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Old 01-03-2010, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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Hi! I just discovered this forum, but have been on C-D for a few years now. My kids are 4 and 6 and are finally old enough to take some really fun camping trips!

Our school is on a track system, so we have breaks in April and October. Were would you camp at that time of the year? We tent camp, but are thinking of renting or buying a tent trailer. We live in the Denver area, and so far have found it challenging to camp at those times of the year. Our summer break is only 4 weeks, so we are limited. TIA
I've tent camped all over the west... except in Colorado. I don't even know why that is, since there are so many beautiful places to camp there.

In April, there may still be snow in lots of places, so you might want to consider heading to somewhere lower. The southern parts of Arizona and New Mexico would probably be pretty nice around that time of the year, or possibly Texas, also. Though I haven't yet been there, Big Bend National Park looks very interesting, and is someplace I hope to visit in the future.

As for camping in October, you might beat the snow in some places, but that is also hunting season in many places, so you need to be cautious where you go. Maybe the National Parks in Utah would be a good start. Arches and Canyonlands are just a short distance across the border from Colorado, and Capitol Reef isn't a whole lot farther. Bryce Canyon and Zion are a bit further, but offer spectacular scenery that must been seen in person to appreciate. I would think any of them should still be accessible in October, as long as you get there before the snow flies. I am not certain, but I believe most, if not all, offer camping opportunities.

You might also want to try eastern Wyoming. I know Glendo reservoir is a popular destination for Denver folks. Guernsey State Park is nice, too. They are low enough that you might not have a problem with snow during the times of year that you would be going.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:20 AM
 
Location: here
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I've tent camped all over the west... except in Colorado. I don't even know why that is, since there are so many beautiful places to camp there.

In April, there may still be snow in lots of places, so you might want to consider heading to somewhere lower. The southern parts of Arizona and New Mexico would probably be pretty nice around that time of the year, or possibly Texas, also. Though I haven't yet been there, Big Bend National Park looks very interesting, and is someplace I hope to visit in the future.

As for camping in October, you might beat the snow in some places, but that is also hunting season in many places, so you need to be cautious where you go. Maybe the National Parks in Utah would be a good start. Arches and Canyonlands are just a short distance across the border from Colorado, and Capitol Reef isn't a whole lot farther. Bryce Canyon and Zion are a bit further, but offer spectacular scenery that must been seen in person to appreciate. I would think any of them should still be accessible in October, as long as you get there before the snow flies. I am not certain, but I believe most, if not all, offer camping opportunities.

You might also want to try eastern Wyoming. I know Glendo reservoir is a popular destination for Denver folks. Guernsey State Park is nice, too. They are low enough that you might not have a problem with snow during the times of year that you would be going.
Big Bend is a good idea. We have "done" southern Utah, but will definitely go back. Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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I feel for you RKB. April and October both suck for tent camping. We won't normally camp in our 5th wheel those months. Forget about Wyoming. Glendo/Guernsey State Park is at 4400 feet. I live at 4500 feet and those months both have very cold nights and crazy weather.

In fact, the last time I tent camped in October we were elk hunting at 8000 feet -- pitched the tent on about 10 inches of snow. Then we had to get up a couple times during the night to knock snow off the tent so it wouldn't collapse. The snow under the sleeping bags turned to ice. It was -10F with two feet of snow on the ground when we wandered out of the tent the next morning. Fresh elk tracks all around our tent but no elk in sight. We got a motel for the next night.

If I wanted to tent camp in April or October, I'd head to southern Utah or Arizona if you have the time, otherwise maybe New Mexico.
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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This is why I LOVE Texas!! High 70's for the weekend and we're going for a long weekend!!!!!!

Sorry...
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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This is why I LOVE Texas!! High 70's for the weekend and we're going for a long weekend!!!!!!

Sorry...
That's OK camper1, we for give you , We know how you love to rub out northerner faces in it. LOL
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:05 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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That's OK camper1, we for give you , We know how you love to rub out northerner faces in it. LOL
No, not rubbing... just sharing.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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No, not rubbing... just sharing.
Your funny !
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:52 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Your funny !
and I wasn't even trying...
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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and I wasn't even trying...
Its all of us nuts that make the world go around, isn't it. And "Heck NO!" we haven't been camping. It's to danged cold out thar for dat .
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I guess if you go often enough eventually you have a bad time. This was my turn. This was almost the trip from hell for me. CEDAR!!!! I sneezed for two entire days. Finally called it quits and came home early today. Won't keep me down long , going for Valentines day!!!!
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