Blue Mesa Reservoir to John Martin Reservoir, CO – May 24 – 25

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After our hike to see the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, we continued to follow CO 92 to the Blue Mesa Dam across the Gunnison River to create the Blue Mesa Reservoir.

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The rest of the drive had been very picturesque and worth driving if you get a chance.

We were a little concerned about finding a place to camp since it was Sunday night of Memorial Day weekend. We didn’t stop very often to take photos.

The campgrounds around the Blue Mesa Reservoir appeared to be either very full and or like being in the middle of a parking lot. We weren’t feeling that desperate yet.  We finally decided on the Dry Gulch Campground, in the Curacanti National Recreation Area. It is  along a stream that leads to the Sapinero State Wildlife Area. There were several campsites available including two at the very end. Most of the campsites were spaced close together and the inhabitants seemed pretty wrapped up in their own groups, so we opted for one of the campsites at the very end. It was pretty exposed, but that didn’t really matter in our RV.

 

 

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The view from our campsite was nice. We were at the start of a trail into the Sapinero Wildlife Area.

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We had enough hiking earlier in the day, so we decided to pass. Plus, we didn’t have much time before sunset.

May 25

The next morning, we drove east on US Highway 50. We passed through Gunnison National Forest up into the Sawatch Range.

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It was snowing once we reached altitude.

The visibility was limited.

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The highway crossed over the Continental Divide at the Monarch Crest.

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We stopped briefly. It was nice to stretch our legs, but there wasn’t much there.

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We continued into San Isabel National Forest. We stopped for lunch at a park along the Arkansas River. It was a nice place to stop.

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We drove for a long way today. There weren’t a lot of options for camping on public lands in the Eastern part of Colorado. We decided to stay at the John Martin Reservoir State Park. There were two campgrounds. The Point was closed. We stayed at the Lake Hasty Campground. It was lightly occupied, especially among the trees. It wasn’t a bad place to stay, but relatively expensive compared to most places we’ve camped. Since this is a Colorado State Park, they charge a Day visit fee in addition to the price of the campsite.

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The weirdest thing about camping there happened the next morning. There was an incredible number of moths. They were under almost everything. That included our leveling blocks, wheel wells, engine, RV and even inside the Trasharoo. It was almost like a wind blowing fall leaves. I have never seen so many moths in one place. I banged on the vehicle and made a number of them fly off, but we had moths coming out of the vehicle for about the next 5 days.

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