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Cheyenne State Park     (0 )  no dogs on trails

Lathrop state park         (1)

Mueller State Park         (2)

Pueblo state park           (1)

Trinidad State Park        (2)

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10-10-08 to 10-18-08 -General overview of our big Colorado trip below. Specific info on each park will be listed under each park. ( Do not go to Colorado after Oct.10 due to possible snow).

10-10-09 - Friday - left the house at 4:00 PM Friday! Part of our Colorado trip. Big fight. Marilyn wanted to drive, in the dark, for about 3 hours then look for an RV area. I did not want to drive in the dark to somewhere we have never been and so stayed at Keystone Park (Marilyn was very mad the entire time).

10-10-08 Friday - stayed at Keystone Park . Left Sat. and went to Glass Mountains. Then to Fort Supply, a Corp. of Engineers RV lake area (not your typical Corp. of Engineer RV area). Very nice. Large areas to walk the dogs. Then to Optima Lake near Hardesty, OK. and got stuck in the red dirt and paid $200 to get out (Marilyn said she had never got stuck on a dirt road - just before we went down the road and got stuck, I said I didn't want to go down that dirt road, she talked me into it - it was getting dark, raining, country road with no lights, my phone would not connect. The police came out and they could barely drive down the red dirt road. We contacted the few tow trucks in this sparse area and they all said they would not go down a wet red dirt road because they would get stuck. I panicked, Marilyn didn't (because her phone worked). The IPhone saved us.

10-11 -08 - Saturday - Guymon, OK - stayed at a cramped RV park. Only one spot left open. Cost $25. When we left, there was a big storm. Then to Black Mesa state park and showered. The showers have a 2 second long stream of water then you have to push the button again and again. Not much to do here. WE did try to walk up the mountain which takes you to the highest point in Okla. However, the trail is 4 miles one way and I did not want to walk that far. We left and went to Boise City, 27 miles away and they had the best Dairy Queen we have ever eaten at (Marilyn still talks about this place). Huge parking lot. We left there and went to Clayton state park.

10-12-08 - Sunday - stayed at Clayton State Park in New Mexico (has the world famous 500 fossil foot prints of 8 dinosaurs made 100 million years ago and Clayton lake - a small lake and small park). The road to Clayton was 12 miles long! A winding road and took forever to get there. Only 10 RV spots at Clayton. We were lucky. On Monday morning we ate breakfast at the Best Western buffet in Clayton. Small but good. Costs $8 per person. There was nowhere else to eat at in Clayton. We asked a local what keeps the city of Clayton going and he said livestock and a new prison. We noticed a bad smell at the state park and didn't know what it was at that time. It was the livestock.

We next stopped at Sugarite Canyon state park in New Mexico. Not for large RV's. Beautiful lake in between canyons. We walked the trail that runs around the lake. There is 10 RV spots but they are not near the lake and are down a maze of trees all very close together. Nothing else to do. Small park. We left here and went to Lathrop state park and it's maze of RV areas.

10-13-08 - Monday - stayed at Lathrop State park in Walsenburg, Colo. Huge park with lots of RV spots on a mountain top with lots of winding roads. Best bathrooms - each with a locking door. They have bears here. Spread out spots. You will get lost. We left and stopped at Trinidad state park. Well laid out and next to Trinidad lake - a man-made lake. Lots of area for RV's. We stopped and walked the Levsa trail - well marked trail in stones and small rocks. Nice view overlooks the lake. Very clean park. We then left and turned left out of the park on Hwy 12 which takes you to Hwy 25 - a 2 hour very scenic drive on a 2 lane road, with no shoulders, among the mountains. Some of the mountains had snow. We saw the most beautiful snow covered trees near the end of the road looking like something out of a Disney movie. The road had no snow. (The end of this road took us to Lathrop state park).

