It’s month 4 and we finally made it to Colorado, a state that stole our hearts years in the past and we hold coming again to. In truth, an enormous a part of us needed to return straight here in Might and journey out the summer time. But that might imply not seeing all the unimaginable places we’ve seen on this trip up to now. And we’ve seen some fairly awesome places, however our hearts are pleased to be again in Colorful Colorado for the complete month of September. And perhaps somewhat extra…
Let’s go back to the start of the month, where we led to Portland dropping Charlie’s mother and father off at the airport and making our means east for the primary time since we began this trip.
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- 1 Boise/Meridian KOA; Boise, Idaho
- 2 Intermountain RV Park; Twin Falls, Idaho
- 3 Jordanelle State Park & Salt Lake Metropolis, UT
- 4 LaVern M. Johnson Park, Lyons, Colorado
- 5 Cherry Creek State Park, Denver
- 6 Cripple Creek KOA, Colorado
- 7 Ridgway State Park, Ouray & Silverton
- 8 Peak One Campground, Frisco & Breckenridge
- 9 Steamboat Lake State Park; Steamboat Springs, CO
- 10 Snowy Peaks RV Park; Buena Vista, Colorado
- 11 Full Time RV Expenses for Month 4
Boise/Meridian KOA; Boise, Idaho
Campground value: $44/night time
Originally, we planned on spending a lot more time in Idaho. Sadly, we have been on a bit of a schedule because we had less than 2 weeks to make it from Portland to Denver where my mother and father have been flying in to hang out with us for every week. We solely stayed 2 nights in Boise, which was very unfortunate. We LOVED Boise. For a State Capitol, its extraordinarily chill and laid again. We encountered nearly no visitors. The town is exceptionally clean.
We liked the vibe, and we talked to so many different individuals visiting that felt the identical. We liked the coffee shop full of scholars learning and on-line entrepreneurs, the funky road artwork on Freak Alley Gallery, the quantity of green area, the Boise River that flows by means of downtown and reverse the college, the encompassing mountains, the individuals (so friendly!) and…do I have to hold going? See extra on our full submit of things to do in Boise.
Intermountain RV Park; Twin Falls, Idaho
Campground value: $30/night time
From Boise, we headed to Twin Falls. We actually knew nothing about this city nevertheless it seemed like an excellent place to cease on our route to Denver and we hoped to make use of it as a base to go to Craters of the Moon. Sadly, we by no means made it to Craters of the Moon (didn’t feel like driving that far), however we found lots to do to maintain ourselves busy.
Like Boise, we sort of fell in love. Its an excellent cute and quaint city, but has loads of to offer. Its a type of small-town America places that we might completely see ourselves settling down in. The Snake River Canyon gives so much to do for outdoor-lovers, from the unimaginable Shoshone Falls to kayaking, SUPing, rafting, and even base jumping.
Jordanelle State Park & Salt Lake Metropolis, UT
Campground value: $30/night time
We didn’t actually plan to visit Utah this journey as we spent quite a bit of time there in 2016. Nevertheless, Salt Lake City made a superb stopping level and that was one place we missed earlier than. In my seek for campgrounds, I got here across Jordanelle State Park, which was set on the gorgeous Jordanelle Reservoir and a superb base for visiting SLC, Park City, and the encompassing mountains.
It ended up being an amazing place to slow down a bit and make amends for some chores (one other oil change) and work as properly. We spent someday in SLC, which I had zero expectations for, but was truthfully pretty impressed. I really knew nothing about Mormonism so it was fascinating to study. It was also one other super clean city with spectacular architecture – the Salt Lake Temple and Temple Sq. – just wow! Undoubtedly not one thing you’d normally see in the US.
