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Old 07-13-2008, 06:49 PM   #1
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Colorado/New Mexico Camping Sites

I am not a full timer but am in starting to plan my next vacation for October. I could use some help weeding thru the maze of campgrounds in these 2 states. Generally I enjoy camping in state parks, national parks, and forests or desert areas.
Do you have any favorites that are usually less crowded during October?
I have no particular destinations in mind yet, so this is my starting point. I'll find attractions between campgrounds, my main goal is to relax and enjoy nature as much as possible.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:14 PM   #2
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Greetings Dooley!
We traveled through both last summer! Spent two weeks in Co and NM. Went to Zion and Bryce before heading up to Rocky Mtn... They were both just amazing... Highly recommend them. I know we'll be returning within the next couple of years to spend more time in both. That was a first in NM for us and found them to be worth every minute of the time spent to get there from Northern Minnesota. We have also spent a number of summers traveling thru CO and have enjoyed Rocky Mountain National as you might have guessed. We prefer Moraine Campground. By October you'll find RMNP to likely have closed it's higher roads, but the truly cool thing is that the Elk are coming out of the high lands to winter in the lower meadows where you will be able to enjoy seeing them in large numbers and in the rutt. Very cool to hear them bugle...

The Federal Campgrounds are all terrific as well. Don't be afraid to just give a few of them a try. They are wonderful facilities, and most of them are very well maintained. We have stayed at several and have found absolutely all of them enjoyable. Most are just off the major highways a bit and are quiet and really nice...

Hope this is of some value... ENJOY YOUR TRIP! Make sure to post pics after!
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:03 AM   #3
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It is a great time to visit the area: cool weather, fewer crowds, the whole thing practically yours. There can be one drawback: Some campgrounds actually close pretty early (as we found out once, much to our chagrin, up in Pagosa). And there are also a couple of major exceptions to the no-crowd rule. For example, don't even think about heading toward the Albuquerque (or even the Santa Fe) area during the balloon festival unless you have reservations someplace well in advance.


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Old 07-14-2008, 07:52 AM   #4
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Be aware that there are several hunting seasons this time of year.
http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonl...ed02262008.pdf
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Valle Vidal and Rio Grande Gorge

Off the top of my head:
1.Valle Vidal-you may not find this on the map Rt 196 between Cimaaron and Costillo. 2 or 3 campgrounds a lake and an elk herd of thousands. Rough road going in 25m. and in October elk season is open

2. Rio Grnde Gorge Wild River National Recreation Area. At the confluence of the Rio Grande and Red River near Questa. Camp on the rim of the Gorge.

3. Hyde Memorial State Park near Santa Fe. Camp at 8500 feet. The Aspens will be on fire with color if you time it right, but very crownded during leaf peeping season
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Yes, New Mexico has some big-game hunting going on during that season, but it's black-powder hunters and bow hunters, that is, folks who literally have to be able to sneak to within spittin' distance of their prey. They're not folks who go to the local store, purchase a Howitzer, a bunch of beer, and ATV gasoline, and then go out for male bonding in the woods. (We occasionally get the former types here at the park; if we see the latter types at all, we report them to the police.)


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In addition to parking lot commercial Campgrounds................

Hookups are nice, and needed every few days or so, BUT, I wouldn't rule out B.L.M. land or the national parks. One time a flash flood prevented us
from our planned hiking trip. I voted for calling it a day and looking for a motel. My brother found us an awesome free campsite quicker than you can say " Do they still make those ". I was saving a list of the top ten free campsites, but I gave up and threw the list away because I kept finding too many even better sites.
IMHO......I would suggest that you check out Utah since you are in the area.
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Consider Colorado State Parks.

Consider Colorado State Parks. Most have Electic hookups, drinking water and and dump stations. One of favorites is Mueller State Park, about 25 miles west of Colorado Springs. You can check all of them out at Colorado State Parks Home - Colorado State Parks and you can make reservations.

Let me second the vote for Rio Grande Gorge in NM and suggest Bandelier National Monument, near Los Alamos NM.

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Thanks everyone. I'm now looking into the campgrounds mentioned and checking the sites listed. I also liked the comments about hunting season and the balloon festival. Those are some things I didn't consider and now am aware. I'm very much looking forward to this trip and if you think of anything else let me know. It's been far too long between trips, I feel like I'm getting cabin fever.
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I just finnished going through all the info all of you suggested in the above threads. Lots of good stuff. I'm now just going to plan the route and include as many of your suggested camping spots as time allows. Who knows, maybe I'll just go to one or two and stay a while and enjoy.
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We are heading West from Mississippi and are considering the Balloon Festival in Albequerque as one of our stops. October 4-12 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
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We are heading West from Mississippi and are considering the Balloon Festival in Albequerque as one of our stops. October 4-12 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
The WBCCI 4 corners unit has a rally on site for the ballooney thing It's probably full up but might be worth checking
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IF the FCU Balloon Rally is full, you might consider the Coronado State Park in Bernalillo for the Balloon Fiesta. You would be 10 miles north, but it is set up on the river and pretty nice for almost urban camping.
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