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RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

There was a beautiful waterfall just besides the road (can't remember name or where sorry!), it lit up at night as well. Seven Falls in Colorado Springs.
fanrgs 08/23/20 10:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route advice.

There are no passes to cross and no steep grades if you go US 285 to Salida, then US 50 to I-25 at Pueblo. It's all downhill because it follows the Arkansas River out of the mountains. And it's also a pretty drive through the canyon.
fanrgs 08/21/20 12:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: campground recommendation

We have also stayed at Firefighters campgound at the top of the Uintas. Nice, tree-shaded cg, but no hookups and they charge extra to dump because it is run by a Forest Service contractor. Cabela's in Sidney is a great place to stay and a day's drive east of there on I-80 is the Cabella's on the west side of Omaha. It is visible from I-80 and in an area with plenty of gas stations and restaurants.
fanrgs 08/21/20 12:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hwy 84 in New Mexico from I-40 to I-25

Not a problem. We drove it last fall with our fifth wheel. As you get nearer Las Vegas, it is actually fairly scenic.
fanrgs 08/20/20 05:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

I loved driving US 14A, but I have a Ram diesel truck with an exhaust brake. People with gas engines tend to like it less! It is steep for much longer uphill and downhill grades than US 550 between Ouray and Silverton, which I have driven more times than I can remember in the past 50+ years. But 14A also has wider lanes, guard rails, and even some shoulders. And we also enjoy the Beartooth Highway (US 212) between Red Lodge and Cooke City (but only without the trailer!) and the Chief Joseph Highway between Cody and Cooke City.
fanrgs 08/20/20 05:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne Mountain State Park

I live in a SW Denver suburb and, if at all possible, even I avoid I-25 when towing my fifth wheel. And the construction at Larkspur makes it doubly-avoidable. If I were coming from Estes Park, I would follow Thom's suggestion, but only to US 287 in Longmont. Turn onto 287 and follow it south all the way to I-70, then go west to C-470. Follow 470 all the way around the west side of the Denver area to Santa Fe Drive (US 85). At Sedalia, take CO 67/105 to Palmer Lake and Monument. Both state highways are good roads and much less busy or stressful when towing, although winding and a bit slow in spots. BUT (that's a big "but"), don't drive any of the recommended routes during morning or evening rush hour in the Denver or Colorado Springs areas! You will not enjoy the experience and could even ruin your whole Colorado "adventure." BTW, Cheyenne Mountain is our favorite place to stay in the Springs.
fanrgs 08/04/20 12:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Montrose or Glenwood Springs area

We just visited River Run at Granby last week. Brand new; lots of noisy construction still going on; absolutely no shade (and I know Granby gets warm because I spent 3 months there on a job); some paved, some gravel, pull-thru and back-in sites; rental Airstreams; a tiny home village; and right at the noisy intersection of US 40 and US 34. With the prices they are charging ($90+/night), I wouldn't stay there if they gave me a 50% discount. I would much rather stay at the USFS Stillwater campground on Lake Granby because River Run is still a significant drive to Lake Granby, Grand Lake, or Rocky Mountain NP! Now that rant is out of the way, I'll add a few positive comments. Having lived in Colorado 57 years and my wife and I having worked all over the state, we have a few favorite areas that we keep going back to with the fifth wheel. One of them is Ridgway State Park, as mentioned by others. But, yes, it does have a 14-day limit. However, we mainly stay there in the fall color season to photograph Mt. Sneffles and Telluride. In that general area of the San Juans, we also enjoy Ouray, Dolores, and Durango, where one of our sons went to college. We have stayed in a Glenwood Springs RV park for a club event, but would not stay there long term--too much train, as well as I-70, noise. We prefer to go south to the Gunnison-Crested Butte area--higher, usually cooler, and better fishing. The Gunnison River, Taylor River, and Blue Mesa Reservoir have some of the best trout fishing in Colorado. From there, you can easily visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP and Lake City; take a boat trip through the Black Canyon on Morrow Point Reservoir; go whitewater rafting; rent an OHV and drive it over Cumberland, Pearl, or Schofield Pass; take a picnic lunch to ghost towns like Ruby, Irwin, Tincup, or Powderhorn; "track" abandoned narrow-gauge railroads to the Alpine Tunnel, over Marshall Pass, or up Ohio Creek; and visit the CPW's Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery. However, not being a golfer, I have no idea how the golf courses are there. We love the scenery in the Lake City area in fall, too, but not long term. It is no longer a Colorado town. Hinsdale County is "Little Texas" where nearly every shop, cafe, motel, RV park, and OHV-snowmobile rental/sales dealer is owned and operated by Texans. That may not be a disadvantage to you, but I know of no golf courses there either. You might want to add the Steamboat Springs area to your "research list" too. It has enough elevation to stay cool, enough population to support medical facilities, and a ski area to provide upscale amenities (restaurants, golf, hot springs pools and spas, gondola and hot air balloon rides, summer festivals, etc.). It also has whitewater rafting; hiking to scenic waterfalls; boat, canoe, and kayak rentals; and good fishing at Steamboat, Stagecoach, and Pearl Lake and Yampa River state parks.
fanrgs 08/04/20 11:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big Horn Mountains (Sheridan/Buffalo WY)

