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Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« on: February 06, 2015, 06:11:41 pm »
Here are some details that will help you determine if camping at the national rally might be for you;
A stones throw won't get it, but a good sling shot will land one on the roof of the host hotel. I don't remember having the ability to camp so close to the the main host hotel before. This is a bonus for all of us campers, as it eliminates the need to involve a ride if adult beverages have, or are going to be consumed. We always want you to stay safe at these events. The distance between the host hotel and campground can be measured in yards, and not miles. Yup, it's that close.
  Reservations; The KOA will want a one night deposit for your camping reservation, regardless of the length of your stay. The cancellation fee is $10.00 if you can't make it at the last minute. A word to the wise.....that's not a lot of money to lose if things don't work out, so get in there now to get what you want, or risk not being able to have your choice. I see where one of my SE members has dibs on a tee pee, and he will essentially become a landlord as he sells off space in that great option. The tee pee sleeps 6, and has electricity/water/table on the site. The Serengetti lodge tent also sleeps 6, and has microwave, refrigerator, stove, and gas grill. Cook your meals all week to save money, and keep your beverages cold. Both the tee pee and tent lodge are good options for anyone traveling by bike and not wishing to haul all their gear to the rally. There's also cabins to consider, with a great flood plan to offer a lot of accommodation choices regards the number and how to sleep everyone. I've often used the cabins on some of my LD rides, and there's nothing like a roof over your head on occasion. Decide what's best for you, contact some riding friends to split costs, and don't let a small budget keep you from attending the rally. We want all of our members to experience Cortez, and all of the great riding. Make your reservations NOW.
  For those of you that tent camp and will be bring your gear with you, know that you are near and dear to my heart. Although I'll be in my truck camper at the rally due to my touring the Colorado area for a couple of months, I spend 70-80 nights a year in my tent while out on my long rides. We'll do everything we can to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The SE is bringing along its two big coffee makers to make sure we get you going in the morning, and I'll have coolers available for your use to keep stuff cold. I've contracted with the campground to supply us with all of the firewood we'll need, and because we expect to fill the campground up, they were happy to do that free of charge. What's camping without a big fire? Expect lots of visitors from the rally hotels at night.
  Let this thread serve as a clearing ground for soliciting or offering space in some of these great camping options. Ping me with any questions or concerns about the KOA campground > sead@cog-online.org <, and don't miss this chance to ride some of the best roads in Colorado. Please use the links below to get information, directions, and reservation points of contact. The campground is closed right now for the Winter, but you still have the ability to contact them by email or phone. Special COG discount for all camping options will be given upon arrival at campground. Don't forget to tell them you are with COG for the event.
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2015, 06:33:11 pm »
Thanx for the heads-up, Al. Good intel.

Not to derail, but....sticking around Cortez? Or venturing out?

I don't get out much. So when I have a chance to go somewhere like Cortez, I tend to take big bites.

I know there are a bunch of rally rides and activities scheduled for the week. And I know a lot of the fun lies in meeting people. But I'm leaning toward blowing out of town early, eating some miles and seeing as many national parks as I can. I might well show up in Cortez, then disappear until close to the end.

Was wondering how many of you were planning to stick around in Cortez and do day (or overnight) loops....

...And how many were planning to vamoose for a few/several days.
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2015, 07:39:28 pm »
My girlfiend is coming in from Istanbul for this! So, like a True Gentleman I booked a teepee.

I have 4 spots to offer; in your tent not in the teepee with us!, for $20 all week. Under $4 a day ain't bad. Happy to share water, electric, picnic table and all the spoils of the site.

2 others have shown interest - I don't think space will be an issue but I'm offering. Tent sites aren't cheap unless you already have 2-6 people to share costs. I sprung for the teepee because this is a big-deal vacation for Ewa. I'm not used to camping in something I can change clothes in!

Fantastic that everything is walking distance. This is going to make for quite the gathering. Very, very cool. Al, you da man!

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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2015, 09:49:42 pm »
Thanks Al! Blaise, myself and our daughter will be staying at Rally Central. I just reserved an RV site our son can stay at the KOA with our RV. Looking forward to having a great time!
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2015, 12:25:35 am »
Great post Al! I'll cut and past on the rally website.
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2015, 03:01:33 am »
Al excellent posting thanks. I was starting to wonder about making a reservation at the campground as I`ll be tenting. That's a very kind offer regarding coolers and such, good on ya.

Fais, if you've still got room for me to pitch my tent on your lot please sign me up. Geez we`ll be seeing a lot of each other especially if you and I meet up when I ride through/near Knoxville in May en route kinda to Cortez.

LessPaul hey this could be a great opportunity for us to play some guitar together around the campfire. You really ought to join in on not only some rally day rides but the apres ride fun too. There will be tons of rally based rides with several ride options each day. Large groups, small groups, monster long rides, short flower sniffin' rides, you name it. Really the rally is worth sticking around for a least a couple of days if you can. If you can squeeze a few extra days before or after the rally to zoom around collecting parks stamps it will be worth it. This is gonna be great. :great:
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2015, 06:39:15 am »
Dang it Al, that gave me something to think about as I've not yet decided on my lodging options, but as one wise man said "this don't suck." :beerchug:
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2015, 02:10:44 pm »
Just booked a spot at KOA from my van and a tent.

