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!


A Weekend at Lake Conchas

2 05 2016
Lake Conchas, "Out the Rear Window"

Lake Conchas, “Out the Rear Window” site #19

With winter storms still complicating our return to Colorado, on Saturday we opted to move a bit further north to Lake Conchas near Tucumcari, NM.  We spent time at Lake Conchas last year waiting out storms along the front range, and decided it would be a good spot for that again this year.  Arriving on Saturday afternoon, sunny skies and warm temperature slowly  gave way to a cold, windy drizzle that lasted through Sunday evening.  But, temps weren’t all that much warmer in Roswell, so at least we’re another 200 miles closer to home.

We’re parked in site #19, a cliff-side site that enjoys a beautiful view of the lake and northern skies.  There’s virtually no over-the-air TV at Conchas, so one of our first tasks on arrival was to set-up the DirecTV satellite.  Utilizing a free 30 day demo of HBO we enjoyed a very relaxing rainy weekend of movies.

After 2 nights at Conchas, Monday morning dawns as a beautiful sunny, wind-free day.  Just the right kind of day to continue our trek north.  From here we’re bound for Lathrup State Park right outside of Walsenburg..  More from there…