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Old 10-09-2017, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Everett, WA
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Hi!

My hubby, in-laws, and I will be travelling to NE Co. for about a week in June. We will be going to the small town of Kirk for a family reunion. I am looking for some affordable places to stay and found Chaparral Motel Inn in Burlington. Most places close by are booked or spendy for what they offer. Any thoughts on the motel or town? My understanding is many people will actually be camping. I would like to camp but we are coming from WA and think that tents in the heat day & night might be too much for us. How are the nights in June (end of June)? Thanks!
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I can't vouch for the quality of the hotel. You could also check Yuma and Wray to see what they have available.

Camping is doable, but you should probably set your expectations pretty low. There's almost nothing in terms of tree cover out there. Average daytime highs are in the low-mid 80s and overnight lows are in the mid-upper 50s.
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Not a lot of hotel/motel selection out that way. I believe there are motels also in Stratton. Don't overlook options in western Kansas such as St Francis or Goodland.

There should be camping at South Republic State Wildlife area and the Hale Ponds area. This used to be a well developed State Park until Colorado lost the water lawsuit brought by Kansas over it. Since then, the lake was drained and converted from State Park to State Wildlife. As such, I'm not sure if the former camping amenities of restrooms, showers, and laundry are still available. It used to be a very deluxe set up. Tree cover in the Republic/Hale areas is ample. Camping in June is not bad. Yes, its warm during the day, but is still comfortable at night with a light blanket. Warm water fishing is still available and hunting has now been allowed.

South Republic/Bonny link DispForm.aspx)
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Old 10-09-2017, 01:10 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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stick with the camping, it will be great, be prepared for occasional thunderstorms, (with wind). Summer thunderstorms on the prairie are spectacular. Too bad the "Farmer's Cafe" in Wray is Deceased...

As a WA resident and Eastern CO native (Haxtun), been back and forth too many times (today in fact, left Estes Park with Snow and arrived PNW to SUN , usually reversed and head to CO for sun ), and always in CO for Father's Day weekend (June) at Walker Lawnmower factory open house / Hymn sing (considered Contraband in PNW)!

June pics included!
Walker Hymn Sing | Lifting high the name of our Lord through the singing of hymns.

Swing by Loveland and enjoy the Benson Sculpture Garden,
https://www.yelp.com/biz/benson-sculpture-park-loveland
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti..._Colorado.html

nice campground here! (Access to Estes Park (RMNP Trail Ridge) , Ft Collins, Loveland) (As long as Highway 34 (Big T canyon) is opened up by then (they open for summer, and it should be DONE / rebuilt by June 2018)
https://www.reserveamerica.com/campi...&parkId=710103

If possible include WY Snowy Range in your trip (free Hot Springs Hobo pool in Saratoga)
https://www.travelwyoming.com/listin...e-scenic-byway

Approximately midway (PNW to Eastern CO) is a nice Hot springs in ID (Good when traveling with kids)
https://www.lavahotsprings.com/

as well as the usual Thermopolis, WY (If you are including Yellowstone / tetons.)
https://www.travelwyoming.com/cities/thermopolis

If that is on one route of your trip... then you MUST do the Beartooth! (I like NE Yellowstone)
An All-American Road in Wyoming & Montana | Beartooth Highway | Montana & Wyoming Scenic Drives
Beartooth Highway

Have a blast, enjoy some 'small town prairie style'! You will surely find the likes of Ole's.
https://www.olesbiggame.com/
More than 200 big game trophies and countless mementos of Ole’s worldwide safaris make this visit to history and adventure a treat for the whole family.
Heading further east?
Pioneer Village

North east?
Our History Began with Free Ice Water

Many treasures to enjoy.

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Old 10-09-2017, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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So someone set up a family reunion in the middle of nowhere (never even heard of Kirk) and didn't offer the out-of-town people any suggestions for lodging??

It looks like you're going to have to travel a long way to find any place to stay. Even Burlington is 50 miles away. Maybe check VRBO in Burlington; I just did a check look around and found a cute house to rent there.

If you decide to camp, there is rustic (no water) camping at South Republican State Wildlife Area. When I Googled East Beach Campground Colorado, a site called "All Stays" came up and listed nearby campgrounds and RV parks in Kansas and Nebraska.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:20 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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So someone set up a family reunion in the middle of nowhere (never even heard of Kirk) and didn't offer the out-of-town people any suggestions for lodging??

