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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 Around the Campfire
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
RE: Million Dollar Highway 550 Co

You have a pretty small rig compared so some I've seen on road. I've heard from several people that Silverton is a zoo. Surprising especially since the train isn't even running this year. Best views are from Ouray to Coal Bank Pass IMHO, so plan to spend as much time as possible along that stretch. Fill in Montrose. Gas prices go up with the elevation!
4runnerguy 08/12/20 09:12am Roads and Routes
RE: Buying land for camping...

I know of a number of places here in Colorado where people buy a piece of land, install a well, septic and electricity, then build a pole barn under which they put their RV. Seems most use 5th wheels for this. They often have a storage shed to hold stuff they don't want to haul around. Maybe they have another similar property somewhere warmer for the winter months or this is just a weekend getaway. One significant advantage is that without an actual house, the property taxes are a whole lot lower. Our "cabin" is nothing more than a 1974 mobile home with a roof over it. Well, septic, electric all installed. Hasn't moved since it was moved in. Nice deck. Storage shed. Trees. Lake view. But because the trailer isn't attached to the land, our yearly property taxes are just $88. A neighbor with a similar sized stick built house pays nearly than 15 times that in taxes. One has to do some research to make understand the variabilities in the county laws and regulations to see what is possible. Also, you rarely find someplace that is near a major tourist attraction like a national park or even a lake in the woods. I've thought about it often but can't convince DW to live in a RV all the time. Happy wife, happy life!
4runnerguy 08/12/20 09:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Golden to Gunnison Co

Comments on the recommended routes: I-70 vs. US 285: I-70 can be quite busy. Avoid leaving Denver any time after 4:00 p.m. and skip altogether Friday through Sunday. Tunnel is at 11,000'. Fremont Pass is at 11,300'. The climb from Copper Mountain to Fremont Pass has a passing lane virtually the whole way. Quite scenic, but you have to go over two significant passes. US 285 can also be quite busy on weekends, but the traffic thins out after Bailey. Kenosha Pass is under 10000' and a much easier grade than the tunnel approach on I-70. Trout Creek Pass, just before Buena Vista, is almost imperceptible coming from the east. You'll see more higher mountains on the I-70 route, but the scenery on US 285 isn't bad either. South Park is a huge intermontane basin best viewed from the top of Kenosha Pass. Cottonwood Pass vs. Monarch Pass: Cottonwood Pass is 800' higher (12,100') than Monarch. Far more switchbacks also. It is a bit shorter distance, but longer drive time. Both passes have great views from the top. Traffic is easier to deal with on Monarch as there are fewer curves and more passing lanes. Also, as Cottonwood Pass was only recently paved all the way over the pass, it has become a very popular and busy route. I somewhat prefer the scenery from the top of Cottonwood Pass to Gunnison over that from the top of Monarch Pass into Gunnison. No matter which route you select, one somewhat obscure stop worth taking is at Cimarron. Turn right where the sign says Train Exhibit/Morrow Point Dam. It's just over a mile drive (paved road) back to the dam. You'll essentially find yourself at the bottom of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison although further upstream than the NM. Kind of a different perspective. If you're into old narrow gauge railroad cars and engine, stop and poke around at the Visitors Center. I don't think they open the building anymore, but the outside exhibits are open. Nice CG there for an overnight. We've been there a number of times. Rarely fills, or if it does, it's not until the evening. Yes, you can drive on the South Rim Road with your rig without issues.
4runnerguy 08/09/20 09:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Glenwood Springs, CO

The KOA in Glenwood Springs is a really nice KOA. We've stayed there twice & enjoyed our stay. Newer park (I think) with plenty of space.You must be referring to the KOA in Silt. It's about 10 miles west of GWS. There is no KOA in GWS.
4runnerguy 08/07/20 09:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CO: Leadville to I70 via Hiighway 24

IMHO it’s a Great drive - One of the more Beautiful ones in the state - we just drove it today on the way to Delta and the RT 133 drive OMG, you drove through GWS and didn't say "Hi"?!?!? :h
4runnerguy 07/20/20 11:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: CO: Leadville to I70 via Hiighway 24

