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Old 09-29-2013, 03:22 PM   #15
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We stayed at the Alpen Rose some years ago. We would definitely consider it if we were in the area again. It was in October as we had been to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque and then wandered up to Durango to see the area and take the train in the fall. Their website shows they are open until Oct 31.

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Old 09-29-2013, 04:07 PM   #16
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They do not close the road to Silverton in the winter! Alpen Rose, United and Durango Riverside Resort are all on 550 north of town. The KOA is east and Lightner Creek CG is probably closed. All of the above mentioned facilities are first class. Doubtful if they are running shuttles to the train this late in the year. Plenty to do in Durango...enjoy.

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Old 09-29-2013, 06:25 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by mandolindave View Post
The road between Silverton and Durango closes in the winter.( I think it might close for about five months ) It is very scenic, but dangerous if it snows. They close it because so many snow plow drivers were sliding off of cliffs. In good conditions, it's not to be missed , but not a road that you would want to continually tow on, back and forth. Ouray is between Silverton, and Durango. Its a nice place to stop.
??? The road is closed in winter??? It is ONLY closed if their is an avalanche that has to be cleared. Which ain't that often. Regardless of where Ouray is on your map.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:43 PM   #18
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We stayed at Bayfield Riverside RV Park in July & really enjoyed it. It has full hook-ups with streams & a trout stocked pond. I'm not sure if they will be opened during your requested time but it is a nice, clean park.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:40 PM   #19
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Hey Jeff & Barb... If you'd like to "rough" it a few days dry camping, there is Haviland Lake, maybe 20 miles north of Durango, east off the road to Silverton. The campground closes down and has no services (that is no rest rooms open, no electricity, no water, no trash collection ... nada) during the winter (probably already closed) but they leave the lake loop open for dry camping at a much-reduced rate. I think it was $9/night, $4.50/night with a Senior Pass. We stayed there several nights last September ... it was quiet and beautiful. Wherever you end up, have a blast! We want a full report, too!
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:11 PM   #20
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We just stayed at Junction Creek campground, 5 or so miles outside of Durango. Beautiful, well maintained. There is one loop with electrical, but no full hookups. The pit toilets were remarkably clean. It is a Forest Service campground, and I believe they are open through October. We were in our Bambi, and there was a 65 globetrotter 2 spots down.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:37 PM   #21
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We've stayed at Alpen Rose twice -the past two summers and find it great. It's about 10-15 minutes north of downtown Durango. It's all about what you are doing in the area. We know friends have stayed at Havilland Lake but you'll need to check the services offered. We have also stayed at Sundance in Cortez. A little too "parking lot" for us but we wanted full hook up close to bike trails off 160. It was also hot this summer and we needed laundry and a/c lol.

McPhee Reservior is another choice but is probably closed with no services but a nice place to sneak into and have no neighbors. This works for us as well as it's near bike trails in Dolores. We were there last October.

We're headed in the area again shortly and going through Pagosa Springs as well. It's will be our first time east of Durango and into Northern NM.

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Old 10-01-2013, 02:07 PM   #22
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We also stayed in the Alpen Rose in Durango in June before heading up the road to Silverton, Ouray and points North. Nice place. Would definitely go back
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:26 PM   #23
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For WhatIt's Worth Lightner Creek is NICE and just about a couple of miles west of Durango. We've stayed ther a couple of times. Great people there , a couple of miles north of 160.

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