what up chauncey & chauncey .. i just landed in seattle & am in the process of sorting out my new life here. you guys wanna go creeking this week? oh wait, nevermind, you're in ColoWyo ...
as for your question aaron, i'd prolly need to hear more of what the ranger-goon had to say. floaters' rights vary from state-to-state, but this usually affects us with regard to private landowners .. notsomuch w/ public land. maybe it had to do with the specific use intended for that plot of land (camping). were you using the campground to park? would it have made a diff. to him if you parked outside of the CG & put in there anyway? did he threaten you with any kind of punitive action? as for other FS-land access points, you can pretty much claim most of the runs in the colorado guidebook (pretty much all of the poudre from the top down; slate & east drainage; lake cr; crystal drainage; & many others).
i bet evan.com knows a thing or two about this, seein' as how he's got the "human dimensions" of havin fun on lock (inside joke) .. ev, you out there?
hope you goons are doing well. gimme a call sometime ..