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Old 04-17-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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Western Trip

My wife and I will soon be taking a trip out west and would greatly appreciate input. We will cross Texas on I20 to Odessa, then work our way northward and westward through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, eventually turning around at Banff National Park in Canada. We have budgeted about three months for the trip.

Now to our request. In the above mentioned states, what sites have you visited that you would classify as true gems that we should make an effort to visit? We have no particular agenda as to what to see.

Many thanks.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:54 AM   #2
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We have been making a western trip every year for the past seven years. The one place that we have gone back to every year is the Bighorn National Forest in north central Wyoming. The scenery is breathtaking, the wildlife viewing is better than anywhere else that we have found, and it is never crowded. There are National Forest campgrounds throughout the area, but we usually set the Airstream up at a campground in either Buffalo or Ranchester, and venture out into the Forest in the truck camper.

Another one of our favorite areas out west is the Moab, Utah area. The scenery is almost unbelievable. When you get out in the back country, it is almost like visiting another planet.

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Old 04-17-2013, 11:19 AM   #3
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Lin and I certainly "second" the McCabe's selections. Also, on your way, folks tend to miss Palo Duro Canyon (south of Amarillo) http://www.palodurocanyon.com/; and we like Enchanted Trails when in Albuquerque
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when going near Great Falls, MT, don't miss the Lewis and Clark museum there Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center north over the border west of Lethbridge (Ft. MacLeod) visit the Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump museum Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site. We usually go UP from Missoula, MT, on the way and find it to be the best MT town on the route. Good AS dealer there, too! Camp at the Square Dance campground south of town Square Dance Center & Campground at Lolo, Montana and on the road up to the Lolo Pass visitors center. Skip Calgary, but don't miss Jasper if you can go further than Banff. It's charming and less crowded than Banff by a lot.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:36 AM   #4
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In TX, it wouldn't be much of a side trip to visit Enchanted Rock State Park north of Fredericksburg. If you like to hike, there are some nice trails of varying lengths.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:42 PM   #5
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After you go to Banff, nothing else will impress you, not even Colorado. However, the Moab, Utah area is so unique from the Rocky's, that it is worth going to all of the southern Utah parks. On your way back south through Canada, go through the Okanogin Valley into Washington State and down into Lewiston, Idaho along the Snake and Salmon River through McCall, Idaho and down to Boise, then down to Salt Lake City, etc.
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Ditto on all the suggestions, especially the Moab area. If you can get into Devil's Garden CG in Arches NP it is quite unique. Dead Horse Point State Park has a great CG also and you are right next to Canyonlands NP. I would take the westerly route over to I-15 via Hanksville (Goblins Park) and stay at the Fruita CG in Capitol Reef NP. On your way north you might want to consider passing through Grand Teton/Bridger Forest/Yellowstone there are some great boondocking spots such as Grassy Lake Rd by Flagg Ranch, Red Hills CG in Bridger-Teton NF http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/btnf/...71663&actid=29 you back your Airstream right up to the river, all the CG in Yellowstone are good (but crowded). Then you head to Glacier and its all over.
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