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RE: Rocky Mountain National Park

The campgrounds inside RMNP are on a 6 month window, so yesterday/11.18.22 was the opening window for 05.18.23. The reservation system is based off the Eastern time zone, so 10amEST/8amMST is the time when the window opens for reservations. As noted above, Moraine Park Campground will be closed all of 2023 and expected to reopen in time for the 2024 season, with significant improvements made to the CG. Glacier Basin is the only other real choice for you for inside the park, and D loop is the only one that has sites for larger RVs. D-144 thru D-150 should be able to accommodate larger rigs. H E R E - Glacier Basin is the campground photo website that gives you a view of the specific sites. I've stayed in D-145/146/148 multiple times with my 28ft trailer and dually tow vehicle. I've seen larger rigs in those sites in the past, a couple of big motor homes were able to get in. I wouldn't look at the other loops at all for a larger RV. For outside the park on the Estes Park side there are: KOA Estes Park - likely too tight to get in to a site there with a larger rig and the sites are close together. Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake - This is run by the Town of Estes Park Recreation and Parks Department and they have FHU, W/E, and no hookup sites available. The FHU sites would likely be able to accommodate you as they are all pull thru sites and I've seen a wide variety of rigs there, with toy haulers and large motor homes. The W/E sites would likely be a bit of a challenge though for larger than 28ft. Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Resort and Spruce Lake RV Resort are owned by the same corporation and are practically across the street from each other. ElK Meadow has sites that will accommodate any size rig with mostly pull thrus and some back in sites. Spruce Lake is all back in sites and is a bit tighter than Elk Meadow. Manor RV Park is next door to Spruce Lake but on a different street, access is a bit tricky getting in and around in the park and the sites are tighter together than Elk Meadow and Spruce Lake, but I've seen larger rigs there so there's that. Forget about Paradise on the River RV Park, as it's usually completely booked from season to season by returnees and is more of a challenge to get in/out. Same for Estes Park Campground at East Portal, it's more for tent campers and popups, with only a few sites the could accommodate trailers up to maybe 22ft. There's also Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park and Larimer County's Hermit Park on US36 out of town. I've not stayed in either of these but have looked at them, of the 2 Jellystone might be doable. Hermit Park is also more for tent campers and smaller rigs. H E R E - RV Parks in Estes Park is the camgrounds.rvlife.com website with reviews on the parks mentioned. I've written several reviews (ThominColorado) there. My go-to park is Glacier Basin simply because it has the best views. For D loop, it's one way counterclockwise, but the rangers will allow you to go in "backwards" for sites such as D-145 which has an awesome view of Longs Peak from a different perspective. I know that it's going to be a lot harder to get reservations in Glacier Basin in 2023 with Moraine Park being closed all season. Check the prices for the various websites noted. It's not cheap. Elk Meadow, for example was $82/night last season with FHU including cable. Mary's Lake is the least expensive but it's going to be in the $45-$57 range depending on site. Spruce Lake will be comparable to Elk Meadow. Also be aware of the timed entry policy for RMNP that will (likely) be in place again in 2023. H E R E - RMNP Timed Entry is info on the timed entry policy. Though it's not in effect for the winter season, it's been in place for the past several summer seasons and I can't see the Park Service NOT using it again in the 2023 season, as it's been quite sucessful in limiting traffic in the park. IF you have a campground reservation INSIDE the park, you don't need a timed entry pass, but you will need to show your campground reservation to several checkpoint sites. ETA: Forgot to mention the WEST side of Rocky. In Grand Lake there's Winding River RV Resort and Elk Creek Campground and RV Resort just outside of town. Both would be doable for larger rigs. Winding River has FHU sites in one area of their park and W/E elsewhere. Layout of the park is sort of odd, but it's a nice place. Both of them escaped damage from the East Troublesome fire of a couple seasons back, but there's a lot of fire damage in and around that area, as well as the west entrance to Rocky. South of Grand Lake there's a goodly number of USFS campgrounds available. H E R E - Arapaho USFS campgrounds is a website for the USFS CG in the area, under "Granby" as the town. Stillwater and Green Ridge in particular could be doable and they are on the water and have spectacular views from the CG. Stillwater has water/electric hookups. ETA: JUST RE-READ YOUR ORIGINAL POST, GLACIER BASIN CLOSES EVERY SEASON RIGHT AFTER LABOR DAY, SO UNLESS YOU CAN BE THERE LATE AUGUST OR LABOR DAY WEEKEND, IT WON'T WORK FOR YOU. LABOR DAY IS SEPT 4, 2023 AND WILL CLOSE THAT WEEK, WON'T BE OPEN AFTER SEPT. 5TH Good Luck with your visit!
Thom02099 11/19/22 09:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Another CO ?

