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Outdoor Pursuits

Reservoir Hill Park & Turkey Springs Area

Pagosa Springs, CO - Anyone looking for outdoor recreational trails close to the town of Pagosa Springs will not have to look very far to find two great multi-use trail systems. Reservoir Hill Park and the Turkey Springs Trail System are less than 5 miles from...

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Flattop Saddle Hike

Overview: 8 miles round trip, 2500 feet elevation gain - strenuous in the San Juan National Forest This hike is a story of 3 trail segments that are quite different from each other. All three segments add up to an exhilarating (and exhausting) hike that visits ponds,...

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Rocky Mountain High

Pagosa Springs, CO - We headed north on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) from the Lobo Observatory at Wolf Creek Pass on Colorado Highway 160, about 22.5 miles from town. The CDT spans 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada, traverses five states, and...

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Hovenweep National Monument

Cortez, CO/Blanding, UT - Hovenweep National Monument is located in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, between Cortez, Colorado and Blanding, Utah on the Cajon Mesa of the Great Sage Plain. The people who lived here made use of the shallow tributaries that...

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Mesa Verde National Park

Cortez, CO - Mesa Verde National Park is located in southwestern Colorado near the town of Cortez. Mesa Verde is also a  World Heritage Site.  It protects some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the United States. Created by President...

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Favorite Four Corners Trails

Petroglyph Point (Mesa Verde National Park) Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado is one of the crown jewels of the National Park System, both from a cultural perspective and a scenic one. While most people focus on a guided ancient ruins tour (which is a...

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Attractions

East Fork Road, San Juan NF

Pagosa Springs, CO - The East Fork Road of the San Juan National Forest is reached by traveling 12 miles east of the town of Pagosa Springs on Highway 160. Turn right onto East Fork Road also known as Forest Service Road #667. The first several miles of this route are...

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Four Corners Monument

Four Corners, NM - The Four Corners Monument, also known as Four Corners Tribal Park, is the landmark for the only quadripoint in the United States, i.e. location where four states intersect. The spot where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado meet is commemorated...

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Hovenweep National Monument

Cortez, CO/Blanding, UT - Hovenweep National Monument is located in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, between Cortez, Colorado and Blanding, Utah on the Cajon Mesa of the Great Sage Plain. The people who lived here made use of the shallow tributaries that...

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Anasazi Heritage Center

Dolores, CO - The Anasazi Heritage Center is also the visitor center for the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and is located near Dolores, Colorado. The Anasazi Heritage Center includes artifacts from the monument, a museum with interactive exhibits, a...

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Yucca House National Monument

Cortez, CO - Yucca House National Monument is a United States National Monument located in Montezuma County, Colorado between the towns of Towaoc (headquarters of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe) and Cortez, Colorado. Yucca House is a large, unexcavated Ancestral Puebloan...

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Mesa Verde National Park

Cortez, CO - Mesa Verde National Park is located in southwestern Colorado near the town of Cortez. Mesa Verde is also a  World Heritage Site.  It protects some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the United States. Created by President...

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Nature & Photography

Mesa Verde National Park

Cortez, CO - Mesa Verde National Park is located in southwestern Colorado near the town of Cortez. Mesa Verde is also a  World Heritage Site.  It protects some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the United States. Created by President...

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Favorite Four Corners Trails

Petroglyph Point (Mesa Verde National Park) Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado is one of the crown jewels of the National Park System, both from a cultural perspective and a scenic one. While most people focus on a guided ancient ruins tour (which is a...

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Campground Reviews

BJ’s RV Park

Terlingua, TX - I don't like giving a 1 star rating to an RV Park. I really don't. I've reviewed 149 RV Parks over the past 6 years and only doled out the lowest rating once. And we've stayed in some real doozies and I can usually find some reason to give 2 stars. I...

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Wolf Creek Run Motor Coach Park

Pagosa Springs, CO - This is a class A only park, much like Bella Terra and Naples Motor Coach Resort we stayed at in the South. As a general rule we rarely stay at class A only resorts, mainly because they don't exist where we want to go. But when one is located near...

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Sundance RV Park

Cortez, CO - Sundance is a nice RV park located in downtown Cortez. While they have pull through sites, our stay of 9 nights was considered "too long" for us take up such precious space, so we ended up in a back-in site. Our site was wide and level and all utilities...

