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Old 05-06-2014, 07:29 PM   #29
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We took the train ride a few years ago and were also concerned with leaving our dog in the RV all day. We then found out that you can ride the train up to Silverton and take a bus back which saves considerable time and cuts about 3 hours off the tour. The bus ride back was very enjoyable with a narrator giving stories and information all the way.
You can book it either way when you buy the tickets.
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If you drive to Silverton rather than taking the train, you really MUST take your Jeep on a trail or two. As you enter town there's a wonderful Visitor Center and they'll help you with some easy rides if you're not experienced. You will not find any better scenery anywhere! We've done all the trails many times over and are going back for more this summer.

Also, don't try to do too much from Durango. If you want to do Mesa Verde Nat'l Park and Telluride, stay in the Cortez area or up along Hwy 145. If you try from one spot you'll have very long days.

East of Durango is Pagosa Springs and soaking in the clean, concrete pools of all temperatures is awesome. They are set at the river's edge and it's so relaxing. There are plenty of RV parks in that direction, too. We'll be staying at one of many forest service campgrounds.

As you can see by the many replies you've received, this is a very special area to many folks. Hope you enjoy it, too!

Glad to hear you ordered the Mountain Directory. It will help alleviate any fears of those 'hills'. We love driving the mountains with our 40' MH but we still consult the directory just to refresh us on what's ahead. Also, you'll feel more comfortable driving as you do them. Don't avoid them or you'll miss some wonderful spots.
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"IF you do decide to take the train, make sure you get in the enclosed cars, if you are in the open cars you will look like you rolled in a coal pile and smell even worse."


My wife wore a long white dress and we sat in the open car. She was covered in soot by the end of the trip.
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If you drive to Silverton rather than taking the train, you really MUST take your Jeep on a trail or two. As you enter town there's a wonderful Visitor Center and they'll help you with some easy rides if you're not experienced. You will not find any better scenery anywhere! We've done all the trails many times over and are going back for more this summer.

Also, don't try to do too much from Durango. If you want to do Mesa Verde Nat'l Park and Telluride, stay in the Cortez area or up along Hwy 145. If you try from one spot you'll have very long days.

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As you can see by the many replies you've received, this is a very special area to many folks. Hope you enjoy it, too!

Glad to hear you ordered the Mountain Directory. It will help alleviate any fears of those 'hills'. We love driving the mountains with our 40' MH but we still consult the directory just to refresh us on what's ahead. Also, you'll feel more comfortable driving as you do them. Don't avoid them or you'll miss some wonderful spots.
Thanks! We will definitely try a few Jeep trails! I'm very excited about this trip; Colorado is one of my favorite places.
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"IF you do decide to take the train, make sure you get in the enclosed cars, if you are in the open cars you will look like you rolled in a coal pile and smell even worse."

My wife wore a long white dress and we sat in the open car. She was covered in soot by the end of the trip.
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If you drive to Silverton rather than taking the train, you really MUST take your Jeep on a trail or two. As you enter town there's a wonderful Visitor Center and they'll help you with some easy rides if you're not experienced. You will not find any better scenery anywhere! We've done all the trails many times over and are going back for more this summer.

Also, don't try to do too much from Durango. If you want to do Mesa Verde Nat'l Park and Telluride, stay in the Cortez area or up along Hwy 145. If you try from one spot you'll have very long days.

East of Durango is Pagosa Springs and soaking in the clean, concrete pools of all temperatures is awesome. They are set at the river's edge and it's so relaxing. There are plenty of RV parks in that direction, too. We'll be staying at one of many forest service campgrounds.

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I'll also vouch for the hot springs at Pagosa Springs.... Lovely and relaxing side trip from Durango. The Springs are labeled by temperature. You can select you water temp by which dip in the rock you sit in... Pretty cool. Or pretty hot...
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We arrived in the area 10 days ago. Staying/workamping at Vallecito Resort at the south end of the lake...for the entire summer. Blue Spruce is a few miles north of the lake. Have not seen it yet. Alpen Rose is north of Durango. The only road in the area that is a problem is the stretch of Hwy 550 between Silverton and Ouray. It has been a single lane since a huge rock slide in January. The rocks keep falling and nobody seems to know when it will stop. Right now the road opens for 1 hour every day...then you will have an 88 mile detour to get back to Durango.

The area is beautiful, Durango is a great town and the weather will certainly be fantastic in June. Right now we are burning thru the propane. It is sad, however, to see all the devastation from forest fires around Vallecito Lake. Still a beautiful area with wildlife everywhere.
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We stayed at Blue Spruce one time just after the fire - awful to see. The lake was just about dry.

Sarah, you won't have any road issues on 550 if you're coming from the south.
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I'll also vouch for the hot springs at Pagosa Springs.... Lovely and relaxing side trip from Durango. The Springs are labeled by temperature. You can select you water temp by which dip in the rock you sit in... Pretty cool. Or pretty hot...
Thanks! We won't have time to see Pagosa Springs this time out; we only have 2 weeks of vacation. (Stupid job!! ) We are huge fans of Hot Springs Arkansas, so Pagosa is on our "to do" list.
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We arrived in the area 10 days ago. Staying/workamping at Vallecito Resort at the south end of the lake...for the entire summer. Blue Spruce is a few miles north of the lake. Have not seen it yet. Alpen Rose is north of Durango. The only road in the area that is a problem is the stretch of Hwy 550 between Silverton and Ouray. It has been a single lane since a huge rock slide in January. The rocks keep falling and nobody seems to know when it will stop. Right now the road opens for 1 hour every day...then you will have an 88 mile detour to get back to Durango.

The area is beautiful, Durango is a great town and the weather will certainly be fantastic in June. Right now we are burning thru the propane. It is sad, however, to see all the devastation from forest fires around Vallecito Lake. Still a beautiful area with wildlife everywhere.
Thanks so much for the info! Rock slides are scary. I'm looking forward to cool nights and campfires!
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We stayed at Blue Spruce one time just after the fire - awful to see. The lake was just about dry.

Sarah, you won't have any road issues on 550 if you're coming from the south.
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My thanks again to everyone for your help and suggestions. Just a couple more weeks and we're Durango bound!
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