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Old 06-19-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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Leaving this Sunday and going up by way of Lubbock, Santa Fe, Moab, SLC, Boise. Any suggestions on a place to stay in Lubbock and Moab?

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Old 06-19-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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It was Moab where we decided we needed to stop frequenting Comfort Inns and get an Airstream. There are campsites all along the river on the northern edge of town. My guess is that you boondock. At the time we had no clue. Now I'd love to bring the A/S back there.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:52 PM   #3
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We loved Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab. Very clean, shaded picnic tables, and beautiful views. It wasn't too far from town and Arches, and yet you felt far away.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:10 PM   #4
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A little ways north of Lubbock toward Amarillo is Palo Duro Canyon State park. It has some canyon-like features and some sculpted rock pinnacles. Its far from the Grand Canyon, but it is the best you are going to find in that area. I was on my way from Santa Fe back to Houston, and had planned to camp there for the night. They lock the gate at ~10:00 PM, so don't be late, or you'll be camping at Walmart in Canyon, TX, or worse yet, some dingy htel in Amarillo.
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Check out the Manti-la Sal Nat'l Forest sites near Monticello south of Moab. The temperature is a lot cooler at elevation than the valley floor. Camp site descriptions and reservations are via the Forest Service web site. We stayed in Nizhoni our last time through the area in August and daytime max was 82. The access roads are nicely graded and gravel covered without washboards.

Manti-La Sal National Forest

You might enjoy this BLM spot at Windwhistle to be closer to the big parks:
http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/moab/...ampground.html
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In Moab I enjoyed staying at Tent & RV Camp Sites | Archview Resort Moab Utah
Great views, close to the national parks, north of town.
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Not far from Boise is Stanley Idaho, in the heart of the Sawtooth mountains. An amazing place!!
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:51 PM   #8
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Moab: Arches National Park, but the camp sites are hard to come by, get to the gate of the park by 10 AM (I think, call ahead) and you can get a ticket for a camp site. Absolutely beautiful there.

Or, as someone else suggested, Dead Horse State Park, up on the rim of the canyon. Stunning views.
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Not far from Boise is Stanley Idaho, in the heart of the Sawtooth mountains. An amazing place!!
Yes, Stanley, Idaho is a neat little town nestled in some beautiful mountains. We stayed at one of the national forest campgrounds just east of Stanley. There were numerous camps along a rushing river. The drive from Stanley to Boise was breathtaking! I believe there is a length limit due to winding roads, but the drive was spectacular.
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Isn't Moab a little hot this time of year to boondock? 95F today and above 100F in a few days.

I don't know if I could enjoy the parks around Moab this time of year due to the heat.

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Moab is at 4,000 elevation, but going to Monticello a few miles south and you are at 7,000. Climb into the la Sal mountains and you are at 8K or more. It is much nicer there in the day and way nicer in the evening. AC is not necessary even in August.
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We are currently in Santa Fe, NM and visiting relatives. Love the food here. I have a buddy that lives in Moab so will stop there for a short visit, then on to Salt Lake City and home to Garden Valley, Idaho, maybe by the 4th.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:41 AM   #13
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Moab was great; in fact Moab was a couple degrees cooler than our home in Idaho!! Took a 4 wheel drive trip into Arches and saw "Whale Arch" and also some dino tracks. Made it to Salt Lake City last night and now staying at the Pony Express RV Resort in North Salt Lake, a great RV park. No problems towing over Price Canyon grade (15 miles of up then down) even at 100+ degrees. Love those new Michelins!!
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:51 AM   #14
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Made it home to Garden Valley, Idaho yesterday, never had any problems, great 2,000 mile trip. We HAD to stop in Bountiful, Utah and have an In-N-Out double-double yesterday on the way out of the Salt Lake Valley. YUM!!
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