Thoughts about Mesa Verde Campground

If you plan to go to Mesa Verde and camp, suggest going either in spring or fall. It must be brutally hot in the summer and crowded too.
The sites are so-so. However there are flush toilets, free hot showers and a laundromat that doesn’t rip you off. There’s gas if you need it but probably plan to fill up in Cortez or Mancos.
Lack of crowds made our stay pleasant even though there were campers all around us. Different kind of campers than in the summer I imagine.
It’s a fascinating park with lots if history. Highly recommend spending a night or two.

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Rainy day

Started raining about 3am and it’s on and off when we got up at 7. So after a leisurely breakfast we decided to take showers and do our laundry. Great hot shower with decent pressure. And did I mention they are free? All chores done by noon. Rain is letting up sort of.
After lunch we headed out to Wetherill Mesa, a section of the park we hadn’t seen before. Bumped in to an old friend from Monarch who is now a park ranger here! Skies cleared (our friend said it would start up again at 5) and we toured the Step House and Badger house community. So interesting ! Now we have seen the whole park. Time to move on. It’s 5:00 and it’s raining. He was right.

Telluride to Mesa Verde NP

Clear skies are gone as predicted but the colors were still beautiful along the way. Got going around 9:00 and took our time getting to Cortez. There we stocked up for two days and headed to Mesa Verde.
Checked in and paid for two night (15 per night). Great hot showers and a laundromat too. Supposed to be WiFi but we can’t get it to work.
Toured the park and museum. We’d been here before but it’s still pretty interesting. Tomorrow we plan to go to an area of the park we haven’t seen. We didn’t realize how big the park is and had to get expensive gas at the camp store to be able to drive around. Biking is out if the question here. No shoulder and long steep climbs. Also cold. Hoping for a nicer day tomorrow.

Road to Rico and Trout Lake

Woke up to howling wind making bike riding not fun so we took a drive to Rico. The colors along the way over Lizard Head Pass were spectacular. Pics don’t capture the colors. Stopped at the Rico museum and visited with the volunteer while learning about the history of Rico. There was a chili cook off going on but only about 4 people were there so we opted out. Not much else going on but they did have excellent cellular coverage.
We stopped at Trout Lake on the way back. Nice summer community but we think the water is cold. Historic train route went through this area and they preserved the trestle.
Back at camp we decided to go into telluride and take showers at Town Park. Great idea! $3 for five minutes of hot water.
People in the next campsite are Andrew and Lisa from Rhode Island. Visited with them after dinner.

Today we rode

Finally! Even though it was windy we both were determined to ride our bikes. We decided to spend a third night in Sunshine CG so we could enjoy telluride. Rick rode from the cg to Town Park where we rode together on the bike path and up into s subdivision west of town. Then back to Town Park. It wasn’t a big ride but it felt good to be on the bikes again.
We drove up towards Bridal Veil Falls. Nice colors and perhaps something to do on a future trip to telluride.
We stopped at Clark’s grocery store to get dinner and stuff. What a nice place and prices were about the same as Salida. Can’t wait for our dinner tonight! We might go back for more tomorrow.

Yeti cooler and Norcold

We have a love/hate relationship with our Norcold that came with the T@G. Without the solar panel it’s useless. Without sun it’s really in the way. So we have our yeti cooler for a back up system. We are finding this a great setup with things in the Norcold that don’t need full refrigeration and things in the yeti that must be refrigerated. We just replaced the ice today (5 days). We buy what we will eat for the day and night and stock up as we need to. So far so good!

Yeti cooler and Norcold

We have a love/hate relationship with our Norcold that came with the T@G. Without the solar panel it’s useless. Without sun it’s really in the way. So we have our yeti cooler for a back up system. We are finding this a great setup with things in the Norcold that don’t need full refrigeration and things in the yeti that must be refrigerated. We just replaced the ice today (5 days). We buy what we will eat for the day and night and stock up as we need to. So far so good!