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Old 07-19-2016, 06:52 PM   #15
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If I were coming up from Texas for the first time, having lived in Colorado and Utah for the last 20 years, my route would look something like this, if having to narrow things down:

Up through Farmington, Durango, Silverton, Ouray,
Right at Montrose, Gunnison (if time also CB), Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville, Copper Mountain, Vail, Glenwood Springs (gotta drive through Glenwood Canyon if you've never done so), south at De Beque, Mesa, Grand Mesa, through Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Silverton, Durango and south.

You'll be back for the rest.
You described my SEP trip up to the point of Gunnison. Only have a long two weeks so headed south after Gunnison, to Taos, Palo Duro Canyon, then home. Oh, and we are stopping two days in Chama, NM on the way up. I learned a long time ago that we can't see all of CO in one trip. Concentrate and enjoy a small portion of it. You'll be back again.
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:27 PM   #16
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It is time to get away from this Texas heat and we are trying to plan our first getaway to the mountains!!! This is going to be our first camping road trip so we want to find a great spot to stay so that we don't lose interest before we really get started. Our first local 'shakedown/what did we forget' trip was nice but you could almost touch four other motorhomes from our parking spot. Certainly no privacy and not really our style.

Does anyone have any suggestions for the Colorado area? We are looking for something with a great mountain view, trees, and something with a little privacy. We have a Jayco Seneca 'Super C' which is roughly 39'. Electric hookup would be nice but not a necessity.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
You will find a lot of people have the same idea.

Look at Buena Vista and north.

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Gunnison is cool area. Just got back yesterday
Bro has a house that we stayed in. So can't recommend any RV Parks
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:59 PM   #18
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We do extended stays in South Fork Co. It's a short trip from Texas and not overrun by tourists. We went to Raton for a couple of days and are now in Eagle Nest Nm. After visiting Red River/Angel Fire & Taos a few days we will be off to Chama Nm then Durango Co for a week, then August-Sept in South Fork. Lots to do in Pagosa Springs/Creede etc. We then return to Texas for Oct and November. By the way nearly all those locations are about 8000' and cool.


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Two Great State Parks

We just returned from Colorado....stayed 8 nights at St. Vrain State Park near Longmont. It is right off I-25 so you do hear the run of vehicles when sitting outdoors. That didn't bother us at all...very clean park, we stayed on a full-hookup site for $30/night. We finished our trip with a six night stay at Cheyenne Mountain State Park in Colorado Springs. Beautiful campground on the side of the mountain. Overlooks Ft. Carson and the city. Stayed on a full hook-up site for $30/ night. Two very nice state parks.
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Just got home from our CO trip to the Taylor Park Area, 30's and 40's at night, 80's daytime. around 9000 + feet. Lots of Texas folks in the area. We stayed at Lottis Creek USFS. electric hookups, water within reach, great host, there are a lot of places in the area for dispersed camping.
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I just leaft 2 weeks of boondocking at Ironton park, Colorado.
(9 miles South of Ouray)
The (Ghost)town is at about 9800 feet and it was just into the upper 30s at night and about 75 during the daytime.
When I was in the the area There were a LOT of Your fellow Texicans there escaping the heat.
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Living in Durango, you'll be fine anywhere in the San Juan's. Night time is the best. Keep an eye on small kids, and have a blast.
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Just did 8 nights at Junction Creek Campground above Durango and had a great stay. The 1.3 miles of gravel to and from has a little washboard that could stand to be graded but it's a great location and the hosts do a great job of keeping everything ship shape. Just got into South Fork and settling in for a 2 month stay. Weather is fantastic.


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Just did 8 nights at Junction Creek Campground above Durango and had a great stay. The 1.3 miles of gravel to and from has a little washboard that could stand to be graded but it's a great location and the hosts do a great job of keeping everything ship shape. Just got into South Fork and settling in for a 2 month stay. Weather is fantastic.


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Thanks for that information. I will be at Junction Creek for 4 days next month.
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Thanks for that information. I will be at Junction Creek for 4 days next month.

We went for 3 and liked it so much we stayed. If you are not full on fresh water you can fill where the hosts are parked so load up when you stop and check in. Good water up in the cg but you have to carry it-no filling of tanks.


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