I had a choice of boondocking in the shade under the trees, or in the sun. My four 100 watt solar panels made the decision for me.
I didn't drive far today since this trip was not about getting anywhere as much as looking and learning.
I found another boondocking spot in the national forest, which the Forest Service refers to as "dispersed camping," and as far as I'm concerned, the more "dispersed," the better.
You may be interested to know how I find these dispersed camping spots, or you couldn't care less, but I'm going to tell you anyway. When I'm in the national forest driving down a paved road, I look for dirt roads going off into the woods, which look relatively well-traveled. I'll go down that road for a while looking for places where people have pulled over and camped. They're usually easy to spot, it will be dirt instead of grass, and there will often be a stone fire ring or two. And if there are no signs telling me I can't camp there, I figure I'm welcome.
If I don't find a place like that within a few miles, I'll go back to the paved road and look for another dirt road. Now common sense tells you that you don't want to do this if you're pulling a humongous trailer or driving a 40-foot class "A." You should always look for boondocking spots in a vehicle easily capable of turning around on a narrow dead-end road if things don't pan out the way you had hoped. And this especially applies to Colorado. Where easily accessible dirt roads can quickly turn into a Jeep trail that gets worse and worse before you realize the depth of the do-do you're in.
But this time, I found a sweet, easily accessible spot with all the signs of being a popular boondocking area. And unlike yesterday is actually reasonably level and even gave me options of shade trees or open land. And living on sunshine the way I do, I chose the open area.
A nice comfy level spot for the night. A blue sky, a pretty view, no neighbors, plenty of social distancing, and best of all it's free.
I seldom need four-wheel-drive. But when I'm looking for boondocking spots it's very comforting knowing it's there.