A Stellar place to camp in Colorado…Yerts, Conestoga Wagons and Airstreams, OH MY!!!!

When I think of Memorial Day Weekend beyond the parades I think…”Finally, LET’S GO CAMPING!!!!!!”

Since being here Visit Colorado doing Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and Elephant Rock it was imperative to explore the camping in the Western Slope of Colorado. Back in the spring at Sedona MTB Festival I met Billy Beyhan, who invited me to come visit what he and his family have been doing the past 5 years at Dolores River Campground  and now I can sincerely testify that they KNOW what they are doing!!!

Billy, his wife Lainey (who deftly keeps all the logistics running smoothly while greeting guests) and their two kids Bridger and Heidi, who are out and about helping their parents on the property and are excelling at just “being kids”;) They have made heaps of improvements in their time at Dolores River Campground to make it truly a “TRAVEL DESTINATION!”

Dolores River Campground is in Dolores, Colorado (about an hour south of Telluride, Colorado and an hour west of Durango, Colorado). Camping wise you can set up your tent, roll in your RV or rent one of their cabins, Yerts or “hold your horses…renovated Conestoga Covered Wagons and vintage Airstreams (one of our loves besides bikes at Cyclelogical;)

Yes, you read correctly they have a sweet li’l “Flying Cloud” 1953 airstream and 1950 Spartanette that along with the LIFE magazines from those years…make you feel like you are Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the LONG, LONG Trailer here’s the movie clip:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qbm-T_OSa4

Then down along the tranquil and gorgeous river area they have clean, comfortable cabins as well as the Yerts and Conestoga Covered Wagons that are “Glamping” at it’s best! **check out the pics below I took while there;)

As far as amenities they are clean, well kept and modern: showers, bathrooms and launderette (which I needed to take advantage of traveling for more than a week out of our SprinterVan;) There is a playground for kids and a fun gift shop (where they sell our Cyclelogical Tshirts: BikeUSA, Fossil Fuel, and W’s Betty Bison;)

Activities-wise there are heaps and heaps of things to do hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing (saw a guest catch a nice trout while there), boating at McPhee Reservoir Colorado and touring the historical pueblo ancestral dwellings when you Visit Mesa Verde National Park.

If you need a new place to camp and Enjoy…ENJOY the outdoor beauty of Colorado then you NEED to Check them out at: http://doloresrivercampground.com/

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In Denver this weekend

We are making our way out to Denver this weekend for the NorthAmerican Handmade Bicycle Show  (NAHBS).  A 3 day event where bicycle frame builders from the U.S, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and The Netherlands exhibit their  craftsmanship. This is one of our favorite shows to exhibit and are really happy it is in Denver this year. If you are planning on attending make sure to swing by our booth- #907 and say hi. We will also be selling tee shirts and bags for killer prices during the show.

 

 

 


the high country

I have been in the high country of Colorado the past few days, in Teller County. I have spent lots of time up in these mountains and every time I am here, it’s as if I am seeing them for the first time. The view of Pikes Peak is breathtaking, the green and brown tall strong trees that line the rocky crags and all a while being warmed by the bright and beautiful Colorado sunshine. Some people call this place God’s Country and I would have to agree with a hearty “amen!”  If you have never visited this part of the country then you are missing out! Come in the summer and make sure to bring your road or mountain bike to experience the beauty first hand.

 I am only here for one more day and then back to our office in Milwaukee to pack up and head even further west to California for the  NAHBS.

~AT