Meet the Flanagans!

Meet the Flanagans!

Meet the Flanagans!

This summer, Greg Flanagan, his wife and their two daughters, headed West for some family time in the Canyons. Renting an RV for a family vacation had been a plan of theirs after hearing the amazing adventure story from a friend. So they decided to hit the road and make the best of their summer!

Greg and Holly planned the trip with the goal of spending quality time with their two daughters, Lucy (15) and Audrey (13), and creating new family memories. And did they ever! Goss RV helped plan one excursion or rental activity every day, and their route included a national park at every stop.

Prior to their road trip, Goss RV helped plan their route and itinerary from start to finish, taking into consideration that they had never experienced the Canyons before and wanted to check off as many national parks as possible.

Where they Traveled

The Flanagans flew to Las Vegas and began their trip at Grand Canyon National Park where they explored the Grand Canyon Rim Trail. During their time here they did plenty of hiking and rented bikes to discover the wonders of the Grand Canyon.

The next day, they ventured to Lake Powell for hiking and spent some time kayaking on the lake. On their hikes, they explored several trails, including Dam Overlook, Hanging Garden and the Chains.

During the second day at Lake Powell, they rented a boat, went tubing and visited the famous monument, Rainbow Bridge. “It was amazing, a watersports Mecca,” relayed Greg.

After their tour of the Grand Canyon National Park, the Flanagan family headed to Zion National Park in Utah and stayed at the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. While in Zion, they participated in a Jeep tour of Slot Canyon Exploration, which also involved hiking and rappelling the incredible rock features.

From Zion National Park, they continued their tour of the Canyons with a stop at Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon. After a hike, they then departed for Bass Lake near Yosemite National Park. They hiked up to several “really cool waterfalls and found swimming holes thanks to some guidance from our tour guide, Alex. All within about 20 minutes of Bass Lake!”

The Flanagans then ended their road trip at Yosemite National Park, where they scheduled a private guided tour. This customized tour of America’s first national park held a full day hike of Yosemite, where they visited Mariposa Grove and Glacier Point. Both locations offered gorgeous hikes and took them to observe El Capitan, Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite Falls and more. “We had an unbelievably great experience. I would highly recommend for families with teenage kids. Our guide was super accommodating, yet pretty adventurous and pushed us to do some cool stuff.”

From Yosemite, the Flanagans dropped their luxury RV off in San Francisco and enjoyed a few days of exploring the city before heading home. “We were sorry to see the RV portion of this vacation come to an end, but we have had an amazing time.”

Meet the Mehigans!

Meet the Mehigans!

Meet the Mehigans!

This summer, Nina and John Mehigan took their kids, including the family dog, on the road to explore the spectacular US sights. “We came to Goss RV as first-time RVers. We knew we wanted to take a family vacation with our 3 children, twin 8-year-olds and a 6-year-old, this summer, and while googling RV trips, I stumbled across Goss RV. The website and Instagram were beautiful and professional, so I thought I would give them a call. And the rest is history as they say!” said Nina about booking her family’s journey with Goss RV.

Goss RV’s team of dedicated trip planners navigated the new COVID-19 guidelines across the country, including openings and location closures, to customize the best itinerary for their family. From routes to travel to which RV parks to encamp, to excursions at each US national park, Goss RV helped plan their trip from start to finish.

 

“From the time I called to booking our trip and traveling, Goss RV took care of us in every detail. The trip planning team put together an amazing itinerary for the Canyons tour, and the excursions we booked with them were phenomenal to say the least. They also helped us extend our trip when we weren’t ready to leave!”  

Where they Traveled

With several ideas in mind, the Mehigan family decided to tour the canyons of the US. As first-time RVers, they set out on a 10-day journey out west with the goal of an unforgettable family vacation. In early June, the Mehigans departed for Utah from their home in California.

During their trip, they stayed at a variety of RV parks, their favorite being Zion Ponderosa Ranch. The resort offers amenities, such as a personal firepit, a pool and jacuzzi, and a sports center, while campground activities included, zip lining, skeet shooting, rock climbing and more.

 

While in Utah, they explored Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. During their time at Bryce Canyon the Mehigans marveled at the four main viewpoints, Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point. Towards the end of their time at Bryce Canyon, they participated in a guided ATV tour, where they ventured out to lesser known parts of the region, including winding drives through Ponderosa Pine forests to the rim of the canyon.

 

Throughout the trip, Goss RV’s service team was sure to check in on the Mehigans to make sure their time on the road was running smoothly. “Their drivers service team gave us a thorough driving orientation to teach us how to handle such a big coach, and the tech team was with us throughout the trip to ensure we were comfortable with the many buttons, lights, fluid, etc.”

As they ventured on to Arizona, the family stayed at Wahwheap RV park and visited Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell, where they went on gorgeous day hikes and cruised the lake. During their stay at Wahwheap, they also ventured out to Glen Canyon and visited Rainbow Bridge, the highest natural bridge in the world.

Towards the end of their trip, Nina and John took their kids to Grand Canyon National Park. Throughout their time there, they took the kids on many stunning, private and self-guided hikes, walked the South Rim to the Rim Trail, and rode bikes, from Bright Angel Bicycles, to end their adventure in the canyons.

