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Old 07-17-2013, 04:01 PM   #1
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Smile TX to CO trip routes and campground recomendations

I am leaving for CO Saturday and need some recommendations for routes can't miss sights, activities, and campgrounds.
We will need to be in the Denver area on the 25th to fly the two 18yr old boys that are going on the trip back for work but we will be in CO till the 30th or 31st.
I would love some input and guidance. I have only been to CO a couple of times and it has been by plane for skiing.
I am really looking forward to going in AS at summertime.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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I would try not to miss an opportunity to visit Palo Duro Canyon SP. If you have time to kill, you could stop at Caprock on the way as well.

edit: And stay off I-35, and don't go through Kansas.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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Colorado is a big state... but
Bents Fort is neat history in La Junta
Cheyenne SP in CO Springs
Cherry Creek SP in Denver, close to airport.
Rocky Mt. NP -wherever you can get a res.
head up to the high country where it's cool.
Ceck out Allstays.com for camp spots.
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I would try not to miss an opportunity to visit Palo Duro Canyon SP. If you have time to kill, you could stop at Caprock on the way as well.

edit: And stay off I-35, and don't go through Kansas.
Gotta be hot in PD and Caprock, what's wrong with Kansas?
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:00 PM   #5
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The trip I take almost every summer is:

Abilene State Park 1st day: If you like Texas history there is a great "Frontier Texas" in downtown Abilene & Buffalo Gap Historic Village in Buffalo Gap. Stay 2 nights.

3rd day: Travel to Palo Duro Canyon state park in Amarillo.

4th day: Amarillo state park to Rigeway State Park, Co. This is a 550 mile day. I do it but am really tired when I get there. Would suggest breaking this into 2 days but I have no suggestion were to break it at since I don't.

Rigeway State Park makes a good base location to explore the San Juan Mountains and western colorado from. Highway 550 south is a beautiful drive from there. Rent a jeep in Ouray and take the backroads all over the mountains! Take the train ride from Silverton to Durango and back!
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Gotta be hot in PD and Caprock, what's wrong with Kansas?
There's a whole book about it.
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Also on your general route is the NRA Whittington Center near Raton NM. Bring your shotguns and stop for a round of sporting clays. They have a world class facility and 125 RV sites at the Whittington Center.

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This full timing AS couple is in Colorado right now. Check out where they have stayed so far.

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Sugarite Canyon state park just outside is Raton, NM is a good stopover for a night. We camped there for a couple nights several years ago returning to Austin from Fort Collins. The elevation is over 8000 feet so nights are nice and cool even in the middle of the summer.

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Travel the Million Dollar Highway north from Durango, being sure to stop in Silverton and Ouray. Cute towns, spectacular scenery!
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