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McPhee Reservoir Recreation Campground: Great Location for Indian Ruins

The McPhee Campground, just 7 miles from the heart of Dolores, offers a great location for trips to Hovenweep, the Canyons of the Ancients and Mesa Verde National Park and is just three miles from the Anasazi Cultural Heritage Center. There is a first-come, first-served campground at Hovenweep, and Mcphee is the next closest for Hovenweep visits...but from here you have better access to Mesa Verde.<br/><br/>We stayed for two nights, wish it were more. There are 76 ($14 a night) sites in two loops in the campground. 16 sites have electric hookups ($3 extra), 4spaces have full hookups ($5 extra). Two sites have tables and toilets that accommodate wheelchairs. Only Piñon Loop sites can be reserved through the Reservation Center (all others are first-come, first-served). There is also an adjacent group camping area.<br/><br/>There are numerous flush toilets, so wherever your site, your not far from the "facilities." If you want a shower, they are available for $3.00 a person. Mine was OK, the water was really cold and took a long time to warm up, but...when you need a shower...

Our site was on the Juniper Loop and situated at 7,150 feet. I was amazed at the amount of stars that one could see from over a mile up in the atmosphere. There were so many stars, it looked like the sky had texture!<br/><br/>Like all the sites, we had a fire ring, picnic table and grill, and somewhat of a tent site, grveled and roughly leveled. We also had a piece of pipe that stuck out of the ground near our site, but I noticed it was something that was added to steer runoff rain water from entering our tent site.<br/><br/>It was quite, beautiful and fun! The area is full of rabbits, jackrabbits and hummingbirds. The ranger told us that a bear had been "visiting" around the time we were there, so he suggested we leave coolers inside the truck. No problemo!!!!

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  • Related to: National/State Park, Camping, Historical Travel
  • Written September 9, 2007
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