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Old 02-09-2015, 04:32 PM   #1
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Buena Vista dispersed . One more time, with guest

Iv been in Buena Vista once, but just rolled down through as the early september cold rain escorted me out covered with cottonwood mud.
I was reluctantly leaving.. My memorable 2013 crested butte area trip had ended, with doubt's I would make it home with a blown head gasket pulling the toyhauler. The prior year was pitkin and both times were solo and unforgettable, due largely to the suggestions Iv received here.. Thank you adv!

Iv got company now! And I'm looking for suggestions for a buena vista friendly dispersed camp spot with a view so my guest's not so secluded when I ride a few trails. My guest doesn't have a bike, but loves the outdoors and says she'd go anywhere with me. But 2 up isn't a option on my drz400 due to the seat angle and decent's .
She loves bathing, so I figured we could unhook the toyhauler, and take the van over independence pass (35' limit) to aspen and hike the 8 miles up to conundrum hot springs for a dip. Another activity could be to take my lake kayak to clear creek res and paddle around together. Iv read the camp spots by clear creek are nice and figured they would be a good first base camp, but thought I better ask my fellow inmates if I should consider another camp spot, like up on four mile since Iv never been up there? Cottonwood lake is a option and beautiful. But it is a good 1/2 hr drive if she needs a town.

I really wanted to rent the chalk cliffs cabin at antero hot springs for a few days.. But I don't know if I can back my toyhauler up the narrow steep driveway with my cargo van. Wondering if I can leave the camper in a dispersed spot..

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Main question is, where should we camp with a 24" toyhauler close to Buena Vista.. And if any of you have activity or restaurant suggestions for my new condo queen and me?

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Old 02-09-2015, 05:14 PM   #2
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Really OT, but your signature with the E350 6BT NV4500 is what I want to know about. Intriguing!!!

I have a 1983 E350 Quadravan 4 x 4 that I have been wanting to convert. but have yet to make a move.

Did you do it yourself? Tell us about the conversion or PM me so I will know more.

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Old 02-09-2015, 05:29 PM   #3
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I would look up mushroom gulch in the 4 mile ohv area. It is on the south side, and fairly close to BV (6 miles) and the highway (1mile). There are several large camping spots with good shade and easy access. She could then go hang out @ Mt. Princeton or Cottonwood hot springs while you are out having fun without her. Everything is within a half hour, mtn-bikeable. ODC.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:31 PM   #4
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:38 PM   #5
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Life is short. Park your toyhauler and take your van up to Chalk Creek Cabins and soak in Antero Hot Springs. Great place, view and facilities. Your 'guest' will love you for it.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:45 PM   #6
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Really OT, but your signature with the E350 6BT NV4500 is what I want to know about. Intriguing!!!

I have a 1983 E350 Quadravan 4 x 4 that I have been wanting to convert. but have yet to make a move.

Did you do it yourself? Tell us about the conversion or PM me so I will know more.

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I was interested in this conversion and snooping around I found rebar in his early stage with the E350:
http://www.vanning.com/threads/ubbth...bt_nv4500_E350
And a pretty lengthy, evolving thread of a 6bt into a E350 C class.
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/tow-r...n-free-rv.html
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:10 PM   #7
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I would look up mushroom gulch in the 4 mile ohv area. It is on the south side, and fairly close to BV (6 miles) and the highway (1mile). .
Thanks.. But there's something I don't appreciate about that area. It looks like a desert.


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Life is short. Park your toyhauler and take your van up to Chalk Creek Cabins and soak in Antero Hot Springs. Great place, view and facilities. Your 'guest' will love you for it.
Doc it was you who got me up cottonwood. Ill never forget it, thanks.

But where can I park my 31' toyhauler, safely? Its hard to spend that kind of money and not be sure I can park it and retrieve it easily.

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Really OT, but your signature with the E350 6BT NV4500 is what I want to know about. Intriguing!!!

I have a 1983 E350 Quadravan 4 x 4 that I have been wanting to convert. but have yet to make a move.

Did you do it yourself? Tell us about the conversion or PM me so I will know more.

Thanks,
No, I jumped at it when I found it for sale.. Blew it up last time to almont, and took me all next year to rebuild.

6bt's are a tight fit.. And mine had to come out and go in as a short block. In hind sight, I should have just paid big money for a cummins truck and truck camper with small trailer instead of my monster. But that would have tempted my X

I might just get stupid crazy with mods after she's history.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:10 PM   #8
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Doc it was you who got me up cottonwood. Ill never forget it, thanks.

But where can I park my 31' toyhauler, safely? Its hard to spend that kind of money and not be sure I can park it and retrieve it easily.
Just check around. I am sure any of the rich landowners up the road to Chalk Creek would let you park it on their property and it would be safe. Lots of primo new homes have been built alongside Chalk Creek.
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:39 AM   #9
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Just check around. I am sure any of the rich landowners up the road to Chalk Creek would let you park it on their property and it would be safe. Lots of primo new homes have been built alongside Chalk Creek.


I imagine they would be just as friendly as the land owners backing up to the gunnison river south of almont.
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:23 AM   #10
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I would look up mushroom gulch in the 4 mile ohv area. It is on the south side, and fairly close to BV (6 miles) and the highway (1mile). There are several large camping spots with good shade and easy access. She could then go hang out @ Mt. Princeton or Cottonwood hot springs while you are out having fun without her. Everything is within a half hour, mtn-bikeable. ODC.

