Our first camping trip: Moab & Mesa Verde

Atul and I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world together, from different parts of Mexico to Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, and Nepal. I hope we can continue this trend with our son. Sky has done not so bad for being just a 3 and half year old. He went to Puerto Rico at the age of 3.5 months. Then to Nepal for his first birthday. He has been to Mexico 3 times already. Sky loved it every time.

Atul loves the nature and I love the beach. So whenever we have any free time, you will find us hiking or driving on any closeby scenic mountain routes. Our local excursions means being with the nature. We felt Sky, at the age of 2.5 was a good enough of an age, especially since he also enjoys nature to start camping. As always, he was an awesome trooper!

Please do check out our first camping trip to Moab and Mesa Verde.

Day 1: Drove directly to Moab (hiked as much as we could with the little guy). Around 4 pm we arrived at our campground.

Day 2: Visited Mesa Verde National Park. Hiked on few trails and saw amazing cliff dwellings. All day at the event!

Day 3: We practically spent the whole day driving from one destination to another on the San Juan Loop: Durango, Silverton, Ouray, and back to Mesa Verde. Most scenic and beautiful drive ever!!

Day 4: Packed our tent and headed back home to Colorado. On our way back, we saw a dinosaur park. We had to stop! Great way to end an awesome camping trip.

Campground: Ancient Cedars                                                                                                       

34979 Hwy 160 Frontage Road
Mancos, CO 81328
Cell Phone: 1-970-565-3517
Toll Free Number: 1-844-565-3517

We went camping at the end of camping season (September), so the campsite was pretty empty. I actually like it like that (less crowded). It is the same exit going towards Mesa Verde National Park, except you would make a left turn instead of right to go to the park. It’s a little hidden but close to the highway. They even have small hiking trails within the campground. We didn’t have time to play mini-golf or go to the pool. Pool looked okay. We saw so many shooting stars. It was just beautiful. It does get cold in the evening and early morning, which is expected. Besides that, we really enjoyed the campsite. Our tent site was exceptionally large. I don’t know if all tent sites are that large. It was great for us, as we had amazing mountain views, on the corner, next to a cool looking barn (almost abandon) and the playground. The last night, they even brought us “free” firewood. It was nice gesture.

TENT SITES                    

$20.00/night for one person.
$27.00/night for two people.
$3.50 for each additional person six years and older.
All sites shaded by ancient cedar trees, with fire pits.

**I don’t really agree with the ratings. The husband and wife who own the campsite were very helpful. They had told us that they recently purchased it, so the rating maybe a reflection on the past management. The bathroom area was clean and the campground itself was very well kept.

Dinosaur Park: Moab Giants     

112 West SR-313, Moab, Utah 84532

If you have a dino lover like my son, it is totally worth the visit. It’s actually a thrilling experience for adults as well. The giant dinosaurs amongst the natural desert and the rocky arches as the background makes it look so real. Be ready for the scorching heat!! They have a small museum. It was still being worked on it when we were there.


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