2022 Best of Arizona, Utah, and Colorado plus Wyoming

The Best of Arizona, Utah, and Colorado 2022

March 28, 2022 to September 6, 2022
 
CIRCUIT LEADER – Adrienne Leibowitz, adriennelulu@gmail.com, 805-458-2206

This circuit will take you through such places as Sedona, Grand Canyon, Kanab, Utah, Bryce, Arches, Escalante and parts of Colorado just to name some of the highlights we will enjoy. It will then continue into Wyoming, where it will end. This is just some of the highlights of this circuit. Most places you can just show up, but there are a few places that you will need reservations. Please review the whole circuit and make any necessary reservations.

We look forward to everyone volunteering to help contribute in some way. If you are new, it is a great way to meet people.

Please note this circuit may change as it goes along due to the size of the group, inclement weather or area is not accessible. Changes if necessary will be posted on line, last minute changes will go out to all WINs via e-mail as a WIN Alert. If you are thinking of joining this circuit for all or any any part, please let me know and if you available to host a stop. I have all the information to help you host or co-host a stop and will help you. adriennelulu@gmail.com or 805-458-2206.


TORREY, UT

May 24, 2022 to May 31, 2022
Activity Ideas

Visit Capitol Reef National Park and discover the Waterpocket Fold, and other hidden treasures. Day trips to Escalante, Hole in the Rock Wall, Capital Reef and so much more. There are fifteen day hiking trails, from easy strolls to strenuous hikes. Park Staff offer a variety of interpretive programs and hikes. Buy locally-baked fruit pies and homemade ice cream at The Gifford House store and museum, and if you get there early enough in the day they have killer cinnamon rolls.

Parking Location

1280 West Beas Lewis Flat Road, Torrey, UT. This is a hilly area and host should get there a day before to pick out parking areas. Go Slow and those that run their generators should park a bit of a distance from the group as a courtesy.

Directions and Other Information

These are the directions from Bryce. There are actually 3 routes and everyone needs to decide for themselves which is the better route for them. Here are the 2 better routes. The GPS will be very helpful.
One route takes you along Hwy 12, which is very scenic, but curvy, steep in parts and may have some construction. Look for the sign for 1280 West Bees Lewis Flat Road. This is a dirt road on the right coming from UT-24 East, follow the WIN signs.
The other route take you out and around using UT-89 and UT- 62. This route take less time but is more mileage. The turn off to 1280 West Bees Lewis Flat Road is at N38.2984268,W111.3931856

GPS Coordinates

N38.2980564,W111.3841259Click on link to see Google Map


GOBLIN VALLEY, UT

May 31, 2022 to June 6, 2022
Activity Ideas

Explore the strange and colorful valley which is unlike any other in Utah. The landscape sandstone goblins and formations is compared to Mars. For those that want more adventure, check out canyoneering and rappelling opportunities with local guides. Rappel into Goblins Lair 70 foot natural sandstone cave. (info@getinthewild.com). Also Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. Bell/Little Wild Horse Canyon Loop Hike.

Parking Location

Temple Mountain Campground East. Temple Mountain Road, Green River, Utah, 84525. Free. Host should check out place at least a day in advance.

Directions and Other Information

Utah 12 to Utah 24, turn right, to Temple Mountain Road, turn left. Host to verify location is viable and large enough for the group.

GPS Coordinates

N38.656214,W110.660838Click on link to see Google Map


MOAB / ARCHES NATIONAL PARK / CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UT

June 6, 2022 to June 13, 2022
Activity Ideas

There are many hiking and mountain biking opportunities in this area. Take a scenic drive; catch the amazing colors of the Southwestern sunrises and sunsets. Go 4-wheeling. Kayak or tube the Colorado River. Visit Arches, Canyonlands, The Needles, and Moab. Check out the White Rim Trail

Parking Location

Fallen Office Peace trail. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW!! We will be a tight fit in this space, please follow the directions of the parking directors so that we can all fit. Please be courtesy if you have to run a generator. There is an overflow area adjacent or across the road. There is a deep dip at the first entrance. It would be best to park between the wooden posts perpendicular to the cable.

