My destination was Cayton Campground, located about 50 miles north of Cortez and 24 miles south of Telluride CO. The campground is operated by the National Forest Service and includes a number of campsites with electric hookups (rare for the NFS).
Downtown Telluride, north end. That's Jeff and Kathi standin' on the corner.
Downtown Telluride. Lots of shops and restaurants. Parking for vendors is in the center lane.
Hot dog street vendor. We ended up across the street at the grilled cheese street cart. Yummy!
Downtown Telluride restaurant outdoor patio.
Downtown Telluride restaurant outdoor patio. Those are blankets on the chairs. How thoughtful of them. :)
North end of Telluride; view of the Bridal Veil waterfall.
North end of Telluride; view of the waterfalls.
At the north end looking south toward Telluride.
Bridal Veil Falls has a 365 foot drop. The white house is actually a power plant.
Back at Cayton Campground... Checking out the foliage is Casita owner Jim, who with his wife Pat, joined us from Ridgway CO.
Pat, Janet, Ed, Jerrie, Jeff and Jim at Cayton Campground. 'Party Central' was Jerrie's campsite.
Kathi, Janet, Pat and Ed
Jeff (left) and two Jims.
Pat, Jim T, Alice, Jerrie and Kathi partaking in Happy Hour & Pot Luck under the 10x10 canopies.
Jim, Janis and Ed.
Janis, Jeff, Diane and Janet.
Jerrie, our Rally Host, standing on her Rico CO porch.
Jerrie in her front yard. Beautiful! (It's also for sale, if anyone is interested.)
Lots of wonderful aspen trees surround Jerrie's property.
At the foot her Jerrie's driveway is an old mining headframe.
Cayton Campground. Can't recall the site number.
Barely visible behind the vehicle at the bottom of this hill is Diane's Casita.
Jeff, Alice, Jim T, Kathi and Ruby following the trail to the lower campground loop.
My campsite (#3, a pull thru).
View from the patio of Jammin' Joe's BBQ restaurant in downtown Rico CO.
Across the street is a small hotel. They offer $5 showers in a claw-foot tub.
And that's the town's only grocery (mercantile) store. Very quaint.
Street view, 'downtown' Rico CO.
Rico is .8 square miles and its population is around 225...give or take. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rico,_Colorado
Rico Town Hall.
Cayton Campground. Kathi's Casita in site #2.
Cayton Campground restrooms and dump station. All dumps should have a view like this!
Scenery behind the restrooms. Certainly makes an unpleasant task much more pleasurable!
View of my Casita over yonder from Kathi's campsite.
Yep, there were skeeters, so the OFF! came in handy. I also ended up with a few no-see-ums bites. Not much you can do about avoiding them.
Kathi's campsite from a different perspective.
Jerrie's campsite and place where all the action happened (specifically, Happy Hour).
Jim T, Alice and Jeff. Hey, no alcohol is allowed in NFS campgrounds! Who's beer is that?! Oh...wait...it's mine.