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Old 05-02-2012, 10:24 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Dureedesign
HI FOLKS, want to try a get away for a day and am unfamiliar w/ the whole in Manitou Springs an only want a hour or so of driving.....any recommendations?
And, where can you just pull over? We have a generater, we are self-contained...why do we have to pay to be in a Park? Please fill me in on the proper boondocking edicate!
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Hi Duree.... We're in the Denver/boulder area... Just starting to use our new (to us) camper and plan on 'boondocking' in the dispersed campsites all around us here in co. If you go to the national forest service page, click on the forest district you're interested and then go to recreation - you'll see camping and a breakdown of the kinds of campsites avail. Dispersed campsites are undeveloped (other than maybe a firepit) and free!

I've done dispersed camping since moving to co but in a tent up until now. Reminds me of Idaho where I'm originally from - ya don't see anyone at camp or on the hiking trails til you head back home! So nice compared to the developed campground around here - so busy!

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Old 05-09-2012, 06:30 PM   #16
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Taylor Park Reservoir- Gunnison National Forest- Colorado

For new Boondockers, this area is great in several ways. There are plenty of pullouts going north from Almont (north of Gunnison on Highway 135) and catch the right turn (east) to Taylor Park Reservoir.

The pullout camping spots, when vacant, along the Taylor Canyon and Taylor River are wooded and easy access to the river for fly fishing. You can proceed north and you will eventually end up on the East side of the reservoir and will find hundreds of acres to park and enjoy a private camping spot.

The fishing to the north of the dam and to the south is very good. There are fish over 24 inches waiting to be caught... by what kind of fly... only the locals might know. They will not move when you toss an "average" seasonal fly in their vision.

If you have any problems... there are small communities in the area and other campers on the Friday to Sunday days of the week. There are NO services at the pullouts along Taylor River or further north in the open areas... so you are more Rockdocking but near civilization. The roads are excellent and you need not be concerned traveling on the black top to the reservoir or the well traveled gravel road north of the dam. I might be wrong about pullouts along the river having no services, but when we camped with friends out there ten or more years ago... there could have been Forest Service restrooms.

If you have a 4x4 vehicle and want some adventure. Drive the gravel/boulder road on the west side of the north end of the reservoir to the Star Mine. It is a complete mining community, yet a ghost town up near tree line. This is up Italian Creek to Italian Mountain. The people that own the current mining claim are restoring the buildings and you might be lucky to stop and visit them. It is Forest Road FR 759. It is in the DeLorme atlas of Colorado on page 59 at A 3-4 at the top of the page.

So. You can camp in isolation. You can fish. You can jump into the river which is not that deep or fast flowing on the edges. You can take the back way to the Maroon Bells, north of the reservoir and on jeep trails. You can even meet some interesting campers.

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