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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2015, 02:29:20 pm »
When I booked my RV spot, I talked to the owner(?) and he said the discount was the same as what you get with the KOA Kard (10%) but if you're traveling a long way or camp often at KOA's like we do, the Kard pays for itself each year. I've stayed in the Kamping Kabins on trips too and they're nice when it's hot/cold/wet and a tent is just no fun.
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2015, 02:48:07 am »
My girlfiend is coming in from Istanbul for this! So, like a True Gentleman I booked a teepee.

I have 4 spots to offer; in your tent not in the teepee with us!, for $20 all week. Under $4 a day ain't bad. Happy to share water, electric, picnic table and all the spoils of the site.

2 others have shown interest - I don't think space will be an issue but I'm offering. Tent sites aren't cheap unless you already have 2-6 people to share costs. I sprung for the teepee because this is a big-deal vacation for Ewa. I'm not used to camping in something I can change clothes in!


count me for one spot Fais if its still an option.

Fantastic that everything is walking distance. This is going to make for quite the gathering. Very, very cool. Al, you da man!
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2015, 03:12:40 am »
I dunno Don. What instrument do you play?

Hehe - K, merry band of screwballs shall camp together!

That's it for my neighborhood. Real estate biz is poppin in the Cortez KOA.

 
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2015, 04:46:38 am »
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2015, 12:56:24 pm »
CORTEZ KOA FYI

The prices stated for cabins, teepees and possibly even the tent sites are stated for 2 people.

It is also stated that the sites are for up to 6 people. The extra folks above and beyond the original 2 will have a $5/day charge.

The owner said there was plenty of room for 6 on every site, that 4 tents on a cabin or teepee site is absolutely fine and that the extra charges are for that much more hot water and bathroom usage.

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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2015, 09:40:07 pm »
I am considering the camping option and would love to room with someone or at least share cost on a site. I am riding in from CA and planning to arrive on Sunday and depart Saturday.  If interested let me know.

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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2015, 10:08:02 pm »
OK,
I booked a cabin.  Sun thru Sat. Have room for one more to split the cost if anyone is interested.
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2015, 11:48:59 am »
Al, I'm going to have to walk over from my site to sit at one of your campfires. I can't have the TimeOut anywhere near a campfire. While it is darn well waterproof in all but ground zero of a hurricane, embers coming out of a campfire will pinhole the nylon in a heartbeat.

Got a big heads up on that over at MotoCampers, from someone who learned the hard way.  :beerchug:

The owner at the Cortez KOA was great. Set me up with a pull through that's on the very edge of the pull through area, so I'm not in the middle of all the RVs. And charging me tent camping fees. If I had a Goldwing with reverse I could put the TimeOut anywhere, but the connie don't have no stinkin' reverse.
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2015, 05:13:21 pm »
Thanks for the feedback Al.  We're double booked - a room at the Baymont and an RV site for our motorhome.   :-\

It looks like my copilot isn't going to be making the trip so I've decided to ride out from Charlotte and not trailer behind the coach. It appears the old Bluebird will be sitting this one out and I'll release that reservation at the KOA.   :'(

I don't know if they're booked solid but if so, I'd be willing to try to transfer it to another member if needed.  If interested, call me. Jerry Danko 704/904-7495   :great:

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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2015, 06:05:45 pm »
PM sent Jerry.
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2015, 02:20:34 pm »
Doesn't look like I'm going to get to go which majorly sucks, but I have pretty big plans this year for vacation time.
I have a cabin booked so I need to offer it up to someone who may need it.
We would just need to figure out how to transfer the reservation and the deposit.
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« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2015, 03:17:46 pm »
Doesn't look like I'm going to get to go which majorly sucks,

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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2015, 03:50:13 pm »
No doubt. Getting married this year, and we have a honeymoon that is taking up three weeks of vacation and a whole lot of cash.
However we are planning a ride to Oregon next year.
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2015, 08:06:21 pm »
No doubt. Getting married this year, and we have a honeymoon that is taking up three weeks of vacation and a whole lot of cash.
However we are planning a ride to Oregon next year.

Hopefully only one honeymoon and marriage. But plenty more Nationals to come. AND next one you can bring your better half too. :)
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2015, 08:11:55 pm »
Well, I've acquired the 2lb propane bottle I wanted. Very compact, only 10lb empty which is how it will ride in my TimeOut camping trailer. Already had the tree, and the hose for the Coleman double burner propane stove. My propane lantern can sit on top of the tree.

Probably be down in the tent area where all the fun is though, but I can use it on the rest of my trip.

Every KOA I've ever been to, and a good percentage of gas stations and 7/11s etc., have propane refill stations. So I'll travel with it empty, and fill it when I arrive in camp. Except for the National parks/forests, I'll  have to put a pound of propane in it (more than enough to cook dinner and breakfast with) before I enter.
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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #23 on: April 08, 2015, 08:38:05 pm »
No doubt. Getting married this year, and we have a honeymoon that is taking up three weeks of vacation and a whole lot of cash.
However we are planning a ride to Oregon next year.

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Re: Cortez, Co Rally Camping Info
« Reply #24 on: April 08, 2015, 09:01:56 pm »
No doubt. Getting married this year, and we have a honeymoon that is taking up three weeks of vacation and a whole lot of cash.
However we are planning a ride to Oregon next year.

Hopefully only one honeymoon and marriage. But plenty more Nationals to come. AND next one you can bring your better half too. :)

This will be number 3 in the marriage. :( But I hope to make it to a national someday. I just have a hard time crossing the continent so I was hopeful with this one.
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