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RE: Plans for winter camping?

We're heading to the Sedona/Cottonwood AZ area for the week of Thanksgiving. Not really winter camping per se. Last year we even wore shorts on some days. That's our last planned trip until spiting. Already had to winterize the trailer as it's been below freezing here.
4runnerguy 10/13/21 11:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip to Colorado from Minnesota

"In a few weeks" and you may encounter snow, even if you don't venture into the mountains. If you've never driven anything larger than a pickup truck, this may not be the best time or place to learn about driving an RV. You're going to a tough time finding open campgrounds. Some state parks have winter sites available, but only with electric hookups. Filling your water tank might take some creative planning. Plus, many "tourist" spots are now closed for the season. All-in-all, I'd advise against your plan. Ski resorts start opening in the next month and that's what us locals are looking forward to. If we want to camp this time of year, we head to southern Utah or Arizona. Plan a Colorado trip sometime from mid-May through the end of September next year. Might I advise heading south to places like Missouri or Arkansas and find a Corp of Engineers park that's open. Maybe there are hills and not mountains, but there's still beautiful scenery and plenty to explore.
4runnerguy 10/13/21 11:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Have you camped near Nevada's high wildernesses?

I haven't spent much time camping near the wilderness areas of NV but I have spent a fair amount of time exploring the area. Probably the most comprehensive look at all the wilderness areas in NV is at: https://www.nevadawilderness.org/designated_wilderness Scroll down the page and there are clickable links for NV WA's. Some links don't have a lot of info, but for others, you'll open a webpage for that wilderness where there are links for maps, trails, etc. The high parts of the Ruby Mountains are unlike anything else for 100's of miles in either direction. (Many of the high wilderness areas are still pretty dry and stark even up top.) This website has descriptions of trails in the Ruby and East Humboldt Ranges: http://www.rubymountains.net/ (Note that some of the links don't work anymore.) The Ruby's remind me of parts of the high Sierras or some of the glaciated drainages deep in the Weminuche Wilderness. Do check out Great Basin NP if you get in that area. Lehman Cave is interesting but there are some really good hikes there. Note that some NFS CG's are off the beaten path and on weekdays, you'll likely be the only ones there. The vast majority of them are also free. Not boondocking, per se, but every bit as remote. Of course places like Angel Lake and Thomas Canyon in the Ruby's are full most nights. If they interest you, NV has lots of natural hot springs. Do a search and you'll find ones that may be near where you will be travelling.
4runnerguy 09/03/21 12:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Cheyenne WY to Glenwood Springs CO

Hello 4Runnerguy, Just an update - we took your advice and did the I-70 route west from Denver. So beautiful and really not a lot of traffic. We traveled through on a Saturday. Thanks again for the adviceYou're welcome. Thanks for letting me know how things went. It's nice to have follow up when one gives advice.
4runnerguy 08/26/21 06:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: National Forest boondocking sites compatible with big rigs

My go to spot is https://freecampsites.net/ The size info isn't listed separately, but if you read through the reviews, you can see what size unit people have had in there. Plus sometimes they comment on accessibility.
4runnerguy 08/19/21 12:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Glenwood Canyon I-70 mudslides....!

OK, we drove the canyon this afternoon. Not much traffic at all (yet). I'm sure trucks will start using this route again in the next day or two. Only about a mile of single lane traffic each way. Otherwise it's just the normal two lanes each direction. The devastation is greater than I anticipated, even looking at the videos and pictures. There are a number of drainages which had mudflows come down on one or both lanes of traffic along a 5 or 6 mile stretch of the highway. I think CDOT has done an amazing job of getting the road passable in such a short amount of time, given what had transpired. In lots of places the guardrails were ripped from the concrete barriers. There are some places where one lane of the roadway itself is gone. There were also mudflows on the opposite side of the river which came across the railroad tracks and down into the river. Between the mudflows on both sides of the canyon, the course of the river has been changed dramatically. Places that used to have rapids now have some slack water where one of these debris fans has blocked one side of the river or the other.
4runnerguy 08/14/21 10:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cheyenne WY to Glenwood Springs CO