10-14-08 - Tues - stayed at Mueller Park in Colorado. 20 miles west of Colorado Springs. Cost - $24. Huge park. On a mountain. Lots of wild animals. We then went to Pueblo state park. A man-made lake. No trees. Big park office. We saw 10 wild turkeys and deer. We left and went to Colorado Springs. We wanted to stay at Garden of the Gods RV park and we thought it would be inside or near Garden of the Gods. Big mistake. We drove up to the Garden of the Gods, rounded the corner to the entrance, and the entrance had 2 large 20' tall boulders with a very narrow entrance, not wide enough for an RV. There was no where to turn around. Lots of cars behind us. We were only 50' from the entrance. With nowhere to go, we just plowed thru the entrance and scrapped the sides of the RV. From here we went to Mueller park. Way up at the top of a large mountain. Took a long time to get there. The park ranger at Trinidad recommended Mueller but we had 2nd thoughts about going since we kept driving and driving to get there.

10-15-09 - Wed - stayed at Mueller Park again. Took the truck only to Cripple Creek. Looks like Eureka Springs. Lots of casinos in Cripple Creek. The overlook area overlooks Cripple Creek - you can see the entire town, a great view. We went thru the town and left out the other side and drove to Florissant. They have the "Fossil Beds National Monument". In it are several petrified redwood stumps (their main feature), fossils that are 34 million years old. 14 miles of trails. We walked one trail that went out to a grassy area with no trees. We left and went to Mueller park to get the RV. Went to Cheyenne state park just south of Colorado Springs. This was a new park with barely enough parking lot to handle our RV. I couldn't believe how small the parking lot was. The RV areas were not ready. Does not allow dogs on the trails. We left and parked the RV at Garden of the Gods RV park. Large park and someone will go with you to your spot to help you back into the narrow spots. We took the truck and went to Garden of the Gods.

10-16-09 - Thursday - stayed at Garden of the Gods RV park near Manitou and Colorado Springs. Costs - $30 per night. No cable. We took the truck and went to Manitou Cliff Dwellings - where Indians used to live. A small area - about 200' wide. Costs - $9.50 per person. Then next to Cave of the Winds - costs $18 per person for the 45 minute tour. We did not do this. It was late in the day. We sight see'd at Manitou and Old Colorado City. Rented 2 Red Box DVD's at a McDonalds and had dinner at a Mexican restaurant next to the RV park - Amanda's Fondue Restaurant. It was very good. Great atmosphere. We walked around this area with the dogs on a leash.

10-17-09 - Friday - stayed at Gunsmoke RV park in Dodge City, Kansas We took the RV and left G. of the G. RV park . Marilyn wanted to go to Pike's Peak and the North Pole but had a terrible headache (even Motrin and Sudafed did not work) and thought it might be high altitude related and was afraid to go up the mountain. We headed home. Took I-25 south to Pueblo. At the City of Fountain (where
Anna used to live and was stationed in the army at Fort Carson). Then at exit 128, northwest corner, is a prairie dog area - behind the restaurant. We then turned east on Hwy 50 and then drove for miles and miles thru many small towns in Kansas - including the town that got completely destroyed by a tornado - Greensburg. We stopped at John Martin Reservoir state park in Colorado, a nice but flat area with few trees. You can see from horizon to horizon it is so flat. We stayed at Gunsmoke RV park. A very large RV park, and very old looking. Has 82 sites. Has a gift shop, grocery store and nice bathrooms.

10-18-09 - Saturday - left Gunsmoke. Stopped at Cheney Reservoir state park in Kansas. Very large park. 2 separate RV areas. 24 miles Northwest of Wichita. Then drove to Tulsa.

 

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Cheyenne State Park

Part of our big Colorado trip

Generally located: just south of Colorado Springs.

Best known for it's: ?

 

Part of our big Colorado trip from 10-10-08 to 10-18-08-
see web page on Colorado for more detailed overall info on our entire trip (special detailed article at the top of the page on the Colorado page) by date/day.  
Started 10-10-08 at Keystone State Park, OK. (Marilyn mad) ,   Glass (or Gloss) Mountains, OK.,   Fort Supply Lake, OK (army corp of engineer lake),   Optima Lake, Hardesty, Ok. ("red dirt road disaster"),   Guymon, OK RV park (raining and we got the last spot),   Boise City Dairy Queen (Marilyn's favorite),    Black Mesa state Park - OK (highest point),   Clayton State Park, New Mexico (fossil place),   Sugarite Canyon state park, New Mexico, (tree lined trail runs around the small beautiful lake) ,   Trinidad State Park, Colo. (overview of dam and made-man lake, lots of asphalt and concrete),   Lathrop state park, Colo. (huge maze of RV areas on top of a mountain),   Pueblo state park, Colo. (man made lake with no trees),  Garden of the Gods park disaster with the RV,  Mueller State Park, Colo. (wildlife rules here), Cripple Creek and petrified stump national monument in Florissant,   Cheyenne State Park - Colo. (not built yet - no dogs allowed, small parking lot),   Garden of the Gods RV park (great Mexican restaurant within walking distance), Manitou cliff dwelling, Cave of the Winds, Greensburg, ks tornado disaster,   John Martin Reservoir state Park, ks (dam inside park, very flat, you can't see it from Hwy 50), Gunsmoke RV park (in Dodge City),   Cheney Reservoir state park - ks (marina and 2 boat launches) (ended 10-18-08)


