Left Wakeeney, KS about 10:00am. I drove 350 miles home (elevation 863). I arrived about 6:00pm. It was very warm and humid. Less than an hour from home a rock flew up and chipped my windshield. Insurance is going to fix it for free this week. So within a 4 day time span, someone ran into the back of my car, I ran over a nail that caused a flat tire and a rock chipped my windshield.
So as always, I enjoyed the trip. I always try to focus on the positives. Things do go wrong at times but I just try to power through. I got of town for a few days, visited some places on my list and had very, very nice weather. This trip finished up the Utah Mighty 5 for me. I had visited Zion National Park, Bryce National Park and Capitol Reef National Park in 2012. With Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park this trip, I am 5 for 5.
I am not sure of my next trip. Here is my travel map. All the states in color, I have camped at least one night in my EggCamper.
I left Silt, CO about 9:45am. The stretch of I-70 through that part of Colorado is a beautiful drive through the Rocky Mountains. The road itself is in terrible shape. Not only is the road full of holes, many times the paint is missing and you can’t even tell where your lane is.
You pass through the Eisenhower Tunnel at an elevation of 11,158 and it is 1.7 miles long. You also cross Vail Pass at an elevation of 10,666 feet.
So….I left the campground that morning where the elevation was 5,456, then spent three hours going up, up, up and down, down, down. You do get to see the Colorado river running along the highway quite a bit of the time.
I stopped in Dillon, CO (elevation 9,111) for a lunch break. Here are some views from the restaurant and the parking lot.
By Denver you are at an elevation of 5,280 and the eastern half of Colorado is pretty flat.
Moving on to eastern Colorado.
Then you cross into Kansas. Now here was a beautiful highway. It must have recently been resurfaced.
I arrived at the KOA in Wakeeney, KS (elevation 2,447) at 8:30pm after driving 475 miles.
I wandered in and out of a few shops before having lunch on another outside patio.
Lovely weather. Moab is a small town with a population of less than 6000 people. Tourism is the big employer here. Two national parks, one state park and the Colorado river all within 30 minutes. Dirt bikes, ATVs, Jeeps, rock climbing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, rafting etc, etc are all big draws here. Basically it is a playground for big boys with big toys.
There are few shopping options here. There is no Wal-Mart here. They do have a McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, Dennys and Pizza Hut. Beyond that is about two dozen local restaurants. There is also no evening entertainment options here. I saw a movie theatre that had three movies listed.
What they do have is a lovely main street. So basically tourists go out to the parks or the dirt play areas during the day and then in the evenings have dinner/drinks/dessert/ice cream and wander in the few shops and just enjoy the lovely weather.
Peak tourist season is March 15 through May Sept and Oct. still busy in the summer but not as crazy as spring and fall. The summer slows a bit because temperatures can easily average 105 degrees.
I cannot believe how many European tourists are here. I have heard many different languages.
After lunch i drove out to Dead Horse Point State Park. It is 31 miles from Moab. It basically has one great look out a few other stops. It is much smaller.
I then continued a few more miles to Canyonlands National Park. This park is pretty large and I just drove the Island in the Sky section.