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Old 04-21-2007, 11:16 AM   #71
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Spectacular photography Sugarfoot. They could be oil paintings they are so beautiful. Thanks for including the wonderful story of the old photographer. I can just imagine how good you were feeling.
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Old 04-21-2007, 08:08 PM   #72
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Camping at Monument Valley?

What are the camping options at Monument Valley? Boondocking and simple sites prefered but electric sites are OK also.
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:52 PM   #73
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Rod ---When at Mon. Val you're on the Navajo res. Once off that there is lots of public lands you can camp on free. At Mon Vall. there is a comercial camp with ful hookups. "Goulding Lodge" complete with restraunt etc. Reservations will be a MUST this time of the year. If you have 2 months you will be surprised how quickly that passes once here as there is just so much to see and enjoy. We've been living here since 1974 and vacationed here years before. I feel like we've just scratched the surface as to seeing what's here. enjoy-------pieman

PS we'll be workamping at the south rim all summer---come see us
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Old 04-21-2007, 09:56 PM   #74
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I will wave from the north rim

I will be on the north rim early in the trip. I can wave across the big ditch. Are there decent spots around Farmington for camping? If I recall the road into Chaco is no road to tow down (is that right?).
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Old 04-21-2007, 10:31 PM   #75
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Yes, I'd kind of like to hear about Farmington camping, too! We're headed out of here next week, headed for Zion NP. We'll take the northern route across 64 to Farmington, then through Kayenta, Page, Jacob's Lake, Fredonia, Hurricane, and into Springdale and the park. We figure we can make Farmington by the first evening, maybe Jacob's like by the next night. What we haven't figured out yet is where to stay enroute.


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Old 04-22-2007, 03:44 PM   #76
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Rodney, you asked about Sinbad, west of Green River. Here's a real quick and shallow summary--

Drop the Airstream on the north side of exit 129. You can park in the junipers just west of the exit road, or go north about 400 yards in a more flat area. I've camped here several times, in both locations, but the one of the west is a little hilly and I've only been in there in the Caravel.

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The first map is from the state highway map. At this scale I'll point out Goblin Valley down route 24. There is a little known area of petroglyphs to the west of the Goblins, ask at the gate. The wedge overlook straight north of exit 129 is a view into the San Rafael river gorge, much like a mini grand canyon. You need a good map to track the back roads here, and a gps is a good idea. It's simple to drive the road as far as the river, then follow the river bottom to see multiple petroglyphs. The photo is north from the campsite to the Wickiup hill.

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At the 250K scale here, you can see the overlook down at the next exit to the west, which is spectacular.

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At 100K, you can see how to follow the dirt roads to an area of red rocks and petroglyphs a few miles west of camp. The path along the roads is about 9 miles, but the whole area is worth driving through and exploring. Dutchman Arch is at the western edge of the map.

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This 100K map shows the area west of the petroglyphs. You can see the blue GPS track showing precisely what the previous map sketches out. The magenta shows an exit (not an official exit) that takes you into a Utah DOT maintenance yard where you can park and explore more interesting rocks and perhaps startle the same Big Horn Sheep herd I ran into. This turnoff is about half way to the next exit and you'll go right past it it you don't look for the dirt road and gate.

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There are multiple layers of red rocks and lava in this area.

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It's a great area. Ought to be a park. Go here San Rafael Swell - Pictographs & Petroglyphs - Guide & Pictures for excellent additional info and photos.

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where to stay enroute

Lynn,
I would recommend staying a night at Lees Ferry right on the Colorado River just off Hwy Alt 89. Great views, no hookups.

Be sure to hang out and watch the river rafters getting launched before departing in the morning.

Stop at the Colorado bridge parking lot and walk out on the bridge to see Condors roosting on the shear cliff walls.


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Yes, I'd kind of like to hear about Farmington camping, too! We're headed out of here next week, headed for Zion NP. We'll take the northern route across 64 to Farmington, then through Kayenta, Page, Jacob's Lake, Fredonia, Hurricane, and into Springdale and the park. We figure we can make Farmington by the first evening, maybe Jacob's like by the next night. What we haven't figured out yet is where to stay enroute.


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I would recommend staying a night at Lees Ferry right on the Colorado River just off Hwy Alt 89. Great views, no hookups.
What campground? Is it Forest Service? BLM? Private? Cost? Details please
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Visited June 2005: Lees Ferry campground (928 355-2319) $12/night, no hookups, no reservations, has dump, 35’ maximum length.

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Yeah, but for us, Lee's Ferry is just a bit too far for us to make it in a day, and a bit too short for us to stop over on the way up to Zion.

You know, the really big problem is that nowadays you practically can't visit Zion NP and stay at the campground without a reservation. That sticks us to a schedule that we're not exactly used to dealing with.


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Old 04-22-2007, 09:04 PM   #81
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Farmington answer---Mom & Pops Rv in Farmington--not fancy but a place with reasonable $$ hookups.. Walmart on east main as well as Sams next door----- Bloomfield 13 miles east of Farmington on rt 550 has a KOA. Not much, mostly long term folks and a bit run down, adiquite only.

Lees Ferry campground is a basic no hookup campground located at a really neat historic little corner of the world. It's run by the NPS and is self registration --usually a camp host present----there are restrooms,dump station and water filling available, no showers---lots of neat day hiking around the area---pieman
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One more campground on your way---Navajo National Monument is west of Kayenta ----free camping --a nine mile paved road ---limited number of sites and few large sites.----pieman
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One more campground on your way---Navajo National Monument is west of Kayenta ----free camping --a nine mile paved road ---limited number of sites and few large sites.----pieman
I'd second this one, too. We stayed there for several days a couple of years ago to explore the ruins. The campground is very pleasant, too! Alas, it is more than a day's drive from Angel Fire (at least at the pace that Maria and I make time).

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If you make it into Arizona, you might like the White Mountains (near Greer, Springer, Eagerville). They're in the eastern-central portion of the state, just west of the New Mexico border. They're so unlike our Sonoran desert that it's hard to believe they're really in Arizona: altitudes of 8,000 - 10,000 feet, where prairies are interspersed among pine, spruce, and aspen forests. The Little Colorado River is small but charming, and it offers great trout fishing. There are also many smaller lakes and one larger one (aka, "Big Lake"...clever, huh?). Lots of appealing campsites in the Apache-Sitgreaves national forest...privacy and beautiful views. But be prepared to tow your Airstream along reasonably well maintained dirt and gravel forest service roads. The wildlife is astounding: large elk herds, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, and...wolves. Actually, I'm not sure about the wolves any more. The area was a cornerstone for the "Mexican Gray Wolf Reintroduction" program, and when I was last there I had the thrill of seeing two wolves stalking game at dusk. But since then the govt's wildlife biologists apparently botched things up in an effort to "reduce predation" on cattle. They accidentally broke one wolf's leg while trapping it, and they accidentally shot one or two others. So I think I read something saying they'd removed the remaining wolves while the "experts" tried to regroup. But even without wolves, this area is worth seeing. It inspired the writings of the turn-of-the-century conservationist, Aldo Leopold, so if you'd like to know more about the area, you might check out his book: A Sand Country Almanac. It contains several essays about the area. And when you're done in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (and yes, there is an Apache reservation in the area, where Geronimo once made his home), you'll be just a one-day-haul from either the petrified forest, the painted desert, Monument Valley, or the Grand Canyon.
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