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Overview of Shavano Wildlife Management Area Dispersed Camping

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 8,366 ft / 2,549 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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

Lyla Mac asked on 7/22/2020

Are site’s relatively level?

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Reviews of Shavano Wildlife Management Area Dispersed Camping 41 people have reviewed this location.

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 24 Users
Last reported 11/7/2021
Confirmed by 11 Users
Last reported 9/16/2020
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Last reported 10/12/2021

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  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • pets


Salida - Mt. Shavano KOA

Nice overnight stay

- AL

Poncha Springs Visitor's Center

Quiet, convenient, clean, & free

- wen

Poncha Market

Great Dump & Pump!

- Jess

Angel of Shavano Campground

Our first dry camp in Aframe Pop Up

- mullinszone

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