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Old 08-09-2012, 07:53 PM   #15
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The RV section of the Shooting Star is nothing to write home about, but Mark has plans to spruce it up in the next season or so. However the rest of it is great - and there's nothing like sitting in a classic convertible under the stars watching a classic movie on the big drive-in screen. Be sure to go to the snack shack (a restored vintage Airstream) while the cartoon is playing, then settle in for a classic movie from Mark's extensive collection :-)

A couple weeks before we were there, the NBC Today show did a feature on Highway 12, and shot footage at the Shooting Star as well. As a result, he's gotten a lot of inquiries

And highway 12 between Escalante and Boulder is amazing - there's a stretch of road called Hogsback that runs along the top a narrow ridge, with steep drop-offs on each side into sweeping canyons. Some switchbacks climbing up and down to it, but easily negotiable with trailer. Don't miss it.

And, if the timing is right, there's a fine restaurant in Boulder, Hells Backbone Grill. Despite Boulder being miles from anywhere, and a with a population of 150, this restaurant rivals the best big cities can can offer in quality.

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Old 08-10-2012, 12:03 AM   #16
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That hogsback is an amazing stretch of road: right through the slickrock country and it does drop off sharply on both sides.

While we're on the subject of southern Utah's more interesting back roads, the Moki Dugway on HY 261 south of Natural Bridges is not one for the "long, long trailer."

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Old 08-10-2012, 02:31 AM   #17
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Devil's Backbone is one of the steepest downgrades we have ever driven. Beautiful area, but road slides off precariously on both sides. Pictures do not do this roadway justice, similar to how the width and depth of the Grand Canyon is diminished in photos -- You have to be there to appreciate how difficult a drive this is.

Our Tundra was in first gear, and I still rode the brakes all the way down. I imagine this would be equally challenging as an uphill climb.

While nearly all tow vehicles and Airstreams would be fine on this grade, an equipment failure going up or down could be disastrous. Those with towing configurations that are near maximum capability would be wise to seriously consider whether this stretch should be avoided. See photo of road sign below.

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Old 08-12-2012, 11:17 PM   #18
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Thank you, all for your advice. Now we've got to sit down, digest all the suggestions, and decide on a tentative route. We're newly retired, so we do have some flexibility limited only by our plan join our fellow aluminum-clad reprobates at Jackson Rancheria in mid October.

I really value these forums; you've pointed out some destinations I'd never considered.

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