Ridgway State Park

3 07 2015

WP_20150703_003cGood Morning from Southwestern Colorado.

After 1 night in Montrose with good friends, we’re parked in site #115 in the Elk Ridge campground at Ridgway State Park.  We’re a part of a group that will eventually total 15 people camping in sites #108 – #115.  Set high on a ridge overlooking the reservoir, the D and E loop contain about 100 campsites.  Nearer the lake, the Dakota Terraces campground provides about 80 sites in 3 loops.   Lakeside near the marina is a boat ramp (with the required Invasive Species inspection) a small swim beach area and several day-use covered picnic tables.  All of these facilities make up the Dutch Charlie area.  Further south is the Dallas Creek area designed primarily for day-use with fishing areas and picnic tables.  There are also about 80 full hookup campsites at the Pa-co-chu-puk area to the north, below the dam.

All of the Elk Ridge sites offer 20 and 30 amp electric hookups with conveniently located threaded water taps.  Site #115 has many trees, great for privacy, but impossible for awning use.  The roads throughout the campground are asphalt as are each sites parking area – some back-in, some pull-through.  There is also a concrete apron with picnic table and fire ring.  These aprons are placed at various locations, some on the left, some right and some rear.  Not all the locations are ideal – our fire ring is directly outside the RV door and under a low hanging tree.  With 15 campers, we used the large picnic table and fire ring area at site #113.  The trees thinned out a bit toward site #108 where awning can be deployed fully.  These 5 sites are well spread out and not always convenient for toting food or chairs between sites.  A better alternative would have been to select sites around the inside of the loop end (such as #84-#113) or across from each other (#115-#112).

Best sites at Elk Ridge are those along the upper loop #165 –  #184.  Many of these sites offer great views off to the east with good privacy.  On the lower loop the first campsite #80 provides beautiful lake views, but might be a bit short and narrow for some rigs.

We had a great July 4th weekend at Ridgway and would like to return here again on another long weekend.

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11 07 2015
Magda

Glad to see you’re having fun. We spent the 3rd at Cedar Breaks Park on Lake Georgetown in Texas. They have great sites (tho a bit unleveled) with really nice shade structures at each site (I have a nice picture, but can’t figure out how to upload it 😉

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