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RE: Glacier national park campgrounds

We had a particularly good experience at Mountain Meadow in Hungry Horse on the west side of Glacier National Park. So good in fact that we would definitely go back there on any visit to Glacier. We liked the layout of the campsites and the fact that we could hike a bit up the hill from the campground.
padredw 08/03/20 05:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Just be aware that I25 from Castle Rock to Monument is still in major reconstruction. Narrow lanes and lots of lane movement. But is there any reasonable alternative when towing a 34' fifth-wheel? I can't seem to find one on the map.
padredw 08/03/20 01:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Thanks, Thom. As always, your knowledge of the roads and routes of this area provides the guidance I was seeking. I have saved these notes for my trip planning. Now. . . let's just hope this trip holds together. I have had reservations for Glacier Basin for months. I have received alerts and warnings but, so far, no cancellation. I will try to be prepared for either outcome: the trip as I am planning or no trip at all this year. We have visited Rocky Mountains National Park many times but have always stayed in Estes Park, either in an RV Park or in a small cabin. This will be our first time to stay IN the park, so it is a "big deal" for us. Thanks, again, for the very help I was looking for.
padredw 08/03/20 05:42am Roads and Routes
Rocky Mountain National Park to Cheyenne Mountain State Park

We will be leaving mid-day on a week day to move from Glacier Basin Campground in RMNP to Cheyenne Mountain SP. I am familiar with the Peak to Peak Highway down to I-70 and to Loveland to pick up I-25 S. I am less familiar with US 36 through Boulder. I am just wondering if someone with more local experience might give me some suggestions about the best route. Maybe I am just lucky, but I have never had any difficulty driving right through Denver on I-25. I am not so sure about Boulder. Thanks for any comments or suggestions.
padredw 08/02/20 09:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Winnemucca to Klamath Falls on 140

We made that very route a few years ago, towing a 34' fifth-wheel. I remember it as an interesting route and we encountered no problems whatsoever. Just know that it has some long, lonely stretches so be prepared with fuel. I would not hesitate to take that path again.
padredw 07/30/20 05:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Portable Gas Heaters

Thanks to both responders. Yes, we do have 200 watts of solar (portable and movable) and 200 Ahs in 2 lithium batteries, so maybe we have nothing to worry about. Thanks for responding.
padredw 07/29/20 04:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Portable Gas Heaters

We have a trip planned for early September, 2020, inside the Rocky Mountain National Park which is at an altitude of over 8000 feet. I have been considering a portable propane heater to supplement the furnace (to save battery) but note that there are alerts about them not working above certain altitudes. For example the Mr. Buddy or Big Buddy. Do any of you have experience using such heaters at high altitudes? I will appreciate your comments. I know we will need heat and wish to conserve the batteries as much as possible
padredw 07/29/20 03:36pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Leadville to Estes Park CO

You can trust in Thom. He has helped me out with some details of route before and he knows the area as well as anyone. This note is just to say that this is my preferred route from Buena Vista to Estes Park. We have made it several times, and I am a "flatlander" from East Texas where our local mountain is 356 feet above sea level. Not only that I am an old timer getting dangerously close to 90 years of age. This route is know as the "Peak to Peak Highway" and we will be taking it again in September if we don't get cancelled by Rocky Mountain National Park. We have been "warned" but not cancelled yet.
padredw 07/28/20 09:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: front jacks

Here is a YouTube on this very question: HitchHiker Front Jack Lube I did it much simpler. I just used "foam pipe insulating material"--cut it lengthwise and put some lube grease inside and pushed it up into the landing leg screw. Hope this makes sense!
padredw 07/26/20 09:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Raton Pass, New Mexico

Lots of misinformation here. We stayed in Raton Pass Campground and Cafe on July 6, 2020. We were met by campground hosts and taken to our campsite. Otherwise there was no difference than it has been in previous years. We have stayed there many times over the years. This was only an overnight for us and we moved on up to Colorado Springs as we had planned.
padredw 07/14/20 03:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Mexico travel restrictions

If passing through, pass on. If returning home or coming for a visit, your first 2 weeks will be less than social. This is my experience. We arrived today at Raton Pass Campground in New Mexico. We have had reservations here for many weeks. We were met on arrival as we had been advised and escorted to our campsite. No problems, no questions. We will move on to Colorado Springs tomorrow
padredw 07/06/20 05:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Monarch or Cottonwood

Which would be the easiest towing a36’ fifth wheel. Monarch pass or Cottonwood pass? The clear answer is: Monarch would definitely be easier for any RV. I would not hesitate to tow my 35' fifth-wheel over Cottonwood Pass, but Monarch is on US 50, has only a few switch-backs near the summit, has wide lanes and many passing lanes. Monarch is a major pass, but not a difficult pass. I consider it routine. And, BTW, I love Taylor Park and the Taylor drainage. I even loved the old unpaved road down from Cottonwood Pass. We have stayed on Spring Creek many times over the years. And edit to say, We will be coming through Wichita Falls on Saturday, July 4, on our way to Colorado. That is a well beaten path for us.
padredw 06/29/20 06:16am Roads and Routes
RE: free or low cost overnight near Spokane?

I don't know about the cost but we enjoyed staying at Riverside State Park right on the Spokane River a few years ago.
padredw 06/26/20 12:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How do you folks plan travel for long distances?

