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Old 09-24-2011, 07:34 PM   #15
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King', you will not see all of Utah in the time you have set aside. You will only get a brief taste.

Canyonlands could be explored for weeks, but these days you need permits for 4wd areas (not needed when we did it). Check it out, learn something, come back and explore further into the remote areas. You'll have to leave the trailer at a campground and some 4wd roads are too narrow for a big truck, but the memories are amazing. You'll need a tent and sleeping bags and hiking boots, but it is worth it.

Natural Bridges has about a 600-800' hike down into the canyon to see the bridges. Escalante has an Airstream campground and the NM there is worth exploring (without trailer). Don't forget Bryce Canyon. There are a number of Utah State Parks in the southern part of the state worth seeing too and they have good campgrounds.

There is a pretty good pizza place further south on the main drag in Moab; it is on the west side, maybe at or near the corner of Center. There used to be an Italian place on the west side right in the midst of downtown; I think it was the Bistro.

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Old 09-25-2011, 10:35 AM   #16
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When we got to Capital Reef, we intended to stay at Fruita which is the campground in the park but found it crowded, sites too close together so we left and we went down the road to Rt 12, this road is worth the drive and is beautiful! 12 miles up is Singletree Campground, the host Ralph is really nice. The campground is open, plenty of room, private with great views of the Henry Mountains. No electric, but the bathrooms are clean. Head south on 12 from there to Boulder (un-hook!) and drive the Burr Trail on Rt. 12 - spectacular! From Singletree go south on 12 to 1 mile past Escalante to the Shooting Star Airstream RV park and drive-in. Full hook-ups, and every night Mark, the very fun owner, shows great old movies in his drive-in. He has spotless 1960 convertibles wired with heat and sound - you pick which one. Ask Mark for a tour of his 8 retrofitted Airstream trailers. A great day trip from here is a beautiful drive on Hole in the rock Rd and stop at Devils Garden. The coolest rock formations we saw. Going further south on 12, to Kodachrome Basin State Park which is 9 miles south of Cannonville off of 12. If you can call ahead for a reservation for one of the 4 electric sites but even without elecric, it is worth the visit. Great day hikes inside the park. immaculate bathrooms with showers. Amazing rock formations. We un-hooked and went to Bryce from there. We stayed at Watchman in Zion, very crowded but full hook-ups. You can walk to the tram to see the park. The drive into it is stunning. We were also there during the hard rains but it was beautiful to see. Should you find yourself in southeast Utah check out Goosenecks State Park - open camping on the rim of a canyon with 50 mile views - amazing! Have fun! We sure did!
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:18 AM   #17
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We were in Moab a few years ago, and were tired of MacDonalds and other roadtrip fast food. Found this steakhouse on the top of a bluff overlooking the city lights. Typical steakhouse menu, not extraordinary, but all items well-prepared. Prime rib was very good, but the view was what we enjoyed the most.

It's at the north end of Moab, just off of US 191 on a private road, a short climb from the highway, with limited parking if you are towing. There is probably room for your Airstream, if they aren't too busy; plus, there is a loop in the parking lot to turn around. If you plan to take your Airstream up the hill, I'd call ahead to make sure there is room in the parking lot.

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Old 09-25-2011, 03:09 PM   #18
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sorry

mexican food outside of austin/san antoino, texas......is always iffy
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:34 PM   #19
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mexican food outside of austin/san antoino, texas......is always iffy
I think you are talking about TexMex, not Mexican food.

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will spend the next two days scratching the surface of arches and canyonland national parks ... ???
Isn't that illegal?
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Mmmmm, makes me want to go to Utah, one of the few states we have not been in with the Interstate.

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arches national park

quite a beautiful place
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:38 AM   #23
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route 95 utah

anyone traveled route 95 up to the natural bridge national monument and across the norther end of lake powell???? and on to hanksville
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I can't remember the route numbers, but the route along the Dirty Devil River is very scenic. I've always wanted to explore the Henry Mtns. (south of Hanksville). That is all Edward "Cactus Ed" Abbey country.

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anyone traveled route 95 up to the natural bridge national monument and across the norther end of lake powell???? and on to hanksville
Several times...It's a good road with a few steep grades but not as bad as Hwy 12 through the Dixie NF. Natural Bridges has only 13 sites of which only half will accommodate a 25', no hook-ups. But there is a overflow campground just off 95 before the entrance to NBNM that is free. You can get water at the visitor center.

Just past where the Colorado River dumps into Powell is a nice canyon with some boondock spots. The ride to Hanksville is open desert and the only spot to fill the fuel tanks between Blanding and Torrey.
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hey thanks

i am leaving moab tomorrow morning and and going to go south on US 191 to
blanding and then up route 95 towards hanksville and torrey as the destination....looks quite scenic.../two warning indications in the mountain directory.

mile marker 97....5-9% grade...10 mile descent and several up and down 85 grades...

then there is a 2 mile 9% northbound descent to lake powell....

but here we go
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King', if you are really adventurous, just after you cross a bridge over Lake Powell on 95, there's a two track jeep trail north into Canyonlands' Maze District. It's pretty easy drive for a while, but then it is not and eventually leads to the Maze and Doll House rock formations. Beautiful area, and you need a permit to enter. Not the place for an Airstream, but the first miles may be good boondocking. It could take a lot of time to get to the end of the road and a tent and sleeping bags would be necessary. The end of the road overlooks the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. This is an arduous drive and probably needs much more planning.

Just after Natural Bridges, Fry Canyon had a small restaurant and motel and probably a smaller store 20 years ago. I don't know if it still there, and there little else around there. Hanksville has gas and motels and probably some food.

North of Hanksville is Goblin Valley State Park. Nice campground and if you stay there, you don't have to pay the entrance fee. The rock formations are strange and you can walk among them. The Horseshoe Canyon part of Canyonlands is not far, but accessed from a dirt road from 24 or Green River. This has lots of rock art including the Grand Gallery. This requires a hike down about 600' into the canyon. I don't recall this being a bad road.

I haven't been on these roads for a very long time, so things change. Permits were introduced for the 4wd areas in the late '90's and I haven't been back since, but we had seen everything before that. Canyonlands is one of out favorite NP's and exploring the backcountry is memorable, but much planning, good knees and maps are necessary. Horseshoe Canyon is easier to get to, and I don't know whether permits are required there.

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utah route 95

don't miss this scenic road if traveling in utah....we left moab and headed south on US 191 and then at blending we turn west on route 95...a 122 mile trek to hanksville....but the scenery if varied and beautiful....down into the glenn canyon area....
we are in torrey and will explore some of capitol reef,,,,
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