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Old 09-23-2019, 10:04 PM   #1
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Hello travelers Denver to Bryce

Traveling from NY to Denver to pick up family. Would like a nice route seeing Arches Kodachrome Bryce and then to Zion. Wondering the easiest and nice places to stay. Any advice is great Thanks
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Old 09-23-2019, 11:17 PM   #2
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Traveling from NY to Denver to pick up family. Would like a nice route seeing Arches Kodachrome Bryce and then to Zion. Wondering the easiest and nice places to stay. Any advice is great Thanks
US-50 is scenic but Monarch Pass (11,312 ft) is challenging but doable (not too steep but curvy). You can follow it to Grand Junction and take I-70 to the Moab turnoff. If you are adventurous head west on CO-90 over to US-191 and north to Moab. It is a good road but slow going. Cell is good on US-50 but non-existent on 90. My coach made it towing the Rampside with out problems. Make sure you make the trip to Canyon lands National Park As it is one of the hidden gems in the National Parks system. I was able to get a tour of the Intrepid Potash plant. The blue ponds are spectacular. Just follow the UP railroad tracks west to the mine.
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Old 09-24-2019, 01:53 AM   #3
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Traveling from NY to Denver to pick up family. Would like a nice route seeing Arches Kodachrome Bryce and then to Zion. Wondering the easiest and nice places to stay. Any advice is great Thanks
If you are heading west from Denver..Hiway 50 is a bit south for you even tho that area is our favorite in Colorado.
If you don't mind the interstate again...I70 west will get you to Grand Junction.and from there you can go to Moab..Canyonlands..Capitol Reef and into Bryce...then on to Zion...and if you go south to Las Vegas...you can go to Valley of Fire.
Moab/Arches has some nice campgrounds..Bryce as well...
I am sure other forum members can give you many recommendations....

If you decide to go south to hiway 50...and across...you will see some beautiful Colorado country...and if you stay south through Durango then west you will enter Utah in the southwest corner..and drive through Monument Valley...if you go to Page AZ where the dam for Lake Powell is..there is a very nice Tribal owned campground on the lake. From the NW corner of Utah you can easily drive up to Moab/Arches and go from there.

If you have time...order a Utah State Map from the Chamber of Commerce...or purchase a Rand McNally Atlas..it is indispensable on a trip like this. We have a Garmin RV & my tablet for Google maps...but the Atlas is dogeared from constant use !!


Have fun ! YOU WILL LOVE COLORADO, UTAH, ARIZONA, NM, NEVADA AND MORE !
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I second highway 50, although Ive only taken it from Gunnison west to Moab. We have come in from the south on 149 up to Hwy 50, and then traveled west to Moab. Google map shows its only a 2 hour 10 minute difference from Denver to Moab versus Interstate 70, although I would add time to drive through The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. I was forced through on a detour years ago and found it a beautiful drive. It was a little slower but well worth the time, and is on my list of places to visit next time were in Colorado.

We stayed one night at a campground on Hwy 50 at east end of Blue Mesa Reservoir by where 149 meets Hwy 50. As I recall there are numerous campgrounds off the reservoir along Hwy 50.
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I second highway 50, although I’ve only taken it from Gunnison west to Moab. We have come in from the south on 149 up to Hwy 50, and then traveled west to Moab. Google map shows it’s only a 2 hour 10 minute difference from Denver to Moab versus Interstate 70, although I would add time to drive through The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. I was forced through on a detour years ago and found it a beautiful drive. It was a little slower but well worth the time, and is on my list of places to visit next time we’re in Colorado.

We stayed one night at a campground on Hwy 50 at east end of Blue Mesa Reservoir by where 149 meets Hwy 50. As I recall there are numerous campgrounds off the reservoir along Hwy 50.
Hey Chance ! good to hear from you again ! Hope you all are doing well.
We stayed at that campground several years ago...2 yrs ago when we went to Ouray, etc. … they were working on the hiway...had several miles of rough road...nonetheless it is a nice drive and Gunnison and Black Canyon are a treat...and north of Gunnison is Crested Butte !
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