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Old 05-20-2012, 09:15 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the recommendations. I forgot to ask, any suggestions for an RV park in or around Durnago?
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X2 on park.

Also, what is a nice easy route out of Durango, say to St. George, Utah? I prefer the not so prolific mountainous areas, but I know I'm in the mountains.

We have covered 43 States but have not been in Utah, and only traveled from WA to TX one time. Not familiar with roadways.

Thanks.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:40 AM   #17
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Very nice RV park just out side of town on the road to Silverton. I think the name is Rose or something like that. We took a bus tour to Silverton. Seveeral scenic stops along the way. When we got there we were picked up for a horse trail ride which included lunch out on the trail. Took the train back to Durango. The train ride is fantastic but slow (avg speed 20 mph) and takes over 2 hours but it replaced a 2 day stage coach ride. Totally different scenery betweed bus and train. Both are fantastic. Great restaurant just a mile or so back toward town from the RV park. A little expensive but rustic and great food and service. Just across the road from the RV Park is a Glider field where you can take a glider ride if you want. Great area! Just typing this makes me want to go back.
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Looked it up. It's Alpen Rose on Hwy 550 just a few miles North of town.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:45 AM   #19
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X2 on park.

Also, what is a nice easy route out of Durango, say to St. George, Utah? I prefer the not so prolific mountainous areas, but I know I'm in the mountains.

We have covered 43 States but have not been in Utah, and only traveled from WA to TX one time. Not familiar with roadways.

Thanks.
Hi Wayne,

From Durango CO, the easiest is to take highway 160 west, through Cortez, CO, across AZ until you come to highway 98 - turn right (north) and then when 98 dead ends (that keeps you from going through downtown Page) into highway 89 (it's confusing) in Page, AZ, follow 89 until you come to Kanab, UT.

Turn left (south) to Fredonia, AZ, turn right (west) on highway 389 and it will take you to Hurricane, UT, and connect to I-15 south to St George.

There are just a few mountain grades on this route - not many, and they are fairly short. We've done it many times.

Hope that helps.
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The train ride is great fun. Get a seat on the right side of the train if going round trip. It has the best scenery down the cliffs into the river along the route up to Silverton. It is an all day trip, mine left at about 7 am and returned at 5 pm. Lots of time to wander around Silverton, have lunch and shop.

Mesa Verde is also fascinating, You'll need tickets for many of the sites, go on line and get them early. The dwellings you can visit with out tickets are also interesting. After the 'big fire' a number of years ago, a bunch more mesa top sites were found, they are open and free.
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Mesa Verde tickets are also available at the Cortez Visitor/Welcome Center in town. It's a busy time of the year, so sign up early. Tours fill up fast.
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X2 on park.

Also, what is a nice easy route out of Durango, say to St. George, Utah? I prefer the not so prolific mountainous areas, but I know I'm in the mountains.

We have covered 43 States but have not been in Utah, and only traveled from WA to TX one time. Not familiar with roadways.

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Before you head to St George you really need to visit Moab, UT. A lot of sights to see. A good book for the roads and highways in the West is the Mountain Directory West. It will show you the Mountain Passes and steep grades in 11 Western States. It's geared for truckers and rv'ers.
BTW, you could spend a month in Southern Utah and still not have enough time to see all the fantastic State and Federal parks.
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I'd vote for Moab too - and Canyonlands. Beautiful! From Durango to Moab there's minimal steep roads, easily traveled. From Moab head north to I-70, west to I-25, south to St George. Easy trip if you're interested.

Durango to Cortez, Highway 160
Cortez to Monticello - Highway 491
Monticello to Moab - Highway 191
Moab to I-70 - Highway 191

Nice to have so many options!
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I'd vote for Moab too - and Canyonlands. Beautiful! From Durango to Moab there's minimal steep roads, easily traveled. From Moab head north to I-70, west to I-25, south to St George. Easy trip if you're interested.

Durango to Cortez, Highway 160
Cortez to Monticello - Highway 491
Monticello to Moab - Highway 191
Moab to I-70 - Highway 191

Nice to have so many options!
Joe, it's I-15 south to St George, not I-25.
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WHOA! My goof! Thanks - I'd be sending him back to Albuquerque...
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We're also coming to Colorado this summer and are trying to figure out the best area for us to stay for about a week. We have a 12 year old son and 9 year old girl and want to make sure they stay entertained but also do some things we want to do. Would like to camp somewhere on a river or lake any ideas? Have a jeep toad and want to go jeeping also. Just want to make the best use of our time. Thanks to all.
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We're also coming to Colorado this summer and are trying to figure out the best area for us to stay for about a week. We have a 12 year old son and 9 year old girl and want to make sure they stay entertained but also do some things we want to do. Would like to camp somewhere on a river or lake any ideas? Have a jeep toad and want to go jeeping also. Just want to make the best use of our time. Thanks to all.
Silverton for sure! Had our grandchildren there the same age and they had a ball. Great trails for the Jeep could keep you busy for a week-ghost towns(Animas Forks), deserted mines, gun fight on the streets, rock hounding, rivers, Engineer Pass is just one of the many trails, 100 mine tour on the way to Eureka, etc.
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There are lots of rivers/lakes to choose from. Here in Pagosa, there are a couple of places by the river (San Juan) that goes through town. Check this listing of the regional RV sites:

RV Park Reviews :: Pagosa Springs, Colorado ( CO ) - RV Parks and Campground Reviews

Creede, CO is by the Rio Grande. Lots of jeep trails in the area. It's a quaint spot, with tons of mining history behind it. It's a funky, artsy community, with excellent plays put on by the Creede Rep Theater.

Mountain Views At RiversEdge RV Resort & Park - Creede, Colorado

From Creede, trips to Lake City and other beautiful spots are easy.

Gunnison CO is near the Blue Mesa Lake and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Also offers some great jeep trails and scenery is - yup - beautiful!

And no - I don't work for the Chamber of Commerce....

If these areas aren't what you had in mind (all in southwest CO), keep asking - there's more.
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