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Goulding’s RV Park Campground

Monument Valley, UT - Here’s a hint for your initial arrival: don’t head toward the Lodge! It’ll be tempting because it’s called Goulding's Lodge and you’re staying at Goulding's Campground and there are no signs indicating the Campground is somewhere else. Well, it’s...

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Monument RV Park

Fruita, CO - This is a fine campground located a short & easy drive off I-70 in Western Colorado. But that is not why we stayed here. We chose this park due to its proximity to Colorado National Monument, only 2 miles away. Like many National Parks, National...

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Mama Gertie’s Hideaway Campground

Swannanoa, NC - To best picture this campground, think of a seaside Italian resort village built into a steep cliff, with successive terraced levels reaching ever skyward, with cute cottages precariously perched on the edge. Mama Gertie's, located in the Blue Ridge...

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River Plantation RV Resort

Sevierville, TN - This is a large RV resort located near the extremely touristy town trifecta of Pigeon Forge-Sevierville-Gatlinburg, Tennessee. If you can think of a tourist trap, it's almost certainly in the area, along with every bland chain restaurant imaginable....

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Cloud Nine RV Park

Hot Springs, AR - We enjoyed our stay at this quiet RV park in a rural, hilly setting about 14 miles away from the town of Hot Springs and Hot Springs National Park. This is a fairly small park with somewhat tight sites (well, for a 45' motorhome) and only a few sites...

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Mount Pleasant KOA

Mount Pleasant, TX - This is not a particularly nice KOA, but it suffices for an overnight stop enroute to somewhere else. The campground roads are a mixture of broken pavement and gravel, and some of the sites have concrete pads. We ended up with probably the nicest...

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RV’ing

Would you buy a new RV with hail damage?

In the process of looking to purchase a New Aire we made a deal over the phone (we were on a trip and 2 weeks out from the dealer) to purchase a 2019 Newmar New Aire while trading in our 2016 Newmar Essex. Luckily I had the foresight to insist in writing that our...

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Ordering a Newmar New Aire from the Factory

I previously talked about why we're downsizing to a 33' Newmar New Aire. We looked online at all 3341 model New Aire's in the country (only 5 as of this writing) and were not happy with the options the dealers selected. We've bought all of our previous RVs off a...

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Downsizing, Take Two

After a disastrous first attempt at downsizing the RV, we’re taking a second dip in the downsizing pool, and hopefully won’t sink this time. Once we made the decision to stop full-timing and buy a sticks-and-bricks house, we took that as an opportunity to look for a...

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Harnessing the Sun

We really like the idea of solar power on an RV. Who doesn't? We tried once before getting solar installed on our Dutch Star, but the system was far too small to handle a residential refrigerator. This time we decided to do it right and use a company that specializes...

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How we get reliable mobile Internet access

Over the years, a number of people have asked how we stay connected on the road in our RV. So I thought I’d post an article on our solution, which hopefully gives a starting point for researching your own mobile answer. Please note this is not necessarily the fastest...

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Choosing Our Full Time RV – Part 3

We did it! We just signed the paperwork to purchase our full time RV. In Part 2 of choosing a full time RV, we pretty much decided to go with a Newmar, either a Mountain Aire or London Aire. Well, we ended up buying an RV that wasn't on the list. We bought a 2016...

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Choosing Our Full Time RV – Part 2

In Part 1 of choosing a full time RV, I argued my way into a 45' coach and ruled out Tiffin. Here in part 2 I'll explore some of the pros and cons between Newmar and Entegra motorhomes. Newmar makes a nice product, so they are still a contender. While their...

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Choosing Our Full Time RV – Part 1

Now that we made the decision to go full time, what RV should we get? Let’s just rule out a 5th wheel trailer since we don’t want to drive around in a huge pickup truck all the time. That leaves us in familiar territory: a class A diesel pusher flat towing a vehicle....

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Maybe Bigger Is Better

Regular readers of this blog are probably wondering how our downsizing experiment is going. In a nutshell: not so well. In fact, we’re now talking about doing the exact opposite: selling everything and going full time in a large diesel pusher. I know, I know, we just...

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