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Replace the loud buzz and city lights with a smoky campfire, some classic sing-a longs and ghost stories. Trade a fast food heart attack-in-a-sack for slow cooked weenie roast and childhood classic S’more sandwich. Finally, exchange an excuse to be a couch potato for an extreme hike that rewards you with a breathtaking view!  Your escape from reality for a weekend get-away is only a short drive away my friend! When an expensive vacation to a destination spot seems out of reach and a budget stretch, plan a weekend camping trip with the family or perhaps some close buds! 

What destinations are the top choices for Coloradoans alike this summer? Well, for the family friendly camping extravaganza some destination spots and good eats for the campsite the Y.Lo Crew recommends the following:
Event Specialist Michelle Pool: Twin Lakes National Park in Leadville Colorado: Dubbed as “the most charming summer mountain Resort… a historical hub between Aspen and Leadville during the Gold Rush Days.” “Nothing beats the classic S’more sandwich!”great-sand-dunes_2098_600x450
Catering Coordinator Mandi Pacer: Great Sand Dunes National Monument located in Mosca, Colorado and Gunnison Colorado for a wildlife experience second to none:The Sand Dunes are considered the tallest dunes in North America and are engulfed by a diverse landscape that includes wetlands, grasslands, and forests. A hidden gem and a must see! “A short trip away and you feel like you have traveled to the other side of the world… Egypt almost.” “A child-hood favorite is hot dogs and Swiss cake rolls as we’d pack them away for any hiking and/or ATV ride adventure we set out on for the day!”
Chef Yolanda Nelson: Royal Gorge & surrounding Buena Vista: “The ability to camp right by the Colorado River for free is the main perk to camping in this area!” “With a good group of friends and a campfire with steak, corn, and baked potatoes is the perfect meal… you can even use whatever remaining potatoes for breakfast hash browns.”
Sous Chef Drea Rodriguez: Horseshoe Pass near Dillon Lake: “The lake is monstrous and offers many fun activities like wakeboarding and boating to name a few.” “Nothing beats a BBQ pit with all the fix-ins on the side like coleslaw, macaroni salad, and mashed potatoes…whatever floats your boat!”
Catering Extraordinaire and IT Guy Dax Altenburg: Paradise Divide Crested Butte: “The Rocky overpass allows for the real outdoorsy, off-roading fun unlike anywhere else!” “I like a nice breakfast spread with all the yummy rise and shines- bacon, eggs, potatoes!”
Owner Lisa Altenburg: Montezuma Pass: “The town of Montezuma is very cool, it is a quiet spot, lots of little lakes.” “I love to have Frito pie it’s definitely a crowd pleaser and comfort food for me!”’

**Now that you have an extensive list of travel spots you can pack your bags, gather the folks, pick up your already prepared meals from your favorite caterer Y.Lo Epicure and head up the mountain! **

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