I'd take US 24 over Tennessee Pass down to Minturn and I-70. At Leadville, you've already gained most of the elevation to the pass. It's a long, downhill run to Minturn. A few, well marked switchbacks but nothing difficult at all. A few miles north of the pass on your right are some historical markers about Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division trained in winter combat techniques. The downside of taking CO 91 to Copper Mountain is you have to then make the climb up and the descent down Vail Pass on I-70.
4runnerguy 07/09/20 11:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Recommendations for Moab campground

We've never stayed in any of the private CG's there, so I can't help you on that, but check out my extensive posts on Moab for things to do and other info you might find helpful: A Primer on Moab
4runnerguy 07/09/20 11:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Glenwood Springs, CO

Obviously I haven't stayed at any of them, but some observations: Ami's Acres overlooks the interstate so may be noisy. Glenwood Canyon Resort has a nice setting. A little pricey and fills often. Down by Carbondale is a KOA. Really nice setting on the river. Near great drives up to Marble or Maroon Bells. Fills often. Past the KOA on CO 133 is a NFS CG. Redstone CG has some sites with water and electric but no sewer. I believe they have showers there too (unusual for NFS CG's here in CO). Pretty full, but keep an eye on Recreation.gov and you can often pick up a spot as people's plans change and they cancel reservations. One often overlooked option is Gateway RV park by Carbondale. A few FHU sites. Owned and run by the city of Carbondale. Worth checking out to see if they have any spots. Right near the intersection of CO 82 and CO 133 but below grade so reasonably quiet. Right on the paved Rio Grande Trail, a converted rail grade for walking or biking.
4runnerguy 07/09/20 11:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Are campgrounds more crowded or is it just me?

Our observations on NFS CG's here in Colorado: In early June, things were unbelievably busy. At a lake near our cabin in southern CO, I've never seen it so busy as it was on Saturdays in early June. And I've been going there for nearly 60 years. It wasn't just campers, people were day tripping just to fish. Wall to wall people all along the shore. Reminded me of the "combat" fishing we'd seen up in Alaska on the Kenai. In mid June, we took a week trip to the Upper Arkansas River Valley between Leadville and Salida. Arrived on a Sunday. Huge numbers of vehicles on the road travelling both directions. Campground hosts said it had been a madhouse all spring. The company they work for is a concessionaire for a number of NFS CG's in the area. But when we left a week later, again on a Sunday, the traffic on the roads was maybe 25% of what it had been the previous Sunday. All but two of the campsites in the CG we had stayed in left that Sunday. Things were definitely quieter as we went through the towns. Then last week it was back to the cabin. On Saturday, July 4th, we walked through one of the CG's. Of the 15 sites, 3 were still available. On a Saturday afternoon on the 4th of July weekend! Again on Tuesday our travels took us back through Leadville, Salida, Buena Vista. Even fewer people than a week earlier. So what we have seen was a real rush in early June. Things are now slowing down quite a bit. We have talked to others who have traveled elsewhere in CO and it seems to be a statewide trend. I would also say that Colorado license plates represent a greater proportion of those out in the mountains than in years past. Yes, we still see out-of-state plates, but not as many as usual.
4runnerguy 07/09/20 10:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Which route would be less higher grade

I-80 may not have the grades but it can have some nasty winds across Wyoming. Can make towing a challenge if it's a cross wind. If it's a headwind, plan on some extra time and a lot of extra gas! Probably only driven this 50 times so it's the one I have the least experience with. I-70 does have some long grades, especially if you are going east to west. Downhills on Vail Pass and the west side of the tunnel are both around 7 miles of 7% grade. But lots of RV's and trucks do this every year. Great scenery. Monarch Pass on US 50 has a pretty long downhill >6% grade on the west side. Also, whether you come out of Denver on US 285 or up from Pueblo on US 50 (along the river so no passes there!), either route is much less of a pull than I-70 out of Denver to the tunnel. Likewise a scenic route. To avoid Monarch Pass (westbound) you can take US 285 south out of Poncha Springs (Poncha Pass is easy). At Saguache, head west on CO 114 and connect back up with US 50 east of Gunnison. Reverse the directions if you're going west to east. A lot of extra miles just to avoid the downhill, but it is an option.
4runnerguy 06/18/20 05:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Utah?Next trip plan good distraction! Ideas needed :)

