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Old 06-15-2015, 05:06 PM   #1
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We are planning a camping trip to CO later this summer. Our go-to campground is South Mineral just outside of Silverton, but we are open to suggestions. We want higher elevation (over 8000'), trees and preferably water of some sort (river, lake, etc). We will likely be boondocking. Anybody have recommendations? Preferably the south/southwest area of the state, as we will be driving from TX. Also does anyone know how far south the pine beetle infestation has moved?
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:33 PM   #2
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I will be following this thread. Another Texan that loves the cool area of Colorado



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Old 06-30-2015, 08:49 PM   #3
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It all kind of depends on what kind of RVing experience you're looking for. Boondockers will have a very different array of possibilities than are available to folks who want hookups. Not necessarily a better array or even a larger one; just a very, very different one.

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Hey Texasmommy,
We stayed at Molas lake, a campground run by the city of Silverton. It was wonderful. 10,000ft elevation, a small alpine lake with water available -perfect. Try it.
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We recently stayed at O'Haver lake. The location has no electrical hookups, no dump station but potable water on site. It is definitely a campground - so I'm not sure if it meets your boondocking criteria - but it is beautiful.

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Like the Texan, we to are heading to Colorado but in mid September. Looks like we might have to stop at O'Haver lake. Looks great....is it pet friendly?
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Yes, O'Haver Lake is pet friendly - we had our dog and two cats at the campground. One couple seemed two walk their two corgis around the campground about ten times a day.
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Gunnison Nat'l Forest has everything you want and then some.
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thanks ukulele2010, my dogs love water and will have a blast!
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We stayed mineral creek for 11 nights 30s in the morning and 75 in the day, The solar panel kept up the power just fine. Although we never used the furnace I observed that the battery power dropped 25% at night
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Silverton is currently a mess. The years of mining the locals turned down being a superfund cleanup site has finally bubbled over.

Some alternatives:
Great Sand Dunes
Zapata Falls
Navajo Lake
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The Silverton leaders reasoning is similar to Amity Island major in the movie Jaws.
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:35 PM   #13
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It was actually our own USA EPA that blew out the mine plug. It a bigger superfund site now. It will take years for the Las Animas river basin to recover. I really liked this area.
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Silverton is currently a mess. The years of mining the locals turned down being a superfund cleanup site has finally bubbled over.

Some alternatives:
Great Sand Dunes
Zapata Falls
Navajo Lake
The news coverage is killing the Silverton/Durango area. I live on the Animas River and am president of the ditch company. It is currently clear and and an hour ago, EPA contractors checked both of my wells and the ph was neutral on a well that is 150 yards from the river bank. The very subject of the nrgtrakr post is why the residents of Silverton have passed on the Superfund. It is a tourist killer. What you didn't hear on the news over the past 4 days is that Fish & Game put 108 trout fingerlings in four locations and 107 survived. Because of the volume of cancellations, there are plenty of spots available! BTW, Navajo lake splits the Colorado/New Mexico boundary and the Colorado side is superior. If you love the desert, the Great Sand Dunes is great. No shade and plenty of sand.
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