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Old 07-26-2016, 12:24 PM   #113
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Google "Airforums Shooting Star Campground" that brought up some mentions and blogs about stays.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:34 PM   #114
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Utah man.... Have you stayed at shooting star campground?

Yes, 2 nights last summer - good stay, nice folks, and a cool drive-in theater to boot. Close to town and area attractions. I prefer higher elevation dry camping this time of year (cooler + more elbow room), personally, but we liked Shooting Star. Westcoastas may have some insights or additional suggestions (see his thread on Escalante and/or send PM), as he had been residing in this area.

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Old 07-26-2016, 12:51 PM   #115
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Ron, thanks much do you have s site number to recommend? Best I can tell the campground had two sections...
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Old 07-26-2016, 01:40 PM   #116
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Here's a picture of Shooting Star from last year (drive-in on the left, ours is the newer AS second down the row on the right) - sorry, don't have a spot number. You might call and ask the owners about spots with shade, as this was in short supply where we parked but would be nice this time of year. We will be dry camping in the general area (not specifically Escalante) in early August - Singletree on Boulder Mountain (not far from Capitol Reef), and Pine Lake (not far from Bryce). These are higher elevation, cooler and better shaded, but no hook-ups.

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No hook ups are fine with us. We'll check those out. Will probably stay at Shooting Star for Coupke days. We really enjoy slot canyons. Again, thanks

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Ok, one of you smart guys is going to have to instruct me on getting photos to load upright. Sized correctly. Posted straight. Again, sorry. Nothing ruins a post like sideways/upside down pics.
So... I'm guessing you're taking these pictures with an iPhone? The iPhone doesn't actually rotate a vertical picture, it just puts a meta tag on it that Airstream Forums doesn't recognize. To get the photo to display properly, you need to edit it. Doesn't matter what you do (crop a bit, tweak the color, brighten it up a bit, whatever) just edit it and save a new copy. That copy will display as you expect it it to because the orientation will now be baked into the image rather than just a meta tag.
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Selling the house, downsizing, getting our trailer ready, has been slightly stressful. But all behind us. My one true heartache is that our traveling companion Jake will not be with us.
I just discovered your travelog here, and enjoyed reading all of it. But I was particularly moved by the mention of Jake's passing. Our first Airstream Adventure began with a similar loss, so I understand that feeling all to well. That story became the first entry to our travel blog:

http://airstreampictures.typepad.com...omes_with.html

Safe and wonder trvels to you both!
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:42 PM   #120
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We are currently camped NE of Gunnisonn near Taylor reservoir. We leave tomorrow for South Fork.

Looking for advice on taking Rt 149 south Gunnison to South Fork. I've read that the grade going south up Slumgullion pass is steep and winding. No length restrictions I can find..

Your experienced info appreciated.
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We pulled over Slumgullion last summer. We were pulling a 30' AS with a Ford F-250 with the V-10. The only real problem we had was some broken pavement. Much of this road, on the Lake City side, is over a large, still-moving, earth flow. On the Creede side of the pass the route is less steep, but still rough pavement. There is a nice FS campground (Bristol Head) that we have enjoyed several times. Lots of nice waterfalls in the area. Just before you get to Creede (A small mining town we enjoy) there is a very large and very well run private campground. It is worth the stop, if you have an extra night or two. That upper Rio Grande valley is one of our favorite places.

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Thanks much. Headed that way now. Will post later.
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Great photos. I have to put Black Canyon on my list.

When I upload photos ( I'm using Photos on my Mac ) I export using 1024 as the width and they seem to load OK and provide large enough photos for viewing on this site.

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Day 64..... Some updates. After leaving Blue Mesa, we headed to the Taylor River area, just north east of Almont. We ended up in another great NFS campground, One Mile. We could only get 2 nights. We got in early and they allowed us to park. Spent the rest of the day in Crested Butte...an artsy town. Got back just before dark and informed by the host that a black bear had been spotted nearby....we never saw him, no further report for remainder of the stay.

Next day we headed north east to Taylor Reservoir and a visit to the town of Tincup. This is an ATV Mecca and a boondocking paradise. Campers were everywhere. Reminded me a little of Quartzsite. We visited their Cemetary, which displays quite a history. Had some delicious French fries at the local cafe.....Frenchies. We then headed over Cottonwood Pass, 12,120', half paved, half dirt. Spent the remainder of the day in Buena Vista...really neat town, big white water center. Discovered Quincy's....their daily special is a filet mignon dinner for $10. Good size, prepared perfectly. Crossed back over the pass. Daily wildlife count was 4 moose, countless deer, and many hawks and other birds of prey. A great day.

