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Old 11-11-2020, 10:44 AM   #15
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I have been compiling all the ideas I’ve gotten and I have more of a plan.

At this Point, with this plan, you are limited to what you will see and Do.


Here’s the beginning, Grand Junction to Ouray and down to Durango. (Would you travel the million dollar highway from Ridgeway to Durango pulling a 40 ft fifth wheel or would you bypass 550 and take 62 and 145?)

First Question is How did you get to Grand Junction? - if you really want to SEE more of Colorado I'd Suggest you Start in Glenwood Springs - Possible to see Maroon Bells then Drive RT 133 to Black Canyon before getting to Ridgeway and seeing the San Juan's - Seeing Marble, Redstone and Paonia Lake on the way through Delta and Montrose before getting to Ridgway SP and Ouray along with Silverton.

I used to be in the Drive RT550 camp but this Summer we drove it a number of times in the Toad - the Number of New Drivers using the Center of the Highway as their lane was more than ever - As a result I will Recommend that everyone should seriously only consider RT 62 and 145, if driving an RV, as we found it difficult to drive it even in the Toad. When Driving the Outside route be sure to see Rico - Telluride - Dunton - Trout Lake - all deserve a little time and will reward you with the shear Beauty of Each. Ending in Mesa Verde will Highlight this Drive.


Then Durango to Southfork. (Creede too),Buena vista ,Salida, Canon City and Colorado Springs.

Slumgullion Pass will lead you to Lake City, I'd Suggest you make an effort to visit (In the Toad/TV) and enjoy it and the Alpine Loop. Then also Pagosa Springs is well worth the effort, as if it keeps growing you may not recognize it in the near Future. Both Salida and Buena Vista have done a great Job in their Downtown Development by the River - the Lakes and the Collegiates are Just Awesome - Twin Lakes and RT 82 along with Independence Pass are Special - Leadville is special - all of the aforementioned suggestions will be even more enjoyable if you get some insight from the Locals there is just too much to See, or suggest in this short reply.

While many enjoy the Springs - Just to developed for me - but if you must go the Drive on RT 24 to the Springs is Beautiful and memorable, with many little side trips if you have time. As for The city it's just too Crowded and the Traffic is just Ugly.


Ideas for good campgrounds with FHU or at least electricity, water, and dump station.

Other than Ridgeway SP - only Boondocking spots are memorable - sorry.

No boondocking.

Of course, sightseeing adventures that we shouldn’t miss!
Hope this Helps - Lot's of others have good info Too.

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Thank you for the suggestions. We are revising our trip from Chatfield CO to head 285 to Buena Vista and Salida then 50 across into Montrose then Ouray/Silvertin. That allows us on our return leg to head east and north from Pagosa to Alamosa-Pueblo to Kc. Is there anything around the Alamosa area to see or should we skip that section?
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In Ouray we stayed at Ouray RV Park. FHU. Backs up to a small river. Great hiking trail starting at the visitors center and going up to circle the city. The park is walking distance from town. The hot springs pool is really nice. I don't recommend going over the Million Dollar highway. Red Mountain pass is quite steep and you would be in the outside lane looking over the steep dropoffs. There are also two more passes after Silverton.

In southwest Colorado we stayed at The Views near McPhee Reservoir. Big spaces and FHU. A museum is a few miles away and Mesa Verde is about a half hour drive.

We also stayed at South Fork Campground which backs up to the Rio Grande River. FHU and easy drive to Creede or Lake City. Even the Great Sand Dunes isn't too far.

We did not stay in Pagosa Springs because we've been there many times in the winter for skiing at Wolf Creek. I do recommend at least stopping to check out the amazing hot springs.

We stayed at a nice campground near Twin Lakes called Whitestar. No hookups, but several of the sites would fit your rig. Good hiking in the area including some 14ers if you're up for a challenge.

We have also stayed at Ridgeway State Park a few times and it's very nice. However, our last trip in that area the lake was extremely low and that took away quite a bit of the charm.

If you get near Colorado Springs there is a nice park just south of the city called Mountaindale Cabins & RV Resort. There's a really cool little restaurant, Juniper Valley Ranch, near the turn off you should check out if you stay there.
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Not having much luck finding a good park near Glenwood Springs that would accommodate a 40 foot 5er. Water and electric too! Any suggestions?
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or Rifle Gap State Park - 26 mi. away via 226/245 scenic drive with the truck; big sites. Rifle Falls has smaller sites.

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We've stayed at both Rifle Gap & Rifle Falls. Rifle Gap would be a better choice for your rig, but if you go there you need to go see the falls. They look like they should be in Hawaii instead of Colorado.

You might also check Glenwood Springs West / Colorado River KOA which is a bit closer to Glenwood, but very near the highway.

Keep in mind there were some major fires in that area this year, so some things could be closed next year.
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