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Estes Park - Spruce Lake RV Park, CO

Friday, July 13, 2001 - 9:30am by Lolo
249 miles and 5 hours from our last stop - 1 night stay


With our first views of the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, we finally felt that we were out West. The road to the east entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park meandered along the Big Thompson River into the resort town of Estes Park. The main street of town was lined with trendy restaurants, cafes, shops and lots of tourists.

It was late afternoon and drizzling, so we continued on to our campground, Spruce Lake RV Park, right outside the gates to the park. It was a highly rated campground, and rightly so. It had a heated pool, mini-golf course, playground, and even a trout stocked lake. Unfortunately, the weather was so cold and damp that we hardly took advantage of the facilities, although the kids did take a swim in the heated pool.

What a difference from the previous day at Lake McConaughy when we were basking in the sun and splashing around in the lake. Now, we were wearing jeans and jackets and thinking about a campfire for warmth. How quickly things can change in the mountains.


Spruce Lake RV Park is a 110-site campground 1 1/2 miles outside of Rocky Mountain National Park . It has a nice heated pool, free mini golf, and fishing on the Big Thompson River.

Estes Park - Spruce Lake RV Park location map in "high definition"

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