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Old 07-09-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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Summer time, the livin's easy!

We just spent 5 nights near the Royal Gorge with the kids. The camping was great, the river cold and wet, but the forest a bit sad. The recent fires left a pretty wide path of destruction, and the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park are closed 'til at least August. I was disappointed that there is not a single vantage point where we could take the kids to see the Gorge.

We followed that up with 3 nights in Durango at what used to be the KOA on 550 north of Hermosa - now Durango Riverside RV Resort. Fantastic campground. Ask for Site 17 - very last site along river to the north. We love it!

Here is a photo of our rig along the Animas.
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Just did part of that drive, Colorado Springs To Ouray. What park did you use near royal gorge?
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Roayl Gorge Camp

We camped at the Echo Canyon RV Park across the highway from the Echo Canyon Rafting office. It was clean and convenient. Not the best in the way of nature, but the staff is especially attentive, and since we were floating with Echo Canyon, it was nice to have it all on one bill.

Every evening a park attendant came by and gave us mints and checked to make sure everything was up to snuff. The kids loved it and I thought it was a nice touch.

With the fires though, the park was almost empty with maybe 8 - 10 spots occupied. The Royal Gorge fire site got within 3 miles of the camp and the scar is clearly visible from there. We drove up the Gorge road as far as we could and it is really devestating.

We came across Wolf Creek Pass on the trip as well, and while we didn't see any signs of fire, there were sign boards along the way urging caution as fire crews were in the area. We were told 160 near South Fork had been closed for a time, but was open when we came through.
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