Arapaho National Forest consists of 723,744 acres of forest in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
We camped along a forest road for three days while we visited the nearby Golden Gate Canyon State Park. It was a beautiful setting only about 5 miles from the park, but it turned out to be a surprisingly busy road, especially on the weekend, with lots of offroaders zipping by. We were worried that one of the cars would hit our dogs. We typically like to camp further back in the forest, but the only appropriate sites we could find were right next to the road.
On our “day off,” we just wandered down the forest road until we saw an unmarked trail leading up into the mountains. So naturally we followed the trail, with our dog Shadow leading the way, as usual.
There was a surprising amount of ground clutter on the forest floor. This is not good, because it would provide fuel to significantly intensify a forest fire, should one burn through this area.
We climbed up the mountain a couple miles and started to run into a few patches of snow, which provided a refreshing drink for the dogs. Yes, they are smart enough not to eat the yellow snow!
When we arrived at a clearing, we were rewarded with a terrific view of the Rocky Mountains.