ITF006: KOA Kampgrounds and forest fires

We discussed Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and the pluses and minuses of these locations, including the KOA’s we’ve visited: WyomingDevils Tower, Rock Springs/Green River, and Jackson Hole/Snake River.  ColoradoRoyal Gorge/Canon City, Cotopaxi/Arkansas River, Gunnison, and the now defunct Durango North/Ponderosa (now known as the Durango Riverside Resort) and New Castle/Glenwood Springs (now known as Elk Creek) KOA’s.  New MexicoLas Vegas.  ArizonaWilliams/Exit 167/Circle Pines.

Also discussed were forest fires, fire restrictions, and fire bans.  NOTE:  This episode was recorded prior to some new fire restrictions for Colorado, and an all out fire ban in Larimer County.  To be clear, no campfires are allowed in Larimer County until September 30th.

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Hewlett Fire, fire bans, and impact on camping

FINAL UPDATE:  Cooler temperatures, rain, and higher humidity has helped turn the corner on this fire as Hwy 14 has reopened and evacuations have been lifted.  The fire is 87% contained and no measurable growth is expected.  Ansel Watrous and Stove Prairie campgrounds are OPEN.

UPDATE:  Hwy 14 is now closed from the junction of Hwy 287 (Teds Place) to Stove Prairie Road (CO27).  This essentially closes the Ansel Watrous Campground and the only way to the campgrounds west of the fire is via Stove Prairie Road (CO27) from Masonville until it terminates at Hwy 14. Continue reading