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southernsky

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Posted: 04/11/21 05:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lake City is a nice place for Jeep rides. Do the Alpine Loop


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Posted: 04/11/21 07:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just be aware of the closures on Hwy. 50 between Montrose and Gunnison.
https://www.us50info.com/impacts

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We love the Grand Mesa. National Forest campgrounds with water in central locations. No dump station, which is a bummer.
Quiet, many, many lakes to fish. It is beautiful!


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In normal times, I would recommend checking out the northern Colorado area, places like Red Feather Lakes, Poudre Canyon (CO 14) from Fort Collins to North Park/Walden area, then exploring the North Park area for it's isolated beauty. But these are not normal times.

Why? H E R E Colorado Fires is a map that shows the 2 biggest fires ever in Colorado, that finally came to an end last year with continuous snowfall. The Cameron Peak Fire burned a lot of territory in the area between Red Feather and the Poudre Canyon, particularly from Rustic up to Cameron Pass, as well as a lot of area south of the Poudre Canyon. Miraculously, only 1 campground (Jack's Gulch) was damaged by the fire.

The East Troublesome Fire initially was a huge fire in the Grand Lake/Granby area, but it JUMPED the Continental Divide and destroyed a lot of area in RMNP east of the Divide and west of Estes Park. The maps show that it was dangerously close to Estes Park and areas in Rocky, around Moraine Park and the Fern Lake/Cub Lake trails area was impacted. There could have been some damage to the D loop of the Moraine Park CG.

With the now on-going spring snowmelt, we will have a clearer picture of what these areas look like, particularly in the Poudre Canyon. I'd like to be optimistic about the recovery for both of these fire areas, recognising that it will take a long time for recovery. Now, mudslides and flooding become an issue.

Avoidance of these areas for any camping would probably be warranted, for safety reasons, at least for now. The areas impacted by the fires are some some of my favourites, for the beauty and solitude and the "real" Colorado experience. Huge forests just waiting to be hiked and explored. BUT...safety considerations must prevail. At least until we have a clearer picture of the extent of devastation.


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sand dunes, mesa verde, Ouray, garden of gods, silverton, restaurant on top of mt evans





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No matter how many times I post on RV.net, I'm always blown away by the knowledge, passion, and attention to detail of those who reply. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise-- folivier for the road closure warning, Thom 02099 for the detailed, painful and personal analysis of the wildfire damage, and the rest of you guys for your suggestions whether it be Jeep trails, fishing spots or campgrounds. 4Runner, as always, you're advice is on point and invaluable. I sent you a PM with a link to a rough draft of our route. If you have the time, we'd be grateful for your opinion. Thanks again everyone!


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4runnerguy wrote:

2. Upper Arkansas River Valley Leadville/Buena Vista/Salida

...Out of Nathrop, take the road up Chalk Creek to St. Elmo, a well preserved ghost town. We'll park there and ride our bikes up to Hancock along the old railroad grade (dirt). From there, we'll take the trail out about 3 miles to the east portal of the Alpine Tunnel (collapsed). If you don't mountain bike, drive up to the trail head and hike out to the tunnel. Several side roads to explore with 4x4 off this road. At Romley, turn left and go up past some old mining ruins...

About 3 years ago I drove Road 295 to the trailhead and rode (or should I say 'abused'?) my Trek Pure Sport (a crank-forward comfort bike) up that Alpine Tunnel trail. Yeow, I can't believe I did that! With all the tree roots across the trail, plus rocks and puddles, I still wonder how I didn't bend a rim or two. But it certainly was fun coasting down instead of walking. Beautiful views along there, too. Definitely worth the visit. But I should have had a proper mountain bike.


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Lwiddis wrote:

“Crowded” in Estes Park in July is an understatement IMO. Try to make reservations.


Go to the south end of the park. There are several campgrounds at the south entrance and Grand Lake is a great destination. Great views and not so crowded.


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If going to Rocky Mtn. Nat'l Park check out their website. They will have a new entrance reservation this year:

https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/time-entry-permit-system.htm

Check out Pagosa Springs and enjoy the immaculate concrete hot spring pools of varying temperatures. They overlook the small town and the river. We always make it a point to spend 3-4 hours there. Pack a cooler and relax.

Fishing: The biggest awesome trout will be at Navajo State Park, Cottonwood campground just over the border in New Mexico - from Durango. The river below the dam is beautiful. Guides are available near the campground.

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rexlion wrote:

About 3 years ago I drove Road 295 to the trailhead and rode (or should I say 'abused'?) my Trek Pure Sport (a crank-forward comfort bike) up that Alpine Tunnel trail. Yeow, I can't believe I did that! With all the tree roots across the trail, plus rocks and puddles, I still wonder how I didn't bend a rim or two. But it certainly was fun coasting down instead of walking. Beautiful views along there, too. Definitely worth the visit. But I should have had a proper mountain bike.
The coast down the dirt road is really more fun yet. And when one gets heading down that grade, it may be at about the same speed as the trains did it 125 years ago - but without all the cinders from the engine. Interesting to imagine.


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