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Old 08-16-2016, 02:42 PM   #1
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Just returned from about a week in Colorado. Toured Durango, Silverton, and Ouray. Rode the steam train, and stayed in a few nice campgrounds. The two we reserved were Alpen Rose in Durango and the Ouray RV Park and Cabins in Ouray. Both were excellent places to camp, especially for Jeep enthusiasts like us. I would recommend them to anyone here. A few pictures of the adventure:





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I really like the picture with the Seneca in it--from one owner to another. ha ha!
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Old 08-16-2016, 02:52 PM   #3
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I really like the picture with the Seneca in it--from one owner to another. ha ha!
I hear ya. Taken by some friends from their rig right behind us on the way to Ouray. Wish it was in hi-res.
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Love that part of the country! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-16-2016, 09:18 PM   #5
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You are brave to drive on the Million Dollar highway! We were in Silverton this summer - it's beautiful but I wouldn't do that drive to Ouray pulling the trailer!
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You are brave to drive on the Million Dollar highway! We were in Silverton this summer - it's beautiful but I wouldn't do that drive to Ouray pulling the trailer!
It actually was easier than we thought it would be. My buddy did it easily with his 40 foot Tuscan Class A and a toad. He was more nervous than I was. I just took it easy and thoroughly enjoyed the drive. A few tight turns as you approach Ouray. But if you keep it slow, it's not bad at all. A few semis on that road ahead and behind us, and one of them actually had tandem trailers.
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Your photos brought back many good memories of that area--my favorite part of Colorado. The CO State Park at Ridgeway, just north of there is also a great spot to camp.
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Thanks for the awesome pictures. I just added a few new camping spots to my wish list for spring.

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The CO State Park at Ridgeway, just north of there is also a great spot to camp.
We have plans to head there next summer - thanks for the recommendation!
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Thanks for the awesome pictures. I just added a few new camping spots to my wish list for spring.

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If you do go, I would avoid attempting the Black Bear Pass trail with the F150, even with 4wd. It is likely still closed in spring, as are most of the high passes. But there are plenty of nice off-highway drives that don't go that high. but the pickup trucks have too long of a wheelbase for many of the high roads. Switchbacks are brutal, and a short wheelbase 4wd is necessary. You can rent a Jeep in town from several operators, many of which are "you drive it". Keep in mind some of them ban you from Black Bear and/or some of the Alpine Loop trails.

Most of the high passes are open by July 30 or so. I have heard that they may close them early this year. There was a significant snow up there last weekend. If it sticks, or if there is another storm close behind, they may just choose to close them down early.
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