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On day five of our road trip we woke up to rain which got our morning off to a quick start given the road we were on could easily become difficult to travel if muddy. By 9am we were on our way to Meeker to restock a few supplies and return e-mail and voice-mails. Meeker couldn’t have been more charming with it’s Meeker Hotel & Cafe, soda shop/drug store and video rental shop with shelves lined with VHS tapes. I felt as though we had taken a step back in time and was completely smitten with the place. Around noon we wrapped up our chores and armed with two shiny new maps headed down a remote dirt road along the Grand Hogback towards Rifle. Our attempt to camp on BLM land was a bust so we decided to give White River National Forest a shot. Right away we didn’t find any dispersed camping opportunities but were impressed by nearby Rifle Mountain Park and were ready to call it a day. Once again we were camped out under the trees alongside a beautiful stream. We spent the afternoon reorganizing and cleaning the camper, taking a stroll and planning the next day’s adventure.

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colorado camping, rifle mountain park