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RE: Estes park colorado

There is a new RV park in Granby, near Grand Lake on the "back" side of RMNP. Called River Run RV Resort. It just opened this year so we haven't stayed there, but looks really nice if you're into the "KOA" type park... restaurant, activities, etc. It's pricey though, but for a brand new, nice park, well, you get what you pay for. We looked into a seasonal spot there but it was $$$. This could be a game changer for north central Colorado. Looks like they are taking on Tiger Run Resort in Breck, but with more to offer. H E R E - River Run is a link to their main page; they are a Sun RV Resort, and H E R E - Memorial Day 2020 Pricing is what Memorial Day weekend would cost you. There must be a market for this, or they would not have done it. I can't think of anywhere other than Tiger Run that would be competition for them at this level. Though it really doesn't appeal to me in general, it could be interesting to try it out, and it certainly is in a good location, and a viable alternative to anything Estes Park has to offer, and not too far off the pricing mark, for what you get.
Thom02099 11/14/19 12:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Estes park colorado

What I like about Estes Park is that, if you want to do the "touristy" stuff, and take a walk around downtown you can. Besides the shops there, usually there's some sort of art festival going on, which can be entertaining. And of course Trail Ridge Road is a requirement. In 2019 it didn't open until a couple weekends after Memorial Day due to late season snows, and Old Fall River Road didn't open until July. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts for the time you plan to be out here. If it's later in the season, shouldn't be a problem. There are other, less traveled/fewer tourist areas. The Wild Basin Entrance to the park is lesser known, popular with us locals, but most tourists don't know about it. Some great hikes from that entrance, just as good as the hikes around the Bear Lake area. Further south from RMNP there's also the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and specifically the Brainard Lake area. Some magnificent hikes in this area as well; the vistas alone are worth it. Plan on snow on the ground there into July. Further south, all along the Peak to Peak Highway, are great FS access points for wonderful hikes. Rainbow lakes is one of them, the lakes are isolated, and there are trails that lead into the higher elevations above the City of Boulder watershed. Outside of Nederland, there's access to one of my favourites, the 4th of July CG and the hike to Arapaho Pass. It's a challenge due to elevation, but well worth it once up to the top of the pass. All this can be done from Estes Park as a day trip. So Estes Park is not necessarily "just" about Estes Park.
Thom02099 11/10/19 04:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Estes park colorado

