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RE: One Day Entry Fee Increase - RMNP

My goodness. What a lot of commotion over $2.00. How much did you spend to fill your fuel tank last time? How much did your rig cost? How much do you spend a night at your last stop at an RV park? This timed reservation system is in place to make for a better-quality visit. So more time sightseeing and less time waiting in line at the entrance and easier to find parking once in the park. With the timed reservation system in place at Arches, I'd guess the line at the entrance station is 25% of what it was a couple of years ago. From their website, visitation at RMNP increased 42% in seven years. But there wasn't a 42% increase in parking spaces nor will they be making Trail Ridge Road four lane anytime in the near (or even distant) future. You can do like we did at Arches: ride your bike into the park. No timed entrance permit required. The ride up Fall River Road is quite scenic and the coast back down from the top of Trail Ridge Road is exhilarating.
4runnerguy 05/04/22 10:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: La Veta Pass (Colorado) with old and heavy RV?

Neither Poncha Pass nor La Veta Pass have the extended downhill like I-17 south of Flagstaff. That 20 mile drop down to Camp Verde is amazingly long. I wouldn't worry about climbing either of those passes as both have quite gentle approaches all the way to the summit. I would personally use Poncha Pass. One advantage it has over La Veta Pass is that the speed limit on the downhill side is 50 mph compared to 65 on La Veta Pass. It's easier to hold speed when you're starting from a lower speed to begin with. Once you're past Salida, the road in the canyon also has a lot of sections with lower speeds (50 mph) so much easier on your vehicle. Thom's advises to use CO 115 does cut off the mileage through Pueblo but do be ready for a lot of traffic on CO 115 through Colorado Springs as you approach I-25. It does save quite a bit of mileage and interstate driving. Do make sure you're in the left lane as you approach I-25. Try not to be on I-25 between Colorado Springs and Denver at rush hour. Amazing how many people communte between these two areas every day.
4runnerguy 05/03/22 11:19am Roads and Routes
RE: One Day Entry Fee Increase - RMNP

Well when they get rid of the timed entry fee on top of the regular entry fee, then I’ll go back to the NP’s!That's part of what is happening and it is making the parks a little less crowded. Timed entry spreads the crowds out some and reduces their numbers and there are those like dodge guy who won't go at all. Just got back from Arches and there weren't lines for parking spots like there has been in the past.
4runnerguy 05/03/22 10:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip with a 9 year old.

Kids usually have a different perspective on what they like than we adults might appreciate. I know I wasn't a fan of looking at sites from the seat of a car and could only wait until we got somewhere that I could get out and play. While watching a few geysers erupt or visiting some of the thermal features in Yellowstone is something everyone should experience while young, don't miss out on finding ways to view the wildlife (from a safe distance of course). In Yellowstone, there are various places to observe elk, buffalo and even the occasional moose. Go to Fishing Bridge to see the trout swimming. Heck, a picnic on the lake shore is also something kids really like. For some other caves to visit, how about the Black Hills? Both Jewel Cave and Wind Cave are interesting for young kids and there are buffalo herds at Custer State Park. Of course Mt. Rushmore is worth some time also. Head from there south to Denver. Wherever you stay, make reservations NOW as popular destinations are already mostly booked for the summer.
4runnerguy 05/03/22 10:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, Moab end of April

Finally found a thread I started on Moab. Check it out for what to do, where to go, logistics, etc. Info about camping on public lands but nothing on RV parks. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29448394.cfm
4runnerguy 04/13/22 11:38am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: A Primer on Moab

