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RE: Cortez, CO RV parks?

We stayed at the campground inside Mesa Verde National Park. It was a very large campground but there were only 15 or so full hookup sites. Does the lifetime senior pass still get the 50% off sites, inside the National Park? No discount at the Morefield Campground in the park. Under a private concessionaire operation. Also, fuel up outside the park and have a full tank when going in. The fuel inside the park is significantly higher than outside. Best bet is to fuel up in either Cortez or Mancos. The stations outside by the entrance are also much higher in price. You'll be doing a lot of driving inside the park as it's deceptive the distances between the cliff dwelling sites. Really Good advice above - also might add - this may be a great time to visit - might beat the crowds by just a bit. JMHO, Note - info here - https://www.nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/camping2.htm
Busskipper 05/06/21 07:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: West Yellowstone to Grand Tetons

Looking at U.S. Rt 20 to State Rts 32 and 3 then U.S.191 to Gros Venture CG. To those of you familiar with this route is it ok or challenging while pulling a travel trailer? Mostly concerned with steep grades and narrow lanes and want to be prepared. Thanks Drove the route in the signature vehicle three times last summer - No Issue - Don't Do RT 22 - 10% grade in both directions - many a transmission has been left on that grade - Don't Do it! You have driven some 2,000 + miles why would you avoid one minute in Yellowstone - Just Beautiful. Spend a little time learning and understanding the many option in and around Yellowstone and the Tetons - IMHO there is so much to see and enjoy - after at least a dozen previous trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons we discovered even more new and Exciting Routes - RT 26 through Dubois, seeing the Tetons as you cross the Continental Divide. Amazing. Soooooo much to see Never enough TIME!
Busskipper 05/06/21 06:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Maine to Yellowstone

As others have said, it depends on how much time you have. Been that way twice, took I90 both ways, both times, no issues, no stops other than to sleep overnight. Make sure you either bypass Chicago or get on I90 Express. Wall Drug-Meh. It's a ghost of it's former self. Badlands NP Wind Cave NP Custer State Park-most definitely. Bison herd is amazing. Bear Country USA-Rapid City Mount Rushmore Keystone, SD-absolute tourist trip, kitschy and fun Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center-West Yellowstone, MT Let me add for you to look into; Emerald Cave Needles drive Crazy Horse Sylvan Lake Town of Custer Rushmore at dark Rushmore in the early morning On the way to Yellowstone Wind River Canyon - drive is beautiful RT 26 through Dubois to Tetons and then on to Yellowstone Idaho Flaming Gorge - Manila Dino NM Just a short list,
Busskipper 03/06/21 08:03am Roads and Routes
RE: Maine to Yellowstone

It's a long darn trip from here to there. What are the things I should stop and see and enjoy along the way? Would seem that the mission should be to get to the Mississippi River - then head to the Rockies. Might let the group know your time frame. What do you enjoy - hiking - driving - mountains - water - animals - skyline - National Parks - ................... We spent the entire summer just in the Rockies last year and only saw a small portion. Help us our,
Busskipper 03/06/21 06:23am Roads and Routes
RE: campground reservations

Planning a trip from Wisconsin to Arizona in September. Wondering how early I should be making campground reservations. Thanks in advance, NOW, JMHO,
Busskipper 03/01/21 03:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Opinions

We'll be heading South on I-15 thru ID., heading to Vernal Utah, GS Trip Planner wants to take me on I-84 near South Ogden to US 40, 310.5 mi,5.0 hours, Google Maps takes me to I-80 at South Salt Lake to the same exit for US 40, 311 mi., 4hours 45 min., anybody done either, opinions, both look like they go through the mountains, both being Interstates which is the easiest, (less mountains') if that's even a word. Guess I could flip a coin. :h Or take a route that might not only be more fun but pretty scenic and really Beautiful and gets you away from the I's. :) We were in Island Park and Victor for a couple weeks last summer - we took this route to Vernal, Loved the drive. But that might just be me. Alpine to Manila/Flaming Gorge then to Vernal - MAP We also stopped to swim on the Beach just outside Manila on the Lake, Kids and adults both loved it. Just one more option - that does not come out of Google Maps. :) Best of Luck,
Busskipper 03/01/21 03:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for campsite in southwest usa