No, I would not recommend it for most RVs as it's 10% grade and hairpin curves. But if you get a chance to drive it in a toad or TV, it's worth the trip. We went down 14A with our trailer and I barely touched the brake pedal. That is what low gears and an automatic diesel exhaust brake were designed for.
fanrgs 08/03/20 10:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Colorado Fall Colors

Kebler Pass west of Crested Butte, Marshall Pass from Poncha Springs to Sargents (both gravel roads for TVs or toads only), Lake San Cristobal at Lake City, and CO 62 from Ridgway to Dallas Divide are our favorites. But, after the fall color we had in 2016, our new favorite for "late fall" color (1st weekend in October) is CO 17 over La Manga and Cumbres Passes between Antonito and Chama. If NM is still shut down by then, you can camp on top of Cumbres Pass (still in Colorado) at the USFS Trujillo Meadows campground. Or lose a little elevation by backtracking to one of my favorite USFS campgrounds in Colorado--Magote (NOT private Mogote Meadows!)--on CO 17, 16 miles west of Antonito. It has several miles of fly fishing access to the Conejos River.
fanrgs 07/31/20 03:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big Horn Mountains (Sheridan/Buffalo WY)

Yes, we have a favorite--USFS Sibley Lake campground on US 14. Electric hookups and water, but no dump. Nice, long, well-spaced, back-in spaces under the pines, very clean pit toilets, nice lake with good trout fishing, hiking/snowmobile trails, cool nights. What more could you want? You can see a couple of my photos of our campsite on campgroundreviews.com.
fanrgs 07/31/20 03:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Raton Pass, New Mexico

If I were coming to Colorado from north Texas, I would get off I-40 onto US 287 in Amarillo. It's a good road, no steep grades and no problems for RVs of any size. Most of the Texas segment is even four-lane. I know it well because I have been driving it for 57 years. Take US 287 to Lamar and then US 50 to the Lake Hasty campground at John Martin Lake State Park. You will have electricity, easily accessible water hydrants, a easy-in, two-lane, paved RV dump, flush toilets and showers, laundry, shade from huge trees, and pull-thru and back-in campsites, including some backing up to the small lake. Then just continue on to Pueblo on US 50 and Colorado Springs on I-25. You might even want to stop at Bent's Fort National Historic Site when you go through La Junta.
fanrgs 07/31/20 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CO: Leadville to I70 via Hiighway 24

For ideas on campsites and not-to-miss attractions along US 24 between Colorado Springs and Minturn, see my Colorado Rockies camping blog HERE.
fanrgs 07/31/20 02:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Driving to Durango CO from Moab with a Fifth Wheel

Even Interstate 70 in Colorado has numerous 6% grades. Eg., both sides of Vail Pass, west approach to the Eisenhower Tunnel, Silver Plume to Georgetown, Mt. Vernon Canyon and Floyd Hill west of Golden, etc. That's why most of them have runaway truck ramps and flashing signs telling you to use low gear.
fanrgs 07/02/20 11:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Monarch or Cottonwood

