Ever wish a road you traveled had a sign like this?

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Have you ever driven down a road for awhile and then realized it was not the road you thought it was? What a pain! Sometimes you need to backtrack a long way. When this happens, you might wish that a sign like this would have been posted early along the route.

“On a recent jaunt through Utah to visit most of the National Parks in the state we stayed a few days in Panguitch, Utah, near Bryce Canyon. Highway 89, which goes south through the town, makes a 90 degree turn east at the one major intersection.

“However the street, and later the road, continues south as another route, and soon climbs steeply into the hills as a twisty road to eventually come to Cedar Breaks and a ski area at an elevation of about 10,000 feet.

“Apparently a lot of people miss the turn in town and end up on this road instead. If you are driving an RV (or transport truck) this could cause a great difficulty as there are hardly any places to turn around until you reach the top and the going is steep and difficult for all but smaller vehicles.”


As a result, he says, just outside of town shortly before this road starts its climb, this sign is posted. Adjacent to it is a large gravel turnaround area so RVers and truckers can reverse and get back on the right road.

HAVE YOU EVER driven the “wrong” road and ended up way out of your way? Please leave a comment.

This article originally appeared in an earlier version of this website in 2012.


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Wendy W.
Wendy W.

I’ve made wrong turns or didn’t make the right turns, but the street itself or the neighborhood usually tell me I goofed. I don’t worry, though, because I know that about 95% of the time my GPS will get me back on track as soon as possible. I don’t think traveling solo full time would be possible for me without my GPS.

Doug Grove
Doug Grove

In 2017 we were traveling to the Casper, WY, area for the solar eclipse. after leaving Yellowstone and traveling through Grand Teton Nat’l Park, we thought we were headed the right way, but ended up in Jackson Hole. We had to turn around and wasted a total of about 100 miles. Turns out, the intersection where we turned toward Jackson had no markings showing Casper was the other way. Our GPS was no help, as it didn’t tell us which way to turn, and it never did figure out which direction to send us. Thanks, Google Maps!

Kenneth G. SHAND
Kenneth G. SHAND

A couple of years ago we were on a caraven going through Pennsylvania, the caraven was broken down into about five groups when travelling to make it more manageable on the roads. The leader of our group received a call from another group telling us to be sure to take the detour when going through a town we were heading into. Unfortunately we were not told which detour to take; we took the first detour which put us on an old railroad bed in the hills, a gravel road, then we must have taken a wrong turn, as the gravel… Read more »

Bob Godfrey
Bob Godfrey

While attempting to travel east from Toronto, CA toward Maine, while passing through Quebec Province we were suddenly in a construction area but all the signage was in French. We took an exit and wound up in downtown streets and came around a corner to discover a clearance bar prior to a tunnel. VERY fortunately we fit under the bar and eventually made our way back east. All the rest of Canada has road signs in both French and English but in Quebec you only get French. Lesson learned, we avoid Quebec at all costs now. 40′ motorhomes towing cars… Read more »

littleleftie
littleleftie

Bob—the fact that the signage is in French shouldn’t be as much of an issue if you take the time to stop at any welcome centre and get a translation of the most key sign words. Actually travel thru Quebec is quite painless even with a very large motorhome.

Brad Teubner
Brad Teubner

Going (class A with toad) to a city CG in Crete, Nebraska, down a narrow not-quite-2-lane road, came to a bridge and sign that said “Weight limit 3 tons”. My wife was driving and asked “How much do we weigh?” I replied “About 7 tons.” She replied “I’ll drive fast.” We made it OK, and I sent the city an email suggesting a sign at the beginning of the road would be nice.

Edward Price
Edward Price

Wood plank bridge floor on County Road F!

Jeannie
Jeannie

State highways in CA definitely need signs like that. Many of CA’s State “highways” are just city streets that turn frequently onto other streets and the signage ranges from tiny to nonexistent. I wish I had a dollar for every time I missed one of those turns and wound up on the wrong street. CA is one of those “highways” that has lousy signage. It makes a turn in Julian I managed to miss the first time I drove through there. It makes other turns in other small towns. It becomes a real freeway going west in Escondido but, it… Read more »

Edward Price
Edward Price

Some people just shouldn’t get off the freeway.

