2022 Best of Arizona, Utah, and Colorado plus Wyoming and the Dakotas

The Best of Arizona, Utah, and Colorado 2022

March 28, 2022 to August 22, 2022

This circuit will take you through such places as Sedona, Grand Canyon, Kanab, Utah, Bryce, Arches, Escalante and parts of Colorado just to name some of the highlights we will enjoy. It will then continue into, Wyoming and the Dakotas where it will end after visiting, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse. This is just some of the highlights of this circuit. Most places you can just show up, but there are a few places that you will need reservations. Please review the whole circuit and make any necessary reservations.

There will be a $5 fee for each stop on this circuit unless it is just an overnight stop. Also if you volunteer to host or co-host a stop, you don’t pay for that stop. We look forward to everyone volunteering to help contribute in some way. If you are new, it is a great way to meet people.

Please note this circuit may change as it goes along due to the size of the group, inclement weather or area is not accessible. Changes if necessary will be posted on line, last minute changes will go out to all WINs via e-mail as a WIN Alert. If you are thinking of joining this circuit for all or any any part, please let me know and if you available to host a stop. I have all the information to help you host or co-host a stop and will help you. adriennelulu@gmail.com or 805-458-2206.

 


ROOSEVELT, AZ

March 28, 2022 to April 4, 2022
Activity Ideas

Kayaking, hiking, Tonto National Monument, dancing, fish dinners, drive Apache Trail to Tortilla Flats if it is open.

Parking Location

Windy Hill Campground, Coyote Loop. There are 3 loops in Coyote closer to the water. Reservations can be made for odd numbered sites through Recreation.gov, even numbered sites are first come first serve. $25 single, $50 double, 1/2 off with senior pass. The Javelina loop is close by as a back up.

Directions and Other Information

From Globe, AZ go west on Hwy 60 to Hwy 188. Take Hwy 188 north to Windy Hill CG. Go into campground and pay fee at machine for the number of days you are staying, currently $12.50 per day Golden Age or Senior Pass. Double sites are $50, single sites $25. Sites have covered tables and fire pits, the bathrooms and showers are closed. Pack it in, pack it out, trash only picked up once a week. Dump located across from Cholla Campground, 8 miles north on Hwy 188, (no fee) Scenic area. Possible wildflowers and cactus blooms. No RVs over Hwy 88 (Apache Trail).

GPS Coordinates

N33.652749,W111.093879Click on link to see Google Map


PAYSON, AZ

April 4, 2022 to April 11, 2022
Activity Ideas

Hiking, fishing, Elks activities, biking and boating at Green Valley Lake. Take a day trip along top edge of Mogollon Rim on Control Road 64 and travel east to Tonto Village and then back to Payson.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 1206 N Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ

Directions and Other Information

From Roosevelt Lake take Hwy 188 and Beeline Hwy north into Payson. Stay on Beeline Hwy and at north end of town turn left on W Airport Rd. Elks Lodge on left. Host should call Camp Host, Joe Hannum 928-951-2036, prior to arrival to advise of dates, etc. $10 dry camp.

GPS Coordinates

N34.256705,W111.324395Click on link to see Google Map


PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ

April 11, 2022 to April 16, 2022
Activity Ideas

Get your RV serviced with parts at a 10% discount. There will be kayaking at Watson Lake, and lots of hiking. We will visit the historic Prescott town square and old bars and buildings in the area. Little Dealer will give us seminars on RV maintenance or financing, and many other perks of parking here.

Parking Location

Little Dealer Little Prices RV, 2757 N. Truwood Dr, Prescott Valley, AZ. Note no early arrivals or staying later than posted. USE SECOND GATE, WATER, DUMP AND PROPANE ARE RIGHT THERE AS YOU ENTER IN THE SECOND GATE.

Directions and Other Information

Use address or GPS coordinates. Water and dump and propane available. Free parking, meeting room available. No hookups. Get your mail at either the Dewey post office or the Prescott post office. Host to contact a few weeks in advance to confirm.

