Lake Mead N.R.A.

Lake Mead N.R.A.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Travel day to Pleasant Valley RV Park in Howard, Colorado

June 25, 2010.

We were thoroughly enjoying the "banana belt" of Colorado. However, our sites at Snow Peaks RV Park were reserved so we needed to move. This area of Colorado is very popular for RV'ers and outdoor enthusiasts. It's not unusual for campgrounds to have no vacancies during the weekends.

So, we made plans to move to Pleasant Valley RV Park. Located outside of Howard Colorado, it's on the Arkansas river along the river gorge. In fact it's just miles from the Royal Gorge.

Pleasant Valley RV Park is at an altitude of about 6700 ft. About 1200 ft. lower than Snowy Peaks RV Park. We crossed this bridge over the Arkansas River approaching the campground.

It is a small park with only 30 amp, water and sewer hook-ups. It does have lots of cottonwood trees which provide ample shade.

We were assigned site 41, a pull through for $27 a night. We paid for 5 nights.

The closest large town is Salida about 15 miles north on Hwy. 50.

Some of the sites in Pleasant Valley RV Park are very nice especially those along the river.

However, ours are pull through sites and are packed in rather tightly side by side with other RVs. 

All of our neighbors are very friendly and it's not as bad as it looks. Most have been here for a month or more. Although the roads are dirt, they are sprayed with some chemical that keeps the dust down. There's a bit of lawn at each site and a small concrete slab. Phone reception for Verizon is virtually non-existant. We have to travel down a dirt country road towards a cemetery to get a cell tower signal. The park doesn't have cable and there is no aerial cable reception in the gorge also known as the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. We are able to get good satellite reception. The campground also has very good wifi.
Our view off our porch.

The park and surrounding area is alive with birds and wildlife. We've seen and heard the shrills of lots of hummingbirds and other birds that we haven't identified. We've also seen a brood of Canadian Geese that are being raised along the shores of the river.

All and all not a bad place to spend a few days!

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