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Old 10-13-2021, 10:08 PM   #1
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Monument valley, Grand Canyon, Sedona recommendations

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We will be headed out from Chicago to the Phoenix area in a week and I was hoping to get some suggestions for drives, hikes, and anything in between including food and beer. We will be spending a night in Moab, stopping in Monument valley then heading to north rim of Grand Canyon and hoping to see Sedona on the way down to Phoenix. Once we hit monument valley we will have approx 5 days followed by 6-7 days next month when we return back to Chicago (end of November). Nothing too crazy from a drive standpoint. We will driving a 144 4 wheel drive sprinter camper but do have the ability to air down (and back up) if needed. As always we appreciate the suggestions
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Old 10-14-2021, 12:41 PM   #2
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Just a thought but as you're already going to be in Utah you might want to detour a little and go to see the Bonneville Salt flats. Even if no one is attempting world record speed runs, and they might be, it is worth seeing. And your can grab a bunch of free salt while you're there.
And please don't just "hope" to see Sedona. It is beautiful and a must see, in my opinion, if you are in the area.
Have a fun and safe trip.
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Just a thought but as you're already going to be in Utah you might want to detour a little and go to see the Bonneville Salt flats.
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Be aware there is a bridge out and Hwy 95 is closed from Blanding to Cedar Mesa, so the Moki Dugway and Muley Point is probably not a good option for you. Before you hit Monument Valley there is good boondocking nearby in Valley of the Gods and dry camping at Goosenecks State Park or Sand Island. We love Goosenecks, you can camp right on the edge of the 1000+ foot precipice. Also, you will pass through Blanding on the way south from Moab. Edge of the Cedars Museum there is amazing for Ancestral Puebloan artifacts.
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Yup, thereís also sand island and kachina petroglyph panels.
Gooseneck state park is tiny, but affords you an amazing view of the San Juan below with camping on the cliff, but they do charge you an entrance and a camping fee to park in a dirt lot next to you know who running the generator all night long.
As an alternative and an equally unique camping experience on a cliff side, head to Muley Point, open dispersed camping and itís free! Super cool cliff side rock structures to hop around on. Head up 261 off of 163 from Mexican Hat from the south and hit the impressive dirt road switchbacks of Moki Dugway, Muley point road is just at the top, follow it in to the end.
Valley of the Gods road is amazing, try to make some time to do the loop, great camping spots along the loop as well.
On your way south on 163, towards monument valley, make sure to stop at Forest Gump Point to get the famous shot and take in the views
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Are you camping in Sedona? Any area outside the green boundary is open for dispersed camping: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...rdb5416228.jpg

Here's the insider low-down: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer...C0.013937&z=16
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I love the Sedona area and it has some of the best mountain biking I’ve experienced. Schnebly Hill Road is a nice scenic drive that takes you from Sedona up to Flagstaff. Last time I drove it it was in much worse shape than I remember. I think the Jeep tour companies in town must have asked the powers that be to stop maintaining it to keep tourist traffic off of it. It was smooth at the top but pretty rocky closer to town. There is camping allowed on the upper portion of the road.

If In Flagstaff then breakfast at MartAnne’s is a must:

https://martannes.com/

I did a bike tour of the Rainbow Rim trail on the North rim of the Grand Canyon a couple of years ago. There are lots of forest roads to explore near there. Toroweap is close too but has 60 miles of dirt roads to drive..

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toroweap_Overlook
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I can confirm that Schnebly Hill Rd will remove the fillings in your teeth. It was a pretty epic summer monsoon thunderstorm season with cars floating down streets in Flagstaff.

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