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Hi all,

My cousin is getting married near Winter Park June 13th. I'd like to take the month to travel to places I haven't been in CO. I thought taking the month of June would make sense, but then the wedding is right in the middle of the trip. I'd like to visit the San Juans and other spots west and south. Starting in May seems to early for the mountain. I have a 22' class C. Doing mid-June to Mid July is a possibility.

What do you folks think? I'd be traveling alone with my cat.

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We live in Durango Colorado (Southwest corner) Durango has the narrow gage train that goes fron Durango to Siliverton and is the most beautiful and breath taking trip you will ever have. July is not to early to visit. Great camping too!!!!


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Almost forgot, do not let your cat outside alone, a cat or small dog is food to all the other animals in the MTNs.

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It will depend upon the weather both this winter and next spring. Some years there is little snow left by mid May but most years it is there in large quantity. In addition, snow storms in May are quite common in the high mountains in May. The snow-pack is below normal this year so if there is a warm spring you might do OK, but should the snow increase or the spring be a cool one you may have great difficulty with campgrounds, particularly those in the parks and forests.


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Land Yacht CDR ,

Do you mean July is not to early to visit or May?

Yes I'd be very careful with my cat; she's be on a leash with harness if outside.

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I'm sorry the end of May or begining of June is fine. If your wanting to hike into the mtns you may be a little early but still very nice and green and lots to see. The train is runing all the way up to Silverton and the drive thru the mts is fantastic!

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What I guess I'm trying to avoid is having the wedding right in the middle of my travels. Seems to really interupt the flow. I like to stay somewhere based on how I like it rather than on a set itinerary.

Thanks Land Yacht CDR for the train recommendation; I've heard of it and the ride sounds spectacular.

Diane

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[emoticon] May, if not too cold & this winter has been a little non-normal so it it hard to predict, could be less busy than July. But again there are many neat places in the San Juans which would not be extremely high elevations, such as Mesa Verde and Great Sand Dunes Nat'l Parks, therefore less likely to be extremely cold or snowy.

There is another neat Train Ride which crosses the Colorado/New Mexico border, which to me seems a neater ride than the Silverton trip. IMHO.

Maybe you can find something of interest in this San Juans post.

Or these posts on Colorado:
Twin Lakes Campgrounds - Independance Pass - Aspen & Leadville Colorado **** Above Colorado Springs

Great Sand Dunes

Just in case you get down into "The Land of Enchantment":
Northern New Mexico

Santa Fe Attractions and Camping Suggestions

7 1/2 hrs, 388 miles by going up US 550 to Montrose to Grand Junction & I-70 to Exit 232 & US 40 to Winter Park. I believe they keep US 550 working all winter, should not have trouble in mid-June or even May. We have gone over it in June without a problem, 1986 it was. Ha! Ridgway State Park is on the down side of the Mts on way to Montrose and not far from Ouray which is a neat stop. Colorado Nat'l Monument is really neat, with a campgound which is by Grand Junction. I believe Georgetown has a Train Ride, my daughter & her husband rode it, seemed to have enjoyed it.

We did go up CO 82 (I-70, Exit 116 - Glenwood Springs) to Aspen one summer, just to see how the Billionaires live.
Forest Service Campground near Aspen: Campground
Aspen the town where the Billionaires are buying out the Millionaires. Aspen
Independence Pass
Independence

IMHO, One would not want to "speed" over the route from Durango to Ouray, toooo much to see and would want to stop for a photo op now and again. [emoticon]

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How long would it take me to get from, say, Durango to Winter Park?

Thanks for the links. Ideas are so great. I don't mind cooler weather but have not driven the MH in snow.

Diane

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My maping program, says 7 1/2 hrs, 388 miles by going up US 550 to Montrose to Grand Junction & I-70 to Exit 232 & US 40 to Winter Park. I believe they keep US 550 working all winter, should not have trouble in mid-June or even May. We have gone over it in June without a problem, 1986 it was. Ha! Ridgway State Park is on the down side of the Mts on way to Montrose and not far from Ouray which is a neat stop. Colorado Nat'l Monument is really neat, with a campgound which is by Grand Junction. I believe Georgetown has a Train Ride, my daughter & her husband rode it, seemed to have enjoyed it.

We did go up CO 82 (Exit 116 - Glenwood Springs) to Aspen one summer, just to see how the Billionaires live.
Forest Service Campground near Aspen: Campground
Aspen the town where the Billionaires are buying out the Millionaires. Aspen
Independence Pass
Independence

IMHO, One would not want to "speed" over the route from Durango to Ouray, toooo much to see and would want to stop for a photo op now and again. [emoticon]

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