This is an awesome little road trip stop if you find yourself in southern Colorado! This reservoir is small but it’s so beautiful!
I drove from Austin, Texas, cut over into New Mexico just before Amarillo and winded through some back highways until I got into souther CO! My grandpa taught me to always take the scenic route, even if it takes longer. I always do now and it has lead me to some incredible hidden gems on my journeys.
I wanted to relax by some water for a while to take a break from driving. I hopped on my maps and zoomed in on the bodies of water around me and searched them on DuckDuckGo.com (safe and private search engine).
When I pulled up, it was even prettier in person than it was in pictures! The mountains in the background made it look like a painting.
I brought my portable solar charger, works great with any USB! Starts charging instantly too. I was recommended this specific one for traveling and hiking. It folds up to about the size of a notebook!
About 30 minutes after I got there, I noticed a herd of cattle starting to drink water on the other end of the reservoir. They were so cute! One cow made it’s way over to graze next to my car and then shorty after the rest of the herd was all around me! I love cows so this was super exciting for me!!! Lol. Mountains AND cows?! How did I get so lucky!!!
Charles Licken’s sat and watched from inside the car and didn’t seem to phased by them! He’s used to my random shenanigans now.
We loaded back up into the car to head to Great Sand Dunes National Park, which is only a 30 minute drive north of Smith Reservoir.