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.
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.
38.46778,-107.17583 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
38.479638,-107.8599647 – Click on link to see Google Map
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. Labor Day is Sept. 3, 2018
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.
37.81150,-107.90572 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
37.340954, -108.189236 – Click on link to see Google Map
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 and show, “burn your own” dinner, 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.
37.291024,-107.874058 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Turkey Creek National Forest
From Pagosa Springs turn right on Piedra Road (#600), then left on Turkey Springs Road (#146).
37.32839, -107.12950 – Click on link to see Google Map