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Sep 22, 2018 - Cinnamon Pass

It wasn't as cold last night only 41 in the camper when we got up. Took the ATV up towards cinnamon pass about 20 miles from the CG. We got out and hiked a little bit of the Grizzly Gulch trail but when it started to go straight up, we went back. The road was good and actually pretty level but as it got around 3:30 we decided to turn around and head back. We saw several deer but no bear or moose. The views along the road are great- as good as any in the Butte. We definitely will come back here. Earlier this morning while Bill was riding his...

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Sep 21, 2018 - Wupperman campground

Woke up to 34 outside and 39 inside so we got the heater going before making coffee. It doesn't take the heater very long to bring the camper up to 70. I thought I heard a bear last night but wasn't sure. The woman camped near us said it was a bear so I wasn't dreaming. We moved from our great campsite (11) to a spectacular site (9) plus, the hosts are leaving today so camping is free. We can see the whole lake plus the mountain range to the South that got several inches of snow the other day.We took the ATV up Red cloud pass about 4 miles...

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Sep 20, 2018 - Lake city

Drove over to Lake City from Blue Mesa and the colors were amazing.LC is still small and not touristy like the Butte. We drove on down to cty Rd 30 to the county CG called Wupperman. $15 and we may have the most beautiful CG ever. We're overlooking Lake San Cristobal with 12,000 ft mtns surrounding us. We took the ATV up to Carson, an old mining town at about 12,000 ft. A bear started to cross the road in front of us but got scared and ran back. Didn't get a pic but he must have been 200 lbs. The trail was pretty rugged and we ended up...

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Sep 16, 2018 - Lake City - 16 September 2018

16 September 2018 – Lake City Colorado Lake City Colorado calls it’s self “The Most Remote Place in the Lower 49!” Head northeastish from Creed, follow the Silver Thread Scenic byway past North Clear Creek Falls, , over Slumgullion Pass and the Slumgullion Earth Flow to the picturesque town of Lake City Colorado. The road is paved but rather narrow – but it is only around 55 miles from Creede so no rush – just go around 25 miles per hour over the winding road up and over the pass. Many older bikers on this narrow but well paved road – I...

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Sep 15, 2017 - Alpine Loop

Colorado's Alpine Loop Scenic and Historic Byway has a narrow window in which it's snow-free (June to September). But it's worth the wait — the 65-mile scenic drive travels through a surreal landscape of treeless tundra and mountains seemingly splashed with red and yellow paint near Ouray, Lake City and Silverton. The Alpine Loop byway navigates between the summits of the Rockies San Juan Mountains by way of two mountain passes. Engineer Pass, to the north, rises 12,000 feet and provides an unsurpassed vantage point for photographs of...

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2017 RV Adventure

Jul 21, 2016 - Long Hard Days and Breakdowns

Woodlake Park, Lake City, CO Thursday, July 21, 2 pm MDT On Monday, July 11 I left Jantzen Beach by 8:30 am (with Jan and Peter’s help) via (I-84E) from Portland to LaGrange OR, and made good time to my next RV 2-night stop. It was a very scenic drive in lovely sunny weather with high temps in the mid 70's and a nice breeze. The RV Park was situated on a hot water creeklet beneath a massif. There were bluebird houses everywhere but I didn’t see any Western Bluebirds. And there was a high platform with a nesting pair of hawks at one end of...

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Sep 13, 2013 - Lake City and Slumgullion Pass

Drove up to Lake City, today. We learned on a roadside sign that much of the topography in the area around here was caused by volcanoes 25,000 years ago. Yesterday we wondered why there was so much loose rock and mud and sandy soil. Turns out it was formed by huge volcanic eruptions north and later south of here. There is lava, ash, volcanic mud, pumice and volcanic clast. We really aren’t able to tell what’s what, but it’s interesting to understand the circumstances that created the very beautiful and fascinating area. It’s amazing how...

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Sep 2, 2013 - Day 2 - A tough day for Dallas

Day 2: Camp to Lake City Dallas reminded me of Charlie for a moment when he stumbled out of his tent and headed directly for his camp stove to make coffee. He said, “Good morning, I’ve got Starbucks, Ya’ want some?” “No thanks Doc, trying to quit…..” We packed up and got ready to go. It was about 50 degrees and the weather was warming up as the sun came out. As a final preparation I walked back into the woods to off load yesterday’s “big Schnee breakfast.” Reaching my destination I hung my fleece jacket on the tree next to the “drop zone.”...

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Smith Tour 2013

Jun 29, 2012 - Lake City

We departed Montrose at 11:20 am on June 29th and arrived at Woodlake RV Park in Lake City at 1:45 pm. This was our second visit to this RV Park. Note the pictures of wildlife at the bird feeder in the RV Park. The picture of the moose was taken at a small lake near the top of Slumgullion Pass during our previous visit. Lake City is one of the four mountain mining towns in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado that are popular with tourists today. The other three are Silverton, Ouray and Telluride. Each is located in a major...

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Jul 6, 2008 - Thousands Have Done It, So Can I

Still from Mountain View by River's Edge Campground, in Creede, CO. What a day!! What a challenge!! What a trip!! What scenery!! In the 3+ weeks that we have been here at Creede, we have been asked several times if we have yet been American Basin, Cinnamon Pass & Engineer Pass, all of which are in the same general area. We had not been to those, but had them on our list of to-do’s before we left. American Basin had been described to us as the most scenic area of wildflowers, but they would not be in full bloom until mid-late July, so we...

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We're Wingin' It

Jun 16, 2008 - The End of the Road for Us

From Mountain Views by Rivers Edge RV Resort, Creede, Colorado Yea, I thought that title might grab your attention, but read-on before jumping to any conclusions. As several people have suggested, we took a few days to let our bodies acclimate to the effects of the elevation. After sitting around not doing much for all day Friday, Saturday & Sunday, we were ready to get out today & begin our adventuring. We first thought back to the roads & trails that the lady at the National Forest Service office had described to us, originating from...

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We're Wingin' It



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