Which campground with full hookups would you recommend around Estes Park Pulling a 26 footer Travel trailer Been looking on line and not that many good choices Thank you To specifically answer your question, there are about a half dozen RV parks in Estes Park. And Estes Park is a very popular destination for RVers during the season, as the parks are usually reserved well in advance, and also late in the October Elk rutting season. Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake is owned by the town of Estes Park Recreation and Park Department. They have FHU, W/E only and no hookup sites. The FHU are the typical in a line type sites with not a lot of space between site. The W/E sites are all back in and these are the ones I prefer when I stay there. They have a dump station on site as well. They are also the cheapest of the commercial RV parks in Estes Park at $47/night for FHU. Estes Park also administers another campground at East Portal, but it's primarily for smaller rigs -- popups and tents. Elk Meadow RV Resort is right at the entrance to RMNP. It is on a sloping hill, but has pretty good sites, a mix of back in and pull thru sites. Restrooms have always been very clean and well cared for. If you can get a site on the south side, you'll have an unobstructed view of Longs Peak, the highest point in RMNP. Elk Meadow in not cheap. Last time I stayed there was $61/night with discount, and now I think they are over $70/night. Their electricity was a bit quirky the last time I was there (pedestals were misaligned from the site they actually served), hopefully that's been resolved. Added plus the very real probability of elk walking/grazing thru the park. Their companion park is Spruce Lake RV Park which is fairly close to Elk Meadow. Also a fairly nice park, all back in sites, getting one by the river gives the added pleasure of the sounds of rushng water, if you're into that sort of relaxation. It's a bit tighter than Elk Meadow, and is just as expensive. Paradise on the River RV Park is a quaint little park that is right on the river. It's also hard to get into, and is usually reserved a year in advance if not longer. Getting a spot here is probably the most difficult in Estes Park. Manor RV Park is right next door to Spruce Lake and looks to be very nice. I have not stayed there, it looks to be pretty tight to get in there, but it does get pretty good reviews. Also not cheap, seems their prices vary from $60s-$70s/night. Unlike all of the above RV Parks, the KOA in Estes Park is on US34 coming in to Estes Park, and is on a hillside on this very busy road. The sites can be tight. Prices seem to vary, presumably based on rig. About 7 miles outside of town, there is Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park. Another park on a hillside, the sites seem to be a bit random and pricing seems haphazard, according to reviewers. Another one I have not stayed at, it just doesn't appeal to me at all. IF you could do a few days without hookups inside RMNP, I would strongly encourage it. That is now where I spend most of my time, camping in either Moraine Park or Glacier Basin. Both have very distinct appeals. In Moraine Park, B loop is preferable, in Glacier Basin, D loop is the preference, at least for me. Best views, and most likely have deer and elk wander through your site. IF you haven't checked it already, H E R E - campgroundreviews.com is the link for reviews of all parks in the area, including parks in Drake and Loveland, along with USFS/RMNP CG. On the west side of the Park, by Grand Lake, there are 2 commercial campgrounds -- Winding River Resort and Elk Creek Campground. Both have FHU availability, or just W/E hookups. Of the 2 I prefer Winding River. It has an authentic western feel to it, and the FHU sites are isolated at the far end of the property.
Thom02099 11/09/19 10:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: South Dakota, July 2020

Driving from the PNW we'll make Devil's Tower and Deadwood a 1-2 day stop one way or the other, eh? Yes we'd enjoy hiking around base of the Tower. So maybe the rest we can base out of Custer SP or similar? At Rushmore I understand there is some hiking you can do just out of the memorial itself which gives unique views and is very uncrowded. Since you are in to hiking, a must do would be Black Elk Peak, formerly Harney Peak, which is the highest point (at 7244ft) in South Dakota. It's not a difficult hike and well worth it for the vistas when you get to the summit. This could consume a goodly portion of a day. There are various accesses, so a query of Black Elk Peak will give you several choices. One of the hikes starts at about 6200ft with an elevation gain of about 1100 feet in 3.5 miles. There's also a loop trail hike.
Thom02099 11/04/19 05:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Colorado campground for next summer

Thank you everyone for the responses. I am also looking at Westcliffe if anyone has any info. on that area and RV parks H E R E - Westcliffe is the link to reviews for campgrounds/RV parks in that area. Note that there are several RV parks to choose from, in addition to USFS CG. The views from the valley looking west are incredible, from just about anywhere in the valley.
Thom02099 11/04/19 03:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado campground for next summer

First, the search. As pointed out above, use campgroundreviews.com for your search. Buena Vista is in the Upper Arkansas Valley, so also consider from Salida to Leadville and points in between. There's quite a number of commercial campgrounds that could fit what you're looking for. Sounds like you're not really interested in USFS CG, and there are a plethora of those around that area. When you find one that suits your needs, make reservations early, as the Upper Arkansas is a popular area. As to getting there, you CAN get there without substantial climbs, by taking US 50 west from Canon City. It's twisty/curvy and some ups/downs, but by no means any substantial climbs. Takes you right to Salida and on to Poncha Springs, where you can pick up US 285 which will get you into the heart of the Valley.
Thom02099 10/30/19 05:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Clickbait truck ads

They ought to pay you 30k to buy that thing ^^^^^ THIS! These trucks are F-u-g-l-y
Thom02099 10/20/19 06:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Texas to Ridgway CO late November

