Staying High in the Summertime
I kept to the high mountains of southwestern Colorado and northern New Mexico to avoid the hot summer temperatures. Using both campgrounds and boondocks, I bounced from place to place staying at camps between 7,000 and 10,500ft elevation.
Spent much of my time in the San Juan Mountains around Creede and South Fork. Saw some pretty nice things including rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and some carved trees. Then went through the Conejos River Canyon area.
A camper mentioned that the area along the Rio de Los Piños, just inside of New Mexico, was a good spot to boondock; so I had to check it out. Went to see the Rio Grande Gorge, road the narrow gage Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad through the mountains, stopped at Echo Ampitheater, hiked in to see the Tsankawi Ruins, and Overlook Point above the Rio Grande.
Got to see some Tent Rocks near a camp, drove along the Guadalupe River and saw the Gilman Tunnels, hiked the Perea Nature Trail, and went to get a closer view of Cabezón Peak. Found some nice boondock camps along the way. Then, stopped in the Apple Store to get some computer stuff done.
To finish out the Summer, I camped in a few familiar places like Water Canyon, Apache Creek, Rockhound State Park, City of Rocks State Park, and Lower Gallinas boondock. I stopped in Pie Town to eat some delicious pie, hiked the Catwalk National Recreational Trail, and explored the areas of Lower San Francisco Plaza, Bill Evans Lake, Mimbres River, and the canyon leading up to Emory Pass.