We are planning our retirement and would like to camp from May to October in Maine (where we currently have a seasonal site) and then October to April somewhere in the southwest (excluding Texas). Ideally, we would pay for a year in the southwest so that we wouldn't have to take our camper off the site every year. Also, we want the campground to be on a body of freshwater and has docks on-site. In all my searching, I can't find anything like this. Wondering if it just doesn't exist in the southwest like it does on the east coast? We've never travelled to the southwest so I'm hoping the collective wisdom here might have some ideas. https://www.yumalakesrvresort.com/ https://riversedgervresort.com/ Either of these work for you, Great area,
Busskipper 02/25/21 11:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for campsite in southwest usa

Try Lake Havasu. This would Be my First thought - BUT - Crowded and not very RV - wild. Usually warm so only really Great in the Shoulder seasons. JMHO,
Busskipper 02/21/21 08:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rhode Island to Disney Wednesday 2/10

Just got back from the trip. Thanks for the tip. I took 287 to the Garden State and it was smooth sailing heading south . Now Baltimore and DC were another story. Ugh!!. May try the Chesapeake Bay tunnel route We have enjoyed the RT 50 over the Bay Bridge then RT 301 North to avoid Baltimore and Some of 95 that is just not Fun - then Tapping Z North. Bridge tunnel is interesting but IMHO not faster too much Eastern Non Interstate traffic. Best of Luck,
Busskipper 02/21/21 08:49am Roads and Routes
RE: West Glacier to Moab in 4 days?

Think if you are following this, that you are seeing, many of us would seriously look at the routing and timing of your trip, Glacier will be better Later - Moab Earlier - Teton's anytime - Yellowstone a long time. I just had to quote this, you put it so well. I haven't been out there yet, but have studied and researched for a couple of years...... Charles Charles, Just a FYI - Steve has changed the entire trip and hopefully will repost the final itinerary for all to see. Any trip is a process - long and involved - when it is the first trip of this type, people are smart to seek the advice of the many who have gone before them. There is no One solution, making this process just a Great Adventure. Reality is - IMHO - there is no Wrong choice - just many, many options to consider. The only wrong Choice is to Never Go! JMHO,
Busskipper 02/15/21 06:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Couple of Routes in Colorado

We are planning a trip around Colorado this spring/summer and have questions about taking a class A motorhome towing a car on a couple of roads. How is the State Route 50 from Montrose to Canon City, Colorado? Dangerous or doable? And from Estes Park down Highway 7/72/119 to get to Interstate 70? Advice is appreciated. Two of my Favorite drives in Colorado - Montrose - We spent a week there last summer - leaving to Buena Vista over Monarch Pass - this is a real drive and so nice to enjoy the top of the Pass. Not Dangerous and Doable by thousands every season. (engine Brake and smart driving up and down) Drives like this are why many come to Colorado. With the San Juan's from Montrose and the Collegiate Peaks, Arkansas River and Cottonwood Pass in Buena Vista, Hard to beat. Couple things to enjoy on the drive - Black Canyon of the Gunnison - Blue Mesa Reservoir, Just so much to see it could take a week to just do this Drive, and still be able to come Back for More! Peak to Peak - 7 - 72 - 119 - Much easier than the Monarch Pass route discussed earlier. Piece of cake - Broad Vistas for most of the Drive but many opportunities to get off the main road and explore - Nederland - Lyons - Brainard Lake, come to mind. Not sure where you are headed Before or after - you might also enjoy the Drive on RT 6 that follows Clear Creek to Golden and Coors - through the Tunnels and following the Creeks as the Canyon Cliffs are on both sides for much of the drive - IMHO not to be missed - as a drive in both directions as it just is Different. Last note if you need another place to spend a few days try Golden Gate Canyon State Park. :) If we were on the other forum I'd include a number of images - just Beautiful! Best of Luck, Hope this helps.
Busskipper 02/12/21 07:34am Roads and Routes
RE: West Glacier to Moab in 4 days?

