After fleeing the snow storm I stayed a night in Curecanti National Recreation Area just west of Gunnison where there's a RV loop with electric hookups. I didn't do a campground review of the area because of my short stay and the fact that it was so cold (19 degrees in the morning) I didn't get out of the Tank long enough to do the area justice. Traveling further west on Highway 50 I came to Montrose, CO which is a town of about 19,000 on the West Slope of Colorado and, more importantly, below 5000 feet of elevation so temperatures there were in the mid-70's. The city of Montrose has a small park called Trail Head Park that allows RV'ers to stay overnight free one night every 14 days. I took advantage of their hospitality and enjoyed hiking through Cerise Park which sprawls along the bank of the quick Uncomphagre River. Uncomphagre is a Ute Indian word that roughly translates to "dirty water" although the river seemed pristine to me.
|The sign warns that bear and mountain lion have been sighted in the park.|
Trail Head Park is basically a parking lot with some trees and plants landscaped in but the overnight price is right!
|Cerise Park has several miles of sidewalk/paths through it.|
The town has several guide companies that outfit rafters and kayak enthusiasts for sampling the white water along the Uncomphagre.
|Rapids right in Cerise Park.|
|More white water.|
I enjoyed the park in Montrose and left the next morning for some BLM boondocking outside of Grand Junction after I restocked the Tank with food and water.
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