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Old 02-05-2014, 11:34 PM   #11
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Just to be clear, though: the normal tours are all walks in the park -- lights, levelled trails, hand rails. Only a few places where you have to watch your head.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:07 AM   #12
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:28 AM   #13
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No way would I ever be a caver. However, I might possibly go on some of the tours of the large sections of the cave. Possibly. The campground sounds like a good place to stay though -- even though it's a national park the website says it's usually no problem getting a campsite.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:59 AM   #14
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Sue and I will be picking up our new Escape in Chilliwack on May 29th and then wandering back down through the North West and eventually to Denver Co to visit the grandkids.

Do you have any recommendations for campgrounds near Denver?

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We stay in Woodland Park which is up the mountain from Colorado Springs and is in the Pikes Peak area. We stay at Diamond Campground which is a wonderful campground that holds a special place for us. Steph's grandparents spent the summers at that campground for over 20 years, and we've been going there the last five years. Beautiful setting in the pines, clean showers, super owners and camp staff! It is a good location for day trips as it is not to far from Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, 11-mile canyon, Cripple Creek and so many other places! We are super excited to get our Escape this summer, but sad that we won't be at Diamond this year.

http://www.diamondcampground.com/

We have also stay in Grand Lake at Elk Creek Campground which is at the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a nice place as well--a bit willowy, clean showers and not so far from Grand Lake. Grand Lake is a beautiful town which is the same as it was many years ago with wood plank sidewalks and quaint shopping. The lake itself is indeed grand and if you like water activities, then it is perfect for that. And watch out for the moose--they often come to the campground! Grand Lake is at one end of Trail Ridge Road while Estes Park is at the other end.

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Sorry I don't have any places to recommend in Denver...but wherever you stay it will be great because you will be in the mountains!!!
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:58 PM   #15
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I did a search on which cave people seem to like better, (Wind or Jewel), and it seems to come out about even. There does seem to be agreement that Jewel is more "colorful" however.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:15 PM   #16
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When in the Denver area we have stayed at Cherry Creek State park in Aurora (close to Denver). Nice sites and this park is also close to a light rail system that takes you straight into downtown Denver.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:03 AM   #17
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:08 AM   #18
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No way would I ever be a caver. However, I might possibly go on some of the tours of the large sections of the cave. Possibly. The campground sounds like a good place to stay though -- even though it's a national park the website says it's usually no problem getting a campsite.
Ruthe - we were surprised how quiet and unfilled the campground was when we were there. The campground host said most people stayed in Custer State Park, but we were much more attracted to the much quieter Wind Cave sites. The cave is huge and there are several tour options. We also enjoyed some very nice hikes in the park.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:12 PM   #19
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Colorado campground near Denver -- try Chatfield SP in Littleton (SW side of town). Huge campground, beautiful lake and added bonus of Roxborough SP just down the road. Roxborough is a Day Use Park with trails meandering through beautiful red rock formations. Very spiritual. You can also hike to the top of Carpenter Peak (elev 7160 ft) and see across to downtown Denver (on a clear day).
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:45 PM   #20
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We camped in Custer SP last year and had a great time. The campground was small but the sites were huge. We could have fit 3-4 trailers in each site. Because of the size and density, the campground was very quiet. The park itself was great, being near so many animals and sights to visit, (Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, two sets of caverns, and of course Sturgis for you biker fans). . We also took the Wind Cave tour which was very interesting. We never made it to the Jewel Cave so I can't report on it. On our return trip to Washington, we toured the Lewis & Clark Caverns in Montana. These were wonderful and full of color. We found these caverns more interesting then the Wind caves.
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