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”

Allegheny National Forest

Dispersed Camping rules:

I’m not going to bother listing the rules that seem to be the case everywhere; there will be links to the full list below. This shall be mainly a list of what rules aren’t generally pervasive.

  1. Dispersed foot traffic and primitive tent camping within the Forests is allowed almost anywhere, unless otherwise posted closed and/or “No Camping”.
  2. Time limit: 14 days in a 30 day period.
    1. After 14 days, “camp and equipment must be moved off Forest Service System lands”. This could be interpreted in a number of ways; I’m choosing to believe they mean out of this forest.
  3. Firewood rules:
    1. Do not cut down or damage live trees.
    2. Cutting small amounts of dead wood is allowed and does not require a permit.
    3. Removing wood from the forest requires a permit.
    4. Do not bring in firewood from outside Warren, Elk, McKean, and Forest counties.
  4. Do not leave camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours.
  5. All Forest users are prohibited from causing public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm by making unreasonably loud noise
  6. Several areas exist where dispersed camping is prohibited. Check the rules links below.

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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”