We made it home last Thursday afternoon with a 383 mile drive from Kanab. The drive was specular from Jacob Lake to Flagstaff. It is obvious that northern AZ has received a lot of rain lately as the desert was carpeted with green and the contrast with the red rock cliffs was breathtaking in many places. As is typical we did have a little rain in Flagstaff but other than that the trip was uneventful.
Overall our trip was three weeks long and was the longest and best trip we have ever taken. The scenery was unbelievable as our route took us literally from the deserts to the glaciers and everything in between. While we spend most of the time in Montana we feel there is still a lot of that state to explore. To recap the trip we traveled a total of 4046 miles, visited three national parks (one twice) and one national monument. We stayed in two RV parks, 10 forest service campgrounds, two national park campgrounds, one BLM campground, three city/county parks, and two dispersed camp sites. We were very pleased that we were able to avoid the RV parks for the most part.
A few things we learned on this trip…
- Don’t worry about getting a site in a national forest campground…. with very few exceptions they will not be full
- Allocate much more time in the national parks. You could easily spend 4-5 days in Glacier and Yellowstone.
- The cheapest gas is in the valley!
- It’s a long long way across Utah
- The senior pass it the best thing going
These photos are from the Marble Canyon area