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Arizona to Mount Rushmore with Many Stops


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I am planning a trip from Prescott AZ to the following areas. Some of these were chosen because they are in our 200 to 300 mile daily drive range. Others because of the National parks in the area. We hope to boondock when possible and use camp grounds as needed. Any thoughts on where to camp or what to see on this route are appreciated.

 

Page, AZ

Richfield, UT Fishlake National Forest (really just a stop over)

Tremonton, UT near Great Salt Lake (really just a stop over)

Jackson, WY Near Grand Teton NP
Yellowstone, MT
Billings, MT (stop over on the way to Mount Rushmoor)
Mount Rushmore Natl. Memorial, SD

Back to AZ

 

I figure driving time will be 7 or 8 days of this trip and we can stay as long as we want in each place.

 

Thanks,

Joe

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Rainbow Bridge National Monument is accessable by boat from Page. Antelope Canyon is a popular slot canyon near Page. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and House Rock are not far from Page. There is the Powell Museum in downtown page.

 

Freemont Indian State Park is not too far from Richfield.

 

If you go through Cody on the way to Billings; there is the Buffalo Bill Museum Complex, Old Trail Town and the nightly rodeo. Cody is a good place to do a scenic loop of the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and the Beartooth Highway without the RV. It is about a 180 mile loop. Red Lodge makes a nice stop for a break and something to eat. From Cody/Red Lodge you can go North to I-90 near Laurel without crossing the Bighorns if you so choose.

 

Between Billings and South Dakota on I-90 you will go past the Little Bighorn Battlefield and Devils Tower.

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We stayed at Lone Rock NRA near Page Az. Boondocking water and dump available. Very cool site. $10 night.

Not in summer! :o We've been there, too and it's a great stopover. We usually park just beyond the entrance booth up on top of the complex. Great view and don't have to worry about soft sand that's below.

 

Grand Tetons - We like Colter Bay campground and Gros Ventre campground (our favorite). Each has 300 non-reservable sites and even with our 40' motorhome we always got one. There's also a full hookup in the park called Colter Bay RV which is right next door to the campground. If you have a Senior Pass for 1/2 off, the campgrounds are very reasonable for the area.

 

Yellowstone - there are a number of non-reservable campgrounds in the park. We like Mammoth. Get on the official website for the park and they show all campgrounds and closing times. To get a non-reservable site here you'd really need to stay nearby outside the park the previous night and pull into the campground early morning as folks are leaving.

 

Outside the park at West Yellowstone is Baker's Hole national forest campground. That's a beauty but again, the sites are non-reservable. There are also quite a few forest service campground at the east entrance just outside of Cody, WY. We've not stayed in those though. However, Cody has an awesome museum that is not to be missed. It's huge and top quality not your typical small-town museum. The art work is fantastic.

 

Have a good trip!

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