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Old 10-07-2013, 07:57 AM   #1
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We are planning a trip to Colorado early next summer and looking for a Beautiful spot to relax for a couple of weeks. Pulling a 25' T/T so should be able to get in most anywhere. This is our first trip out west from Illinois and would enjoy hearing from anyone who has enjoyed their experience in that part of the country or maybe where not to go.
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We spend two weeks every summer at a NFS campground in southern Colorado, between Chama NM and Antonito CO. It's my favorite spot in all the world. Been going there since I was a lad. Since it is a NFS campground, there are no hooks ups and you have to haul your water. Not an issue with me though.
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I think staying in a central area is a good idea to facilitate day trips and multi-day excursions. We JUST returned from 44 days in the area. We stayed at Chatfield State Park in Littleton which is well located and near groceries. We commuted to various locations via mtcyl. Highly recommended. No flood damage there although returning from Yellowstone on the weekend of the massive closures due to floods. Very fortunate.

BE SURE you visit Chama, NM and take the day long Combres & Toltec rail trip. Our big rig had little problem climbing the grades and we stayed at a very pleasant RV camp in Chama. That rail trip was the highlite of our vacation. We did four rail rides while there.
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I would suggest staying in the Durango or Ouray areas. While the RV parks are not much, the surrounding scenery is gorgeous. If you can do withouth hookups there are some awesome national forest campgrounds. Haviland Lake comes to mind and some sites do have electric but no dump station so for atwo-week stay you'd have to disconnect and dump at a RV park for a fee. Instead of staying in one place for two weeks - move around and it will solve the dumping problem. Have a good trip!
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:36 AM   #5
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We spend two weeks every summer at a NFS campground in southern Colorado, between Chama NM and Antonito CO. It's my favorite spot in all the world. Been going there since I was a lad. Since it is a NFS campground, there are no hooks ups and you have to haul your water. Not an issue with me though.
Sounds like a beautiful place. Can you share the name of the park, we would like to consider this in our journey.....
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I think staying in a central area is a good idea to facilitate day trips and multi-day excursions. We JUST returned from 44 days in the area. We stayed at Chatfield State Park in Littleton which is well located and near groceries. We commuted to various locations via mtcyl. Highly recommended. No flood damage there although returning from Yellowstone on the weekend of the massive closures due to floods. Very fortunate.

BE SURE you visit Chama, NM and take the day long Combres & Toltec rail trip. Our big rig had little problem climbing the grades and we stayed at a very pleasant RV camp in Chama. That rail trip was the highlite of our vacation. We did four rail rides while there.
Rail trips are my favorite also. We will have to definitely check out this area------
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I grew up in Colorado and still vacation there often. The state park system is excellent. The website for the state parks has a way to reservate your site and even view a picture if that particular site. Plan ahead! If you are vacationing in the mid summer (when kids are out of school) the parks will be full, and definitely full on weekends. Make reservations. Here's some of our favorites...

1. Rocky Mountain National Park - Stay in the park. The campgrounds in Estes park are so-so. Lots of animals in the park to see.
2. Mesa Verde National Park - Just returned from there, great visit, educational. Can be unbearably hot in the middle to late summer. Best to go early summer or fall.
3. Mueller State Park near Divide, CO. Beautiful place with full/partial hookups along a wooded ridge. Great place for campfire or hearing elk bugle.
4. Steamboat Lake State Park - Beautiful lake. Somewhat isolated.
5. Telluride & Ouray - Prettiest area to camp. Jeep trail capital of the world.
6. State parks around Denver metro area - Nice places to stay while seeing town.
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There are a number of beautiful National Forest campgrounds around Turquoise Lake near Leadville, CO. Lots going on in Leadville during August.
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