Ep. 133: Best Colorado RV Travel | camping hiking mountain biking

Ep. 133: Best Colorado RV Travel | camping hiking mountain biking


Hey there, welcome back to Grand
Adventure! I’m your host Marc Guido, and for many folks just the name of the
state of Colorado evokes images of the Wild West. For many RV campers from
the Midwest or from the East Coast, when they talk about heading west with their
RV they’re thinking about Colorado. We’re going to share with you some of the best RV
camping throughout the state of Colorado in this episode of Grand Adventure, so
stay tuned. Some of the best RV camping in Colorado
surrounds the state’s famed mountain towns, and perhaps none is more
quintessential than Crested Butte, which sits at nearly 9,000 feet and is
surrounded by spectacular scenery visible in any direction. While there are
a number of Forest Service campgrounds in the area, and there’s even a full
hookup RV park in town, our preference is for boondocking in the area, where we
spent a wonderful week in Washington Gulch. With barely over 1,600 full-time
residents, Crested Butte’s seasonal population swells by tens of thousands
of visitors and seasonal residents in winter. Summer is the off-season, yet
summer visitors still benefit from the amenities that a true ski town offers.
Delightful shops bars and restaurants line Crested Butte’s downtown Elk Avenue
in colorful wooden buildings. Recreation in the mountains surrounding
Crested Butte makes the town an attractive destination for campers,
thanks in part to the proximity of Crested Butte Mountain Resort. That
recreation includes hiking, scenic lift rides, mountain biking, paddling on Lake
Irwin, and more. Campers wanting to boondock near Crested
Butte as we did are advised to hurry up, for the Forest Service has announced
plans to limit dispersed camping in the mountains surrounding Crested Butte in
the very near future. The nearest gateway town to Crested Butte
is Gunnison, and just west of town our boondocking campsite overlooking Blue
Mesa Reservoir is en route to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. After leaving Black Canyon we stayed at
one of our favorite RV parks ever, the Glenwood Springs West / Colorado River KOA,
located right off I-70 in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. This beautiful RV
park on the banks of the Colorado River makes an excellent overnight stop for
interstate through-travelers as well. Some of Colorado’s best RV camping is
situated in the ruggedly spectacular San Juan Mountains of the southwestern part
of the state. Here, Telluride is the most famous ski town,
where celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and Jerry Seinfeld
all own vacation homes. There are numerous Forest Service
campgrounds in the area. While boondocking opportunities surrounding
Telluride are somewhat limited, they do exist — like our spot here on North Trout
Lake Road in nearby Ophir. US Route 550, also known as the Million
Dollar Highway, cuts through the heart of the San Juan Mountains.
Although the mere name “Million Dollar Highway” strikes fear in the hearts of
many RVers, thanks to its narrow turns and sheer drop-offs, we
nevertheless recommend bucking up and hitting the road, just for the opportunity
to visit Silverton. Silverton is home to a number of Forest Service campgrounds
and dispersed camping areas, like our favorite found here along Mineral Creek
in the Sultan and Anvil Camping Areas. Silverton is a lovingly preserved
historic mining town that still to this day has only one paved street. It’s home to bars, shops and restaurants,
and the excellent and recommended San Juan County Historical Society Museum. Silverton is also the northern terminus
of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a heritage steam-powered
railway that’s one of Colorado’s most popular tourist attractions. The railroad’s southern terminus is in
Durango, a charming Colorado mountain college town and a popular destination
for RV campers. Head a little further west from Durango
and visit the Puebloan ruins at Mesa Verde National Park. While we’re visiting Mesa Verde we love
boondocking on Madden Peak Road just a few miles to the east of the National
Park entrance. You’ll find more Puebloan ruins in
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado’s far southwestern
corner, and a very short drive from Mesa Verde. Twin Lakes is a boondockers’ haven in
the shadow of 14,439- foot Mount
Elbert, Colorado’s highest point. It’s also a short drive from Twin Lakes
across Independence Pass to visit Aspen. Just north of Twin Lakes, Leadville is a
former mining town that sits at a lofty 10,152 feet, and was the last place
that Doc Holliday served as a lawman. If you boondock at Oil Well Flats outside
of Cañon City, you’re only spitting distance from several central Colorado
attractions including Royal Gorge and the restored mining town of Cripple
Creek. From Cañon City it’s also an easy day
trip to Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, both outside of Colorado Springs. One unique treasure of Colorado is Great
Sand Dunes National Park. When visiting Great Sand Dunes you can
score free electrical hookups at the nearby San Luis State Wildlife Area. Steamboat Springs is another charming
Colorado mountain ski town, in the north-central part of the state’s Rocky
Mountains, west of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Here we boondocked atop a 10,000-foot sub- peak of Walton Peak, within Routt
National Forest. While in Steamboat, don’t miss a soak at
Strawberry Park Hot Springs. We don’t, however, recommend visiting
Steamboat while a massive wildfire is raging nearby, as we found ourselves
doing. So we truly hope that this video has
helped you plan your own Grand Adventure to Colorado! If you’d like more
information about any of these individual destinations, we’ll have links
down below in the video description to each individual Grand Adventure video so
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49 Replies to “Ep. 133: Best Colorado RV Travel | camping hiking mountain biking”