GPS Coordinates

N34.582558,W112.310615Click on link to see Google Map


SEDONA / COTTONWOOD, AZ

April 16, 2022 to April 24, 2022
Activity Ideas

Visit Sedona red-rock buttes, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Cathedral Rock Trail, Oak Creek Canyon, Tlaquepaque Arts and shopping Village. So much to explore there.

Parking Location

FR 9571 south of 89, Dispersed, free

Directions and Other Information

Starting from Little Dealer, head East on AZ-69 S toward Mendocino Drive, turn left on AZ-169 N, Turn left onto the I-17 N ramp to Flagstaff, take exit 287 toward AZ-260 W/Finnie Flat Road (signs for AZ-89A/Cottonwood/Jerome). Stay on 260 W, turn right onto AZ-89A, make a U turn at Angel Valley Rd.Turn Right at FS 9571. There is a sign there marking the road. Be very careful as there are big pot holes, drive slow and watch for rocks and pot holes. There is room as you first come in for maybe 3 big rigs to park just after you come in but will have some road noise. The further up the road you come, the more it opens up.

GPS Coordinates

N34.803127,W111.921220Click on link to see Google Map


TUSAYAN / GRAND CANYON, AZ

April 24, 2022 to May 1, 2022
Activity Ideas

Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and architect Mary Colters Lookout Studio and her Desert View Watchtower. Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is a popular, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Parking Location

Williams Arizona Forest Service Dispersed, pull offs on any Forest Road at least quarter mile from Hwy 180/64. Free, All year, 50 foot max RV length, 6520 ft elevation, accepts big rigs. Trails and hiking from camping area.

Directions and Other Information

Take 89A North to I-17N to I-40 West, to 64 North to fire road 688. The host should get there the day before to select an area to park and post signs

GPS Coordinates

N35.92670,W112.12893Click on link to see Google Map


PAGE, AZ

May 1, 2022 to May 8, 2022
Activity Ideas

Kayaking, Antelope Canyon (need reservations), Glen Canyon Dam, John Wesley Powell Museum. Please note, due to Covid many tours have been cancelled.

Parking Location

LONE ROCK, UT, Lone Rock Campground. The Elks is an alternative place to park

Directions and Other Information

Take Hwy 64 north and east then north on Hwy 89. When it splits to 89A, stay on 89 to Page. Utah is one hour ahead of Arizona.

GPS Coordinates

N37.020011,W111.539688Click on link to see Google Map


KANAB, UT

May 8, 2022 to May 14, 2022
Activity Ideas

Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Dance Hall Cave, Coral Pink Sand Dunes National Park, hiking, biking. Zion has incredible hikes but some may be limited to the number of people or closed due to Covid restrictions. The Wave is probably the most incredible hike you will ever take but you have go to the Kanab Center Gym located at 180 E. 100 N, along the back East of the building the day before and sign up for the lottery between 8:30 and 9 AM. 16 people will be awarded permits each day. Only one person from each group is allowed to enter the building to fill out the Form and they must be masked. The lottery takes place at 9AM. If a group wins the lottery, they must enter the building with masks for orientation. Do not park in the front of the building as you could be towed away. White Pockets is also a fabulous place to hike but you also need reservations and a permit. There are usually fewer people trying to get out there as it is a long 4 wheel drive with deep sand. There are many other places to explore and amazing slot canyons.

Parking Location

Gravel pit off of Hwy 89. Free dispersed. Note this is a new gravel pit. Host should definitely get there the day before and scout the area and post signs as to the best way to enter the area.

