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Old 07-01-2011, 10:44 PM   #29
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. . . 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.
We have some friends who spend the entire summer each year at Fun Valley. We decided to spend a week there once with them to find out what was so special... 800 campsites shoehorned together! The good and the bad - the closest Walmart is over an hour away. I guess I just didn't get it. But there are a bunch of folks who must because the place stays at near capacity for the entire season.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:01 PM   #30
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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.
I had a trailer blow onto its side on I 25 around the state line in 1969. There was an old Cowboy in Cheyenne that worked on skinning Airstreams.

Last time I was up there all of those passes were dirt until you got down to Estes Park.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:16 PM   #31
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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.

I have never even turned in there. I left the West Fork of Wolf Creek Campground which is just below Treasure Falls about 20 years ago and went toward the summit and took a logging road back into the mountain on my way back home. There were some really beautiful secluded campsites in there It went all the way into New Mexico and ended up just north of Chama I think.
The campground that was so nice has been closed because of contaminated water from what I understand.
We used to meet about 15 Texas families in there every summer. We all met at the campground.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:57 AM   #32
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If you are headed to Durango go west to Cortez and then head up past Delores to Priest Gulch. There is a very nice CG there by the same name. We drive from Florida to spend a month there every year. Usually the only toaster there. Up past Priest Gulch near Rico are several very nice USFS campgrounds.
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:08 AM   #33
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one thing i will add....watch for cops on the pagosa side of the pass near the summit..they've been having themselves all kinds of speeding ticket fun up there lately
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:13 AM   #34
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We are in our summer home in Grand Lake Colorado. There are two commercial, two electric forest service campgrounds and one non electric forest service campground.
There is also lots of free, no services dispersed camping in the nearby national forests west of Hwy 34.
There is one park service campground on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park that is nearly always full.
Plenty of room once the 4th of July weekend is over.
It is 8400 feet and temps will go into the low 80's on a warm day and down into the high to mid 40's.
There is lots to see and do.
We are 110 miles NW of Denver. Take Interstate 70, to U.S. 40, to U.S. 34 at Granby. Or, I-25 to State 66 or U.S. 34 N. of Denver and U.S. 34 through Rocky Mountain National Park. Your rig must be adequate and some experience in mountain driving would be helpful because the high point of this route is 12,400 feet.
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:34 AM   #35
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I agree completely with handn. There are many opportunities near Grand Lake. The town has many shops and restaurants. There's a public beach and boat rentals are available. There are many BLM campgrounds in the forests that surround the 3 interconnected lakes. We've used one of the private RV parks just outside of town and was very satisfied with them. Sadly, the beetles have devastated the Lodgepole pines that were dominant in the forests. Until recently, the Timbercreek campground inside RMNP was a shady retreat, now it is open meadow in full sun, but the valley floor at 9000' between snow capped peaks is pleasant during the day and downright chilly at night. Bring your sunscreen, the UV at those elevations is intense.

In recent years they have widened US 40 between Empire and Winter Park providing for 2 climbing lanes and 1 downhill lane each way. There are several switchbacks on this route that are not particularly a problem if you pay attention to your TT tire tracking. Use lower gears going up and coming down and a properly maintained TV should have no problems on this route.

An alternate route that avoids Berthoud Pass is to come in from Kremmling west of Granby. For many, this might be a longer route, but much of the climbing would be on I-70.

I have trailered across to the other side of RMNP on Trail Ridge Road, but was younger and the trailer was smaller. It too is a good road, but experience and confidence along with well maintained equipment are priorities.
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Made it to Durango. Only place to camp is Walmart. The weather is cool though!
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Made it to Durango. Only place to camp is Walmart. The weather is cool though!
Its still hot here. 100 in Houston. Hope you find a good place to camp soon.
Wish I was up there but decided to go for total restoration on the Excella and its too hot to work on at the moment. I tried early in the week but with the heat and humidity its just to hot to work on more than late afternoon.
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We will be leaving for CO on Tuesday pulling a SOB, not to rub it in but this time we don't have to come back, sold the house and from CO we will head out to parts unknown.

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Just left Ridgway State Park after staying there for almost a week. WOW, you talk about beat the heat weather. Just beautiful. I left central Texas and went to California first so I can't help you with the best route to Colorado but I will say the weather has been great! Left Ridgway and drove the Million Dollar Highway----YIKES, scary but I took it slow. Drove thru Durango on my way to Pagosa Springs. It was warm but nothing compared to Austin. I am in Blanco River RV park outside Pagosa Springs. VERY NICE and cool. Slept with windows open and 3 blankets. Hiked the Continental Divide today at Wolf Creek Pass. ALL the license plates there were from TEXAS! ha Looks like lots of people from TX are here. Later this week I am headed to Creede, CO to stay at Mountain View RV park. All I can say is book your spot. It is really getting crowded up here in CO due to so many people trying to escape the unbearable heat. Good luck!
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Hey, Yankee Doodle. Glad you enjoyed it. We tow with a Dodge megacab 4x4. We made the loop without any problems, even with our long wheelbase. There are other trails there in the high country that they specifically advise nothing larger than a short wheelbase jeep type. I have enough sense to see the handwriting on that one. But the Alpine Loop is a spectacular ride. I'd love to do it again one of these days. Or at least try some other backcountry trails. The campground we stayed at rents jeeps. They owner looked at my truck and shook his head. He felt we could make it, no problem, over the Engineer Pass trail but was not too sure about the return trip through the other pass due to the length. But we gave it a go and made it without any issues. A few swithbacks and having to back up but made it. A great experience.
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Were in Cortez at the KOA. Hot, but cools off nicely in the evening. I'd say half of the campers here are from the Republic.
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