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johnna

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Posted: 09/03/09 07:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We stay at the Cadillac RV Park in Bluff, UT. It is a good home bases to explore Monument Valley and the four corners area.


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When people talk about Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches and other places here in the Southwest (mainly rock formations of some sort) I ask them what is their major purpose in going there. Is it to see the true beauty it has to offer - the kind like you see in pictures - or just to get a quick look. Some tell me they go just to say they have been there - which is, quite honestly, pretty weak to me! :-)

If just to get a quick look then staying a distance away and seeing them mid day for a few hours or less is fine. Then Williams is fine and take your car or the train if you are so inclined (the land between Williams and the South Rim is boring at best). Or go see Monument Valley and drive it mid day.

In any case, mid day under the bright sun will give you a fraction of the beauty of these kinds of places. Your photos will be washed out. And at the SR you will not have time to shuttle or walk up and down the Rim and miss many of the really great viewing spots. And certainly no hiking in mid day sun most of the year.

Which is why I tell people to stay close to these places - see them in the early morning and later afternoon light and shadows. Stay at Trailer Village at the SR - not a luxurious resort but certainly fine. You can walk, take the shuttle or drive to the Rim at your convenience. Stay at Gouldings at Monument Valley; nice place but full hookups.

You get the idea and offered for what it is worth.

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Posted: 09/03/09 09:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DesertHawk wrote:

...Navajo National Monument is located at the end of State Highway 564 off of US Highway 160. We have not been to this one, but sounds very interesting. Two campgrounds, one open all year, somewhat isolated but no fees are charged. ...

Navajo NMon is on the way to Mon't Valley, about 170 miles form Williams. Maybe 50 miles or so to Mon Valley.


Navajo National Monument is VERY nice.

The larger campground (paved roads) is, however, not intended for larger rigs. It has a couple of somewhat larger sites, but no reservations are possible.

The scenery there is, well, just spectacular:

Betatakin ruins, Navajo NM:
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Agree with Lauren...again.. When we went we stayed at Gouldings and took the guided tour.WONDERFUL and they bring you right back to camp in time to BBQ.
We then went to Lake Powell for a week, nice RV Park and beautiful Lake.
Trailer Village in Grand Canyon was nice, not much to it but full hook-ups and we fit with our 40' MH. Shuttle will take you everywhere if you do not want to take the tow.
Make sure when you stay at Monument Valley go up to see the Goosenecks, really neat to see.
That part of Utah and Arizona is just beautiful. If you have the time I would suggest going up to Arches and stay awhile.
As usual if you have the time slow down and enjoy. Life goes by way to quick as it is


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Lauren's advice x2!


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Thanks folks! Your all very, very helpful! We will be taking a hardcopy of this thread with us, and I'm sure we will incorporate as much as we can. It all sounds so wonderful!

Thanks! (And feel free to add more if you wish!)

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We visited Monument Valley last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. We made a reservation at Goulding's the only RV park with hookups. It is nice - all site though are the red dirt so plan for that. Electricity was below par - we turned off our air one night to prevent damage to our unit but other than that, it's good. We drove the Monument Valley tour ourselves since we have dogs and crates in the bed of our pickup. Yes, it is well worth the drive. We stopped at every merchant's table to look and compare prices. At Goulding's make sure to go to the old Trading Post. While there take the time to drive the Moki Dugway, go to Goosenecks State Park (on the way to the Moki Dugway) and Natural Bridges National Monument - taking at least one of the hikes to the bottom of the canyon. Natural Bridges is past the Moki Dugway once you get to the top. We really liked Goosenecks, Monument Valley, and Natural Bridges. Would've loved to boondocked at Goosenecks. From there we drove south to Page, Az to the North Rim of the GC. The drive from Page to Jacob Lake is beautiful. Antelope Canyon is near Page. We didn't stop to take the tour because of our dogs and the fact that it was too warm to leave them while we took the guided tour but all the brochures really looked interesting. Lots to see in the Grand Circle area. Enjoy your trip.


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johnna wrote:

We stay at the Cadillac RV Park in Bluff, UT. It is a good home bases to explore Monument Valley and the four corners area.


This would've been a good choice for us too. We drove past and it is clean and neat - plus Bluff is a beautiful, picturesque little town with, well, bluffs overlooking the main part. Very scenic.

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Not only is the Cadillac Ranch nice, but you have one super-duper Navajo Taco at the Twin Rocks cafe just down the street.
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About those Navajo tacos . . . had our first one at Goulding's and didn't care for it. It was canned chili in Indian fry bread topped with lettuce and cheese. I was expecting something like a spicy meat and potatoes mixture. Are there different flavors?

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