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Overview of Shavano Wildlife Management Area

Shavano Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a large dispersed camping area located about 8 miles west of Salida, Colorado. Shavano WMA is managed by the BLM Rocky Mountain District and is a popular site for free camping near the towns of Salida and Poncha Springs. Mount Shavano towers nearby at 14,231-foot (4,338 m), one of Coloardo's 58 fourteeners that is popular with hikers. Mount Shavano is famous for the Angel of Shavano, a snow formation of an angel that emerges on the east face of the mountain during snow melt each spring. Campers should be aware that the dispersed campsites at Shavano Wildlife Management Area have a 14-day stay limit, campsites are first-come-first-served and do not have developed facilities or potable water (dry/primitive camping).

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

Pad Type dirt

Elevation 8,202 ft / 2,499 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Q&A - Ask the Community about Shavano Wildlife Management Area

Lyla Mac asked on 7/22/2020

Are site’s relatively level?

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Reviews of Shavano Wildlife Management Area 33 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 18 Users
Last reported 8/27/2020
Confirmed by 11 Users
Last reported 9/16/2020
Sprint 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 2 Users
Last reported 7/14/2020
T-Mobile 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 5 Users
Last reported 9/7/2020

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  • dry camping
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • pets


Poncha Springs Visitor's Center

Clean, empty boondocking

- Genacordero

Salida - Mt. Shavano KOA

Avoid the Open Sewage!


Poncha Market

Great Dump & Pump!

- Jess


Great location to all things in Salida

- StoryChasing.com

Wilderness Expeditions RV Park & Campground

Good Location if your passing through for a night

- Propran

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