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unabashedpraise 03-19-2013 03:23 PM

tuttle creek vs ks rocks vs?
 
Looking to take the wife and girls camping and wheeling in May. I've never been to either park so I don't have any experience of their trails.Which is better for camping and wheeling solo with three girls? Was wanting to keep the distance down since we will be driving from kc.

benneplex 03-24-2013 05:16 PM

Both are great locations. KS Rocks has a very organized set up and a great group that runs it. Tuttle Creek is more of a free for all since it is an open area. I have been to both and they both offer some good wheeling for all levels of rigs and drivers. As for camping, check out the websites for both for local places to camp. Personally I prefer KS Rocks to Tuttle.

JeepN4KC 03-25-2013 07:03 AM

Couple things:

Wheelin solo = bad idea. You get stuck and can't get out = wife not happy.
That being said, Tuttle is the better set-up for camping and wheeling. Look into Fancy Creek camp grounds that is part of the Corps of Engineer Tuttle Creek State Park. It is about 5 minutes north of the trails and an awesome way to experience the park.

Here's a thread I posted in Trip Reports last spring:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f58/w...t=tuttle+creek

Don't get me wrong, KS Rocks is a really great park that is closer, but it's more of a drive out-wheel-drive back one day gig.

I like both places but if I had my druthers I'd pick Tuttle every time.

Have fun out there!

benneplex 03-26-2013 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by JeepN4KC (Post 15189375)
Couple things:

Wheelin solo = bad idea. You get stuck and can't get out = wife not happy.
That being said, Tuttle is the better set-up for camping and wheeling. Look into Fancy Creek camp grounds that is part of the Corps of Engineer Tuttle Creek State Park. It is about 5 minutes north of the trails and an awesome way to experience the park.

Here's a thread I posted in Trip Reports last spring:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f58/w...t=tuttle+creek

Don't get me wrong, KS Rocks is a really great park that is closer, but it's more of a drive out-wheel-drive back one day gig.

I like both places but if I had my druthers I'd pick Tuttle every time.

Have fun out there!

All excellent points. Wheel them both and you too will have a favorite. :D

unabashedpraise 03-26-2013 06:52 PM

One vote each?! No help!

Just kidding. I do plan on going to both, eventually. The reason we want to go solo is to use it as a test trip for our family before our Colorado trip this summer. We also don't know anyone that wheels in our area and my schedule is definitely not convenient for the area club rides I've seen posted.

JeepN4KC 03-26-2013 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by unabashedpraise (Post 15199389)
One vote each?! No help!

Just kidding. I do plan on going to both, eventually. The reason we want to go solo is to use it as a test trip for our family before our Colorado trip this summer. We also don't know anyone that wheels in our area and my schedule is definitely not convenient for the area club rides I've seen posted.

Where ya goin in CO? We have a trip out to Summit County (Keystone) this summer. Went out there last summer - goin back this summer. Trails everywhere.

unabashedpraise 03-26-2013 10:53 PM

We are starting in Colorado springs, down to medano pass and then heading to Ouray for a few days. Maaaaybe out to Moab for a day.

JeepN4KC 03-27-2013 02:03 PM

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Originally Posted by unabashedpraise (Post 15200817)
We are starting in Colorado springs, down to medano pass and then heading to Ouray for a few days. Maaaaybe out to Moab for a day.

Very nice! Been to Medano Pass - cool trail. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is awesome. Just google mapped Moab last night.

972 miles - basically a hair over 14hrs from 64015 (B.S., MO) :shhh:

It is in our future - just duon't know how far out. ;)

unabashedpraise 03-27-2013 07:45 PM

Yeah, living this far away is killing me... Or my pocket book to be exact. Did your family camp on the trails in Keystone?

JeepN4KC 03-27-2013 08:47 PM

No dude - in Keystone village you can get rooms pretty damn cheap during the summer (off season).

From covered parking to Montezuma, which is the starting point for a bunch of great trails, you're looking at a 10 minute cruise to trailheads. :-)

JeepN4KC 03-27-2013 08:50 PM

I just remembered - there is a great campsight right by running water that sits along Keystone Gulch trail.

I'll post a link when I get on a real computer.

(cell app right now)



Edit: Here ya go -

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/...2/IMG_1816.jpg
http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/...2/IMG_1818.jpg
http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/...2/IMG_1817.jpg
http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/...2/IMG_1822.jpg
http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/...2/IMG_1821.jpg

Sleeping would be sweet with the sound of this creek right outside the tent:

http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/...2/IMG_1820.jpg
http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/...2/IMG_1819.jpg

unabashedpraise 03-30-2013 04:20 PM

Man, that looks great. Its been kinda hard to figure out when to stay at a campground by reservation, on a trail, or just take chances on the walk in sites. We are going to have a few hotel nights built in to offset the camping.

unabashedpraise 07-28-2013 06:59 PM

We returned from Colorado last week and were wanting an off road fix today. We decided to go to KS Rocks and spent about 2 hours riding around the main roads and green trails. I guess it's an ok park, but honestly it wasn't nearly as fun as CO. :rolleyes: Granted it was a bit wet, and I understand it is not the mountains, but some of those trails were fairly gnarly! I was hoping for a more spread out atmosphere instead of a park where a tree was constantly trying to hit my fenders. We did buy an annual pass so we will go back out soon, but I was wondering what the other "surrounding" parks are like compared to this. Any input?

JeepN4KC 08-12-2013 06:45 AM

^^^We just went out to CO a week ana half ago!

Went back to same area as last summer. Did some different, more incredible, more challenging trails.
Radical Hill, Webster Pass, Handcart Gulch, Red Cone, Middle H North Forks of Swan River, couple others.

As far as parks in the vicinity of KC - check out Tuttle Creek (north of Manhattan, KS). Good place to wheel and more open than KSR.

SMORR (just se of Springfield, MO) is THE place IMO.
Mild to wild, everything in between, all kinds of terrain, excellent camping facilities.

unabashedpraise 08-12-2013 08:34 AM

CO is the place to be! I'll have to look up your trip report if you have one.

One of the thing I liked about CO, besides the mountains of course, is the length of trails. Instead of driving around a few hundred acres you could actually travel to places.

I'm trying to find some good resources about some forest service road locations in MO and AR. I'm hoping to find some longer roads, or even a network of roads, that you could spend a few days exploring that are more than just gravel roads.


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