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Old 05-11-2016, 06:59 AM   #11
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Thank You Airborne for the information.
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Old 05-11-2016, 07:39 AM   #12
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Another vote for Turquoise Lake. You can save a lot of battery power by
not running your furnace much. We like flannel sheets and you can use a
down sleeping bag as a comforter. Perk some coffee on the stove in the morning to take off the chill. If you have an oven it's always good to bake up a few sweet rolls. The oven will warm you right up.

Here's a couple pictures to whet your appetite for Leadville.
When we arrived at Turquoise lake my wife exclaimed "it's like a picture post card". She was right.
We highly recommend the scenic train ride from Leadville as well. WHAT views!!! You are above the tree tops much of the time. We want to go back!

This photo is taken from the Baby Doe campground at Turquoise lake.
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:03 AM   #13
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Thank You for the Info

Thanks KyDan for the information and the great photos. I am looking forward to spending some time at Turquoise Lake.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:03 AM   #14
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Make your reservations for Turquoise lake early. Our once not so populated state has so many people in it now that the really nice campgrounds get booked early.
Another tip; we use a Mr. heater to warm things up. When I get up to use the restroom around 4:00 am, I turn it on. This way we wake up to a warm camper and do not use the furnace. We do this because most of the camp sites are well shaded and we can't use our suitcase solar panel to recharge the batteries at the rate we need.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:21 AM   #15
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Thanks Airborne

Not sure what date we will arrive at Turquoise Lake so this makes reservations a bit of a problem. Will try to estimate our arrival as the trip proceeded. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:33 AM   #16
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If your going to arrive during the week, there should not be much problem. The weekends are the real issue.
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Old 05-11-2016, 11:07 AM   #17
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Airborne, thanks, I was thinking about trying to arrive on a Sunday or Monday and hope for an opening.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:30 PM   #18
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If you plan to boon-dock, check for parasitic loads that will deplete your battery and disconnect them. I found the heater for the refrigerator door (along with the other normal loads) will exhaust my batteries in ~4 days. The blower for the heater is also a large load when it runs. Disconnecting the door heater and not using the heater extends the batteries to beyond 8 days.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:46 PM   #19
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here's the CO State Parks website
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Camping

Not sure what type of activities you might like, but traveling west you will find Buena Vista, CO and the Brown's Canyon of the Arkansas River...white water rafting fun!
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BE CAREFULL ABOUT THE ELEVATION 10M+ had a friend from fishing group have trouble with elevation while walking streams needed oxygen
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