Custer Gallatin National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • Dispersed Camping is allowed within 300 feet of routes designated on the MVUMs.
  • In areas that contain designated campsites, camp only at designated campsites.
  • No dispersed camping near developed recreation areas.
  • Time limit: 16 days, after which, you must move 5 miles, and not return to the original campsite for 7 days. (Very generous!)
  • Catholes are OK; not within 200 feet of a water source.

Designated Dispersed Camping Areas:

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Million Dollar Highway

If you ever get to drive the Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Durango, make sure it’s in the first week of October. Entire mountainsides were changing colors, in waves.

People always say the highway is dangerous. Just take your time and pay attention, and you’ll be fine. Continue reading “Million Dollar Highway”

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

We camped the second night at the South Rim Campground at BCGNP, and spent the third day of our trip exploring it.

There are parts of the canyon where sunlight simply cannot reach. Most of the canyon gets very little, due to the steepness of the canyon walls.

Due to the foliage, steepness, narrowness, and darkness of the canyon, I thought it was actually more pleasing than the Grand Canyon.  Size isn’t everything. Continue reading “Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park”

Curecanti National Recreation Area

We stopped at Curecanti NRA on our way from Rincon Campground to Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP. We were going to camp at Curecanti the first night, but we took our time enjoying the fall colors, which cost us a day.

Curecanti is legally a series of three lakes, which look like they’re just a really fat part of the Gunnison River. They became lakes due to dams being built, as is so often the case. Continue reading “Curecanti National Recreation Area”

Highway 50 for the Fall Colors

In Early October we took a long trip. The first touristy segment was along Highway 50. It was during the changing of the colors; truly the best time to drive through the mountains. Right as the trees start to turn, and right before the snow starts falling.

There isn’t much to see before you get to Cañon City, except the mountains off in the distance; so our first stop was the Royal Gorge. We then camped at Rincon Campground that night. Continue reading “Highway 50 for the Fall Colors”

Rincon Campground

On our way from the Royal Gorge to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, we camped at Rincon Campground. It was expensive for a simple primitive campground ($32 for two vehicles), but it was scenic.

The parking was riverfront and right off the highway. There are vault toilets, a boat ramp, and a picnic area. There was only one other vehicle camped there (out of 6 campsites). Each campsite comes with a flat tent pad, fire pit, and picnic table; and each campsite is right on the Arkansas River. Continue reading “Rincon Campground”

Royal Gorge

We recently spent a week touring some sights around the Four Corners region. Our first destination on our way out there was the Royal Gorge.

It’s a tourist trap (private park) built around what was the highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2001.  A wildfire destroyed most of the park (48 of 52 buildings) in 2013, but it has since been rebuilt. Continue reading “Royal Gorge”

Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area

GPS: 39.020723, -106.278451

As you may have heard, Bob is in Leadville.  I live nearby, so I e-mailed him thinking it would be neat to meet him, but his response indicated that he’s been swarmed with dozens of similar requests. So I figured maybe some other time, like at the RTR (Jan 11-21, 2018).

Nonetheless, I’ve heard from several sources how amazing the Leadville area is, so I figured I’d head down there anyway. It’s only a few hours away, and in my decades in Colorado I can’t believe I’ve never gone there. I had been cooped up in the house for months, hadn’t had the last few weekends off; and the mountains were calling. I had to go. Continue reading “Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area”

Kodak Watchable Wildlife Area

The Kodak Watchable Wildlife Area is located in Windsor, CO.  I followed the Poudre River Trail for about half a mile and turned back due to the swarms of bugs that like to hang out around rivers at sunset, but I did manage to get some great pictures. You can scroll through the slideshow below or just open the Flickr album directly.

DSCN8543Colorado: Where even the ugly parts are still picturesque.

I didn’t actually see much wildlife, but I didn’t explore much of the trail. There were a few dozen birds and a few thousand mosquitoes.