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Open Camping in the Sangres?

Postby zrsimpson » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:44 am

I'll be hiking in the Sangres next week (hoping to hike Venable and Comanche peaks from the Phantom Terrace). Does anyone know of open camping in the National Forest on the east or west side and north of the Crestone group? I noticed that there was a campground, Alvarado, but I'm not excited about paying $18 for the privilege of putting up a tent for the night.

Any suggestions?

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Re: Open Camping in the Sangres?

Postby bonehead » Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:24 pm

Venable and Comanche Trailhead is camped at often. so is Horn.
Can you sleep in your vehicle? 1st and safest choice.
If not, The Venable and Comanche Trailhead used to be home to an old hotel.
The parking lot has an 6-8 foot wall abating it. The old buildings were above that.
Just go above the wall a bit and make an overnight tent camp.
Set up camp late, pack up early.
You should have no problem.
You do have a bit of scofflaw blood. Yeh?
Leave Alvarado alone.

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Re: Open Camping in the Sangres?

Postby zrsimpson » Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:35 pm

Thanks! That sounds good.

Not much of a scofflaw (great word, by the way)...I just grew up open camping, and, since I'll be getting in late and leaving early, don't see the need to get a full spot with bathroom, picnic bench, etc.

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Re: Open Camping in the Sangres?

Postby bonehead » Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:07 pm

Exactly!
You can, none-the less,
freely benefit from the brick sh:t house at the TH.
No different than the campground ones,
and open to all the public;
the forest service builds them well.
But always bring your own TP.
One never knows, do one?
Enjoy your trip!!

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