Monument Valley was so impressive. What a wonder. Its so vast and big and open and empty that its impossible to describe or photograph. This was some of the best free camping we have seen. You can't camp in the park but just out side in a lesser known but of equally or even greater awe and beauty known as Garden of the Gods.
When moab heated up, we headed for the hills. Literally, this campsite is at almost 10,000 feet in the San Juan National Forest, outside Silverton Colorado. The moving water is known as mineral creek. This was mid June, 80 degree days and 40 degree nights. perfection. All of the rivers and creeks were fattened with snowmelt from the upper reaches of the mountains. Its quite the phenomenon to watch the rivers swell all day to a raging wall of water when the snow is at its meltiest, around 3 am. After that the melt as run off and the snow begins to refreeze and slow the flow. By the time we left (16 days) the snow had all but disappeared. When we first got there most of the road into the forest was not passable due to 2 feet of snow. Colorado spring was amazing. We were surrounded by wildlife here. Beavers, blonde black bears, moose and cut throat trout called us neighbors. Really magical spot. Hit me up and Ill send you the GPS co-ords.