Directions and Other Information

UT-24 E to I-70 East, Take exit 182 (191) toward Moab. Keep left and follow the signs toward Moab. Turn left onto Fallen Peace Officers Trail and follow the WIN signs and red ribbons. (There is no left turn lane so use signals and put them on early) The left turn is just south of the mile marker 142 which is approximately 15 miles south off I-70. There is a large Brown sign for Fallen Peace Officer Trail as you approach the turn. There are several places in Moab for dump and water.

GPS Coordinates

N38.7319316,W109.7248904Click on link to see Google Map


GRAND JUNCTION, CO

June 13, 2022 to June 20, 2022
Activity Ideas

Lots of scenic hikes in Colorado National Monument, rock climbing, canyoneering, and adventure hiking are found in the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, Unaweep Canyon and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Jet boat the Colorado (either mild and scenic or wet and wild). Cable board on a 30 acre lake near Fruita. Explore Dinosaur Museum, trails and digs as well The Little Rock Wild Horse Range by either horse or 4 wheel drive. Visit one of the many farms and orchards where you pick your own and the alpacas. Bike ride one of the most scenic roads – 23 miles along Rim Rock Drive. There are rivers to kayak or float on and finish off a day with wine tasting (30 to choose from) and/or explore the many breweries, distilleries and restaurants in and around town. Play golf, visit the Museum of the West. Explore the art murals on the river front trail, hike the Grand Mesa, drive racing at the Speedway, fishing in over 300 lakes and some unique shopping downtown.

Parking Location

Moose Center 270, 567 251/2 Road, Grand Junction, Co. 81505. Dump and Water on the premises. Need a parking Director and someone to collect the money and sign everyone in. Checks and cash OK.

Directions and Other Information

US-191 North to I-70 East to Follow I-70 E, Right on Pinyon Ave, Left onto 25 1/2 RD.
Electricity- 110 at $20 a night, dry camping $10 as long as we collect from everyone. Dancing to a live band one night a week, Karaoke, bingo, special dinners and of drinks and great hospitality. If you are not a Moose yet, this would be a great one to join.

GPS Coordinates

N39.08688N,W108.58129Click on link to see Google Map


GUNNISON, CO

June 20, 2022 to June 27, 2022
Activity Ideas

Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorados largest body of water with 96 miles of shoreline and the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the United States. Lets go fishing!!! Head down to the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, that routes water from the Gunnison River through the mountain to Montrose and other farming communities. Attend Ranger led hikes and Ranger campfire programs to learn about the area. Take a day trip to Crested Butte. Other activities include visiting Gunnison, kayaking, hiking, and bicycle riding. Can also visit Black Canyon of the Gunnison from here.

Parking Location

Elk Creek Campground on the Curecanti National Recreation Area. Elevation 7,540 feet.

Directions and Other Information

16 miles west of Gunnison on US-50. (970) 641-2337 Dump and water are available at the campground. $16/night for non-electric sites. Electric hookups in loop D only, additional $6/night. Loop D recommended for larger rigs. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to 6 months prior to your stay. Must be made 4 days prior to arrival. www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.

GPS Coordinates

N38.46778,W107.17583Click on link to see Google Map


NATHROP, CO

June 27, 2022 to July 6, 2022
Activity Ideas

Hiking, fishing. Hot springs and rafting (with outfitters) nearby. Community pool with hot springs and showers in Salida, along with a river walk and cute shops. Tubing in Salida.

Parking Location

Dispersed dry camping in the pines about 7 miles south of Buena Vista. NOTE: Area to be verified in advance, may not be enough space and need an alternative.

Directions and Other Information

From US-285, turn West on County Rd 270, drive several miles to County Rd 272 and go straight on hard-pack sand road to National Forest. Area called Raspberry Gulch. Water at Buena Vista Water Dept. and info center. Dump at private campgrounds. Verizon and internet are good here. Celebrate July 4th with a pot luck.