On second thought DreamCycler.. The views of the Sawatch Range from the hills east of highway 24 are incredible!

What sucks is I don't have enough time to search those east side hills from salida to leadville and this maybe the last time I visit colorado due to health issues..

At least I can already say, "been there done that!"

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On second thought DreamCycler.. The views of the Sawatch Range from the hills east of highway 24 are incredible!

What sucks is I don't have enough time to search those east side hills from salida to leadville and this maybe the last time I visit colorado due to health issues..

At least I can already say, "been there done that!"

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This is the view from that area:


I like to camp near the intersection of 305 and 376; should be accessible with a big trailer without drama. You're relatively close to highway 24 and can get to Buena Vista in around 30 minutes or Salida in under an hour.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:54 AM   #12
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Cottonwood lake (just past) is a great option even though there's the 30'ish minute drive to town, but if that's to far for your liking... The only other close to town options would be north of town on off of Colorado Ave (cr 371). The Frog Rock area on the left just past the tunnels is only 5 mins from town and situated along the river, but it can get crowded. You can also head up cr375 for camping up in the 4 mile area -- there are some nice shady spots up there that you can def get your rig up in, and still not much farther to town.

As for food and activities in the BV area... for restaurants, you'll want to check out The Asian Palate, Eddyline, Roadrunner Grill (food truck), Evergreen Cafe, and the soon to be open House Rock Kitchen. For activities of the non moto variety, depending on when you're out here, you might want to look into rafting browns canyon since we'll be at epic high water levels pretty soon (I'd recommend rafting with American Adventure Expeditions). Also, stand up paddleboarding around cottonwood or twin lakes is pretty fun - you can rent boards from CKS on main street. Friday nights at the Beach in South Main there is free live music every Friday evening though the summer. And of course, there's the Deerhammer Distillery
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:34 AM   #13
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I like to camp near the intersection of 305 and 376; should be accessible with a big trailer without drama. You're relatively close to highway 24 and can get to Buena Vista in around 30 minutes or Salida in under an hour.

Great Thanks!

I will check it out.

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Cottonwood lake (just past) is a great option even though there's the 30'ish minute drive to town, but if that's to far for your liking... The only other close to town options would be north of town on off of Colorado Ave (cr 371). The Frog Rock area on the left just past the tunnels is only 5 mins from town and situated along the river, but it can get crowded. You can also head up cr375 for camping up in the 4 mile area -- there are some nice shady spots up there that you can def get your rig up in, and still not much farther to town.

As for food and activities in the BV area... for restaurants, you'll want to check out The Asian Palate, Eddyline, Roadrunner Grill (food truck), Evergreen Cafe, and the soon to be open House Rock Kitchen. For activities of the non moto variety, depending on when you're out here, you might want to look into rafting browns canyon since we'll be at epic high water levels pretty soon (I'd recommend rafting with American Adventure Expeditions). Also, stand up paddleboarding around cottonwood or twin lakes is pretty fun - you can rent boards from CKS on main street. Friday nights at the Beach in South Main there is free live music every Friday evening though the summer. And of course, there's the Deerhammer Distillery
Super.. Thanks for taking the time with all the details!
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Cottonwood lake (just past) is a great option even though there's the 30'ish minute drive to town, but if that's to far for your liking... The only other close to town options would be north of town on off of Colorado Ave (cr 371). The Frog Rock area on the left just past the tunnels is only 5 mins from town and situated along the river, but it can get crowded. You can also head up cr375 for camping up in the 4 mile area -- there are some nice shady spots up there that you can def get your rig up in, and still not much farther to town.

As for food and activities in the BV area... for restaurants, you'll want to check out The Asian Palate, Eddyline, Roadrunner Grill (food truck), Evergreen Cafe, and the soon to be open House Rock Kitchen. For activities of the non moto variety, depending on when you're out here, you might want to look into rafting browns canyon since we'll be at epic high water levels pretty soon (I'd recommend rafting with American Adventure Expeditions). Also, stand up paddleboarding around cottonwood or twin lakes is pretty fun - you can rent boards from CKS on main street. Friday nights at the Beach in South Main there is free live music every Friday evening though the summer. And of course, there's the Deerhammer Distillery
Nice shameless plug Lenny. How's that boiler I put in working for you?

But seriously, fourmile is great for toy haulers if you can find a spot with shade. I'd suggest coming in on a weekday before the weekenders show up. Camping limit is 14 days, so you could leave your trailer in "camp" and still check out some world class hot springs. For your guest's sake of course.
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Fourmile is great for toy haulers if you can find a spot with shade. I'd suggest coming in on a weekday before the weekenders show up. Camping limit is 14 days, so you could leave your trailer in "camp" and still check out some world class hot springs. For your guest's sake of course.
Ill be arriving on a tuesday, so I should have enough time to find a nice spot I hope.

Since I had a bunch of stuff stolen right under my nose at home, I'm a bit paranoid about leaving my toyhauler alone without the tow vehicle.
I planned on removing the chains, but should I buy a good square link chain and lock for the wheels?
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