We went mid-week late summer. On the second night had the entire E loop tent area to ourselves although every site post had a reservation for upcoming Holiday weekend. Every single site was reserved. The highway noise is muted up "on the hill" (E loop) and is nothing compared to living next to a City Market where the delivery trucks idle every morning. Maybe D loop is quieter as it faces west whereas the 550 sound comes from the east. The RV sites at the bottom near the park entrance would be right up near 550.
Altogether this was a fantastic camping experience. The incredible San Juan range is in view - Mt Sneffels range to be exact - and it is soul-stirring. Good place to sit and sketch. Pine trees scent the air. The clean air would appeal to Heidi and Grandfather. Stars fill up the night sky. The Milky Way is a ribbon of milk across the sky. I am used to seeing maybe the Moon and Venus in Denver so this night sky at Ridgway is a treat for the eyes. The Big Dipper seemed so close one could reach up and grab a couple of the stars. But this would be a crime. Camp host sells bundles of wood for campfires. These campfires made for a special time each evening. The fire smoke smells good; it crackles; it sends up fire sprites; and it tells its own story as each piece of wood burns away.
The Pooch and me went for a loop walk every morning in the fresh air. From these walks it looks like an RV pull up site might be more private than the tent area, having more room between sites. At the tent sites one has to leave the car in a parking area and wheel barrow the gear in. At the RV drive-ups one leaves the car at the tent.
Every site has a raised bed of fine gravel that is level so here is where the tent gets pitched. On the morning out we drove about ten minutes into Ridgway and had a fabulous brunch at Kates Place which is AAA-rated. It reminded me of Adams in Manitou Springs, meaning fresh and delicious food in a very nice environment at a decent price, to boot. Ouray is just up the 550 from Ridgway with two outdoor hot springs area (ala Glenwood Springs), and Telluride (To Hell You Ride) is an easy half hour from Ridgway, not hellish at all. Telluride was having a Film Festival and the town was packed. No recession in that place. The joint was jumping.
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