Distance from Denver: Two hours, 47 minutes; 149 miles
The Angel of Shavano Campground sits in the shadow of Mount Shavano and is one of the best-kept secrets the area, which is rich in Ute history. According to legend, the angel that forms in the snow melt on the southeast couloir of Mount Shavano, where the site gets its name, is the spirit of a little girl the gods turned into ice. If you’re lucky, you might also make out the face of The Grinch, which has no connection to Ute history. The site’s hike-in nature and low number of campsites make for few visitors, but even if the other sites are occupied, each plot is secluded, and boasts so many Aspens and spruce trees you’ll still feel like you’re all alone. Except for the girl in the ice, obviously.
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