We left snowy Glenwood Springs and headed west on 70 into Rifle where we stopped at a Walmart to check on toilet paper supplies. We scored one 4-pack of RV TP! I cannot tell you how happy this made us feel. Crazy, right? We continued west on 70 into Utah. Then, we headed south on 199 through Moab and eventually Monticello. Then, we headed southeast on 491 to get back into Colorado. Last, we headed east on 160 into Durango. While this was a slightly longer route, we were able to avoid the snowy passes in western Colorado.
Westerly RV Resort may be the only year-round resort in the Durango area. It is directly across from Trimble Hot Springs and Spa. Unfortunately, the spa closed the day we arrived so I am unable to comment on it. Their website indicates that they are taking this time to renovate their spa, so we look forward to returning some day. Westerly is a small campground with limited sites, and they partner with the spa for the use of their restrooms/showers. Thankfully, we have our own. There is a laundry facility adjacent to the manager’s small office. Two short blocks away was a gourmet food market/gift shop, a hardware store, and a liquor store.
The next morning, we drove about an hour west to Cortez to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument to meet Molly for a hike.
We took East Rock Creek Trail and hiked roughly 7.5 miles through the canyon. The weather warmed up quickly and we began to shed layers.
Halfway around the loop, you could see the Sacred Ute Mountains off in the distance. No one is allowed to walk on this sacred land. Zoom in below for a better look.
One of the reasons that Molly had suggested this hike was because there is a vineyard located right next to it. We noticed this sign at the beginning of our hike.
They were not able to provide tastings, however they were discounting their wine. We made the right decision in supporting their cause during this slowdown. The message we keep hearing is to support the local businesses so that they can remain in business.
When we got back into Durango, we stopped and picked up dinner from Steamworks Brewery located on 2nd Avenue. (Again, we were supporting a local business). While the restaurant was closed for table service, they were providing take-out meals. I was even able to get a tap beer to go! Who would’ve thought?
It was great to see Molly again, however we were not thrilled about the social distancing issue. It was hard to say hello and goodbye without any hugs and kisses. Tomorrow, we head south into Arizona for a short, five-day stay at Towerpoint RV Resort in Mesa. We are looking forward to warmer weather and summertime activities.