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Bull Rider

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We're going to be in the Flaming Gorge area for the two weeks (or so) in September 2020.

We also want to go to Page Az, Monument Valley, and Escalante NP,

I'm still trying to sort out the order of travel to hit these spots.

I'm thinking of heading south from Flaming Gorge, go through Moab, and drop south from there.

Hit Monument Valley, then Page, then Escalante. I would prefer to stay east of Salt Lake City and hit spots in Eastern Utah.

Any suggestions on Monument Valley, Page, or Escalante campgrounds
would be appreciated.

We love ancient peoples history.

Does anyone have input on boating on Lake Powell our of Page? We are considering renting a boat for a day trip, or just going on one of the tour boats, say to Rainbow Bridge... What say you.

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After Moab have you considered Mesa Verde National Park known for its well preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings? Valley of the Gods is an interesting drive through. Bryce and Zion are also near your route.

While we like water related areas we would go to GC N Rim before L Powell which may also have very low water levels, detracting from the scenery for us.


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There are many interesting, less traveled ruins in the Bears Ears National Monument. Two that I'd recommend checking are House on Fire & Fallen Roof Ruin. Both are reasonably close to Blanding, UT or Natural Bridges National Monument. Lots of maps & hiking info with a Google search.

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Fallen Roof Ruin, Road Canyon off UT 261:
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Roads are good. A boat is the way to see L Powell.

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Great Suggestions!!! We've been to Durango CO twice, but haven't been to Mesa Verde. Thank you.

Bear's ears, amazing pics. Never heard of that.

We've been to Bryce twice, and Zion, plus the North Rim.

We want to boondock around Escalante. We've driven Utah 12 before and been to Goblin Valley (?) Amazing places.

What about camping in Monument Valley?


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Great Suggestions!!! We've been to Durango CO twice, but haven't been to Mesa Verde. Thank you.

Bear's ears, amazing pics. Never heard of that.

We've been to Bryce twice, and Zion, plus the North Rim.

We want to boondock around Escalante. We've driven Utah 12 before and been to Goblin Valley (?) Amazing places.

What about camping in Monument Valley?


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OK we stayed at Jug Hollow boondocking (@Flaming Gorge) site for 5 days this summer. Great spot with a lot of room. We stayed at the town of Escalante for 8 days a few years ago at a commercial cg, don't recall the name but it was nothing special just a dirt parking lot with FHU, there aren't many cg in the town area and none were any better. But we weren't there to hang around the cg anyway. There is a State Park near town with camping, Petroglyph SP?
We were looking at slot canyons and driving the Hole in the Rock road several times. You can collect Moqui Marbles by the 5 gal bucket full in the area as well, the ones that sell for $3 or $4 each in the rock shops. There is boondocking up in the forest area, I think north of town off the road to the Devil's Backbone. Nice forested area with lots of large pines.

We stayed overnight at Page a couple years ago and have been to Monument Valley, the Valley of the Gods is almost as good and free too plus you can drive the Moki Dugway. We stayed at a commercial park in Cortez as a base camp for that whole are which was handy for most of that area. Bears Ears in a new park and one we have on our too visit list in cooler weather.


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Goulding’s is probably the best campground in Monument Valley. Most likely the only one with full hookups. Have a great trip!


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There is expensive dry camping in Monument Valley at the Mitten View Campground in the park next to the visitor center. Definitely has the best views. The Web Site notes they are closed until Sep 19th...

As Two Hands said, Gouldings is the closest campground that has hookups. Monument Valley KOA is a couple of miles from the park. Given the choice, I'd stay at Gouldings.

Another location that has inexpensive dry camping is Goosenecks State Park about 30 miles northeast of the park. You can camp right on the edge of the overlook.

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Come on down to AZ, lots of Apache, er, ancient peoples history here.


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