GPS Coordinates

N38.693255,W106.138043Click on link to see Google Map


LEADVILLE, CO

July 6, 2022 to July 10, 2022
Activity Ideas

Leadville is a true western mining town, established in the late 1800s, and is the highest incorporated city in North America, at an elevation of 10,151 ft. There are a wide range of sights, activities and experiences unique to the Rocky Mountains. Nearby locations are Twin Lakes, Aspen, and Turquoise Lake. There are numerous hiking trails around the area, bicycling, kayaking, and numerous downtown adventures. Visit a nearby community swimming pool and gym, a convenient place to get a hot shower and swim a lap or two, or soak in the hot tub. Dine out in the quaint historical buildings of Leadville for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with a little bit of history on the back of most menus to give background about the establishment and its previous owners. Visit the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, which is one of the finest of its kind, Tabor Home Matchless Mine and Baby Doe Tabor Cabin, Heritage Museum and Gallery, Temple Israel (a restored frontier synagogue and museum), Healy House and Dexter Cabin. Take Twin Lakes Inter-Laken boat tour to the historic Inter-Laken Resort, for historical tales, geology, gorgeous scenery, flora, fauna, the Leadville National Fish Hatchery and scenic hiking trail. Visit the Twin Lakes Gallery and historic town, and Delaware Hotel take a guided cemetery tour with a narrative of tales of some of the residents. Visit the Historical Tabor Opera House for an evening of very enjoyable music. Take a day trip to Aspen over Independence Pass (elev. 12,093 ft) to experience a place where the rich and famous live in a lovely little town with upscale shops and high dollar housing surrounded by majestic mountain beauty. Visit the John Denver Sanctuary Memorial Park and ride the gondola to the top of the mountain for spectacular views of the ski slopes and the mountains and valleys below. Take a walking tour of the town visiting the various shops, eateries, galleys, churches and historical landmarks. Visit the ghost town of Independence to view the Old Mill site, and the Braille Trail that uses a rope to guide blind individuals down the trail.

Parking Location

San Isabel National Forestry camping

Directions and Other Information

US-24 North to County Road 4 (McWethy Dr.) and turn left. About 5 miles where road forks at Sugar Loafin RV and golf course, take dirt road (Rd-48) in the center of the fork. The area is approx. 1/2 mile on left. Free. Water and dump available on corner of CO-91 and SR-300 for $5. Host and Co-Host arrive 2 days early to secure spots. This is yet to be verified

GPS Coordinates

N39.247758,W106.358992Click on link to see Google Map


GRAND LAKE, CO

July 10, 2022 to July 17, 2022
Activity Ideas

Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, Granby, Granby Lake. Sightsee, hike, kayak, bike, off-road

Parking Location

Boondocking Location past Staging Area

Directions and Other Information

CO – 91 N to I-70 East, to CO – 9 N, to 34 East, left on Hwy 4 Drive about 1.3 miles past the OHV/Snowmobile Staging Area) and turn left onto the dirt road.

GPS Coordinates

N40.22665,W105.91245Click on link to see Google Map


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO

July 17, 2022 to July 24, 2022
Activity Ideas

Wildlife viewing, Hiking, Kayak, Fishing, Bike, Ski Resort chairlift rides

Parking Location

Rabbit Ears Pass Area, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest / Thunder Basin National Grassland, free dispersed dry camping. Elevation 9,400

Directions and Other Information

21 miles east of Steamboat Springs on US-40. From junction of CO-14 and US-40, travel west on US-40 to Forest Service Road 312, large gravel areas north of US-40 off 312 approx 200 yards north of US-40.

GPS Coordinates

N40.387391,W106.618064Click on link to see Google Map


COWDREY LAKE/WALDEN (OPTION), CO

July 24, 2022 to July 27, 2022
Activity Ideas

Wildlife viewing, Hiking, Kayak, Fishing, Bike, Ski Resort chairlift rides

Parking Location

Lake Cowdrey SWA, Walden, CO. SWA camp areas require a Colorado state fishing license to camp her and they run $33 dollars for 5 days for out of state. These can be bought at the local Walmart.

Directions and Other Information

From Cowdrey, go 2 miles S on Hwy l25. Entrance on west side of road. Free dispersed camping. 7945 ft elev, toilets. Note this stop can be added if you want to split your time here and in Laramie/Cheyenne. It is right on the water.

