Shavano Wildlife Area Dispersed Camping

Info
Reviews
Nearby
Colorado, CO
Free
Directions
Share
Check-in
Save
38.5541, -106.1178
Roam with care
Remember to enjoy these campgrounds in a sustainable, respectful way. Clean up after yourself, be friendly with others, and don't overstay your welcome :)
Cell signal
Verizon LTE
AT&T LTE
Sprint LTE
T-Mobile LTE
spring
summer
fall
winter
Crowdedness
1
5
You can see others, but they're 50+ feet away
Fullness
1
5
Half of spots are available
Noise
1
5
Rare man-made noise (trains, cars, etc...)
Shade
1
5
Very few shady spots
Cleanliness
1
5
A few trash spottings
Safety
1
5
Feels pretty safe
Road difficulty
1
5
Mostly accessible, some spots can be hard to get to
Weather
Averages
Forecast
jan
0.29"
42.7°
10.4°
feb
0.28"
45.6°
13.2°
mar
0.76"
51.9°
19.4°
apr
0.94"
59.7°
27.1°
may
0.87"
69.5°
34.9°
jun
0.74"
79.7°
42.3°
jul
1.47"
84.8°
48.4°
aug
1.63"
82°
46.9°
sep
0.81"
75.6°
37.5°
oct
0.97"
64.1°
27.5°
nov
0.4"
50.8°
18.4°
dec
0.36"
42°
10.6°
Are we there yet?
156
roadpickle
3w
Great spot to boondock

This is owned by the BLM as a wildlife management area, and is not "open land" as far as camping rules are concerned. Still has the usual 14 day limit though. I did not see any BLM officials here.

Stayed for 10 days in July 2019. Decent Verizon 4G signal, about 3 bars unboosted.

The drive up County Road 250 starts out paved, but transitions to gravel and gets heavily washboarded. Some parts of the road are pretty bumpy, and maybe a tad steep, but I was still able to pull my 28 foot trailer up with a 2WD truck.

Lots of campsites here. Some big enough for massive rigs. Most shade sites are small and only for small rigs. Lots of pinyon pine. Beautiful views of mountains. Gets windy often. Towns of Salida and Poncha Springs within 10 minutes away.

Stays about 1/3 full during the week, and nearly full on the weekend. All the best sites with shade and privacy seem to be occupied by campers living here indefinitely, despite posted signs forbidding using this area for residence.

1
0
Anonymous
4w
0
22
cw
5w
Spectacular views all around

The road up is a bit dicey. Awesome views of the mountains. We stayed at the first meadow on the right.

1
8
gnomadhome
6w
Awesome views and great cell service near Salida/Poncha Springs

Expansive dispersed camping with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The road in is totally doable, there seems to be endless camping spots, and we had excellent Verizon cell service. Great location for an extended stay.

0
8
nuventuretravels
9w
Our go to spot for camping and working

Depending on where you park, you can get 360 views of the Rockies. Bigger rigs might wanna stay lower in the meadow. Att cell coverage at least until the second cattle guard without and Wi-Fi extenders or anything. 15 minutes to salida. Base camp for shavano and tabeguache 14we hikes, Arkansas fly fishing, colorado trail hiking and biking. Brewery and wine tasting maybe 9 minutes in poncha springs.

3
62
big_boxtruck
14w
Huge area with huge views

Huge area with dispersed camping. First bit of road has heavy washboarding followed by a short steep rocky climb. This first area is BLM and has number of spots in meadows with short trees that large rigs can easily get into. Probably wouldn't take a class A rig up the hill but saw many large 5th wheel rigs and class C. Another short rocky climb leads to some awesome spots along a steep ridge. From here the road is rather rough to the national forest land. If you continue the road splits. 252 is the easier route and goes quite a ways to the mount shavano trailhead. 250A leads into an aspen grove and is curvier. Both have numerous spots. Lots of tent campers and westies/class A rigs up there.

2
Show cell towers
Crossroads of the Rockies Visitor center
4.31 miles away (8 min)
dump
water
Love's Travel Stop - Pueblo
104.48 miles away (130 min)
gas
shower
propane
Walmart Salida Supercenter
8.13 miles away (15 min)
groceries