How far can I go on some of the trails with a 16 Ram 1500 with 2” of lift? Not looking for aggressive off roaring. Just to get back to see some of the less seen sites!Of course a lot depends on your previous 4x4 experience. You can look at this web page and concentrate on trails rated 2 or 2+ to start. You might look at some of the trails rated 3. Search for videos on them and see what sorts of obstacles that you will encounter and decide if you can do them. For a starter course, try Shafer Trail off of Island in the Sky in Canyonlands and head back to Moab on the Potash Road. This really isn't much of a 4x4 road and it has been improved a lot in the last few decades. But it gets you right into the scenery. On the other side of the river is Chicken Corners. A little more difficult than Shafer Trail but still not very technical. Rated a 2, it's considered by many to be an intro to Moab four wheeling. Another relatively easy trail is Gemini Bridges. It takes off from UT 313 about 13 miles from the junction with US 191. There's a pretty small sign at the turnoff but usually lots of cars parked there, as it is the start of a heavily used mountain bike trail. About 5 1/2 miles down the road is a side road to the trail head for a short walk to view the bridges. Back at the truck, you can continue on down the Gemini Bridges road. It does get rougher but still doable with care. You'll come out on US 191 right across from the Brand Trails parking lot. These trails will give you an idea of what's out there, but you'll still rarely find much solitude. Moab is just crazy busy. If your appetite is whetted by these trails, you can always rent a jeep to try something a little more difficult. You have a pretty big rig and if it's a crew cab/quad cab it has a long wheelbase which makes it much easier to bottom out.
4runnerguy 04/08/22 11:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A Primer on Moab

Just to bring this up to date. Construction is finished on the north end of town, but it can still be quite a slow trek south on US 191 into down, esp. on Friday afternoons. But most days do get busy as everyone returns to Moab from their daily adventures. If you are visiting Arches, make sure you you get your reservations on recreation.gov three months out from when you want to go in. Reservations are released in one month blocks three months from the first of the month that you want to visit. https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10088426
4runnerguy 04/07/22 10:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Extended trip planning

For us this problem pre-dates the pandemic. We also used to travel without reservations except for popular destinations like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion, etc. No more. Now I have reservations for virtually every night of our upcoming five-week trip to Oregon. The only reservations I didn't do this time was for heading out and back, but since it's across NV and UT, we know of boondocking sites in the middle of nowhere where we can stop (we will travel on weekdays.) Even for a one-week trip here in CO, I had reservations as soon as they opened up. Now we will do some camping this summer at NFS CG's that don't have reservations, but we will arrive early in the day on a Monday through Wednesday. As a side note, we now camp a lot of NFS CG's in areas where we used to do a lot of boondocking. But there are so many people boondocking, we're willing to pay for a NFS campsite just to have a little more privacy. Some popular boondocking locations are so crowded they are like parking lots. I hate the lack of spontaneity, but have learned to adapt. I especially feel sorry for people who work in jobs where they can't request time off very far in advance. Don't know how they fare with the need to reserve so far our.
4runnerguy 04/07/22 10:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, Moab end of April

Remember Most of the parks are 7000',, it could snow in June.. but it is a beautiful area, in early spring.. ENJOY.No, both Zion and Arches are around 4000' at the base with the cliffs reaching higher. Canyonlands (Island in the Sky) is around 6000'. By the end of April, all of these parks are generally quite warm and very busy. You'll have to search hard for campsites on some nights. The BLM has greatly reduced the amount of areas open to boondocking in and around Moab. Easily accessible BLM first-come, first-served campsites there often fill by noon, although some of the more remote sites, such as Ledges, might not fill until fairly late in the day on weekdays. Sand Flats CG above Moab might have spaces a little later, but not all sites will accommodate your rig. Bryce is higher and in some years can still have some lingering snow in shady areas. But generally by the end of April it is mostly open. Cedar Breaks NM is one park that can still have significant snow in late April as it sits above 10,000'. Unfortunately, like many places, any SP, NPS or BLM cg's that are reservable are snatched up almost immediately when they become available. You might keep an eye out for cancellations and try to snag a spot that way. High fuel prices might keep a few people home?
4runnerguy 04/01/22 01:00pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Campground Fun Zones

Devil's Garden CG in Arches NP. First visited as a child over 50 years ago. Have camped there numerous times since. There are all sorts of rocks to climb on, hidden passages to explore, lots of sand to play in, and often deer wander around the CG. Seems like most kids we have taken there have no interest in going out to explore the park but just want to stay around the campground and play in all that nature has provided. Still being a child at heart, I also enjoy "playing" at that campground.
4runnerguy 03/22/22 12:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Crater Lake 3rd week of June

The area around Crater Lake is experiencing some of the worst drought conditions in the west, so all should be open by then. We'll be there the first few days in July. Yeah, just so excited about the crowds!
4runnerguy 03/15/22 11:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone second thoughts.

