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Old 01-11-2010, 06:44 PM   #29
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Are you sure that's not Moraine View State Park in Illinois?
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Actually, no. I didn't think there would be more than one. But rally or not I still recommend Morraine View in RMNP.
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Once you figure out what cities / towns you will want to stay near, check out this site RV Park Reviews :: Home which contains reviews of thousands of campgrounds written by average RVers who have stayed there. I have found this to be extremely useful and have contributed a few reviews myself in order to share the wealth.

As with most collaborative internet experiences, it's opinions, but overall, I have found the reviews to be quite representative of what I actually experienced at the campgrounds I had visited.
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Thanks everyone for all the great info....we do plan a stop off in Kansas...and will check out the parks recommended....

Gene we are into some hiking...riding around and seeing the views...always looking for a good place to eat too....love finding local places to eat off the beaten path!
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You mean something has changed since the late '70's? How dare they!

I'll have to look into that next time we go east.

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I, too, was surprised the first time that I encoundered the newly improved US 36. I was caught in a traffic jam on I-70 near Kansas City, and detoured North to US 36 -- the transformation was just getting well underway (this was 1985 or 1986). Today, it is a pleasant journey from Central Illinois all of the way to Estes Park, CO.

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We also have found the RV Park Review site to be useful. I also use Trip Advisor for restaurant reviews as well as the AAA Tour Books.

Although I've never done this in RMNP, there is a lot of wilderness for hiking there. And if you're interesting in hiking to the top of a 14teener, Long's Peak is very popular. South from Estes Park is the Peak to Peak Hwy (I think Colo 7 and then 119, but you'd better check that). It goes through Rollinsville, Nederland and Black Hawk. Black Hawk is an old mining town that has been taken over by gambling. Up the gulch west is Central City, not quite as screwed up by gambling development, and if you explore the backroads around there, you'll see a lot of abandoned mines from Colorado's first gold rush.

West of Rollinsville you can drive to the Moffat Tunnel, a railroad tunnel under the Divide. There's a road to Rollins Pass over the Divide, but it was closed years ago and I don't know if it's been opened again. Still the drive part way is still through amazing scenery. Do not take a trailer on these back roads.

East of Nederland, down the canyon, is Boulder. Some good restaurants there, though it's been a long time since we explored the area. We did go to a pre-wedding dinner at the Bolderado Hotel and the food was pretty good about 1 1/2 years ago. Parking in central Boulder is difficult and another place not to take a trailer.

Just some places that pop into my mind before breakfast.

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I'm not sure if you want to move around for the time you're in Colorado, or if you want to stay the entire time in RMNP but you could do a really nice loop of the state in 2 weeks. When exactly do you plan on going? I asked because a lot camping options may not be open to you in early June that probably would be in July. On the other hand, as Gene mentioned RMNP will be very crowded in July vs. early June. School starts here in late August, so the few weeks following that are a great time to see everything while the temperatures are a littler higher, and the crowds a little lower.

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Well we are traveling in early June because our schools go back into session usually in early August so as soon as my kids are out of school and I finish taking finals we will be heading out on the road. We are thinking of maybe even doing about 2 1/2 weeks and staying a couple days in RMNP then heading up to Yellowstone, going to Mt Rushmore then circle our way back home. So we figure we would be on the road between 2 to 3 weeks. This will be a once in a lifetime trip for us so we will try to make the most of what we will be able to do.
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A few years back I took the Rt. 36 route from E. Kansas all the way through to RMNP. No trailer but wouldn't hesitate to take mine that route. Good road, light traffic and much nicer scenery than Rt. 70. If you go that route plan a short stop right outside the town ( crossroad really) of Lebanon, Ks. Just outside the town, follow the signs, is a small park with a monument making the geographic center of the continental US. Gives you rights to useless trivia. But we travelers need excuses to make roadside stops anyway.

Take it, enjoy, you won't be sorry.

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Well we are traveling in early June because our schools go back into session usually in early August so as soon as my kids are out of school and I finish taking finals we will be heading out on the road. We are thinking of maybe even doing about 2 1/2 weeks and staying a couple days in RMNP then heading up to Yellowstone, going to Mt Rushmore then circle our way back home. So we figure we would be on the road between 2 to 3 weeks. This will be a once in a lifetime trip for us so we will try to make the most of what we will be able to do.
You will LOVE that trip....exactly what we did several years ago!!!

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A few years back I took the Rt. 36 route from E. Kansas all the way through to RMNP. No trailer but wouldn't hesitate to take mine that route. Good road, light traffic and much nicer scenery than Rt. 70. If you go that route plan a short stop right outside the town ( crossroad really) of Lebanon, Ks. Just outside the town, follow the signs, is a small park with a monument making the geographic center of the continental US. Gives you rights to useless trivia. But we travelers need excuses to make roadside stops anyway.

Take it, enjoy, you won't be sorry.

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The following are a few photos that I took while caravanning to RMNP with Scott and Lise Scheuermann a few years ago. They are of the small park with the monument marking the Geographic Center of the US:

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Just to show how quickly time flies, these photos date to 2005, yet it seems like the journey took place yesterday!
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