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Back to Ridgway State Park

Ridgway State Park is my favorite Colorado State Park, and probably my favorite state park in America. We stayed there back in 2016, and I was so excited to stay there again this year.

Ridgway State Park has 3 different campgrounds. We started out at the full hookup campground called Pa Co Chu Puk. Interesting name, right?

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View from our campsite at Pa Co Chu Puk

Can you believe that view? It was incredible. Last time we stayed there I made some notes about which campsites I would like if we came back, and that was one of them.

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Uncompahgre River at Ridgway State Park

Fat Cat loved this park the last time we went there because there were so many chipmunks for her to hunt. She loved it again this time, but didn’t catch any chipmunks; she must be losing her touch!

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She loves to hide in the grass and wait for critters to pass by.

While we were at this campsite Jake and I went for a beautiful bike ride on the Enchanted Mesa. Last time we stayed there I had to go for bike rides by myself; this time it was so nice to have Jake join me. I’m sad he’s growing up so fast, but at least there are some benefits.

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Enchanted Mesa bike trail

This bike trail is really hard to get to. We had to push our bikes up several switch backs, stopping frequently to catch our breath, until we finally made it to the top where we could ride and enjoy these incredible views.

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On the other side of the trail, Chris and Jesse met us to give us a ride home. But first the boys (all 3 of them) had to try out the giant slide.

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One of my favorite mountain towns in all of America is Telluride. We went there twice before, and while staying at Ridgway we went there for a third visit.

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The funny thing is there was a snow storm the day we visited Telluride in late May!

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The last 2 times we visited there we went for a hike, but not this time. It was a little too cold, but we still enjoyed the scenic gondola ride.

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The view from the gondola wasn’t quite the same during a snow storm. But I actually enjoyed seeing what it looked like in the snow. Below is a picture of the view from the gondola on a clear day, the first time we went back in 2015.

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I could never get tired of visiting this beautiful mountain town.

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Beautiful Telluride

During our stay at Ridgway we moved to a second site at the Elk Ridge Campground. Like I mentioned before, there are 3 campgrounds at Ridgway, and even though it’s a pain to move, we love staying at the different campgrounds in the state park.

On moving day it happened to be snowing, yes in May!

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Elk Ridge Campground

A few days later it cleared up and we were able to see this amazing view from the campsite that we couldn’t see the first day.

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I was glad the weather warmed up while we were there so Jake and I could go on another bike ride. This was my favorite bike ride in the country, and I was glad to do it again and share it with Jake.

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Start of our bike ride and the amazing views

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Riding along the Uncompahgre River

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Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, a stop along our bike ride

Another one of my favorite mountain towns is Ouray. One thing I love about Ridgway State Park is that it’s close to both Telluride and Ouray.

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Ouray, Colorado — Switzerland of America

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State parks only allow us to stay for a max of 2 weeks. It’s too bad because I could stay in that area for much longer. Can you see why it’s my favorite state park in the country? If you are interested in reading my first post about this park from 2016 you can see it here: Ridgway State Park.

We thought we were done with snow when we left Breckenridge, but we were surprised to have snow a couple of times in this area in late May. Do you think that would have been the end of it? No! We had more snow in June at Grand Teton National Park. Stay tuned to hear about that next.

 

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A Return Visit to Telluride

It has now been almost 17 months since we ditched the suburbs to live in our RV and travel this beautiful country.  In that time we have not re-visited the same place until now.  I should clarify that is with the exception of Florida since going back there is like going home, not visiting a new place.  Anyway, we loved our visit to Telluride, CO so much last year that we decided to go back again this year while we were in the area.

It was like deja vu.  We did almost exactly all the same things as last year.  One of the fun things to do in Telluride is to ride the free gondola.  There is a very nice, spacious parking garage (where even our big truck can fit) up in Mountain Village.  Last year it was $7 to park there for the day, which seemed reasonable, but this year we were pleasantly surprised to find that the parking is now free!

From the parking garage you can access the start of the gondola ride into Telluride, and it is a beautiful ride.

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The gondola takes you to the Mountain Village shops first.  Then you change to a different gondola that goes up the mountain where you can either get off and check out the scenic viewpoints, or continue on down into the town of Telluride.

The town of Telluride is so cute!  I could never get tired of this place.

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Bear Creek Falls is a popular hike that you can access from the end of one of these roads.  It’s a 2.5 mile hike up to the falls and then of course, 2.5 miles back down.  The views hiking up are amazing!  When we were here in August last year there was no more snow on the mountains, but this year being earlier in the season, there was still a little snow left.

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Once we made it up to the falls it started raining, just like last year.  Did I mention deja vu?

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I would really like to make it up here sometime while the sun is still shining so my pictures aren’t so cloudy.

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Once we got back down the trail, we were starving and went to the same Mexican restaurant we ate at last year, Esperanza’s.  We had the same waiter who sat us at the same table.  This repeating a day from last year was getting pretty funny.  If we had to repeat a day though, this was a good one because it really was one of my favorite places we went to last year.

After our late lunch/early dinner, we headed back to Mountain Village on the gondola again.  There are condos all over this area because it is a ski resort in the winter time.  I would love to come here to ski sometime!

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More pictures from our return trip on the gondola.

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And finally a few more pictures of this beautiful area.  I absolutely love this part of Colorado!  If I had to settle down and live in a house without wheels (which I don’t want to do), I think I could live somewhere in southwestern Colorado.  It is awesome!

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