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Old 11-05-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Question Camping US160/US89 Cortez CO to Zion NP?

We're headed from Durango CO to Zion NP later this week, and my favorite CG directories (Allstays Camp & RV, RV ParkFinder) show no sites at all after the Mountain Ute Casino in Towaoc, CO. Perhaps someone has traveled this route and knows of something about halfway - say between Kayenta and Page AZ? I just want to identify potential overnight sites, and we don't mind boondocking.

Watchman CG was fully booked on Reserve America save for two RV sites when we booked last night (Sunday). Obviously a popular time to visit Zion!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:32 AM   #2
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Went past there last week and there are RV sites at the Casino.

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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Since this is all Navajo Reservation land, I don't know how the boondocking would go over. One place that might have camping is Navajo National Monument, not too far west of Kayenta. Well worth a visit in any case, for hikes into the beautiful cliff-dwelling sites of the ancestral Puebloans, formerly know to many as the Anasazi.
Also, Tuba City (If you're not cutting directly up to Page on 98) might have an RV park or even just a city park or fairgrounds that allows overnights.
Have a nice trip!
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:32 AM   #4
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You might consider going up to Monument Valley . Just go up into Utah before 4 corners through Bluff.
The res is pretty sparse on safe places to park, but Goulding's offers a nice place to stop and magnificent views if you've never been. That might be good timing for you as well.

Friends were just up there a few weeks ago. They loved it.

Have fun. It's our favorite area - including Durango!
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:22 PM   #5
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Assuming Mesa Verde National Park (near Cortez) is too close to stop, you may wish to consider boondocking at:

Lone Rock Beach, Lake Powell, UT: 37 0.884'N, 111 33.387'W


* Lone Rock Beach is about 275 miles from Durango, which is about a 5-6 hour drive.
* The pay station takes credit cards!

There are very few campers this time of year, and it's a beautiful, quiet, sandy beach, right on the water.

However, please note that care must be taken to avoid getting stuck in the sand! We always walk the "roadway" to the water before driving it. If you see evidence of holes and digging, don't go there!

The pavement stops and the roadway turns into sand headed directly to the water, and this route is usually firm (you'll see gravel mixed in with the sand). The goal is to get down to the water's edge where the sand is firmer, then drive along the edge until you get to a spot you like. There's a 50-75 foot band along the edge where the wet sand will support your RV.

Again, walking your planned route before driving over the sand will save you hours of frustration and perhaps some money for a tow. Please note that this is just a caution; we have never been stuck there. We've just watched a lot of yahoos take straight-off over the dunes for a couple of hundred yards, and they almost never make it to the beach.


If this is a little rougher than you planned, there is a campground with full hookups near the Wahweap Resort and Marina (closer to the dam).
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:47 PM   #6
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A side-trip to Monument Valley on the AZ/UT border north from 160 on 163 is worth it if you have the time...We stayed at Goulding's...not a bargain, especially, but they do have dry camping sites for not too much if you don't want hookups and you can still get water, dump tanks and take showers. The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is 6 miles from Goulding's where you can take a 17-mile very rough loop road (without our trailer) through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world (IMHO)... We got to Goulding's early enough in the afternoon to get a site, drop the trailer and do the loop and get back to Goulding's for a good night's rest before going in. We were glad we did it.

Kayenta is one of the larger towns in the western part of the Navajo Reservation...I don't remember seeing any RV parks there, but I wasn't looking, either. There is a free campground at the Navajo National Monument (admission is free as well) just west of Kayenta 9 miles north of's beautiful there, but the sites are small...there are a few where you might be able to wangle a 23' into. There's not much between Kayenta and highway 89...if you go south 15 miles on 89 to Cameron, there's an RV place on the east side of the road opposite the trading post. Not sure who runs it. There are RV places in Page. If you go on alt89 through Jacob Lake I believe there are a few RV campgrounds there that are open year-round. I'd think there may be something in Kanab, UT as well...but there's not much else between Jacob Lake and Zion...

You'll love Zion...we were there (at Watchman) in late Aug 11 and had a great time. Friends of ours from NM are in Zion now...they may be at Watchman...they have a newer 25'... say "hey" to Howard & Carolyn if you run into them!

On your way home if you have time, drop down to Canyon de Chelly National Monument....again, free admission, and worth the detour... Cottonwood Campground operated by the Navajo Tribe just inside the entrance to the Monument is $10/night...dry camping, but they have a water station, dump station and rest rooms.

It's a great part of the country...enjoy!
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:26 AM   #7
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I stayed at the Hitch-N-Post in Kanab a couple of years ago. It was adequate, clean and reasonable. There is a supermarket one block away and a McDonalds across the street. Pretty close to Zion.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:02 AM   #8
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Thanks to all for the input. We're leaving Durango early before the winter storm hits, (raining steady now - the area needs it - particularly the Vallecito wildfire) though we'll likely have a bit of snow before Zion. An overnight at Najavo National Monument was tempting, but we made reservations at Gouldings just in case the weather turns really nasty. This trip will take us to WA for Thanksgiving.

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