Why Colorado is such a great RV destination

If you like driving your RV, drive it in Colorado.

Look at the photos.

Around every corner is another great, sweeping vista.

col3Today, we drove about 80 miles from Mesa Verde National park in the far southwest corner up Highway 145 to the Matterhorn Campground in the San Juan Mountains a dozen or so miles south of Telluride.

From the semi-arid canyon country to alpine forests, the drive couldn’t be prettier. Even towing that new AmerLite Travel Trailer I bought from American RV in Grand Rapids, MI before setting out on this family vacation, my Roadtrek eTrek barely strained at it pulled us up to about 9.500 feet.

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Mike and Jeff on the Prater Ridge Trail

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The view from Prater Ridge

Before leaving Mesa Verde, son Jeff and I hiked the Prater Ridge Trail that climbs high above our Morefield Campground campsite following the the rim of Prater Ridge, which separates Morefield Canyon and Prater Canyon and offers commanding views of the Montezuma Valley. We got high up on the trail when a fast moving mountain thunderstorm with lightning sent us scrambling back down.

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Quarter moon at Mesa Verde National Park

The storm stayed up top of the ridge and last night, a spectacular quarter moon peeked down at us. Our granddaughters gathered up every kid in the campground and we had the S’More party of all S’More parties last night. It’s amazing how fast kids become friends on a camping strip and how a campground becomes a neighborhood each night, with folks strolling around, looking at the other rigs, talking about the day and the next adventures, sharing tips and enjoying each other’s company as if we were lifelong friends.

Then morning comes and the neighborhood vanishes as the RVs pull off to all points on the compass.

Today, we made the drive to Telluride, where we’ll spend one night before heading up to Gunnison and the Black Canyon on Monday.

The Matterhorn campground we chose for the night is on a small loop off Highway 145. There are 28 campsites with four of them offering RV hookups of water, electricity and septic. We let Jeff and Aimee in the trailer and Wendy and Dan in a borrowed Roadtrek SS Ideal use the full hookups. Jen and I are dry camping in a great spot nestled into the woods on the slope of a mountain just across from them. Our eTrek with its solar power and diesel generator lets use every appliance just like we were plugged in.

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That’s snow up on top of those mountains near Telluride

There is no Internet in the Matterhorn Campground so I’m now parked in the Roadtrek with two of the dogs while everyone else in the family took a gondola from the Mountain Village resort development to check out Telluride. There’s a great 4G signal here so I wrote this week’s newsletter, uploaded some photos and fired off this quick post.

I’m thinking I really need to bite the bullet and invest in a satellite Internet system. I’m missing some big time family fun because of spotty cell phone Internet.




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  • Campskunk

    i really like Colorado – waaay up the Gunnison there’s Lakeview Campground at Taylor Park, 30 miles by air from Aspen but 200 or more by road. it’s all rainbows and bluebirds up there this time of year – literally. best place to spend August in the whole country.

  • Virgil Jamison

    How is that Roadtrek doing pulling the travel trailer? Those are some pretty steep mountain grades you are traveling. I find it hard to believe that Roadtrek can really do what you say its doing. Some of those grades are hard enough in a car!

  • Marta

    That’s so true about how neighborhoods are formed each night in a campground and then break up each morning. We just love your posts, Mike. We feel like we are right there with you and your family. We wish we could hear from them on how they like the experience.

  • Fred Martin

    How are you getting by without a cell phone? I can’t believe Verizon has not replaced that dead one for you. Seems like they’re getting lots of bad ink from your experience. But you are posting somehow my the internet. How is that happening?

  • Jennifer Wendand

    The grandkids are the social directors of each campground. They make friends with every kid within 10 minutes!

  • Mike Wendand

    Virgil… well, as I reply to you I am in the middle of the Rocky Mountains and my Roadtrek has hauled that trailer attached to my hitch up to over 10,000 feet… believe it or not. I shot some video and will post it when I get a reliable enough connection.

  • Mike Wendand

    Fred… it’s not Verizon’s fault the phone went dead! Verizon is awesome… they’re working on getting me a replacement out here in Grand Junction, CO.
    And they way I post to this blog is through Verizon, using a MiFi card and an cell phone booster. I’ve written a lot about it on the blog so look around and you can see my setup.

  • Bill Sprague

    It may be worth picking up a cheap hummingbird feeder. We hung one on our awning in Buena Vista and instantly had a dozen hammers whirring about. Our sons spend hours just watching them come and go.

    Bill

  • Bill Sprague

    It may be worth picking up a cheap hummingbird feeder. We hung one on our awning in Buena Vista and instantly had a dozen hummers whirring about. Our sons spend hours just watching them come and go.

    Bill

  • We love Colorado

  • Great road trips!

  • -Dina Seeger Gaspari. 🙂

  • Lived in the Springs for several years … loved it. So much to see and do.

  • Dope is legal now

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  • Colorado is just a great destination, no matter how you get there.

  • Maybe soon!

  • this past spring, drove from USAFA to Four Corners, beautiful

  • You mention internet connectivity which way do you think you’ll go? what is the best way to go, 4G or satellite? who has the best coverage, best rates, for both satellite and 4G. Then what device is best, telephone, tablet, or laptop just questions that I started thinking about after reading article.

  • Wish they had more RV parks so hard to find a place to park north of metro area.

  • My future home

  • Glad to see glare reflection on photo taken out the front windshield. We just completed 8,800 mile
    Cross country trip and found the same issue. We bought 2 black bath towels and folded them to cover our dash, glare gone!!

  • Yes I have pictures just like this when we were there !!!

  • Mike Kelly…..

  • Try Bear Lake, above Estes Park. An awesome place to camp.

  • James Puckett

  • great shot