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ready2rock

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Posted: 01/14/20 08:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow! Thanks for the ideas. We will def entertain these as an option even if we have to stay out longer than we originally planned. We are flexible


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Just wanted to clarify something in my post now that you said you are leaving VA end of Aug. The elk rut season and aspen colors in CO happen during the last half of September, so you might end up in CO too early for those sites.


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Thanks and based on everyone’s feedback we might make adjustments in our time frame to get the biggest bang for our trip.

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ready2rock wrote:

Sorry. We plan to leave va last week of August and are planning on 3-4 weeks out.
Thanks

Planning suggestions:
1. figure the total round trip distance of your total round trip.
2. Approximate the hours and miles you are comfortable driving each day.
3. Now divide that number by the total number of days you have available for your total trip. This should give you a more realistic idea of your total trip. How many days will it take to drive to the farthest point west and then back home.

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Look at Route 36. Nice road and it is not signed for 80 mph like the interstates out there.
Another thing to consider is winter weather. If you intend to see the Rockies I would keep the Colorado portion of your trip in Late August or early September. Any later and there is a good chance of snow at elevation.


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We did a trip in Sep. for 4 weeks. Got to see Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce,Zion,Grand Canyon and Petrified forest.We went out I64 to I70 and straight to Denver.Prospect rv park for 3 days. West on I70 to Moab,RV Valley resort for 4 days.I70 to 89 Glendale Bryce Zion campground 3 nights.89 to Flagstaff ,J&H rv park for3 nights.East I40 driving through the PF. We stayed in Flying J and Walmarts 3 nights out and back with a stop at Nashville KOA.What an awesome trip.

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Thanks for the feedback. Glad you had a great trip. We’re looking forward to it

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ready2rock wrote:

Thanks and based on everyone’s feedback we might make adjustments in our time frame to get the biggest bang for our trip.


If I were you and had your timeline I'd LOOK Hard at this Post.

IMHO the Aspen in Colorado are just Amazing. Buena Vista and the Collegiates are filled with drives and Hikes. Cottonwood Pass - Independence Pass - Salida - Twin Lakes - Crested Butte......on and on.

If you get Really Luck you might just Catch a little Snow when you are at the top of the Pass - Really Lucky - One year we drove over to Aspen to Hike the Bells for a Couple days - Aspen were only a little Yellow - 4 days Latter on the return Drive a Sea of Gold and SNOW when we reached the Pass - UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL! - When we got into Buena Vista to head into the Collegiates and Cottonwood Pass it was almost 70 - OMG moments - that trip is one of My Best every in Colorado. (note here RT 82 is a restricted size road so be aware - RT 82 restrictions

If we are on the right path we can help more, all you need to do is be specific on what you need - I'm more of a where to Go Guy - not a where to Stay Guy, so others may suggest CG's

Hope this helps,


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Word of caution: some of those higher altitudes get snow early in September. It varies from year to year. You will want to take a weather app on your phone and keep an eye on conditions.


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We’ve taken several trips “West”. One of our favorites was to Utah. On the way, we stayed in Cortez, CO (Cortez/Mesa Verde KOA) and went to the Mesa Verde Indian ruins. In Utah, we stayed in Moab (Spanish Trail RV Park) and made it our “base” while we took day trips to Arches Natl Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Hole in the Rock, and a beautiful drive…Scenic Route 128 which is accessed from the city of Moab. We also took a trip to Monument Valley and Four Corners.

Another time we visited the Grand Canyon…stayed in Williams, AZ at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park, and rode the train to the Canyon. Williams is a neat little Route 66 town.

In 2012 we went all the way to California, up the coast to Cannon Beach, OR. Beautiful! In CA, we stayed at a place called Casa de Fruta. It's not a town, but a place with an RV park, a motel, a restaurant, and a market with all kinds of fresh fruits, nuts, and wine.

I know you will enjoy your trip...so much to see and do!





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