Nice dispersed camping in a national forest near browns Creek Falls Trailhead. There is a ton of spots to pull off and camp nestled in a beautiful pine forest. The spots were pretty level and the road out there was gravel but nice. Great cell service and spots were pretty far from each other. If it looks full keep driving chances are there's more spots further down the road. Best part is it's FREE! Definitely suggest brown creeks falls as a hike very beautiful!
Located in the middle of Salida and Buena Vista, there are a lot of spots in this area. Most of them are very large and can accommodate RVs and trailers. I loved this spot, they are spaced out from each other which makes it quiet and there is plenty of room for multiple cars, trailers and tents.
This is dispersed camping, no facilities, tables or fire pits but free. Spots are managed by the forest service and follow all NFS rules, keep a look out for fire bans as this area is prone to dry spells. Camp spots are easily accessible via a dirt from off of the main highway. Road is in great shape and any car can make it.
Close by you will find great hiking trails and mountain biking and not far from the spots are some 14ers to hike. Browns Creek trail is right off of the road and a very pretty hike. Salida and Buena Vista are about 20 minutes away if you need to go into town for food or to check out some great breweries.
Lots of spaces, super spread out, well maintained road, seems like all sites have great shade coverage. The best part of our trip though was identifying these crazy noises at dusk to be nighthawks look them up! They make this crazy sounding jet plane sound when they are dive bombing for insects. You’re sitting there quietly enjoying the evening and the out of nowhere…vroom! And they are so stealth it’s hard to even see them. Also saw mountain bluebirds
We arrived about 30 minutes after sunset on a Friday night but were still able to get a spot. The gravel road is well maintained and easy to access for any vehicle without 4x4. The location is perfect, situated right between Salida and Buena Vista.
Gorgeous, remote. Dispersed campsites are spread out so you can’t see or hear your neighbors. Great proximity to trailheads and easy to get to. 4x4 not required for the closer sites.
I camped here on 5/23/20.
Beautiful long road through San Isabel National Forest. There is a 6 mile hike (Brown Creek Falls) down the road as well. The spots near the river were taken so we continued on farther down the road.
I like this area because there are spots in wide open fields and there are also spots secluded in dense woods.
Our spot had beautiful sunset and sunrise views.
This was a great area to go camp in for the beginning of peoples camping season. There are a ton of disperses campsites which is good but it also gets very busy. The trailhead nearby is a great hike but extremely busy. If you want something quieter do not bother with this area, but if you don’t mind see other people around it’s a good spot.
Lots of sites in scattered ponderosa pine and open meadow area along the foot of the Sawatch mountains, just as the Arkansas valley begins its upslope to the mountains, so landscape is pretty level. A pretty dry area because you’re still in the valley, and for that same reason likely to be pretty warm to hot in midsummer, but during an unusually warm early May weekend it was ideal. Some spots have nice views of the peaks. This is a great early season spot because the southern Sawatch tend to melt out sooner. Browns Creek trailhead has some nice early season hikes. Main road in is easily driven dirt road, no 4x4 required. Also note that in addition to Browns Creek there are 2 other roads that intersect it that frankly I think had even better sites - Eddy Creek and Raspberry Gulch.
Great place for dispersed camping in San Isabel. We chose a tent site up 274 at the end of the road late Friday evening. Still plenty of spots available! Recommend the hike to browns lake nearby. Vault toilets at the trailhead if needed.
Our spot was right off the Colorado trail, lots of thru hikers going by. Originally we had wanted to stay at iron city campground (first come first serve) but all spots were taken. It was a happy mistake because we liked dispersed camping here better 🙂
Had a blast dispersed camping! Quiet and spaced out plenty of fire rings along the road. Road leads to the Browns creek falls trailhead. At the trailhead there are vault toilets if you’re too good to dig a hole. Awesome hike and amazing time camping.