Lu Anne Frost
Join the WINs for a circuit touring New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, and Colorado’s Rocky Mountain High. Visit places where Billy the Kid roamed. Sled down white sand dunes. Look for aliens in Roswell. Visit the Oldest House in Santa Fe. Spend the 4th of July in Pagosa Springs. Visit a working horse ranch. Learn to paddle board. Ride the Durango/Silverton train. Visit galleries, museums and ghost towns. Hike in the Rockies. View scenery that our cameras won’t do justice. Maybe even take in a Colorado Rockies baseball game. There will be many opportunities for kayaking, and of course, dancing every chance we get. Join the WINs for a fabulous summer in New Mexico and Colorado.
This circuit will travel through mountainous regions and reach elevations of over 10,000 feet.
A New Mexico State Park Pass can be purchased for $225 (out of state) $180 (resident) by calling 1-888-667-2757 or online at www.emnrd.state.nm.us, and are good for twelve months from the date of purchase. Overnight dry camping is regularly $8 per night and there is a park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle.
Leasburg Dam State Park offers several hiking trails and opportunities for fishing, kayaking and bird watching. Park elevation is 3,962. Hike the Dripping Springs Natural Area. Visit historic Mesilla where Billy the Kid roamed, the San Albino Church and the Basilica of San Albino. Tour the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum and the Museum of Nature & Science. Look for the murals on the water tanks. See a movie at the Fountain Theater, shop at the Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces on Saturdays. See the Petrified Wood collection at the Zuhl Museum. Take a hike in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
Leasburg Dam State Park, 12712 State Park Road, Radium Springs, NM.
North on I-10, right at fork to be on I-25, to Exit 19. Left on Ft. Selden Rd, right on Leasburg Dam Road. Dry camping on left at north end of road. Dump and water available. Sites will be $8/night, plus a $5 park entry fee, unless you have a New Mexico State Park Pass.
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Visit the White Sands National Monument-hike one or all of the five established trails, take the self-guided native plant garden tour, join a ranger and explore the mysteries of this geologic wonder, and sled the dunes. Tour the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the International Space Hall of Fame, the White Sands Missile Range Museum, and the Tularosa Basin Museum of History. Visit the Toy Train Museum and the Alameda Park Zoo. Check the schedule for the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts and attend an event. Hike Dog Canyon Trail. Take a day trip to the Village of Cloudcroft. Take a tour of the Pistachio Tree Ranch and Arena Blanca Winery.
Moose Lodge, 29 S. Florida Ave. (575) 437-3662
From US 70, right on 1st St, right on Florida, about 1 mile to lodge on left. Park in field just before lodge. Members and guests $5/night donation, dry camping.
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Tour the International UFO Museum and Research Center. Bird Watch at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Take a walking tour of downtown Roswell and take your picture with an alien. Kayak the Bottomless Lake; hike the many trails, wildlife viewing and bird watching.
Bottomless Lakes State Park, 545 Bottomless Lakes Rd. $8/night Elevation 3,617 ft.
From Roswell continue east on Hwy. 380 about 7 miles, south on 409. Park in day use area on west side of lake.
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Oasis State Park features a small lake and sand dunes. Visit the Blackwater Draw National Historical Site (dig site). Visit the Dalley Windmill Museum, the largest privately owned windmill collection in the nation. Take a day trip to Clovis to visit the Rock & Roll Museum, take a tour of the Windrush Alpaca farm, and walk around the Hillcrest Park Zoo.
Oasis State Park, 1891 Oasis Road. (575) 356-5331
6 miles North of Portales on NM467, left at signs for park. There are some dry sites in campground or park in overflow area. Check in at office. $8/night Elevation 4,058 ft.
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This campground offers fishing and kayaking as well as abundant bird watching. Tour the Route 66 Auto Museum. Visit the Rock Lake State Fish Hatchery.
Santa Rosa Lake State Park, NM Hwy 91 (575) 472-3110.
From I-40, exit 277, go west through town to Hwy. 91, go right, follow about 9 miles, cross dam, continue to Rocky Point campground. Loop A has electric, loop B is non- electric. $8/night Park elevation 4,751 ft.
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Tour the New Mexico State Capitol (Roundhouse). Take a day (or more) to visit the many museums and galleries Santa Fe has to offer. Explore Canyon Road, Santa Fe’s Legendary Arts District. Visit The Oldest House, Old Fort Marcy Park, the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and the Randall Davey Audubon Center. Hike Dale Ball Trails. Visit the Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi. Explore Meow Wolf, a museum like no other. And no visit to Santa Fe is complete without taking a stroll around The Plaza. (Some tours may need to be booked in advance.)
Elks Lodge #460, 1615 Old Pecos Trail. (505) 983-7711
From I-25 take exit 284 (Old Pecos Trail), bear right at junction with 466. Continue about 1 mile. Driveway to Elks is hard to see on right, small sign. Park behind lodge in field. $5/night donation.
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Take a day trip to Wolf Creek (bring a jacket), stopping at Treasure Falls along the way. Ride in a hot air balloon. Hike the Piedra River Trail to Piedra Falls. Visit ancient ruins at the Chimney Rock National Monument. Visit the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Take the San Juan River Walk. Soak in the Hot Springs. Hike the Fourmile Falls Trail. Learn to Paddleboard. Take a bike tour. Go river rafting, kayaking or fishing. Attend a show at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts. Ride a horse at the Diamond Hitch Stables. Visit the many museums and galleries. Sample the local fare at a number of establishments. Enjoy the Fourth of July activities in Pagosa Springs.