Directions and Other Information

North of Kanab off US 89 to the east on a dirt road. A little rough in places so go slow. Host should go in the day before to pick out an area and post signs. Turn off highway 89 to the east at N37.20778,W112.68423

GPS Coordinates

N37.207797,W112.678161Click on link to see Google Map


BRYCE, UT

May 14, 2022 to May 24, 2022
Activity Ideas

Hiking, biking, 4 wheeling. Leave your car in the public parking area across from Rubys Inn and ride the free shuttle into the park. They stop at a number of locations about every hour or so; so you can get off and hike a trail and then get back on the shuttle and go to another location. The Rainbow tour bus is not running. There are too many hiking opportunities to list, as well as a 6.2 mile shared use trail, that accommodates bicycles, pedestrians, dogs, etc. There are also a number of hiking trails in the nearby and beautiful Red Canyon. Four wheeling opportunities abound in this area, as well as scenic drives. Go horseback riding. Visit to Kodachrome is must.

Parking Location

Rubys Inn Campground, Highway 63, Bryce, Utah 84764 laundry, dump, water, restroom, showers, outdoor heated pool. $10 a night dry camping. 300 Main Street. Please note this is a special price for the WINs during the above dates only. The Host may go in a day early.

Directions and Other Information

89 north, right turn onto Utah-12, Right turn Utah-63, right turn into Rubys. Look for WIN Signs, Group area 9.

GPS Coordinates

N37.6684,W112.1585Click on link to see Google Map


TORREY, UT

May 24, 2022 to May 30, 2022
Activity Ideas

Visit Capitol Reef National Park and discover the Waterpocket Fold, and other hidden treasures. Day trips to Escalante, Hole in the Rock Wall, Capital Reef and so much more. There are fifteen day hiking trails, from easy strolls to strenuous hikes. Park Staff offer a variety of interpretive programs and hikes. Buy locally-baked fruit pies and homemade ice cream at The Gifford House store and museum, and if you get there early enough in the day they have killer cinnamon rolls.

Parking Location

1280 West Beas Lewis Flat Road, Torrey, UT. This is a hilly area and host should get there a day before to pick out parking areas. Go Slow and those that run their generators should park a bit of a distance from the group as a courtesy.

Directions and Other Information

These are the directions from Bryce. There are actually 3 routes and everyone needs to decide for themselves which is the better route for them. Here are the 2 better routes. The GPS will be very helpful.
One route takes you along Hwy 12, which is very scenic, but curvy, steep in parts and may have some construction. Look for the sign for 1280 West Bees Lewis Flat Road. This is a dirt road on the right coming from UT-24 East, follow the WIN signs.
The other route take you out and around using UT-89 and UT- 62. This route take less time but is more mileage. The turn off to 1280 West Bees Lewis Flat Road is at N38.2984268,W111.3931856

GPS Coordinates

N38.2980564,W111.3841259Click on link to see Google Map


GOBLIN VALLEY, UT

May 30, 2022 to June 5, 2022
Activity Ideas

Explore the strange and colorful valley which is unlike any other in Utah. The landscape sandstone goblins and formations is compared to Mars. For those that want more adventure, check out canyoneering and rappelling opportunities with local guides. Rappel into Goblins Lair 70 foot natural sandstone cave. (info@getinthewild.com). Also Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. Bell/Little Wild Horse Canyon Loop Hike.

Parking Location

Temple Mountain Campground East. Temple Mountain Road, Green River, Utah, 84525. Free. Host should check out place at least a day in advance.

Directions and Other Information

Utah 12 to Utah 24, turn right, to Temple Mountain Road, turn left. Host to verify location is viable and large enough for the group.

GPS Coordinates

N38.656214,W110.660838Click on link to see Google Map


MOAB / ARCHES NATIONAL PARK / CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UT

June 5, 2022 to June 13, 2022
Activity Ideas

There are many hiking and mountain biking opportunities in this area. Take a scenic drive; catch the amazing colors of the Southwestern sunrises and sunsets. Go 4-wheeling. Kayak or tube the Colorado River. Visit Arches, Canyonlands, The Needles, and Moab. Perfect for a burn your own.

Parking Location

Dalton Wells Road. Host to verify parking is still viable and large enough for group. This is state trust land.