Part of our big Colorado trip - see web page on Colorado for detailed info on our trip by date/day.

Phone:

Date stayed: 10-15-08 - we just drove thru. They did not have their RV area built yet.

Directions:

Size of park:

RV Camping: We could not see the RV area from the park office.

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: none - no dogs allowed on the trails.

Cabins:

Length of trails:

Animals we saw:

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros:

Cons: does not allow dogs on the trails.

Very small parking area in front of the park office. Just barely had enough room for our RV. If the parking lot had a lot of cars, I probably could not turn around with the RV. Whoever built the parking lot did not take RV's into consideration. Even without cars in the parking lot, turning back out of the park was tricky. There were 3 entrances to the parking lot and if you don't choose the right one you can't turn around.

Fishing:

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info:

Nearest cities: Colorado Springs to the north

Dogs we took: Gap and Sache

Website:

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Lathrop state park

Generally located: south east part in Walsenburg, Colo.

Best known for it's: view of the mountains.

 

Part of our big Colorado trip from 10-10-08 to 10-18-08-
see web page on Colorado for more detailed overall info on our entire trip (special detailed article at the top of the page on the Colorado page) by date/day.  
Started 10-10-08 at Keystone State Park, OK. (Marilyn mad) ,   Glass (or Gloss) Mountains, OK.,   Fort Supply Lake, OK (army corp of engineer lake),   Optima Lake, Hardesty, Ok. ("red dirt road disaster"),   Guymon, OK RV park (raining and we got the last spot),   Boise City Dairy Queen (Marilyn's favorite),    Black Mesa state Park - OK (highest point),   Clayton State Park, New Mexico (fossil place),   Sugarite Canyon state park, New Mexico, (tree lined trail runs around the small beautiful lake) ,   Trinidad State Park, Colo. (overview of dam and made-man lake, lots of asphalt and concrete),   Lathrop state park, Colo. (huge maze of RV areas on top of a mountain),   Pueblo state park, Colo. (man made lake with no trees),  Garden of the Gods park disaster with the RV,  Mueller State Park, Colo. (wildlife rules here), Cripple Creek and petrified stump national monument in Florissant,   Cheyenne State Park - Colo. (not built yet - no dogs allowed, small parking lot),   Garden of the Gods RV park (great Mexican restaurant within walking distance), Manitou cliff dwelling, Cave of the Winds, Greensburg, ks tornado disaster,   John Martin Reservoir state Park, ks (dam inside park, very flat, you can't see it from Hwy 50), Gunsmoke RV park (in Dodge City),   Cheney Reservoir state park - ks (marina and 2 boat launches) (ended 10-18-08)
 

Phone:

Date stayed: 10-13-08 (almost too late in the year for Colorado pulling an RV behind - had a light snow fall that night!).

Directions:

Size of park: large

RV Camping: lots of RV spots all spread out. In the Pinion campground, We stayed at spot 79 in the "D" loop and had our own water hookup. Close to the bathroom. A great spot. All spots are drive thru !

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms: best bathrooms. Each individual with a lock on the doors. Showers are in a separate building and costs $.25 for 3 minutes with locking door.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: none. Located on a mountain so no flat areas to walk the dogs.

Cabins: ?

Length of trails: maybe none.

Animals we saw: none.

Sites to see inside the park: none

Sites to see outside the park: none

Pros:

Cons: there are bears so keep your food protected.

Fishing:

Date built: new park.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info:

Nearest cities:

Dogs we took: Gap and Sache.

