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Old 09-11-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
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Pagosa Springs to Durango?

Next week plan on a few days in Pagosa Springs. Trying to decide if Durango, Silverton, Ouray should be a day trip in towed from Pagosa Springs or if we should move base to Durango? How is road from Pagosa Springs to Durango, 30' MH pulling CRV? And if we move to Durango, where is the place to stay? Prefer 50 amp FHU. Small CG rather than large, pack like sardines. Thanks.

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There was a KOA north of Durango 30 years ago we enjoyed staying at. I noticed that they are no longer a KOA. We haven't been there since 1987. I do remember the sites being large (but we had a tent trailer at the time).

But, in general, Durango is a beautiful area and the train ride is fantastic.

I would check a campground directory to see what's available. If you do decide to stay in Durango, please give a report. I am thinking of going there next year.
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The trip from Pagosa Springs to Silverton/Ouray would be too long of a day. It would be best to move to Durango and head north to Ouray then take the different route back of Hwy 145 to Durango via Telluride and Cortez. You'd have a nice circular route. Hwy 160 from Pagosa is a very good highway and just about flat to Durango or to Cortez. I assume you're coming to Pagosa via Hwy 84 - a gorgeous route. If you're coming to Pagosa from South Fork you'll have a steep downhill into Pagosa Springs - very doable and many RVers do it but just wanted to alert you.


There are a few RV parks in Durango to stay. Go to RVParkReviews.com and check them out. We've always stayed in forest service campgrounds.
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Thanks for the responses. Will be coming to Pagosa Springs from Taos, Chama. That will be next week sometime. Might try and stay at The Last Resort between Chama and Pagosa Springs, if they have room. Have not called yet because not sure when we will be on the road again. Still not decided if we will day trip or make the run to Durango and stay there for a time. And have not decided if we want the rail trip from Chama or from Durango? Thanks again.

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The place that used to be the Durango North-Ponderosa KOA is now this:

Durango Riverside Resort & RV Park - 1-800-351-2819
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I'd suggest staying in Durango and take the train ride. Check out Mesa Verde while you are there.

We came over Wolf Creek Pass on the way to Durango. We were pulling 22 foot trailer with a 1/2 ton pickup at the time.

All good road.
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This seems to be a popular place to stay in Durango:


Alpen Rose RV Park Durango, Colorado - Home
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Just stayed at Alpen Rose RV Park in Durango in August. Liked it. Would stay there again.
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Pagosa Springs to Durango?

X many on Alpen Rose!
Train up and back Durango/Silverton to see the gorge.
Drive to Silverton and Ouray on the road for the grand overlooks.
Narrow gauge RR Silverton to see nifty stuff!
It takes TIME to suck it all in!
Then....there are Jeep trails.
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We recently stayed at Echo Basin Ranch which is an RV park about 3 miles north of US160 between Mancos and Durango on County Road 44. It is very quiet and the sites are very large. We had site #64 next to a small pond. Full hookups but I don't remember if we had WiFi or cable tv.

The park was convenient for day trips to Mesa Verde National Park, Durango and Silverton (we saw the trains at mid-day in Silverton), Telluride and the Anasazi Heritage Center (a beautifully done museum) near Delores. There is a Wal-Mart and other good shopping in Cortez just west of Mesa Verde NP.

We decided not to ride the train this time but if we did it would have been train-up and motorcoach back to Durango. We also decided not to take the toad on the circle trip from our camp to Durango-Ouray-Ridgeway-Telluride-Delores and return as it would have been over 200 miles. We did the day trips above instead.

Hope this helps. Have fun. Drive safely.
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Now booked to stay at The Last Resort in Pagosa Springs this coming Thur Fri Sat and Sun. Then we will go on to Durango area. Thanks so much for the suggestions. We have not yet decided on where we will stay in Durango area.

Leaving Taos tomorrow Tues headed to Chama, NM. Hope to ride train Cumbres-Toltec on Wed.

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Day trips from Pagosa to Durango/Silverton would be very long days with most of your time spent driving back & forth. Enjoy Pagosa, then take the RV over to Durango and use your towed to explore Durango/Silverton/Ouray areas.
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Getting closer to Pagosa Springs. Today in Chama to ride Cumbres & Toltec scenic railroad. Tomorrow to Pagosa Springs for four nights. Then over to Durango area for a week or so. Right now, leaning on starting at Alpen Rose. Any more suggestions on where to stay or what to do is appreciated. Happy trails everyone.

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The Sky Ute Casino about 15 mi SE of Durango is a great little park. Concrete pads, each with a concrete patio and table, all paved roads, landscaped. Accepts Passport America rate is $15/ day no limit. Park is very quiet, no kids while we were there, no load or partying campers. Camp host Roberta was very helpful and accommodating. 24 sites all FHU pull-throughs with 50/30 amp service and very good water pressure (be sure to use a regulator). Would definitely stay there again.
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