We have been hanging out in higher elevation in southern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico trying to keep cool. Our stops have been a combination of some touristy and some remote towns. After Pueblo, we stopped for a couple of nights in Canon City, Colorado. It is home to the very popular Royal Gorge Bridge and railroad. We didn’t ride the train but we cycled the Arkansas Riverwalk Trail which included a short stretch that overlooked a section of the gorge. Gorgeous views!
While in Canon City we stayed at a “resort” that charged you if you arrived earlier then the check in time. And the rate increase by the hour! So, if you arrive two hours early they will charge you $20 extra! If we leave at 9 AM do we get a discount? Or if we don’t use the sewer, can we ask for a reduction on the daily rate? This practice seems to be another clever way to gouge the customer. Although this is the first time we encountered this early-arrival charge, I certainly hope that it does not become the norm.
Next stop was a small RV park in Hooper, Colorado. We didn’t stop here for the park – we stopped here for the natural artesian hot springs pool. We enjoyed relaxing in the adult-only section with its three pools, sauna and small swimming pool. Ahhh!
Then, it was off to Heron Lake State Park in northwestern New Mexico. Normally, we don’t go to state parks since they are usually filled with screaming kids and smoldering campfires. However, with the kids back in school and a mid-week arrival, the choice was a good one. We also didn’t think the park would be crowded since the lake levels are at historic lows. The waters have receded so much that the marina is closed and put-ins for boats are limited to a few areas. We enjoyed walking the trails and taking a bike ride along the lightly traveled highway.
We then swung back into Colorado for an overnight stay in Pagosa Springs before arriving in Durango where we’ll be staying over the Labor Day weekend. On long holiday weekends, it can sometimes be hard to find a campground. However, we decided to stay at the fairgrounds in Durango. It has just six sites with water and electric hookups. It is perfect for us. There is a trolley stop right at the fairgrounds that will take us downtown. The Animas River bike trail is right behind the fairgrounds and the recreational center is right next door and it is a beautiful facility.
During our stay at a campground at Pagosa Springs we had a comical experience - almost an Abbot and Costello routine. You remember “who is on first”? We asked the office manager for the rates. She mentioned that a full hookup was $40 and dry was $35. I questioned her about the high cost of dry camping. She said that you get water and electric but not sewer. Huh? I asked her “I thought you said the site was dry.” To me, dry means no hookups. It took a little back and forth discussion to understand her terminology. This was the first time that dry camping did not mean dry camping. Obviously she is not a RVer.
There seem to be a lot to do and see in Durango and we will tell you all about our experiences in the next blog.