Large area in BLM land and extending into National Forest.
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
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.
The road up is a bit dicey. Awesome views of the mountains. We stayed at the first meadow on the right.
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.
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.
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.