Park It – Stay Awhile

  Let’s face it. Sometimes you just have to park it and stay awhile to get to know an area. Once during summer break from college we were driving by car through Utah heading for the north rim of the grand canyon, when we saw a small sign that read “Coral Sand Dunes State Park.” “Wonder […]

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Let’s face it. Sometimes you just have to park it and stay awhile to get to know an area.

Once during summer break from college we were driving by car through Utah heading for the north rim of the grand canyon, when we saw a small sign that read “Coral Sand Dunes State Park.” “Wonder what that is, we asked each other?” We turned around and went back to the turn off. A few miles later we came upon a lot of pink. We only had time to climb one of the gorgeous coral pink dunes before pressing on. We both vowed to return and spend some time there.

Years later, we did just that. We pulled into Kanab, Ut and located an RV campground that had good rates, and in fact, ridiculously low weekly rates. Then, after a week was up, we had decided to park it for a month. (Even lower rates). Just by slowing down and spending a little time looking around we found that there was an abundance of stuff to do in and around Kanab.

Our Jeep loved the area. There are off road trails everywhere. (Tires that like sand work the best)

Also there’s the Little Hollywood Movie set. (Outlaw Josie Whales) Buckskin Gulch, House Rock Valley Road, Old Paria, and Moqui Cave just to name a few attractions. It’s 90 minutes to the North Rim of Grand Canyon. And did I mention the Coral Sand Dunes State Park. We must have gone there a dozen times looking at the dunes in different light patterns at different times of day.

Park It And Take Side Trips

You can do day trip drives to Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon etc, all from a good cheap base camp area. And there’s the Best Friends Animal Society that is a must for animal lovers.

In addition to the furry friends, you might even have to look over your shoulder to see if you imagined hearing “Hi-Yo Silver”. Yep ! The Lone Ranger! Scenes from the original series were filmed on the property. But maybe you’re not old enough to remember the original series.

And did you know that Kanab, UT had an all female town council elected 100 years ago? You can find out a lot of stuff in a month.

And lest you start to think this is a travelogue for Kanab, UT, (I guess maybe it is) all of that trivia is to point out that there are lots of places where you can spend a month, not get bored, and save big time on campsites by getting a monthly rate. Just get in the habit of slowing down.  Look at maps,  do some internet searches, and pick places where you can economize by staying for awhile.  Monthly rates are often only a fraction of the daily rate.

You might even need 2 months at some places.

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