From Dallas to Amarillo is 365 miles. Many good campgrounds in Amarillo, plus the state park at Palo Duro Canyon. From Amarillo to Raton Pass is 219 miles. I have just made a reservation at "Raton Pass Campground and Cafe" because we always enjoy staying there. From Raton Pass to Cheyenne, WY is 312 miles. Many campgrounds between Loveland, CO and Cheyenne. From Cheyenne to Lander, WY is 272 miles. A couple of nice campgrounds in Lander. We have stayed in Sleeping Bear. From Lander to Yellowstone is 215 miles. Of course, this is only an example but I have just been planning two trips to Colorado and New Mexico and have been able to find campsites along the way. Let me know if I can help in a specific area.
padredw 06/19/20 12:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Road Conditions Utah rt 44

I'm not sure either where Elk Meadows is, but from Manila to Flaming Gorge on 44 is a good road and I have towed our 34' fifth-wheel along that route. We especially enjoyed staying at the Manila KOA and driving along 44, including a loop on Sheep Canyon, and stopping at all the roadside views. It is a beautiful area.
padredw 05/29/20 01:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Buena Vista Co. then to Wy.

We will do some hiking and just enjoy the area. We stay flexible on activities so we can see what the area offers and what looks interesting to us. You probably know that Buena Vista is a center for rafting on the Arkansas River. Lots of choices of outfitters and the level of "adventure" you want. From BV you can make a day of driving over to Aspen. After all you can't take your motorhome over Independence Pass anyway, but you can take your toad and enjoy the drive and the day. Among the many good drives I will mention only a few. You can drive over Cottonwood Pass into the Taylor River country and on over to Crested Butte. I understand the road is paved all the way now. For many years it was paved UP from BV to the pass but was gravel all the way down to Taylor Reservoir. Another drive is from Nathrop, south of BV and up Chalk Creek to the "ghost town" of St. Elmo. North of town, just before the turn off to Aspen there is a nice drive past Twin Lakes to other ghost towns such as Vicksburg (and I forget the other names). Trails all over the place. I have taken the trailhead for the climb up Mt. Yale--not the peak itself but the trail called "Denny Creek." You may have the vigor to make the peak climb. I was too old by the time I made the Denny Creek Trail. This is off the Cottonwood Pass road. Denny Creek is on the right (north) side of the road. There is another trail which I have taken which follows Ptarmigan Creek on the south side of that same road. Both of these are day hikes, but for those who desire more there are plenty of trails that could be used for back packing. I think you are going to have a great trip, and you have the right idea about gearing down on the descent from passes, so I don'think you will have any trouble. I will be up that way in July with our fifth-wheel. I am not quite as much into "adventure" at my age of 87 but we are going to be trying some boondocking on the river out near Johnson Village and the KOA.
padredw 05/21/20 10:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Buena Vista Co. then to Wy.

What is a good road to follow to end up on I-80 some where between say Rawlins and Green River? Google shows U.S. 24 to I-70 to RT. 131 Any way out of Buena Vista to the north will require climbing a pass. I've been over US 24 many times from Leadville over to I-70. The alternative is over Fremont Pass on CO 91 to I-70 Copper Mountain. I don't have an exact measure of this choice, but I don't think Fremont Pass would be any easier--maybe more difficult. (Though I would not hesitate to go over either, but I have a lot of experience with Colorado Passes.) You could stay on I-70 to Rifle and take CO 13 to Meeker. We enjoy staying in Rifle Gap State Park. At Meeker you could take CO 24 to Dinosaur then US 40 on to Vernal, UT. Dinosaur National Monument is worth a stop and I especially recommend spending some time at Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area. Well, that's enough for now. I think you will have a wonderful trip. Buena Vista has been a favorite of ours for years, the other stops I've mentioned have been more recent discoveries.
padredw 05/19/20 10:51am Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Buena Vista Co. then to Wy.

Any opinions on a park to stay at would be a help. We have stayed in several of the RV parks in Buena Vista over the years. Our preference is either Arrowhead Point, north of town; or the KOA south of town. We prefer either of these over parks right in the town of Buena Vista. But, you have lots of choices.
padredw 05/19/20 10:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Route into Buena Vista Co. then to Wy.

U.S. 50 and U.S. 285. I am wondering how that road is and what I can expect for climbs.Would it be better (Easier) to go to Pueblo and take U.S. 50 in to B.V. I imagine there will be some climbing either way but I would prefer the easiest route. This is the route we normally take from Walsenburg to US 50. It is a state highway and has only one gradual climb between Gardner and Westcliffe. It is narrow and winding at times, but I always take this route pulling a 34' fifth-wheel. Some avoid this route because of the charistics of the road, not because of steep climbs or descents. In fact, we take CO road 1A directly into Cotapaxi rather than going on to Texas Creek, but I would not advise that for anyone not familiar with that steep descent into Cotapaxi. If you do go on to Pueblo and take US 50 to Salida, you will go through more of the very winding canyon along the Arkansas River. It is a beautiful drive, but very slow going. You will have some of that from Texas Creek on into Salida. Just take it easy and enjoy the scenery.
padredw 05/19/20 10:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Arkansas State Parks to open...

Some weeks ago ALL COE parks were closed and I have not heard of them being opened. I agree, they are a great choice.
padredw 05/01/20 04:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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