On their trip home to California, they were already planning their next family RV trip. “We cannot give this trip high enough marks! We are already planning to go to Yellowstone next year. Thank you for an unforgettable family vacation! We can’t wait to be back on the road.”

Hiking, Biking, and Fishing Near Zion River Resort

Hiking, Biking, and Fishing Near Zion River Resort

If you are ready to take your family on an adventure they won’t soon forget, you should consider staying at Zion River Resort inside of Zion National Park in Virgin, UT. This park offers plenty of options for fun outdoor activities that your entire group will enjoy. Whether you love hiking in the woods, taking a bike ride through the park or fishing in the Virgin River, you can take part in these activities and more when you stay at one of the most popular luxury RV resorts in the state.  

Hiking at Zion National Park

Zion National Park is one of the best places in the country to go hiking. Here are a few of the most popular hiking trails at this location.

Weeping Rock

The Weeping Rock Trail is one of the shortest in the park and that makes it one of the most popular as well. It is only 0.4 miles and takes 0.5 hours to complete. While the short hike makes it a good choice for those who don’t want to overexert themselves, it is still a difficult steep and uphill walk to endure.

Canyon Overlook Trail

The Canyon Overlook Trail is a short but thrilling hike that takes you on an awesome view of the Zion Canyon. The hike is great for all ages and ability levels as it is very easy to moderate. It takes on average an hour to complete. If this is your first time visiting the park, going on a hike through the Canyon Overlook Trail should be at the top of your list.

Emerald Pool Trail

The Emerald Pool Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Zion National Park. It starts out easy but becomes more difficult as you go on. The final climb is the most challenging however it leads you to the large Emerald Pool which is a spectacular sight to see after your journey. The trail is between 1.5 to 3 miles, depending on how far you hike. It can take between 2 to 4 hours to complete.

Biking at Zion National Park

If you are bringing along your bike during your stay at Zion National Park, here are a few bike trails in or around the area to check out.

Jem Trail

The JEM Trail offers a variety of options for beginners and intermediate cyclists to enjoy. It is a popular route in the area and was designed with mountain bikers in mind. The terrain is made up of desert hardpack, allowing you to ride fast without braking for surprises along the way too often.

Gooseberry Mesa Trail System

This is one of the most well-known bike trails in Southern Utah. It features amazing views of the park and includes a technical single-track as well as a rolling slickrock. There are options for both beginners and advanced riders as well as a Practice Loop.

Little Creek Mesa

This is the ideal track for intermediate and professional mountain bikers who have no issues with balance or navigation. This backcountry style bike trail connects the West Mesa Loop and the North point Loop to create one of the most advanced bike trails in the area.

Fishing at Zion National Park

The mountains surrounding Zion National Park have stocked reservoirs that provide plenty of fishing opportunities. Native fish to the area includes the Virgin Spinedace, Desert Sucker, Speckled Dace, and Flannelmouth Sucker. The best fishing areas at the park include Duck Creek, Navajo Lake, and the Kolob Reservoirs.

Visit Goss RV Today to Browse Their Luxury Motorhome Inventory

How will you and your family get to your summer vacation destination this year? If you don’t already own an RV, or if you are looking to upgrade to a newer motorhome, visit Goss RV today. We can help you decide if you should purchase a new RV or go with a luxury RV rental. We have a large inventory of some of the finest motorhomes currently available. Give us a call today at (770) 288-5945 or visit their website at Goss RV for more details.

Guide to Canyonlands National Park

Guide to Canyonlands National Park

About Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is located in the southeastern part of Utah. It is known for its beautiful desert landscape that is carved out by the Colorado River. Featuring the panoramic mesa known as Island in the Sky, this location offers plenty of remarkable sights to see. The Canyonlands is divided into four districts which include The Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the Colorado River. There are endless possibilities for visitors to the area to enjoy the great outdoors. Learn how to jump into Canyonlands camping and more. 

Planning Your Trip for Canyonlands Camping and More

To make the most of your trip to Canyonlands Camping and National Park, you will need to learn more about the area so that you can plan your trip.

How to Get There

Canyonlands National Park is cut into three different districts the Needles, the Maze and the Island in the Sky district which is located closest to Moab, UT. You can expect to reach The Island in the Sky in around 40 minutes once you take UT 313. The Needles is around an hour’s drive from Monticello, UT at UT 211. The Maze district is the most remote and challenging to access. It can be reached by taking the unpaved roads from UT 24.

What’s the Weather Like?

The Canyonlands are located on the Colorado Plateau which can experience temperature fluctuations of around 40 degrees in a single day. The most popular time to visit is in the Spring between April and May and in the Fall from mid-September to October. During this time, the daytime temperatures range between highs of 60s and 80s to lows in the 30s and 50s. During the Summer, the temperature can exceed 100 degrees and, in the Winter, the daytime highs average only around 30 to 50 degrees.

Prices and Passes

The fees and price of passes for the Canyonlands are as follows.

