Who knows of a good 6 day RV camping trip in Colorado?

With 6 days of vacation coming the 2nd week in May I planned on an RV camping experience in Colorado. Don't want to just roam around endlessly -- But do want to visit a few different places and park the RV and enjoy the scenery for a day or two and move on.. I'm from Indiana and have never been to Colorado before. There are so many parks and forest that it's hard to decide. My vacation is 10 days but 6 of them will be exploring the state. The other four days is coming and going home. How about it? Any ideas? What about Buena Vista? Did I spell that right??

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    http://parks.state.co.us/parks/mueller/Pages/Muell...

    http://parks.state.co.us/PARKS/MUELLER/CAMPING/Pag...

    *"Mueller State Park"

    Take U.S. 24 west (Cimarron) from Colorado Springs for 25 miles through Woodland Park to the town of Divide. Turn left onto Highway 67 South for 3.5 miles. Mueller's campground is located in a forest setting of spruce, fir, pine and aspen trees with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. The park has 132 campsites, including an R.V. Group Campground Loop reservable through the park only. It has modern restrooms, coin operated showers and coin laundry. There are no sewer hookups, but a dump station is available to registered campers.

    http://parks.state.co.us/PARKS/MUELLER/LOCALATTRAC...

    Check this link for attractions near Mueller State Park.

    http://www.koa.com/where/ks/16103/

    *I have stayed over night at the Goodland, Kansas KOA several times on my way to Colorado. It's clean and the people who run it are real nice.

    http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm

    http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/camping.htm

    *"Rocky Mountain National Park"

    Aspenglen Campground (8200 ft), located on U.S. Highway 34 just west of the Fall River Entrance Station, with 54 sites, is my favorite campground in the park. (There are no electric, water or sewer hookups at any campsites.)

    http://www.coloradodirectory.com/buenavista/

    http://www.koa.com/where/co/06103/

    http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/Colorado/Buen...

    I have never been to Buena Vista, Colorado, but I found a few links for you to check out.

  • cdaler
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Buena Vista is correct, Spanish for good view, and it is very beautiful country Mt Princeton Hot Springs is just outside of B.V. Pack warm clothes, its been cold lately especially in the higher elevations. You can still go skiing at Loveland or Arapahoe Basin, hit one of them on your way to B.V. I would suggest Pikes Peak and Flying W Ranch as well on your way back. Garden of the Gods in nice in Colo Spgs and then Castlewood Canyon on Hwy 83 is a nice stop as well. You can find some mtn biking trails that are snow free in the lower elevations of the mtns ~8500'. Let us know if you have kids or what the ages of your group and I can suggest more. Grand Junction has wine and Glenwood Canyon is beautiful. Black Canyon of the Gunnison is awesome for fishing & there is white water rafting all over the state. It may be a little early but it will probably starting by then..

    Source(s): CO native, and have been all over the state. Can't be sure how I would keep a visit to only 6 days :) See ya soon!
  • Mark M
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    This would be a wonderful trip, even more so if you could delay your vacation by two weeks. The problem is that most of the areas you'd want to visit in Colorado may be inaccessible to snow. They are still getting snow even now.

    On your way from Indiana I'd suggest taking I-90 through South Dakota. Although this will be longer than I-80, you'll get to enjoy several tourist traps (1880's town in Murdo,SD; Corn Palace in Mitchel, SD, Wall Drugs in Wall, SD), Custer State Park, Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and the amazing Badlands of South Dakota. Try to push through to Mitchell, SD (or further on to Kennebec or even Interior), on your first day; there's a KOA there, and then it's only 6 hours to Custer (but it will take you 10 or more including stops at Badlands and Wall Drug).

    In the Badlands/Custer area I stayed in the Rapid City KOA and it was OK, conveniently located, but not very scenic. There's nicer (and cheaper) campsites in Custer State Park with hook-ups if you can manage a reservation.

    It's worth spending a full day in the Custer area: Hit Rushmore as early as possible (it faces southeast, so mornings are better views than late afternoons), then Crazy Horse, and spend the rest of the day exploring Custer State Park (lots of Buffalo, Pronghorn Deer and other wildlife) and Black Hills National Forest. Beware: Buffalo can get aggressive if you get too close -- stay at least 100 feet away.

    You can then head South through Wyoming, optionally swinging West to see Devil's Tower, (though you'll be a bit pressed for time with only 10 days), and spend a day (and night) in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

    Now the problem is that in early May a lot of the roads in the state and national parks in Colorado are still closed due to snow. You might have limited access, or no access at all. It snowed yesterday and the upper elevations still have a lot of base to melt off. Rocky Mountain National Park is a "must visit' location in Colorado, but they don't plan to be open until May 26. Access in nearby Roosevelt National Forest and Arapaho National Forest may be limited as well. Even so, the scenery in this area is beautiful. Estes Park is a good base location, with several RV campgrounds of varying quality (mostly mediocre). The best spot is the Spruce Lake RV Park; I've stayed there twice and would return again.

    Lake Dillon is also a very nice area, situated in the basin of several mountains (and ski areas), with plenty of views and recreational activities. Sugar Lofin Campground is the nices park near Lake Dillon, Tiger Run is about 45 minutes away in Vail (which is also a nice resort town).

    On the return leg, take I-90 through Kansas City and St. Louis (stop and see the Arch).

    Did this route 2 years ago from NJ. Actually went further west -- Yellowstone/Jackson Hole for 4 days, Salt Lake City for a day, Moab/Arches/Canyonlands for 4 days. Took 24 days and wish we had longer.

  • 1 decade ago

    Been there done that. Take the north route to get there. Stop at Mt. Rushmore, Wall Drug. Get to Jackson Hole and take in a rodeo. Take the train up Pikes Peak. (Take warm coats.) Do the Flying W chuck wagon in Colorado Springs. (Great food and a great show.)Trip home through Nebraska was boring.

    There was also a place on the way out known as the (corn palace) but I don't remember where.

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