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Old 02-23-2016, 04:20 PM   #15
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We love that part of Colorado. Black Canyon is great, and Colorado National Monument is definitely a keeper. If you get as far as Creede, it's really a neat old town. Bristol Head CG is a Forest Service CG with limited facilities, but with lots of things to see close by.


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Old 02-23-2016, 04:40 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by PKI View Post

Colorado posts a listing of standard maximum grades for their passes. Worth a look when planning the trip. Surprised that the Ike Tunnel run is only 6% and Wolfe Creek is only 6.8%. Slumgullian at 9.4%, now that's a grade. Guess the question is how long are the approaches. Pat
The Lake City side of Slumgullian pass is the steep part of the pass , the Creede side is a much gentler grade . If your concerned that your tow vehicle will not hold back on that grade without smoking your brakes , plan your route from Lake City to Creede ! Great journey either way !

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Old 02-23-2016, 04:41 PM   #17
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The Alpin Rose RV park north of Durango is a nice clean Commercial park and really nice folks operate it. Don't know about campfires. I rate this 5 star.
The Mesa Verde Resort near Mancos. Close to the entrance to Mesa Verde. I rate this 4.5 stars only because of the gravel.
Both have web sites with pics.
Take a day and ride the Durango Silverton train.
You would have to spend the entire summer in the area to even begin to see all. It is truly Gods country.
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Old 02-23-2016, 04:58 PM   #18
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I think you will find Alpin Rose a bit sterile from the sounds of what you are looking for - I like united better - but if you are looking for something a bit rustic and I believe allow campfires - I would look at Priest Gulch near Rico - not too terribly far from Mesa Verde
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Old 02-23-2016, 05:05 PM   #19
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We went out that way this past summer from Rhode Island.Telluride and the Taylor/ Gunnison river were great stops. Our favorite was Rosey Lane on the Taylor just North of Harmels Ranch. 18$ a night and great clean sites and bathrooms. The hosts are from San Antonio and are so nice and really make it a special visit . Fish right behind your site and watch the rafting. Have Fun.

If we had more time we would have stopped at Curecanti National recreation Area. We drove in and had Lunch and the campsites we saw were really Nice . It's between Montrose and Gunnison.
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:42 PM   #20
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All of the areas mentioned are great. Will be very busy end of July. Take a look at Pagosa Springs as well as Lake City. Lots of campgrounds. I have found going on google maps and then entering rv campgrounds is a good idea to see many in the area. Very steep going into Lake City from the east.

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Old 02-23-2016, 09:41 PM   #21
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Greetings! We posted on our blog about camping around Telluride and Ridgway. Please check it out, you may find some good info there.

Click here for Ridgway State Park

Click here for Telluride, Matterhorn Campground

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Old 02-24-2016, 06:49 PM   #22
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We stayed at Cayton Campground in Rico near Telluride. Some of the sites that have electric are reservable. There is no water at the sites, but there is water available at several spigots in the park to tank up. I think there was also a dump station. We really enjoyed that campground and would definitely stay there again.

The San Juan Skyway loop between Telluride-Ouray-Sliverton-Durango is spectacular! I would not tow a trailer that way, though.
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Old 02-24-2016, 08:01 PM   #23
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Another vote for the San Juan Skyway loop. Did it last summer but we spent two weeks there and wished we had four weeks to explore.
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Thank you for all of the comments. I’m always impressed by responsiveness and helpfulness of the fellow Airstreamers on this forum.

The recommendations provided helped us narrow down the areas to look into, and we’ve made a few reservations:

Durango – 3 nights. We’re planning to stay in the Junction Creek Forest Service Campground (with electric hookups) 5 miles north of Durango. It was a toss-up between booking United CG in Durango, and JC. We decided on JC as it looks like there is more room for the kids to run around and we can definitely have a fire.

We will use this campground as a jumping off point for Mesa Verde, Canyon of the Ancients, Cortez, and potentially the Four Corners.

Ouray – 4 nights. After 3 nights in JC we will probably want to have water hookups, so decided against staying in Ridgway State Park – thanks for the recommendations on this park, it looks beautiful and we have noted it for future trips. We have reserved a spot at the Ouray KOA in part due to its location to Ouray, and the availability of water hookups. We’ve never stayed in a KOA before. This one seems to have excellent reviews, and appears to be more spacious and private than other campgrounds close to Ouray. Plus, I know there will be other kids there.

From Ouray we will visit Telluride and a ghost town or two, the San Juan Skyway, drive Imogene Pass, and the Alpine Trail, head to the hot springs, and work in lots of hiking.

On the way home, we’re going to spend a day and a night at the Great Sand Dunes and will stay at the park campground.

There’s really a lot to do in this park of Colorado – I hope all the responses above help others with planning their trips to SW Colorado.
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Imogene Pass in the past has been snowed in the entire summer , some years it's open by the time you plan on getting there . But whether you make it over the top or not , the journey up either the Ouray or the Teluride side will be grand .
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If you call the San Juan National Forest office at 970/247-4874, they will send you a bunch of info on campgrounds, attractions etc. Be specific and ask for info on Mesa Verde as well as state campgrounds. The SJNF covers the area from Wolf Creek Pass to the Utah border along the New Mexico border. Be aware that there are some new rules regarding boondocking on USFS land.
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Hi LaMesa - we loved Haviland lake just north of Durango - meets your requirements for more spread out beauty. Enjoy your trip - we'll be there this summer too but home by the middle of July.

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