We spent most of October in Aurora, Colorado where we basked in the luxuries of being parked in my sisters driveway. We had the amenities of indoor heating, which was hugely needed as it got down to low 20’s-30’s at night towards the end of the month. Even though we slept outside in the cold, it was so nice to wake up in the morning and make coffee in the warmth. We also were able to take warm showers, use a kitchen to cook, and had ready access to internet. These are all luxuries we do miss often while living in the “tiny trailer house.”
In the month of October, we had two major trips. The first was to Telluride, CO, where we fell in love with its beauty. You can see our post about Telluride in the trip journal, here. Our second trip was to Moab, UT with dear friends of ours who were touring the “lower 48” on a journey from their home in Alaska. You can read about our Moab trip and see all of the pictures here. Both trips were without our “tiny trailer house” (we left it in Aurora).
We chose to leave the trailer behind in Telluride because via the internet, in the middle of October, all campsites were closed. Given we had never been there before, and we knew it was a box canyon, we weren’t sure if we’d have anywhere to park in the town…and given Telluride is a significant distance from any other town, we chose to rent a space. This was a costly decision because lodging in Telluride is astronomically expensive! …and it turned out at the place we paid over $400 to stay, had a parking lot full of RV’s and travel vans. Ugh!
As for the Moab trip, we were VERY excited to use a new tent we scored at a REI garage sale (side note: if you’ve never been to one, GO!), so we opted to leave behind the trailer.
As promised, here is the breakdown of October’s finances, including where we stayed, and the details of each trip.
Places we traveled within Colorado in the month of October:
- Colorado Springs
- Canon City
- Various pockets of Denver’s suburb towns
Here is what we spent:
Another way to look at it:
These are all of the places we stayed:
A few details about traveling to Telluride, CO:
Everything in Telluride is more expensive. Even the air you breathe feels luxurious. We were surrounded by mountains, stayed in a lodge with two friends and a total of 3 dogs. ALL lodging in Telluride is expensive. We were there in the off-season, so we actually paid less than normal for two nights, in a pet-friendly spot. There is a free gondola that connects Telluride to Mountain Village, which is designed to look similar to a Swiss Alps ski town. Both Telluride and Mountain Village are very small so it’s easy to get around both, and between the two without a car. In addition, dogs are welcome everywhere, even on the gondola!
Telluride is full of several great eateries, pubs and bars. Eating out in Telluride contributed to our expensive month of restaurant eating in October. They are home to Brown Dog Pizza, which has internationally award-winning pizza, and our wallet definitely felt that hit of us trying said pizza. They have several great bakeries and lunch spots…but again, pricey.
As for things to do, there are free trails everywhere. It’s a hiker and outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Activities range from free hiking and exploring to every kind of guided trip you can imagine, including jeep rides over a mountain road to Silverton, CO.
A few details about traveling to Moab, UT:
There are endless amounts of places to camp in Moab. There were people who appeared to have driven down a small two-track off the side of a main road and parked their rig. I’m not sure if they paid, but it certainly didn’t look like fee-based camping.
There is Bureau of Land Management (aka BLM) land everywhere, which often means cheap camping. Both places we stayed were either BLM land, or close to it. They had the most basic amenities–an outhouse and a picnic shelter.
We mostly cooked while camping in Moab. We shared grocery expenses with our friends. The only restaurant we went to was the legendary “Moab Diner.” It was so good, we actually went there twice, each taking turns paying for the meal.
The only outdoor activity we paid for was entrance into Arches National Park, which was $25, and good for 7 days. Moab is surrounded by incredible national parks. We also went into Canyonlands National Park, but only to catch the sunset, and didn’t have to pay. Typically to explore the whole park, one would have to pay the entrance fee.
Overall, a trip to Moab could be done very inexpensively, especially when camping. Similar to Telluride, it is an outdoor enthusiasts adventure, again ranging everywhere from free hiking/exploring to guided trips on the rivers, climbing, biking, etc.
As always, if there are any questions, PLEASE ask! Or if you simply want to know more, don’t hesitate…we love talking about where we’ve traveled!