LaVern M. Johnson Park, Lyons, Colorado
Campground value: $40/night time
We left Utah and made the very lengthy trek to Lyons, Colorado. Driving throughout southern Wyoming was one of the longest, most boring drives we’ve had but. Fuel stations have been few and much in between and those we did find have been such a cluster, doubtless because a large majority of relaxation stops have been closed. It was really irritating and just certainly one of “those” days. We ended up on a Colorado state street that turned to filth just because it began pouring rain – speak about mud EVERYWHERE. In each nook and cranny of the truck and trailer.
We lastly made it to LaVern M. Johnson Park, solely to unhitch and find out the hookups have been waaaay away from the location. We had to hitch up once more and move pretty much on prime of our neighbors to make it work. Our friendly neighbors (in a Grand Design as properly) came out to supply help and stated they did the very same factor. After a difficult day and long drive, we then had to go into city to find a automotive wash to attempt to remove the mud. Let’s just say we have been cursing RV life by the top of the day.
The park itself was very good, but the RV sites have been very poorly designed and not well worth the money. We did take pleasure in with the ability to stroll into the lovable little town of Lyons, nevertheless, and we have been also just a brief drive from Boulder which we actually loved exploring.
Cherry Creek State Park, Denver
Campground value: $30/night time (plus $9 State Park fees day by day)
Cherry Creek State Park is definitely one of many prettiest state parks we’ve stayed. We had full hookups, an enormous pull-thru website and delightful timber giving shade to our website. All the websites have been large and actually spread out from one another. It was onerous to consider we have been within the metropolis of Denver. We didn’t actually spend any time in the city, as we have been primarily there to select up my mother and father from the airport. After choosing them up, we headed straight for the mountains in Cripple Creek.
Cripple Creek KOA, Colorado
Campground value: $45/night time
This is certainly one of our favorite places to go to and we knew my mother and father would fall in love with it’s as properly. Its a quaint mining city nestled in the mountains at an elevation of over 9,000 ft. The primary road by way of town is lined with restored brick buildings house to numerous casinos, outlets and restaurants. We stayed at the KOA and had them guide a room at Bronco Billy’s, a gem we discovered on our first go to years ago.
How are you going to beat an enthralling room in a historic lodge for $49/night time, that features 50% off dinner at their restaurant upstairs and a $zero.49 breakfast. Sure, breakfast for underneath $.50. Additionally they supply free mushy drinks, coffee and various sweets within the on line casino all day lengthy free of charge. And alcohol is free in case you are gambling. Sadly, the KOA was the identical worth because the lodge and we ended up with a nail in our travel trailer tire and needed to call out AAA.
The great in Cripple Creek far outweighed that one adverse experience although. We truly made cash staying in Cripple Creek. Particularly after my mother hit on the slots for $125 and then I hit the jackpot for $425! I’ve by no means been a lot of a gambler. I hate throwing money away. But now, I’m type of addicted and need to go back for extra -_-
Ridgway State Park, Ouray & Silverton
Campground value: $30/night time (plus $7 State Park fees)
Another space that keeps us coming again for extra is the San Juan Mountain vary, together with Ouray, Silverton and Durango. Ridgway State Park, just south of Ouray, was an excellent base for us to stay and explore. There’s so much to do and see on this space, its onerous to even summarize. These little mountain cities are simply lovable and I’m jealous of anyone that gets to call them house.
Someday, we took my mother and father up to Clear Lake, which includes a terrifying drive (in the event you’re afraid of heights, or even when not) up the mountain on a rough and rugged street. Its undoubtedly not for the faint of coronary heart, and we have been all ready to get out and walk because the truck clung to the aspect of the mountain on one aspect and we appeared straight down the sting of a cliff on the opposite. Guard rails? Ha.
However attending to the highest is all the time so rewarding. A stunning, insanely clear, turquoise lake awaits. Once we obtained to the top, a rain storm rolled in, which shortly shifted from rain to snow, and then within 15 minutes we have been again to sunshine. My mother and father couldn’t recover from the landscape (or the weather), and neither might we – although we had been two occasions prior. I all the time say I’m NEVER doing that drive again, but then it will be such a disgrace to overlook that place.
