Out of the Colorado Snow

12 05 2011

It’s been an unusually dry winter and spring for the eastern plains and front range of Colorado.  In complete contrast to the mountain and ski areas where they saw record amount of snow this year, the front range foothills have been dry and unusually prone to wildfires this early in the season.  But, May seems determined to change this trend with almost endless days of rain and snow.  In less than two weeks, nearly 5 inches of rain has been reported in downtown Denver.  That translates to several feet of snow in our area at 9000′ of elevation. 

Even the trip we have planned to Moab, UT this weekend is in jeopardy – it’s going to be very difficult to get the camper loaded with a foot of snow on the driveway!  But, luckily, the weather breaks and on Thursday we’re able to roll the camper out of the garage and get it loaded on the truck.  We’re headed down the hill toward I-70 at around 2pm. 

Tonight we’re camping at a State Park in western Colorado.  The James M Robb – Colorado River park is west of Grand Junction in Fruita, just 19 miles from the Utah/Colorado border.  An urban park, facilities are numerous and new, from full hookups to a beautiful camper facilities building and several small fishing lakes.  There are miles of bike and hiking trails as well as access to the Colorado River.  This is a beautiful park – but the rumble of I-70 is ever-present in the background. Arriving around 8pm, we find our reserved site #40 clean, level and with great views to the Grand Mesa.  Sunset is beautiful as we enjoy dinner around the campfire. Our plan is to get an early start in the morning for the final 2 hours to Moab.  Our hope is that arriving early Friday morning will allow us to pick a prime site in the many un-reservable BLM campgrounds along the Colorado River.  James M Robb Campground Map

Campground Map

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