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Old 10-09-2016, 11:44 PM   #1
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Suggestions for Durango and Silverton CO in August of 2017

Planning a week in Durango CO and another week in Silverton CO in August of 2017. Will be off-roading with our Jeep and sightseeing. First time to the areas, so looking for suggestions on where to stay in our 40' DP - open to dry camping to FHU sites. Understand that reservations need to be made early.

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Don't just go wheeling, the Durango to Silverton RR is fabulous!



I have ridden most of the back country around there on a motorcycle. The San Juans rock (pun intended)!



The altitude in Silverton is 9200'. Flatlanders often have trouble sleeping there. Durango is closer to 6600'. The difference makes a big difference.

Back to your question...

I have stayed at 3 campgrounds nearby.

The casino campground in Ignacio is very good..

Sky Ute Casino Resort | Premiere CO Entertainment, Gaming, Lodging & Dining

The Mesa Verde RV Resort is a really nice campground too.

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Priest Gulch Campground is simply the best campground we have stayed at.

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Priest Gulch had a lot of campers who had motorcycles, ATVs, or Jeeps that were playing in the mountains.



FWIW, I recently bought a Jeep. I wish i could go.

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Just spent a few days at the Ancient Cedars At Mesa Verde RV Resort, 34979 Hwy 160, Mancos, CO. It is just outside the Mesa Verde NP entrance about 40 miles west of Durango and 10 miles east of Cortez. That might be a bit too far out but we day tripped into Durango easily while Cortez gave us quick access to general shopping needs.

You will want to get a spot in the back side of the CG because a lot of the ones in the front area are rather tight but quite doable.

I was on a Newmar Kountry Klub caravan and we did a bus ride up from Durango to Silverton and the train back. It was a nice trip but made for a long day of sitting. Having a narrated trip on the bus was nice.
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Thanks!

Yes, the railway trip and other sightseeing other than off-roading is definitely in the plan.

The plan is to spend much of August in the Rockies. The 1st week in Durango is primarily site seeing, the railway, etc., with a bit of off-roading. 2nd week in Silverton is 3 days of off-roading with a group from Justruns (JustRuns 4 Wheel Drive Club – No Meetings, No Officers, No Dues, No Politics…JustRuns !!!). And then there is a 3rd week at Buena Vista with a FMCA 4wheelers rally.

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I was in Buena Vista in 2014 when the FMCA Jeep guys were there. Seeing the fun those guys had is part of the reason I have a jeep now.

Several of my friends have stayed at Red Mountain Motel and RV Park in Silverton. It is near Highway 550, just as you drive into town.

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We left the HondaHauler at Ouray KOA...spent two weeks exploring. Durango which we've visited many times thru the years was overcrowded...people & traffic...wasn't used to that.
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Also take a look at Junction Creek. It's a National park service campground a few miles (3?) west of Durango. 50 amp service, water available at the hosts site on entry, no dump. It's in the San Juan Mts and we really enjoyed our stay. Some sites you can reserve online, we got one of the walk up sites and had mule deer grazing at our picnic table. You can dump for free at the RV place in Durango, may be called Tapley RV.


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We're jealous! Silverton is our absolute #1 place to use the Jeep. . . or perhaps tied with Moab.

For Durango, Alpen Rose RV seems to be popular. We've not stayed there. We have always stayed at Haviland Lake national forest campground with our 40' motorhome about 10 miles north of Alpen Rose. Reservations are required with your 40'. The best reservable sites for a big rig are in our order of preference: 41, 20, 21, 40, 11, 10. These have electric. However, come in with full water and empty grey/black. There is no dump station. Don't freak out at the narrow bridge you'll cross at the campground entrance. It's very doable. Just stop far enough in advance to see if anyone is coming from the opposite direction as only one of you will fit.

For Silverton, where are the others in your group staying? A popular RV park for 4-wheelers is Silver Summit. Another popular place and the one we always stay is a large gravel BLM lot on South Mineral Creek Rd. about 2 miles of good gravel on the left. It's a huge space and you'll have no problems getting in or out or turning around. In August it will not be crowded... around July 4 it will be. If you see an opening pull in forward at the stream and you'll have an awesome view of the mountains and the sound of the stream....beautiful! This spot is not to be confused with the South Mineral Creek national forest campground at the very end of the road. Those sites are too small.

You'll have lots of fun up there. The town visitor center is very helpful with the trails and has lots of information. It is a very neat old mining town.
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If you are going to do it all, i.e. Durango, Mesa Verde, the ancient pueblos, Telluride, I'd recommend La Mesa RV park in Cortez for at least some of your stay. No frills (swimming poo/hot tub), great WiFi, a great price (good veterans discount too).
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We just spent a week in Buena Vista and stayed at Snowy Peaks. Deatails and pics here - Big Dude's Eclectic Ramblings: 2016 Western Trip – Days 51-52 – Our Last Day In Buena Vista & Snowy Peaks Review
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Popular, and GREAT, place to visit coming from 110 degree TexUS in the summer

We stayed at Durango Riverside Resort & RV Park - 1-800-351-2819 on 550 north of Durango, FHU sites along the creek were nice ! Site 17 is probably the nicest site, but any of the premium sites are great !

Did the train, 5 stars for it ! but us four were under impressed with Silverton and would have turned right around to take the bus back if we could have... but we rented a golf cart to tour... did not do any trails there, but did in Durango and Colorado Springs.

toward Mesa Verde and up La Plata canyon there are some good trails... https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...yon+jeep+trail
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Alpen Rose is the place to stay in Durango. Nice folks and good service. Can't go wrong. It's a tough reservation though as they stay booked 100%.
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Great info, thanks all! Others, please keep the info coming. Thanks!
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We stayed at the KOA in Durango. Really liked it. Yes, the Durango Silverton train is a must. It was wonderful - splurge for first class car at the end of the train - worth every penny!
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