Yesterday rocked. We woke up parked next to a 700′ gorge outside of Taos and started our day with a drive into a mountain snowstorm! After giving Catty Arbuckle a taste of high winds and snow (he wasn’t thrilled), we continued on through Carson and San Juan National Forests toward Pagosa Springs, where we took a dip in local natural hot springs and ate some fantastic sandwiches at The Rose Restaurant.
Cruising 20 miles west brought us to an idyllic free campsite along the Piedra River, at which point it became obvious that we needed to fire up the generator and bring out my speakers. I collected firewood and practiced juggling to some forest-thumping tunes while Cara flow-wanded around our riverside campsite.
We went to bed smiling at the knowledge that we could stay at this beautiful site for up to 14 days, but the cool mountain nights nudged us on toward Utah’s sunny deserts. That said, I’m writing this as I watch sunrise with the heat comfortably set to 70 degrees. Life is good.
Boondocking Notes: For those of you looking for free camping between Pagosa Springs and Durango, I highly recommend First Fork Road / FR 622. It is a well-maintained dirt road suitable for rigs of all sizes and located ~22 miles west of Pagosa Springs. Drive north a bit over one mile and you will find 3-4 obvious riverside sites before you hit a forest service gate. No highway noise, gorgeous scenery. A+.