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Old 02-06-2013, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I'm traveling to Colorado in a few months via Jacksonville Florida, so at moment I'm planning on the scenic route going I-10 all way to AZ & NM and look around there a bit before bulldozing into Colorado.

FYI on myself: A disabled Veteran who suffered a head and spinal cord injury as a combat medic. The altitude and weather dryness of Colorado allows for a night and day diff in my medical condition to the point I"m almost pain free.

Road Trip things needed or not? I'm thinking MRE's, mattress pad for back of car hatch back, thick throw blanket, sleep bag, hammock, cargo netting, Window Visors, Shotgun, 2 backpacks (1 for day hike, other for longer hike) mesh clothes bag, AAA, First Aid Kit, 2 types flash lights 1st typical flashlight, then fog or spot light, batteries, Utility knives, hatchet, machette, fire starter, signal mirror, flares (road & emergency), gallon 1/2 gallon freezer zip locks, small/large cooler? Walmart bags, bear/pepper spray. 1wks clothing, winter clothing. Anything I'm missing?

If so





Wanting to find out from those who've done a long road trip like this if I"m in over kill and could cut down above list?

Also my largest question is where are some must see area, I'm big on rivers, hot springs, tubing, whitewater rafting (never done wanting to try). Any insight would be great. Also areas to avoid.

I'm doing this on a fixed budget so Ill need to stay and free or real cheap sites, my military disability gets me into National Parks free.

Thanks for help!


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Old 02-06-2013, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Where in Colorado? I always carry a survival type bag in the trunk because you just never know, and in the mountains and passes cell phone service is sporadic at best. Have fun.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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Rivers, hot springs and whitewater rafting
Sounds like the Arkansas River Valley, Salida to Leadville. Lots of free camping.
You did not say when? April and even May are a little early for whitewater with cold wet still possible in the mountains. June is best whitewater month and is much dryer. Areas to avoid: anything east of I-25.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Sounds like the Arkansas River Valley, Salida to Leadville. Lots of free camping.
You did not say when? April and even May are a little early for whitewater with cold wet still possible in the mountains. June is best whitewater month and is much dryer. Areas to avoid: anything east of I-25.
Yeah June is roughly time frame Ive been thinking about. I fig winter would linger in
Higher elevations, I was hoping for spring like weather before I come back down to front range
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:04 PM
 
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Areas to AVOID!!= Aspen, Vail, Front Range!! Too many tourists!!!

I would reccomend the Glenwood Springs area (hot springs, caverns, and Hanging Lake) and south-westish through the roaring fork valley to Gunnison and Montrose (drive through Kebler Pass, raft the Roaring Fork or Gunnison rivers, and see Black Canyon of the Gunnison), and then south to the San Juan Mountains (Drive the San Juan Skyway, and check out everthing else there is to do there it's incredible). In June there won't be much snow in the majority of these areas below 9,000ft, Plan at least 4 days to do this!

All these areas offer campsites and plenty of small towns to stop along the way. If you camp then there are many places that are no charge, just don't expect a bathroom. Gas and food will be your only expenses I assume.

Have Fun with whatever you decide!
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:43 AM
 
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The thickest memory foam works great for a mattress. A hand trowel is handy for pitstop holes. A pocketrocket-type backpacking stove & small pot for cooking canned goods,better than MREs IMHO. Boondocking at trailheads usually works well unless otherwise marked.

Thanks for serving, sorry about injury. Sounds like a marvelous trip!
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Cole neighborhood, Denver, CO
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Anything I'm missing?
Just BEER

Seriously, it sounds like you know your 'ten essentials' plus some. You'll be fine. BTW you don't need bear spray in CO. Hippie-spray, maybe
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Just BEER

Seriously, it sounds like you know your 'ten essentials' plus some. You'll be fine. BTW you don't need bear spray in CO. Hippie-spray, maybe
Nice real nice
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