Anyone who knows the bizarre story of country-rock legend Gram Parsons’ illegal cremation can find the unofficial (and pointedly ignored by Rangers) shrine under Cap Rock, on the turning to Keys View road. Stop in the first turnoff (layby) just after starting on Keys View and look at the rock outcrop to the left. There is a red cross and varied Gram graffiti under it.
The short story is that Gram’s two buddies got completely wasted, stole his body/coffin from the airport, drove out to this spot, got even more wrecked, poured gas over the box and burned Gram to cinders – as the singer had expressly wished, this being his favourite place of peace, meditation and excessive drug use.
Hidden Valley campground, early morning.
There are a number of gorgeous, low-price campsites – for RVs or tents – with individual picnic tables and barbeque facilities and communal restrooms, though no water or food supplies at all. The Bugcrew’s favourite campsites were Jumbo Rocks and Hidden Valley.