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Old 05-11-2011, 10:55 PM   #71
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We laid in today at the campground. It rained all day here in Denver. We called up to the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming today. We found out that most of the roads in the Forest were still closed due to heavy snow. Accordingly, we have changed our travel plans. We have decided to head over to the Moab area in southeastern Utah. There is a lot to see in that area. There is Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park. We will probably make camp with Lucy in Moab and make day trips into the parks with Olivia.

We are going to stay here in Denver one more day to finish up our truck camper shopping.

Here are a few more photos of the truck campers that we looked at yesterday.

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Old 05-12-2011, 09:14 AM   #72
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Dead Horse Point SP is booked up pretty far in advance, but they may have some walk in spaces—better check.

Canyonlands is wonderful and the backcountry is even better. A large truck is a problem in the Needles back country—just getting in at Elephant Hill can be very difficult. Long overhangs (angle of departure) are one problem, size (length and width) another. Island in the Sky would be easier. The remote Maze District could be difficult too. We hiked down into the Maze on our honeymoon to see the famous Harvest Scene—rock art well over 1,000 years old and amazing to see. When we explored the area 20-25 years ago there weren't so many permits and limits, so you'd have to check on that. You can easily spend weeks at all the 3 districts, but to get into the backcountry you'd be better off with a small 4WD and a tent.

Arches main tourist areas are easily accessible and there are fairly accessible 4WD roads to explore too.

If you take the state highway from Cisco (128 ?) it's narrow along the Colorado River; just be careful. There are some boondocking campsites along the river east of Moab that are nice and you might luck out and get one on the river. Rivers are running high now, so it it starts raining a lot, run for the hills. There are commercial campgrounds in Moab. Several years ago we stayed at one a few blocks past the center of town on the north-south highway (191?) that was within walking distance of downtown stuff. It was on the east side and was fine if you want to be close to everything in town.

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Old 05-12-2011, 10:25 AM   #73
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As we usually use girl names for our rolling stock, we we thinking that the new truck camped should be named Ethel. We are creating a dilemma, though. Should the truck have a separate name from the tuck camper?

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If you name the camper Ethel the truck has got to be Fred. Ethel was always on Fred's back, giving him a hard time!
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Thanks for that info, Gene. We have printed your post to take with us. Are you saying that these places are too tight for the 4wd Suburban without Lucy?

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Old 05-12-2011, 11:01 AM   #75
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If you name the camper Ethel the truck has got to be Fred. Ethel was always on Fred's back, giving him a hard time!
Thank you for the suggestion. SuEllyn really liked it, so it is done. The new truck camper will be Ethel, Lucy's new BFF, and the new truck will be Fred.

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Brian, yes. The backcountry roads are jeep trails, but Island in the Sky seems be more accessible to large trucks.

Years ago we watched a Suburban bang the rear end on each part of the series of benches leading to the 4WD section of the Needles. He made it to the top (couldn't back down) and was soon back because the other side of Elephant Hill has a series of extremely tight switchbacks, one you have to back through.

The Maze takes a long time to get through—from Green River a long dirt road south. The Flint Trail down is kind of difficult (one switchback is probably too tight for a Suburban) and then hours of driving through slick rock and sand. The Maze is amazing and so is the Doll House.

The Needles District has a fair amount of area you can drive around easily, but the most spectacular parts are 4WD, hike or bike.

You can rent a jeep in Moab and make a day trip into the Needles—it'll be a long day and as I said, you need to check on permits beforehand. They have daily limits in backcountry, and weekend is coming up.

Arches backcountry had one bad area and some deep sand (drive aggressively on deep sand as if it were snow and don't stop).

Coming from Longmont, you should plan on getting to Grand Junction. Campgrounds from Glenwood Springs Rifle are often full with gas field workers. The one a few miles east of Glenwood along the Colorado R. is very difficult to get into or out of. There's one several miles east of Glenwood Canyon that is open—it's just a field between I-70 and the River, probably listed under Eagle. Grand Jct. has a KOA on US 50 east of town, but it always looks full. We have used one on the west side of town just west of I-70 and business route 70 that was in an industrial area, but acceptable. There may be a CG in Fruita, but I don't remember. After that, nothing until Moab. Get gas in GJ or Fruita because that's it until Moab. We are 2 hours (without towing) south of Glenwood, but won't be home tomorrow (we'll be in GJ). Got lots of space however. Let us know if you want to stop here or meet in GJ for lunch Friday. Still no mooses here—they don't care for piŮon/juniper forest and sagebrush.

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Fruita has a state park Take the visitor center exit and the park is just past The Dinosaur Museum on the right .I don't think they have electric they do have a dump station . Go to Colorado River State Parks Fruita section for more info.
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The state park is between the Colorado River and I-70. Some people like it, some say road noise is bothersome. I think the railroad is nearby too.

There's a Welcome Center at Fruita with dump station. You have to go around some confusing traffic circles and if you go the wrong way, you not be alone. There's also a Welcome Center at Edwards (near Eagle) with bathrooms and maybe a dump station.

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We stayed at Rifle Gap State Park while westbound last spring. Scenic, nice town, a little bit of sightseeing east of the park -- Rifle Falls and Rifle Mountain Park (latter for a drive-through without trailer in tow). Watch out for pronghorn meeses crossing the dam.
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Should have no trouble getting a drive-up spot ... can't say about the weekend. Sylvan Lake prolly is full.
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Try to find time to go to the Horseshoe Canyon unit of Canyonlands. It hosts the Grand Gallery pictographs - I think they are the most spectacular anywhere. While you can boondock on blm land at the head of the trail, the road is too rough for me to take my rig. A better bet is to camp at Goblin Valley State Park (near the dirt road that leads to Horseshoe Canyon).

Goblin Valley is worth a trip on its own. I have posted pics before, or you can google.

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The Horseshoe Unit is on a dirt road south of Green River. You have to hike down about 600' (there's a trail) to see the Grand Gallery. If you continue on the road you get to the Maze District.

Goblin Valley state park is quite nice and I can't remember the amenities except for showers and toilets and a dump station. They may have electric at the sites. The "goblins" are rock formations you can walk around. It is off the state highway to Hanksville.

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Thank you everyone for all of the Moab information. We are printing it all out to refer to. We plan to head that way tomorrow. We plan to overnight in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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Well, we did it. We ordered and placed a deposit on an Outfitter Truck Camper. We went with the Apex 8 Long Bed Extended Cab. We got it pretty tricked out with the NovaKool 7.5 cf compressor refrigerator, 95 watt solar package, air conditioning, and cassette toilet.

The new truck camper has already been named Ethel, as in Lucy's BFF. Ethel will be built to order with everything we want including Moose upholstery. Ethel will be built and ready in the third week of September. We will come back to Colorado to get her.

We went out tonight to celebrate Ethel's conception at Mike O'Shay's Irish Restaurant in downtown Longmont. The food was great (the beer was good too). We will go back there when we pick Ethel up in September.

Here are a few more shots of the Outfitter TC.

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