It's almost a physical sense of...what - relief? relaxation? joy? It must be all those - when we crossed the border between Utah and Colorado on the 70. I think it stems from living here as a child, and falling in love with the mountains. But here I am, for about the 15th summer (not consecutive), back in the place I love. After nights in Cedar City, Utah, and then Grand Junction, we set up camp on the Crystal River just north of Redstone - about 13 miles south of Carbondale. The photo to the right is from our front door, looking down-canyon. This is a great little campground - three loops of 8 sites each, with two of the loops offering electricity and water hookups.
This is looking east towards the red cliffs that form the western edge of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. A ranger who came by for a campfire talk told us to watch for bighorn sheep on those cliffs, but I didn't get to see any.
Looking west across the river at the other side of the cliffs - a red sandstone formation that forms a prominent hogback through the area.
What camp are you at? We are heading in this same direction is a few weeks. Thank you!
It's called Redstone, and it's about 13 miles south of Carbondale on the Crystal River. There are 3 loops - the one to the right is basic (no hookups) forest service-type, and the two loops to the left have electricity and water. One thing you need to know is there is no place to dump. Yes, you can pour your gray water out into the vegetation, but the closest dump station is along I-70 east of Glenwood Springs - so plan ahead for your black water tank. But this is a super campground.
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