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Old 09-02-2014, 06:30 AM   #1
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We are leaving Friday for Colorado/Utah/Arizona/New Mexico. I could update as we go so you won't get withdrawal if you want. We will be gone till the end of October.
Absolutely! I've always wanted to travel the Southwest with our camper but unfortunately we ended up flying, rental car and hotel'ing it all the time. Just never had the time to drive out there and back with time enough to enjoy. We did the Utah desert and rock formations, Arizona Grand Canyon and Salt River tubing, Colorado Pikes Peak. All great things to see!
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:31 AM   #2
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Absolutely! I've always wanted to travel the Southwest with our camper but unfortunately we ended up flying, rental car and hotel'ing it all the time. Just never had the time to drive out there and back with time enough to enjoy. We did the Utah desert and rock formations, Arizona Grand Canyon and Salt River tubing, Colorado Pikes Peak. All great things to see!
Is there anything you did or saw that we should be aware of - something that should not be missed? We have the usual stuff on our itinerary, like Bryce, Zion, etc. but sometimes someone takes an excursion or side trip that is really awesome.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:27 PM   #3
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Arches National Park and Canyonlands near Moab,UT are worth it if you like some hiking. I can also recommend a bit of off road there of you are up for it. Did that trip last year!!
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:04 AM   #4
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Those places are on our list. The off-roading is something neither of us have done. Is it recommended for seniors? It sounds interesting.
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White water rafting is a blast too...

Well, we called it off-white since we only wanted to do no more than rated 3 rapids
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:34 AM   #6
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Those places are on our list. The off-roading is something neither of us have done. Is it recommended for seniors? It sounds interesting.
Moab is an off road enthusiasts dream! I stuck to trails my 4X4 could handle, but if you want, you can rent a jeep and do it right. I think age is just a number, but there are some great trails that can be done in any SUV, 4X4 truck. One, in particular, I recommend is the Shafer Trail Road which takes off near the North entrance to Canyonlands National Park before you even reach the visitor center. Stunning views and you can probably drive it about 20 miles before it gets to a point that you need a serious offroad vehicle and then turn around and head back the other way. You skirt the edge of Shafer canyon and then drive a switchback trail all the way to the bottom, its hard to believe when you are on top that you are going to end up coming out at the bottom of the canyon, in my mind, worth the drive. Keep in mind, that much of the trip can take up to two hours one way, 4 hour round trip. Make sure you have a full tank of fuel! Won't need it, but better safe than sorry! Shafer trail actually winds all the way around the mid and lower edge of Canyonlands and is often driven by people who camp their way around in a proper off road vehicle. Apparently it takes 24 hours of straight driving to do the whole trail around the park. Don't need to go that far to enjoy the views.
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Here's a link to some "off the beaten path" things in Arizona.

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel...na-TG-C-1.html
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One thing worth noting on that "off the beaten path" website is the number of times Sedona is listed for various catagories. I can't recommend the place enough, one of my wife's and mine all time favorite places... and we were there in August :-)
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:43 PM   #9
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Thanks, guys! I think I will pass on the white water rafting. I am not into water sports. Sedona is on our list. Our truck is not 4WD, so we would have to rent something for off-road adventures. I will keep the above info handy.

Just getting all the last minute stuff done on the trailer and tomorrow we finish loading her. Leaving early Friday.
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From what I remember about Sodona and the Red Rock Canyon country, you better pack a big wallet.
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