Our last night at Rocky Mountain NP we heard on the news about a truck driver who fell
asleep and ran into a bridge pillar on Interstate 70 in Grand Junction, Colorado. The pillar
was steel reinforced concrete 3 feet in diameter and he sheared it off. The accident stopped
all east and west traffic for over 24 hours. We had to pass through Grand Junction on the
way to Capitol Reef NP. So we were expecting a traffic backup.
We normally do not make reservations for one-night stands. As we approach the time (about 4 hours) to stop for the night, Mom will select a campground from one of the various campground guides. She then calls ahead to see if they have a pull through site available. Well as we approached 4 hours she started calling and kept getting “sorry campground full.” She started calling campgrounds farther and farther away. The next thing we knew we had to drive over 7 hours! Since we drove so far we decided to stay 2 nights. It's the last good stop before Capitol Reef. It is also right next to Colorado National Monument. We never viewed that monument.
After Grand Junction you have to drive for 110 miles before a service station then 80 miles until the next.