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Ned wrote:

Rather than Meteor Crater, I'd head northeast of Flagstaff to Sunset Crater Nat'l Monument and Bonito (Coconino Nat'l Forest) Campground. Beautiful volcanic area with nice, spacious camping, hot and cold water and flush restrooms.
This is another good suggestion IMHO.


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And, in that area, see Wapiti Ruins.


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This is why I like to plan well in advance. I appreciate all of the great ideas. I guess there are places to add and probably shorten our stay in Mesa Verde. We plan to take at least 3 weeks so there won't be a problem adjusting and adding to the trip. Keep the ideas coming. Thanks, Ken


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As I remember Mesa Verde, there were two main long branches to the road and I was there only one day and only went down one of them. I think from the campground if you stay there you can take a tour down each of them on a day, so I think 4 days is excessive unless you have ulterior motives.
I hate to DeJaVualloveragain, but depending on what you want to see/do in monument valley passing thru will show you "some" of the formations and watch two old John Wayne Oaters and you sill see enough of the rest. [emoticon]
two nights in chaco canyon will give you one whole day to explore that but I just went in and out in one day and saw plenty.
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Bumpy is correct about "seeing" Chaco on a quick in and out. If you are hikers, I suggest that you take a hike to Palo Alto as well as seeing the sights from the road. One spring we were at the Great Kiva at sunrise during Spring Equinox. The sun rose through the doorway and iluminated the niche in the wall that marks the event.


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Thanks for all of the advice. I am making changes as I read. Ken

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At Grand Canyon, We have always stayed in campgrounds out of the park. We found the park on south side by Flagstaff is close enough to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument with camping nearby where we have stayed to see the area. There is no camping in the monument.

However, Bonito Campground , operated by the US Forest Service, is located across from the visitor center at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument which is on the loop road which goes by the Homolovi Ruins. Edit: No, make that Wupatki National Monument.[emoticon] This campground is generally open from late May through mid-October. There are no hook-ups. There are nice campgrounds on the north side at the park and if full in the Nat'l Forest just before getting into the park. We stayed outside the park when there in summer and park cg was full. While at the Canyon or on the way to it, these are neat places to see as well. Not far from Flagstaff, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and on the same looping hwy, Wupatki National Monument.
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Off of I-40 by Winslow, Arizona, Homolovi Ruins State PARK.

On I-40 Take exit 257 for AZ-87 toward Second Mesa 0.4 mi; Turn left at AZ-87/I-40 Bus/E Second St (signs for AZ-87/Second Mesa)
Continue to follow AZ-87 1.5 mi; Turn left at Honani Rd.

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When stopping at four corners, make sure your on-board facilities are up to snuff. You don't want to venture into the jiffy-john forest. And park up-wind! Been there, didn't lose anything there that I need to go back for.


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4runnerguy wrote:

Between Mesa Verde and Black Canyon the Gunnison lies some of the best scenery in the lower 48. I think I'd forgo a couple of nights at Mesa Verde to explore the area around Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride. There are two main routes to head north, and with your rig, I'd definitely recommend US 550. There are some good boondocking locations around Silverton. We often spend a week in and around Silverton every year. You can bring your CJ or rent a jeep there to explore miles of amazing backcountry.


Lauren wrote:

I would forgo 3 of the nights in Mesa Verde and spend at least one day at Monument Valley and items 4runnerguy mentions. You can't really see much of MV driving on the highway.


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Ned wrote:

Rather than Meteor Crater, I'd head northeast of Flagstaff to Sunset Crater Nat'l Monument and Bonito (Coconino Nat'l Forest) Campground. Beautiful volcanic area with nice, spacious camping, hot and cold water and flush restrooms.
This is another good suggestion IMHO.


Monument Valley is a must ā€“ San Juanā€™s and the 4x4 trails are/have been the highlight on every trip to the areas.

Follow the advice given by most of the posters and your trip will not only be fun but memorable.

These two live in Colorado and Lauren drives the route a couple times a year, so this advice comes from a wealth of experience from travels in the areas. Sounds like a great trip, might just see if you could squeeze in Antelope Canyon, just out side Page ā€“ would also give you a good day on Lake Powell.

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While in Albu. Drop the trailer and drive up to Tent Rocks (near Cochiti Lake) then continue up into the Jemez past Valle Grande to Bandalier Nat Monument then back down through Los Alamos and Santa Fe to Albu. It is a nice 4-5 hr drive depending on how long you spend at Bandalier.

Near Winslow, AZ is Homolovi Ruins State Park that makes a good stop and sightseeing. It has hook-ups and pull through spaces for about the same price as the commercial parks in Winslow.

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