Alpen Rose RV Park, Durango, CO

28 05 2017

Alpen Rose RV Park, Site #11

Good Morning from Durango!

After a quick overnight stop at San Luis Valley RV Campground in Villa Grove (read review), we’ve crossed Wolf Creek Pass and dropped into the San Juan River basin. Spectacular in fall colors, the San Juan valley is equally impressive now as snow melts and the lush greenness of springs takes over.

At Durango we turn north on highway 550 through town to Alpen Rose RV Park, about 2 miles north of town.  Set back off the highway, this 100 site park provides lots of amenities and beautiful views of the Las Animus river valley.  About half of the sites are in front of the main office/restaurant/shower house, laundry complex.  With few trees, these front sites offer full sunlight and most are configured back to back, with shared power, TV cable, water and sewer ports.  To the rear of the property sites #1-56 are mostly shaded under tall trees.  In the first row (sites #1-#12) the sites back up to a neighboring fence with plenty of privacy.  We’re parked in sites #11 & #12.  Not shown on the map is site #30, positioned between these two sites. All three sites are good, with #12 being the best with a huge grassy area between the site and the fishing pond.  The majority of the other sites here are configured back to back with a nice shared area between with grass and a couple of picnic tables.  For example, Sites #24 & #25 would be a good set-up for 2 rigs traveling together.  For pet owners there is a huge 2 acre pet run to the front of the property.  We took advantage of the on-site Chuck Wagon Breakfast one morning.  For about $7.50 you enjoy all you can eat pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and sausage patties.

On Saturday we’ve planned a visit to the SKA Brewery for a tour and tastings.  We enjoyed our beer experience so much we ended up at the Brew Pub & Kitchen downtown on College Drive for more beer and dinner.  On Sunday we’re off to Monument Valley, UT.  More from there…



San Luis Valley Campground

31 05 2016
San Luis Valley Campground

San Luis Valley Campground

We’ve just departed Taos where we spent a quick overnight at a favorite park, Taos Valley RV.  We were parked in site #86, an end site in the western “full hookup” section.  These sites are a bit larger and not quite so cramped as the water and electric sites in the center of the park.  Most of these still offer the door-to-door configuration, which might be a problem if you didn’t know your neighbors.  However, site #85 and #84 were both empty during our visit.  Site #80 is a nice end site, one row up and doesn’t offer the door-to-door configuration which might be more private for those traveling alone.  These sites do have a bit more noise from nearby Paseo del Pueblo Sur, highway 68, the main route through Taos.  There is a large construction project just being started directly on the northwest corner of the park.  We’ll stay tuned for the new neighbors…  PARK MAP  It should be noted that GPS navigation seems to always attempt an eastern approach through a residential area.  Ignore this mis-information – the park is just off the intersection of Highway 68 and Estes Es Rd.

With about 275 miles left to home, we opt for one more night in a campground near Villa Grove, CO.  The San Luis Campground is a unique oasis in the otherwise flat and fairly barren landscape along highway 285 through the San Luis Valley.  Set in a grove of pine and aspen trees, the 15 full-hookup, pull-through sites are long, spacious and very private.  Having driven through Villa Grove dozens of times, it was never apparent to us that this quiet oasis, off the highway about 2 miles, even existed.  Complete with shower and laundry facilities, for $29/night this is a great find.  There is also good WiFi available with a 8MB download speed but, unfortunately, no T-mobile cellular service.  We didn’t try the external antenna and booster, but it’s possible that a very weak signal could be amplified enough for phone calls if needed.  There’s also no over-the-air TV but even with the tall trees, it was fairly easy to find the southern sky for dish reception.  We’ll be back!