Campground report: Onemile is super, with fantastic host. 30/50 amp, water spigots around, no dump. Sites were good size, spread out, and everything was clean. Will/would go back.

Thanks to you guys for the input on rte 149 and Slumgullion Pass. From north going south the road was being repaved from Hinsdale to near the top. We had to sit for about 20 minutes about half way up. all in all a very good trip and beautiful scenery. In between the two passes genre is a water fall...I think it's called Clear Creek Falls. It's almost like a slot canyon. Look for the signs. Picture attached.

Enough for now....
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:15 PM   #125
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Hi Jeanne and John! I just caught up on your thread - very fun reading your real-time travelogue. While reading I was hoping you might make it out here to the middle of nowhere in Utah's canyon country...and sure enough I read that you are! First, if you're still near Creede, CO, I advise checking out the Bachelor Pass above the town (with just your truck first). There are some spur roads that offer fantastic vistas and wide open boondocking spots, complete with old rock fire rings. When I posted previously about these spots, I said they reminded me of those The Sound of Music shots up in the hills. There is a free public sewage dump and drinking water at the south end of town - what a great deal for travelers like us! If you make it down to South Fork, check out Lower Beaver Campground right off Beaver Creek that feeds into the South Fork of the Rio Grande. For eats there's the tiny but charming Feelin' Good Coffee House & Cafe and a decent Mexican restaurant at the west end of town. As of last spring there was only one grocery store, a post office, a clinic, and a nice little library in South Fork. I posted some photos in Full-Timing under Dry Camping The Silver Thread.

I hope you decide to visit Escalante. From the looks of your itinerary you've left yourself enough time to explore. Also, from the looks of your hiking you should have no problem exploring the many slots and canyon hikes down to the Escalante. You'll have to do your hikes early in the morning - I wouldn't want to get caught out there mid-day due to the heat. The tourist slots will be easy for you: Spooky, Peek-a-boo, Zebra but there are some other great hikes through varied terrain and sandstone features that are breathtaking - Neon Canyon, Golden Cathedral, Little Egypt, Cosmic Ashtray (you can find these on the internet). Once you get here, I advise you visit Jim and Caitie Clery of Utah Canyon Outdoors. They are a very nice young couple who opened their outfitters shop this past March and have extensive experience of the Grand Staircase National Monument. You can get supplies there - a rope wouldn't hurt while climbing through some of the slots.

I posted a couple threads on the Full-Timing Forum in regards to our time here in Escalante - we've sorta fallen in love with the town. I posted a video about moving to the Staircase in Escalante and at the end it shows our favorite spot alongside a small cliff. If you visit Shooting Star I can show you that spot with just your truck first and see if you'd like to boondock out there awhile. It was wide open a few weeks ago - probably due to the heat. We only have a Honda eu2000 so can't run our A/C, thus we're hanging out at the Shooting Star for the summer. The spot is 2 miles on a dirt road off Highway 12, which was good back in spring but is now beat up over one section due to weather and visitors. There are very decent cafes in town and a couple more upscale restaurants just west of town and back down in Boulder, about 30 minutes away. If you come up Highway 12 from the east, you'll enjoy a short stretch of a spine, known as the Hogsback. You'll need some lower gears but it's a heckuva scenic route.

Shooting Star has hookups along two aisles of rentable Airstream "rooms". As Ron mentioned, there is a small drive-in onsite and has screenings every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights. There is also another area east of the office; it's where we stay and right now pretty much empty. It also has full hookups or just water if you'd like; they have a dump onsite. You should see us all by ourselves next an empty fifth-wheel east of the office. We hope to meet you on your journey, as well as Ron some day. It's always great to swap stories and experience with another Airstreamer.

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J & J - If you are headed to Bryce after Escalante and interested in a backup, dry camp plan because the park is booked, then you can use this BLM spot near the park entrance.

37°43'54.4"N 112°05'40.7”W

You head north at the junction of Hwy 12 and 63 (Park Entrance) on the un-numbered road toward Antimony for 4.3 miles. It is immediately after the 3rd cattle guard on left.

If you check the earth view on google maps you will see another camper there the day the satellite took the picture :-)
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