Easy access just off the Million Dollar Highway and there are an abundance of good "sites" to choose from, although no amenity's such as picnic table or fire rings.Level ground with lots of trees for shade..There is a creek running along the entire length of the Co Rd 20D. Water is clear but not sure if it is drinkable as the rocks in it seem to have a lot of red iron deposits on them. For those with atv's,4x4's or who like to hike..there are trails EVERYWHERE in this area (Check out Black Bear Pass, and Imogene Pass) Land is almost entirely BLM.(San Juan National Forest) Hundreds of abandoned mines to explore if thats your thing as well.There was a group of seven RV's in one of the clearings when I was there, so if your travelling with others you CAN group up, theres plenty lots of open room for that as well, or you can stay private with no problem. The town of Ouray is 8.3miles to the north,Silverton is 15mi to the south, for shopping and such.Durango is 62.5mi to the south. I was told about this location by a BLM Warden.He said there are several others along Hwy#550 (the Million Dollar Highway) because people misjudge the time it takes to travel due to its extreme curviness and the photo opportunities it provides.When in this area, don't be afraid to ask where you can stay for free because the possibilities are limited only by the vehicle you drive and the people are very friendly and helpful. This area is comprised almost entirely of the San Juan NF (south of Ophir) or Uncompagre National forest to the north. I was there for 2 weeks and came back with a list full of things I need to go back to see because a week just wasn't enough.One could spend months enjoying this area before running out of things to see and do. Enjoy.
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