D11 Rock Springs Steamboat Springs
Published: 27/12/2019
Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs is located in the middle of the Yampa Valley, surrounded by impressive mountain peaks. The town with a long western history is now a popular ski resort, because you can ski all year round on the highest mountains. In the summer you can, among other things, attend a rodeo or just take a lovely walk to the Fish Creek Falls. It owes its name to the many hot springs in the area. When the first furriers arrived here at the end of the 19th century, the bubbling and hissing of the hot springs reminded them of a steam train coming up.

We leave Rock Springs early, we are constantly driving above 1,400 meters today, but first we have to refuel and do some shopping at the Wallmart, so that we have some goodies for on the way at one of the many stops to take photos. As the 1st you come across a viewpoint where you have a nice overview on a 4x4 terrain, if you're lucky they are driving there and you can stop for a few photos.
The next stops are at places where you have a beautiful view over the valley, so take some unforgettable pictures.
After a little less than 95 KM you will leave Wyoming and enter Utah. The history of Utah differs considerably from that of the other states. Before the arrival of Europeans to the New World, the area was populated by Indian tribes such as the Uintah, Ouray and Utes, after whom the state is named. On July 24, 1847, the first Mormon settlers arrived in the area, far removed from other American settlements at that time. The region then belonged to Mexico, which after a war in 1848 had to cede to the United States. The settlers founded hundreds of settlements in an effort to secure land and resources for themselves. In addition, they came into conflict with Indians who traditionally populated these areas.
Only on January 4, 1896, after having been Utah for a long time, did Utah formally become the 45th state of the United States. Local leaders had been arguing for this for more than forty years, but had repeatedly encountered resistance from the federal government, which demanded, among other things, that polygamy be abolished.
One of the beaches during the Normandy Invasion in World War II, called Utah Beach, is named after this state.

The next stop is at the Flaming Gorge Dam, The Flaming Gorge Reservoir is a 146 km long reservoir created by the construction of the Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River between 1958 and 1964. The water surface reaches a maximum height of 1840 m above sea level. The reservoir contains a maximum of 4.6 kmĀ³ of water. A little further at the Flaming Gorge Resort, you have the opportunity to eat, drink or refuel. In the meantime we drive through the Ashley National Forest. This forest with its 1,382,346 hectares of vast forests, lakes and mountains, with heights ranging from 6,000 to 13,500 feet, is wonderful to drive through, enjoying with a capital letter.

We make a short stop in Vernal and then continue to the Dinosaur National Monument, Dinosaurs once roamed here. Their fantastic remains are still visibly embedded in the rocks. Today, the mountains, desert and untamed rivers that flow into deep gorges support a range of life. Petroglyphs point to earlier cultures. Later, among others, outlaws found shelter here. We continue our way and stop again to eat and refuel in Maybell. Between the mountains we finally reach Steamboat Springs where after we have refueled we move into the hotel and let the experiences of this day pass by again.

In this 4-star route you drive on beautiful good roads, a stop at the Dinosaur National Monument is a must.

The Yampa Valley was the hunting ground of the Ute Indians for hundreds of years. The Yampatika Ute and Arapaho tribes also visited the area because of the mineral or 'medicinal' sources that were considered sacred places for physical and spiritual healing.
The name Steamboat Springs probably originated around the beginning of the 19th century, when French furriers thought they heard the squeaking sound of a steamboat's steam engine. The sound turned out to be a natural mineral source, called the Steamboat Spring.

