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URL icon « on: June 01, 2012, 02:44:54 PM »

Hi!  We have High School Camping for the festival, and a room at the Victorian Inn for Monday and Tuesday nights.  We're arriving in CO early to do a bit of camping and we're still trying to figure out where that's going to happen.  We have 3 kids, ages 7-9, so we don't want to have to backpack in our stuff.

I can't seem to tell from my online searching what the parking situation is for dispersed camping at Lizard Head Pass.  It seems like a beautiful spot with lots of trailhead access, but I can't tell from any description where we can park relative to our tent.  We have instruments to carry and don't want to shlepp too much stuff too far.  Here's the area to which I'm referring:

http://www.campoutcolorado.com/index.php/2010/10/05/lizard-head-pass-wilderness-camping-review/

If anyone has camped there, I'd love to hear your input! 

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URL icon « Reply #1 on: June 02, 2012, 08:24:16 AM »

OK - I haven't exactly 'camped' at Lizardhead Pass, but I have been there.

Right near, or in front of, the Lizard Head Pass marker is where Cindy Lou and I pulled off the road one evening in September (2009) because the full moon seemed to be sitting on the road. It was beautiful! As we stood there we watched several pick-up truck campers pulling off the road and into the camping area. They didn't drive very far off the road when they stopped. Cindy explained that they were in the camping area. We were also standing in a small parking lot/over look area next to her car.

In one of the picture on the site you linked to above, --> CLICK HERE <-- one can see vehicle ruts in the landscape. I'm pretty sure those are from campers driving in and out of the camping area. It seriously is just off the main road.

There are times when getting there and making the discovery are half the fun. Trust me, your kids are NEVER going to forget this trip... EVER (neither will you), and will be talking about it all next school year, for the stars-in-the-night-sky factor alone! Then as school starts to wind down next Spring, the obvious questions will come from them, "Can we go back there?" or "When can we do that again?

Heed all the altitude warnings at 10,300 feet and everyone will be just fine. Start teaching the kids about altitude sickness. They'll get it. "Feeling like you want to lie down all the time" only last about a day and if the kids know it will not last much longer than the day, they'll go with the flow, drop into a camp chair and take in all that beauty at Lizard Head. First day up there is when you're going to need all that potassium rich food. Red meat will not hurt at all (if you're not veggie-only lovers), and partially explains the love of Killer Flank Steak at FESTIVVVAAALLL!!!. That "cool camping food", dried apricots and dried (or not) bananas, go a very long way to keeping everyone on their feet at altitude. You might try doing a taste testing before "Lift-Off" to see which kids like which dried fruits, and then buy/pack accordingly.

Well, hope this help with the trip planning. Any chance you adopt? I WANNA GOOOOOO!!!!!  LOL

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URL icon « Reply #2 on: June 02, 2012, 12:56:11 PM »

Auntie Hope, your amazing!!! 
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URL icon « Reply #3 on: June 02, 2012, 01:51:34 PM »

Auntie Hope, your amazing!!! 

You ain't so bad your self, Son!  Thumbs Up

By the way, am I supposed to admit that I spent my first day in t'ride last year (my birthday, none the less) parked on hammock? Naw.. didn't think so.  LOL
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URL icon « Reply #4 on: June 03, 2012, 08:48:32 AM »

 Flower THANK YOU, Auntie Hope!  Lizard Head it is then!  This helps a whole lot, and I really appreciate you taking so much time to answer the question, because we've been pretty unsure of where to camp.   We're going to bring tons of food, and we have no problem with red meat at all!  We have Trader Joe's here in AZ, which has awesome (and cheap!) food for keeping everyone going. We'll keep an eye on everyone for altitude effects.  We live at around a mile high in the AZ mountains and don't seem to feel any effect when we go hiking in Flagstaff, which is around 7000 ft, but we'll be careful just in case. 

So much to do before we leave, but at least now we know where we're camping pre-festival.  Can't wait to sit and pick my banjo in that beautiful meadow! 

