Thursday, June 9, 2011

First National Forest Campground

picture courtesy of R. Scott Rappold
The first national forest campground is Squirrel Creek Canyon in the Wet Mountains here in good ole Colorado. It was done in 1919 by the U.S. Forest Service but alas, it no longer exists due to a flood in 1947. But, you can camp at the Davenport Campground which is on higher ground and was remodeled to resemble a 1920's camping experience.
America got into the great outdoors due to 'The Progressive Movement' and Theodore Roosevelt.
We have a lot of places here in Colorado for people to camp and enjoy our forests. I found it fascinating that it all started back in 1919.
When you look at America, each state has a wonderful history to explore. Here in Colorado part of ours is the forest, to walk among nature and bask in her beauty is a thrill.


Beth Niquette said...

We've traveled to Colorado many times over the past ten years--though not much in the past few. My bro-in-law and his family live in Ft. Collins. We have been there to visit, and to perform at his church.

You are right about the wonderful scenery of Colorado. There's nothing quite like it. One of my favorite drives is to Estes Park--where the cliffs are made of sparkling rocks that gleam so brightly in the sunshine.

Looking to the Stars said...

We have gone thru Ft. Collins, on our way to visit my in laws. Its a beautiful town and I felt right at home in it. I always enjoy hearing about your connection to Colorado :)

You are right, up around Estes Park is beautiful :)