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  1. One of America's newest National Monuments, Bears Ears has been the subject of intense debate since it was first proposed. No matter your position, no one can argue that Bears Ears encompasses one of the largest collections of Ancient Puebloan, or Anasazi archaeological sites in the nation. It also entirely surrounds Natural Bridges, one of the nation's first National Monuments. So as we go camping in southeastern Utah, boondocking right within Bears Ears, we bring you along hiking to explore both:
  2. Our big 100th episode of Grand Adventure was supposed to be about both Canyons of the Ancients AND Hovenweep National Monuments, but our RV had other ideas. While camping at Mancos State Park, and en route to another camp at Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, we visit the Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum, tour the Lowry Pueblo ruins that date to the 10th Century, and hike to more ruins in the National Monument's Sand Canyon before our RV left us on the side of the road:
  3. While camping in nearby Mancos State Park, we take a ride aboard this famed heritage coal-fired steam-powered railway that dates to 1882, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark and Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. This is one of the most sought-after attractions for travelers and RV'ers in all of Colorado.
  4. Canyonlands encompasses over 337,000 acres of high Eastern Utah desert including colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches, and spires. Water and gravity have been the primary architects of this land, sculpting layers of rock into the rugged landscape you see today. While boondocking on state land for free camping along Dalton Wells Road, we explore Gemini Bridges, travel Island in the Sky, descend the precipitous Shafer Trail, visit Thelma & Louise Point, check out the climbers along Wall Street, grab a burger at Milt's Stop 'n Eat, and preview the BLM campgrounds along the Colorado Riverway Recreation Area:
  5. Moab is home to two of Utah's "Mighty 5" National Parks, and in this video we explore Arches National Park while camping for free by boondocking on state lands along Dalton Wells Road, a place with its own very unique history from World War II. We hike to both Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch, share the quirky story behind the mis-naming of both, visit Park Avenue and Balanced Rock, and check out both the Devil's Garden Campground within the park and the nearby Utah desert town of Moab:
  6. Southern Idaho is a virtual playground in summer, with a surprisingly diverse geology and climate. It's also not as crowded for camping or as well known as it is in some other Western states. In this video we share 5 of our favorite campgrounds in Southern Idaho, ranging from a glacially-fed mountain lake to hot springs, from a summer lakefront paradise to sand dunes and even rock monoliths along the historic California Trail:
  7. We've just wrapped up the finishing touches on two new videos featuring RV travel across different parts of Utah, and felt compelled to share them here.First up, when many RV'ers think of Utah, they think only of the Mighty Five National Parks: Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef. However, there's a whole lot more to see in our home state, and in this video we share some of our favorite spots throughout Utah: The Uinta Mountains, though, deserved their own video. The Uintas are home to the highest peaks in Utah, and are notable as one of the few east-west oriented mountain ranges in North America. This is the home of 13,000-foot peaks, innumerable small lakes and ponds, and countless hiking trails -- including some of the very best in Utah: If you're headed to Utah this year, we hope that these two videos can help with your planning!
  8. Camping in the mountains is one of the best ways to enjoy your RV. If you're not accustomed to mountain driving, however, towing a heavy camper up and down steep, long grades can be intimidating, or even unsafe. As Utah residents who do a ton of mountain driving and towing, we put together a video to share our top 10 tips for safely driving across big mountain passes, with or without a trailer. If mountain driving or towing is new to you, some of this stuff could prove incredibly helpful: https://youtu.be/1QHxyjnmJFo (Sorry, don't know why it's not displaying inline this time.)
  9. Absolutely true, and that's one topic addressed in the video. Also discussed is that while they can prohibit taking off and landing on their land, they cannot regulate the airspace over the National Park or State Park in question as US airspace is solely within the jurisdiction of the FAA. Therefore, should one launch from and land on unregulated land outside of the park, but happen to fly over a portion of the park, that is entirely legal, no differently than if an airplane takes off from the Moab Airport and flies over Canyonlands National Park, or even a Delta flight from LA to Atlanta. Now, by contrast BLM land, or non-Wilderness Areas of National Forests are all fair game.
