Monday, June 20, 2016

Sometimes it's not about solar

I had followed a friend's directions to a boondocking spot near Leadville, Colorado. A small clearing in a forest with an old fire ring. After being there for about three hours I thought, "This place just isn't speaking to me."

I bumped my way back to the county road and continued farther into the forest, looking for alternatives. I passed some occupied spots by the creek. I passed some trail head parking lots. I passed a meadow. I came to a Forest Service campground and cruised through it. Meh. That meadow, though. It was kind of nice. I turned around.

There were camping spots among the trees at the edge of the meadow. I pulled into one of them. Mmmm, nah. I tried another. Nope. Finally I chose a spot right out in the open. I felt like Goldilocks. "Just right."

Solar access was a side benefit. So was a nice breeze flowing through the Rolling Steel Tent. And in the morning, an unobstructed view of the rising sun illuminating Mount Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado.


  1. this is beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  2. YAEP, we need to do what feels right !! Nice spot.

  3. If you stay there long enough you make get 75 more people to show up!

  4. I used to hear.. and generally agreed based on my limited experience...that Colorado had very limited "free" camping. This and a couple of other blogs have changed my mind, so next time I can travel Colorado will be high on my list. Thanks.

  5. Alan, what forest road is this off of? I am near Leadville now off of 11. Any other good spots near Leadville. Thanks Tom

    1. This was on 11/110/Halfmoon Road. That's all I'm familiar with in the area.