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Old 10-22-2019, 08:20 AM #31
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I've been there twice (for a single overnight). Once 14 years ago and once 3 years ago. Both times around summer. I walked down there and paid a fee (first time was like $5, last time was about 50ish). First time no one asked for a permit (there was an employee in the parking lot... he didn't say anything and so didn't I). Second time I started around noon in summer... no employee was in parking lot.

Not sure if they got stricter now?
We were in AZ 2 years ago. Because I couldn't get a permit ahead of our trip, we just scheduled it out of the 10 days. The other option was a guided tour, which is thousands of dollars for a 2-3 day trip. I'm disappointed we missed the falls because they look amazing, but AZ offers so much that I don't think we walked away feeling our trip was inadequate.
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GooseNecks State Park

If you are in Utah and going to AZ or AZ to Utah I would highly recommend Goosenecks state park. A really cool place to watch a sunset or sunrise and neat to see the river snake its way through a flat valley.

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Weather the past couple of nights was too cold for me to camp, spent last night in Custer, South Dakota where temps got to mid 20's. Went to Mt Rushmore and Crazy horse memorial this morning and I am currently in Gardiner, MT hoping to go to Yellowstone tomorrow before the snow comes in on Saturday.
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A beer you have to try, assuming you drink beer. Cold Smoke. Haven't seen it anywhere else bu WY and MT. Good stuff. Watch out for those bison if driving at night.
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Never been to SD, is it worth a visit?
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@mteolus I only got to see a small portion of South Dakota since I was visiting a friend in Ft. Morgan, CO then drove up the panhandle of Nebraska into the Black Hills. I really enjoyed seeing the terrain changing, and the drive through Black Hills was incredible, I would recommend driving through that area if you have a chance.

Visited Yellowstone yesterday and I am in love with that place, it was gorgeous and it wasn't very crowded when I went. Some of the smaller roads were closed due to the snow/ice but I don't want to imagine the park when it's crowded, when I come back it will likely be in the same time of year and I will spend at least 3 days instead of the 5 hours I got to spend.

Decided to head to Twin Falls, Idaho after and saw this beauty in the parking lot of the hotel I got, also some photos at Yellowstone and then the scenic view from Twin Falls.
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@GX4SEVEND next stop will be in Oregon, I'm going to follow i84 up, probably stop in Baker City for the night and then continue up to Seattle which will be the point where I start the loop down south.
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Not a lot out in eastern Oregon but itís beautiful. Thereís some cool stops along the when heading south. Depending on your time allotment Iím sure I can recommend some

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That's an amazing photo. It looks like Crater Lake will be a good stop on the way South, and is surrounded by national forest so I can camp out. Thanks for the suggestion! No time allotments or plans, I'm just taking it as I go.

The goal was to get from one corner of the country to the other while seeing and exploring as much of the natural beauty as I could. I'm treating this as a scouting trip so I have a better idea of places I want to see more in depth later on.
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Got into Seattle yesterday afternoon and spent an evening and the morning in downtown, went to Mt. Rainier in the afternoon and wouldn't you know it, they closed off the entrances while I was on the drive down. Seattle has really nice architecture and character, I saw more homeless people concentrated in that city than ever. Decided to head to Portland so I'm excited to see the city tomorrow.

I really enjoyed the drive through Washington, one of the most beautiful states I have been through.

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Out West this time of year, get yourself a bear bag, plenty of rope to hang it, and bear spray with holster. It can be expensive ($80-100) but worth it and often required to camp.
Also, "Up and Off the Mountain by 2:00PM" is a good rule to avoid lightning at elevation.

Yellowstone NP, WY -- Park has entrances at roughly "N, S, E, W" directions. From South Dakota you'd be on RTE 14 toward West entrance and hit Cody, WY. In Cody, WY, the Buffalo Bill Museum has an incredible firearms and art collection. Town of Cody is ok for lunch...
From Cody, Head West towards Yellowstone, you can Camp off the road in the campgrounds throughout Shoshone National Forest. It's beautiful and cheap for overnight sites, and there are many "ranches" along the road you could look into if you want to fish and ride or eat. The Yellowstone gate from Shoshone is burnt and all uphill.

Yellowstone is luxurious in the northern half. Lodge food is great, camp sites are nice, and the big animals are very active in the valleys up there.

Sulphur Springs and the overlooks like Artist Point are worth the walk from the parking lot.
I believe you can hike all the way to the river at Lower Lookout Point and have yourself a secluded spot along wide river banks.
Firehole River has a swim area.

You could take some of the hiking trails available to you in the North like Specimen Ridge (Just past Roosevelt Lodge). Gas station at Roosevelt Lodge has a hot-water tank inside which is nice for meals.

Yellowstone, FARTHER NORTH: If you're feeling crazy, the scenery on the drive North (it's a long one) to Cooke City/Silver Gate is really beautiful and along Beartooth Hwy (212), and there is a weird "big" little town at Cooke City with a restaurant called Log Cabin Cafe, expensive but really good pancakes.

Joshua Tree, CA....is a desert. Get a date shake and go.

Big Bear Lake, CA is about 100 miles northwest and has very pretty alpine setting but weather can be an issue with mandatory chains and 4wd use on some trails.

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If anyone has any ideas for cool places to visit along the way, I open for any and all suggestions, looking for some hidden gems that are off the tourist paths. My 5th gen is mostly stock and I am a complete newbie when it comes to driving offroad, so I would be hesitant to take anything but some nice easy scenic trails. Also open to meeting up with anyone and going wheeling or grabbing a beer if its along the way or not too far out.

Currently on the list is:
Badlands NP, SD
Yellowstone NP, WY
Redwood NP, CA
Yosemite NP, CA
Joshua Tree NP, CA
Pretified Forest NP, AZ

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I wouldn't skip Montana, Idaho, or Washington before you head down to Redwood. Definitely don't skip Montana.

In NorCal, Mt Shasta and the surrounding area of Shasta/Trinity is huge and there's almost an endless number of places to visit. I'm a big fan of Happy Camp all the way out to Six Rivers.

Yosemite is rad, but it's filled with my neighbors and coworkers nowadays so just be aware of that.
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Probably too late, but if you head south from Mt. Shasta in California on Interstate 5, Castle Crags State Park is a pretty amazing and surprising place that you probably have never heard of.

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