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Recently I spent time at the Carson National Forest’s Valle Vidal unit. In addition to an interesting and progressive land management approach, it offered excellent access. I drove in on dirt roads to McCrystal campground, paid $5 a day, and camped 3 days while mountain bike exploring some of the area.
Now I ask myself, since I live in Los Alamos, why is it that I almost never access the Valles Caldera?
I’m really not interested in hunting or fishing or grazing cows in the area. I’m not interested in a half-day sled ride, I’m not interested in hiking a few “designated trails,” I’m not interested in viewing elk from a car in a safari, I’m not interested in having a “guide” and I’m not interested in any “event.”
I am very interested in spending time on and getting to know the wilderness by multi-day (unescorted) backpack trips, by extended mountain bike rides and by wandering around with my binoculars and camera.
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