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A guy who's stayed at - and blogged about - over 600 campgrounds, BLM, NPS, and USFS picks his 25 favorite in an article on Truck Camper Magazine:

http://www.truckcampermagazine.com/campe...-the-west/
This is my most popular spot, free and near the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park. The initial description doesn't do it justice, and the evolution of the usage and knowledge of the area through the comments is interesting. There has been minimal improvement from the County, mostly at the muddiest portion at the entrance. The BLM is currently reviewing their parcels in this area for recreational use, primarily Mountain Biking. I'd not be surprised if this ends up as a developed site, but I'm not formally suggesting it!

https://freecampsites.net/#!9405&query=sitedetails
(03-21-2017, 06:50 AM)DLTooley Wrote: [ -> ]This is my most popular spot, free and near the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park.  

Thanks for telling us about that one!! That's a difficult area to find a good camp.  - Crofter
(03-21-2017, 06:50 AM)DLTooley Wrote: [ -> ]This is my most popular spot, free and near the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park.  The initial description doesn't do it justice, and the evolution of the usage and knowledge of the area through the comments is interesting.  There has been minimal improvement from the County, mostly at the muddiest portion at the entrance.  The BLM is currently reviewing their parcels in this area for recreational use, primarily Mountain Biking.  I'd not be surprised if this ends up as a developed site, but I'm not formally suggesting it!

https://freecampsites.net/#!9405&query=sitedetails

Woah, thanks for sharing. Do you think there's enough room for a 26 foot travel trailer? My family and I are currently docked in Pagosa springs and we are looking to get back on BLM land.
Thx!
(03-21-2017, 06:50 AM)DLTooley Wrote: [ -> ]This is my most popular spot, free and near the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park.  The initial description doesn't do it justice, and the evolution of the usage and knowledge of the area through the comments is interesting.  There has been minimal improvement from the County, mostly at the muddiest portion at the entrance.  The BLM is currently reviewing their parcels in this area for recreational use, primarily Mountain Biking.  I'd not be surprised if this ends up as a developed site, but I'm not formally suggesting it!

https://freecampsites.net/#!9405&query=sitedetails

Funny, I just spent 6 nights there, unplanned, nursing a back sprain. I woke early the last day to rain, thinking I should get out before the road got bad, but I wasn't up for moving yet. It rained a lot, and the next day I left it was a white knuckle ride out the muddy road. Good thing it was downhill, I just tried to keep the van moving and hoped it stayed in the muddy ruts, slip-sliding all the way!

It was a nice quiet spot, though more campers than I would have expected. I didn't see or hear any local party scene or shooters and I was there over a weekend.
(05-16-2017, 04:57 PM)bonvanroulez Wrote: [ -> ]Funny, I just spent 6 nights there, unplanned, nursing a back sprain. I woke early the last day to rain, thinking I should get out before the road got bad, but I wasn't up for moving yet. It rained a lot, and the next day I left it was a white knuckle ride out the muddy road. Good thing it was downhill, I just tried to keep the van moving and hoped it stayed in the muddy ruts, slip-sliding all the way!

It was a nice quiet spot, though more campers than I would have expected. I didn't see or hear any local party scene or shooters and I was there over a weekend.

Sorry to hear about your back :\ we are thinking about checking this site out this Saturday. Do you suppose it'll be too muddy?
for me the best campsite is NOT in a campground. highdesertranger
(05-16-2017, 05:25 PM)shinepuppy Wrote: [ -> ]Sorry to hear about your back :\ we are thinking about checking this site out this Saturday. Do you suppose it'll be too muddy?

It seemed like a spot that dries out quickly. By the end of the day I left it was probably pretty dry. Don't know if there has been any more rain in the area since I left so I couldn't guess on the road condition. I would check local weather, if it's not been raining it should be okay.
The trouble with best/favorite camping spot lists is that they increase the chances of those spots being overrun by readers of the lists.
The soil is Mancos Shale, when wet, Mancos Muck. It dries quick. I give consideration to popularity in my posts. This is a larger area and even larger if you use the old firewood cutting tracks. Mountain bikers and Mesa Verde visitors make up the majority.
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