  10. According to a survey conducted by the Recreational Vehicle Industries Association (RVIA), 61% of us go RVing with our four-legged companions. After an entire season on the road in 2018, in our latest episode we've assembled our tricks and tips for traveling in your RV with your dog:
  11. Are you thinking about buying a drone to film or photograph your travel and camping adventures? We recently aired an episode to show you just how we use our versatile, compact and incredibly portable DJI Mavic Pro drone to capture stunning footage while camping. We also show you how easy it is to fly and use, so it may help with your decision making:
  12. I don't want to insult Escapees' experience, but if you're new to boondocking (or if you just need a refresher), you might not understand that there are some unwritten rules of etiquette while RV camping in the backcountry. This video explains 10 "dos" and "don'ts" for successful boondocking in your RV:
  13. Now that 2018 is in the rear view mirror, we reflect on what was a huge year for us -- 25k miles, 12 states and 58 campsites. In looking back, we award our favorite RV campsites of 2018 in top 10 categories:
  14. Snow Canyon is a true jewel of the Utah State Park system, just north of St. George near Zion National Park. Electric/water sites are available, with an RV dump on site, but you really need to be careful which site you pick -- we show both the great, and the not so good. Come camp and hike with us from our visit in November as we explore petrified sand dunes, lava tubes and arches, before taking the pups to an amazing dog park in Washington City:
  15. In Episode 81 we leave Joshua Tree National Park behind, and instead boondock in the midst of the world's most dense Joshua tree forest with no one else for miles around. On Veteran's Day, and the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended WWI, it's only fitting that we're camped right next to the Mojave Cross, aka the White Cross Memorial, which was the subject of a contentious battle over the placement of a religious symbol on public land that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court:
  16. After leaving Quartzsite we decided to head west to southern California to Joshua Tree National Park. We got truly lucky and scored a secluded spot in the park's famed Jumbo Rocks Campground at the last minute to explore Joshua Tree, then moved on to Catalina Spa RV Resort in Desert Hot Springs to take a ride on the engineering marvel that is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, see the Salton Sea, and hit up an all-you-can-eat lobster and seafood buffet at an area casino:
  17. Quartzsite may well be the most famous small town in America among RV'ers. It's where RV dwellers spend their winter months boondocking on BLM land, and attend the Big Tent RV show and RTR in January. We chose to visit in November before the big crowds arrive to check out the camping, the town, and the nearby memorial to the Japanese WWII internment camp in Poston:
  18. Lake Havasu is a turquoise jewel on the Colorado River separating Arizona from California. We boondock on BLM in Craggy Wash while visiting both Lake Havasu City and the town of Oatman along Historic Route 66, which is positively overrun by a herd of wild burros:
  19. It's the hottest, driest place in North America, and the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere. Yet if you look hard enough, you can spot signs of life everywhere in Death Valley, life that has adapted to this harsh climate. While we're not the biggest fans of national parks, we loved Death Valley, and Episode 77 is our most ambitious video undertaking yet. Just by leaving asphalt, you can easily leave the crowds behind and have a solitary experience in this spectacular desert landscape. We camp at the luxurious Nevada Treasure RV Resort in Pahrump, Nevada while we visit Dante's View, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Furnace Creek, Badwater Basin, Artist's Palette,Titus Canyon, Leadfield and The Racetrack in Death Valley National Park to see the famed Sailing Stones, as well as the ghost town of Rhyolite and wild burros in Beatty, both outside the park:
  20. Located in southeastern Idaho, Lava Hot Springs is a destination popular with Utahans thanks to its natural mineral hot pools right in the center of town. At the end of September we discovered and stayed at the wonderful brand new Lava Campground, which is only a half mile from the hot pools. We got a chance to explore this lovely little tourist town, population only 400, and go for a nightly soak in the springs.What made Lava Campground special for us is that it's right on the property of its owners, a delightful young couple who converted part of their ranch's alfalfa fields into a defacto campground complete with water and electric hookups, plus we were the only guests in the entire campground. It's like staying on someone's Back 40, which we literally did.
  21. Rugged, dramatic spires may well make the Tetons the most visually stunning mountain range in all of North America. Camp for free with us on Shadow Mountain, a.k.a. Upper Teton View for boondocking with the Tetons as our amazing backdrop, as we visit Grand Teton National Park for some kayaking and hiking, and tour the town of Jackson, Wyoming and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. On our way across Wyoming we also overnight at the Wind River Hotel & Casino in Riverton, Wyo.:
  22. Join us at 9 pm Eastern/6 pm Pacific tonight for another video premiere party! Chat with us and fellow viewers as we all watch Episode 71 of Grand Adventure simultaneously! Click the video below to set a YouTube reminder for show time (or watch the video after the premiere). Summer of 2018 was the Summer of the Wildfires across the American West. In Episode 71 we head for Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where we camp on the top of a mountain at over 10,000 feet. But after soaking at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, a nearby wildfire that had up to that point been a fascinating curiosity suddenly becomes a threat, and we hurriedly escape to Laramie, Wyoming, where we tour the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site that once housed legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy.
  23. There's a lot of talk here, and elsewhere on other RV forums, about the advisability of driving US-550 (a.k.a. the Million Dollar Highway) through Colorado's San Juan Mountains in an RV. I figured that I'd give you a video glimpse of the road so that you can make these decisions for yourself. Travel it with us from end to end, from Durango to Ouray. We'll camp in the historic town of Silverton and check our its famed steam railway, take a 4x4 trip across Engineer Pass to Lake City that makes the Million Dollar Highway seem like a Sunday drive, and learn about Silverton's rich mining heritage at the fabulous San Juan County Historical Society Museum:
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