What time of year? If it's for next spring/summer here's suggestions: 1 - CO-91 to I-70, east to CO-9, north to US-40, east to CO-125, north to CO-14, east to US-287 and in to Fort Collins. It's a beautiful drive 2 - OR...CO-91 to I-70, east to Central City Parkway, north to Central City/Black Hawk, CO-119 north to CO-72, north to CO-7, east to CO-66. east to US-287 then north to Fort Collins. Again another beautiful drive. 3 - FTC to Durango, you could back track #2 above and when in Leadville go south on US-24 to US-285 and continue south to US-285 to US-160 then west to Durango. 4 - OR...alternatively US-287 south from Fort Collins to I-76, west to junction with I-70, west to CO-470, south to US-285 and stay on US-285 all the way to where it intersects US-24, then the remainder of #3 above. These routes are what Colorado is all about, but best done when the weather is cooperative. IF you're thinking of any time from now onward, all bets are off, it's still doable but you'll need to keep a close eye on the weather and road conditions and maybe plan on the I's if it gets nasty weatherwise.
Thom02099 11/08/22 07:08am Roads and Routes
RE: Leadville, CO

While it has been awhile, I stayed atSugar Loafin'. As noted on their web page, they don't reopen util May 13th... ^^^ This if you need hookups Sugar Loafin is not far from town and the only other option in the area that is not USFS is Leadville RV Corral, which is not very highly rated. H E R E - For Reviews and H E R E RV Corral For their website. As to the USFS campgrounds, there's several in the Leadville area, the best of which are Baby Doe, Matchless, and Molly Brown. These USFS campgrounds are very seasonal and are at or higher elevation than Leadville. No amenities at all, some narrow roads and generally better suited to tent campers and smaller trailers/motor homes under 25 or so feet.
Thom02099 11/06/22 08:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Montrose, CO to Durango

Any issues with taking 550 with a 36' DP towing a car? I have quite a bit of experience in mountain driving including a 16% grade in BC Canada. Thx Experienced mountain drivers had varied opinions about driving this. "Truckers do it all the time"...because they are truckers, it's their job and they have done it many times. Familiarity with the road is a big factor in driving it safely. It's not just your driving skills that are at play. There's other folks on the road and there will be very inexperienced drivers along with you, the truckers, and other RV'ers. There are 3 passes to cross...Red Mountain, Molas, and Coal Bank. Heading south you will be on the "outside" for a goodly portion of the drive, particularly from Ouray to Silverton. That means drop offs (very significant ones), no guardrails and twists and turns, with hairpins towards the top of Red Mountain Pass. A frequent problem is OTHER DRIVERS that cross over into your lane, something to be very aware of. "It's a very beautiful drive". Yes, it is. But you (and all drivers) should be paying attention to the road and traffic and not the sights. There will be pulloffs where you can enjoy the views along the way, particularly when you get up and over Red Mountain Pass. You will also be on the "inside" lane going down from Molas and over Coal Bank for a goodly part of that drive. If you are experienced, aware, and take your time and drive defensively, you will be fine driving it.
Thom02099 09/18/22 08:56am Roads and Routes
RMNP - Moraine Park Campground Closure 2023

Multiple sources reporting that Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park will be closed for the entire 2023 season, reopening tenatively in June 2024. Infrastructure improvements include water and sewer updating, new electrical and possibly electric at some sites, and relocating some sites out of wetlands. Also, handicap accessible sites are in the plans, since there are currently none in the campground. H E R E and H E R E are a couple of sources. It will be interesting to see what impact the closure might have on the other campgrounds, notably Glacier Basin. Moraine Park has been difficult to get a reservation whereas Glacier Basin has not...at least for the current season. Next season?
Thom02099 08/28/22 09:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Antelope Canyon

Yes, there are other cool things to see and do in the Page area besides Antelope Canyon. There's Glen Canyon Dam just outside of Page. There's the Horseshoe Bend view point southwest of Page. There's a variety of trails around Page. North of Glen Canyon Dam there's the Wahweap area with a marina and campground, where one can rent a houseboat (at least you could pre-pandeminc) or other boats. My step-daughters worked there at the marina one season cleaning houseboats and got to meet a few Hollywood types who came there to get away, so there's that too :C . Further out from Page there's the historic Navajo Bridge over the Colorado at Marble Canyon. There's plenty of other things to do depending on how much time you want to spend there and how far out. Since you're relatively close, there's also the North Rim area of the canyon that's definitely worth it.
Thom02099 08/25/22 07:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado Hwy 50 @ Monarch Pass

If you have the time, highly recommend stopping at the top of the pass for the Monarch Crest Tramway. H E R E is a link to the website for the aerial tram. Definitely worth it, the vistas at the top are what Colorado is all about.
Thom02099 07/23/22 10:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Chicago to Cedar City, UT - route 70 or 80?

