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Old 01-26-2015, 07:22 AM   #29
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If you are going to Colorado just one time in your life, do not miss Montrose to Durango on RT 550 and onto Mesa Verde National Park.
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I think Bumps covered it all pretty well! Colorado is a beautiful state, and there is a TON to see here. We have been here for 17 years and still have not seen as much as we would like!
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Well, since you're now planning on west of the Divide, do go to Silverton. If you have a 4x4 take it on some of the trails. If not, rent one or take a 4x4 tour. You won't be disappointed and you'll have awesome photos. We've been there often and it's one of our favorite places in the country.
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:52 PM   #32
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Twogypsies- you're my kinda folk. My thoughts exactly. Maybe we have run into each other in Silverton at one time or the other. Used to dry-camp at South Mineral, but now usually stay at a small campground in the center of town. Yea, Silverton!
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:53 PM   #33
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SW Colo - Ouray

If you get into Ouray, i would recommend the hot springs public swimming pool and a tour of Yankee Boy Basin.

Mueller state park west of the springs has pretty fall color.

Depending on the size of your rig, think twice before heading up over trail ridge out of Estes park or Independence Pass.

Enjoy - but only so much.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:02 PM   #34
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For a first trip to CO I agree that Rocky Mountain National Park is a great choice. There are plenty of other beautiful places in the state but Iwould rate RMNP among the best of them.
Whatever you choose, just do it! The Rocky Mountains are the marrow of the world and early fall (September) is the best time to experience them!
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If you are going to Colorado just one time in your life, do not miss Montrose to Durango on RT 550 and onto Mesa Verde National Park.
Spectacular road - one of the most jaw dropping I've ever been on. But I sure wouldn't want to do it in an RV. (I'm sure some are braver than I am) I would just rather enjoy the ride without white Knuckles!
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Love Colorado Springs. Stay at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. On the East slope, and great view. Overlooks Fort Carson. Not far from Cripple Creek, and have to stop in Manitou. Garden of the Gods is quite stunning to go thru, by horseback or walking. A lot to see all around Colorado Springs. See the Great Divide.
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No. Colorado

You could base out of Fort Collins, 2 nice KOA's on the NW side of town. The Poudre Canyon is a wonderful ride up to Cameron Pass, Walden and Steamboat Springs from there. Also the Big Thompson Canyon from Loveland to Estes and RMNP is beautiful that time of year. This may be a place to start as it is located at about 5200'. Give yourself a couple of days to get use to the altitude. In Fort Collins you have Horsetooth reservoir if you want to boat or fish. Head to Red Feathers lake also for some fishing and there are several campgrounds located there also. In Ft. Collins you also have micro breweries all over town along with some great restaurants. We are presently staying in Georgia and I can't wait to get back home to CO.
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As if I didn't have enough to think about.

I was looking at the map and realized I would be brainless if I skipped Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone. I haven't fully plotted it day to day, but it looks like I could drive to Mount Rushmore, then Yellowstone, then RMNP. I'll have 18 days all told, so a few days here and there would be very possible.

Remember what I said about runaway planning? Yeah, this is it! Lol!
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What ever you do you will be planing your next trip on the way home.
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What ever you do you will be planing your next trip on the way home.
The realization was that I could spend a few days at each place and take a little in.

Then, I could spend more time in each place in the future. It's going to be awesome!
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Well....if you're now going to Yellowstone you really must leave the park to the south entrance and take in Grand Teton Nat'l Park. It's altogether different from Yellowstone. Think..a small ALPS.


Yes, your list could easily expand.
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Yes, your list could easily expand.
And that's why I asked!

It's on the verge of overwhelming. I'm going to sit down with the mapping program soon and start plotting time and distance!

This really could happen!
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