Route for Zennie's 2017 US Road Trip, Summer Chill-Out

Summer Chill-Out – US road trip recap

I was sitting in Tucson during June 2017, trying to work on some Zennie projects in temps that reached 115 degrees. :( Eventually, I came to my senses, and realized that I shouldn't be there!

It was definitely time for a US road trip! My first thought was to get to some mountains, FAST, in search of high elevations, tall pine trees, and brisk alpine air... ...
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Western art in Montrose, Colorado

Free camping by the river, near downtown Montrose

Montrose may not have the eye-popping scenery of Ouray, but this farming community near the end of the Million Dollar Highway makes a good place to stop for a night.

The town provides free RV campsites by the trail along the river, and it's also easy walking distance to downtown. If you're passing through, it's an easy place to stop and make use of the town's facilities ...
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View while driving the Million Dollar Highway

Zennie vs. The Rockies – Driving the Million Dollar Highway

The Million Dollar Highway is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. It winds through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, crossing 3 passes over 10,000 feet. It's a narrow, twisting, two-lane road with hairpin turns, steep drop-offs, and no guard rails.

When Zennie and I drove the Million Dollar Highway, I was afraid she was a goner... :( ...
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5-star boondocking site along Colorado's East Fork Road

Five-star boondocking in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

A lot of free boondocking campsites are great for a night or two, but occasionally you find a prize spot that's glorious enough to be a destination in itself!

In my book, this free campsite at East Fork Road qualifies. It's stunningly beautiful, between towering cliffs and a lovely river. There are also plenty of cool things to do in the area. I didn't want to leave! :) ...
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San Luis Lake free camping has lovely views

Free electricity! Cool campsite near Great Sand Dunes

Who ever heard of a free campground that even provides free electrical hookups? It's a rarity for sure!

Now let's add a few other things... Nice campground with good facilities, short drive to the Great Sand Dunes, view of the lake and mountains, plenty of space and privacy, quiet nights, and good cell service. All that, and it's free? ...
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Log cabins along Lake Como Rd

Free camping, giant dunes, and a ghost town too!

For free camping near the Great Sand Dunes, here's one good option. This Colorado boondocking spot along Lake Como Road is near enough to the National Park that it's easy to visit. But here you get a free campsite with wide open views, and hiking access into the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.

Those who are energetic can use climb the three local peaks that are over 14,000 feet. Or if you're like me, there's a cool old ghost town to explore! ...
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