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Old 08-12-2013, 06:54 PM   #1
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The Lonesomest Highway???

We are planning on heading into the Utah and Arizona big parks this fall, leaving from northern Oregon. Two routes that I just detest are through Salt Lake City, and through Las Vegas. I've done both multiple times, and it seems like white knuckle driving through each.

Has anyone pulled their Airstreams from Reno over to I-15 south of SLC, using US 50? There are a couple of high passes in Nevada, but I don't think they would be too horrible.
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We have traveled east to west via that route at least twice, headed to Burning Man.

We enjoy it. We normally stay at least one night at Great Basin National Park. The tour of Lehman Caves is great.

No real worries. Have plenty of fuel. It can be 120 miles between towns.

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We have traveled east to west via that route at least twice, headed to Burning Man.

We enjoy it. We normally stay at least one night at Great Basin National Park. The tour of Lehman Caves is great.

No real worries. Have plenty of fuel. It can be 120 miles between towns.

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Old 08-12-2013, 08:20 PM   #4
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Then you would likely not want to travel south or north thru Wyoming from Sheridan to Cheyenne. Now that is one lonesome highway! Plenty of big ups and downs with a west to east crosswind. Have driven diesel pickups for years and that stretch we passed many white knuckle drivers using gas pickups with big sob's. We just cruised on by gently...
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Our 7.3L Powerstroke does pretty good on the climbs, as long as we keep in the sweet spot. What I don't like is the never ending construction in SLC, and the idiots in LV. US 50 sounds like it will do nicely. I don't mind two lane at all.
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As I remember, we met 12 cars on a 8 hour drive one day.

Several road signs that point down dirt roads, and say 100 miles or more to some town.

Good, wide two lane that may have 15 mile straight stretches.

Try it, you will like it.


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I love Hwy 50. Miles and miles of solitude and easy towing. For a dark quiet night, I recommend this BLM CG:

Hickison Petroglyphs - 24 miles east of Austin, NV. This campground offers 16 campsites, a day use area, two vault type toilets, grills, tables, a one-half mile ADA accessible interpretive trail, and trash cans. Small to mid-sized RVs can be accommodated. There is no water. Open year round. Fee: none.


We've overnighted there twice, with only a couple of other campers in the CG. Several sites were fine for our FC23FB. There is a short easy hike to view the petroglyphs.
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Hwy is really a nice drive. We picked up in Delta Utah and drove it to Lake Tahoe. No big semi tractor trailers and very little traffic. I took a couple of photos on my last ride across it and here are a few. Don't forget to bring a pair of shoes to throw up into the shoe tree. And don't miss any of the gas stations, they are few and far between.
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We used to live in the Carson City area 30 years ago. There were a couple three times we chose 50 to head east or west from Carson City/Utah. we had a '67 Ford van and towed a tent trailer. Much better drive, to me, than I-80. The Lehman Caves were a nice visit too.
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I love Hwy 50. Miles and miles of solitude and easy towing. For a dark quiet night, I recommend this BLM CG:

Hickison Petroglyphs - 24 miles east of Austin, NV. This campground offers 16 campsites, a day use area, two vault type toilets, grills, tables, a one-half mile ADA accessible interpretive trail, and trash cans. Small to mid-sized RVs can be accommodated. There is no water. Open year round. Fee: none.


We've overnighted there twice, with only a couple of other campers in the CG. Several sites were fine for our FC23FB. There is a short easy hike to view the petroglyphs.
We crossed 50 several years ago. Stopped at Great Basin and Hickson Petroglyphs which we liked so well we stayed an extra day.
I don't remember anything particularly challenging on the drive.
Would do it again in a minute
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Wow, great info! Thanks everyone!!
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