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Red Feather Lakes: Northern Colorado’s Best Kept Camping And Fishing Secret

Your Red Feather Lakes Camping Vacation Starts Here After two epic years of road-tripping across America by RV, we found our perfect spot for a summertime base camp in Red Feather Lakes near Fort Collins. Between 2007 and 2009, we passed the turnoff to this hidden gem at least three times. Whenever we traveled to points north on U.S. Highway…

Experience Western Hospitality in Grand Lake 1

Experience Western Hospitality in Grand Lake

 Grand Lake, Colorado is situated in the heart of the Colorado Rockies and stands as the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. This historic community offers a blend of restaurants and shops lining an authentic western boardwalk, so you can feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl during your visit. One way to truly experience this western mountain vacation…

Yampa River State Park: Camping And Boating At It's Finest 2

Yampa River State Park: Camping And Boating At It’s Finest

If you love nature and plan to visit Hayden, Colorado, then consider planning a day trip to Yampa River State Park. Here, visitors can explore a 134-mile stretch of the Yampa River, interacting with the flora and fauna that call this particular riverbed home. The park is located off US Highway 40 near Craig and Steamboat Springs. Yampa River State…

Colorado Camping: Mesa Verde National Park a Favorite 3

Colorado Camping: Mesa Verde National Park a Favorite

Colorful Colorado just seems to be built for family camping because it’s packed with magnificent scenery, fascinating history and superb outdoor adventure. Of all the great places where our family has camped in the U.S. and Canada, we rank Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado as our all-time favorite. For several days at Morefield Campground, we slept under the…

Fish, Finches, and Campfires: St. Vrain State Park

There are many things associated with summer.  Children are free from school for a few months, college students are coming back home, and people are looking to enjoy the sun and outdoors again.  Peppered with a number of lakes and steeped with wildlife, St. Vrain State Park can provide as an ideal stop for those looking to enjoy the natural…

Celebrating a Big Anniversary with Colorado Monument

The year 2011 was a big year for the Colorado National Monument, and a big year for us.  My husband and I celebrated 5 years while we visited Colorado National Monument, and Colorado National Monument celebrated 100 years thanks to John Otto, who was the first custodian of Colorado National Monument. In 1907, Otto wrote, “I came here last year…

On Mountain Time: Slowing Down in the Fraser River Valley 7

On Mountain Time: Slowing Down in the Fraser River Valley

I’ve driven this road a hundred times, but it doesn’t matter. I still strain my neck trying to take in the scenic view as my car climbs the foothills out of Denver and heads into the heart of the Rockies. I rise above the city, now just a tiny speck in my rearview mirror, and the scenery immediately changes. I’m…

Not A Happy Camper 9

Not A Happy Camper

A big black dog, a tent and a fishing pole are the sine qua non of Colorado living and, over the years, I’ve had a number of all three. Fishing, I enjoy, and scratching the ears of a big goofy mutt is a great relaxing sedative, but it stops right there because I’ve always hated camping. I like being outdoors,…

Vega State Park: Perfect Place to Play in Winter

Colorado state parks don’t close just because it’s winter. They offer an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, no matter the season. Vega State Park, about 50 miles east of Grand Junction at the northeast edge of the Grand Mesa National Forest, is one park that serves the needs of winter enthusiasts. At 8,000 feet, the park is graced by snow…

Say No to Stink: The Wick-er Warm-Up Wicking Towel

I’ve mastered the art of car camping. And after several summers spent living in the back of a pickup truck (with a top, of course) and another summer calling my two-person tent home, I’ve learned that efficiency can lead to all sorts of luxuries — like not having to using my shirt as a camp towel. Several companies offer travel…