Hidden Canyon is a good less popular hike that gives you a taste of exposure without the insane riskes of Angles Landing with a mob going up.This is a good choice for a hike with fewer people. Go in the a.m. so you'll be in the shade of the canyon. Once you get to the sign that says end of the trail, keep going. Your boys will love the route finding and scrambling as there isn't a specific trail. You may have to backtrack a few hundred yards at times to find another route when you realize you can't keep going. Once past the trail end sign, the canyon is quite a bit narrower so not so much sun. Stays quite a bit cooler than down in the canyon. The hike up Zion Narrows is also a good place to spend a hot day. You'll be wading in the river so quite cool. Plus the canyon is narrow with little sun. Make sure you have some good shoes for wading/walking in the river. Do check on the weather to make sure there's no rain up river as the water can rise quite quickly in the narrow canyon. If you can get a spot, the campgrounds at Zion are great as you can walk to the river from your campsite. The Virgin "River" at this point is somewhat of a misnomer, as except for spring runoff, it's more like a stream. The kids build little dams to funnel the water around while adults set up their lawnchairs in or near the creek to soak their feet and cool of in the shade of the overhanging cottonwood trees.
4runnerguy 04/09/20 07:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah?Next trip plan good distraction! Ideas needed :)

You'll have to keep track of the situation in Moab. Right now, all CG's are closed, including private, BLM, and National Parks. No boondocking allowed anywhere. The message is they don't want outsiders there as their medical facilities are pretty limited compared to how many people visit there. Current order expires April 15th but I'd expect an extension. Keep track of the current situation here: Discover Moab. Hard to know what things will be like come this summer. We still have reservations for the WA and OR area, but it's sure an unknown situation this far out. If you get to go, check out this post on everything Moab: A Primer on Moab
4runnerguy 04/07/20 04:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cruel Summer

Our summer plans are still on. Of course we are at the whims of closures of federal CGs. But if they cancel our reservations instead of us doing it, we won't pay a cancellation fee and will get a full refund. In the past, that has included the reservation fee plus the per night fee. If we are able to go, the biggest change will be that we won't visit restaurants, brewpubs and such in towns along the way. I hate not being able to do that and help with their recovery but I don't want to risk our health, especially a thousand miles from home. For us, the closure of all the CG's around Moab, even boondocking locations, has been a big miss, as it's only a three hour drive and our easy getaway location. :( Around here, they have or are considering even closing trailhead parking as they are getting overrun because people who aren't working have lots of time on their hands. If that continues, we just may have to throw our backpacks on and hike up the hill from our backyard and into the NF that way! They used to say 60 is the new 40, which is why we still mountain bike and I even picked up snowboarding a few years ago. Now, 60 is the new elderly! Who knew? ;)
4runnerguy 04/06/20 09:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The sound of wings -- no longer just for us boondockers

The reporter said that several people had told him that they are hearing the sounds of birds' wings for the first time in their lives.A couple of months ago my neighbor was commenting on how he could now hear the birds chirping again. Of course for him, it was because he'd just gotten hearing aids for the first time! ;)
4runnerguy 04/03/20 03:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Insanity in the grocery stores...

I've been contemplating the empty store shelves and some of the comments here jive with what I've concluded. Indeed some of the shopping may be for overstocking peoples cabinets, but another factor is the closure of restaurants. Think of it this way. Even if you used to eat dinner out only once a week, if you're eating all your meals at home that means you need 15% more food from the grocery store every week. There are also a lot of people who grab lunch from a drive thru or a food truck. Suddenly they are making five more lunches every week. These additional meals mean a surge in grocery shopping and the stores will take time to catch up. Agreed there was a lot of toilet paper hoarding initally, but the same thing applies. People used to spend 8 hours a day at work and the kids were at school eight hours a day, using someone elses supply of TP. Everyone's at home now, so plan on 50% increase in TP need at every house in the country.
4runnerguy 03/21/20 01:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Moab UT Closed

An article in the Aspen newspaper this morning noted that federal facilities are not subject to closure orders from state or local governments. As of this morning, BLM campsites had not closed. Of course that can change at any time. At Arches, those in the campground are being allowed to complete their current reservation period but no new campers are allowed in the CG. Canyonlands is in San Juan County and thus outside of the jurisdiction of the Southeast Utah Health Department. Both parks have closed their visitors centers. We went out for groceries today here in Glenwood Springs (have to restock on fresh foods every once in a while). Saw several groups of teens hanging out together in different places. Seems like there is more possiblity of transmission betweeen people in those groups vs. people camping in their RV's. Just sayin'.
4runnerguy 03/18/20 11:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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