In 1874, James Crawford ventured into the Yampa Valley in search of a living environment. Impressed by the mineral water of the region, he built a hut near the current Iron Spring. Crawford spent a few of his winters in Boulder, Colorado, where he persuaded several prominent businessmen to join him in Steamboat Springs.
By 1885, five other families had settled in the area, including a newspaper man, James Hoyle, who brought his printing press to publish the Steamboat Pilot that same year. The area started to develop slowly, but increased slightly when a sawmill was established in 1883.
In 1900 it became a city, with James Crawford as the first mayor. In 1902 the city had 3 hotels, 3 stables, 3 banks, 4 general stores, 2 meat markets and other businesses, including the Steamboat Springs Service Company. This company was the first electricity company in the community.
Ashley National Forest
Dinosaur National Monument
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About this region
Utah ( YOO-tah, (listen) YOO-taw) is a state in the western United States. It is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south, and Nevada to the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast. Of the fifty U.S. states, Utah is the 13th-largest by area, and with a population over three million, the 30th-most-populous and 11th-least-densely populated. Urban development is mostly concentrated in two areas: the Wasatch Front in the north-central part of the state, which is home to roughly two-thirds of the population, and Washington County in the south, with more than 170,000 residents. Most of the western half of Utah lies in the Great Basin. The territory of modern Utah has been inhabited by various indigenous groups for thousands of years, including the ancient Puebloans, the Navajo, and the Ute. The Spanish were the first Europeans to arrive in the mid-16th century, though the region's difficult geography and climate made it a peripheral part of New Spain and later Mexico. Even while it was part of Mexico, many of Utah's earliest settlers were American, particularly Mormons fleeing marginalization and persecution from the United States. Following the Mexican-American War, it became part of the Utah Territory, which included what is now Colorado and Nevada. Disputes between the dominant Mormon community and the federal government delayed Utah's admission as a state; only after the outlawing of polygamy was it admitted as the 45th, in 1896. A little more than half of all Utahns are Mormons, the vast majority of whom are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which has its world headquarters in Salt Lake City. Utah is the only state where most of the population belongs to a single church. The LDS Church greatly influences Utahn culture, politics, and daily life, though since the 1990s the state has become more religiously diverse as well as secular. The state has a highly diversified economy, with major sectors including transportation, education, information technology and research, government services, and mining and a major tourist destination for outdoor recreation. In 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Utah had the second-fastest-growing population of any state. St. George was the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the United States from 2000 to 2005. Utah also has the 14th-highest median average income and the least income inequality of any U.S. state. A 2012 Gallup national survey found Utah overall to be the "best state to live in the future" based on 13 forward-looking measurements including various economic, lifestyle, and health-related outlook metrics.
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By car or motorcycle through the Midwest of America, a journey that you do not just make, so also not 13 days driving and then back home. No, book a stay of several days in Denver, Cheyenne, Rapid City (In August the Sturgis Bike Ralley, stay there for about 4 days), Yellowstone National Park, Estes Park and again Denver to also visit multiple places of interest in these cities, so that this tour becomes an unforgettable tour that you can remember with pleasure.

Do not forget to arrange and pack the following:
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Take out travel insurance, +31 for numbers in GSM, Take out gas (in part), Health insurance coverage at destination ?, Switch off electrical devices, Lighting (timer), Check passport validity, Antenna from radio / TV for lightning, Residence address for those staying behind, Remote control book home alarm, Smart Parking.

Hand luggage:
Liquids in packaging of max. 100 ml, Liquids in hand luggage in clear plastic bag.

For on the road:
Sweets, Book, Earplugs, Country and road map (s), Directions, Maps in your navigation system

Money & Securities:
Bank card / giro card, Credit card (Remember pin code), Cash, Internet banking calculator, Medical insurance card, Travel insurance card.

Travel documents:
Passport, (International) Driving license, Ticket (s), Reservation receipts, Hotel vouchers, Arrival / Departure time, Check-in & check-out times, Valid visa (ESTA), Travel guide.

Underwear, Belt, Shirts / T-shirts, Short pants, Long pants, Shoes, Socks, Swimming trunks, Towel, Bath slippers.

Personal stuff:
Watch, house keys, wallet, sunglasses.

Deodorant, Shower gel / Soap, Comb / brush, Shaving gear, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Sanitary pads

Health & Medicine:
Own medicines, Insect repellent, Cold sore ointment, Ointment for insect bites, Sunscreen, Norit, Paracetamol, Suction cup for insect bites, First aid bag.

Travel bag / hip bag, Leatherman (= checked bag), Pen or pencil, Head lamp, Lighter, Tools & Electronics, Mobile phone & charger, Photo / video camera & charger, Memory card (s), World plug / adapter, Ipod & charger, Adapter cable Ipod, Headphones, iPad & charger, Navigation & charger / plug, Socket, Fuelpack battery.

Engine (accessories):
Helmet, Motorcycle clothing, Motorcycle boots, Chain lock / disc brake lock, Gloves, Bandana, Inside bags (plastic shopping bag), Insulation bag, Lashing straps, Tiewraps, Rainsuit, Rainaway.

Address list, Telephone number embassy, Telephone number to block (bank) card (s), Telephone number (airline tickets).