San Juan National Forest in Colorado has closed off some of Hermosa Park Road (Forest Road 578) to dispersed camping. Work being done along Hermosa Creek will continue until approximately Hallowe’en, at which point dispersed campsites will reopen. The affected area is small, just one mile of Hermosa Park Road and on the west side, between the road and the creek. The area will be used to stockpile large boulders.
Travelers needn’t guess. The closures will be signposted. However two factors mean this San Juan National Forest closure isn’t too much of a big deal for RV boondockers. First, the high altitude near Durango coupled with fall weather is likely to be too crisp for most boondockers’ tastes. Second, increased truck traffic and flying boulders will make it a less than peaceful free campsite, i.e. a not particularly mellow place to hang out through October.
Those worst-affected are likely to be hunters, but if Hermosa Road is one of your spots on the way to warmer climes, please consider a different location in San Juan National Forest. Check the San Juan National Forest website for details, or call in at a ranger station. San Juan National Forest has MVUMs available and boondocking opportunities seem to be by “arrangement” only. The website invites you to contact the ranger station for more details, but doesn’t publish full boondocking details online.
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