Mid-March Camping Ideas

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by TimothyCaseTimothy, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Going camping mid-March and my initial choice was Moab...I live near Ft. Collins and I'm just wondering how dealing with the Divide/weather/traffic/etc. would be that time of year.

    Any ideas for great camping along the foothills down thru New Mexico?

    Not looking for a campground, rather a backcountry-ish experience with easy in/easy out...

    Thanks,

    Tim
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  2. mpatch

    mpatch Long timer

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    You talking about riding there or driving? Do you have cold weather camping gear?
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  3. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Sorry I should have specified...yup I'm cold weather equipped and it'd be via cage, rather than bike...
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  4. Osprey!

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    Moab has an average high of 63 and low of 35 in March. Sounds like a reasonable choice but there is a lot of variability during the spring. :thumb

    Glen Canyon might be another (further away) option with similar average temperatures.
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  5. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Yeah I'm much more concerned w/the Divide crap...
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Ever thought about the Canyon lands? That's the Canyons of S.E. Colorado?
    Great exploring, great scenery, some great camp spots. Many of those are BLM or govt of some sort, but not used much. There is a very nice camp ground at Picketwire. I have never seen anyone else there, but I know others use it. Vogel Canyon also has a very nice campground, used more, but still probably have it to yourself. Lots of history there. It's a very special place, but takes some understanding to appreciate it. Bents Fort is close, as well as an Internment camp.
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  7. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Yeah, that's what I'm looking for...suitable for late winter?
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  8. MountainsandRivers

    MountainsandRivers loves dirty things!

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    I don't think I get the question? Do you mean the passes to get there, like Eisenhower Tunnel, or Vail Pass? I don't know the weather that far out, could be sunny and clear, could be a blizzard. Avoid ski traffic if you can, like leave real early or else mid day if driving on a weekend, weekdays aren't too bad.
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  9. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Yep, nailed it. Just looking for some options on this side of the Rockies for some early season camping...
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  10. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    There is not much unless you drop down into N.M.
    You could always ride out to Pickwire and such.
    Maybe I-80 west and ride out in the WY Red Desert or Adobe Town?

    Are you trailering or just riding?
    Is there something hard with driving I-70 to get west?

    It almost seems that Eisenhower Tunnel is some legendary near impossible feat to accomplish. It might be clear, it might have snow. Who knows until that day. Don't drive west on a friday night/sat am nor east on on sat/sun night. Beyond that go for it.

    Wait, are you one of those people that has never left the front range?
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Usually suitable for any time of year. Hot in Summer, but not as hot as Moab. Can be cold in winter, but usually warmer than the Denver area. If you hit it wrong, it could be cold. But it's far enough south to usually be warmer. If you are looking for a place to camp, and just some dirt practice, then Penrose Commons might be a good choice. If the weather is good, then I-70 to Rabbit Valley etc is ok too. There is less offroad riding down in S.E. Colorado than in "Moab" area.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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  13. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Haha...do such people exist?

    I've been all over the world man, but my travel partner can't risk a delay coming home b/c of weather, etc., so I'm looking for some new ideas since most of mine involve parts west...
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    yes they do.
    i've meet more than a few people in FC who have not been out of the front range.going to Denver is a big deal & Colo Spgs is the end of the world. i mention Moab and that is moon to them. a few never even heard of that name & place. needless to say we're not talking about where Butler Maps have been.

    then again people think FC is THE greatest place on earth. sure it's good, but not the end all be all. often i meet people who moved west (from the upper mid-west) and hit FC and stopped...and went no further ever. :scratch
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    In 30+ years of living in the mountains, I've never failed to make it to the front range, regardless of the weather, if I needed to get there. :deal Sometimes you will need an alternate route, but never totally stopped. Over the years its been a guaranty that if we are flying out of DIA in the winter, and driving down to catch a flight, there will be a major winter storm happening when we leave Steamboat. :lol3
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  17. TimothyCaseTimothy

    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    You'd think Walt Disney had set up shop in Fort Collins.

    Went to a Super Bowl party in Highlands Ranch or somesuchplace and thought it felt like the dark side of the moon... :rofl
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    Camped near canyon lands last weekend. It was awesome! Never dropped below 45* and got as high as 64*. [​IMG]
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    TimothyCaseTimothy Been here awhile

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    Awesome!!!
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