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Old 07-25-2018, 06:12 AM   #1
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Grills in Bear Country

I'm heading up to Colorado this weekend. I typically cook on a Weber Jumbo Joe. What are the best options for places without bear boxes? I have been to RMNP and just stored the grill in the bear box after it cooled down. The first place, Cheyenne Mountain SP, doesn't appear to have bear boxes. Should I put it in the storage area of the RV (any risks)? I test fit it last night and can get it in there with the lid off.

When I was boondocking in Pagosa Springs last summer, I just put the cooler 200' away from the campsite. Cheyenne is developed, so I don't think this will work (or be allowed).
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Old 07-25-2018, 06:25 AM   #2
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Can you put it in the vehicle? That's where we put our stuff and never had a problem. Never used a food locker. I would worry about using the camper because they just aren't sealed that well or that strong. A big brown bear, or black bear, can do some crazy stuff. Seal the stuff up.

I wouldn't just put stuff out and leave it "over there" either....even 200'. My dad made that mistake once and it just invited the bear to our vicinity. Then, it decided to check everything out including the tent we were in. It left after tearing the side out and landing on my sister who was laying in a cot. She was terrified (she was about 7-8). I suppose her incessant screaming is what scared it away....and we had nothing in the tent, it was just curious.
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Old 07-25-2018, 06:43 AM   #3
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Bear Grylls?


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Old 07-25-2018, 07:13 AM   #4
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I don't really want to put it inside my truck. I might clean it at home and not use it until I leave Cheyenne. I'm not sure if cleaning it will get rid of all of the smell.
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Old 07-25-2018, 07:35 AM   #5
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Cheyenne Mountain State Park doesn't have bear boxes. If you can fit the grill in your storage compartment, that will keep you from getting a ticket. We have done it at CMSP, the Air Force Academy, 11 Mile State Park and Mueller State Park and never had a problem. (Knock on wood)

Pagosa Springs, I would keep everything locked up tight and NOT in my truck. If the bear wants it, they will destroy the vehicle to get at it.
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Old 07-25-2018, 07:40 AM   #6
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Just for fun, here is a picture of Cheyenne Mountain State Park from Ft.Carson.

It's a great state park! You will barely know that you are across the street from a military post. Click image for larger version

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Old 07-25-2018, 08:14 AM   #7
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If it was was me I would ask when checking in if the BQ can be left out or where to put it.
The other though is to have a lock on the lid or wrap with a chain so a bear can not get in it.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:24 AM   #8
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Cheyenne Mountain State Park doesn't have bear boxes. If you can fit the grill in your storage compartment, that will keep you from getting a ticket. We have done it at CMSP, the Air Force Academy, 11 Mile State Park and Mueller State Park and never had a problem. (Knock on wood)

Pagosa Springs, I would keep everything locked up tight and NOT in my truck. If the bear wants it, they will destroy the vehicle to get at it.
Did you clean the grill after using it?
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Did you clean the grill after using it?
I hit it with the BBQ brush and wiped it down so I wouldn't have grease all over the storage compartment.
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Old 07-25-2018, 08:40 AM   #10
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From the internet photos I've seen of a Weber Jumbo Joe it looks like it would easily fit in a large black plastic bag, the kind sold for leaves and yard debris. Dump the coals in the fire pit, let the grill cool, single or double bag it, tie shut and store it in your truck or trailer.
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