GPS Coordinates

N40.83914,W106.312444Click on link to see Google Map


LARAMIE/CHEYENNE, WY

July 25, 2022 to August 1, 2022
Activity Ideas

The Cheyenne Frontier days will be going on at this time and there will be a Rodeo going on everyday from July 23rd to 31st. Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered through Cheyenne Frontier Days Tickets on line. There is a carnival every day, live music every night, entertainment, chuckwagon cookout, Grand Parade, Indian Village, USAF Thunderbirds on July 27th just to a few of the activities going on. We are not far from Laramie which is a charming historical western town with a university, lots of hiking and biking and Medicine Bow National Forest. Tour the nightlife with lots of wineries and craft breweries along with both western dancing and swing dancing. With so much to do at these 2 places, it will be hard to make choices.

Parking Location

Vedauwoo Designated Dispersed Campsites, Medicine Bow National Forest, Laramie, WY. There are 73 first come, first serve free spots located in this area and must park within 50 feet of a marked spot. There are tables, grill trails and hiking. Host must arrive at least a day in advance to make sure we can get our group in there.

Directions and Other Information

From Cheyenne, head west on I-80 approximately 30 miles to the Vedauwoo exit (exit 339). After exiting, turn right onto Forest Road 700. Travel East on the 700 road for approximately 2 miles. This will lead you to the designated dispersed sites.
Note: Starts July 27th for those who go to the optional COWDREY LAKE/WALDEN stop.

GPS Coordinates

N41.152917,W105.374898Click on link to see Google Map


DENVER, CO

August 1, 2022 to August 8, 2022
Activity Ideas

Tour the Denver Botanical Garden and the Denver Zoo. Visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Drive the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Tour the Colorado State Capitol, and the Molly Brown House Museum. Tour the Forney Museum of Transportation and the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Attend an event at the Red Rock Amphitheater. Ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Attend a Rockys Baseball game. Tour the Lakewood Heritage Center.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #2227, 3850 Elks Drive, Westminster, CO 303 429-2227

Directions and Other Information

From I-25N take Exit 214A for Interstate 70W/Grand Jct, take exit 271B for Lowell Blve toward Tennyson St. Keep right at fork to continue on Lowell Blvd, go 2.7miles turn left onto W 69th Pl, go .2mi and turn left to arrive at Elks Lodge. 49 RV spaces with E/W and a dump on site.

GPS Coordinates

N39.82398,W105.0381Click on link to see Google Map


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

August 8, 2022 to August 14, 2022
Activity Ideas

Visit the Garden of the Gods, the Royal Gorge, the United States Air Force Academy, the National Museum of World War II Aviation, the mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor, the Pikes Peak Cog Railroad, Manitou Springs, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and the Ice Skating Hall of Fame at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Hike or bike Red Rock Canyon. For you adrenaline junkies, there is the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. Visit the Fountain Creek Nature Center and catch a performance at the Fountain Community Theater or the Pikes Peak Opry.

Parking Location

Colorado Springs Elks Lodge #309, 3400 N. Nevada Ave. (719) 633-1727. Elevation: 6,000 ft.

Directions and Other Information

Electric hookups available, 30A @$25 a night or $175 week. $15 a night dry camping. Water and dump ($10) on-site. Plenty of dry camping available/$15 night. For access from I-25 N or S., Exit 245 and turn east on Fillmore. Proceed approximately .7 mile to stoplight. Turn left on Cascade Avenue. About .3 mile turn right onto Commerce Street. Turn left next block onto Tejon. Rear of Lodge and RV parking on right. Please enter the Lodge through the back door on the north side of the pool. Take the stairs down near the rear door or the elevator located near the front door. Bar is on the lower level. Pool open, extra fee.