Thank you 4runnerguy. Barring any more closures in the canyon, what route would you recommend from Cheyenne to Glenwood Springs. Thanks for all your updates and advice.Kinda depends on which day and what time of day you will be travelling and whether you want to avoid passes. The shortest and quickest route is I-25 south to I-76 west to I-70. But, I-25 can be a bottleneck during rush hours and even pretty busy other times of the day. If you are travelling on a weekend, it isn't too bad. Of course I-70 takes you over two high passes: the Eisenhower Tunnel and Vail Pass. Plenty of RV's do it every day, but you have to know your comfort level. Uphill isn't the issue, it's the downhill. Use your transmission and it's no problem. Just don't ride your brakes. Of all the routes that have been discussed, this is probably the most scenic IMHO. If you want to avoid the Denver traffic, then the route through Steamboat Springs may be your best bet. With I-70 open again, traffic there should be back to normal.
4runnerguy 08/14/21 10:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pre-planning for first long duration trip upon retirement

If you want to have a two or three month adventure, I wouldn't try to visit much here in the U.S. Instead, I'd explore Canada on the way to Alaska. You might consider taking the Trans Canada highway 1 across to Calgary and see the various Provinces along the way. The downside of this route is that gasoline prices are higher north of the border. The alternative would be to work your way west on I-90 and then head north at Missoula. You could spend a few days exploring Glacier NP (US version) before heading north to BC 93 through Kootenay National Park to Banff. You can easily spend a week or 10 days just exploring Banff, Yoho and Kootenay from a base camp at Banff. Then head north on the Icefields Parkway up to Jasper. Again, one can easily spend another week in this park. These parks along the Alberta/BC border are some of the most scenic mountains we have even seen. I've been in Alaska for 3-4 weeks a couple of times, and for me, the Canadian Rockies in many ways are more beautiful. (Of course Denali is in a whole league by itself.)
4runnerguy 08/14/21 08:50am Roads and Routes
RE: Cheyenne WY to Glenwood Springs CO

RKMathis - The Canyon opened early this Saturday morning.
4runnerguy 08/14/21 08:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Glenwood Canyon I-70 mudslides....!

The Canyon is OPEN!!! :) As for gas prices, they're always a lot higher here. Even just driving to Silt or Rifle can save 10 to 20 cents a gallon.
4runnerguy 08/14/21 08:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Glenwood Canyon I-70 mudslides....!

We're so waiting for the road to open. Of course it will be big backups with only one lane, lots of freight backed up in Denver ready to head west, and lots of gawkers. We've missed seeing family just on the other side of the canyon. And Allison already has a long shopping list for Costco!
4runnerguy 08/12/21 02:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cheyenne WY to Glenwood Springs CO

If you've been following the other post on the canyon closure, you've read that they are hoping to open one lane each direction on Saturday. Of course so much of this is weather dependent. They are predicting a few wet days beginning this weekend and through mid week next week. Of course it will probably be backed up at the place where the road was buried and will be down to one lane. There is a lot of freight sitting in Denver waiting for the road to reopen. Talked to a worker today at Lowe's who said they expect to get hammered when the canyon reopens.
4runnerguy 08/12/21 02:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cheyenne WY to Glenwood Springs CO

Someone on another travel site said to avoid this route through Walden and especially the backup around Steamboat Springs. They suggested traveling further west on I-80 from Cheyenne and then heading south on 789 to Craig and on down to Rifle. Is anyone familiar with this route?That route works also. It's about 50 miles longer. You also have fewer and less steep grades. But it's also a lot less scenic. And if there's wind, I-80 heading west can be daunting. We use the WY 789/CO13 route when we're heading north to places like Yellowstone or Glacier.
4runnerguy 08/10/21 09:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Cheyenne WY to Glenwood Springs CO

I-80 to Laramie, then WY 230 to CO 127 etc. to Walden. CO 14 to US 40. You'll join US 40 near the top of the passes there. It's a fair drop down into Steamboat Springs but just use your gearing. Lots of RV's do it every day. Then west on US 40 to Craig and south on CO 13 to I-70 etc. When you get to Rifle, take a left on Railroad Ave. at the three way intersection just past Wing Nutz. If you stay on CO 13 you may hit a back up because they are making people exit the highway at Rifle. When you get to the frontage road, stay on Railroad and cross the Colorado River and get on I-70 there. Things change day to day and they may make you detour on the frontage road. If so, head west on the frontage road to Silt and get on I-80 eastbound there. Except for I-80 and US 40, these are all lesser travelled roads but scenic in their own right. Wave at us when you get to GWS!
4runnerguy 08/06/21 12:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dinosaur National Park

