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We had been home for over a month.  The camping craving was kicking in.  So without much of a plan we packed the truck and headed South.

We got to Buena Vista and decided to check out trail #30 from our Colorado Backroads & 4×4 Trails guidebook (a great resource for exploring Colorado’s back country via roads rated easy, moderate and difficult).  Within the first two miles of turning onto County Road 315 we saw that we would have our pick of several dispersed camp sites with phenomenal views of the Collegiate Peaks.

These lower lying hills to the East of Buena Vista make for the perfect spring getaway as snow is not a factor like it is at the higher elevations this time of year.

As I write this I sit in front of a crackling campfire encompassed by silhouettes of snow-capped peaks and am reminded that the mind-numbing television I’ve watched over the last month doesn’t hold a candle to this simple pleasure.

We camped numerous times this winter in Arizona & Utah but this is our first night of 2013 camping in our home state.  With that, I think camping season is officially on!

Where will you go this summer?

Vicinity: Hwy 24/285 to County Rd 315
Nearest Town: Buena Vista, Colorado
GPS coordinates: N38˚51.256′, W106˚03.549′
Campsite elevation: 9354′
Cost: Free
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