Directions and Other Information

Go north on Hwy 24, east on I-70, south on Highway 191 for 11 miles to Dalton Wells Road, turn left and follow the dirt road in for about one mile, take the second road to the left and park wherever you want. There are several places in Moab for dump and water.

GPS Coordinates

N38.71700,W109.69328Click on link to see Google Map


MONTROSE, CO

June 13, 2022 to June 20, 2022
Activity Ideas

Tour the Museum of the Mountain West and the Ute Indian Museum. The Montrose Water Sports Park is a must do afternoon for kayakers, beginners to expert, with six drop structures, and a gradient of 11 feet for 1/5 mile, supporting a leisurely run with natural obstacles. Catch a performance of the Magic Circle Players. Visit the Montrose Botanical Garden and the Montrose County Museum. Shop at the Montrose Farmers Market on Saturdays. There are several hot springs in the Montrose and Ouray area. Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #1053, 891 S. Hillcrest Dr. (970) 249-4852 $5/night donation.

Directions and Other Information

Electricity and dump available.

GPS Coordinates

N38.479638,W107.8599647Click on link to see Google Map


GUNNISON, CO

June 20, 2022 to June 27, 2022
Activity Ideas

Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorados largest body of water with 96 miles of shoreline and the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the United States. Lets go fishing!!! Head down to the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, that routes water from the Gunnison River through the mountain to Montrose and other farming communities. Attend Ranger led hikes and Ranger campfire programs to learn about the area. Take a day trip to Crested Butte. Other activities include visiting Gunnison, kayaking, hiking, and bicycle riding. Can also visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison from here.

Parking Location

Elk Creek Campground on the Curecanti National Recreation Area. Elevation 7,540 feet.

Directions and Other Information

16 miles west of Gunnison on US-50. (970) 641-2337 Dump and water are available at the campground. $16/night for non-electric sites. Electric hookups in loop D only, additional $6/night. Loop D recommended for larger rigs. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to 6 months prior to your stay. Must be made 4 days prior to arrival. www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.

GPS Coordinates

N38.46778,W107.17583Click on link to see Google Map


NATHROP, CO

June 27, 2022 to July 5, 2022
Activity Ideas

Hiking, fishing. Hot springs and rafting (with outfitters) nearby. Community pool with hot springs and showers in Salida, along with a river walk and cute shops. Tubing in Salida.

Parking Location

Dispersed dry camping in the pines about 7 miles south of Buena Vista.

Directions and Other Information

From US-285, turn West on County Rd 270, drive several miles to County Rd 272 and go straight on hard-pack sand road to National Forest. Area called Raspberry Gulch. Water at Buena Vista Water Dept. and info center. Dump at private campgrounds. Verizon and internet are good here. Celebrate July 4th with a pot luck.

GPS Coordinates

N38.693255,W106.138043Click on link to see Google Map


LEADVILLE, CO

July 5, 2022 to July 11, 2022
Activity Ideas

Leadville is a true western mining town, established in the late 1800s, and is the highest incorporated city in North America, at an elevation of 10,151 ft. There are a wide range of sights, activities and experiences unique to the Rocky Mountains. Nearby locations are Twin Lakes, Aspen, and Turquoise Lake. There are numerous hiking trails around the area, bicycling, kayaking, and numerous downtown adventures. Visit a nearby community swimming pool and gym, a convenient place to get a hot shower and swim a lap or two, or soak in the hot tub. Dine out in the quaint historical buildings of Leadville for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a little bit of history on the back of most menus to give background about the establishment and its previous owners. Visit the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, which is one of the finest of its kind, Tabor Home Matchless Mine and Baby Doe Tabor Cabin, Heritage Museum and Gallery, Temple Israel (a restored frontier synagogue and museum), Healy House and Dexter Cabin. Take Twin Lakes Inter-Laken boat tour to the historic Inter-Laken Resort, for historical tales, geology, gorgeous scenery, flora, fauna, the Leadville National Fish Hatchery and scenic hiking trail. Visit the Twin Lakes Gallery and historic town, and Delaware Hotel take a guided cemetery tour with a narrative of tales of some of the residents. Visit the Historical Tabor Opera House for an evening of very enjoyable music. Take a day trip to Aspen over Independence Pass (elev. 12,093 ft) to experience a place where the rich and famous live in a lovely little town with upscale shops and high dollar housing surrounded by majestic mountain beauty. Visit the John Denver Sanctuary Memorial Park and ride the gondola to the top of the mountain for spectacular views of the ski slopes and the mountains and valleys below. Take a walking tour of the town visiting the various shops, eateries, galleys, churches and historical landmarks. Visit the ghost town of Independence to view the Old Mill site, and the Braille Trail that uses a rope to guide blind individuals down the trail.

