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Dick_B

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Posted: 03/17/10 11:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Adventure Caravans has a month-long grand-circle tour of the Western Parks and you could get their itinerary on their website. This will give you a lost of the parks you should see. They don', however, go to Yellowstone or Tetons or Glacier.
With three months you won't have to make a schedule and it should be a wonderful time.
As part of the AC tour there is an obscure place called Goblin Valley where you can stay, less services, for a couple of days. It's unique desolation...


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I agree with those saying you should not have any problems finding a site, espc. since it has been your way of traveling, etc. We have been doing it the same way since the '80s.

Texas Hill Country to Grand Canyon

Utah Parks, Grand Canyon, Navajo Country Tour

More Utah & some Colorado

Northern New Mexico Campgrounds ** New Mexico Public Camping ** NM & AZ Dispearsed Camping

White Sands Nat'l Monument - Alamogordo

San Juans' Attractions - Campgrounds ** Santa Fe's Attractions ** New Mexico Campgrounds & Attractions **

Albuquerque ** Santa Fe Campgrounds

Misc Suggestions Camping ** COE Campgrounds in New Mexico ** RoadTours NewMexico

Reviews Campgrounds near Tierra Amarilla-Chama

As you can see I have given several possible routes with a varity of possible things to see and do along them. Hope some of it will help you in your planning. Have a good trip and enjoy the southwest.

As for Yellowstone, etc. perhaps this will be of some help.

Black Hills-Devil's Tower-Cody WY-Yell'stone/Tetons-T.Roosevelt Plus

As for being tooo hot to visit in the summer, New Mexico and Arizona have some Alpine areas which can be very mild to down right cold in the summer in the higher altitudes. Bring some warm clothes with you for the cool areas as well as the hot. NM will tend to be cooler in most places. Even our 110 degrees if you happen to run into any will not be as bad as your 90 degrees due to the dryness of the heat. And our 90 degrees will be more like your 80s. Another Re-Cap and Keeping Cool

Nat'l Parks West ** American Southwest Sites

* This post was edited 03/17/10 12:57pm by DesertHawk *


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We rarely use reservations and public parks are #1 with us. There are plenty of forest service campgrounds in those areas to use if need be. Also, many nice boondocking spots. Plan to arrive at a campground Noon or before. Try to have your weekend spot grabbed on Thursday. Sunday is good to move on. 3-day holidays - stay away from "water" areas. Those places are in high demand. Also on holidays, get your site on Wed. or Thurs. Three months is o.k. for what you're planning. Any possibility of being at those major parks in June or Sept./Oct? You will encounter less crowds. Or....how about going full-time in your RV and just staying out West? [emoticon]) We're from the Midwest and would never want to return to live. We love the west! Good luck and safe travels.


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Gave up the tent in 1998, and have been RV'ing all over the country since then. Have never once in all that time made a reservation. I very seldom, if ever, stay in a private CG, almost always NP, NF, SP, COE, and occasionally boon-dock by choice, or on few occasions due to full CGs. But, never have I been unable to find a place to camp in all these years. Sometimes in rest stops, or other parking lots (by choice while traveling someplace) -- but reservations will force you to a schedule, and that will make you miss interesting things you might find along the way simply because of that schedule.

You'll have a better time seeing the attractions you choose with reservations, but will miss others that you don't know about too - just due to 'no time' ... The bottom line is, you can do it without reservations, and have a great time, as long as you remain a little flexible with your trip and needs. M44


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