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Old 04-17-2015, 04:16 PM   #11
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As others stated, use the tow/haul button so the transmission will help hold your speed down. Be aware that when you are coming to a stop it will continue to downshift. When it downshifts to low, it will stand you on your head. Punch the button off before you stop if you have your speed under control. I forgot the speed at which it downshifts to low, but it's around 10 mph.
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Old 04-17-2015, 06:13 PM   #12
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Hi Mike & Sherry,

As others have said the best advice is to take it slow, not ride your brakes, and if you do start backing up traffic behind you pull over and let folks get by.

Coming from the east you'll probably also be crossing La Veta pass on Hwy 160 west of Walsenburg. At 9400' it's lower than Wolf Creek at 10800' but still a good uphill climb. Both passes have dual uphill lanes. The top of Wolf Creek has a pull off (south side of Hwy) and that's a good place to stop and gander at the mountains. You'll see a lot of standing dead pine due to the bark beetle. It's so bad it was mentioned in this month's National Geographic article on the beetle.

The west side of Wolf Creek is for the most part dual lane but does narrow down to single lane towards the bottom. There's a scenic pull off a little after it goes to single lane but the parking area is rather small for turning around a Class A.

Are you pulling a car behind you? I ask because it wouldn't be much fun driving that size rig around while sight seeing. There are places to rent a car (or with 7 people a van).

We live just outside Durango so if you have any questions or want suggestions on things to see and do feel free to ask.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:26 PM   #13
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We stayed at Alpen Rose RV Park Durango, Colorado - Home in Durango. Came in from 4 corners. No big elevation from there. Lot's when you drive from Durango to Silverton though. Nice country
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:02 AM   #14
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We are staying at Garden of the Gods RV resort in Colorado Springs; then at Vallecito RV resort just north of Bayfield, CO. where we will have a cabin, as well as the motorhome. We will be renting a van in Durango to drive the area. Heard that Mesa Verde National Park is a "must see"; is that true?
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:18 PM   #15
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Mesa Verde N P

I would say yes since it is unique.

The NP has its own off ramp from US Hwy 160, then another 15 miles or so inside the park to the actual housing sites.

Stop at the visitor center at the entrance to see which sites you want to see, some require climbing a wooden ladder, so plan accordingly.

From the visitor center, the road climbs about 1500 Ft along the side of the mesa, so definitely use the van, rv's are not allowed past the campground entrance.
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The park is big, so allow time to see things, and of course standard Colorado accessories, water, sunscreen, hat, raincoat.

Have fun!

PS_ I assume you are riding the train in Durango, that is very unique also.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:32 AM   #16
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Mike,

From the Springs you have the option of Hwy 24 west to Buena Vista then south on Hwy 285 before picking up Hwy 160 to go west. Or shoot straight down I-25 and connect to Hwy 160 at Walsenburg. 24/285 is more scenic but probably not advisable driving a Class A in the mountains for the first time.

Lake Vallecito is a beautiful area to camp. To get into Durango you can either take CR 501 to CR 240 (Florida Rd) or go back south to Bayfield and west on Hwy 160.

As for Mesa Verde. Yes, it is something worth seeing. While there are early Native American settlements all over this area Mesa Verde has some excellent examples of these buildings. From Vallecito it's about 90 minutes to the park entrance. The new visitor center/museum just opened last year and is a great place to stop. Remember though this park gets a lot of visitors in the summer so you'll want to get tickets for the ranger led tours of the two main structures (Balcony House & Cliff Palace) ASAP. And as mentioned before the cliff dwellings are another 30 min beyond the entrance.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Rail Road (DSNGRR) is another premier attraction for the area. You're riding a rail line from Durango to Silverton behind an original steam engine. Just Google photos and you'll see why taking this trip is so popular.

For a folksy experience take in the Bar-D Wranglers Chuck Wagon Supper. It's a ride in a wagon - country style dinner - while cowboys sing kind of event.

Then there's the "Million Dollar Highway" It runs from Durango through Silverton to Ouray on Hwy 550. Stunning mountain scenery - for the passengers. The driver on the other hand needs to be watching the road as there are three mountain passes, lots of curves, and at places drop-offs of 800' + feet.

You're gonna love it!
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good advice in previous posts.
Durango is really great, if you haven't made reservations (really needed in Colorado during the summer), I recommend the Durango KOA, nice folks, one of the best KOA's we have been to.
X2 on Durango being a really great place and on the Durango KOA. It's a little hard to find but well worth the effort.

Also, I *HIGHLY* recommend you call and make reservations for the Bar D Chuckwagon in Durango BAR D Chuckwagon | Durango Colorado Family Entertainment A definite highlight of your trip.
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Thanks to all who have responded to this thread. Your insight has been very helpful in planning this trip. We now have all our reservations made for CG and tickets for train ride; Mesa Verde; and a few other sites. Just found out that 4 more family members are coming; 7 in the motorhome and 4 via car!! Can I say family reunion!!
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Sounds like lots of family fun! I'm jeolous and hope to go out that way sometime this summer or Fall. Safe travels.
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:20 PM   #20
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I always preferred watching the train pass through the campground at United Campgrounds of Durango.
Boarded the dogs at Willow Tree Kennels just up the road and they came back in the evening after the train returned for us to pick them up.
Both are great!
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