Possibly I might be crazy, but thinking of Ridgway CO during Thanksgiving week. 287 to Amarillo 87 to Raton NM, I-25 then 50 across to Montrose. Weather wise, is it a big gamble this time of year? Need a campground that has electricity cause we'd be going in a pop-up and need to be able to run a couple of space heaters. We've been to the state park there before...in the summer. Will use their bathroom and shower facilities. Any thoughts.... That route is probably the best to consider, given the time of year. Even with snow. Two passes -- Raton and Monarch -- to contend with, but both are well maintained during winter/snow months. Yes, it can be something of a gamble, but the good news is that November is not one of the snowiest months in Colorado. But the weather/temps can change rapidly. As to where to stay, the State Park could be a good bet, since it is open all year. HOWEVER, keep in mind that Ridgway SP is now a RESERVATION ONLY park, and that appears to be applicable during the off season months beyond October. There are 20 RV sites available. H E R E - Ridgway SP is the link to the CPW website for Ridgway. Also, appears that some of the facilities may be limited. Might want to check out campgroundreviews.com for other alternatives. There's some campground/RV parks that are open all year. Looks like the KOA in Ouray is open year round, and that's a highly rated park.
Thom02099 10/17/19 07:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

I don't know what the original motivation was when the rules/laws were made to allow for a discount for senior citizens to enter National Parks (and by extension, use of USFS campgrounds). But I can speculate -- Respect. Respect to our seniors who, in many cases are "the greatest generation". In many cases survivors of one and (earlier) two World Wars and the "conflicts" in Korea and Vietnam. The generation who's women worked tirelessly in factories during those wars. The generation who rebuilt and retooled this country after wars. Just as we show respect for our veterans of all foreign wars/conflicts with discounts on services, this (senior pass) small discount to our seniors is also a way to show respect for their service, even if they were not in the military serving our country. Service can take many forms. Living through trying times is one of them. Honour our elders, even if we are now one of them. Never forget. Thank you to ALL for your service to our country.
Thom02099 10/13/19 09:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: South Dakota Advice

OP here. Thanks for the responses, keep them coming! We've researched the sights in the area, and have read about the "usual suspects". Any off-the-beaten-path ideas? If you're into hiking, there's a great hike to Black Elk Peak, formerly Harney Peak, the highest point in South Dakota, at over 7200 feet. Not overly long or difficult, the views are incredible from the top.
Thom02099 09/16/19 10:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Beartooth Hwy closed

...And about 600 miles to the south, Trail Ridge Road and the Old Fall River Road in RMNP closed due to adverse weather at the same time as Bear Tooth. Both are now back open, for now.
Thom02099 09/13/19 01:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: State Park Links

The link for Colorado State Parks on the first page doesn't work. The website has changed, along with a name change. H E R E - Colorado State Parks is the updated URL for CPW (Colorado Parks and Wildlife - new name).
Thom02099 09/13/19 01:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: School me in public parks camping...

A lot of good advice given with prior posts. A couple of things to add: ** As mentioned about state parks, check the state park website. You may find that some state parks are reservation only. That has become a trend here in Colorado that a goodly number of state parks require reservations, no walk ins allowed. I frequent the state parks here and noticed the change in the past year or so, from an experiment at some state parks to a requirement at all of the ones that I usually enjoy. All of the ones I go to have electric hookups, common water, and a dump station. ** Twin batteries can usually last a long weekend without the generator. Switching all interior lights to LED bulbs helps in that. I also carry LED lanterns if I don't need to turn on overhead lights. I like to listen to music, the on board stereo/CD player doesn't seem to draw too much electricity. ** As previously mentioned, carrying extra water in jerry cans of some sort can get you through a weekend. I carry a 5 gallon igloo for drinking water and use the on board water for showers/toilet/dish washing. ** The 2 main reservation systems (for SP/USFS/NP) are reserveamerica.com and recreation.gov. There are frequently pictures of campsites at the map level of the websites. Getting to them can be a chore, but can be done. Explore those 2 sites to get a feel for what they offer. ** USFS campgrounds, at least in this area of Colorado and Wyoming, almost never have any sort of amenities. There's the occasional CG that may offer electric at some sites, and even rarer, showers. There may be common water, but rarely are there dump stations. What they do offer is generally spread out campsites, and depending on location, less crowds.
Thom02099 09/12/19 07:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I-70 through Colorado