Thanks to all for the replies. You have convinced me to go ahead as planned.Good choice. Early June isn't generally so crowded. Seems it takes until nearly July for the worst of the crowds to show up. Staying in the park alleviates the worst of the "commute" some make into and out of the park every day from West Yellowstone. I've lost track of how many times I've been there. I'm guessing at least 8 or 10 usually for at least a week at a time. We'll go back again sometime in the next few years. Still so much we haven't seen and done, and of course the old favorites are always great to revisit. One hint: if you bike at all, even on an e-bike, take them with you. We found ourselves parking in pull-outs along the roads and riding a mile or so to the various parking areas around the geyser basins. You can also ride the old road in the Lower Geyser Basin. Ride out to various spots where there are bike racks then have shorter hikes to see some of the features. We saw so much more and waited for parking spots so much less by using our bikes.
4runnerguy 03/15/22 11:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Santa Fe-Taos and Flagstaff suggestions please

Bandelier NM is our go to place but no hookups. Hyde Memorial SP is about 15 minutes from downtown Sante Fe and does have some sites with electric hookups (30 amp max). Also a dump station. Booking starts 6 months in advance so you can score a site for mid-September in mid-March. For our explorations around Taos, there are 2 CG's along the Rio Grande that have water and electric hookups at some sites but no sewer, Pilar and Rio Bravo. IIRC Rio Bravo also had showers that cost like $1 for 3 to 5 minutes when we were there. Nice setting. Unfortunately first come first served only. But we had no problem getting a spot on a weekday early afternoon in June.
4runnerguy 02/21/22 02:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Driving from North Jersey to Denver and back

We have found that I-70 is in better shape than I-80. Also seems to be a lot more truck traffic on I-80 (which may explain the road conditions).
4runnerguy 01/30/22 09:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

So much to unpack here. Part of the answer involves understanding what you do while camping. Is it camping for camping's sake, sitting around the campsite all day and enjoying the community feel of a neighborhood, or are you looking to do other activities like sightsee, hike, etc. As far as a trip west, I'd pick an area and concentrate just on that area. No use trying to see Zion, Arches, Yellowstone and Glacier in a 4-week trip. For instance, this year we are heading to Oregon for a month. Two weeks for the southern Oregon Coast and two weeks between Bend and Crater Lake. I'm a planner, so I've already got all our reservations (six months out seems to be a common reservation date for NFS and OR state park CG's). By reserving early, I've secured beachfront and riverside locations for our campsites. Coming from Colorado, camping on the ocean is a rare experience and worth my effort to get a campsite where I can hear the waves and walk to the beach. We also tend to camp in any one place for three or more nights. One can spend a fair amount of vacation time just setting up, packing up and moving every day, depending on how much "furniture" you bring. That brings up another point. Some here have mentioned boondocking. But in many ways, camping in NFS and NPS CG's in the west requires a similar setup for your trailer. Few of those CG's have hookups of any kind so you rely on the utilities in your trailer. Many of those CG's do have water so you can fill your tanks as needed (I start from home with 10 gallons plus a full hot water heater). We do have solar so our batteries stay charged that way in the summer. But come fall when there's less hours of sun, we do have a Honda EU2000. Won't run an A/C but most places we camp we don't need it. But I will turn it on after we shower so Allison can use her hair dryer. Whether boondocking or dry camping, I find the biggest challenge can be to find a dump station in some more remote locations. Many NPS CG's seem to have them, but only a few NFS CG's do. I research ahead of time to know my options. As you might surmise, we camp a lot in NFS and NPS CG's. That's because we use our trailer as a motel if you will. We're not ones to sit around our campsite, but rather use it as a home base for sightseeing, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, etc. For instance, we'll camp in Yellowstone rather than at a CG's outside the park so we don't use so many hours of the day "commuting" to where we want to be. Sometimes I will intersperse camping at a SP every week or so just to go someplace where I can use someone else's shower and luxuriate in unlimited hot water. Aaaah! We do appreciate the amenities of electricity and water when available. On a trip to Arkansas last spring, we stayed in COE parks where we could run our a/c on their power. Which brings up one final point. If you haven't already done so, buy yourself an Annual Senior Pass that covers NPS, NFS, COE, BLM and other agencies. Gets you free admission to most federal parks plus 1/2 price camping in most CG's run by those agencies. A great deal for $80. For instance the camping in Arkansas and COE CG's with water and electric ran us $10 +/-. Heck of a deal.
4runnerguy 01/02/22 11:33am Roads and Routes
RE: spring snow free

