The road starts as tar and converts to gravel. It is a maintained road but is loaded with washboard so you may just have to take it easy if you have a motor home or trailer. The road is pretty wide, we have a 30’ trailer and had no problems getting by oncoming vehicles if everyone gives a little. There is one cattle crossing but it is plenty wide. You can take just about anything up there, we saw a large diesel pusher all the way down to a 1 person tent and several in-between. Some extra clearance is nice but probably not mandatory, I’d avoid it with low clearance.
Nothing is officially marked but you can tell where others have camped and many sites have a fire ring. Shortly after you enter the Wildlife Area if your driving an RV or trailer you may want to take a right and explore that area. We went just a little way in and found a great site. There are some really nice sites on the main road as well but there is more traffic there from people coming and going.
Overall it’s a great area with lots of options and easy access to Salida, I’ll be camping here again.
Some 4x4 to get in but several trailered RVs had made it. Totally Boondocking, no hookups, but close to town to refill water and such. Beautiful view of divide in one side and Arkansas Valley on the other. 14 day limit, we stayed 3 nights and it was quiet and peaceful. We saw Bats, Nighthawks, Turkey Vultures, Coyotes, and Deer. Check before assuming fires are okay as it depends on the fire danger. Will definitely be back to this beautiful area.