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RE: Elko Nevada to Cedar City Utah-Help!

If there is any way you can carve out a couple of days for Great Basin Natl Park, it is well worth adjusting your route a little: Great BasinYeah, I'd recommend US 93 to US 50 and spend some time at Great Basin NP. Then take UT 21 east.
4runnerguy 10/07/20 08:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trough Road between Kremmling and State Bridge CO

It is a well maintained graded gravel road that they lay a coat of mag-chloride on to keep the dust down. Because of that, it's slick if wet. But otherwise a decent road. I imagine we average over 40 mph when we towed over it last. For us it's a time saver getting over to the Winter Park/Fraser/Grand Lake area.
4runnerguy 10/07/20 08:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fall color prediction map

From our travels around Colorado over the past couple of weeks, it seems like we are ahead of schedule. I think the lack of rain over the last few months has sped things up. We've also started to see stands of aspen with the leaves just curling up and turning brown. And now with the snow today . . .?
4runnerguy 09/08/20 04:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CO 14/Poudre Canyon Closure-Cameron Peak Update 10.18.20

Hopefully the precip today will help get the fire(s) under control. Leadville was socked in with smoke yesterday, assuming from the Cameron Peak fire. We were down south by Westcliffe and had thick smoke down there. I saw a satellite time lapse of yesterday and it looks like most of the smoke we had in the southern and central part of the state was from California fires. My brother in Loveland said it was snowing ash all day yesterday. After all the smoke we endured in Glenwood for a few weeks, it was distressing to find ourselves breathing it in again. :(
4runnerguy 09/08/20 04:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Christmas where???

One year we camped at Catalina SP outside of Tucson between Christmas and New Years. I would also think the weather in and around the Phoenix area up toward Sedona would also be nice.
4runnerguy 09/01/20 06:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Food - Utah Mighty Five Loop

Moab is an interesting place to do anything, not like the rest of Utah.The local joke is that Moab should just be annexed by Colorado. Besides, sometimes there are more Colorado plates than Utah plates in Moab. ;)
4runnerguy 08/30/20 09:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-70 Glenwood Canyon Colorado fire closure

I-70 opened through the canyon at 6:30 this morning. But keep informed as if we get some of the rain predicted later this week, mudslides could close everything back up again. As for us, it will be time for a much needed Costco run pretty soon!
4runnerguy 08/24/20 08:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado Fires

Wow, Busskipper is really on it! I-70 had just reopened 20 minutes before his post. I was still getting my first cup of caffeine ready. Smoke is bad in Leadville and Grand Lake areas right now. There is a smoky haze down in Lake City, but not as bad. A number of times in the last couple of weeks, I've headed up high to try to get out of the smoke. From up there, I've been able to see where the smoke has been. While the smoke density has thinned a bit around here as they've gotten the fire up Glenwood Canyon a bit more under control, as new fires have gotten going, smoke has spread over much of the state. Yesterday, we were mountain biking on the top of Grand Mesa. Normally we can see the San Juans, Montrose, and Delta. None of those were visible yesterday. In fact looking south, I don't know if we could see much more than a couple of miles. I would also note that we have seen the beginning of aspens changing. Not a lot, but still some trees are calling it a summer. It may be early due to the drought. Of course all this can change pretty quickly. There are thunderstorms in the forecast for this week. Unless lightning starts more fires or the winds blow the existing ones into infernos again, the rain should help calm the fires and clear the air. We had a bit of rain several days ago and it was amazingly nice to be able to sleep with the windows open with the campfire smell.
4runnerguy 08/24/20 08:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CO 14/Poudre Canyon Closure-Cameron Peak Update 10.18.20

