Headed up into Pecos Canyon to find a camp at higher elevation hoping for cooler temperatures. But first, I stopped in town for lunch and got a yummy burrito. Wanted to get a boondock spot; but, also knew of a nice Forest Service campground if needed.
About six miles up, a sign by the highway pointed to dispersed camping, Dalton Canyon. A short way in was a large clearing with a gravel parking area, and a display about the area. Just past the lot a sign said “no camping beyond this point”.
So, I found a fairly level spot and had the whole place to myself. It was a pretty spot with a view of the mountains, bushes in bloom, tall pines, and a small creek. At 7,318ft it would do nicely. A trail led across the highway to the Pecos River which I promptly followed to get some photos.
The first night was quiet and very enjoyable. On day two I awoke to a light snow falling. That too was pleasant in the cozy confines of my rig Tardis. However, as the day progressed, the snow fall got heavier and began accumulating on the ground. With no internet, I decided to drive into town to find out how bad it would get. The forecast called for two days of snow and 7 inches on the ground; so, I bailed.
Camp: Santa Fe NF-Dalton Canyon boondock
Scene: River, rocks, trees, camp
It looks like a beautiful place. I sure would love to see snow about now that we are expecting 90’s for about a week and that’s way too hot for me! But I wouldn’t want to get stuck in it for long, and you were wise to bail.
It was a wonderful spot. If the snow wasn’t too bad, I would have stayed. But, I had an appointment in a few days for my rig Tardis.