Parking Location

San Isabel National Forestry camping

Directions and Other Information

US-24 North to County Road 4 (McWethy Dr.) and turn left. About 5 miles where road forks at Sugar Loafin RV and golf course, take dirt road (Rd-48) in the center of the fork. The area is approx. 1/2 mile on left. Free. Water and dump available on corner of CO-91 and SR-300 for $5. Host and Co-Host arrive 2 days early to secure spots. This is yet to be verified

GPS Coordinates

N39.247758,W106.358992Click on link to see Google Map


GRAND LAKE, CO

July 11, 2022 to July 18, 2022
Activity Ideas

Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, Granby, Granby Lake. Sightsee, hike, kayak, bike, off-road

Parking Location

Boondocking Location past Staging Area

Directions and Other Information

CO – 91 N to I-70 East, to CO – 9 N, to 34 East, left on Hwy 4 Drive about 1.3 miles past the OHV/Snowmobile Staging Area) and turn left onto the dirt road.

GPS Coordinates

N40.22665,W105.91245Click on link to see Google Map


LONGMONT, CO

July 18, 2022 to July 25, 2022
Activity Ideas

Day trip to Boulder. Visit Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park. Tour Coors brewery, the Budweiser brewery, and many micro-breweries. Take the Celestial Seasonings tour and visit the Leaning Tree Western Art Museum. Ride the Rockys Bus to Denver for a baseball game. Visit Buffalo Bills grave. Shop at the Longmont Farmers Market. Visit the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. Hike Rabbit Mountain. Hike and bike St. Vrain State Park.

Parking Location

Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501, 303-678-6235. Or Moose

Directions and Other Information

Follow I-25 to CO-119 in Weld County. Take exit 240 from I-25 and take CO-119 (signs for Longmont), go 7.6 miles. Turn right onto Nelson Rd. Turn right toward Fairground Access. This is a first come, first served campground with 96 spots, $20/elec., $25/elec and water. Dump $10.

GPS Coordinates

N40.154234,W105.126086Click on link to see Google Map


LARAMIE/CHEYENNE, WY

July 25, 2022 to August 1, 2022
Activity Ideas

The Cheyenne Frontier days will be going on at this time and there will be a Rodeo going on everyday from July 23rd to 31st. Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered through Cheyenne Frontier Days Tickets on line. There is a carnival every day, live music every night, entertainment, chuckwagon cookout, Grand Parade, Indian Village, USAF Thunderbirds on July 27th just to a few of the activities going on. We are not far from Laramie which is a charming historical western town with a university, lots of hiking and biking and Medicine Bow National Forest. Tour the nightlife with lots of wineries and craft breweries along with both western dancing and swing dancing. With so much to do at these 2 places, it will be hard to make choices.

Parking Location

Vedauwoo Designated Dispersed Campsites, Medicine Bow National Forest, Laramie, WY. There are 73 first come, first serve free spots located in this area and must park within 50 feet of a marked spot. There are tables, grill trails and hiking. Host must arrive at least a day in advance to make sure we can get our group in there.

Directions and Other Information

From Cheyenne, head west on I-80 approximately 30 miles to the Vedauwoo exit (exit 339). After exiting, turn right onto Forest Road 700. Travel East on the 700 road for approximately 2 miles. This will lead you to the designated dispersed sites.

