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RE: Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado

Pay attention to the weather. Snow up high already this week. Just talked with a friend who camped up on Grand Mesa a couple of days ago and had thundersnow with accumulation on the highway at 10,500', lower than the summit of Wolf Creek Pass. The switchbacks on the west side of the pass can be quite dangerous if one approaches them at too high of speed. Check out the video on the CDOT website: Wolf Creek Pass
4runnerguy 10/02/22 05:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Montrose, CO to Durango

With your mountain driving experience, it shouldn't be an issue. The road is no narrower than where it is two-lane through the fields around Ridgway and in some places it is wider. Guardrails? No, there aren't any, but then I don't use them to keep myself on the road anyway! You might consider disconnecting your toad to make the drive a little easier. There are a few pretty tight switchbacks. If you are staying in Montrose and/or Durango, you could always take your RV via the route past Telluride and day trip US 550 from either end. That way you have more opportunities to pull off for photo opportunities that you won't get with a big rig. Driving the RV means focusing on the road and not the scenery. Plus, Silverton is worth some time to explore and parking for big rigs isn't the easiest to find there. On any given summer night, there are probably 500+ RV's camped in the Silverton area. Every one of those has traversed US 550, either from the north or the south. This is not a "poor argument" but just data showing it is done by many people every day. It's a little less enjoyable in the winter, but no less scenic.
4runnerguy 09/18/22 10:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Durango, CO to Baggs, WY

As others have stated, US 550 is steep and narrow, yet used by many RV's and semis every year. If you're used to mountain driving, go for it. Do pull over from time to time when traffic builds up behind you. Also, when you pull over the driver will actually get a chance to look at the scenery as otherwise their eyeballs are glued to the road. Red Mountain and Molas Passes are both listed as 7%+ grades by CDOT. Google Maps shows it as a two-hour drive, but given picture stops and traffic, plan on a minimum of three hours. The alternate route, (US 160 - CO 145 - CO 62) is an easier route but still quite scenic. Of course, as you near Grand Junction, take 32 Road/CO 141 through Clifton and up to I-70. As you approach Rifle, take the West Rifle Exit (87) and then east to CO 13 and north. This avoids going through town on a busy and not very wide road. Not much fun in a big rig. Along your route, Montrose will be your best bet for provisions and the like. Walmart and City Market (a Kroger subsidiary) are both on the south end of town with lots of other stores and restaurants.
4runnerguy 08/09/22 09:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling from Bond CO to Kremmling CO on CO Hwy 1

CO 1, also known locally as the Trough Road, is a graded gravel road from State Bridge to the junction with CO 9 south of Kremmling. Nothing difficult about the road but being gravel you won't be going 65 MPH either. If you don't mind graded gravel roads, it's a fine road with views of the river along the way. If does go through more of a desert environment with lot of sage brush in places Do avoid it if it has rained. We travelled that way after a rainstorm and had to stop at a car wash in Kremmling to wash everything off. Apparently, they use mag chloride to keep the dust down. When it gets wet, it forms a very sticky mud that is hard to wash off. Of course, the other option is to take CO 131 north to Toponas and then CO 134 east from there to US 40 and on to Kremmling. A little further in time and distance. Paved the whole route. You do have to travel over Gore Pass that way, but nothing too difficult. Definitely more trees and forest on this route vs. the Trough Road, although beetle kill is quite pronounced in areas.
4runnerguy 07/31/22 02:25pm Roads and Routes
RE: Durango, Silverton & Telluride Area

So jffnkrn, did you get a ton of rain? Just got back from a week in Ouray. Mudslides up Yankee Boy Basin, street flooding in Telluride, streams to jump in Silverton, East Portal Road closed in Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP from rock slides. We've desperately needed rain but every day???
4runnerguy 07/29/22 03:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: County Park Experiences

As others have noted www.uscampgrounds.info has info on many county parks. Found a county park near Grants Pass in Oregon on our trip last month and had a nice stay. Clean bathrooms, warm showers, etc. And with only 19 sites it was a lot less hectic than some of the SP's we stayed in.
4runnerguy 07/29/22 03:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2022 campgrounds

We were in Moab late April/early May. One weekend was the annual car show, always a big draw. This year it was noticeably less busy in town, even on weekends. It's been 10+ years since the crowds were this size. So yes, in the case of Moab, it is less busy. But one thing we noted is that while there was an increase in the number of RV's in BLM and NPS CG's compared to the past, we noticed a decrease in the number of tent campers. I can imagine that younger people who visit Moab for mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, etc. are also the ones for whom higher gas prices are most daunting. If you're a college student looking for a long weekend getaway in Moab, doubling the price of the gasoline for the trip makes a big impact on a small budget. Just got back from 5 weeks in Oregon. Stayed at a lot of state parks. Many would say no vacancy but 20% of the sites might be open on any given night. So someone made reservations but failed to use them. Fuel prices? Don't know. But I do wish people would cancel their reservations rather than being no-shows. Does make for a quieter CG but there are others who would have appreciated having that campsite.
4runnerguy 07/06/22 05:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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