Steve, This Link - https://www.pbase.com/sparker1/root%26view=tree Will help with decisions as a picture always helps me when deciding where to go and what to SEE. Link to another post with a lot of info on the Tetons - one of my Favorite Spots in the World. Sorry to be the slap in the face to realize that often less will be More. Hope this helps, Bill
Busskipper 02/09/21 07:21am Roads and Routes
RE: West Glacier to Moab in 4 days?

Steve, Work a list similar to this into your Calendar - as I often say to first timers - don't make the Thanksgiving Dinner Mistake - Go back for seconds - don't overload the plate and not have room for desert. :) Mountain West Beartooth Highway Billings, MT Black Hills, SD Bozeman, MT Denver, CO Devils Tower National Monument Glacier National Park Glenwood Springs, CO Grand Teton National Park Jackson, WY Mesa Verde National Park Mount Rushmore National Monument Rocky Mountain National Park Yellowstone National Park Being from the East you really have no Idea how BIG the West is - Really Big - Really filled with adventures - we spent 120 days in the Rockies last Summer - Still only touched a Portion! Your next trip would be a Southwest fling; Southwest Arches National Park Bryce Canyon National Park Canyonlands National Park Capitol Reef National Park Grand Canyon National Park Lake Mead Lake Powell Las Vegas, NV Moab, UT Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Sedona, AZ Snow Canyon State Park Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Wupatki National Park Zion National Park Just a thought, Bill link - images help - https://www.pbase.com/sparker1/root%26view=tree
Busskipper 02/08/21 07:14am Roads and Routes
RE: West Glacier to Moab in 4 days?

Having not driven through the Rockies in my motorhome yet, I'm wondering how grueling the pace would be to travel from West Glacier, MT to Moab if I give myself 4 days. I do have some flexibility and I don't want my wife and daughter to become road weary too early in our trip out West from Connecticut. I think maybe I just answered my own question which is to say that 6 days would be more enjoyable. Please share opinions. First simple answer is - not a problem through Idaho - think the 900 miles should be easy - BUT - This trip and you will be missing a whole Lot of Beautiful Rocks! When is this trip - remember Moab can be well into the 100's in the Summer.......... Lots of spots if you could get even a few more days - What is the Mission - how much total time - when will this all take place. Give us more info we can help, Thank you for the offer! This trip is going to be about 6 weeks starting June 12 with multi-day stops at Badlands, Yellowstone, Glacier, Arches/Canyonlands, Grand Canyon, and quite a few unspecified days. As much as I'd love to Boondock through the whole trip, I know the reality is that I need to reserve sites in the popular places so I've already begun to do that. Lets look at in say Weeks or Days 6x7= 42 - break it down into driving days and place days - with you worring about 900 miles and allocating 6 days it will be hard to figure - drive to Custer in the Black Hills id 2000 miles. With the Glacier to Moab logic you will not make it. Too many miles and Too many Places. So first ----- think two trips! Upper Rockies and South West. Week out and Week Back, 28 days in places that will take your Breath away - Custer and the Black Hills if all open will take you 5-6 days - uster and the Black Hills - Don't forget Bad Lands and Wall Drug Then into Cody - Long day to drive there, then a couple days there - to do the many drives - Chief Joseph - Bear tooth Highway - Wind River Canyon and Hot Springs - Then the drive into Yellowstone to I guess West Yellowstone as there are no Hook Ups in YNP. now the many sites in a National Park that is almost as big as Your entire state of Connecticut - this will take a long week here - now down through Tetons. Not sure what your feelings are to the Tetons but they are Special - personally I could spend a week just looking and Relaxing there - they are that Spectacular. Jackson and possibly into Idaho before heading up to Glacier - be sure the 4th is in your sights as it often does not open - Going to the Sun Road - until the 4th - keep that in Mind. The drive up could include the Tetons from the Back Side - Idaho, completely different. So much to see and do on the Idaho side also then Glacier - Hope Canada has opened up - need to see it all. Now if you need a little heat you could Catch Flaming Gorge and Dino as you head across on RT 40 in Colorado to Steamboat and RMNP before heading home. Sorry, Time Flies when your Having FUN. Total trip will likely be about 6,500 miles - if 300 miles per day is your average then you are over half the time just driving - 6,500/300 = 22 That's just a really quick synopsis of your trip, might be too much reality but there is no way to add Utah and Arizona. JMHO This may help with Glacier NP
Busskipper 02/07/21 04:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: West Glacier to Moab in 4 days?

