Taylor Reservoir and Park

The Long Trip in 2006

Taylor Reservoir and Park, Colorado

Friday, September 8th and Saturday September 9th
Mileage starting at 24,640

Took awhile to set up camp as Sasha used a new system to have the camper be steady after it is off of the truck. Yes we took it off of the truck, and I’m sure it will be fun getting it back on later.

First View of Taylor Park on Friday September 8 around 5 pm. We are hoping the clouds will go away tomorrow but it looks like rain right now.

Saturday We set up the outdoor shower and I turned on the heater and water pump for Sasha’s virgin shower. However, the water kept coming out cold. Finally, Sasha tried the other knob, and found that the hot and cold water labels had been switched!

Our Views, either directly from the camp site or a little ways away from the site (like near the water spout.)

Saturday Morning was nice, with blue skies, but around 11 am it started clouding up.

Because the weather was kind of icky, we decided to take a road trip to Tin Cup and the surrounds. We first went to the Trading Post to change some money. It seems that the National Forest Service (really Recreation Resource Management company) does not take traveler’s checks BUT they do take Personal Checks.

Well, I had left the checkbook at home, thinking that no one would take personal checks out here. Let’s just say we were flabbergasted that they would take personal checks. So we had to go to the Trading Post to change the traveler’s checks into cash.

We got a few items including a book on the history of the area. We went back to camp, paid for tonight (we decided to go night to night rather than paying for the week as it was still cloudy and we wanted the flexibility to go if needed.) We had lunch in the camper as it started to rain. After it rained we went back to the trading post (heard that they have great water so we filled up our many containers) and headed out to Tin Cup.

Before we got to Tin Cup, we checked out where we are supposed to dump the black and brown water, and found we would have to pay to dump! What a pain!

We are already paying for the campsite, we should get the dumping for free. Oh well, another thing that you learn on the road. Anyway, here is the sign for Tin Cup, we went along a dirt road to get to Tin Cup. We will have more pictures on the way back.

We are going to Mirror Lake which is 3 miles past Tin Cup. The Guide said that passenger cars could go on this road. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHA said we, once we were on it. You shall see.

This is the road to Mirror Lake. Actually it does not look too bad because when it was bad, I could not take the picture. But there were lots of rocks in the road and with tires that can not go very low in PSI (lowest is 65 PSI), each bounce had some serious jarring effect. After this ride, we decided not to go on any more really off-road passes as the truck is too long and the tires too strong.

On the way to Mirror Lake is the Taylor River and its corresponding wetlands.

At Mirror Lake, we found someone to take our picture. They had come up to the lake on one ATV (he was driving, she was in the back.) I did not know that you could have two people on an ATV, but it seemed to be the way to go.

The tires have lower pressure and you can go pretty far with them. The road behind us is Tin Cup Pass. The road, if you can call it that, is very rough and narrow, meant for Jeeps, ATVs and dirt bikes. We would not take the truck.

This is Mirror Lake. People were fishing (you could only use non-motorized boats or just fish along the edge.)

We headed back to Tin Cup and took a couple of pictures of the town. People live here, I think year round, but most of the houses were closed down for the season.

[Future Laura: We seem to have a love-hate relationship with campgrounds, we like some of the features of some of them, but others are just not what we want, and why should we have to pay extra? Oh well…] 

More Off Roading with The Truck

We decided to take another mountain road called Pieplant Mill Road, after Tin Cup, so here are a few more pictures.

We were shocked to see this RV on the side of the road as this road was rough but obviously people will go anywhere with their vehicles.

We did see some deer with this road trip. I am sure they are a little bit jittery as it is hunting season now.

Here are two peaks: Jenkins and Grizzly Mountains in the distance. And Look, Blue Skies here. People are camping where ever they are allowed, which is all over. Although they do not have electricity, water or sewer, they seem to be having fun out here and the weather seems to be cooperating.

We are not sure if this is from a wildfire or logging. But we went out to this field and found us some wood which we tried burning later this evening. The wood was very wet, which we did not realize, so when Sasha went to get the fire going, it took nearly a gallon of diesel to really set the fire. But we did toasted marshmallows this evening.

Here is another picture of the mountains before we head back to civilization.

We are back to civilization as there are cows everywhere. They were on the side of the road, in the road etc. There was one group of cows that was being moved along by a bull, who shook its head at us, as though to warn us not to come close.

This was not the bull, but as you can see, a very close cow.

After this ride we felt like we had really exercised, and in a way we did. Trying to keep yourself steady on bone-jarring roads is a little tough and yet we still managed to take some good pictures. We are going to see what the weather brings for tomorrow, but we saw clear skies when we were toasting the marshmallows, so we went to bed thinking we would go hiking and biking.

End of the day mileage: 24,694 miles.

We drove around Taylor Reservoir and Park and then Cimarron Curicarte State Recreation Area


The expenses of Taylor Reservoir for three days.

    • $60 for three nights at Taylor Reservoir
    • $30.01 for Lunch at Pitas at Crested Butte on 9/10/06

Check out the next day – A Road Trip to Crested Butte.


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