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Old 04-26-2004, 09:24 AM   #85
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where is everyone planning to go this year? i'm trying to convince my wife to head out west for a couple of weeks this summer.

she has expressed an intrest in touring the east coast, where she grew up.

i have not made any definate plans yet. just thought it would be fun to hear from the rest of you.

where ya gonna go this year, repeat trips or something new?

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John,

A great place to take your wife on the east coast would be Acadia National Park, Maine. We went for the first time last year and what a sight! Pink granite everywhere, old carriage roads to bike on, canoeing, hiking,fishing, and a beautiful small town to hand out in (Bar Harbor). Canon Mountain is great to hike or drive up to see a spectacular view.

We are going back this year, last week in June, staying at the National Park campground ($20/night) and ($10/night for the senior group). There is free shuttle service every hour from the campgrounds throughout the island.

Anyone interested, please contact us and we'll give you the specifics.

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Old 04-27-2004, 11:43 AM   #86
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MaxandGeorgia - there are so many wonderful places to experience in Colorado (and the other great states you want to visit), if you can give me an idea of your route thru Colorado, I might have a few wonderful campsites. Keep in mind that it can get very busy around here in the summer, so sites might already be reserved. There are some really nice areas close to the Wyoming border, but might take you off main highways. Let me know.
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Old 04-27-2004, 03:52 PM   #87
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Leigh, we have visited the Snowy Range in SE Wyoming, just north of Colorado and loved it. The altitude (10,000) was difficult Max with his breathing limitations, but we did love it-just found that we cannot sleep well or do much activity other than pass through. Sigh! We were reading up on the area around Silverton or Durango-haven't been in that part of the state. Suggestions for that? Or, what do you think are beautiful, out of the way or "less traveled" wonders? We just might try them out!
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maxandgeorgia, you will have a great time in SW Colorado/NW New Mexico. . . so many possibilities for keeping you entertained, and great places to just sit back and enjoy the surroundings. The whole area of the San Juan Mtns is spectacular, busy in the summer, but worth the time and effort. I really like the narrow gauge rail trips [Durango-Silverton, and the Cumbres & Toltec from Antonito'Chama] and the photographic opportunities. Lots of fishing, hiking, sightseeing, good camping. Another area around Buena Vista/Gunnison/Leadville is great too. A lot of mining history in the whole region. Lots of great day trips. Sure worth your consideration.
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Bud, thanks for the recommendations. In your post, you mentioned several of the draws for us in the area. We will be pulling our 31' Airstream. We will need a central location to camp while we day trip out. I guess many FS campsites won't take a unit this long. We can fill with water and we have two batteries to keep us going dry for a few days. In your opinion and with your experience in the area, do we need to reserve (I am always spooky about reserving and then being disappointed with the site) to ensure a place to camp or will we be okay pulling to the area and finding one we like? Would you mind recommending a couple of your favorite (spectacular!) sites that would fit our trailer? Thanks again! I am thinking we might even drop in on the VAC Rally Open House while we are in Colorado if we head there during early August. It would be fun to see the vintage units and meet people from the Forum. We'll have to start working on our itinerary. It's a hard choice for us between discovering SE Colorado and returning to the Montana/Idaho areas!
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We usually stayed at Hermosa Meadows CG, US550 north of Durango [Hermosa] on the Animus River. It wasn't so spectacular, but the people were great, and it was out of town, but in the middle of all sorts of possibilities. Can't find a listing now [it may have become the Durango KOA] so our experience may not be of much value now. The Alpen Rose CG is across the highway in the same area, but we have never stayed there. Reservations are best, at least to start with, and then we usually shopped around as we made day trips if somewhere else really struck a high note. . . Have also stayed at NF CG up near Silverton/Ouray. Truly, there are a lot of places to stay, but a lot of people come there. . . Bayfield/Chimney Rock/Pagosa Springs all come to mind to the east.

We're headed back to Cooke City,MT/Wyoming area NE of Yellowstone in June, and though we often think of Colorado, fewer people and smaller places win us over again. We hope you have a great time, whichever you choose to do. [The trip from Durango to Idaho/Montana is interesting too, if you aren't in any hurry!]
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So much beauty,too little time!

MaxandGeorgia - OK, going to try to give you some ideas.
BuenaVista Area - This is where we store our "Mini", we have friends who live there. Just North of BV on Hwy81 toward Independence Pass into Aspen is a campground called "Whitestar" right on the TwinLakes Reservoir. If you go to My Gallery, you will see "Mini" at a campsite there at TwinLakes . It is quite beautiful. There are no hkups, but is a dumpsite. Will probibly be busy-they do take reservations (www.reserveusa.com). If you don't want to make reservations, try to get there mid-week. There are other campgrounds in the area, so you would probibly find a spot somewhere. The other campground that comes to mind is called Lakeview. Both take max 35' trailers.
4 Corners or Durango - Have not had the opportunity to camp around here altho have a place we would like to see called Pine Point(a forest service campground), which is south of Silverton area. Good for up to 35' trailers and on Vallecito Resevoir.
Steamboat Springs area - another place we want to see is Steamboat Lake State Park. This one has up to 50 hkups sites and is voted Park Rangers favorite destination. No limit on trailer length and they take reservations. And finally,
Poudre Canyon area This is west of Ft. Collins, North of Rky Mt State Park. Campground is called Chambers Lake. on Hwy. 14. Trailers recommended to 30' (you could probibly make it). Sites 1-20 are closer to Hwy.(not recommended), altho Hwy. not a major one. No dump for 20 mi. Beautiful tho.
See if any of those fit your needs. I might think of a couple more.
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I live in Durango

Hermosa Meadows is now a new condo development - so don't plan to stay there - its too bad - it was my favorite campground in the area.

The next best is United Campground - right on the Dgo/Silverton RR tracks. Great location for Durango. Not crazy about Alpen Rose - kinda a big field off the highway - must do great advertising because everyone seems to know about it. My next or at least equal favorite is Lightner Creek Campground - in a valley on a nice creek - only problem is its pretty steep getting in, but should not be a problem. Both KOAs are nice too.

Any questions I can answer about this area, I would be glad to do.

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Wonderful suggestions! I hope others on the Forum are reading these too. I plan to print off all the ideas and add them to my "vacations" files. We'll be checking these out on our maps and in the various campground books we have, looking for a few that seem to fit. I don't mean to dominate this conversation with my requests for the Mountain West. Surely with summer just around the corner, everyone must be looking for a super vacation location! We'll enjoy learning about other areas of the country too, so. . .ask away! I mean, you aren't going to polish those trailers all summer long, are you?
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There is a little campground we stay at in Pagosa Springs. It is about 13 miles south of town on highway 84. It's new and the owners are trying to establish a business. So the campground is not very busy. Only on holidays when the other long established campgrounds are full. www.lastresortrv.com. we will be staying there all summer, it is right on the Rio Blanco River. Close to all sorts of things to do and see, Chama which also has a narrow guage train. (goes to and from antonito). Not far from Santa Fe, Taos, and Abiquque (Georgia O'Keeffe's home)
And Pagosa just 60 miles east of Durango.
there is much to see and do in Southwest Colorado -- and of course you can just do nothing.

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