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Old 11-05-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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We are planning a trip out west next summer and want to see Mesa Verde. Has anybody stayed in Morefield campground? I did a search and not much came up. RVParkReviews had good reviews, but not many recent reviews. There is a KOA in Cortez, any opinions on that one?

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We stayed in Durango at the Alpen Rose RV campground as a base camp for the area, then drove the 40 miles to Mesa Verde. Lots to do in and around Durango, including day trips up to Silverton. Great trip, Mesa Verde is amazing!

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Old 11-05-2014, 05:01 PM   #3
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We have stayed at the KOA in Cortez. The park was nice and clean . Don't remember what the fees were. It is set back off the highway a good distance so the noise is not real bad and it is very convenient to Mesa Verde . We did not use any of the amenities so I cant comment on them . The trees were not yet mature so shade was not real good yet , but they planted fast growing cottonwoods so that will take care of itself in a few more seasons . I would stay there again .
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Old 11-05-2014, 05:57 PM   #4
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We've stayed in the park at Morefield with our 40' motorhome in the dry camping spots. It's in the open with few trees so could be hot if going in the summer. They also have approx. ten full hookup sites. It's a long drive up the mesa to get to the ruins so we think it's better than staying off site to add to the mileage. Staying in Durango would be a very long day and if you're doing the tours you would probably want to return the second day. We wouldn't stay that far from a national park.
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I stayed in site 159 at the Morefield campground in late May, 2012. A large site, don't remember if it had hookups (some sites do), a bit windy, weak but usable Verizon & AT&T coverage. WiFi at the store. Had a great Long House tour by Ranger Paula Wolfe.
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:36 PM   #6
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We spent two weeks in September based in Dolores, Co (just north of Cortez) at the Dolores River Campground. Small town atmosphere off the beaten path with friendly owners. Great access, very quiet and scheduled activities for those that want to participate. Ask for a spot on the fishing pond for a shady area with tall trees and a very nice view. The Dolores River is a short 50 yard walk from the pond area. We camped in our 42' Sig with GMC 4x4 toad; full hookups with 50a service.

We day tripped to Mesa Verde (20 miles), Telluride, Ouray, Silverton, the Million Dollar Hwy, Durango, and Moab, Utah. We put over 700 miles on the toad and had a great time! While we were in the area we visited some of the CG's mentioned above but for us there was no comparison. Can't wait to go back. Attached a link for your review.

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Old 11-05-2014, 06:54 PM   #7
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You will be thrilled with/by Mesa Verde. We've been there countless times. Our favorite RV park is:

Mesa Verde RV Resort, Mancos Colorado

We stay at this campground every time we go to Mesa Verde. Excellent facility, super friendly people, and just across highway 160 from the new visitor's center. It features a swimming pool and hot tub, along with the standard amenities. If you're a veteran, they offer a significant discount - much appreciated!

If you like Mexican food, try La Casita in Cortez - ask for Jordy as your waiter, and tell him that Joe and Debbie from Pagosa Springs say hi - the best Mexican food I've ever had anywhere in the world:


Morefield is a nice campground as well, inside the park about 8 miles. There are size limitations on sites with hookups, and as others have mentioned, if you wish to dry camp, lots of other spaces that will accommodate your rig. Lots of wildlife frequent Morefield.

In addition to the "standard" visitor sites (all fantastic!), consider the limited back country hikes that are ranger led to sites off limits to most people. We've been on them all. This is a link for the 2014 hikes:

2014 Fall Backcountry Hikes in Mesa Verde National Park - Mesa Verde National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

And the 2013 hikes:

2013 Fall Backcountry Hikes in Mesa Verde National Park - Mesa Verde National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

You'll see dwellings that few people have seen in 70+ years.

If those specialty hikes are not your interest, then the Cliff Palace and Balcony House tours are amazing in and of themselves!

On the ranger guided hikes, we've found tons of pottery shards, skinning/ cutting instruments, and many other items left behind by the Anasazi. And we left them behind as well. There are also other sites nearby, as well as the Anasazi Visitors Center, just north of Cortez. Well worth the trip! If you're there long enough, a trip to Hovenweep is an amazing experience. You can do that in a day trip from the campground we mentioned.

Hovenweep National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

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We've stayed at Morefield CG in Mesa Verde several times (dry sites). Very nice, convenient. A bit pricey. If you want a full-hookup site, you need to make a reservation well in advance of your visit. Dry sites are almost always available without a reservation. Mesa Verde National Park – Vacations, Lodging, Campgrounds, Hiking in Southwest Colorado – visitmesaverde.com
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We stayed at mesa verde RV park as we'll loved it. Loved MV ntl pk. Plan to spend more time than you think; it's a great place to hike around! We ate at Pepperhead in Dolores, also very good!
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We stayed at A & A Meas Verde campground $36/night: Clean, no cable , gravel sites.

Campground Map and Rates - Mesa Verde RV Park - Camping - Cabins

This RV park is located across the road form the Mesa Verde park entrance.

Be sure to visit: Telluride, Ouray, Silverton, the Million Dollar Hwy, Durango, and Ridgway home of the True Grit Cafe (Where John Wayne ate while filming)
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My wife and I spent a lot of time in Colorado last summer. Some of it was in Buena Vista, some in the area around Mesa Verde. I wrote a ride report:

6 weeks on the road - Visiting Colorado

Meas Verde RV Resort was a good location to stay while visiting the park.

Priest Gulch RV Park, on CO 145 between Delores and Telluride, was the best RV experience of the year.
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Sleeping Ute RV @ the Casino in Towaoc is shady, has indoor pool. The food @ the casino is not bad. ~22 miles from Mesa Verde. Stayed there several time on the way back and forth to TX. Last Oct 12 $21

Just checked there web site >$32 for full hookups http://www.utemountaincasino.com/park.php
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Stayed at the casino also last May, nice spots and can used the pool at casino plus they were getting one for the rv park too. You have to take the tour of the UTE Tribel Park to see real dwellings that are not reconstucted for visitors, much better than Mesa Verde tours.
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Originally Posted by rgvtexan View Post
Sleeping Ute RV @ the Casino in Towaoc is shady, has indoor pool. The food @ the casino is not bad. ~22 miles from Mesa Verde. Stayed there several time on the way back and forth to TX. Last Oct 12 $21

Just checked there web site >$32 for full hookups Ute Mountain Casino, Hotel & Resort - Towaoc, Colorado, Ute Mountain RV Park & Camp Ground
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Did a weekly for $165 FHU this past April.The 1.99 breakfast at the casino was good and also got $5.00 a day to play the slots.Enjoyed the Hottub and pool at the casino.

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