  • Private Vehicle – $30. This admits one private, non-commercial vehicle, 15 passenger capacity or less and its occupants.
  • Motorcycle – $25. This admits a private, non-commercial motorcycle and its riders.
  • Per Person- $15. Admits one individual without a car such as a bicyclist, hiker or pedestrian.
  • Children 15 years or younger are admitted for free.

Entrance Passes are also available for park visitors. The Southeast Utah Parks Annual Pass costs $55. It is valid for one year through the month it is purchased. This pass admits one private, non-commercial vehicle or the pass holder to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as the Natural Bridges National Museum.

The Visitor Centers

There are three visitor centers at Canyonland National Park.

Island in the Sky Visitor Center

This visitor center includes exhibits, maps, backcountry permits, books and general information for visitors. There are park rangers on duty, vault toilets, and you can get drinking water inside during regular business hours or outside 24 hours a day between March and December.

The Needles Visitor Center

This visitor’s center is closed during the winter and reopens every year in March. It includes exhibits, books and maps, backcountry permits, a picnic area, and also offers general information. A park ranger is on duty at all times.

Hans Flat Ranger Station

This remote visitor center for the Maze district is open all throughout the year. There is a small area where visitors can buy maps and books. There are no services such as potable water, food or gas in The Maze district. The closest place for these necessities is either Green River (86 miles away) or Hanksville (68 miles away).

Visit Goss RV to Find the Perfect Motorhome for Your On-Road Adventure

If you need a new RV for your trip to the Canyonlands National Park, or if you would like to find out more about renting an RV, get in touch with the motorhome experts at Goss RV today. You can reach us at 770-288-9205 for more information.

Things to Do at Arches National Park

Things to Do at Arches National Park

Arches National Park in Grand County, Utah, is home to textures and landforms unlike any other in the country. Known for its sandstone arches, its natural beauty makes it a great destination for travel. Arches national park camping provides a unique experience to cohabit along the famous Delicate Arch. As seen on the Utah state license plate. There are also many other twisty and high rising arches such as the Fiery Furnace and Double Arch. These are great to view on a scenic drive. Or a short hike or enjoy on the numerous other activities the park has to offer. The beauty and vast assortment of arches makes Arches National Park camping a great experience.

Arches National Park Camping and Activities

Arches National Park weather makes spring to fall the perfect time to camp. Hiking is an essential activity if you plan to camp. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or you prefer shorter routes, there are options for both to take in all the scenery. Certain trails only take 15 minutes. Others may last as long as 5 hours. While scenic drives are comfortable and relaxing, there are certain viewpoints that are only visible when hiking. These viewpoints allow you to connect with nature. They give you perspectives of the arches you wouldn’t have otherwise. Some trails allow you to stand directly under the arches or travel directly alongside them. Shorter trails include the Double Arch, Broken Arch, and Park Avenue. Which can still be challenging especially on a hot summer day. There is a much longer trail available for Delicate Arch, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of the park and give you some alone time with nature. If you are looking for a striking sunset view, Fiery Furnace gives off a piercing red reflection, which the arc is named after.

Take Home The Experience With Photographs

Besides Fiery Furnace, there are many other great locations for photography. In fact, Delicate Arch at sunset may even be more popular. The historical context of the park makes photography even more compelling because you never who or what stood in the same image you are capturing. It’s great to know what land feature you want to photograph at what time of the day. Some arches are better seen at sunrise compared to sunset. It is also important to know what background and coverage of certain objects you wish to have. Knowing the ideal lighting for each feature you plan to photograph can enhance your photography experience at the park.

Driving down a scenic country road is relaxing, but at Arches National Park that experience is intensified. Many of the park’s attractions are designed to see from the roads, and if you have a few hours the drive can leave you in awe. Window’s Section allows you to view some of the largest arches and Delicate Arch has a viewpoint from the road as well.

Arches National Park Camping: Have Your Own Luxury Experience

If you wish to bring a tent, Arches National Park offers campsites that are equipped with toilets, picnic tables, grills, and potable water. If you’re RV-ing, however, you may already have many of these essentials luxuriously at your fingertips. The Arches National Park environment provides the perfect mix of comfort and nature for however you decide to camp. If you are riding in a luxury RV such as a Goss RV, you can elevate the excitement of your trip with your prestigious RV. Arches National Park weather can become cold at night in any season, so having a warm place to retreat maximizes the enjoyment of the trip. Viewing the world-famous arches can be a once in a lifetime experience. Having a well planned but still spontaneous schedule can make your trip to Arches National Park an amazing opportunity.

Guide to Planning Your Yellowstone Vacation

Guide to Planning Your Yellowstone Vacation

Every year, Yellowstone welcomes millions of visitors from all corners of the country. It’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking to see wild animals in their natural habitat, explore mountains or witness the drama of the natural world unfold. The wide range of things to do in Yellowstone National Park is perhaps what makes the experience fascinating. With the park covering more than 2 million acres, it’s not easy to visit all places, even for active visitors. You’ll need to plan ahead and do sufficient due diligence before packing up to know where to find what, how to get there, and more. In this guide, we’ve compiled handy tips to help you leave the worry of planning behind.

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