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Old 5 Days Ago   #11
 
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Looking at overnight camping with my three nephews on upper Colorado next Tuesday and putting in at radium and taking out a state bridge. I am hoping to stay at one of the bench spots. Does anyone know if there is a fire ring/pit and if there is a toilet? I have both, but I hate packing stuff that is already there.

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Max
I think the bench(that it is named after) is long gone too. Apparently you have been down there before, when there was a toilet, fire rings and picnic table were available. I would do Pumphouse to State Bridge, much nicer scenery with the canyons for your nephew's, plus you can stop off at the hot spring on river left before Radium campground, I think some sixties hippies stoned it in, in the late sixties, alot of long term camping in bright painted VW busses back then. When we started to run it commercially in 1973 it was there. If the Bench sights are full, Lone Tree river right, across from Bench campgrounds and 100 yards down stream might still be there. Have fun and enjoy, be safe. Oh ya, rain showers about 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm too.

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No need for a groover, there are lots of trees and bushes to poop behind


driftwood is too big to fit in a fire pan anyways, just make sure you throw it all in the river when your fire is over
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So true!!!

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No need for a groover, there are lots of trees and bushes to poop behind


driftwood is too big to fit in a fire pan anyways, just make sure you throw it all in the river when your fire is over
When we started commercial trips back 1973, private boating was none existed down there. Pumphouse still had the wooden pumphouse with two pumps, still in it and the pipes ran about 200 ft to the river. We had to whack out a place to make a launch for the boats, it was so over grown with six foot bushes, no real road. Radium bridge was wood with wooden beams and round wooden poles in the river for support and no boat ramp or real camp ground, except for along Sheep horn creek we also had a small ranch we would run horses back trips out of, up from sheep horn creek. When we pulled into Rancho the only thing there was, a general store with a gas pump, telephone booth and a couple old wooden cabins. Bud and Wanda who owned it back than were so surprised when 25 wet customers stormed in and cleaned their little cooler out of ice cream bars, candy and ice cold 3.2 beer. Bud was a hunting guide and outfitters, who also ran float fishing trips. They asked us if this action was going to happen every weekend, we said probably, so in about two weeks later they purchased a much larger freezer stock with icecream bars and a shit more beer. Cable rapid still had a cable across the river and small cabin with an old wooden burning stove, it's all gone to. The Bench only had a little clearing with a bench made from two one foot logs with an 8 foot slab accross the two stumps. State Bridge was a wooden bridge too, a little lower than the new one and we use to jump off of it. Get blasted at State Bridge bar with the customers than head back to Kremmling were we had one of our warehouses. If we only knew what was to follow us over the years, a little more than a few people shitting and disregarding the natural wonder of the river now. Oh ya, rain showers around 5:00 to 6:00 is what some old river guides always told the customers.
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Raymo, I do remember the old bridges... I bet you recall the switchbacks on the old road between pumphouse and radium.
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Raymo, I do remember the old bridges... I bet you recall the switchbacks on the old road between pumphouse and radium.
Yes, it was on the left side and up hill, which became very slick when it rained because it wasn't graded or maintained, that's why they named that part of the Trough Road the New Trough Road now. Do you remember the hill climb and small switch back about one mile in on the Trough road after highway 9, before it was straighten out. I think that was done about 1976, way before the New Trough road was completed. Our school buses used for shuttle would slide all over the road and sink into the ruts, zero road up keep in those days. When did you start running that part of the Colorado. I think that's cool you remember those days.
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We first started running that stretch about 1978 so I think the improvements off hwy 9 were done before I got there. The afternoon cloud bursts would sure make that road a mess. I even recall it being a mess after they put the new road in. I don't think it had enough gravel on it for a while and sliding off into those steep ditches was an issue. I seem to remember a lot of railroad garbage in the canyon in those days. I recall seeing stacks of 55 gallon drums piled next to the tracks by the railroad tunnels. Do you recall that?
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jrzoffroad, I don't recall the 55 gallon barrel's. It was a pleasure chatting with you and hope to do more, but I think were clogging up the original post, which I have a habit of doing. Hope you stay around MB.
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Speed sign at Rancho

Thanks for the post about about the store at Rancho. For years I wondered about the sign entering Rancho that said, "SLOW" speed checked by Wanda. Now I know who Wanda was.
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If a fire ring and toilet are important, camp at Rancho. If you use the existing sites on the river you should bring a groover and a fire pan; do the right thing. I think of I were doing an overnight, I'd take out a Two Bridges, It's a much nicer place to load and I think it would be easier to de-rig.
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