From Durango we drove to Dolores. One of the items on the bucket list of my trip was to camp on the Dolores River, ever since I read about Bob’s trip to Colorado. (Bob is the prior owner of my RV. I found his blog a couple years ago and read about his travels.) The drive was beautiful, especially the forest road off of Hwy 145 that leads to West Dolores Campground. We pulled in at about 6PM, hoping there would still be sites available. The camphost gave us 3 sites to choose from. One of them backed right up to the river. And it had electric hookup. We were very happy!! The sound of water rushing over rocks was constant. We decided to stay an extra day. The sites are $17 + $5 electric. Not the great deal that New Mexico State Parks have, but the site was fantastic and we loved it. We even had a fire and made smores. I don’t know that I have ever had smores. Always heard of them, but never been a camper, so no smore making in my past.
On Thursday, the 16th, we headed north on 145 towards Ridgway. We stopped in Rico, a tiny, old mining town. We had no Verizon signal on my Mi-Fi device at the W. Dolores campground, so stopped at the cafe in Rico to use their WiFi. Bev took a cute picture of Riley there. Isn’t he handsome?
My friend Dwight had told me about Ridgway, as he has family there. I had also read RV’ers say the state park there was nice, so we decided that would be the next stop. We were generally trying to go to places with nice scenery and cool weather as we drifted towards Denver, where Bev would fly home on the 22nd. Ridgway SP was nice, but a bit cedar/scrubby like Texas.
We stayed one night at Ridgway, then headed east towards Mueller State Park. Along the way, we crossed the Continental Divide at Monarch Pass, 11,312 feet. Chugging up that road was … challenging. We got out to take pictures at the sign, and it immediately started hailing on us. Mountains certainly do make their own weather.
We wanted to get to at least Salida. We found a commercial campground to stay at just north of Salida in Buena Vista – Arkansas Rim Campground. The river was right behind our site, but was down a hill. We followed a trail to the river.
The RV Park wasn’t too nice, but was a parking spot for the night. Next, we would head to Mueller State Park.