  1. Marc what is your fulltime gig? Are you doing this part-time or full-time? Some of the best video content out there for Boondocking!

  2. Love the videos and really appreciate how much info you provide with every one. We are hoping to begin boondocking rather than staying in RV parks. What is the generally accepted rule for how much space you should allow to your nearest neighbor? And, how do you locate so many of those great boondocking sites?

  3. I was totally impressed,awesome!and so informative.i also like how you categorized your trips by state.ever so helpful.thank you!cant wait to get there

  4. Beautiful Colorado locations.❤️😊👍🌎🎥🎶🚌 they’re on my bucket list 😁 I hope this year. Thanks for sharing and safe travels

  5. One of, if not the BEST travel video I've ever watched. No watching you cook food or drink beer around a campfire in the dark…just pure beautiful views and information on locations….WELL DONE!!

  6. Oh yes, staying near Garden of the Gods for about two weeks, did Cave of the Winds and Pikes peak…as well as a day trip into Cripple Creek. Stunning area!

  7. I just moved to Denver from St.Louis about 7 months ago and this video was amazing! Really showed me what towns to explore next in Colorado that I haven't already! Really enjoy all you're videos!

  8. I watch a lot of folks who do videos on RV camping but I can't say that anybody does a better video than you Marc. Keep filming and I'll keep watching. 5 star!

  9. Fabulous Marc… Sorry I couldn't get to this earlier.

    One of the things I really loved were the clouds in the mountains. I love the sunny skies but the mood of the clouds in the the Rockies is something else.

    From the opening scene and throughout, you caught the incredible moodiness of these mountain scenes. Thanks for showing that.

    And, as you know, the more moody they look, the more caution you must take. Weather in the Rockies can change within minutes and bring very treacherous conditions, especially on back roads and back road mountain passes.

    I bet you have some stories you haven't shared.

    Gord

  10. Do you use an app or software of anykind to find these boondocking sites? For example, I use RVTripWizard to plan my routes, look for sites, etc, but I do not think this program has "boondocking sites".

    Thanks, and great videos.

  11. Unfortunately most of your boondocking locations aren’t accessible for our rig and many of them looked full. We’ve been to many of the locations you showed over the years and when we go back we will plan and try to reserve campgrounds ahead at least six months in advance.

  12. Nice job Sir! Cinematography was excellent, thoroughly enjoyed the "Grand Adventure"! Gave you a BIG THUMBS UP and subscribed. Awesome, just like your other videos! Thank you for all you do bringing us your travels!

  13. Sad to hear dispersed camping is going away in crested butte. We where in heaven there last July in Washington gulch. 😞

  14. That was a great summary of some nice Colorado camping spots. I bet it brought back some fun memories putting it together. It makes me look forward to summertime boondocking In the high country. In the meantime I will be enjoying some great winter desert boondocking around Quartzsite. I should be picking up a Champion generator similar to yours.

  15. Great summary of Colorado scenic areas. We are spending some time there this summer. Must have been great to ride with the engineer on the stream locomotive.

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