Website:


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Mueller State Park

Generally located: 20 miles west of Colorado Springs up the mountains.

Best known for it's: wild life and back to nature areas. You are deep in the mountain forest.

 

Part of our big Colorado trip from 10-10-08 to 10-18-08-
see web page on Colorado for more detailed overall info on our entire trip (special detailed article at the top of the page on the Colorado page) by date/day.  
Started 10-10-08 at Keystone State Park, OK. (Marilyn mad) ,   Glass (or Gloss) Mountains, OK.,   Fort Supply Lake, OK (army corp of engineer lake),   Optima Lake, Hardesty, Ok. ("red dirt road disaster"),   Guymon, OK RV park (raining and we got the last spot),   Boise City Dairy Queen (Marilyn's favorite),    Black Mesa state Park - OK (highest point),   Clayton State Park, New Mexico (fossil place),   Sugarite Canyon state park, New Mexico, (tree lined trail runs around the small beautiful lake) ,   Trinidad State Park, Colo. (overview of dam and made-man lake, lots of asphalt and concrete),   Lathrop state park, Colo. (huge maze of RV areas on top of a mountain),   Pueblo state park, Colo. (man made lake with no trees),  Garden of the Gods park disaster with the RV,  Mueller State Park, Colo. (wildlife rules here), Cripple Creek and petrified stump national monument in Florissant,   Cheyenne State Park - Colo. (not built yet - no dogs allowed, small parking lot),   Garden of the Gods RV park (great Mexican restaurant within walking distance), Manitou cliff dwelling, Cave of the Winds, Greensburg, ks tornado disaster,   John Martin Reservoir state Park, ks (dam inside park, very flat, you can't see it from Hwy 50), Gunsmoke RV park (in Dodge City),   Cheney Reservoir state park - ks (marina and 2 boat launches) (ended 10-18-08)

Phone:

Date stayed: 10-14-08 and 10-15-08

Directions:

Size of park: huge. You drive 2 miles into the park before you come across any man made buildings.

RV Camping: lots of spots.

Cost of RV spots: $24 a night.

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes:
none - because of all the wildlife in the park.

Cabins: no ?

Length of trails: 50 miles of trails. We did not go on any. Just walked around the large park.

Animals we saw: wild turkeys (we saw 10 of them). They groused around our campsite as soon as we got there. Deer.

Have bears so don't leave food out.

Sites to see inside the park: none

Sites to see outside the park: nothing close. We took the truck only and went to Cripple Creek and Florissant (petrified redwood stumps)

Pros:

Cons: No water hookups at any of the sites. We did not see a lake

Fishing: none, we didn't see a lake.

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info: The park ranger at Trinidad state park recommended this park. He was right, a great get-away-from-it-all park.

The park ranger at Mueller said most of the water faucets, to fill your tanks with, froze last winter and only a few faucets were working.

The continental divide was 3 miles away.

Nearest cities:

Dogs we took: Gap and Sache

Website:

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Pueblo state park

Generally located: south of Colorado Springs

Best known for it's: man made lake with no trees.

 

Part of our big Colorado trip from 10-10-08 to 10-18-08-
see web page on Colorado for more detailed overall info on our entire trip (special detailed article at the top of the page on the Colorado page) by date/day.  
Started 10-10-08 at Keystone State Park, OK. (Marilyn mad) ,   Glass (or Gloss) Mountains, OK.,   Fort Supply Lake, OK (army corp of engineer lake),   Optima Lake, Hardesty, Ok. ("red dirt road disaster"),   Guymon, OK RV park (raining and we got the last spot),   Boise City Dairy Queen (Marilyn's favorite),    Black Mesa state Park - OK (highest point),   Clayton State Park, New Mexico (fossil place),   Sugarite Canyon state park, New Mexico, (tree lined trail runs around the small beautiful lake) ,   Trinidad State Park, Colo. (overview of dam and made-man lake, lots of asphalt and concrete),   Lathrop state park, Colo. (huge maze of RV areas on top of a mountain),   Pueblo state park, Colo. (man made lake with no trees),  Garden of the Gods park disaster with the RV,  Mueller State Park, Colo. (wildlife rules here), Cripple Creek and petrified stump national monument in Florissant,   Cheyenne State Park - Colo. (not built yet - no dogs allowed, small parking lot),   Garden of the Gods RV park (great Mexican restaurant within walking distance), Manitou cliff dwelling, Cave of the Winds, Greensburg, ks tornado disaster,   John Martin Reservoir state Park, ks (dam inside park, very flat, you can't see it from Hwy 50), Gunsmoke RV park (in Dodge City),   Cheney Reservoir state park - ks (marina and 2 boat launches) (ended 10-18-08)

Phone:

Date stayed: 10-13-08 - we just passed thru because there were no trees in the park !

