ARIZONA 4x4 Camping Club
Four Wheel Drive Leader
Phone: 602-977-2642 or 602-677-7256
Trip of the year to:
June 30 to July 8
Welcome to our 13th annual Fourth of July group trip to Colorado. The following is useful information, directions
to the campground, and suggestions for a more enjoyable vacation.
We will be staying in the Ouray KOA Campground. The phone number is (303) 325-4736 if anyone should need to
The KOA has a hot tub, a stocked store and the Creekside Cafe that has a pancake breakfast, lunches, and daily
special dinners. There are also grocery stores and restaurants in Ouray and Ridgeway (about 7 miles to the north).
Daytime temperatures in Ouray and surrounding area are generally very nice, so summer attire is appropriate.
Under ordinary circumstances the weather does get chilly at night and there is always the chance of rain, so bring a
lightweight jacket and an umbrella or raincoat. Our 4 X 4 trips into the mountains can get downright cold at times,
so be prepared for high altitude temperatures. We suggest bringing a winter coat, gloves and a hat or cap.
If you have a canopy or shelter of some type it will be very helpful in case of rain as well as for shade.
Also, you may want to bring 4 of July" attire for the parade and celebration in town.
If you plan to caravan with the leader meet at Denny's Restaurant at I-17 and Bell Road on Saturday, June 30th at
6:00 a.m. and we will depart at 6:30 a.m. We have checked out all routes over the years and have found the
following to be the easiest and fastest way.
Our route will be 1-17 through Flagstaff. Take Highway 89 North out of Flagstaff to Highway 160. Take 160 across
the Navajo Indian Reservation to the Four Corners area (only point in the US. common to four state borders). Stay
on Hwy 160 through Cortez, Colorado. From Cortez take Hwy 145 North through Delores and Rico, over
Lizardhead Pass (10,200 ft elevation). You will come to the Telluride Junction. Turn left at this Junction going
toward Placerville. Continue on 145 to the Hwy 62 junction. Turn right and continue on though Ridgeway to the
550 Junction. Proceed South on Hwy 550 approximately 6 miles to the KOA Campground. Watch closely fur the
KOA sign as it's hard to see. The turn to the campground will be on the right side.
For anyone traveling from the South through Durango and Silverton to Ouray the campground is approximately
five miles north of Ouray on Hwy 550.
We look forward to seeing you all and if you have any questions concerning the trip please call Bob at (602) 224-