Michael L Johnson

While traveling in Vermont last year we came across this sign. It has become one of my favorites! https://photos.app.goo.gl/fyUY67H7cXodduEd8

John T
John T

I stopped and took a photo of that sign too. There should be many more like that.

Linda
Linda

We saw this sign when we were there in 2010, on our way to Cedar Breaks, not pulling our 5th wheel – it was parked at the KOA. Thought it was pretty neat to have that sign there to help others not encounter a huge problem! And Cedar Breaks is beautiful, along with everything else in and around Panguitch!

Dick H.
Dick H.

Ended up backing the 35′ fifth wheel through an opening in the fence used only for combines and into a cornfield just far enough to reverse direction of travel in southwest Iowa. I grew up there and should have known better than to take that road!

Jeff Arthur
Jeff Arthur

I’m gonna make this short, Pennsylvania has stupid sign laws . So the signs you see that you think are official are illegal ( according to ranger gord) and the ones you’re looking for are either non existent or placed in not the normal locations. Oh and state parks and the name of the actual campground you are looking for seems to be a very well kept secret. Done with Pennsylvania!

Gene Bjerke
Gene Bjerke

We were trying to follow Roue 66 in New Mexico where it gets pretty squirrelly at times. We ended going about 20 miles down the wrong road before we figured out our mistake. We turned around and found the right road. The end result was that we drove through the same thunderstorm three times.

Gail Meyring

We took a wrong turn on a two-lane country road. Finding a place to turn around was next to impossible. We ended up finding a spot but had to unhook our toad to get turned around. I’m sure there are many among us that have had to do the same! =)

Garry Hammond
Garry Hammond

The good ‘ol Garmin GPS has lead me astray on numerous occasions.
The GMC “Nav” system couldn’t navigate it’s way out of a wet paper bag.

We’re having pretty good luck with Waze on a tablet, until it thinks you’re driving backwards on the other side of the road, but it’s the best so far. – lol
Good police radar reports too, except, they have already moved some of the time.

Important to play CLOSE attention to GPS instructions – “Keep right” and “turn right” can yield VERY different destinations. 🙂

Lizzy
Lizzy

I can relate. Sometimes I would strangle Siri given the chance!

Dan Coffey
Dan Coffey

On I80 on the south side of Chicago and coming out of a toll gate going west. The turn to continue on I80W almost in the exit from the toll gate. Listening to a book on tape, and in looking up see a big, tall black building coming at us. The Sears Tower, we are going toward downtown Chicago in a 40′ class A, towing an auto. First exit ramp and sign, danger low clearance! Well, back on I80 an hour later and $50 poorer in tolls.

Dick and Sandy

We were driving the “RIGHT ROAD” and ended up driving way out of our way. Many years ago, before GPS or other such devices, we were driving North in our 38 foot Motor Home towing our SUV 4 down, on I-75 just south of Lexington, KY when there were lots of flashing lights ahead and everyone was made to exit off I-75 onto a narrow 2 lane street. We later learned there was a very bad accident and both the North and South bound lanes were closed. After following cars a short distance, many of the cars turned right onto… Read more »

Kent Smith
Kent Smith

More times than I care to remember, but its especially bad when you are on a toll hiway.

Tommy Molnar
Tommy Molnar

What a great idea for a sign. I’ll bet there’s more than one road that could use this.

Joseph Weinstein
Joseph Weinstein

Yep, twice in one trip. On our way to Utah, DW and were chatting and I missed a turn off while on the 5. I knew we were going east so I just drove a few more miles to the next “GPS” turn. Later when pulling out of a gas station I followed the GPS but didn’t realize it had not updated. I turned “right” for a 40 minute detour that also ended up taking off one of our right fenders (didn’t hear it and still don’t know how it happened, it just disappeared). A 7 hour “travel day” turned… Read more »