GPS Coordinates

N41.152917,W105.374898Click on link to see Google Map


LUSK, WY

August 1, 2022 to August 2, 2022
Hosts

No host needed as this is just an overnight

Parking Location

Elks Lodge 1797, 601 S Elm St. Lusk, WY. 82225. No Hook ups

Directions and Other Information

TAKE I-80 E toward Cheyenne, take exit 359C for I-25 N/US-87 N towards Casper, Take US-26 E to WY-270N, to US-18 E to US-20E, Turn left onto S Cedar St./S Main, Right onto E 6th St., Right onto S. Elm.

GPS Coordinates

N42.758531,W104.450688Click on link to see Google Map


CUSTER, SD

August 2, 2022 to August 8, 2022
Activity Ideas

A must do would be to visit Crazy Horse which is the woodlands largest Mountain Carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota and of course view Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park. You can also bike segments of the George S Mickelson Trail, a 109 mile Rail-Trail with a crushed stone surface. This trail runs through the heart of the Black Hills, connecting Deadwood with Edgemont , and has nearly 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 tunnels, and much of it traverses national forest. Other adventures include a visit to the Wind Cave National Park and the Jewel Cave National Monument.

Parking Location

Oreville CG, Black Hills NF, 24462 US-385, Custer, SD (605) 574-4402 **Additional camping at Comanche Park Campground, Hwy 16, Custer, SD. 34 spaces, Need Reservations GPS for Comanche is N43.73498,W103.71186

Directions and Other Information

Head north on S. Elm toward 6th, left on 6th, Right onto US-18E/US-85N/Cedar St/S Main. Right onto Us 18 E entering South Dakota, Left on SD-89N, Right onto Custer St./Mt Rushmore Rd., Left onto 16 E/US-385 N/N 5th st., Right onto 592 into the Oreville CG. $20 for non-electric site, Sr. Pass applies for discount. Reservations highly recommended. February 8th call for reservations. There are only 26 spots in this campground.

GPS Coordinates

N43.87808,W103.61191Click on link to see Google Map


RAPID CITY, SD

August 8, 2022 to August 15, 2022
Activity Ideas

Biking will include the Leonard Swanson Memorial Pathway which is an 8 mile trail that has an asphalt surface. The Elks Lodge in Rapid City is a very active lodge with a golf course. We will take advantage of this location to visit Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills of SD, one of the most beautiful places on earth. From here you can easily do a day trip to the Badlands, Deadwood and Devils Tower.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge, 3333 Jolly Lane, Rapid City, SD (605) 393-1187

Directions and Other Information

From I-90W, take Exit 61 toward SD-79S, go .2mi and keep left following signs for US 16/SD-79S, go 450 ft and continue onto SD-79S/N Elk Vale Rd, go 2.8mi and take the SD-44 exit toward Rapid City, go .3mi turn right onto SD-44E, go .8mi and turn right onto Jolly Ln, go .5mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the right. There are 10 sites with electric and unlimited dry camping.

GPS Coordinates

N44.05216,W103.1531Click on link to see Google Map


THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, ND

August 15, 2022 to August 22, 2022
Activity Ideas

View bison, elk and prairie dogs as well as the Elkhorn Ranch Site (South Unit) and the badlands. Visit a prairie dog town in Medora. Hiking and kayaking on the Little Missouri, if the water level permits. Visit the Maltese Cross Cabin where Theodore Roosevelt once lived; and take the scenic loop drive. Attend Ranger Talks and Ranger led hikes.

Parking Location

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Unit, Juniper Campground. Possible to reserve group site for 20 vehicles at $30 per night.

Directions and Other Information

Follow Hwy 85 to the North Unit of the Natl Park, then 6 miles west on park road to Juniper CG. Boondock $14/night, $7 with Golden Age Pass. Dump station and water.

GPS Coordinates

N47.59417,W103.33389Click on link to see Google Map