Highest point on I-80 is between Cheyenne and Laramie WY, at ~9600 feet and going westbound the climb is barely noticeable, it's that gradual. There's a decline into Laramie for about 7 miles, but it is not difficult at all. This is the highest point on the entire length of I-80. I-70 gives you 3 climbs. The first is a long climb out of Denver up and over Floyd Hill and an impressive decline into Idaho Springs area. The 2nd is the climb from Silver Plume to the Johnson-Eisenhower Tunnels which tops out at over 11,000 feet and then a long downhill into Silverthorne. And then there is the climb up and over Vail Pass which also tops out at over 11,000 feet. These are the highest points on the entire length of I-70. For easiest crossing, I-80 wins. For stunning views and vistas, can't beat I-70.
Thom02099 07/21/22 06:23am Travel Trailers
RE: 2022 campgrounds

We had a 3K mile trip planned for our summer get out of Arizona trip. Cut it about in half due to diesel prices and decided to not go outside Colorado. When we called to cancel our reservations in MT, ID and WY, were told those campgrounds were facing many cancellations. We were able to snag 10 days in Gunnison where you have to almost wait for someone to die to get in. We made reservations in Estes Park at the last minute and got a several week stay. Normally, they are booked months in advance. Manager said they've had lots of cancellations. Numerous vacant sites every night. Very unusual for Estes Park in July. With several decades of summer experience in Estes Park, I can say the crowds here are definitely thinner. Just got back from a weekend at Glacier Basin CG inside RMNP and there were sites available throughout the weekend there. Site right next to us was vacant the entire weekend as were several others. Entering the park on Friday afternooon didn't take much time, line was short for the Beaver Meadows entrance. Sunday was a different matter -- entry traffic backed up for over a mile. Driving past Elk Meadow Resort, although on first glance it appeared full, looking closer there were a goodly number of sites available on Friday going up as well as Sunday coming home. The KOA on the east side of town also didn't seem to be as full as usual.
Thom02099 07/10/22 11:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2022 campgrounds

Here in northern Colorado so far everything has been full, there's been no changes that are noticeable. Went up the Poudre Canyon recently, all of the first come/first served CG were full. And the State Forest State Park Ranger Lakes CG was completely full. Checked to see if some of the other State Park CGs nearby had any openings and there's absolutely nothing. However, with diesel now at $5.50+ here, will be interesting to see if that changes.
Thom02099 07/05/22 08:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Note to Newbies with Children

Don't sit around a morning fire in your underwear while chain smoking cigarettes and guzzling coffee. Straight from Nomadland ;)
Thom02099 07/04/22 09:16am RV Lifestyle
RE: Best route

Good suggestions for you. Something to be aware of, there is a massive construction project going on for I-25 between the Berthoud exit (CO 56/Exit 250) and north of the Loveland exit (US 34/Exit 257) with narrowing lanes, lane shifts and huge periodic backups in both directions. This is all north of Denver. Was just in Denver yesterday, all of the construction projects from downtown north to Berthoud are all completed so no problems there. A suggestion to miss Denver and the construction would be to stay on US 287 up to Limon CO where you can take CO 71 north all the way into Nebraska (stays as 71 except NE 71) where you can get on I-80 and take that west to I-25 in Cheyenne. Very easy drive, CO 71 is a good roadway but no fuel stops between Limon and Brush CO.
Thom02099 07/04/22 09:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Kansas City to Estes Park

An option to consider would be to take I-29 NORTH to St. Joseph and take US 36 all the way across Kansas. It's a good 2 lane road, small towns every 30-40 miles apart for pit stops/fuel/food or just to rest. Flat in the eastern part of the state, more rolling hills as you get further west. A couple of nice state parks in the western portion at Lovewell Lake SP or Prairie Dog SP. Both offer various hookup options if needed. At St Francis KS, there's 2 options. Stay on US 36 to CO 71 and north to Brush, or take KS 27 north to Haigler NE where you can pick up US 34 and take that all the way in to Brush, Fort Morgan, Greeley and Loveland on the way to Estes Park. Personally I prefer the 2nd option to go up to US 34, I've done that several times both directions.
Thom02099 06/30/22 08:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Durango, Silverton & Telluride Area

