I'm thinking of taking another minivacation next weekend. There's a tiny semi ghost mining town up in the Collegiate mountain range named Tincup that I have stayed in many times and always had a great experience, camping, fishing, riding my dirt bike, and sightseeing for two or three days and have lots of good memories associated with those trips.
One of the problems this time is, the way I've always gotten there which is by way of Buena Vista and up Cottonwood Pass is not going to work because Cottonwood Pass is closed all this year due to roadwork. So about the only way to get there that's not a four-wheel-drive trail is to go around the back way to Gunnison Colorado and take the road from Gunnison to Tincup. It's longer but still doable .
And the road from Gunnison to Tincup is also a lot better than Cottonwood Pass. there are a couple of RV parks in the Tincup area and I think most folks pull their trailers up the road from Gunnison because even though Cottonwood pass is doable in an RV it would be very rough on the equipment.
Tincup has a handful of people that live there during the summer in the old 1800s houses that they've restored, and from what I understand there's actually a few people that spend the winter there. They must be hardy souls because at a little over 10,000 feet the winters are cold the snow is deep, and sometimes the road department can't get Cottonwood Pass open until the 4th of July because of the snow. But it's a beautiful place with two lakes in the area, Mirror Lake and Taylor Lake and lots of national forest to boondock in.
I hope it works out because I'm really looking forward to it. It'll be a bit chilly at night, and I don't have a way of carrying my little motorcycle yet, but the fishing is good, the scenery is incredible, and the drive there is also pretty exciting. So it sounds like a great test for my camping equipment, and if I still have the ability to breathe above timberline.