Scars of Bear Canyon

The photo above shows remnants of the infamous Little Bear fire near Bonito Lake in Bear Canyon in New Mexico. The fire was back in 2012, this was taken in 2017 as I passed through looking for a camping spot.

I had no idea this happened so it was astonishing to drive in and see utter devastation everywhere. The lake was filled with fallen & burnt trees and the closed (South Fork) campground mirrored apocalypse.

I later learned the fire destroyed over two hundred buildings over 44,000 acres of land. Scary and we seem to be seeing more of this these days.

The good news is the area has come back to life with new growth and the campground re-opened not too long ago. I hope to visit again soon.

By Ray

writer / shutterbug / wanderer / lifelong entrepreneur / reiki master / oral deaf / zigs when others zag / nature lover who kayaks to work ; )
Currently wandering full time in a tiny camper around the continent and sharing the journey along the way.

6 replies on “Scars of Bear Canyon”

I just found you! And I see you also have a tiny camper and love to spend time in the outdoors. Are you still in your Scamp? We have a similar setup with our little NuCamp teardrop. Looking forward to browsing through some of your adventures.

Lisa, glad to see you here! It’s a blog world ; ) I do still have my Scamp and love it dearly. It’s my constant companion out yonder and the perfect size. I’ve seen some NuCamp teardrops — they’re very nice. How often do you camp out in yours?

Take care,

We just got ours last year, and took it out maybe 5 times. I’d like to take it out on my own, too, but I’m going to have to learn to back it in, ha. I need to carry it up to the community college parking lot in town (lots of space) and practice. I already have 5 new trips planned for this year, which I’m really looking forward to. I don’t go far, but I do love to go.

Haw! I know what you mean — the thing about our campers being so small is it’s actually a bit harder to back up with because the turn ratio is way more sensitive than if it were a larger camper. A parking lot is perfect practice — I did the same over and over then it becomes second nature.

Maybe one of these days when I’m in your neck of the woods we all can get together to share stories and coffee and tips. : )

Nature does have a beautiful way of coming back if we let her, yes! Good to see you here. : ) I see you blog is in my queue; it’ll be posted soon. Thanks for submitting it!

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