We will be taking our Class C out to CO for several weeks and were wondering what places we should visit and what things to see and things to do while out there. Will be in Parshall, CO area near Denver for part of the trip.
Any great whitewater rafting trips for 4-5 hours around?
What parks do you recommend we visit? Rocky Mtn. Natl Park? Others?
We do not have reservations so may have problems with staying in them.
In August 2007, we did a small family gathering above Colorado Springs. We enjoyed our trip to Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs area. We camped at South Meadows Campground of the Pike's Nat'l Forest just outside of Woodland Park a few miles. It was a very nice site, the Camp Hosts keep the place spotless. Drawbacks were the pit toilets but they were new and kept clean and no dump site exect down the road off a dirt road with a fee of $10. The $15 camping fee was nice. There are two other campgrounds in the area as well, also several private RV parks. We enjoyed Manitou Springs, Garden of the Gods, the Cheyenne Mt. Zoo and visiting with our son and his family. They also went to Cripple Creek and did the cog train ride to Pike's Peak and a day fishing. There was a Lake for fishing not far from the campground, but there is another campground one could walk to the lake from as well as another on off the road near it as well.
One closest to the lake is Colorado. From Woodland Park, CO, take State Rt. 67 north 3.5 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground. The elevation is 7,800 ft.The campground meanders through a very large stand of mature Ponderosa pines, winding and looping along the rolling hillsides. Look for the Black Tufted squirrels. The understory is grass, some sites are close together and privacy is limited. The campground is across the road from the Centennial Trail, next to State Rt. 67 and convenient to Woodland Park, CO.
Painted Rocks is the other one. From Woodland Park, CO, take State Rt. 67 north 3.9 miles to campground sign (County Rt. 78). Turn left at sign onto Rt. 78 (dirt) and go 0.4 miles to another campground sign. Turn left into campground. The campground is composed of two loops at the edge of a meadow. The loop on the right of entrance is nicely shaded with mature Ponderosa pines. The loop on the left is closer to the "painted rocks" (actually weathered piles of red rock) with more open sites. All the camping sites are widely separated affording lots of privacy even though the understory is grass.
In '97, going from Aspen to Leadville, and camping by Twin Lakes at a forest service campground. A very nice campground, beautiful Lakes, nice canoeing on them. Drove around in our dinghy to Leadville and had pizza at Pizza Hut. We'd driven over from Aspen, very neat drive up and over, extremely narrow at one point on the drive, one lane, it seems now. I remember a lot broken side mirrors by the rock which one had to squeeze around and tucking in the driver's side mirror. In a 22' C-Class MH towing a Geo Metro with a 16' Canoe on it's roof. Made it by without a scratch. Topped out well above tree-line getting over at the pass. Independence Pass very scenic. Very beautiful country. It just reminds me, we do not have to stray too far from home to see some beautiful country. At the time we were returning from a trip which took us up the west coast to Blaine at least at Birch Bay State Park, then over into Canada. To Jasper, Baniff, Watertown, back to US to Glacier, to Idaho to Rock Springs, WY by Flaming Gorge to Aspen. But after Twin Lakes, we got to Heron Lake in New Mexico, but not sure of the route. A neat trip in 1997, our first in the Couchmen. The campground near Aspen was along a river, lots of dense willows between the sites and to the river. Not much around in the way of public campings areas.
Twin Lakes Campgrounds: Dexter ** Lake View ** Parry Peak ** Twin Peaks ** White Star I believe we stayed at White Star.
In '96, we drove through the Creede Area from the north along the headwaters of the Rio Grande, very nice area...would like to go back. We overnighted at a forest service campground just off the highway and next to the Rio.
Not sure about the fishing, they had a lake up there not far from the campground, Trujillo Meadows Campground. Take SR 17 out of Chama towards Antonito, CO at about 4.6 miles from the state line take a forest road on the left. There should be a forest service campground and perhaps disperse camping as well if my memory is correct. There is a small lake in there as well. Very pretty country, much higher area than Heron Lake. This would be about 12 or 13 miles from the Depot in Chama. This will be in the Cumbres Pass area 10,022'. It will be cooler at night as well as in the day.
Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park would be worth seeing for sure.
Cherry Creek State Park near Denver (Aurora, i believe) was a nice place to base to see things around Denver. We stayed there many years ago.
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If you get the chance go to Estes Park...we have stayed several places, but stayed at Elk Meadows more than once.It is right at one of the entrances of the RMNP. Go thru the RMNP over to Grand Lake...a nice day's trip...you have a good chance of seeing moose on the Grand Lake side of the park.. The drive from Loveland to Estes Park thru the Big Thompson Canyon is beautiful...curvy and slow, but many pull offs to let traffic by...we always take that road and have seen big horn sheep...