Rifle Gap State Park

5 06 2017

Rifle Gap State Park Aerial

We’re parked in site #27 and #28 at Rifle Gap State Park.  These are beautiful full hookup sites on one of the upper terraces of the Lakeview campground.  Full concrete pads with asphalt roads through the campground, rock areas surrounding the water, sewer ports and electric connections, covered picnic tables, fire rings and meticulously raked gravel tent pads make these sites some of the cleanest, most appealing we’ve stayed in.

Along with great shower house facilities and the gorgeous lake views – this park has it all – except cellular signal. Located only 6 miles from the city limits of Rifle, but literally through “the gap”, no TV or cellular signals seem to make it to the campground.  Even with our booster and antenna, the return to town is required for any type of email or work access.

Tomorrow we’ll pack up and make the final leg of the 2017 Grand Canyon trip.  Indeed a grand trip!


Good Morning from Silt, CO!

9 09 2016

wp_20160909_001After a fairly early departure from Vernal, we’ve arrived at this new KOA along the Colorado River by about 1PM.  We’ll have park WiFi and good cellular access here allowing us to get caught up on at least the most critical work.  We last visited this KOA about 2 years ago – with brand new trees, grass and gravel pads, and after an unusual amount of rain the entire park was left a muddy mess.  Deep tire ruts were everywhere, it must have taken the grounds crew some time to fix broken sprinkler heads and fill in the ruts.  Today you’d never know of these growing pains – the trees are healthy, the grass is lush and green, and the back-in sites along the river offer some of the best views of any RV Park.  KOA’s are always a bit pricey, these premium sites are nearly $50 with applicable taxes.  But, the amenities are many, a beautiful pool and spa area, a sparkling clean laundry room, equally clean and tidy showers and a great kids playground.  Sites are long and level and provide a fire pit and picnic table.  And the park provided WiFi isn’t bad, especially in non-peak times.

This is our last stop of the 2016 Olympic Peninsula trip.  We’ve traveled nearly 4000 miles, parked at 18 different RV sites and spent 29 nights on the road.  In all, a great trip, and one with many places we want to return to.  Among those would be the Oregon Coast, Sequim and the Port Angeles/Port Townsend areas and Jordanelle SP near Park City, UT.  We’d also like to spend more time along the Columbia River from Ft. Stevens SP/Astoria eastward.

The End of the Spring Trip 2016

3 05 2016
Lathrup State Park site #32

Lathrup State Park site #32

We’re parked at site #32 at Lathrup State Park, one of our favorite back-in sites on the A loop.  The view of the snow covered Spanish Peaks is extraordinary.  The series of winter storms that have tracked their way across Colorado the last 10 days or so have left beautiful snowy peaks that nearly surround us, and a fair amount of snow in shady places all around the park.  Roads up from Conchas were dry, including the nearly 8000 foot Raton Pass.

Raton Pass

Raton Pass

We’ll spend 2 nights here, hoping to let the remaining snow melt at home, before the final leg of our Spring Trip.  We will have spent 68 nights in the new Rockwood 5th wheel, covered about 4500 route miles along with another 600 or so sightseeing miles. We’ve explored areas just across the state line in California all the way to the southern tip of Texas – with beautiful places in Arizona and New Mexico in between.  We slowed the trip down this year, enjoying extended time in Yuma, Kerrville, Roswell (unexpectedly) and South Padre Island.  Some of our favorite places included Lost Dutchman State Park outside of Phoenix and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona.  We enjoyed the company of great friends and family all along the way.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

But, the summer is just beginning and we’ll be back on the road in less than 2 weeks to Pueblo State Park, and then our “summer kick-off” trip when we’ll return to Lake Conchas over Memorial Day weekend.  More as summer starts…

Hecla Junction – AHRA

26 09 2015
The new Truck

Hecla Junction, Tent Camping

Good Morning from Hecla Junction, a small primitive Colorado State Park along the Arkansas River in central Colorado. PARK MAP  For river rafters, we’re just beyond the infamous Brown’s Canyon.  With just 22 sites, this is a tiny campground by most standards.  The only facilities or services at Hecla are clean vault toilets, and beautiful canyon and river views – there aren’t even trash dumpsters provided.  We, along with friends, are in sites #2, #3, & #4 – premium, spacious back-in sites, all with great views to the river and with large tent pads and picnic table/fire ring areas. Sites beyond #7 would be difficult for most trailers or 5th wheels due to a short turning area at the bottom of the loop.  However, site 17-22 would be good alternates to riverside sites.

In a unique situation, we’re tent camping this weekend.  After acquiring a new pickup last week, we haven’t had time to install hitch rails yet. This is our 3rd time at Hecla this season, so it’s obvious we enjoy it.  It’s close to home, without any major highway or train noise, has beautiful dark skies at night and (so far) appears to be off the beaten trail of many RV’ers.  We’ll be back next season!

Back to Lathrop State Park

28 04 2015
Raton Pass

Raton Pass

We’ve arrived at Lathrop State Park, just outside of Walsenburg, CO for our last night of the 2015 Texas Road Trip.  The snow capped Rockies were visible long before we met I-25 at Las Vegas, NM reminding us that we’re close to home. The work of snow plows was evident over Raton Pass and we were glad to be traveling the road in better conditions than had existed just 24 hours earlier. Arriving at Lathrop, we’re parked in site #79, one of our favorite sites providing a dramatic view of the snow capped Spanish Peaks.  After walking through the campground, we decide we’d like to check out site #32 sometime.  This back-in site on the A loop has nearly the same view, a water tap that you could easily use with a single length of hose and a bit more privacy than this one on the D loop.

Tomorrow we’ll pack up and make the 2+ hour drive home.  As always, it’s been a great trip.  We’ve covered nearly 4200 miles over the last 48 nights. We were fortunate to be able to meet great new friends along the way, catch up with longtime friends, see great places, and tick off a few “must do’s” from our personal bucket lists.  And, in just over two weeks we’ll be out again, this time to Cheyenne Mountain State Park near Colorado Springs, and then our official “summer kickoff” trip to Moab for Memorial Day weekend.

Spanish Peaks

Spanish Peaks from Lathrop State Park

River Dance RV Resort, Gypsum, CO

5 05 2014
River Dance RV, Gypsum, CO

River Dance RV, Gypsum, CO

We’re about 4 hours east of Dead Horse Point State Park, parked at River Dance RV Resort in Gypsum, CO. Incorporated in the early 1900’s, Gypsum grew out of the industry that makes dry wall.

Gypsum got a further boost to the economy when thousands of transportation workers began arriving in 1979 to work on the 13-year Glenwood Canyon interstate project. This park was probably carved out of space directly next to the river to make room for workers temporary housing or to act as a staging area for the highway building project.  There are about 40 sites organized around an oval loop, most with electric and water.  On the east end there is an additional loop of what were once more RV sites, some still with the picnic table setting among the overgrown weeds and shrubs.  Some these old sites back up directly to the river and would be premium sites for dry RV or tent camping.

There are clean bathrooms, showers and a laundry facility available.  There’s also a beautiful river-facing deck that looks ideal for enjoying a cold beer on a warm afternoon.  But, with what appears to be only a short reprieve from winter, it might be a few weeks before the party deck is open.  The park offers WiFi, which we didn’t use, and has fairly good Verizon cellular coverage.  We couldn’t find any over the air TV channels.  Tomorrow we’ll make the short 2 hour drive home.

River Dance RV, Gypsum, CO

River Dance RV, Gypsum, CO

River Dance RV, Gypsum, CO

River Dance RV, Gypsum, CO