Flathead National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • Dispersed camping is allowed within 300 feet of an allowed road according to the MVUMs, but the office said you can camp basically anywhere.
  • Party size limited to 15 people around the South Fork of the Flathead River; 10 people in some areas.
  • Time limit: 16 days in one spot, after which you must move 5 miles. You can return to the original spot after 7 days.
  • The office says there are some good spots for vehicle camping. Don’t block gates, roads, etc.  Described it as “so-so”.
  • Cell coverage is basically nonexistent.

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Carson National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • Dispersed camping is allowed within Carson National Forest.
  • Roadside dispersed camping is subject to seasonality. Check the MVUMs for allowed times of year.
  • Some roads are restricted to within 150′ of the road; others are restricted to 300′. Check the MVUMs for that road.
  • No camping within 200′ of a water source.
  • Time limit: 14 days.
  • Campfires are allowed but discouraged.

Designated Dispersed Camping Areas:

  • Laguna Larga is the only one. Doesn’t look like much of a road going into it.

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland

Arapaho NF, Roosevelt NF, and Pawnee NG are all grouped together in the USFS website; but do not be confused: They are not in the same place.

Dispersed Camping Rules

  • Time limit: 14 consecutive days, after which you must move 3 miles
  • Time limit: 28 total days in any 60-day period
  • No dispersed camping at developed trailheads or picnic sites
  • USFS Land is interspersed with private land; watch for signs and check your MVUMs.
  • “Some” areas only allow camping at designated sites.

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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”