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Old 07-28-2014, 11:29 PM   #1
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Mesa Verde National Park

We have reservations for 5 nights at the Morefield CG in Mesa Verde National Park in a few weeks. Has anyone had a recent experience with this CG? We are staying at one of 15 full hookup sites.


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Old 07-29-2014, 12:43 AM   #2
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We stayed there last August while on a WBCCI Caravan. We were in one of the "no hook up" campsites. However, we found the Morefield facilities to be very good. It is a beautiful spot. Keep an eye open for the critters that wander around.
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It has been some years since we were there, but feel the place is magical. And we enjoyed immensely a dinner at the Far View Lodge.

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Old 07-29-2014, 10:55 AM   #4
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Make a point to stop at the new visitor center that opened this year. It's right off the highway and will make your visit more meaningful.
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Thanks! Never been to that part of Colorado so I am trying to decide if I should keep that reservation or cancel it and stay in Durango. The original intent of the trip was to ride the Durango to Silverton train. I am concerned that driving back and forth to Durango or just around the park might eat up too much of our time. Thoughts?


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I camped there in a van 4 years ago, spending two nights there in one of the no hookup sites. The pinyon-juniper forest offers some shade. The archaeological sites were fascinating and the views of and from the mesas were impressive. Showers outside the camp store were free and open 24/7 (but NOT 365, I don't believe). We were visiting at the end of the peak season (Labor Day weekend) and caught the last of the pancake breakfasts at the camp store. The evening ranger program was on wolves and coyotes, and was very interesting (it may also have been the last of the season).

It is very capacious and seldom if ever fills up, for which I was grateful. I hadn't reserved campsites or lodging ahead of time, and had been planning to get a motel room whenever I got tired (which turned out to be at 9 PM near Alamosa) but discovered that all the hotel/motels in south-central Colorado were completely booked. Morefield, circa 4.5 hours west when stopping to check for room availability, was no more than half full.
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If it were me I would stay at the CG in the park. Having stayed in that area several times, we prefer staying in the park. Don't feed the mule deer grapes, the rangers don't like it even though the deer do. The area, with all its ruins, has a rather magical aura to it. Though we are from Texas, we have been there many times and never seem to tire of the area. If you get the chance visit other sites such as Hovenweep.
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Congrats on getting a reservation! I'm an interperative Ranger at MEVE and can tell you that full hook-ups are hard to come by. We just had a major monsoon last night, so the campfire ban should be lifted soon. Why would you want to stay in Durango when you could stay in a National Park? You can drive to Durango for the day. You will probably want to stay in the Park for two days. Start the first day off at the museum by watching the video in the auditorium, walking the museum and visiting Spruce Tree House (self guided) when you first arrive. Do the guided tours on Chapin mesa: Cliff Palace in the AM and Balcony House in the PM.
Plan on spending the second day on Wetherill Mesa: guided tour of Long House and self guided tour of Step House. Other relevent day trips from the Park are: Anasazi Cultural Center (BLM), Hovenweep NP and Aztec Ruins NP. Maybe I'll see you on one of my tours!
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Thanks! How is the drive to the campground from Durango? Steep grades? Paved roads, etc...


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It's good highway between MV and Durango. They have been repaving so there may be some short delays. There's a grade leaving Durango but nothing steep. The distance between the entrance to MV and Durango is only 35 miles, but the time to drive from the MV entrance to the CG can be a half hour and another 1/2 hour from the CG to the cliff sites. If you plan to ride the train, you need to be there before 8 or 9am depending on which train you take and it doesn't return til 6pm. That may be pushing it if you're camped at MV. You may want to split your stay. United CG is close to Durango.
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I would recommend the Alpen Rose RV park. It is 2 miles north of Durango on HWY 550.
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ditto on House of Rain, an excellent book. Also on Hovenweep, a wonderful ruin.
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Really depends on personal preference.

Northern Durango area campgrounds are Alpine with cooler climate, rivers, aspen, ponderosa, blue spruce, and mountains. Many attractions, river rafting, train, horseback riding, golf, kayaking, hiking, fishing, etc.

Mesa Verde is desert, small juniper pine, sage, warmer, with cliff dwellings as principle attraction.
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