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Old 04-24-2015, 08:02 AM   #1
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Mesa Verde Nat'l Pk Need Recommendations

I need your help on this one.
Never been to Durango,CO or Mesa Verde National Park and I feel that I'm missing something so I have the urge to go there.
I'm looking for some first hand experiences as the best places to stay for a couple of days to a week. National Parks, private parks, state campgrounds. When hooked together my trailer and TV measure 50'3" so that may be a consideration as well. Trailer alone is 28' long.
The main thing is that I want to enjoy the National park and the ruins for a few days and have a relaxing time back at the trailer in the evenings.
Also if you feel like sharing about any must see things/places and best place to get a good meal in the area will help too.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:32 AM   #2
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The camp grounds in Mesa Verde Nat. Park are nice, and will accommodate your trailer, no problem. We were there with a 31', and no problem. However, do call and make a reservation and tell them the length of your trailer.

The Rangers will give you plenty of information on things to see and do in the park once you get there. You will enjoy it.

Durango of course the main attraction is the narrow gage train to Silverton. But I think it's a nicer and more scenic drive than train ride. And, if you drive to Silverton, you also need to continue on to Ouray, CO. Very nice little town, and very pretty drive.
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The drive to most of the ruins at MV are 30+ miles, so staying at the parks Morefield CG makes it more convenient. There are two RV parks at the entrance if you want full hook-ups but with a longer drive.

In Durango, the closest CG to town is the United CG which is on the river and the train goes through the middle of it every morning and evening, 3 times a day in summer. Alpen Rose is a few miles north of there. Also KOA south of town.

In Durango there are many good restaurants, Ken & Sues, Steamworks, Old Tymers, Carvers are local hangouts. Tequilas Mexican, Gazpachos New Mexican. Diamond Belle saloon for a Victorian bar & grill....too many to list.

You can take the train to Silverton but taking the bus back is quicker as the round trip train is an all-day event. If you want to experience mountain camping, The Mineral Creek CG is close to Silverton and there are boondocking areas around it. In Silverton try Handlebars for buffalo burgers.

Ouray is a neat town and the 4x4 off-road capitol of CO. However towing your big rig up there is not for the faint of heart, especially for those without mountain towing experience.
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:38 AM   #4
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The sites we were in in the Mesa Verde campground had full hookups, (there were two trailers) but I don't remember the name of it. I think there were two campgrounds close together.
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Right Steve, but as I remember, there are only 10-15 E/W sites available...and yes they did upgrade those with sewer hookups. Need to reserve well in advance.
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In addition to Mesa Verde, there are numerous ruins in the area, if you are not overloaded when you are through there. Canyons of the Ancients is only about 10 miles north of Cortez, and it has an excellent visitor center. I have been to many of these ruins several times and they never cease to intrigue me.
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One of our ancestral Puebloan favourites is Hovenweep National Monument in nearby Utah, on the border with Colorado and Canyon of the Ancients. Its small campground has a few sites for longer trailers and doesn't seem to get too crowded.
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Mesa Verde is a big park with spectacular ruins, so you could easily spend a week there!
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I have to recommend the Fall for Mesa Verde. Cooler temps, and WAY less crowds. We got to do every tour we wanted to, which in the summer (I hear) is nearly impossible.
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We have stay at Sundowner rv park short drive to np restaurant next door you can walk to that is decent has long rv sites at back was in 40ft dp pulling jeep they do a lot of long term we stay a week very friendly clean park
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We stayed at the Morefield campground last September. It was OK and is closer to the ruins than the others.(less driving)
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We stayed at the Alpen Rose CG in Durango which was very good. The trip over to Oray is worthwhile, but it is a very narrow, curvy road. We stayed in a Mesa Verde CG with no hookups. We were with 34' AS's and they had no difficulty negotiating the place. The showers, etc. at the camp store are very good as well. Mesa Verde is more than worth the trip. Enjoy.
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I second the Alpen Rose in Durango. Nice place, nice people. It is a drive to Mesa Verde though. It is located 2 miles north of Durango on the left.
I think the train ride is worth every penny and time spent. Especially if you ride in the open cars. Dress accordingly. It can be chilly in the morning.
Mesa Verde RV resort is about a mile from the entrance to MVNP. Very clean and tidy. No grass, just gravel. We have and will stay there again.


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You are going to what I call Road Trip Heaven

Take a drive in any direction. The drive from Durango to Silverton will be more enjoyable without a trailer.
I really like Monument Valley.
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Mesa Verde National Park is a great place to stay. It makes the visit easier by being closer, driving/time wise, to see the entire park. The drive alone to the peaks for either sunrise/sunset view is well worth the stay. Go as soon as possible to visit the ruins. A Ranger told us, this past October, that they are going to stop tours to at least one if not two of the ruins. Wonderful photo opportunities.
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