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Old 06-17-2014, 04:49 PM   #1
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Estes Park trip coming up

Hey all. We are getting prepared for our trip to Estes Park in mid-July and I have a few questions.
We rarely pull very far, usually less than three hours, so this is kind of a big deal for us that we are really looking forward to. We are in NW Missouri, near St. Joe and had planned to take 36 across Kansas, staying overnight in Atwood, KS then finishing the trip via KS 27 to NE 34 on into Colorado. I am really trying to avoid the interstates if possible as I do not enjoy traveling on them. Has anyone taken this route in the past? Are there any concerns I should be aware of in taking this particular route?
Thanks in advance for the help, I appreciate the input!
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:00 PM   #2
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I would be very concerned that you may die of boredom during the drive across Kansas.

Let us know how your trip goes as DW and I looking to take our TT there soon
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:03 PM   #3
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LOL, that's one of the concerns my DW has. If that's the biggest peril of the trip, I think we will be good.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:34 PM   #4
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We loved Estes Park and the national park. There is so much awesome scenery in that area to see. Food tip: I've eaten BBQ everywhere, but none as good as Dave's Famous BBQ just outside of town.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:46 PM   #5
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Just arrived in Estes today. Didn't drive 36 but 70 was good until I jumped on the 2 lane at Oakley. My view isn't so bad. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-17-2014, 06:30 PM   #6
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What campground are you in dbarr? What route did you take when you got to Denver?
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:39 PM   #7
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What campground are you in dbarr? What route did you take when you got to Denver?
I didn't come straight here. Started at the sand dunes, over to Durango up to Ridgway, then to Buena Vista. Stayed at Central City last night and came up CO 119 ( peak to peak hwy) this morning.
Parked in the Jellystone on RT36 east of town as usual. Been staying here long before Yogi and Boo Boo took over. I think '86 might've been the first year. Stayed in several others prior to that but like this one the best.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:05 PM   #8
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Atwood, Ks has two small campgrounds. 36 will have road construction around Atwood this summer. Lots of small towns along the way. I, too, dislike rolling down the interstate at a pace not condusive to enjoy the scenery.

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dbarr, we are also in Jellystone for our vacation. Small world!
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:59 PM   #10
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You'll like it here. Steep climb to the top but very nice. You can see part of the Mummy Range here.
Snowed on Trail Ridge today.
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