Colorado Backcountry Camping Above 10,000 Feet

Sally’s first nights in a tent in over 30 years (she, of course was 9 years old then…..🏕

I planned a 3-day off-road tent camping trip with my lovely wife Sally, to appreciate the summer Colorado High Country. I “tent-camp” annually, but Sally has not slept in a tent for 30+ years. Will she agree to go again?  I will do my best to make this trip adventurous, fun and also offer tasty dishes to entice her back again!

We will tour “Jeep trails” in the Roosevelt National Forest of Northern Colorado at around 10,000-11,000 feet elevation, do some fishing and explore the natural beauty.  There are still lots of wildflowers in the Colorado high country in late July!

Fording the mighty Sand Creek
Ready for fishing – caught a few brook trout

Our campsite at 10,000 feet. Great views of the Laramie River Valley and the snow-covered Rawah peaks.

Sally enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before after a “cowboy dinner” of steak and baked beans. Very tasty!
Sally snuggled in the tent
Beautiful sunset
Camp Breakfast: breakfast burritos with eggs, chiles, diced steak and bacon, fresh Colorado Palisades Peaches, tea and coffee to fortify us for the adventures ahead.
The Deadman Fire Lookout Tower, now open for tours.
At the top of the fire tower, nearly 11,000 feet elevation.  The snow-covered Rawah Mountains are in the background.
Fishing near our campsite on the North Poudre River.
Sally loves a weenie roast with “s’mores” for dessert

Back home.  Sally says she is excited to take another backcountry Jeep camping trip – success!







Author: David Willett

Worked at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard, attended University of Washington and Michigan State University, lived in the Netherlands, the Peoples Republic of China and the United States, visited 36 countries, 11 of 13 Canadian Provinces and all 50 U.S. states, living in Fort Collins, CO, USA

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