On Sunday after stopping at the very nice free RV dump next to the sewage treatment plant in Durango, we made a big 23 mile drive to a pleasant site in the San Juan National Forest between Hesperus and Mancos, CO. There are several forest service roads north of Highway 160 that have dispersed camping and we chose Madden Peak Road because Debbie was already there and had our spot waiting. Boondocking doesn’t get much easier than that!
We are well off the main road and surrounded by trees for privacy, and the roads are great for walking or biking.
One day we walked a few miles on the old grade of the former Rio Grande Southern Railroad line, now Forest Road 568.
Yesterday we went to Hesperus to pick up a package at the post office, so we decided to drive up nearby La Plata Canyon Road to check out the foliage.
It was beautiful up there, but the road gets really rough and rocky after several miles so we parked the car at 9,800’ and hiked a couple miles up the road. I would have loved to go all the way to Kennebec Pass, but we needed a Jeep for that.
Hummer Tour heading up to the pass.
Looks like it will finally begin to cool off this weekend so we’ll soon be making our way to Moab. As much as we look forward to being back in red rock country we’re going to miss Colorado.