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Apr 24, 2015 - Gooseneck State Park, UT

Fri, 24 Apr: Heading north, to very special places... After almost two weeks at Verde Valley Thousand Trails Preserve it was time to move on. We enjoy staying at Verde Valley, but the sites are pretty tight and overall it is a bit noisy. We got things ready and at 0822 Bob put Carpe in gear and eased out of our site. It takes a bit to get thru the park and thru the guard gate. Then a couple of miles to the highway. East on Arizona 260 to Interstate 17 north toward Flagstaff. We were at 3,000' elevation when we got on I 17 and Flagstaff is...

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Apr 18, 2014 - Goosenecks State Park, UT

Fri, 18 Apr: North to spectacular Utah! Today was a longish day, 287 miles in three shifts. We had left an overnite stop as an option depending how we felt. It was a beautiful drive so when decision time arrived we elected to press on. We departed the Prescott Valley Elks Lodge at 0915 and drove a whopping 1¼ miles to the Sam Club fuel station where we topped off Carpe's tank. She still had about ¾ of a tank but when diesel is available at a somewhat "reasonable" price we take it. Following fueling we connected the car and headed...

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2014 Travels

Apr 28, 2012 - Grand Canyon To Goosenecks State Park, Utah

Grand Canyon To Goosenecks State Park, Utah Apr 28, 2012 Before leaving Grand Canyon we stopped at Mather camground to empty our holding tanks and take on fresh water. We had been at the Canyon for 7 days and they needed to be serviced. One thing we are really happy with is the solar system. We had been parked on Long Jim Rd in Tusayan for the whole week. Parked along the edge of the road and there were tall Ponderosa Pines on both sides of the road. We had enough solar gain however from the 4-5 hours when the sun was overhead to keep our...

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Oct 23, 2010 - Mexican Hat, UT (Day 4) - Monument Valley

(Ron Writing) This morning we packed a lunch and drove south on scenic US-163 through Mexican Hat, UT and on to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park just across the border in Arizona. Monument Valley is about 30 miles southwest of our campsite at Goosenecks State Park but even from our dining room window we can see those 1,000’ buttes on the horizon. The park has a very nice and modern visitor center that includes a small museum, large gift shop selling mostly Native American craft items, and a large restaurant. There is also a lodge with...

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Oct 21, 2010 - Mexican Hat, UT (Day 2) - Valley of the Gods & Muley Pt.

(Ron Writing) It rained hard for at least 4 hours last night and was very windy for awhile. This morning it was completely overcast but at least it wasn’t raining. So we decided to head out to explore the nearby Valley of the Gods. There is a winding dirt road that runs for about 17 miles through some very interesting and scenic rock formations. We took way too many photos but it’s hard to stop when you come upon one beautiful sight after another! We only had to drive through one running stream and several muddy low spots but nothing that...

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Oct 20, 2010 - Mexican Hat, UT - Living on the Edge

(Ron Writing) Today we drove a short distance on the very scenic US-163 heading southwest from Bluff, UT. We stopped at Goosenecks State Park to see the dramatic views of the San Juan River Canyon from the cliffs above. This morning the weather was beautiful but by noon it was getting quite cloudy. We decided to have lunch here and get a weather forecast update on the internet. Based on that forecast we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon and night here rather than continue our journey. Around 5 PM it started raining and got very...

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May 21, 2009 - Goosenecks State Park

Some friends of ours had recommended that we visit Gooseneck State Park, which is just over the line into southern Utah. To get there, we had to drive thru Monument Valley, which is where they filmed lots of old westerns. What lovely rock formations just sticking up out of the flat desert floor!!! I can see John Wayne and the cavalry riding to the rescue!!! Gooseneck State Park is an unusual park--other than a pit toilet and small gravel parking lot, it has virtually no facilities. Instead, what it does have are great views overlooking the...

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