And sure, we'll adopt you!  Thumbs Up
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URL icon « Reply #5 on: June 03, 2012, 10:32:52 AM »

Flower THANK YOU, Auntie Hope!  Lizard Head it is then!  This helps a whole lot, and I really appreciate you taking so much time to answer the question, because we've been pretty unsure of where to camp.   We're going to bring tons of food, and we have no problem with red meat at all!  We have Trader Joe's here in AZ, which has awesome (and cheap!) food for keeping everyone going. We'll keep an eye on everyone for altitude effects.  We live at around a mile high in the AZ mountains and don't seem to feel any effect when we go hiking in Flagstaff, which is around 7000 ft, but we'll be careful just in case. 

So much to do before we leave, but at least now we know where we're camping pre-festival.  Can't wait to sit and pick my banjo in that beautiful meadow! 

And sure, we'll adopt you!  Thumbs Up

Welcome to the Festi-Family!  Flower
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URL icon « Reply #6 on: June 03, 2012, 11:07:31 AM »

I'm from Tucson- where are you from? 
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URL icon « Reply #7 on: June 03, 2012, 11:08:28 AM »

Thanks for the welcome.    :) Last year was our first festival, and we're so happy to be returning.  Our kids are Unschooled, meaning that we let them guide their own learning with no coercion or curriculum, so not only will they have great memories, but they can act on them by practicing their instruments as much as they like, listening to music instead of sitting and taking standardized tests, or whatever interests them in the moment.  Our son had started to play mandolin just a couple of months before last year's festival and already loved it, but after the Telluride inspiration he upped his practice and now does about 4 hours a day, and the kid is pretty incredible.  

Speaking of Festi-Family, last night we went to see Gillian Welch and David Rawlings in Phoenix, and I ran into our last-year's  High School campground neighbor in the bathroom.  Pretty cool!
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URL icon « Reply #8 on: June 03, 2012, 11:10:07 AM »

  Wave Hi Debbie!  We're from Prescott. 
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URL icon « Reply #9 on: June 03, 2012, 11:14:00 AM »

  Wave Hi Debbie!  We're from Prescott. 

I'm a flat lander (South Florida & Nashville, TN) and I do great in Albuquerque and Denver. High mountains (8,750 to 10,300 ft. above sea level) are another animal. Be prepared!  Thumbs Up

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URL icon « Reply #10 on: June 03, 2012, 11:15:19 AM »

Hi- My brain was trying to figure out 3-4000 ft with Mountains,,,LOL  Was thinking that or Globe .LOL   I'm going solo this year for the first time ( Kids and hubby off to Philmont BOy Scout Camp) but I've done this for 16 years with kids so if you have any questions, I'll try to answer.... BUT sounds like you already have it down.....
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URL icon « Reply #11 on: June 03, 2012, 12:05:08 PM »

Hi- My brain was trying to figure out 3-4000 ft with Mountains,,,LOL  Was thinking that or Globe .LOL   I'm going solo this year for the first time ( Kids and hubby off to Philmont BOy Scout Camp) but I've done this for 16 years with kids so if you have any questions, I'll try to answer.... BUT sounds like you already have it down.....

Thanks!  If anything comes up I will ask for sure.  We learned a lot last year, from our less-than-perfect choices, but overall we were all pretty darn happy!  :)

Enjoy your solo time--sure will make packing easier!  Thumbs Up
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URL icon « Reply #12 on: June 03, 2012, 01:24:34 PM »

Enjoy your solo time--sure will make packing easier!  Thumbs Up

 LOL LOL LOL

One would think!  Evil

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URL icon « Reply #13 on: June 04, 2012, 02:28:15 PM »

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE FIRE RESTICTIONS IN SAN MIGUEL COUNTY right now- meaning no dispersed camping campfires.     Mad
I have camped along Dunton Road absolutely georgous area , but a bit far from the festival.  Here is a website that shows some options:

http://www.googobits.com/articles/p4-2147-hiking-and-camping-in-the-colorados-lizard-head-wilderness-area.html
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URL icon « Reply #14 on: June 04, 2012, 08:02:20 PM »

Thank you, mtnmama.  We thought this might be the case (we have the same restrictions in AZ, due to a couple fairly bad fires), and thanks for the link as well.  We'll be camping at the HS during the festival, so distance is fine for our pre-festy camping.  We'll just have to bring extra warm clothes.

Are propane stoves allowed during this restriction?

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