Happy July 4th from Four Corners

4 07 2012

San Luis Lakes State ParkTaking advantage of the mid-week holiday, we’re headed for the Four Corners area of southwestern Colorado for Independence Day.  The Four Corners is the only place in the US that 4 state boundaries , New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, come together at one point.  Our first stop on Tuesday evening is at San Luis Lakes State Park near the Great Sand Dunes National Park.  We won’t have time to visit the dunes, but wanted to check out the Colorado state campsite.  Organized around 3 loops, the 51 campsites all have 30 and 50 amp electric hook-ups.  Water is available at conveniently located spots on each loop.  There is also a very clean bathroom with two pay-showers.  On the other side of this bath house is a laundry room with pay machines and a small library of books and DVD’s.  

San Luis Lakes State Park

San Luis Lakes State Park

We’re in sites 18 & 19, adjoining on a single long pull-through.  We’re on the eastern edge of the campground, closest to the nearly dry lake.  With low snowpack in Colorado this winter, lakes and ponds are quickly drying up, especially in this hot desert region.  Across the lake you can see the Great Sand Dunes, and the Sangre de Cristo mountains beyond.  After a beautiful sunset, it’ a cool starry evening here in this high plains desert.

Tomorrow we’ll pack up and head west across the San Luis valley, crossing the Rio Grande at Del Norte before turning south to make the 10,857’ climb over Wolf Creek pass. Once over Wolf Creek we’ll continue through Pagosa Springs and Durango to the small town of Mancos.  Mancos has recently been in the news as the location of the Weber fire, another major fire in Colorado this year.  The Weber fire has burned about 10,000 acres and of today is 90% contained.  We’ll be camping just north of the town, in Mancos State Park.  More from there tomorrow.

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