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Old 07-11-2009   #1
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State Bridge to Dotsero

Does anyone know of any good camping spots between State Bridge and Dotsero or between State Bridge and Catamount Bridge? Looking to do a one or two day trip through here while the water is still up. Thanks

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Old 07-11-2009   #2
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Did State Bridge to Dotsero last year. Relied on the BLM pamphlet for camping. Dont do that. All their marked campsites are overgrown and not there! We did find a small site past Catatmount that worked out but it seemed decent sites were hard to come by.
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Old 07-11-2009   #3
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Most of the land from Dotsero toward State bridge is privately owned. Most by one guy.
Very nice guy, but still.

Ive yet to see anything there to stop at.
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Old 07-12-2009   #4
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We did a trip through there this spring. Call the BLM office in Kremmling. There's an old map online that shows public land along that stretch. One called Cottonwood Bend looked like a good place to camp (between State Bridge and Catamount). We camped at Catamount, river left just below bridge. Then, we pasted a couple small camps between there and Burns. River right below some small waterfalls.
We pulled out just below Rodeo rapid so I don't know about camping below that. Sounds like it's a long stretch until you get to another BLM area.
If I find the website that we found the map, I'll get back to you.
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Old 07-12-2009   #5
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There is a really good campsite river left about 3 miles below State Bridge, across from a rail yard... If you do the whole trip to Dotsero, there is a great camp site river left after burns hole and before twin bridges, called Jack Flats, cant miss it.
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Old 07-12-2009   #6
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Windy Point is an excellent camp w/ tables & restroom, several camps exsist here and are about a mile below S.B. If these are full ( as they were for us yesterday) two nice primitive camps are below Windy at the next "point" with a small rapid or farther down in the trees. Catamount works well on week days, Jacks Flat is one of the nicest camps in this section w/ interesting hiking terrian. Cottonwood Island is cool, Lyons Gulch is good too. Private & public land is well marked with plenty of public zones to cool out in. Enjoy.
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Old 07-12-2009   #7
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This is the BLM guide to that section:

Most of the campsites are unmarked and hard to spot from the river.
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