Nestled in the middle of nowhere in Colorado, about 55 miles west of Pueblo, is one of our favorite campgrounds, Grape Creek RV Park. You have to feel like driving if you want to do a lot of sightseeing. Otherwise it's a nice relaxing place to hang out for a few days.
Grape Creek sits about 2 miles south of Westcliffe, a small town of 568 residents at 7,888 feet that is overlooked by the beautiful Sangre de Cristos mountains. There is also a neighboring twin-city, Silver Cliff, which doubles the local population. Both towns are quaint with not much to see or do. However, we use this as a launching pad to visit Salida, St. Elmo, Aspen Ridge, Cottonwood Pass and other areas of interest in the vicinity.
The best things about the location, though, are the campground itself and solitude we feel when we're staying there. RV spots here are remarkable -- wide sites with grass in front of the rigs and trees and shrubs between them for privacy. All are pull-through sites and there are about 4 rows of 20 or so sites, all with 30 & 50 amp service and full hook-ups. Rates are very reasonable -- $40 to $45 per night with the Good Sam Club membership, $45-50 without. They also have cabins and tent sites.
When we are relaxing in the shade of the green leaves and flowered bushes in front of our 5th wheel, we can easily forget that we are basically in a dry, high desert valley. The sunsets last summer were spectacular over the peaks to the west, especially with the California wildfires lending their drama to the brilliance.
This is also the only campground we've seen that incorporates a teardrop trailer in its logo...
We highly recommend this park as one we love to visit. Their website is: grapecreekrv.net/
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Jack Huber is a novelist with 5 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.