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Old 05-03-2015, 07:35 AM   #1
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Suggestions for boondocking in CO?

We are in our second season of owning a travel trailer, and we really enjoy boondocking. We found a few nice spots last season, but wondering if anyone has any recommendations that we can add to the list for this season? Since I'm still pretty new to this, I'm not sure if good boondocking places are like good fishing holes- you don't disclose them for fear of having a nice spot ruined by other people! We've done all of ours in the Pike and San Isabel national forests, but know there is so much more out there. I use motor vehicle use maps, supplied by the Forest Service, locate roads that can be used, and then check Google Maps to get a rough idea what the area is like. Unfortunately, what I don't want to encounter, and what Google Maps can't tell me, is what the road is like. I would like to avoid getting to a place that seems good, only to have to turn around because the road is rutted out, too narrow, or too many low hanging trees to get through with our trailer. (I could do scouting trips without the trailer, but some spots may be several hours away, so if I can avoid that, it would be nice!)
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated- you can even keep them vague so I don't wreck your secret gem! Thanks!

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Try BLM or Forest service maps some of them show road conditions or maintained type. I would not try the jeep roads! We do have the advantage of unhooking the truck to explore!

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Old 05-03-2015, 01:22 PM   #3
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38.50945, -105.96249 Few miles east of Salida on the river.

Not much shade but OK for a couple of nights. Official boondocking site, usually a few other rigs there.
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I've spent a few days boondocking near Taylor Park Reservoir. They do have a couple of private cgs with hookups, but we've always done the dispersed campsites that are plentiful there. Beautiful area.
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Get the Motor Vehicle Use Maps for the National Forests you might be interested in. They show areas along roads available for dispersed camping. When you arrive in the area go to the District Ranger Station and talk to them about possible places. They should generally know about road conditions.
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Originally Posted by Tony Lee View Post
38.50945, -105.96249 Few miles east of Salida on the river.

Not much shade but OK for a couple of nights. Official boondocking site, usually a few other rigs there.
Is this the place just down from the campground (can't remember the name)?
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Several bd spots just out of Silverton on the way to Animas Fork or on the other side of Alpine Loop near Lake City by San Cristabol lake! Taylor Park has several places toward Tin Cup, which is one of our favorite places. There are some places past Tin Cup. Go to stop sign and turn left toward Mirror lake. However, this is ATV/OHV mecca and there will be some dust to deal with, so I would pick one farther off the main dirt roads. Lots of riding/sightseeing at both locations. We're going to try our luck at finding a spot near Leadville. Good Luck
P.S We are in a 40' dp mh with a 28' enclosed trailer and either place has a good road in.
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San Isabel National Forest in Castle Rock Gulch off of CR 188 near Johnson Center. Scout out the area. we were there for 5 days and saw 2 other vehicles pass by 4th of july. I rate it a 9 out of 10. I have many more but will only give up a few
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East of Rifle, the Newcastle/Buford rd. Runs through national forest. Lots of nice places to camp. Used to deer hunt there.

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Jackfish, we are leaving for Oshkosh air show next week. See you hail from Madison. We plan on spending most summer/fall in your area with traveling friends from Virginia (we are in Texas). Can you recommend some "don't miss" activities or sightseeing.

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