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Old 05-19-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Question Destination Campground in Colorado

Hi! My husband and I took the plunge and bought a Class C motorhome recently, upgrading SIGNIFICANTLY from our cute Jayco pop-up camper. However, the disadvantage we face with the new motorhome is that we don't currently have a way to bring along a tow vehicle, so we have to drive the motorhome everywhere we go (which was a pain last year in Santa Barbara (can you say NO PARKING!) and a blessing when we took it to Sea World in San Diego and needed a respite from the heat and the crowds.).

Anyway, we're planning to go to Colorado this year and haven't yet purchased a towing device, so I was hoping someone could recommend a park that would have amenities enough that we wouldn't need to drive around a lot. We love Snow Mountain Ranch, and plan to go there for part of the trip, but we were looking for somewhere not TOO far from there to spend the short end of a week at.

We have two dogs (nice ones - a black lab and a golden retriever) and two kids (not as nice as the dogs , cuz they think they're teenagers ) that we'll be taking along with us. We love to do outdoors-y things (fish, hike, river-rafting, etc. (although I will never ride another bicycle again by all that is holy)), but we usually like to do things where we can take the dogs along, since they are outdoors-y lovers, too.

If you made it through all of this and are still willing to make a recommendation, Thank you!!!

Amy in KCMO

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:30 AM   #2
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You are self contained......BOONDOCK IT....Start at the old CAMP HALE SITE south of Minturn near Tennesee Pass north of Leadvile....learn to use what you have there...

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Old 05-20-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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Hi codyak522,
Colorado is large state. The only part of the state I'd be comfortable driving to the activities is the southwest corner of the state. Mesa Verde NP is an excellent stop for many days of activities. One could easily drive the coach to the parking areas for each activity. In the same area is the 4 corners. There are activities like Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods (I know, not in Colorado but very close). In the north central part of the state there is Rocky Mountain NP. RMNP is not very easy to park your coach, but there is plenty to do. There may be a car rental company in Estes Park one could use.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:30 AM   #4
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I've been going to a NFS campsite between Antonito Colorado and Chama New Mexico for almost 50 years. My wife joined in 39 years ago, then the kids and now the grandkids.

One of the reasons I like it is that there are no hook ups which means it is not crowded. It also means no cell service or TV. To our family, that's a positive because we spend our time playing card and domino games, pitching horseshoes and doing crafts. It's right on the Conejos River, the campsites are large with lots of space between them. It's 20 miles to the nearest grocery store but normally, we carry most everything we need.

When our kids had kids, they insisted on having them grow up like they did, camping here every summer. They still say some of the best memories they've had growing up was at this place.

Dry camping isn't difficult at all.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:17 AM   #5
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We spent a week last year at Cherry Creek state recreation area in Aurora. Great campground. Very roomy. Nice lake. Huge off-leash dog park. Located in-town, so a rental car would be easy to get when/if you wanted one. Close enough to all kinds of cool stuff to do. Check it out, see what ya think.
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