Sauls Creek

San Juan National Forest

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CR-527
Bayfield, CO 81122
970-884-2512
970-247-4874
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GPS: 37.2432, -107.5512

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Open Seasonally: May-Nov
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
Learn more: Boondocking 101

11 people have reviewed this location.

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Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
3bars
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1bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE
Weboost
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The Shifty Drifter
Orlando, FL
27 Airstream International Overlander
2 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Site Number: NA

The Shifty Drifter would stay here again

“Boondocking To Dream About and Killer Version! ”

Reviewed Sep 06, 2018

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September 2018. This is my first review of a boondocking site. Arrival was easy. I departed Durango south on 550 / 160, in my FX4 F-150 to scope out this potential site prior to actually camping here. This is my review of that trip. This is a two lane road in top notch condition. Traffic was light and breezy. After yo... more

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6 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
“Great NF camping.”

Reviewed Apr 12, 2018

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Great overnight option. The Walmart in Cortez was our original plan, but this was soooo much better. We enjoyed the wide open (solar friendly) spot we found....previously occupied by horse campers, LOL. Well maintained roads and not much traffic.

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4D
TX
20 Cargo Conversion/Toy hauler Continental Cargo
23 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: end of road 755.A1

4D would stay here again

“Amazing National Forest in Bayfield, Colorado with lots of trails”

Reviewed Oct 18, 2017

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The signage in the main entrance was easy to find but it was not obvious where all of the camping locations were. I started by going to the end of the map on roads in the 130s only to find a lot of BP drilling rigs and not many places to turn around a 20' trailer and truck. I used a review that listed an exact GPS location and found my... more

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Jimi_G

21 Winnebago Travato K
7 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

Jimi_G would stay here again

“Keep going further in”

Reviewed Sep 22, 2017

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If you plug these coord's into google maps 37.24,-107.535 you'll find a really nice peaceful flat, open(solar) area to camp. Don't despair if it's taken there are plenty of areas around here to camp. I also have 3 bars on Verizon LTE without using the weboost, nice bonus.

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Nathan @ Wand'rly

14 Volkswagen Bus, Champagne Edition, Riviera Campwagen
293 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Nathan @ Wand'rly would stay here again

“It hurt so good...”

Reviewed Sep 11, 2017

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We were freezing at night a few hours north and contemplating leaving colorful ColoRADo given said temperaturization...until we took a drive south and realized that it's still blazing hot here. We snagged the first open spot, along a trail, near a sort of gate that only humans can go through in the fence. It's not exactly the big m... more

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Happy Coder Katie
CO
30 Damon UltraSport
3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
“Lots of Oil Field Traffic”

Reviewed Jun 04, 2017

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Lots of Oil Field Traffic & Cattle. Saw a Bull Fight, so that was pretty fun! We drove to the right down CR 528 just a little ways with our Class A and found a nice clearing. The map at the entrance isn't entirely correct.

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Rv Chickadee
FL
24 Crossroads Slingshot
2003 Toyota Tundra
28 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14

Rv Chickadee would stay here again

“Sauls Creek is good camping near Bayfield and Durango. ”

Reviewed Dec 10, 2016

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So, I LOVE me a scenic campsite. I think I have been spoiled by my boondocking in Silverton. So, there's not much 'scenery' here. You're looking at trees. No big deal. Common, I am sure. The place is easy to get into and out of. It's just due east of Bayfield. There aren't THAT many spots to be had. I scouted the place and found on... more

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Wanderland Travelers
OR
33 Fleetwood Bounder
1997 Honda CR-V
18 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Wanderland Travelers would stay here again

“Great spot!”

Reviewed Sep 20, 2016

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From highway 160 you'll turn right onto CR 526. Turn left onto CR 527 and when there is a Y in the road, stay to the right and that will be CR 528. Our GPS only shows 755A however, once you are out there, you will see 755B on the left side and this is the turn to the camp sites. It was a little slow-going on the gravel road in, and onc... more

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String

24 Ford/Lance F-550/1121
16 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3
“Secluded, but somewhat confusing”

Reviewed Jul 19, 2016

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Nice enough sites tucked back in the San Juan NF, on a network of gravel roads that seem mostly used for oil & gas access. It's pretty underutilized for camping, though, so you won't find much in the way of established informal campsites (unlike many other USFS areas). It's basically up to you to just find a spot you like and which wil... more

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The Traveling Hay...
Atlanta, GA
27 Airstream International CCD
2008 Chevrolet Express 2500
21 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14

The Traveling Haywoods would stay here again

“Beautiful night skys, very well kept roads”

Reviewed Sep 30, 2015

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We stayed here in mid to late September, with the intent of having a dry camping location with easy access to Durango, it was just that. The area is very easy to get into, and the roads are very well kept, to the point that every time that it rained, there was a guys on a tractor scraping and resurfacing the gravel. There are a few spo... more

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3bars
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13 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0

Reviewed Apr 10, 2018

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Gate closed on April 10. Scheduled to open May 1. 4 bars Verizon 4G at gate.

4bars
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