We're about to head to Oklahoma from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I would like to go I-90 east to I-15 south and then take I-70 east to Denver. I don't like a lot of drama so are the passes pretty easy to navigate? Any other concerns I should be aware of? We are in a 40' Class A diesel pusher towing a car. Thank you all for advice. I-70. Vail Pass over 10600 feet, not an overly difficult climb heading eastbound. Descent also not overly difficult, but it can be a bit deceptive, when you think you're down, there's still more downhill. You'll know you're completely down when you get to Frisco and the drop into Silverthorne. The climb from Silverthorne up to the Johnson/Eisenhower Tunnels is about 8 miles of steady climb, topping out at over 11100 feet, making it one of the highest tunnels in the world, and the longest/highest tunnel in the Interstate Highway system. It's 3 lanes up, so it really doesn't feel that daunting going eastbound. Narrows to 2 lanes going through the tunnel. For the descent, gear down immediately upon exiting the tunnel. I usually go down it in 2nd or 3rd gear. From the tunnels east to Denver, you do not want to do this on a Sunday. Ever. It is a slow crawl all the way to Denver. Floyd Hill, just east of Idaho Springs, is a bear of a climb when traffic is only moving at 20-25mph, in all climb lanes, and that can be frequently. The descent from the Evergreen Parkway to Denver West, is a long 8-9 mile drop with 2 runaway truck ramps if needed. There are signs along the way "Don't be fooled. You still have xx miles to go. keep in lower gear". You'll know you're down when you see the signs for Golden and the intersection with CO 470. Drama on these roads usually comes from other drivers. Going too slow, or too fast. Usually too fast. 80mph is not uncommon. Or towing too much with too little. An alternative? Take I-80 all the way across Wyoming. No passes at all, and if you get a good tail wind out of the west, you'll get decent fuel economy. Highest point on all of I-80 is just east of Laramie at ~9600 feet. Lots of rolling terrain, and high plains.
Thom02099 09/03/19 05:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: Camping in the Midwest

I was just back in the midwest in NE Indiana in July. Plan was to visit Brown County State Park in the southern part of the state, about a 4.5-5 hour drive from where I was. Unfortunately didn't make it due to an accident that affected my trailer, but still somewhere that I'd like to see. The Brown County area has a lot of things to see and do. Notably a goodly number of covered bridges. Also a hilly area with what looks to be some great sightseeing, small towns to visit and shop. I've read about (but never been to) the Hocking Hills area in Ohio, another apparently popular area that's not in Michigan. There's a lot of Amish areas in Indiana and Ohio, so a trip to camp/visit could be something of interest. Not to detract from Michigan, because there's a lot to see and do up there, just that there are other areas as well.
Thom02099 09/01/19 08:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railway - Southern Rockies

As a young boy, my son was very much into trains of all kinds. Huge "Thomas The Tank Engine" fan, had quite the collection of Thomas Toys (still has it all). So one summer we decided to do the train tour of southern Colorado. It was an experience of a lifetime, I still have great memories of that trip. The C&T was a brilliant trip, the views are incredible and the experience well worth the expense. The train crosses the NM/CO line multiple times and the scenery changes are subtle but dramatic. We stayed in Chama, walking to the RR station from our campground and took the bus to Antonito. Many folks had recommended going this direction since it starts out in the high desert and gradually changes as the train heads toward Chama. It did not disappoint. In addition to the C&T, we did the Durango & Silverton, the Georgetown Loop, the Victor & Cripple Creek and the Manitou Incline. A trip full of wonderful memories.
Thom02099 08/31/19 07:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Taking Hwy50 form Montrose to Colorado Springs~

