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Favorite Truck Camping Roads

Get out your bucket list, and a pen.  Thirty-eight experienced truck camper owners have shared their all-time favorite truck camping roads.  We are very excited about these suggestions and can’t wait to check them out for ourselves.  Thank you to the readers who sent in their favorite roads.

“The Merced River, California, after exiting Yosemite State Park going west, is my favorite.  The road is very narrow, steep downhill, and crosses the bridge over Merced River where they collect rafts.  When you’re driving uphill, it’s as if you are driving towards clouds.” – Daniel Lignon, 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, 2005 Northern Lite 8.5Q

“I was so surprised that my family’s favorite road is yours.  We stumbled upon the Moki Dugway by complete accident and we were immediately stricken by this road.  We were on our way to dried up Lake Powell via Hite Marina.  Expect to see some submissions of the Moki Dugway in the annual calendar contest.” – Chris Adams, 2010 Ford F250, 2012 CampLite 8.5

“I have three favorite roads; the Gallatin River Highway between Bozeman and West Yellowstone, Beartooth Pass, and the Escalante Staircase Highway in Utah.” – Philip Tron, 2009 Chevy 3500, 2012 Lance 1050


“Our favorite road is the Trans-Labrador highway.  It’s a 1,600 kilometer trail in the tundra wilderness.  We love your magazine.” – Alain Larose, 2011 Ford F450, 2005 Lance 1181

“I’m a seashore person and I enjoy driving Route 12 between Nags Head and the village of Ocracoke in North Carolina.  There are miles of high dunes with the ocean on one side and the sound close by on the other.  But the weather can be ugly sometimes.  I’ve been through blowing sand and the ocean sweeping across the road, which can make things pretty interesting. There’s also a free forty-five minute ferry ride between the village of Hatteras and Ocracoke Island.  Be sure to take a break at Howard’s Pub in Ocracoke.  Note: If the driver in front of you is trying to make a left turn, be sure to stop and wait.  Passing on the right is illegal and it definitely helps generate some extra revenue from unaware visitors!” – Jack Pavie, 1995 Ford F350, 1987 Real Lite 950

“My wife and I spent thirty-seven years in Alaska.  We pulled a travel trailer up in 1971 and have had some kind of RV ever since.  Each Fall we would go up the Denali Highway.  This used to be the only way you could get to Denali National Park until the Parks Highway was built.  The Denali Highway runs from Paxson (on the Delta Highway) to Cantwell, Alaska (on the Parks Highway) and is 135 miles long.  It is all gravel and the word “washboard” comes to mind.  Driving slow is the name of the game.  Each Fall we would go up there to hunt caribou, or, if we didn’t draw a permit, just to spend some time in what I think Alaska really is.  There are no camp grounds, so it is all dry camping.  At that time of year, (end of August, early September), you can run into every type of weather from brilliant sunshine to a blinding snowstorm.  The scenery is awesome; tundra, mountains, lakes, rivers, wildlife, etc.  If you ever get to Alaska, be sure to keep this highway in mind.  You won’t regret it.” – David and Dora Donovan, 2007 Chevy 3500, 2012 Chalet TS116

“The Cassiar Highway in British Columbia is my favorite road.  I had to travel it twice because the Alaska Highway was closed because of a washout.  It’s very scenic with lots of black bears.  I didn’t mind doing it twice.  I drove through aftermath of a still smoldering forest fire on the way up.” – T.A. Berger, 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, Northstar TC650


“It was difficult to choose a favorite highway.  We could submit several favorite highways that we have been on in North America.  One of our most favorite highways is a combination of two highways.  It’s the Chief Joseph Highway (Wyoming 296) in northwest Wyoming from Wyoming Highway 120 up to the connection with the Beartooth Highway (212) and then down into Montana to Red Lodge, Montana.  The Chief Joseph Highway and the Beartooth Highway are nice and curvy with lots of overlooks.  The Chief Joseph Highway is especially nice in the vicinity of the Dead Indian Pass at 8,060 feet.  Continuing northward on Chief Joseph, it meets the Beartooth Highway.  Head toward Montana to the Beartooth Pass at 10,947 feet and down the curvy parts of it into Montana.  The views are awesome and there will be snow there even into late June.  Red Lodge, Montana is a nice place to stop at the end of the day, and there are several USFS/BLM campgrounds in the vicinity.” – Buzz Merchlewitz, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, 2007 Four Wheel Grandby

