my boondocking spot at the San Luis state wildlife refuge near the Sand Dunes National Park. There are about 50 campsites and I only count 10 RVs here, finally.... some place that's not crowded.
I left the Walmart parking lot in Salida about 9 o'clock this morning and got to my new boondocking spot at the San Luis State Wildlife Refuge, [ SWR ] before lunch.
This place used to be San Luis State Park but because of some water problems which apparently could not be fixed, the state of Colorado turned it into an SWR some years back, and because I haven't been here since it was a state Park and didn't know what was going on I stopped by to see if I could still stay here.
It turns out you can still camp here and amazingly enough it's absolutely free. The catch is you either have to have a SWR permit, whatever that is. Or you have to be in possession of a valid Colorado hunting or fishing license. Well it just so happens I have a valid Colorado fishing license, even though I don't think it works because I never seem to catch a fish, so I was welcome to camp here.
There's no water at the campsites, apparently that was one of the problems, there's a rumor that some of the electric plug-ins still work, but not the site that I'm at, the dump station still works, and there's dumpsters here so they must have trash pickup, so it's basically boondocking, which happens to be just what I'm best at, it's only a few miles from the Sand Dunes National Park entrance, and like I said before, it's free.
Tomorrow I'll head over to the sand dunes and see what's going on. I used to climb them whenever I visited but I'm not seeing that happening this time, their not all that high but their steep, and because it's loose sand you seem to take two steps forward and slide one step back. so its exhausting, and I wouldn't want to spoil anyone's vacation by them having to watch me stroke out and croak halfway up the dune and roll all the way back to the bottom. That would be a real downer for the kids.
Poncha pass is one of the more pitiful passes in Colorado, but I had to go over it to get to the sand dunes.
The sand dunes as viewed from my boondocking spot a few miles away at the San Luis SWR.