NP, I'd suggest getting a reservation at Watchman CG in the park. Electric service is available plus it's walking distance to the visitors center where you catch the shuttle bus into the canyon (the only way you can get up there). Watchman also borders the Virgin River which flows pretty slow by mid summer. Kids build little dams and play in the "river" (really more of a stream) and the adults set their lawn chairs up in the water under the shade of the giant Cottonwood trees. Great way to spend a hot part of the day and way better than a motel swimming pool IMHO. Otherwise, hike the trails on the east side of the canyon in the morning when they're in the shade and the west side trails in the afternoon when they're in the shade. Do plan on a day to hike up the Zion Narrows. You end up wading up the stream with walls that are over 1000' high and a canyon that is just a few dozen feet wide in places. But it's much cooler in there, even in the middle of the day. Bring water shoes or tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet and sandy.
4runnerguy 09/29/19 09:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Alaska RV trip loop routes/planning resources

When we were in AK some years ago (see our signature pic) we flew up and spend four weeks. We did the tent route, and every 4th or 5th day we'd find a cabin or motel to get a good scrubbing. Now we did some backpacking and found several trails on the Kenai to do, so I think we spent over a week there. with only three weeks, I'd concentrate on the area between the Kenai and Denali. Anchorage is kind of between those two areas so you'll pass through there mid trip to restock. If you want to camp on the Kenai, we found the Chugach NF CG's to seem less elbow to elbow than modt of the other campgrounds on the Kenai. Some of those CG's do take reservations. We also camped at a few of the State Park CG's around the state. Also check on websites for individual towns. We canped at a great little site at Hornaday Park in Homer. We did both the 26 Glacier and Kenai Fjords cruises. The first was amazing but we had absolutely perfect weather. The seas were so rough for the Kenai cruise they couldn't even get us all the way out. Lots of green people on that cruise. If you're looking for an intresting experience for your kids, consider renting a cabin from Alaska DNR or from Chugach NF. You might have to hoof it a short distance to the cabin, but you can really get a feeling of solitude at many of them. One place we stayed in a cabin was Kachemak Bay park. Had to take a water taxi out of Homer. We could see loads of salmon swimming right along the shore just below the cabin. Doing the cabin thing takes a bit of research and planning, plus getting reservations the second they open up, but it's a great Alaska experience that your kids will love.
4runnerguy 09/23/19 01:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: States Visited Map Rules

Your map, your rules. OK! My rule would be a state I was in long enough to drink a beer! ;) Just to clarify, that would be about 5 minutes? :DWell, maybe a little longer. Wanna find an interesting locals joint to hang out and get the inside scoop on where to go and what to see. Sometimes even find out about places people here on RV.net haven't mentioned.
4runnerguy 09/22/19 09:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone - Spring or Fall?

I don't think you wuld save that much time staying at Fishing Bridge. Best locale for saving time is Madison. No hookups!Or stay at Grant. Won't need a/c so hook ups aren't as important. As for when to go, it depends on how early you're talking about in the spring. Can still be lots of snow even into May, making trails to some of the areas a little mucky.
4runnerguy 09/22/19 09:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: States Visited Map Rules

Your map, your rules. OK! My rule would be a state I was in long enough to drink a beer! ;)
4runnerguy 09/21/19 11:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Southern Utah in late June?

Arches and Canyonlands will just be hot. One can see much of the parks by driving and taking short hikes. Start early in the day, find a cool place for the afternoon, then go back out in the aarly evening. A couple of cooler hikes midday would be up Grandstaff Trail just upriver from US 191. Narrow enough canyon that the sun only hits a lot of it for several hours midday. Or hike up Mill Creek just east of Moab. You can wade in parts of the stream to keep a little cool. But I think I'd limit my days in Moab due to the heat. As noted, Bryce is a lot higher in elevation and cooler. You can see many of the sites from lookouts along the road. The shuttle bus is convenient. zion is alos low in elevation. But the Watchman CG in the park has electric hookups and the Virgin River runs right by the CG. Plop your camp chair down at the edge (or in the middle) of the water under the towering cottonwood trees and you can stay reasonably comfortable even in the middle of the day. If you can, hike a ways up the Zion Narrows. A very narrow canyon means little direct sun, even in the middle of the day. Plus, once you're up there a mile, you have to wade the river to continue. Quite refreshing. For other adventures, just plan your walks on the east side of the canyon in the a.m. and the afternoon walks on the west side in the p.m. That way you'll be in the shade of the canyon walls. Sill hot, but not in the direct sun. Capitol Reef is a pretty hot park in the summer. Personally I'd spend my time elsewhere, although the CG is in the middle of an orchard so there is shade at some of the campsites. If you want to drive Utah 12, might I suggest staying at Singletree CG It's around 8200' in elevation so quite a bit cooler than down lower. You can explore Calf Creek Falls as a day trip from there. Definitely worth the hike. Don't know your route, but if you're heading through Vernal to see Dinosaur NM, stay up in the NF CG's south of Flaming Gorge. Around 7500' in elevation. Day trip down to the monument. The Fieldhouse in Vernal has a lot more dinosaur and fossil info right in Vernal and has a/c. It's a great museum and a nice complement to what you'll see at the "bone wall" at Dinosaur.
4runnerguy 09/17/19 02:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Which campground at Custer State Park?

We stay at Sylvan Lake. Highest elevation, better forest. Nice spacing and privacy between many of the sites.
4runnerguy 09/17/19 02:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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