Plus a stop at Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. ???????? One day each????????? We're hitting Yellowstone a few days before Glacier. I think we can also fit in a day trip to the Tetons on that part of the trip. Thanks. Think if you are following this, that you are seeing, many of us would seriously look at the routing and timing of your trip, Glacier will be better Later - Moab Earlier - Teton's anytime - Yellowstone a long time. Not to Mention Colorado and Just all the State and Local Parks available. The group will help - some have done this often - some for a long time. Best of Luck,
Busskipper 02/07/21 03:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: West Glacier to Moab in 4 days?

Plus a stop at Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. ???????? One day each????????? We're hitting Yellowstone a few days before Glacier. I think we can also fit in a day trip to the Tetons on that part of the trip. Thanks. More time here if possible - BIG - area - lots more to enjoy and see. JMHO,
Busskipper 02/07/21 02:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: West Glacier to Moab in 4 days?

Having not driven through the Rockies in my motorhome yet, I'm wondering how grueling the pace would be to travel from West Glacier, MT to Moab if I give myself 4 days. I do have some flexibility and I don't want my wife and daughter to become road weary too early in our trip out West from Connecticut. I think maybe I just answered my own question which is to say that 6 days would be more enjoyable. Please share opinions. First simple answer is - not a problem through Idaho - think the 900 miles should be easy - BUT - This trip and you will be missing a whole Lot of Beautiful Rocks! When is this trip - remember Moab can be well into the 100's in the Summer.......... Lots of spots if you could get even a few more days - What is the Mission - how much total time - when will this all take place. Give us more info we can help,
Busskipper 02/07/21 02:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Custer State Park

We were fortunate enough to snag 3 nights, one at Sylvan Lake campground & 2 at Blue Bell campground on our way to Spearfish for a RV rally in early/mid Sept. Driving a 26' class C, DW wants to tour the area, but understand there are tunnels & other concerns to consider. Any suggestions on what to see & what to avoid? Would a rent-a-car be required? Any eateries near the area with local flavor? Any & all info appreciated. Images might help Look and decide - IMHO - I'd take the drive in an Auto not an RV Beautiful Drive, :)
Busskipper 02/06/21 04:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Junction to Steamboat Springs CO to Flaming Gorge UT

Sorry to be confusing Busskipper. Thank you for your reply. I was originally planning to go to Flaming Gorge last summer, but didn't. Would have driven from home (Sedona) straight there via Salt Lake City over I-80 and into Manila. Stay at Manila KOA or Lucerne as you mentioned. But now we might first go to our relative's land which is actually near Stagecoach SP. So wanted to know about 131. After that stay, then on to FG. Was a little leery about driving 191 up from Vernal and especially about 44 over to the west side. I have driven all over the West...Oregon Coast, Wolf Creek Pass, etc. But still not crazy about switchbacks and cliffs and such. Anyway, so I wanted to know about that route off of 40...318/1364...that ends up at 191 north of Dutch John. Hope that clarifies things :) Sort of added up - but when you threw Sedona and Manila in - just was not on the local map :) We've driven RT 44 a number of times and last year we were having Alternator problems which caused all sorts of additional issues - made it to Vernal and got lucky with a great service shop - so good that latter when we had issues with the Turbo I did a 500 detour to return to have it worked on and Repaired - Good Shop - https://www.cjs-diesel.com/ - took care of everything and still had money in my Pocket. :) RT 44 is honestly a Beautiful Drive - as I've always taken it I cannot comment on RT 191 around to the East as the only time I took it was like 40 years ago - :S Stagecoach is a Great stop and the entire area is pretty Neat, Sounds like a great Trip. Best of Luck,
Busskipper 02/05/21 09:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Fayetteville to Carthage, Mo

Having visited Carthage MO, I have to say it was kind of eery. There were lots and lots of houses--but hardly any people around. They were all in Joplin,:)
Busskipper 02/05/21 08:18am Roads and Routes
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