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Old 04-11-2016, 11:08 AM
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We just acquired our first pop-up camper and it looks like Memorial Day weekend will be the first big weekend trip for the whole family (I think I may bring it to Cruise Moab for its maiden voyage). We're buying a Coleman E1, so it has pretty good ground clearance to get us back in some places a typical pop-up wouldn't, but nothing too crazy. The goal would be to base camp and head out for some shorter trail runs with the kiddos (4 and 6) and spend the rest of the time hiking or farting around the camp site (maybe near a lake or creek?).

Anybody have any good suggestions/recommendations for somewhere off the beaten path that won't be as overrun as all the typical front range camp spots? We'd probably be willing to drive up to about 5-6 hours (towing the camper). Also, would be open and welcome to the idea of putting a small group together.

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Old 04-11-2016, 08:25 PM
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Generally I'd say you need to get west of the Sangre De Cristo's to escape the bulk of the front range weekend warriors.
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:19 AM
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i found a couple spots near South Fork in Rio Grande. other than "it could be all over the board", what is typical weather up there late May? Are we talking snow remaining, 50's in daytime 30's at night type of stuff?
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:40 PM
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Tough to get too far off the beaten path because of the snowpack. Great Sand Dunes maybe?
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:56 PM
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sand dunes is friggen packed memorial day. Unless you have reservations you need to be there thurs max. my .02 is find a nice reservoir east of denver. no traffic or few people
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Holiday weekend = stay home and avoid the crowds!
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:29 PM
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South of Grand Junction maybe?
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Holiday weekend = stay home and avoid the crowds!
Spoken like a true front range mountain dweller ... too bad you live in a cornfield now!
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:39 PM
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I might have a few friends coming into town over the holiday weekend and have been trying to think of where to go with them for the weekend for some camping. With all of this snow, I'm a bit stumped where I could take a few friends and not be in a snow bank.
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We did not get much down this way. I'm sure what I have at 8000' will probably be gone by Friday. Durango proper is 6512'. North side of the San Juans is a different story from what I hear.

But it's a long haul down here for a weekend.
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