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Shavano Wildlife Area Dispersed Camping
4.7 (19 reviews)
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Large area in BLM land and extending into National Forest.

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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°
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Summer
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Crowdedness
Others somewhat nearby, but still private
Fullness
Three quarters of spots are open
Noise
Pure silence
Shade
Very few shady spots
Cleanliness
A few trash spottings
Safety
Feels pretty safe
Road difficulty
Mostly accessible, some spots can be hard to get to
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brooksben11
16
Sep 2021
Solid Spot

Busy, but still able to find a very scenic spot on a Monday evening. Stayed until Saturday morning; heard numerous folks driving in on Friday evening. Fantastic cell coverage and didn't have too much trouble with our 26' trailer. Did use 4wd on the hill just before our spot (kept spinning out on the rocks in 2wd with the trailer and the incline). VERY windy and I also had a lot of allergy issues that mostly went away as soon as we left (dust?). Would definitely stay at again if in the area. Dump station/water in town was very convenient.

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kimitini
4
Aug 2021
Great spot!

We were there on a Wednesday, and even though there was a good deal of people, there was plenty of spots available.

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bapman99
9
Aug 2021
Great for boondocking

A very busy and popular spot for boondocking. Saw lots of bikes and walkers up and down the road. Not much in this immediate area except to park and relax. Don’t expect much privacy during popular times.

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fergy
2
Aug 2021
Beautiful spot

even if its pretty full there is still plenty of space, great spot!

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vannhaley
12
Jun 2021
Such a beautiful spot!

Went friday-saturday in the middle of June. A good amount campers, but enough spots that it didn't feel too crowded. Definitely go earlier if you want the better spots. Some areas have cows grazing.

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jsnyde
3
Apr 2021
Some of the best boondocking in CO

One long road that goes on for a while. Plenty of campsites all along it, lots of stone fire rings already set up.

Road is a bit rough in places with a little bit of a steep grade before the campsites but I managed in a minivan.

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travelingskoolie
64
Oct 2020
Beautiful spot

The roads were a bit rough in some spots but we were able to manage in our rig. Most of the road in is tar, but once you get close to BLM, it turns to gravel. There are lots of spots, esp if you are willing to keep driving. Beautiful sunsets!! Lots of poo around

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junipertree
69
Sep 2020
Plenty of space

After you enter the dirt road, you will find a lot of other dirt roads that stray away from the “main” one. Down these dirt roads there is plenty of open spaces to park a rig or set up a tent. Keep going down the main road if you don’t find anything at the beginning, this place becomes a maze, there is so many different dirt roads and places to camp I can’t imagine it ever completely filling up - I would say there is a hundred or so spots you can find. No amenities but cell service is good and you are close to a town. There is some spots that have shade and some with out but like i said, there’s so many spots that you’re bound to find a shady one if that’s what you’re looking for. Depending on what spot you pick, it can be very quiet and secluded out here.

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bigfudgecamping22
18
Aug 2020
One of my favorite camping spots in Colorado

The road up is a bit bumpy and can be tough to get through if someone else is coming through. Lots of tucked away camping spots and amazing views. No running water, toilets, or electricity, but excellent cell service and not a lot of bugs. Close to the city if you need to run into town for anything and a few trails and tubing spots not far.

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fernando69
5
Aug 2020
BLM. Pack in pack out

Beautiful area

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wanderingknight
14
Jul 2020
Near perfect

Got here at the end of July. Lots of wind and no water source. Other than that, good T-Mobile service, mostly level spots an a lot of them.

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christopherives
62
Jun 2020
great views and lots of space

not too many people and generally mostly clean. i stayed for a few night on the upper rim. great views in every direction. a bit windy, and very warm when the sun's out spring-summer.

some nice trails to walk on too

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engelfk
-1
May 2020
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roadpickle
2216
Jul 2019
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.

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Anonymous
1
Jul 2019
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cw
35
Jul 2019
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.

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gnomadhome
11
Jul 2019
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.

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nuventuretravels
9
Jun 2019
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.

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big_boxtruck
137
May 2019
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.

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