Lightener Creek is a nice campground but I was disappointed with their cabins. If you are staying in cabins, I would stay at the Durango KOA. I have also stayed at the Ouray KOA and recommend it as well for cabin, tent or RV camping. I also recommend the Amphitheater Campground in Southern Ouray. There is free camping north of Silverton along the Animas river, camped there a few nights as well.Sounds good! Staying in lightener creek in Durango our first night up there after the long haul from dallas. Then hopefully ouray or silverton.
Was curious if when you cut up to the border. What is TAT? We’re gonna be up I. That area about a week.Not sure how much time you have, but I would recommend following the NMBDR north into Colorado then turn on, and follow the continental divide trail northwest to just west of Cinnamon Pass, and then head west on the TAT. It goes real close to Telluride. Will make for an epic scenic trip...
We're actually staying at Haviland lake one of the last nights up there. Got another reservation at Cayton Campground the night before and planning to campout at the first come first serves rest of the time/ dispersed.Not sure your route, but I-20 past Abilene and then 84 to Santa Fe might be good. We checked out Santa Fe and Taos and then camped at Rio Grande Del Norte, west of Red River and then got on 64 thru Chama and Pagosa Springs. Great scenery and some boondocking areas. After Pagosa Springs, you're right close to Durango and we went to check out Mesa Verde and the cliff dwellings, southwest of Durango. There is camping there, but it is by reservation. We ended up camping just north of Durango at Haviland Lake. Nice campground with water and elec. and vault toilet. After that, we camped at Ridgeway since it was central to Telluride, Oury and Montrose. The Black Canyon is just outside of Montrose and is really cool to see. From there we went to Moab, The Arches and all the way down to Zion. Didn't sound like you were going into Utah, but Moab and the Arches are relatively close.
There are boondocking places all along 550 between Durango and Oury. As mentioned, there are some good passes to go on. I did Engineers Pass back in the 90s with a stock Ram 4x4 and had zero issues. There are some great trails to go on if you have the time.
very cool! that is going to be a great trip!
cool. long story made short, the wife and i just started dating a few months when i helped move her daughter to phoenix. since we were already way out west, we decide to go camping and went to flagstaff and bought a bunch of gear and went to the grand canyon and then to durango and haviland lake was our very first time tent camping together. the lake was full then, and had paddle boarding and canoeing and the camp host was a super cool family we got to know and that whole experience is what really catapulted us into the overlanding thing. we were just there a month ago and the lake is pretty much dry, but its still a nice campground and is really clean and quiet. hope y'all enjoy it as much as we have!We're actually staying at Haviland lake one of the last nights up there. Got another reservation at Cayton Campground the night before and planning to campout at the first come first serves rest of the time/ dispersed.