Silverton is a historic, little mining town with just one paved street by means of town and appears like one thing straight out of a western movie. Its a should go to on any journey to the San Juans because there are just so many things to do and see in Silverton.
A type of things is the Durango-Silverton practice, a completely epic experience. We took the practice journey back in 2014, but we didn’t want my mother and father to miss it. We put them on the practice in Silverton and met them over in Durango to select them up. Originating in 1882 for miners working in Silverton, this steam-powered practice winds via the impressive canyons and breathtaking gorges of the San Juan mountains, following the Animas River. This needs to be probably the most scenic practice rides on the planet. Footage simply don’t do it justice and its value every penny.
Peak One Campground, Frisco & Breckenridge
Campground value: $22/night time
We coated numerous ground in every week’s time. Frisco and Breckenridge can be the final stop for my mother and father and a very good base for us to take them again to the airport in Denver without having to haul the trailer back to the town. We visited the Frisco area back in 2016 and actually loved this area. Its such an awesome location, with quite a few ski resorts at your fingertips, just 70 miles from Denver, 15 minutes from Breckenridge and inside reach of so many scenic drives, outside actions and extra.
We dry camped at Peak One, a very pretty campground on the Dillon Reservoir. We felt like we have been worlds away from the town, however the truth is, we have been only a few miles which was actually convenient. We took it straightforward the final days my mother and father have been with us, and principally just hung around the campground having fun with the weather and our environment.
Steamboat Lake State Park; Steamboat Springs, CO
Campground value: $26/night time (plus $7 State Park charges every day)
After we returned my mother and father to the airport and stated our farewells, we headed in the direction of Steamboat Springs. We have been excited to seek out the campground was solely partially full and things appeared to be really slowing down submit Labor Day weekend. We ended up staying 6 nights in complete, and we might literally watch the leaves turning shades of gold with each passing day.
Fall is certainly in the air here in Colorado! Whereas in Steamboat, that they had many festivals and activities happening over the weekend. We took part in their Chili Challenge, which coincided with their Saturday Farmers Market. We paid $10 or a package and acquired to pattern chili from all the vendors, together with salsas and cornbread – yum!
Snowy Peaks RV Park; Buena Vista, Colorado
Campground value: $276/weekly
Continuing what we started in Steamboat, our aim is to remain places for at the least every week all through the remainder of this month. We are excited to finally slow down and in addition find availability at campgrounds and parks that permit us to do so. We discovered an RV park in Buena Vista that provided weekly rates with full hook-ups AND with good Verizon and T-Cellular sign. We booked every week right here and already prolonged it for an additional week.
For somebody who isn’t often a fan of RV parks, I may be a convert. For once, its nice to know we don’t have to move the trailer for two weeks. Its nice to not think about water usage and checking tank levels. Its good not making an attempt to plan when to scrub my hair next. Its good having good cell service so we will truly get caught up on work. We found an awesome coffee store to work from on the town, permitting us to get out of the trailer for a while to work through the day. Plus there are such a lot of issues to explore in this space when taking a break from the laptops. A day journey to Salida and Leadville are undoubtedly on the books. I also need to go to the local scorching springs and take some scenic drives, sucking up as a lot of those golden aspens as attainable!
Full Time RV Expenses for Month 4
We knew this month can be costlier, as there are not any Thousand Trails campgrounds in any of these states. We additionally didn’t do any boondocking, because in all honesty, we find it extra of an inconvenience to attempt to discover boondocking. Cell Reception/WiFi is of utmost significance to us while making an attempt to work on the street and tenting in National Forests typically means no cell sign.
This month we had one other oil change within the truck, as well as had to exchange windshield wipers and renew our registration. Our fuel expenses have been greater as we moved around rather a lot and had to drive across three states to get from Portland to Denver. We ate out so much less this month so eating out bills went down, nevertheless, that only meant groceries went up.
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