From personal knowledge and experience, there is a LOT of dead beetle kill trees in that area, so there's considerable fuel for the fire. We can only hope for some monsoon moisture to help the firefighters working this fire.My memory is dimming daily, but wasn't there a fire that threatened the Chambers Lake area in maybe the late 80's/early 90's? Hey Ken....you might be thinking of the Kilpecker Fire that was in the late 70s between Red Feather Lakes and the Laramie River Valley. Wasn't all that big in comparison to fires of today's measurement, but was a significant fire at the time. There's still scars from that fire visible west of Red Feather off the Deadman Road and the Green Ridge Road.Maybe that's it. I just remember we were going to boondock up the Laramie River Road and it was closed due to a fire. Way too many years ago to remember all the details. And if you search Chambers Lake and fire, all you get are results for the current fire,
4runnerguy 08/22/20 09:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CO 14/Poudre Canyon Closure-Cameron Peak Update 10.18.20

From personal knowledge and experience, there is a LOT of dead beetle kill trees in that area, so there's considerable fuel for the fire. We can only hope for some monsoon moisture to help the firefighters working this fire.My memory is dimming daily, but wasn't there a fire that threatened the Chambers Lake area in maybe the late 80's/early 90's?
4runnerguy 08/22/20 12:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best route to the Grand Tetons

Looking for the best route to Coulter Bay Village, going west on I-80 in Wyoming from Nebraska. Then heading to Tacoma, WAIs "best" the best scenery or the easiest route?
4runnerguy 08/22/20 12:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route advice.

Route through Westcliffe to Walsenburg is all a two lane road. Nothing tough, but CO 69 isn't a speedway. Some places 50 MPH, some up to 65 MPH. Westcliffe to Walsenburg is sparsely populated. Fill in Salida or BV. Salida to Pueblo via Canon City is a US highway and thus a little better quality road. Even so, along the river out of Salida it does follow the river with some areas of 35 MPH, others of 50 or 55 MPH so it isn't a faster trip all the way through Canon City. You do have the hassle of driving through Canon City, but after that is smooth going all the way to I-25. Don't do Denver.
4runnerguy 08/20/20 06:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-70 Glenwood Canyon Colorado fire closure

Sounds like they might get I-70 open in a week or less (weather dependent). Article from Glenwood Springs Post Independent
4runnerguy 08/20/20 06:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-70 Glenwood Canyon Colorado fire closure

Based on last nights briefing, I'm guessing maybe another week, maybe more, before the canyon opens up. It's amazingly quiet at night right now, as there is no through traffic on the interstate. Is there a safe alternative route if I70 does not open soon from Silt to Estes Park? We have a 36ft 5th wheel. H E R E is a link to the recommended detour. There just is no easy way around that area. You don't need to take US 285 all the way in to Denver. You can take CO 9 to Breckenridge and Frisco and get back on I-70, then take I-70 to the Central City Parkway. That takes you in to CC/Black Hawk where you can pick up CO 119 to Nederland then CO 72 to CO 7 in to Estes Park. Yeah, there really aren't many choices. Even if you wanted to pull over Trail Ridge Road (not necessarily for rookies) I was reminded today by a friend who is heading to see family in Estes Park tomorrow that one has to have a reservation to even enter Rocky Mountain National Park. So she's taking the long way. What ever you do, don't try Independence Pass with your rig. From Silt, you can backtrack all the way to Grand Junction then south and east on US 50. Another route, probably a little longer time wise (although shorter distance) is to head into Glenwood Springs, head south on CO 82 to Carbondale, catch CO 133 over McClure Pass, the CO 92 to US 50. Make sure you fill in Silt or GWS as the few stations past that are pretty pricey. This is a more scenic route taking up the Crystal River Valley past Redstone. On CO 92, you'll be above the upper parts of Black Canyon of the Gunnison. There are a couple of pullouts where you can look down on Morrow Point Reservoir. Not much traffic so pretty easy to pull in.
4runnerguy 08/20/20 06:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Intergencies passes

One thing I have found is to make sure which type of pass you are designating. If you put in your lifetime pass number but the drop down menu is set to annual pass, it won't take it. Just a thought.
4runnerguy 08/19/20 08:22am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: I-70 Glenwood Canyon Colorado fire closure

Based on last nights briefing, I'm guessing maybe another week, maybe more, before the canyon opens up. It's amazingly quiet at night right now, as there is no through traffic on the interstate.
4runnerguy 08/19/20 08:18am Roads and Routes
RE: I-70 Glenwood Canyon Colorado fire closure

