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Old 09-11-2016, 09:45 PM   #11
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Just ordered a Jayco Eagle Ht 26.5 RLS and plan on a trip into Utah/Colorado next May on our 50th Anniversary. Need to know anyone's experience on campsites and roads in the southern part of Utah. We like to find a base camp and then take short road trips to see the sights. Don't really expect to drag this 5th wheel up and down mountain grades and prefer decent main highways for finding a base camp. Suggestions??
Since we get to see these on short trips... one of the favorites is Fruita Campground in Capitol Reef National park (No hookups). Plenty of sights in driving distance with the TV of a 5'er. If your TV is 4x4, then you can explore further and see more.

Next would be Arches National park in Devils Garden Campground - again no hookups but an amazing place to camp and visit. (not in the hot summer months)
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We just did that area this past July. Omaha to Estes Park (Elk Meadow Lodge RV Resort) and did Rocky Mountain National Park. From there to Moab, UT (Moab RV Resort) Arches National Park. Then to Virgin, UT (Zion River Resort, our base camp for Zion, Bryce Canyon. Did not make to the North Rim). Back up I-15 then I-70 to Grand Junction, CO then CO Hwy 50 to Montrose, CO to visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On to Colorado Springs for Pikes Peak and then back to Omaha. 2 weeks and 3350 miles. You will see some amazing sights. Enjoy!,
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:03 PM   #13
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Despite its name it is a great base camp. We stay at WillowWind RV park. Half hour to Zion or Snow Canyon and 15 minutes back to St George. About an hour up to Bryce. Good luck
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I would add Monument Valley to the list and Arches if you get to eastern Utah. I would also agree that the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is outstanding but a very long climb to the North Rim.
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Keep in mind, all interstate freeways are allowed to have no more than a 6% grade. Old U.S. highways, well, most were built where trails once were.

In Utah, I would avoid I-15 from Ogden to Provo (including Salt Lake City). I have driven professionally most of my working life and the people on this lonnnnggg stretch of freeway drive like morons with a death wish.

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Old 09-15-2016, 09:35 PM   #16
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I have traveled all of it. Don't come between late June and late August. Too hot.
Eastern Utah
Devils Garden in Arches is fantastic. It is also closed next year for maintenance. They may open it early after paving is done. There are RV Camps in Moab with power and water. Arches is great for short hikes.
Canyonlands and Deadhorse Point are next door, within an hours distance. Make those part of the trip. We spend 4-6 days in the area every year or two.
Central Utah
Capitol Reef and Grand Staircase are much quieter than the others and gorgeous. Not nearly as many people but very pretty. They are within two hours of each other.
Western Utah
Zions is busy like Arches all summer and often spring too. It is incredible but go in the off season. Google will tell you when their peak season is.
Bryce is between Capitol Reef and Zion so could go either way. It is higher elevation so cooler in the summer. Lots of big pine trees, unlike the other Utah parks.
North rim of the Grand Canyon is quiet and very pretty. Plenty to see. Stay in the park or at Jacob's lake.

I pull a 5500 pound trailer behind my suburban. There are plenty of hills but I just slow down to 45-50 up hill and downhill is not so bad. The east side of Zion has a steep climb out. I-70 from I-15 to Richfield is the steepest I have seen for pulling a trailer. San Rafael Swell on I-70 in central Utah is beautiful too. Pull over at the rest areas in the middle of it.

Let me know if you have questions. I have camped and driven all over the area.
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