Due to installing a NEW faulty Nikon San Disk Compact Flash... I lost three weeks of Off the Grid Boondocking photographs. I purchased it as a spare and installed the new disk and not the disk being used, by accident.
I wanted a spare in the event we needed a second. I had all the photographs to document this Adventure... lost
There are many on the Forum who may want to meet the challenge. There is a beautiful pullout at N37 47.09 / W108 04.26 at 9,066 feet on the East side of Road 535 and just before a campground in the trees about a quarter of a mile north.
The DeLorme Colorado Atlas, page 76 will mark the campsite. There are few signs once arriving at the campsites. We liked the open area just south of the NFS site at B-1 for reference on the location.
Nancy and I did this towing with our F350 4x4 and the 27 foot International. You do not need 4x4, as we did not, descending at the north exit back onto State Highway 145. We did it, not by knowing ahead. It is solid and firm all the way... down.
You should be an experienced off road tower, as that would help.
The 535 is paved one third of the way. One third is a wide well maintained NFS road. The last third goes to a well groomed NFS dirt road. It is the LAST FIVE MILES that will be the... challenge.
We did it towing a 27 foot International. The road is a single lane and switchbacks for five miles down the side of a mountain. It is not marked any different than the paved or wide improved road.
The last five miles is all down, narrow but plenty wide for an 8 foot wide trailer with room to spare. We did it with the 27 footer. The biggest threat would be someone coming up and would have to negotiate a switchback for two to pass.
We suffered NO damages... but you will have real kahunas for bragging rights to make this with or without the Airstream in Tow. I did not know in advance of what to expect. You DO. Took less than a hour going down. Maybe faster as I counted each mile as if my LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.
Would the Forest Service knock a road out for... this?
To make it a shorter experience. Start on the North access of 535 from 145 coming out of the Telluride intersection to the north at Keystone. Then find a turn around and... go down. If not sure... Tow Vehicle only. Then Airstream? Chicken... Whoooo Weeee
There will be ONE obvious detail you can photograph to PROOVE you did this. It will be very apparent. The last five miles from the north end going down or the first five miles going up will be remembered. Make sure you have a camera ready for posting on this Thread.
Those of you who want to drive it with the tow vehicle only... take some photographs. It is an experience you will never forget.
I will recall this five miles more than driving up Mount Antero 14,000+ feet in a 1985 Land Cruiser... experience.
If your Boondocking has been dull lately... leave Colorado refreshed. It will leave you with enthusiasm, confidence and a respect for those who, by accident, find themselves taking the challenge was not for the weak heart. A passenger can offer a second pair of eyes, which would also be a plus.