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Old 03-28-2013, 06:28 PM   #11
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We're reserved at Ridgway SP for the week of the 4th as well. First time there -- can't wait! We'll be leaving Co Springs (my home) the morning of the 2nd. If that jives with your schedule feel free to caravan with us!
We will pulling from Kansas City straight thru on Saturday June 30, staying at Cheyenne Mountain until Wednesday morning the 3rd, and then pulling over to Ridgeway near Ouray. We will pull out of Ridgeway on Saturday the 6th and probably stay somewhere in Kansas that night on the trip home.

Sounds like we will be in Cheyenne Mountain when you guys pull in. Hopefully we can say hi before we leave.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:31 PM   #12
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I've driven that area several times in recent years. Going West from Colorado Springs should not be a problem. The only difficulty that I think of is Monarch Pass. It's a good road and not toooo steep but keep your speed down on the downgrade. From there it's pretty much easy sailing to Montrose. You could take side trips to Crested Butte from Gunnison and through The Black Canyon of the Gunnison park. I think there may be an RV park near there.

From Montrose turn South to Ridgeway and Ouray. However, I would not recomend Red Mountain Pass South of Ouray. We've lost several snow plow drivers between there and Silverton. From Ridgeway you can proceed Southwest to Teluride and then on to Cortez and Durango. There is amazing scenery from Telluride South. You'll go by Mesa Verde National Park where there are decent RV facilities. I don't remember if they have full hookups. From Durango you can go back North to Silverton to see the old mining town or you can ride the Durango-Silverton railroad for the day trip. You probably need reservations for the traiin.

Hiway 160 East of Durango goes over Wolf Creek Pass which, again, will strain the tow vehicle somewhat but the roads are wide and well maintained and should not be a problem. Once you're in Alamosa you're practically back to Kansas.

Good luck and enjoy. I wish I could go with you but can't get away right now.

Bill, Denver

Roger that. When I looked at the map Monarch was the pass as we drove west from Colorado Springs.

Once we get to Ridgeway, we will only be venturing out with the truck, so hopefully we can stay out of trouble. Plan to mostly hike in Ouray, but may try to make it into an old silver town as well.
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