It looks like you're going to have to travel a long way to find any place to stay. ... nearby campgrounds and RV parks in Kansas and Nebraska.
That's the beauty of "middle of nowhere"
Surely someone out there (extended family) knows a farmer with a few thousand acres of 'space' for a tent (or a BUS

BTDT for 60+ yrs (Staying with farm hosts, usually in a very nice bunkhouse / cabin, but sometimes camping (often via bicycle or motorcycle). Often a 'same-day-friend' I meet at the local feedstore / grain elevator / hardware store / cafe / repair shop). (+ we often do not have internet, unless we drive to town)

For the 'socially connected', there are a few 'Farm Host / Harvest host' sites, but most farmers don't have time for social media, so we meet 'over-the-fence' / 'mailbox' / in the feedstore.

In 45 yrs of traveling / camping / RV... I have used less than 20 "RV-Parks" / commercial campgrounds.
Usually I use "Guest Hospitality Homes" Free to $20 / night worldwide. (over 100 stays in 2016 alone / most were rural). I see several hosts in eastern CO on the directories I subscribe to.
https://wikitravel.org/en/Hospitality_exchange

Camping is often free / allowed / encouraged in small rural town city parks, and fairgrounds. (I really enjoy this in WY!!! for the last 45 yrs)
There will be several options nearby for you, but while on the road in your future travels...

Of course there is:
https://freecampsites.net/
https://www.freshoffthegrid.com/how-...ng-usa-canada/
https://www.campendium.com/free-camping
http://boondocking.org/

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Old 10-10-2017, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Everett, WA
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Thanks all! StealthRabbit the hot springs look like a great spot to check out. We were going to go from 84, 80, 287, 25 then 36.

Just an FYI my father in law lived there so he knows the area and said if we didn't camp that Yuma or Burlington would be our best bets. The family that still lives there has plenty of land that people are camping on. We were worried about the weather, plus we'd need to invest in gear.
I was just wondering about Burlington. Nice place? Where to eat? Better than staying in Yuma?
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:49 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Burlington will have much more going on (interstate route), but ... I would go for the 'Prairie Experience' .

Kirk looks great! maybe population < 50 and a very nice grain elevator / Co-op. And even a few trees...

Camping might be a stretch for you, but a blanket / wrap and a $5 tarp would probably do + a cooler. (Looks HOT out there)

For creature comfort, Doc's B&B (Wray) seems to get a good score.
https://www.docsbedandbreakfast.com/


I avoid motels as I enjoy quiet and clean, and much prefer meeting people and engaging with locals for a quick 'education' and insight to their life and livelihood.

An 'off- interstate-town' will be more genuinely 'Eastern Plains Colorado', Wray is quite nice, near Nebraska (really nice people), and a few unique sights nearby!.

https://www.cardcow.com/viewall/71943/ (Wray vintage postcards), so sad the "Farmer's Cafe" is no more...had many a Hot Beef Sandwich there, as well as "Farmer's Breakfast!".
Farmer's Cafe Highway 34 and 385 The Tri-State's Finest Restaurant in the Heart of the Wheat and Cattle Country. Wm. R. Farmer -- Owner and Manager
Yes, you can drop by Lava Hot Springs and Saratoga Hot Springs (slight detours)

Snowy Range is REALLY pretty (National Park Quality) Saratoga to Centennial, WY. If you have the time, you can go through Encampment, WY (GREAT living history museum) and on into Ft Collins, via Poudre Canyon.

Hopefully you can take a different route home, so you have a 'round trip'.

I-90 is very nice through MT, ID, WA, and about the same time / distance. Can drop by Custer's Last Stand (5 min detour), and maybe a Cowboy Dance happening in Kaycee, WY!

On the way to 1-90... (from Kirk, CO...)
is Ole's, Cabela's (home store), Car Henge, Wind Cave, Mt Rushmore, Devil's Tower, Enchanted highway
https://www.roadsideamerica.com/
http://www.roadtripamerica.com/
https://roadtripusa.com/
https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/byways (USDOT kinda ruined this site, previously very helpful)

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