Can anyone recommend a safe dry camping location around the southeast part of Colorado? I am a new RV owner and would like to find a beautiful safe location where I can park my coach and enjoy some fishing and swimming without too, if any, neighbors. I've done some awesome RV parks in the last year but I really want to enjoy nature without any civilization around. Thanks.
If you are thinking about SE colorado then you should consider John Martin Reservoir. I haven't gotten there yet but I have heard some enthusiastic reports and it's on my list. It is now a state park though and therefore more regulated than the dispersed camping experience that you are looking for. The dispersed areas that I have camped at in the grasslands by Picketwire Canyon are just what the others have suggested - very dry and hot during the summer. But it is a beautiful area.
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Trinidad Lake S.P. is nice and pretty empty on weekdays. I don't go on weekends in summer because of the crowds. We did luck out a couple of weeks ago when it was supposed to be cold, rainy and windy. As I walked our dog thru the park, I saw nearly every site was reserved for Fri. and Sat. Because of the weather forecast being so bad, only SIX rigs came in for the weekend. The best part was that it only rained Thursday night after we went to bed. Nice!!
Southeast? The western portion of the grasslands would be all I would consider "beautiful" in the Southeast. The rest of the area is mainly flat farming land. Good area to get some fresh produce, but I don't get out that way unless I have to for work. For fishing as stated above the main body of water is John Martin. There is hardly any water south of LaJunta and east of Trinidad.
If it were me I would look more at the central portion of Southern Colorado, Colorado City, Walsenburg, Trinidad and points west. There is some good fishing around there and since its not a hot tourist desitnation there are less people.
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I came from Ks to Trinidad Co a couple weeks ago on hw 160. There are some canyons out there in the middle of nowhere with some dispersed camping, some fairly lengthy hiking including dinosaur tracks in the rock beds. We didn't do more than read about it.
Trinidad SP is fairly blah in my opinion, we stayed there on a weekday and it was almost empty. The view from the campsite on the bluff is nice. There are some primitive kinda sites down by the lake without services. But it didn't seem to be a lot of interesting things to spend a lot of time seeing or hiking etc.
But... I happend to find a gas pump in Kim Co in a gravel lot a few blocks off 160 after asking a UPS guy where one could find gas. There is nothing out there services wise, be warned.