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.