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profdant139

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Posted: 06/07/09 08:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We were getting ready to head off for three weeks or so in Yellowstone and Tetons, when DW suddenly realized that there were lots of mosquitoes in late June/early July -- so we are re-thinking. (I don't much care where we go, but I am easily led.) She is wishing for high, cool, not too buggy, not too snowy, great scenery, trees and streams. We don't need hookups or entertainment -- we do a lot of boondocking in national forests.

So that is my question -- what would you recommend? We have never camped in Colorado or New Mexico or Idaho -- we have spent a lot of time in the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades.

Your collective wisdom will be appreciated!!


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IMO look for a place with lots of caves, so there will be lots of bats. For example near Mamouth Cave we saw ZERO bugs, and if they are around my wife will see them.


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Posted: 06/07/09 08:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Spring weather brings out the bugs - anyone in the Midwest can tell you that. If Yellowstone has mosquitos, so will Colorado or anything else nice & cool up in the mountains. Take along a good bug repellent and enjoy the scenery!

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SW CO is high and cool, closer to CA than NM or ID, but you may have some mosquitos in the evening. If you like dry camp, try SilverJack Reservoir, 15 miles up Big Cimmaron Road off Hwy 50 (around 8,500' elevation). It is a dirt road but decently maintained. Its an hour drive from Montrose, CO. The Lake City, CO area is nice too. If you are willing to drive further, NE NM has nice places as does central and northern ID. High and cool fits the Stanley, ID area (Sawtooth Mountains) - it can get very cold there even in summer. The Wallowa Mountains of NE, OR are beautiful - look like the Tetons or Glacier NP. You have lots of options. No one can guarantee no mosquitos in July anywhere.

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Posted: 06/07/09 08:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mosquitos up here kind of like bodies of water, a precious resource on some parts. (Other bugs just don't seem to like cool, high country anyway.) Go as high up as you can stand, but steer clear of standing water.

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Most of the high country out here is going to have mosquitos during some part of the day, depends on the amount of water, cattle in the area, altitude, and the wind. It does vary and usually as it gets dark, and colder, they disappear. Interestingly, it is spotty some place can be unbearable and five miles away, no problem. Lots of boondocking opportunities in Idaho, mountains, high desert, desert, along rivers and streams, lava beds, you name it and it is available

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Another beautiful area of central Idaho, besides the aforementioned and always stunning Stanley, is the Long Valley area around McCall and Cascade. Both of these towns are situated next to lakes (McCall on Payette Lake, and Cascade on Cascade Reservoir) with plenty of nearby recreational opportunities like boating, fishing, hiking, and shopping (for the DW). The temperatures are always about 20 degrees cooler than down here in the Boise area, with very comfortable days and a slight chill in the night air. Absolutely beautiful area just 2 hours north of Boise on Hwy 55.


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Then you should go to Ruidoso NM, Taos NM, and leave the bug spray and a/c at home. Might take a small elec heater for the nights and be real comfy. It just dont get better than there during the heated summers.


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Hi 139,
We love the Durango, Co. area. Spent a week there 2 yrs ago and plan on going
back real soon. Railroad ride from Durango to Silverton a must if you like mountains and streams. Plenty of Kodak moments.
If you have toad drive up to Ouray. Also, check out Mesa Verda N.P. Very
interesting place.

Have fun wherever you go -- happy trails.
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We have been to Yellowstone twice, once around the 4th of July...I do not remember mosquitos being a problem. But maybe they could be.
There are lots and lots of places in New Mexico and I believe we are closer to California than Colorado or at least about the same. Depending on how you go, were you start from and where you go. I see you are starting in Southern Califonia, much closer to New Mexico than Colorado, might have to cross some of NM to get there as shortest route. [emoticon] The Gila would be the closest totally NM area I believe to you with the Apache being the closest with most of it in AZ. Apache / Sitgreaves

There are some nice places in the Gila Nat'l Forest by Silver City, NM
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Other New Mexico Nat'l Forests
Carson
Santa Fe
Cibola

Most have some very high country if not all & most will not be bothered with to many bugs.

As for Train Rides, they have a very nice one in Chama, NM
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We were in the Lincoln in May by Cloudcroft,NM at about 9,000'.
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* This post was edited 06/08/09 12:37am by DesertHawk *


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