“I’m sure lots of folks will like the Going To The Sun Highway in Glacier National Park, and Trail Ridge Highway in Rocky Mountain National Park, but there are others I like as well.  I have always loved the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.  Out West the drive through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is special.  Also the Bear Tooth Highway in Montana is stunning.” – Al Stebbins, 2006 GMC Sierra, 2005 Northern Lite 8′ 11” Queen Classic

“One of them certainly is the Going To The Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana.  Another is the one-way Fall River road that ends up at the Visitor’s Center at the top of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  You have to go back down on Trail Ridge Road.” – Allen Brummel, 2008 Dodge Ram 1500, 2008 Northstar TC650

“Like you, our favorite road is the Moki Dugway, though we drove it in our 24′ Tioga Monterra class C five years ago.  Like you, we went up the Moki Dugway, which is probably the safest direction.  I don’t know if I would want to drive it going south!  The views are fabulous, but what’s incredible is the cliff face as you approach the base of the drive.  As you approach, you’re wondering where the road is.  I was disappointed that we couldn’t find, “I Survived the Moki Dugway” shirts!” – Charles Bradford, 2010 Dodge 1500, Jayco pop-up Sportsman 8′

“You really need to try the Shelf Road between Canon City and Cripple Creek in Colorado.  It’s similar to the Moki Dugway, but with one lane and two way traffic.” – Carl Isner, Flatbed Alaskan Camper

“It’s not a road I found by accident.  It is the only road connecting Alaska to the Yukon, the Top of the World Highway.  Once I crossed the border at Poker Creek, population of two, I was on the Canadian side and had a vista of 100 miles in all directions.  The road is above the tree line and the land falls away on both sides.  In a split second I went from thinking, “Wow, this is incredible” to, “Holy Crap.  If I have a breakdown up here, I’m finished.” – Joei Carlton, 2004 Adventurer

“My favorite road is Highway 191 between Clifton and Alpine (GPS coordinates – N32.47.549 W109.32.865)  It is a narrow two lane winding road that climbs from the desert floor in the San Francisco River valley at about 3,200 feet in elevation, and tops out over 9,000 feet in the big trees of the White Mountains.  Along the way you’ll pass the big open pit copper mine at Morenci.  You’ll see lots of wildlife; bighorn sheep, elk, deer, and turkey to name a few.  This is a great rock hound area with Blood Opals or Fire Agate, all the copper minerals, Azurite, Malicate, Iron Pyrite (fools gold), and many more.  Start east of Safford, Arizona at the Y 191/70 split, head north on Highway 191, and enjoy the ride.” – David Harker, 2004 Ford F350, 2004 Elkhorn Lite

“Pennsylvania Route 872, from PA 120 in Sinnemahoning, Pennsylvania traveling north to PA Route 6 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania is my favorite.  Start at 41.319849,-78.081565 and finish at 41.773104,-77.98448.  It’s a beautiful tour through the Sinnemahoning Valley including some absolutely gorgeous Pennsylvania mountain valleys, rivers, and streams.  There are plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities as well, as long as you don’t end up with a white-tailed hood ornament.” – John and Marylou Wells, 2011 Chevy 3500, 2012 Chalet Ascent S100F


“After visiting over a dozen national parks and monuments in the Southwest last September, it’s difficult to choose a favorite road.  But the drive through Arches National Park and Capitol Reef National Park, and in between 191 and 24 is right up there.  There is fantastic scenery.  It makes it feel like you are driving on another planet.” – Jerry Klinken, 2004 Ford F350, 2007 Lance 1181


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