Our Aliner Expedition pop up camper

Our Aliner Expedition pop up camper
Our Aliner Expedition pop up camper

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Summer Trip 2021, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison, CO

Elk Creek Campground 

Elk Creek Campground is located 16 miles west of Gunnison on U.S. Highway 50 on the shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir. The campground has four loops. Only the D loop has electric. The restrooms are clean and scattered throughout the campground. There are pay showers here by the marina that the concession runs. Currently they charge $3.75 for ten minutes. 

Great view of the Big Blue Mesa from our campsite

Elk Creek has some small cabins that the concession company rents out
The come with paddleboards to take out onto the reservoir.

The scenery in the Curecanti National Recreational Area is majestic and beautiful. High Mesa's accent the landscape. The blue waters of the Blue Mesa Reservoir provide for boating and fishing opportunities that draw sportsman from all over.

The Elk Creek Marina has a store and serves an access point to take a water craft out onto the reservoir. For fisherman there is a fish cleaning area to take care of your catch. There is even a little restaurant called Pappy's at the entrance to the boat ramp.

There are plenty of opportunities to explore the Curecanti area with places you can drive back from highway 50 to get a lake side place to hang out next to the reservoir. We spent a portion of both afternoons that we stayed at Elk Creek by reservoir enjoying the scenery, pleasant breeze and clear air that allows you see for miles. 

At night we enjoyed the ranger programs. There have several during the week which cover a wide range of topics

I was able to get glimpses of the plant life and wildlife during our stay. It is such a beautiful and scenic area with so much to see.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Summer Trip, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Rio Grande Gorge, Taos, NM

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Rio Grande Gorge

Located on the Rio Grande River near Pilar, NM, which is about 15 miles south of Taos, New Mexico, is a majestic place that we have visited often during our travels out west. The monument encompasses the awe-inspiring Rio Grande gorge, an 800 foot deep slash in the Taos plateau that dramatically reveals the depth of the lava flows in the area.

We camped out at the Rio Bravo campground right next to the Rio Grande River. There is water, electric, restrooms and showers although during our stay the showers were closed due to pandemic issues which seemed to be a bit over the top as folks could use the toilet facilities in the same space that the showers occupy. These are unusual times indeed.
Rio Bravo campground
The Restrooms are nearby, there are four campsites with electric, first come first serve
We had our canopy up for shade
 The walls of the canyon tower over the campground with hiking trails that take you into landscapes that are majestic and dramatic.

The river is known for its kayaking and white water rafting opportunities that outfitters provide excursions for those who do not have their own equipment.

 Biking is fun in this park as you tour all the campsites easily as the stretch from beginning to end is about 6 miles. Be prepared for some hills as the terrain is not flat. I rode my mountain bike from our campsite about 5 miles to the bridge that crosses the Rio Grande. Being a flat lander from Florida I had to use all my gears and took a breather at the top of some of the hills. It was great fun as you see vistas that you may miss by car.

Nearby is one of the highest bridges in the country which passes over the Rio Grand Gorge, It is a view that you will not want to miss when you in the area.