We just went over Cottonwood and Monarch passes last Thursday. We just did a day trip to drive the newly paved Cottonwood Pass road. They have done a great job of widening the curves compared to the old gravel road. I wouldn't hesitate to take our fifth wheel over it now. My wife said that she would use it for business trips to Crested Butte instead of Monarch, if she were still working (love that retirement!). If you need suggestions on routes, campgrounds, or sights in that area, see the US 285 and US 50 posts on my blog HERE.
fanrgs 07/02/20 11:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trip to granby

Do you want to see mountain scenery or city traffic? I-25 is east of the mountains, not in them. So, I agree that US 24 to Colorado 9 is more scenic, although South Park can get rather boring. For some ideas on camping and not-to-miss sights along US 24 and US 40, see my blog HERE.
fanrgs 07/02/20 11:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Denali NP-probable shutdown 2020 season-Updated 2/19/20

Guess I have been luckier than most as I have seen Denali in clear, sunny skies every time I have been there since 1972. Have also had a grizzly walk directly under my bus window on the Denali bus tour (I still have the photo taken from above). And we once had to stay on the bus at the Eielson Visitors Center because a mother grizzly and her cub were walking through the breezeway of the building. After we were allowed off the bus, we watched the two bears amble down the trail to the river for nearly 10 minutes. We also have photos of a male caribou taken from ~150', several close photos of other caribou and a bull moose, and more distant photos of Dall sheep, all taken on Denali bus trips. However, our best bear photos were of a mother grizzly and her FOUR yearling cubs in Valdez. Every evening, she led the cubs along the road to the Alaska Pipeline terminal to get to the fish hatchery. There they gorged themselves on the salmon returning to their birthplace to spawn.
fanrgs 12/31/19 10:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Oklahoma City to Palm Springs Ca. In February best route???

We are in Phoenix right now. We got here yesterday from Denver via I-10, not I-40, because temperatures along I-40 were in the teens at night compared to the 30s along I-10. When you are stopping along your route for several nights, that is a major difference unless you have much better RV insulation than we have. And when we had rain on our route, Flagstaff had snow (the elevation of Flagstaff is 7,000'). So I would definitely follow the I-20/I-10 route recommended by the others.
fanrgs 12/31/19 10:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: Campgrounds near Socorro NM

If you are looking for parks near Bosque del Apache NWR, there are two. We have stayed at Bosque Birdwatchers and the other--Chupadero Mountain View--is just north of it on NM Highway 1. Birdwatchers is much larger, but Bill is very difficult to contact by phone. So just go there without reservations, pull into an empty FHU space, and set up. Bill will come and collect the $25/per night from you. The nearest campground to Socorro at Elephant Butte State Park is the South Monticello cg. It has very long, 30/50A electric sites, water, a dump, and a new solar restroom-shower building, for $14/night, including the daily park pass. However, it is ~50 miles from BdA and 65 miles from Socorro.
fanrgs 12/31/19 09:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wichita to Albuquerque suggestions

It all depends on the time of year, the weather, the amount of time you have for the trip, your interests, and what you want to experience on your trip. We just traveled US 54 from Guymon to Tucumcari two weeks ago. Very little to see or experience until Tucumcari. Having taken multiple routes from Wichita, I personally would drive U.S. 50 to La Junta, Colorado, U.S. 350 to Trinidad, and I-25 to Albuquerque. Why would I take this route? Because I am a Western history buff and there is so much of historical interest on that route--the Santa Fe Trail, Dodge City, Bent's Fort NHS, Raton Pass, Ft. Union NHS, Glorietta Pass Civil War Battlefield, Pecos National Monument, and Santa Fe, with many of the oldest buildings in the U.S. And I would even take time for lesser known historical sites like Amache, a WWII Japanese internment camp near Granada, CO, and Boggsville, where Kit Carson died, near Las Animas. But, if I were leading one of my car clubs on a tour, I would head south from Wichita on I-35 to Oklahoma City, then follow the remains of U.S. 66 all the way to Albuquerque. I would stop at the many iconic motels, gas stations, and restaurants along the "Mother Road" for photos of 1950's kitsch. And I would not miss the Route 66 museums in Clinton and Elk City, OK. So, your route really depends on your primary objectives for taking the trip!
fanrgs 11/17/19 10:29pm Roads and Routes
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