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Old 09-02-2014, 07:30 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, 11:31 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, 10:27 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, 05:04 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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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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Old 09-03-2014, 09:03 AM   #7
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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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Old 09-03-2014, 10:50 AM   #8
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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, 02:43 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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We went there this summer. Wonderful trip. We stayed in Williams, AZ and rode the train to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. We took side trips to Walnut Canyon, Waputki, Sunset Crater and Sedona. Drove from Sedona back to Flagstaff. through Oak Creek Canyon. We then went up to UT. We didn't go to Zion this trip but went to Bryce and Capitol Reef (gorgeous). We then came back to Kansas across CO. Loved every minute of the trip.
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:22 PM   #12
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Thanks! We are packed, hitched up and ready to leave tomorrow a.m. First destination is Colorado Springs and it should take four days to get there, weather and road conditions permitting. I will update as we go.
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Ya gotta do Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain and the Air force Academy golf course(if you play golf --- you can hit a pitching wedge 200+ yards )
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:47 PM   #14
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Garden of the Gods is on our list, don't know about Cheyenne Mountain (will look into it), but I do not golf. Thanks.
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Go Well. Enjoy this beautiful country and safe travels!
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:31 AM   #16
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Still tour the Air Force Academy campus - it is GEE-OR-GEOUS ...
(course castle rock and all the surrounding area is beautiful too !)

daughter played an invitational soccer tourney there with her select team and although the altitude almost made them pass out the first few days, was well worth the trip
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Loneoak,
I will follow this with much enthusiasm. We are wintering in Weslaco, TX this year, and our plans call for us to head west until the end of May as I don't want to be anywhere near the Midwest during tornado season.

I am particularly interested in where you stay when you get to AZ, UT, and CO. My plans right now call for a few weeks in NM, then on to AZ, up to UT and then to CO to see friends in Colorado Springs. I will be doing more research on how best to avoid the higher mountain peaks if possible when traveling through CO. I was in PA earlier this spring and on some back roads to a COE we hit 10-12% roads. No problem getting up them but the ride down has convinced me I need an exhaust brake. That will be getting added before I head west.

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The Great Southwest

I love all of the wonderful places in this magnificent country. I particularly love our great southwest. Here are a few of my photos from our trip this summer.
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GREAT pictures Jlongsta!! I especially like the one with the rain storm way off in the back.
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Thanks. We really enjoyed this trip. It was all wonderful. We really enjoyed seeing the cattle being driven up the canyon in Colorado. We felt as though we had stepped back in time; other than the kids on the horses were wearing safety helmets!
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