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Old 09-14-2015, 07:11 AM   #1
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Advice on Campgrounds in Durango-Taos-Santa Fe Area...

We heading west from the Southeast US next June to the Zion National Park area. There will be a group of 6 trailers, and we are considering staying a few nights in the mountain areas near Durango/Taos/Sante Fe region on the return home. I have been snow skiing in Durango many years ago, but do not remember much about it the area. I have only driven through Santa Fe, and don't know much about that area either.

After spending a week in the Zion/Bryce/North Rim GC area, the group would like to see some high mountains. Any suggestions for campgrounds in this area? While I prefer national forest campgrounds and am fine with no hookups, that is not the case with the rest of my group. The may can go without sewer, but electric and water a must. But I would like some scenic beauty, in or near the mountains, and at higher elevations if possible.

Any info on road conditions between Zion and Durango would be appreciated as well.

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Old 09-14-2015, 07:59 AM   #2
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You really restrict yourself if water/electricity is a must. That means you are stuck in private RV parks.

North Rim GC, North Rim campground is dry camping but there is water faucets dotted around the campground and there is a dump station with potable water. Nearest RV park with hookups is Jacobs Lake 40 miles away.

Zion: Watchman Campground in the Park has two loops with electric only. Water is available throughout the campground and dump stations. Showers are available at local businesses outside the park. There are several private RV parks in Springdale and Virgin.

Bryce: All park campgrounds are dry but with water faucets in the campground/dump station. Nearest RV park is just outside the park, Ruby's Inn


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Old 09-14-2015, 08:59 AM   #3
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Hi from AZ. . .Kelvin is right, that hook-up thing really restricts y'all. For Zion & the red rock country, we stayed at Kanab RV Corral, in Kanab. It's a nice enough place, VERY clean bathrooms & laundry, and nice folks. It is, however, right in the middle of town. In Angel Fire, way north NM, there's Monte Vista RV Park, a good place too. You will want to make reservations ASAP, those Utah places fill early for 'the season'. . . travel safe, Craig
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Yes, hookups are a rarity in forest service campground out West. You will only find them in private parks and some National Parks will have electric. If you want to camp in the mountains around Durango, there are 3-4 private places in Silverton with hookups. For Taos, check out Monte Bello RV park and in Santa Fe, Santa Fe Skies is close to town.
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:27 AM   #5
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Durango - United Campgrounds of Durango N of town (last stop on bus route into town) We loved Durango!
Mesa Verde - Ancient Cedars Mesa Verde RV Resort just outside the NP entrance
Ouray - Four J RV is on the creek & off the Hwy (this 'Little Switzerland' is great!)
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:37 AM   #6
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Durango - United Campgrounds of Durango N of town (last stop on bus route into town) We loved Durango!
I second the endorsement for United in Durango. The Durango/Silverton narrow gauge steam train goes right through the campground. Great photo ops.
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In Durango I felt that Arpen RV was a much better stay then at United. Parking can be tricky at United where as at Arpen mostly drive thru's. Also much more picturesque.
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In Santa Fe, the KOA is above average and about 5-10 minutes out of town...
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Beware of the road between Ouray and Silverton. We live in the mountains but that road scares me to death and we would not think of towing on it.
Durango: We like Lightner Creek Campground convenient to both Durango and Mesa Verde which is a must see National Park. Santa Fe: Santa Fe Skies. Taos is a day trip for us so no recommendations other than route yourself through SF and Taos(the gorge bridge over the river is WOW.) Hwy 64 to 84 Pagosa Springs, 160 over to Durango. You will see and be in mountains. Charlene
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I'm sure there is an itinerary of the WBCCI SW Adventure on the WBCCI.org site that covers that area. Some of the camping was dry but it seems like most had at least water and electric. Check it out it may help.
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Santa Fe was a great KOA 10 mins from town.
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Old 09-14-2015, 05:19 PM   #12
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There is a very nice National Forest Campground, Cayton Campground between Rico and Telluride that has some sites with electric. There is water available to fill your fresh water tank and there is a dump station. Some of the electric and non-electric sites are reservable.

The San Juan Skyway, the loop between Telluride, Ouray, Silverton, and Durango is beautiful, but as someone else posted, do NOT take a trailer that way!

In Santa Fe we stayed at Trailer Ranch RV Resort which was fine, although you have to be there by a certain time in the evening (5pm I think). In Taos we stayed at Taos Valley RV Park which was fine; no shade, but not surprising in that area .

We will stay at all those places again next time we are in that area.
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Ouray RV Park. It is a great place within walking distance of downtown Ouray. As a bonus the owners are Airstreamers as well. We camped there for a couple of nights after the International Rally in Farmington. The tow over Red Mountain Pass from the South into Ouray is challenging, but other than taking it slow, it isn't that bad. We did it with a non-turbo F150 and our 34' Airstream. Give Amber and Jason a call with plenty of notice and you will not be disappointed.

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