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Old 09-15-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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We're planning a trip to Durango, CO for some hiking, biking, offroading, and general relaxation. Ideally we could boondock and have cell reception (I still need to work from the RV and need a data or wifi connection). Otherwise, we are OK staying at an RV park.

Any ideas on where we can stay? We can't get too remote since we're in a good sized Class A. Well-maintained forest roads are fine, but I want to avoid potholes, ruts, etc.

Thanks!
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We stayed at the Alpen Rose Rv Park, it makes a good base for all of the plans you mention. It is not boondocking, but will have great reception. Hopefully others will chime in soon to assist you with the forest road spots. If you happen to venture closer towards Chaffee county, I know more about that area. Good luck!

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There is a park in Durango the railroad runs right through. Entertaining but I don't know about the wifi reception. Cannot recall the name (CRS!!)

On review, I think it might be United CG. Right beside 550 hiway. Thanks Firebug
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We stayed at the Alpen Rose Rv Park, it makes a good base for all of the plans you mention. It is not boondocking, but will have great reception. Hopefully others will chime in soon to assist you with the forest road spots. If you happen to venture closer towards Chaffee county, I know more about that area. Good luck!

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I'm not sure when they close for the season but we love Haviland Lake national forest campground off 550 just north of Durango. The top small loop has electric and we get good Verizon. There are some big sites throughout the campground but not every site is big. There's no water fill or dump station so come prepared. It's very convenient to Silverton for off roading. This would be prime time for the colors.
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Great boondocking places at:

http://goo.gl/maps/WbSSU

Scout it out with your toad. Several good spots for a big rig.
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Thanks everyone for the great info! We may end up staying at a commercial place for a few days and scout out the area. That's all part of the fun
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There are a couple of private CG's in Silverton and some boondocking between Silverton and Animas Fork, but the closer to Silverton is the only cell access (US Cellular is our carrier). We took our 65" MH and trailer combo up into Cumberland Gap road and stayed by the corrals w/three waterfalls, however road was tight and bumpy. Million Dollar was a experience I wouldn't pass up going to Ouray. Put MH in 1st gear to drive down passes and never had to touch the brakes. The speed in most places was 15mph but had a lot of rice burners wanting to pass so just pulled over every wide place and let them around. Wish I was there now to see the fall colors!!!
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Thanks, we're here now and have been scoping out the various state park CG's. We're having a tough time finding good enough cell/data reception anywhere except the commercial CG's. We'll keep looking. We were interested in Silvertn until we looked at the forecast... ice, cold, yuck! The Durango area is looking better, though we've had a lot of rain the past two days. Like, roll-up-your-pants-to-exit-the-RV type of rain!
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Just be careful when hiking out in the forest . Hunting season has started here and while most outdoorsmen are very careful , some are not . We have stories every hunting season about all sorts of things , other than deer and elk being shot , like horses , mules , people , cars , you name it . It is a beautiful place to visit though . Pagosa Springs now has 3 brewpubs if you like that sort of thing and its only an hour drive .
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