Bill ~~ Rushmore never in this trip plans. Just a while in Colo. then head home. Since you are into routing ?? What is time difference in taking 50 over Monarch to Cañon City As opposed to cutting off South at 114 then catching 285 North back up to 50 and heading on East to Cañon City by passing the Pass?? ~~ Just Curious. Thanks for your thoughts. Not Bill here...but it's an alternative. Some would say it's beautiful, others might say it's rather...boring. There's still a pass -- North Cochetopa (or just North) Pass, at about 10,150 feet. Barely noticeable by Colorado standards, no views/vistas of any sort. Good paved road, but not a lot of open vistas. Given the choice, my preference would be Monarch, for the aerial tram that takes you up on the south side of the pass to a visitor's center where the views are unsurpassed.
Thom02099 08/29/19 06:38am Roads and Routes
RE: Route Advice Estes Park to Great Basin and then Utah

We are planning an August - October trip from Estes Park to see RMNP - then to great Basin National Park in Nevada - and then the Utah national parks. We are kind of leary about driving through the Rocky Mountains on route 34 (Trail Ridge Road). We have a 41 foot 5th wheel. Any advice on this, or suggestions for alternate routes? Thanks! RV's are not prohibited on Trail Ridge Road. As stated, tour buses and modified Jeep Jitney type vehicles are up there frequently. So are the occasional Motor Home/Travel Trailer/5th wheel. But there's a reason why there are not a bunch of them up there. On the east side you climb through forest to about the 2 mile up level, and once you get to Rainbow Curve, you'll be above tree line for about 11 miles. Part of that is a narrow shelf road with no shoulders, no guard rails, and steep drop offs. And on the west side descent there's 5 hairpin curves that are very tight. Yes, buses do it; they are also professional drivers who've done it before. It ain't their first rodeo. If it's your "first rodeo", there are alternatives. Leave Estes Park on CO 7 and head to Allenspark. Just past Allenspark, CO 72 splits off from CO7. These 2 roads are part of the Peak to Peak Highway which is a great drive. CO 7 to Allenspark is a bit rough and narrow, but no drop offs; you're in the forest. Once on CO 72, the road is generally good with shoulders. Yes there are curves and hills but nothing overly challenging. You'll take CO 72 to Nederland where you'll pick up CO 119, still the Peak to Peak Highway. That will take you to Black Hawk/Central City. You can continue on CO 119 down to I-70 (follow the signs) and then just take I-70 westbound to your next destination.
Thom02099 08/27/19 04:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rocky Mountains camping

I used to live in Colorado and went to RMNP once. Too crowded. There are so many great places in the state to wander around in. such as? Been to Durango area before I had RV then to Ridgway SP and Mueller SP with the camper. Always looking for good recommendations. Thanks H E R E is a good starting point for things to do in Colorado. As stated above, a lot depends on your interests. Some folks hate the cities, wouldn't be caught dead in them, but there's a lot to do in the various major cities in Colorado, both along the Front Range as well as the Western Slope and intermountain region. Colorado is not a boring state... :C
Thom02099 08/11/19 09:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New to Travel Trailers. What to look for?

Hey all. I am new here and am wanting to get a TT for my family sometime next year. I would like to hear opinions on what brands to look for regarding reliability, comfort and durability and which ones to stay away from if ya'll wouldn't mind. What do ya'll use and why? I am looking in the 26-30' range with at least 1 slide out. I will be wanting a quad bunk option if I can find it. What say you? Thanks in advance for any tidbits ya'll throw me. Some great responses so far. If you advise what tow vehicle you have, you'll get even more information. If you're open to buying a tow vehicle, get more tow vehicle than you think you'll need. You'll be happier in the long run, especially if you plan to do any sort of travelling in the mountain West.
Thom02099 08/11/19 07:25am Travel Trailers
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