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Jun 17, 2020 - Monarch Pass 11,312 ft elevation

Poncha Springs, CO is about 18 miles south of Nathrop, CO. with the Highway US 50 heading west and up and over Monarch Pass and Monarch Ski Area. We heard there was a nice gift shop at the pass so we decided to check it out. Indeed, there is a large well stocked gift shop atop the pass. Normally there is a chairlift ride to the top of Monarch Mountain for sightseeing but his year due to the Covid 19 virus it is closed. There is a nice loop hike leading from the gift shop but today we were not prepared to hike it so we will return again to...

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Jul 23, 2017 - Monarch Pass and Monarch Crest Tramway

We set up camp yesterday in a town about 10 miles west of Salida in the town of Poncha Springs in Heart of the Rockies RV Park. I would rate this place a 3 out of 5 even though it is much higher rated on Trip Advisor (4.5). I think the rating on Trip Advisor is so high because the owners offer a "chance" for a free night of camping if one rates the park on Trip Advisor. Well, Duh! You think I can win by "telling it like it is"? Today, we left camp about 9:30 and went towards Gunnison. We decided we would do lunch there. But, to get there,...

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Oct 20, 2013 - Poncha Springs

On our way to Salida for our weekly grocery shopping at Walmart, we decided to go a different way and check out the tiny town of Poncha Springs. We found it to be another one of those special towns in Colorado you don’t want to miss. This area is absolutely blessed with beauty and incredible scenery everywhere you go. Poncha Springs is the closest town to the Monarch Ski Area. To paint a portrait of Poncha Springs is to picture the diversity and richness of the Old Western Colorado alongside the image of a typical small town in rural...

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Sep 10, 2011 - Poncha Springs, CO - Heart of the Rockies Campground

It took us three hours to cover the 130 miles between Montrose and Poncha Springs due to the multiple summits and winding roads we encountered. The highest pass was Monarch Pass at 11,312 feet. It was a seven mile climb up to the pass from Gunnison Valley and then a ten mile 6-7% downgrade to the Poncha Springs area. We stayed in second gear and ran 30-35 MPH for most of that 17 miles but the Allison transmission worked great and we barely had to use our brakes on that long downgrade. It was definitely a pretty drive with views of Mesa...

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Jul 8, 2010 - Monarch Park CG at 10,500'

I decided after the heat of Mesa Verde and Durango that I would head to a cool, high place!! So I picked out Monarch park CG, another National Forest Service CG with about 38 sites. It was said to be very popular and it was!! I got there on a Thursday evening and took a site for one night that was my 'ideal' site. Overlooking the meadows and the mountains. Beautiful. Then Friday I moved to my new site which did overlook part of the meadow and streams, if you don't mind some trees in the way! The campground was a good place to see deer and...

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