GPS Coordinates

N38.880678,W104.819222Click on link to see Google Map


ALAMOSA, CO

August 14, 2022 to August 18, 2022
Activity Ideas

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. There are a lot natural wonders here such as hot springs, rolling dunes, towering mountain peaks. There’s a lot more here than just the huge dunes that are the tallest in the US and cover 330 square miles. There is also forest and mountain ecosystems in the park. Zapata Falls is nearby. Biking, Birding, Campfire Rings, Wildlife Viewing, Take a walk on the Rio Grande River walk. The wetlands are great for birding and the UFO watch tower is one of the unique attractions in the area.

Parking Location

San Luis Lakes Colorado State Wildlife Area – Mosque Campground , 50 first come first served spaces, most with electric. Fishing license required to use the SWA and the campground. A 5 day fishing license available for $32 online or at the Alamosa Walmart. This requirement is being enforced by a campground host at this circuit stop. No water or dump station is available at the Mosca campground, so plan to arrive with water tank full and waste tanks empty. Drinking Water, Firewood, Hiking, Horseshoe Pit, Host, Interpretive Trails, Parking Area, Picnic Area, RV sites, Recycling, River Access, Trails, Trash Collection, Vault Toilets, Volleyball Courts

Directions and Other Information

From Alamosa, take Colorado 17 thirteen miles north, turn right onto Lane 6 north for 7.7 miles, turn left onto N CR-116 into the SWA, campground will be on the left.

GPS Coordinates

N37.6703349,W105.7380511Click on link to see Google Map


PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO

August 18, 2022 to August 23, 2022
Activity Ideas

Pagosa Springs is a town in southwest Colorado known for its hot springs. Its surrounded by the rugged San Juan Mountains and vast areas of national forest. The San Juan River, with its abundant trout, runs through town. To the southwest, Chimney Rock National Monument features the ruins of ancient Ancestral Pueblo-an dwellings. Take a day trip of scenic driving to the old mining town of Creede, Colorado.

Parking Location

Turkey Springs NF, Pagosa Springs, CO Elevation: 7,300 ft.

Directions and Other Information

From Hwy 160 in Pagosa Springs, take a left onto Piedra Rd, CO 600, go 6.5miles, turn left onto Turkey Springs Road. Free dry camping, no facilities.

GPS Coordinates

N37.3283943,W107.1410865Click on link to see Google Map


DURANGO, CO

August 23, 2022 to August 29, 2022
Activity Ideas

Durango is a historic cowboy mining town. The center point is the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, through the San Juan Mountains and Animas River Gorge, and is rated one of the ten most exciting train rides. Parking at the fairgrounds provides easy access via a path by the river that follows the train tracks into town, or on a trolley. Every morning at 8:15, you can hear and see the magnificent historic Steam Engine 408 chugging by. Shopping, a melodrama at the Strater Hotel, breweries, a chuck wagon and show, “burn your own” dinner, lots of laughter, and, of course, the Durango andSilverton train trip will make for a wonderful visit to Durango.

Parking Location

Junction Creek Campground, 1499 FDR 171, Durango, CO 81301, (970) 884-2512 Elevation: 7,300 ft.

Directions and Other Information

From US Hwy 550 take W25th Street West, which becomes Junction St, which becomes Junction Creek Rd, which becomes 204. Reservations need to be made at www.recreation.gov Junction Creek Campground

GPS Coordinates

N37.3384,W107.9166Click on link to see Google Map


TELLURIDE, CO

August 29, 2022 to September 6, 2022
Activity Ideas

Ride the free gondola from Telluride to Mountain Village. Hike the Bear Creek Falls trail, the Jud Wiebe Trail, Bridal Veil, and hike along the San Juan River which also has white water rafting opportunities. Walk downtown Telluride, shop at the Farmers Market, and tour the Telluride Historical Museum. Take a day trip and drive to Ouray, the Little Switzerland of Colorado, over Black Bear Pass. Catch a performance at the Sheridan Opera House or Telluride Theater. Plan a Burn your own or pot luck for Labor Day.

Parking Location

Lizard Head Pass Dispersed Campground, Telluride, CO. Elevation 10,250 feet

Directions and Other Information

East side of Lizard Head Pass, 10 miles south of the town of Telluride on CO-145.

GPS Coordinates

N37.81150,W107.90572Click on link to see Google Map