Well, thanks in advance for any input. We are heading to the area of Durango late July for a few weeks and looking at places and things, a lot. A lot of places to camp. Last time I asked here was a few years ago and someone told be about Four Mile State Park near Niagara Falls, perfect place. So this time, near Durango. will stay for about a week near there and take in the sites, maybe move on to Silverton or Telluride area. Any great ideas of camp spots, roads to avoid will be helpful and greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jeff & Karen That area of Colorado has a lot to offer in the way of campgrounds. However, without reservations you may be hard pressed to find a place to camp. There's state parks in the area but all Colorado State Parks are reservation only; H E R E - CPW is a link to the reservations page. There's Navajo and Ridgway State Parks in that general area, it's possible you might be able to find a cancellation that could work for you. USFS campgrounds are available at recreation.gov. Again you might be able to find a cancellation that could work for you, but they are all very popular and get reserved usually 6 months ago when the window opened for reservations. And campgroundreviews.com can point you toward some of the commercial campgrounds in the areas you're interested in, may be able to find something in one of the private campgrounds in the area.
Thom02099 06/30/22 07:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Credit Cards For Fuel Discounts

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Thom02099 06/26/22 08:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Empty parks with no open sites.

Regarding Colorado specifically, here's a different example. CO State Parks are all reservation only. There no longer is walk up/first come first served sites. A favourite place of mine is the State Forest State Park, with 3 different campgrounds available. Most of the time, all 3 of them are full, there's rarely any empty sites. That said, there's "overflow" camping at the Moose Vistor's Center in Gould. Folks that are waiting to see if something opens up in one of the 3 campgrounds. Problem is, since it's reservation only, you have to either go on line or call the reservation number. But there's no cell phone service there. Closest place for cell phone service is in Walden, 26 miles away. I don't know first hand if the Visitor's Center staff will allow folks to use a landline phone there at the center to call for a reservation. There is no cell service there. There is one entry station for 2 of the campgrounds that is staffed, but with limited hours. The 3rd campground has an entry station but for the past 3 years it has not been staffed at all. The staffed entry station will tell folks that they have to make a reservation either on line or by phone call. So there's a Catch-22 here. I heard that conversation with someone ahead of me during a check in at one of the campgrounds. A possible solution to this would be to go back to allowing some walk ins, after the passage of the check in time for the next day. Not perfect, but a solution. My experience, however, at least with the Colorado State Parks is that there are rarely no show or empty sites. That cannot be said for Rocky Mountain National Park campgrounds and USFS campgrounds. I frequently see empty sites at both, particularly USFS where they still use the cards attached to a post at the campsite. Lots of reservations and no shows with some popular USFS campgrounds. One solution there is that all sites are first come/first served. No reservations at all. This is true for several campgrounds in the Poudre Canyon, as well as campgrounds in Wyoming between Centennial and Saratoga. To my knowledge, in that area, there's only one that allows reservations, all the others are first come.
Thom02099 06/23/22 09:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yellowstone closed

H E R E - Yellowstone Reopening is more information about Yellowstone reopening on 06/22/22. Scroll down to the FAQ section on information about the ALPS license plate entry system. Note that if you are staying in the park, you are under the exceptions, but will need to provide proof of reservation.
Thom02099 06/19/22 08:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: One Day Entry Fee Increase - RMNP

In addition to the fee increase and the continuation of timed entry, the shuttles are also coming back. Will also be starting the weekend of May 27th and run into October. Free shuttles, easy to get to Bear Lake area from a variety of starting points. Read the press release in the Estes Park News this week. Even the Hiker Shuttle is subject to the timed entry fee. Correct. This was released after my original post. Also, it looks like the shuttle will be running direct from the EP Visitor's Center to Bear Lake as an express, with no stops at the campgrounds or other hiking trailheads. I'll need to check further on this as I was counting on the shuttles from Glacier Basin to Bear Lake area.
Thom02099 05/08/22 06:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: One Day Entry Fee Increase - RMNP

In addition to the fee increase and the continuation of timed entry, the shuttles are also coming back. Will also be starting the weekend of May 27th and run into October. Free shuttles, easy to get to Bear Lake area from a variety of starting points.
Thom02099 05/03/22 07:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
One Day Entry Fee Increase - RMNP

For 2022, just before Memorial Day Weekend on May 27, the one day entry fee for Rocky Mountain National Park goes from $25 to $30. The 7 day entry fee and the annual fee don't increase. In 2023 the camping fee will also increase, from $30 to $35 for the summer season. Timed entry reservations are in place again this season. S O U R C E - 9News Denver
Thom02099 04/27/22 08:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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