Colorado is an amazing place, with plenty to see. Campgrounds everywhere. I started my trip with the fam in Creede staying at Cottonwood Cove in a cabin. The restaurant is great, lots of great food and ice cream.
Just a few miles North of Creede is the Rio Grand campground, it is a donation based campsite, but is very clean and has restrooms and water. There are only about 7 spots so it may be full, but the river is perfect, and there is cell service though spotty depending on where you stand.
Next I went across the mountains on 149 to 50. Elk Creek in Curecanti National Recreation Area is where I landed. Not many shade trees, but the campsites where immaculate, the hosts super friendly and welcoming. The showers are over by the boat launch and cost $3 in quarters. Very clean and well maintained. Temperatures are perfect for camping in August, I had to escape the heat in Texas! 40/74 in Elk Creek. I stopped in Montrose, NM, to visit a friend, a decent sized town with all the stores to get what you need. One thing that caught my attention was that almost every other car was wrecked or a hoopty, def a lot of shady people out after 10pm, I went to the store to get some things, and was actually a little nervous, and this comes from someone who has walked all over Europe and the UK or the rough side of San Antonio! ;0)
I made my way to Ridgway State Park and found perfection. Camping on the Ridge provided full 4G internet access, beautiful views, excellent camp sites, miles of trails, and clean hot showers for $1 in quarters. Ohh yeah be sure to carry plenty of quarters if you come camping in CO, all the showers are pay, and some are $3 in quarters. Spot #7 in the lower part of the park is great, with plenty of morning and evening shade. I ended up moving to #113 up on Elk Ridge because it had the best cell signal. #7 was spotty. I run servers for hosting so I need internet 24×7 to take care of business.
Most of the parks have late night registration so you can pick your spot, then pay with the provided envelopes. Be sure to carry change unless you wanna donate a dollar or two to the park, which I did.
Fishing: I got a 3 day permit that was $29, and never saw a fish or saw anyone catch one. You are not allowed to use bait of any kind in a lot of places, so be prepared to fly fish. I’m used to a rod and reel with some bait on it. I tried for hours and I think I got one bite, but never saw the fish, so it could have been a snag.