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Old 06-30-2011, 09:22 AM   #15
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I'll be getting Rocky Mountain High, hanging in Durango July 18-25 then on up to Montrose, Co where my Uncle & Auntie live (free campin'!) for a spell.
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:22 AM   #16
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I would probably go to Brady and take 87 until you get to Lamesa, Texas then 137 to Bownfield, 385 to Littlefield and pick up US 84 go to Clovis NM, Santa Rosa turn west on I 40 until you get to Cline's Corner and turn right to 285 to Santa Fe 84 to Pagosa Springs. There are some nice campgrounds at the base of Wolf Creek Pass its about 16 miles toward the pass or you can head to Durango Its about an hours drive. There are nice campgrounds at Vallecito Reservoir at Bloomfield north on 501.

Another route would be to go to Brownwood, to Abilene to Lubbock. Brownwood and Abilene are somewhat slow to get through then its Interstate of divided hwy to Lubbock. I have found its faster to go the back roads. You might get better fuel prices going through Brownwood. There is a Flying J west of Abilene a few miles and another one in Lubbock.
Good routing, nicely done!

I would also consider the route on Google Maps where Eldorado, TX, Pecos, TX, and Antonito, CO are designated. In making this recommendation (and for any others) please consult maps and State websites referencing current wildfires (welcome to climate chaos trip planning ).

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Old 06-30-2011, 10:35 AM   #17
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Speaking of campgrounds at the base of Wolf Creek Pass . . . we spent a night at Fun Valley years ago and unless something has changed it's the most crowded campground we have ever stayed in and because of the way it sits in the valley, all the campfire smoke just hangs in the air. There are people who love it and go back year after year but maybe I just like to stretch in the morning without putting my hand up against the next camper.
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:01 PM   #18
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I'll be getting Rocky Mountain High, hanging in Durango July 18-25 then on up to Montrose, Co where my Uncle & Auntie live (free campin'!) for a spell.
and you better be givin' us a ring when you get up here!...c'mon over the pass and i'll take you rafting on the arkansas!
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:17 PM   #19
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I'm sure it is hot as can be there. But it is hot here at the house too. Supposed to be 102 here today. Just couldn't drive past the second largest canyon in America without visiting!



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When we lived in CO about 18 years ago, every time we were in a traffic jam going up a mountain there was ALWAYS a Texan in a MOHO or towing a trailer crawling up the mountain! It used to make me so angry. Now I get to be THAT guy!
ha! now it's a moho pulling a jeep, pulling a trailer with 1/2 a dozen four wheelers, jeep is loaded down with bicycles, and coolers, and a couple canoes strapped to the four wheelers, eight bbq grills, a hundred fishing rods all tangled up hanging off the side of the jeep and rubbing against the rear wheel (that's where all the smoke is coming from) and 12 cords of wood not to mention all the aspen logs they picked up somewhere to drag back home to build 'em one o' them cool benches like what was out in front of that bar in pagosa. then they all pack into the campgrounds on top of each other. kids screaming, dogs barking, radios blasting, generators roaring......it all just looks like soooo much fun!
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Yup, it sure is nice and comfortable here in the western Colorado mountains during the summer. But in the winter, now maybe we will have to head down Texas way!
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We'll be up at around 7300 ft. in about six weeks. I'm looking at sea level out the patio window right now, and it's 83 here.....so it's manageable.
Your place is up in the northern part of Colorado isn't it?
I really like the base of Wolf Creek Pass. Its about the same elevation and there is a Wilderness area to backpack into with hot springs up on San Juan River and up to the Continental Divide Trail. The trail head is kind of below the last run away truck ramp before getting off the mountain.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:40 AM   #22
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If you are looking for a private RV park. I would HIGHLY recommend the Alpen Rose RV Park. Just 2 miles north of Durango. Beautiful setting and nice folks. But you better make reservations. I've stayed there a number of times and it has always been a positive experience.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:52 AM   #23
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Yup, it sure is nice and comfortable here in the western Colorado mountains during the summer. But in the winter, now maybe we will have to head down Texas way!
You know that Texas used to go into Colorado between the Arkansas and Rio Grand River and then a strip about 100 miles wide went up the middle of Colorado into Wyoming.

I think they changed the boundries when Texas became a state or around 1846. So Colorado has been full of Texans for quite a few years.
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:52 AM   #24
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Thanks for all the great ideas. I'm having fun planning our trip north!
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:54 AM   #25
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I'm from Austin and live part time in Durango - I've done that trip many many times and the easiest/fastest is shoot up 183 to I-20 and up through Lubbock/Clovis Albq and 550 to Durango. I 35 is way out of the way, as is I 10 - Brady is not a stright shot

As far as Campgrounds - Alpen Rose gets all the great ratings from TL, but I like United across the street MUCH better - its on the river and narrow gauge tracks

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Your place is up in the northern part of Colorado isn't it?
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Yeah. It's about three miles or so south of the Wyoming border, and off a spur road from the Overland Trail into the Red Mountain area. We're in the triangle between Laramie, Cheyenne, and Fort Collins. We're thinking of putting full hookups in the middle of it, and pouring a slab. It's not a cheap thing.
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Well thanks for explaining why we saw so many motorhomes and trailers from Texas last summer. We spent a few days in Lake City, Co. It's a easy day drive from Durango. If you have a 4x4 tow vehicle you can hit the jeep trails in the high Rock Mt. passes. A spectacular trip out of Lake City. You won't be diappointed if you take it.

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We were lucky enough to land a campsite in Lake City a few years back and rented a Jeep locally for the day and really enjoyed the Alpine Loop. We started to make the annual trek to Colorado from Texas in 1980 when we had the last serious heatwave here. Like many our age, we could only get a couple of weeks off each summer. 1st observation, there are many areas where you'll see more TX license plates than CO. 2nd observation, it is really easy to acclimate to the cool days and chilly nights in the high country, but a real downer to make the trip back to Texas to find it's still over 100 back home. Looking forward to the time when we can go and come back and never see the mercury above 90! Happy trails ya'll.
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