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RussOnTheRoad

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Posted: 07/20/19 04:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are in the Grand Canyon area thinking about heading to Idaho. It's July and hot. I am looking for suggestions for routing suggestions from Bryce NP to Mullan ID. If there are ways to beat the heat following a more mountainous route we would consider that provided we can negotiate the route and campgrounds with a 34' 5th wheel. Otherwise we would consider commercial campgrounds where we can run our A/C.

We prefer more rural over city camping, are equipped to boondock which we like to do but if the weather is really hot we have opted for commercial campgrounds for the A/C factor.

It looks like I-15 would get us there fast but if there is something prettier where the heat wouldn't be oppressive we'd prefer that. We have no particular time frame. We prefer to hang out at nice places for a week or more but will blow through areas to avoid unfavorable weather.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Posted: 07/20/19 06:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We found this campground near Orofino Idaho on U.S. 12 last month. Very nice full hook-ups, on the river and $9 a night with senior pass
https://www.blm.gov/visit/pink-house-recreation-site





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Not that there is a guarantee it will be really cool in the mountains - it's often in the 90s there midsummer too. Coolest spots near us (s.e. ID) these days are Yellowstone and Stanley,ID (the Sawtooth Mts). Some beautiful NFS campgrounds w/o hookups near Stanley - I believe some take reservations and others are first-come. Some of those sites will fit your rig.

IMO there is no truly easy way north to the Coeur d'Alene area, except I-15, which is going to be the least scenic way. Not terrible, but you will have to go thru SLC (awful traffic). If you go up the western route thru Idaho, you'll hit Boise (slightly less awful traffic). Once north of those cities, though, there are some pleasant drives. Going north from Salmon, ID, you have some pretty amazing mountain passes - lots of switchbacks, etc. Do-able (we did it with our trailer in tow) but not exactly "easy."

A few private campgrounds we have tried and liked reasonably well: Richfield UT KOA - pleasantly shady through much of the campground (near US 89 & I70, not far from I-15); Montpelier ID KOA (some sites shady; rural atmosphere, not far from town); Southside RV Park, Dillon MT (off I-15) - on edge of town, far enough off I-15 that road noise is diminished, some shade; Buffalo (NFS) CG on US 20, Island Park, ID - one loop has electric sites & some sites close enough to water that you can refill a tank, and that loop does have some sites big enough for your rig; Jim & Mary's RV Park, Missoula MT (shady, older but pleasant).

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We spent last 2 weeks in Coeur d'alene area and no need for AC units...just left windows open. Was on Oregon coast prior to that and same thing.


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kknowlton wrote:

Not that there is a guarantee it will be really cool in the mountains - it's often in the 90s there midsummer too. Coolest spots near us (s.e. ID) these days are Yellowstone and Stanley,ID (the Sawtooth Mts). Some beautiful NFS campgrounds w/o hookups near Stanley - I believe some take reservations and others are first-come. Some of those sites will fit your rig.

IMO there is no truly easy way north to the Coeur d'Alene area, except I-15, which is going to be the least scenic way. Not terrible, but you will have to go thru SLC (awful traffic). If you go up the western route thru Idaho, you'll hit Boise (slightly less awful traffic). Once north of those cities, though, there are some pleasant drives. Going north from Salmon, ID, you have some pretty amazing mountain passes - lots of switchbacks, etc. Do-able (we did it with our trailer in tow) but not exactly "easy."

A few private campgrounds we have tried and liked reasonably well: Richfield UT KOA - pleasantly shady through much of the campground (near US 89 & I70, not far from I-15); Montpelier ID KOA (some sites shady; rural atmosphere, not far from town); Southside RV Park, Dillon MT (off I-15) - on edge of town, far enough off I-15 that road noise is diminished, some shade; Buffalo (NFS) CG on US 20, Island Park, ID - one loop has electric sites & some sites close enough to water that you can refill a tank, and that loop does have some sites big enough for your rig; Jim & Mary's RV Park, Missoula MT (shady, older but pleasant).


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From G Canyon I’d head to Durango CO and then work my way N staying in CO. This would let you hit the Tetons and Ystone and then W to ID. I’m hoping by the middle of September it will be cool enough to enjoy UT.


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Ivylog wrote:

From G Canyon I’d head to Durango CO and then work my way N staying in CO. This would let you hit the Tetons and Ystone and then W to ID. I’m hoping by the middle of September it will be cool enough to enjoy UT.


I know that route. I've done it before. In fact parts of it more than once. I was in Silverton and Ouray CO last summer, along with the Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier.

I think Bryce will be cool enough to visit due to elevation. From there I think we are wanting to skedaddle north.

Thanks for the idea!

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Stanley, Idaho Currently has fire burnjng west of there about 12 miles.
The highway is, (was) closed traveling towards the Idaho City area as of last night.

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Idrzr wrote:

Stanley, Idaho Currently has fire burnjng west of there about 12 miles.
The highway is, (was) closed traveling towards the Idaho City area as of last night.


Thanks for the heads-up!!

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As a matter of fact we just left the Idaho padhandle and the Sawtooths. It was cool and with a little rain. We camped in Challis, wanted to boondock in the Stanley area but it was raining two days straight. Stopped in McCall, got on Hwy 95 the next day and proceeded up to Bonner's Ferry over 3 or 4 days. On to Montana where we boondocked at the Hungry Horse reservoir (not recommended the place was packed). And then west on Hwy 2. We've been to Glacier multiple times and skipped it this year. As usual it was raining there


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