Lake Mead N.R.A.

Lake Mead N.R.A.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Travel Day to Durango, Co., Durango RV Park

June 23, 2011, Santa Fe, NM
We were up early to walk Maggie and Rico and make our final preparations to move on to Durango, Colorado. After hitching up and loading up we were on the road by 8:00 with about 220 miles to travel ahead of us.
Originally I had planned to travel north via Chama, NM but, when we called to make a reservation at Durango RV Park, the owner/ operator suggested going via Bernalillo, NM and Hwy. 550. Garmin agreed so that's the route we took.

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It was a beautiful smooth ride over some desolate yet beautiful landscape.

I was impressed with the smooth 4 laned highway 550.

I never grow tired or looking at the beautiful snow capped mountains across the border in Colorado.

Durango RV Park Office, Laundry and Owner's Residence
Around noon we pulled into the south entrance of Durango RV Park right off Hwy 550. We were immediately marshaled into the smallest site we've ever had and right near the entrance. It was fortunate the owner was there to quickly guide us as the park is very tight with little room for moving a big rig.
Our 36 ft. Carriage Cameo barely fits in the site. However, all of the sites appear to be small. I'm not wild about the utility hook-ups. The 50 amp outlet is so low to the ground that I can't use my Surge Guard and the sewer outlet is too close and uphill. However, we will make do for a couple of weeks!
Our friends, Paul and Paula have already been here for a couple of weeks and are parked across the street from us in the picture above. They also have a Carriage Cameo.
Our site was too small to park either the truck or the Jeep so they are actually parked on the site next to us along with a horse buggy. Actually I didn't realize that there was a site next to us! The owners are very nice and said that parking in the adjacent site wasn't a problem. If an RV was in that site it would really be tight!
Overall, we are happy with our site even though it's close to the highway and a bit noisy. At least we have friends here and good views, which is to say we aren't looking at another RV out the windows. Also the price isn't bad for Colorado at $150 a week. We plan to stay for two weeks to take us over the 4th of July when it's often hard to find a place. The altitude is close to 7K feet yet it still got to 90 in the later afternoon. Apparently there's a heat wave following us! Nights are expected to be in the 40's and 50's. 
We spent the afternoon catching up with Paul and Paula and then grilled out with them for dinner. We enjoy their company and look forward to exploring the area with them in the next couple of weeks.


  1. Another full time RVer couple like ourselves! I will enjoy following your adventures. EWWW-your site doesn't sound like the greatest but it is a nice area.

  2. Another full-time RVing couple like us! I will enjoy following your adventures. Your site doesn't sound like the greatest but you are in a great area. Enjoy!

  3. been following your blog and wanted to come out of hiding to say i love the pictures you take - makes me feel like i'm right there with you! hope you're staying cool and enjoying the view in CO!

  4. It is great that you have met up with friends....That always helps cheer up any situation!
    Have fun & Travel safe