Balmorhea Lake, TX- $10($5/person) ♥♥
Fairly maintained dirt road – Tables – Fire rings – Toilet at Entrance
Lots of trash – Lots of traffic – View only okay – Would not stay again…
Upper Karr Recreation Area, NM – $Free ♥♥♥♥
Paved road – Fire rings – Toilets – Tables
Beautiful area – Low traffic – Would stay again!
Bailey Canyon Dispersed Camping, NM – $Free ♥♥♥♥
Rocky dirt road – Fire rings – Dispersed
Very primal camp spot – No traffic – Incredible forrest camping – Would stay again!
White Sands National Monument, NM – $6($3/person) ♥♥♥♥
Paved road – Primitive camping – No reservations
Breathtaking views – Get here early
Evergreen Valley, NM – $Free ♥♥♥♥
Dirt road – Fire rings – No traffic – River – Wild berries!
At the trail head to Elk Canyon in Evergreen Valley. This is one of the most beautiful drives we have seen so far. It’s a long winding forrest road but the end is so worth it. Signs say no camping at the trail head but you can camp off the trail. We stayed on the road anyways and nobody came by or cared.
Comales National Forest Campground, NM – $11 ♥♥
Paved road – Fire rings – Table – River – Toilets – High traffic
Campground was okay. We would stay here again in a pinch but it was windy and access to the river was a bit difficult. There was a lot of traffic on the road. The price is steep for what you are offered.
Capulin National Forest Campground, NM – $6 ♥♥♥
Paved road – Fire rings – River – Table – Toilets – High traffic
This camp was actually pretty nice. If it wasn’t for the close highway and high volume of people, we might have stayed an extra night. It’s tucked back off of a beautiful section of road. We originally planned to stay at Las Peticas but it was full.
Lake Como Road, CO – $Free ♥♥♥
Dirt road – Fire rings – BLM land – Low traffic
Just parked here after the Great Sand Dunes for a quick night of sleep. It was flat and dusty but we were not expecting the extraordinary sunset, one of the best we have seen so far. If we end up at the sand dunes again we wouldn’t hesitate to pull of on this road.
San Isabel National Forest (Co Rd 360), CO $Free ♥♥♥♥♥
Dirt road – Fire rings – River – Dispersed
We took the turn off towards Ophir Creek and seeing the main campground was closed opted for this dispersed camp spot. It was truly peaceful. A few cars passed throughout the day but it didn’t bother us too much. There are a few pull-offs to camp on this road. Totally worth the drive.
Buffalo Creek, CO $Free ♥♥♥♥♥
Dirt road – Fire rings – Low traffic – Dispersed
This place was great not only to camp but also had easy access to hiking and biking trails. We met up with a few mountain bikers here and would definitely go back to explore a bit more. Seems to be a lot of people who come out with bikes!
Magnolia Road Campsite, CO $Free ♥♥♥♥♥
Dirt road – Fire rings – Low traffic – Amazing views – Dispersed
There are some really amazing sites down this road but it does seem like people post up for a while here, so get there early! One of our favorite camps so far. There were a lot of people driving around trying to snag spots but they are pretty secluded from each other and some set a good distance back from the road.
Ski Rd Allenspark, CO $Free ♥♥♥♥
Dirt road – Fire rings – No traffic – Dispersed
Definite potential for five stars in this area. The lower road crosses a stream and we didn’t feel comfortable attempting it in Ferdinand. Careful of private property. We found an awesome spot tucked back in the woods right below the trailhead.
Timber Creek Campground, CO $26($13 with Access Pass) ♥♥♥♥
Paved Road – Fire rings – Tables – Restrooms – Water – River – Hookups
First come, first serve camp in the Rocky Mountain NP. Great for its proximity to hiking and trail ridge parkway. A little crowded and pricy but the best you can hope for in a busy park.No showers, but there’s a river! hah.
Rafting Pulloff Hwy 9, CO $Free ♥♥♥
Paved road – Restrooms – High traffic – Fire ring
Looks like a dirt parking lot with a restroom. Rafts pull out here during the day but it was quiet at night. There are a couple of spots next to the river to set up. Great find in a pinch.
Sandstone Rd Vail, CO $Free ♥♥♥♥
Dirt road – Fire rings – View – Moderate traffic – Dispersed
If you take this road toward Piney Lake, there are a ton of spots. Some are more difficult to get to but a few are right off the main road.
Co Rd 375 Buena Vista, CO $Free ♥♥(2.5)
Dirt road – High traffic – Fire ring – Dispersed – Dusty
Turn of Colorado Ave. This is a popular spot for dirt bikes so be prepared for that. It was an okay spot for the night but we wouldn’t go out of our way to get here.
Co Rd 376 Buena Vista, CO $Free ♥♥♥
Dirt road – Fire ring – Low traffic – Dispersed
Seems to be a local spot. Not as much HOV traffic. It was nice for proximity to Buena Vista.
Maroon Bells Campground, CO $24 ♥♥♥
Fire ring – Restrooms – Paved Road – Beautiful – Traffic
One of the more scenic established camps we have stayed at. Basic amenities. A bit overpriced but we lucked out by getting someone’s extra spot.
N Fork Rd, CO $Free ♥♥♥♥♥
Fire ring – River – Dirt road – Dispersed – Hiking – View – No Traffic
Past the Elk Wallow Campground, this spot is amazing. If you are willing to make the drive it’s a perfect spot for dispersed camping.
Black Canyon North Rim $16($8 with Access Pass) ♥♥♥♥
Fire ring – Table – Dirt road – Restrooms – Water – Low traffic – VIEW
The canyon is directly behind the camp. We were able to sit right on the edge of the canyon and almost see the van. Not very busy and has most of the basics.
4J+1+1 RV Park Ouray, CO $26 ♥♥♥
Pretty much all inclusive
Right in Ouray it has great access to anything you could want. They have showers, laundry, WiFi, and hookups. VERY crowded and not a lot of personal space. Not our style of camping but not lacking anything necessarily.
Balmorhea Lake, TX- $10($5/person) ♥♥