Update this Friday morning: They don't anticipate I-70 opening for at least 2-3 days. The fire is actually burning right at the highway. The fire took a run last night to the east. There are now pre-evacuation orders for Dotsero. The fire burned in the area of Hanging Lake but they don't know how things look up there right now. Because of the importance of getting the interstate opened back up, the fire is now the top priority in the nation. At our house in Glenwood Springs, I can't see 1/2 mile right now. I have to chew the air before I inhale it. Expecting highs in the mid 90's for another week with no precipitation in that time frame. Boy we desperately need some significant moisture right now.
4runnerguy 08/14/20 10:05am Roads and Routes
RE: RVing during Pandemic and looking relocate

When my dad met the right woman (his third wife), they moved out to her house on the Oregon Coast. First year, it rained 180". Yeah, above normal, but still, it rains a LOT on the Oregon Coast. That also means continual upkeep on a home due to all the rain. And lots of gray days in the winter. So they started looking for somewhere else to live near the coast. When they found an interesting place, they'd subscribe to the local newspaper for a few months. You can get a pretty good idea about a place from the newspaper. They finally ended up in Sequim, WA. It sits in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains so they average 16" a year. A much more tolerable amount. Sequim is full of retired, active people from all over. You see lots of people out walking every day. The median age is 58 years old. Close to the Strait. Maybe not the ocean, but a salty body of water that you can take a boat out on and see whales and go fishing. Easy day trip access via ferry to Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island. Close to Olympic National Park. A couple of hours via road and ferry to Seattle when you need a big city experience. Pretty affordable housing compared to what we're used to here in CO. Lots of homes available with acreage if that's of interest to you. Definitely suggest spending a few days there to see how you like it.
4runnerguy 08/13/20 09:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
I-70 Glenwood Canyon Colorado fire closure

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon has been closed due to a wildfire near the Grizzly Creek Rest Area. This fire started a couple of days ago and has really blown up due to high temps and swirling winds. It quickly moved up the north side of the canyon and is threatening the little community of No Name. The fire has jumped the river and is also burning on the south side of the canyon. The closed the highway through the canyon initially due to fire, but now they also need to assess the damage to the bridges along the highway. The way the fire is so actively burning, I personally don't foresee the road opening in at least a week. There's no rain in the forecast and it's supposed to be hot, dry, and windy. I saw a humidity of 4% at our house yesterday. Unfortunately, there's no easy go around. Cottonwood Pass, a dirt road between Gypsum and CO 82 south of Glenwood Springs is closed. First a semi overturned up there (not a road for semi's anyway) and now the fire is burning in that direction. Independence Pass southeast out of Aspen is also closed. Even though there are multiple signs indicating a maximum length of 35', numerous trucks tried to go through. Finally they just had to close if for safeties sake. The detour on CDOT's website is to use US 50 out of Montrose over Monarch Pass then up US 285 into Denver. One can also go north on US 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass, through Craig and eventually down to Rifle, but there's construction on CO 13 so this is an even longer detour. I would imagine both of these detours are pretty busy as I-70 carries a fair amount of traffic that will now have to fit on two lane roads in many places. If you're expecting to travel in this area in the next couple of weeks, keep up to date at cotrip.org
4runnerguy 08/12/20 09:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Golden to Gunnison Co

Yup! Durango & Silverton Railroad is a must see. Multiple ways of doing it. I've always done the train up and back, but one can also take a bus back from Silverton if you don't want to re-trace your steps. I find much to see in both directions. Also, Mesa Verde National Park , not too far from Durango and good for several days. One caveat...it's deceptively large so plan on several days to see what needs to be seen.The train isn't running to Silverton this year. Only as far as Cascade. Interesting trip if you're into trains, but not being to go all the way to Silverton means missing some of the best scenery anywhere. As for Mesa Verde, none of the Cliff Dwellings are open and the visitors center/museum are closed. You can drive the main road and see the cliff dwellings from some pull outs, but I wouldn't think you'd need more than a day.
4runnerguy 08/12/20 09:17am Roads and Routes
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