Off Hwy 160 approx. 13 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs-go right. Free, on river.
US 84 to US-160 turn right on East Fork. GPS will take you to a forestry campground-do not turn in-keep on going about 3 miles on the dirt road until you come to a large clearing on a mesa. Large flat area with river alongside.
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Durango is a historic cowboy mining town. The center point is the Durango & 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 dinner and show, lots of laughter, and, of course, the Durango & Silverton train trip will make for a wonderful visit to Durango.
La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango, CO. (970) 382-6468
US 160 to US 550 (Main Avenue) Fairgrounds will be on the right and we will park in the front parking lot. We cannot arrive early or stay late at this location. This location is being confirmed.
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Jimmy Smith, (702) 419-9961
Visit the Mesa Verde National Park, and take a Ranger guided tour of Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long House ($5 per person – tickets sell out quickly but can be purchased up to two days in advance at the Mesa Verde Visitor Center, open 7:30 am to 7 pm)
Target Tree Campground, 1551 US160, Hesperus, CO 81326 (970) 247-4874 (970) 882-7296 (970) 882-6880 Elevation 7,643 feet
8 miles east of Mancos on US160. $8.50 per day with senior pass.
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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.
Lizard Head Pass Dispersed Campground, Telluride, CO Elevation 10,250 feet
East side of Lizard Head Pass, 10 miles south of the town of Telluride on CO-145.
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Tour the Museum of the Mountain West and the Ute Indian Museum. The Montrose Water Sports Park is a must do afternoon for kayakers, beginners to expert, with six drop structures, and a gradient of 11 feet for 1/5 mile, supporting a leisurely run with natural obstacles. Catch a performance of the Magic Circle Players. Visit the Montrose Botanical Garden and the Montrose County Museum. Shop at the Montrose Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. There are several hot springs in the Montrose and Ouray area.
Elks Lodge #1053, 891 S. Hillcrest Dr. (970) 249-4852 $5/night donation.
Electricity and dump available.
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Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorado’s largest body of water with 96 miles of shoreline and the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the United States. Let’s go fishing!!! Visit The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for hiking, scenic drives, kayaking; rock climbing, and wildlife watching. 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. Visit the Morrow Point Reservoir at the beginning of the Black Canyon where visitors can take a ranger-led pontoon boat through the upper Black Canyon. Attend Ranger led hikes and Ranger campfire programs to learn about the area. Take a day trip to Crested Butte.
Elk Creek Campground on the Curecanti National Recreation Area. Elevation 7,540 feet.
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. Reservations might be a good idea.
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Hike to Agnes Vaille Falls. White water raft on the Arkansas River. Soak in the hot springs at Mt. Princeton, or ride a horse at the stables. Go 4-wheeling. Visit St. Elmo Ghost Town. Visit the Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery. For the avid hikers there is Mt Shavano and Tabeguache Peak, two 14er’s in one hike! Go zip lining in Salida, or walk along the river. There are cute shops with a locally grown food outlet. Ride the Monarch Crest Scenic Tramway. Salida Hot Springs offers the largest indoor hot springs in North America. Take the Spiral Drive, bike, motorcycle or car for fabulous views. In Buena Vista you can hike the Barbara Whipple Trail and tour the Buena Vista Heritage Museum
Dispersed dry camping in the pines about 7 miles south of Buena Vista.
On US-285 going north toward Buena Vista, 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.
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Leadville is a true western mining town, established in the late 1800's, 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 & Museum, which is one of the finest of its kind, Tabor Home Matchless Mine and Baby Doe Tabor Cabin, Heritage Museum & Gallery, Temple Israel (a restored frontier synagogue and museum), Healy House & 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 Nat'l 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 of 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.
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 campground is approx. ¼ 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.
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Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, Granby
Arapaho National Recreation Area
Take County Road 4 south of town and Shadow Mountain Lake. It’s located just after the Grand Lake Tap House near Cutthroat Bay. Follow that a few miles back to national forest. Dump and water at Granby Kaibab Park. (These directions will be supplemented as soon as possible.)
GPS Coordinates are junction of County Road 4 and US Highway 34
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Day trip to Boulder. Visit Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Forest from the eastern entrance. Tour Coors brewery, the Budweiser brewery, and many micro-breweries. Take the Celestial Seasonings tour, and visit the Leaning Tree Western Art Museum. Ride the Rocky’s Bus to Denver for a baseball game. Visit Buffalo Bills grave. Shop at the Longmont Farmers’ Market. Visit the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center. Hike Rabbit Mountain. Hike and bike St. Vrain State Park.
Moose Lodge, 2210 Pratt St., Longmont, CO (303) 776-9911
$5 a day donation, host to collect and turn in. Call ahead to let them know you’re coming.
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Mary Bierbaum (720) 425-0417
Tour the Denver Botanical Garden and the Denver Zoo. Visit the Denver Museum of Nature & 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 & Space Museum. Attend an event at the Red Rock Amphitheater. Ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Attend a Rocky’s Baseball game. Dance at the Elks Lodge on Thursdays from 6-9 pm, $7; free on Fridays from 7-10 pm, and most Sundays from 2-4:30/$5. Tour the Lakewood Heritage Center.
Elks Lodge #1777, 1455 Newland St., Lakewood (303) 238-1307
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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 Pike’s 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.
Colorado Springs Elks Lodge #309, 3400 N. Nevada Ave. (719) 633-1727
Electric hookups available. Water and dump ($10) on-site. Plenty of dry camping available/$10 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.
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