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Camping in the San Juans

Postby herdbull » Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:41 am

Does anyone know what the truck/tent camping is like in the SJ's? I'm looking at trying to find designated camping spots on National Forest land, i.e. FREE, while I'm out there. Sometimes it gets difficult to find areas near the TH where a guy can just pitch a tent.

Specifically I'm looking at these spending a night or 2 in each of these areas: Sunshine/Redcloud/Handies, San Luis, Wetterhorn/Uncompahgre, Sneffels and then maybe Pikes. I don't really need an actual campground. Past experience has showed me that anything within 5-10 miles would be sufficient.

Also any idea on the best route to get over to Sneffels from the east side? It looks like somewhat of a long drive just for one climb. I have limited time and might rearrange the schedule if I have to.

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Re: Camping in the San Juans

Postby somethingrandom » Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:59 am

herdbull wrote:Does anyone know what the truck/tent camping is like in the SJ's? I'm looking at trying to find designated camping spots on National Forest land, i.e. FREE, while I'm out there. Sometimes it gets difficult to find areas near the TH where a guy can just pitch a tent.

Specifically I'm looking at these spending a night or 2 in each of these areas: Sunshine/Redcloud/Handies, San Luis, Wetterhorn/Uncompahgre, Sneffels and then maybe Pikes. I don't really need an actual campground. Past experience has showed me that anything within 5-10 miles would be sufficient.

Also any idea on the best route to get over to Sneffels from the east side? It looks like somewhat of a long drive just for one climb. I have limited time and might rearrange the schedule if I have to.


Sunshine/Redcloud/Handies has about 50 free spots and a great camping spot at Grizzly Gulch, not sure about going all the way to American Basin.

Dont know about San Luis, Sneffles, or Pikes.

I am headed to Uncompaghre/Wetterhorn today and from my research it looks like there are a few camp sites up both roads to Matterhorn Creek and Nellie Creek not far from the trailheads but I will be able to comment better Monday.
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