Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. ~ John Muir
After doing a little research online, I’ve come across some great resources that I’d like to share. You can search for places to camp in Colorado here: https://campcolorado.com/campground-search and download Colorado’s Most Complete Campground Guide.
Explore Your America here, for a wealth of information. Register, and you can plan/save links and info for your trip.
First time camper? A ton of resources can be found here: https://www.nwf.org/Great-American-Campout/Camping-Resources.aspx.
- 99 Gorgeous Places in CO
- All Trails
- Bureau of Land Management
- CO Campground Guide
- Colorado Mountain Club
- Colorado Parks & Wildlife
- Colorado Travel Resources
- Free Camping
- Go Camping America
- Hiking and Backpacking
- Interactive Colorado Map
- Mountain Biking
- National Forests | Wildfire Info
- National Park Service
- Outdoor Recreation Center
- REI Expert Advice
- Reserve America
- Rocky Mountain Webcams
- Safety and Health
- Unique Lodging
- Vacation Guide
While you’re at it, be sure to pick up your Federal Recreation Access Pass.
“Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.” ― Robert Macfarlane
Sure, it seems obvious, but don’t feed the bears…… If you insist on bear watching, check out these webcams. (Alaska) or in real life: https://www.wildlifeworldwide.com/discover/wildlife/bear-watching/locations.
Yep, even if you’re not “roughing it”, you still need to have some “bear smarts”.
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Although the last time I saw this train I was riding a Harley and not the train, I will be back to ride the rails. There are no pictures and no words to describe the magnificence and majesty, the feelings of freedom and wonderful insignificance that just “being” in these beautiful mountains awakens. I fell in love with the rugged, rustic beauty of Colorado.
Check out “Railroading The Rockies” for the ultimate rail journey.