Durango, Colorado: 4/17 – 5/29/20

We left Arizona and headed to Durango, Colorado. We decided to hunker down there and not travel around with Covid 19 ever present. All National Parks had closed down as well as some State Parks, but we knew of an old KOA that was sold and purchased privately that was going to open up on April 17. When we purchased our new fifth wheel in Amarillo, TX, we stayed at the Oasis RV Resort. We learned that those owners had purchased the KOA outside of the city of Durango on Hwy 160. They changed the name to Oasis RV & Cottages Resort and officially opened on April 17, 2020. We were their first customer! They took a picture of us as we pulled in late afternoon on the 17th. Google “Oasis RV Resort Durango Photos” to check it out.

The new owners have invested a lot of money to reshape the campground and make it a “year-round” facility. One of the new additions was a new Pickleball court. We were fortunate to see the progression.

They poured the cement during our first week here. We played on the “unpainted” concrete court without a fence or net for the next two weeks. We spent a lot of time running after the balls. Last week, they installed the fence. They plan to paint the court at the end of the month. We will be gone, but at least we were able to play while using our Superman eyesight to call the shots. Of course, there may have been some cheating going on with regards to the kitchen.

We came here to practice social distancing, and pretty much only took hikes and bike rides during the week. We hung out at the campground on the weekends, totally enjoying the sport of Pickleball. And, I was fortunate to be able to Zoom yoga classes daily.

Oasis RV Resort is located 10 miles east of the center of the town of Durango, and a short drive to great hiking and biking trails.

Here are a few mountain biking areas to check out.

Horse Gulch

It is rated as difficult, but not all of the trails fall under that category. The initial ride up a dirt, rocky road took my breath away. We learned to take it really slow in order to sustain its continual grade upward. Once you reach the top, there is a trail map with several options.

Three Springs Trail

Three Springs was less than a ten minute drive from our campground. There is a practice area for beginning riders. Then, there are two easy loops that are fun, flowing trails. It’s a great place to improve your skills and gain confidence. I know that I did.

Sale Barn Trailhead

The trails here are intermediate to advanced, with a lot of different loop options. Here is a view along one of the loops. Our campground is located on the far horizon.

There are several hiking options within a short drive from Oasis RV. Over the course of six weeks, we hiked a total of 110 miles with a total elevation gain of 21,323 feet. Here are some photographs from these hikes.

View of Durango from Smelter Mountain
Vallecito Creek Trail
Vallecito Creek Trail … Time to turn around
The Colorado Trail at Gudy’s Rest
Our Four-Legged-Friend, Maya, getting a drink.
Castle Rock Trail
Castle Rock Trail … An hour later…
Haflin Creek Trail
Hanging out on Missionary Ridge Trail after hiking Red Creek Trail
Chimney Rock National Monument
We made it!
Walked three miles up the road to Chimney Rock. Took a different path back down.
Watch out for biting cactus!!!!!
Stream Crossing at Vallecito Creek
Cascade Creek Trail
Beginning of Pine River Trail
Pine River Trail (2 miles in)
Rock Slide
On our way back out, we ran into a friend at Granite Peak Ranch
Lizard Head Pass Trail
Scott trying to keep up with me!
Mount Sneffles
Andrew’s Lake
Above Andrew’s Lake
Struggling on the incline
Taking a break to order pizza for my mom.
Lemon Reservoir, our starting point, can be seen in the distance.
We had to go off trail to get back down.
Scott leading the way as we bushwhacked through the aspens.

During our six weeks here, it was nice to be able to see Molly for some hikes and a few dinners together. We are planning to stay in the state of Colorado for a good part of the summer. We both love it here, and there is still a lot to see and do. The National Parks are beginning to open up with social distancing rules in place. Our next stop is Mesa Verde!

One thought on “Durango, Colorado: 4/17 – 5/29/20

  • So wonderful! I remember Lizard Head Pass. and Mt. Sneffles!!! My 2nd most favorite mountain. Thank you for the memories and for sharing each other and your amazing travels. Continue to have fun. Love you

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