I am planning a trip for spring from Syracuse NY to Utah national parks.(Interstate 80) When can I feel safe from having snow in the rockies?By mid April you can usually feel comfortable in not having prolonged snow events. in other words, plan an extra day or so for your travels across Wyoming in case you need to hunker down somewhere and wait a storm out. Sometimes it can happen that there's a big storm on I-80 but nothing on I-70 or vice versa, so keeping your options open can help. Also by mid April, the sun is up long enough and high enough in the sky to melt roads off pretty quickly (most of the time). I mean some years we can get a doozy of a storm in early to mid May, but most years not. I remember skiing 29" of new snow May 4th (or so) at Loveland Basin by the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70. As far as the Utah parks, Bryce (8000') and Cedar Breaks (10,500') are the only ones high enough to have snow concerns in April and May. We've hit 100+ temps in Moab on Memorial Day weekend. Zion is further south so warmer yet.
4runnerguy 11/14/21 09:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Planning summer 2022 trip to Alaska Fly/Rent

We went at the end of June, bought fancy new flashlights for the wife and I LOL the sun never sets that time of the year. Nice to get to a campground at 11:00 PM and the sun is still out when setting upYep. Might need sleep masks more than a flashlight!
4runnerguy 11/04/21 08:26pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Planning summer 2022 trip to Alaska Fly/Rent

Both times I've been to AK, I flew up and rented a car and car camped so I can't help you with the RV questions. Also did some backpacking (see my signature pic). If I was on a limited schedule, I'd sure plan for a lot of my time on the Kenai Peninsula. While I live in a state with pretty amazing mountains, we don't have mountains towering over the ocean nor the glaciers. I'd pick a central location and day trip out from there. That gives more flexibility to decide what to do based on the weather forecasts. (Didn't stay there, but Quartz Creek NFS CG does have flush toilets, which makes DW happy.) We really enjoyed the 26 Glacier cruise out of Whittier, but we had absolutely beautiful blue skies, which can be a rarity there. With some flexibility, you might be able to pick a day with nice weather. We also took a glacier cruise out of Seward to view Kenai Fjords N.P. Kayaking out of Homer or Seward would also best be done with decent weather. One can hike along the beach south of Seward for quite a ways. When hiking on other trails into the forests, we wore bear bells. Don't know if they helped, but we never saw a bear on the trail, although there were lots of tracks. Denali was also impressive, if for nothing else than its elevation. Waaaaay higher than anything here in CO. Did a bus trip into the park and did see some wildlife. Actually our best views of the mountain were from the highway heading north toward Denali. Definitely plan on two weeks, or more if you can. Distances are pretty long and you'll want plenty of time to stop for pictures, hiking, and sightseeing along the way.
4runnerguy 11/04/21 10:45am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: TR: North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Glad to see someone else has ridden the AZ trail in that area. We rode access roads from camp and did something like 10 miles of singletrack from north of the park boundary. We saw no one else out there all day. But a relatively easy and remote trail. We completed the loop by riding back to AZ 67 and back to DeMotte CG where we were camped. Not the same kind of views as the Rainbow Rim trail, but definitely less crowded.
4runnerguy 10/31/21 01:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Plans for winter camping?

We're heading to the Sedona/Cottonwood AZ area for the week of Thanksgiving. Not really winter camping per se. Last year we even wore shorts on some days. That's our last planned trip until spiting. Already had to winterize the trailer as it's been below freezing here.
4runnerguy 10/13/21 11:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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