Plan on spending some time in the Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal. Maybe as interesting as the Quarry Exhibit Hall in the monument itself. If you don't mind a bit of a drive, check out Nine Mile Canyon. Brochure It's a full day loop but lots of interesting Native Rock Art.
4runnerguy 08/05/21 04:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Glenwood Canyon I-70 mudslides....!

Last I heard they hoped to have one lane open in each direction in a few weeks. They're saying it will be winter before both lanes in both directions are open. Depending of course on further evaluation of the structural damage once more of the debris is cleared away.
4runnerguy 08/04/21 07:04am Roads and Routes
RE: Glenwood Canyon I-70 mudslides....!

Yeah, kind of stuck here In GWS. We did have to go to Denver to see family that had flown in from NY. Six hours each way over Indy Pass. Huge traffic backups both directions. Normally just over 2 1/2 trip for us on I-70. Hope they appreciated the effort! Easy to get into restaurants here in town right now. Unfortunate for them, tho.
4runnerguy 08/02/21 12:44pm Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado, I70 and 160 to 285 advice

Don't know when you are planning on travelling, but as noted, I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is a dicey proposition right now. Twice in the last few days it has been closed for over 24 hours. Keep an eye on the weather and if rain is forecast, plan on a different route. Note that US 50 is under construction between Gunnison and Montrose with closures lasting many hours on weekdays, so that's not a good alternative unless you are travelling on the weekend. If you do manage to take I-70, take exit 204 in Utah and following UT 128 along the river to Moab. Stunning scenery.
4runnerguy 07/23/21 04:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pueblos West Co to Dinosaur Co

With the nearly daily closure of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, sometimes for over 24 hours straight, I'd say your route is the way to go. The only "real" pass is Tennessee Pass north of Leadville and it's a quite manageable pass. US 50 to CO 9 to US 40 may be the quickest, but you'll have both Hoosier Pass and Rabbit Ears Pass to cross. Make sure you have adequate fuel before you head north on CO 131. Not much along that road until you get close to Steamboat Springs.
4runnerguy 07/23/21 04:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Tent camping

One advantage of tent camping is the much greater variety and availability of camping spots. In many developed NF CG's there are always some sites that are designated for tents only. Plus if you don't need the amenities like a toilet or a picnic table, the whole world of boondocking locations opens up to you. (Do be aware that in many counties right now, you can't have a campfire outside of a designated campground.) Many great boondocking locations here in CO are on roads something like a Subaru or a RAV4 can navigate but not many RVs will venture on. So if you want to camp for free, check out https://freecampsites.net/. Lots of ideas to get you started. If you want a forum that is more focused on tent camping, you might try out the REI Conversations page. Some of the threads are definitely focused on the hardcore outdoors person who may be backpacking the entire CDT or free climbing in Moab, but there are sections devoted to camping locations and ideas. Go to the search box and type in Colorado and scan down the list. You might also search for a forum that is directed at fishing Colorado. Not knowing what kind of camping you do, where you live in CO, what vehicle you are in, etc, some ideas include: Flat tops. Lots of lakes up there. A variety of access points. The area around Trappers Lake did burn some years ago so it still may not be the best place. North Park. A lesser visited area but I've heard from expert fly fishermen that it's the place to go. Grand Mesa. Again, a lot of lakes up there with lots of mosquitos to match in the spring and early summer. There are a variety of fishing opportunities around the Upper Arkansas River Valley. Float a river, use a canoe on a lake, wade into a high mountain lake, or fly fish one of the streams. Busy place, though. Look to boondock if you don't already have reservation this summer. Do be aware that fishing can be virtually non existent if you get around old mining districts. The water flowing out of the abandoned mines often has high concentrations of heavy metals, although remediation work still continues to try to clean up these messes.
4runnerguy 07/19/21 10:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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