Ken has driven our motor home to Alaska and back towing our Jeep, never having a doubt or hesitation. The most direct route here took us over the alpine road in Rocky Mountain National Park, which often closes later in September because of snow. The weather is warm this year, but that road has some tight switchbacks and steep climbs. We knew because we had been over it twice in a car. So for the first time we did not hitch up the Jeep and I drove independently until we left the park. The rest of the drive had gentler curves and we traveled as a unit through lightly populated ranch land until we got to Steamboat Sprngs.
This appears to be a year round tourist town. We were surprised to read that our campground is always open. People come here for snow sports and they must have good snow removal procedures that keep the roads and campgrounds clear enough for business. A stream runs through the town and we rode a nice flat bike path along it that traveled past homes, commercial establishments, and natural vegetation. Biking is very popular in Colorado, but most of it is in the mountainous terrain, something we're just not up to.
Camping in Estes Park was pricey, but we stumbled into a bargain here. Our KOA discount card entitled us to a free Saturday night for customer appreciation weekend. We're always glad to be appreciated!
We read that the forest fire in this area has recently been contained. We can't see or smell evidence of it and a heavy rain in the evening surely must have been helpful. There's a lot to consider as we plan our route forward.