Travel File: Carson National Forest

We planned to go camping the first weekend in May, but something came up and we weren’t able to go.  The trip got postponed until the last weekend in May, which made me a little nervous since that was Memorial Day weekend.  I hate traveling on holidays.  BUT, it ended up being a lovely time and we found the most fantastic campground!

Carson National Forest

As per usual, Matt said he found a spot that he thought would be out of the way where we could find dispersed camping in the national forest.  Here’s where we headed:

area map

Actually, that’s not entirely true.  We headed to that area, and happened to find a campground instead (more about why it’s so hard to camp outside of campgrounds in this area later…).  We drove up through Colorado and then down into New Mexico.

Map 3

My next post will be dedicated to the finer maps and directions to this area…

For now, here are a few photographs of the area we drove through to get to our lovely destination.


The mountains after we turned east from Walsenburg, CO.

wild horses

Just your average pony crossing.

storm ahead

Costilla Creek camping

Along Costilla creek, there was lots of camping for fishermen!

Costilla Creek fishing

Dead end

We thought we were going to camp along this road somewhere, but it turned out to be a dead end…

almost dusk

I can’t wait to share all of the things we encountered on this trip!  Wildlife (black bear, anyone?), scenic Shuree Ponds, a ghost town, an abandoned boy scout camp and a campground completely to ourselves, just to name a few.  Stay tuned!


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