Directions:

Size of park: ?

RV Camping: ?

Cost of RV spots: ?

Showers and restrooms: ?

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: ?

Cabins: ?

Length of trails: ?

Animals we saw: ?

Sites to see inside the park: ?

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros:

Cons: No trees at all. We did not stay long here.

Fishing:

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info:

Nearest cities:

Dogs we took: Gap and Sache.

Website:

 

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Trinidad State Park

Generally located: southeast Colorado

Best known for it's: Trinidad lake - a man-made lake.

 

Part of our big Colorado trip from 10-10-08 to 10-18-08-
see web page on Colorado for more detailed overall info on our entire trip (special detailed article at the top of the page on the Colorado page) by date/day.  
Started 10-10-08 at Keystone State Park, OK. (Marilyn mad) ,   Glass (or Gloss) Mountains, OK.,   Fort Supply Lake, OK (army corp of engineer lake),   Optima Lake, Hardesty, Ok. ("red dirt road disaster"),   Guymon, OK RV park (raining and we got the last spot),   Boise City Dairy Queen (Marilyn's favorite),    Black Mesa state Park - OK (highest point),   Clayton State Park, New Mexico (fossil place),   Sugarite Canyon state park, New Mexico, (tree lined trail runs around the small beautiful lake) ,   Trinidad State Park, Colo. (overview of dam and made-man lake, lots of asphalt and concrete),   Lathrop state park, Colo. (huge maze of RV areas on top of a mountain),   Pueblo state park, Colo. (man made lake with no trees),  Garden of the Gods park disaster with the RV,  Mueller State Park, Colo. (wildlife rules here), Cripple Creek and petrified stump national monument in Florissant,   Cheyenne State Park - Colo. (not built yet - no dogs allowed, small parking lot),   Garden of the Gods RV park (great Mexican restaurant within walking distance), Manitou cliff dwelling, Cave of the Winds, Greensburg, ks tornado disaster,   John Martin Reservoir state Park, ks (dam inside park, very flat, you can't see it from Hwy 50), Gunsmoke RV park (in Dodge City),   Cheney Reservoir state park - ks (marina and 2 boat launches) (ended 10-18-08)

Phone:

Date stayed: 10-12-08 - we did not stay. Just walked one trail which took us to the dam and lake.

Directions:

Size of park: lots of room for RV's. Large parking area.

RV Camping: yes.

Cost of RV spots: ?

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: not really but we did anyway.

Cabins: ?

Length of trails: we walked one trail - Levsa trail - that was well made with small rocks

Animals we saw:

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros: Well laid out and maintained park.

Cons: Not much to see. Overly developed park. Looks nice but asphalt and concrete everywhere.

Fishing:

Date built: new park.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info: Well laid out park. Very clean. Costs $6 per car to get in. Nice overlook area of the lake inside the park.

When leaving this park, if you turn left on Hwy 12, which takes you to I-25 which is a very nice scenic 2 lane road, with no shoulders, and will take you 2 hours driving before you can turn off the road. Good thing we had a full tank of gas. At the end of this road is Lathrop state park in Walsenburg, Colo. (where we stayed a night). Near the end of this 2 hour drive, you are on top of a mountain that has snow on the trees but no snow on the road. We almost waited too late in the year to go to Colorado and we were worried, at the top of the mountain, if we would encounter snow on the road (there was a light dusting at the very top of the mountain on the road). I would not recommending RV'ing in Colorado after Oct. 10th. At the top of this mountain is where we saw the snow covered trees that looked like a scene out of a Disney movie. The most beautiful sight we have ever seen.

Nearest cities:

Dogs we took: Gap and Sache

Website:


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