While outsiders have heard of it, many Americans have seen it in films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Bite the Bullet. The town was once a stop on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, which had a spur line running between Durango and Alamosa, Colorado. If you’re someone that likes to get off the beaten path, getting a campsite at Rio Chama RV Park will be the ideal vacation. Additionally, all of the sites at Rio Champa come with full hookups.

Search nearby campsites and find top-rated spots from other campers. Great internet service on both Verizon and AT&T devices. Lots of old railroad equipment to look at and next to historic railroad site. Staff led us to our site by golf cart and we’re very helpful. “We had one camper that was severely damaged, I think it was destroyed,” said Fockler.

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If you’ve got the stamina for it, you can climb to the top of these dunes, but beware of hiking in the midday summer sun when the sand is blisteringly hot. The facility has tons of amazing animals native to the Rocky Mountain Front, such as elk, grizzly bears, and mountain lions. You can even watch the staff feed the animals and learn about the behavior and habitat while you’re there. When I called to reserve two days during the week I was told they had one spot left that was $42.

Personally I’ll give one of the other parks in the area a try next time. We actually intended to stay [pii_email_55ce5d2d85c8250d448c] about 50 miles south, but a fire changed our plans. The sites are a little tight, but not horrible.