Barton Flats, Angelus Oaks, California

The San Bernardino National Forest holds a slew of campgrounds operated by the US Forest Service. We always enjoy the simplicity of the USFS run campgrounds, and Barton Flats is no exception to that. With unforeseen changes to our summer plans, we snagged a last minute campsite at Barton Flats over the 4th of July. We meandered up this less known mountain highway that serves as a back entry into Big Bear Lake, a more popular destination. Angelus Oaks is a teeny, tiny little blip with very few amenities and spotted with cabins and camps. We pulled into Barton Flats easily and noted campers of all types; big rigs to tents. The campground is typical of USFS campgrounds with paved interior roads and site pads, fire rings, picnic tables, bear lockers, and fairly spacious sites. Restrooms are also available on site. Some sites are more wooded, while others are sunnier and less private. Our site pictured here

Goblin Valley State Park, Green River, Utah

This is one of my favorite campgrounds, just for the scenery alone. When driving to this campground located about 40 miles south of Interstate 70, you will realize you are headed to the boondocks. Along the way, you will begin to see the landscape change and notice to the west the San Rafael swell, a huge uplift of rock that provides its own plethora of activities. As you come closer to the swell, you will pass a popular BLM campground, a great stay-over if the state park is full. Additionally, you will pass the gravel road that leads to Wild Horse Canyon which is a spectacular hike through slot canyons created by the uplift.
   Once you reach the state park entrance, you will spot

Snow Canyon State Park, Ivins, Utah

You will find this park just about ten miles east of St. George, Utah. Just a quick drive from the city transports you into a beautiful park surrounded by towering sandstone mountains. The campground is about midway along the sole park road, which can be accessed from the North or south. A small campground holding just over 20 sites, Snow Canyon Campground is a beautiful respite from the city. You will find two main types of sites here; hookup sites that are extremely close together, or primitive sites that are spacious and more scenic. We opted for the primitive sites, sight unseen, and were very pleased we did not succumb to the ease of hookup camping. The hookup sites, although convenient in summer and winter months with more extreme temperatures, were so

Kayenta Campground, Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, Utah

Despite its name, Dead Horse Point is a spectacular place outside of downtown Moab to enjoy a few days of mountain biking, hiking, camping, and the scenery the area offers. You will find the turn off to this hard-to-get-into state park about 8 miles before the entrance to Canyonlands National Park. The state park offers a nice, 21 site campground that has peek-a-boo views of the canyon walls, easy access to hiking and mountain biking trails, and a quiet place to relax. The campground is spotted with juniper and pinyon pines. The red, silty dirt is all over camp, but with paved site pads, gravel and concrete patios at camp, the dirt isn't troublesome. Additionally, each site offers two large tent pads, electric hookups, and easy access to restrooms. There is no potable water here to fill your RV tanks with, so prepare accordingly. There is, however,

Twin Peaks Campground, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo, Arizona

Early to mid spring is the best time of year to visit Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument because of the blooming desert species. Our visit was in late November and we found the first come, first served Twin Peaks Campground to be pretty empty, which was excellent! This is the only developed campground within the monument. Days and nights here are peaceful, quiet, and full of solitude. There are several hikes from the campground that lead to former mines where you can see abandoned machinery, shafts, and buildings. There are also two graded, unpaved scenic loops that wind through different mountain ranges within the park. The desert and campground are spotted with Saguaro and the infamous

Picacho Peak State Park, Picacho, Arizona

This beautiful state park is located adjacent to Interstate 10 about midway between Phoenix and Tuscon. Having driven past this park many times and been intrigued each time by its volcanic rock peaks spotted with saguaro cacti, I tucked it away in my travel destination wish list. Most heavily visited in the late fall through mid spring, this park offers easy on and off highway access, hiking trails galore, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets in its desert setting. The only drawback here is slight interestate noise. A visitor's center has exhibits featuring the flora and fauna and wildlife of the area, as well as a little history of the site. Picacho Peak is home to the westernmost battle of the

Tombstone RV Park, Tombstone, Arizona

This private little RV park just a mile or two from the historical district of Tombstone is a wonderful place to stay. There are several other RV parks in the area that are closer (within walking distance) of the historical avenue, but we opted to stick to our reservation at Tombstone RV after driving by the others with tight spots. This park sports gravel roads and pads that were nicely spaced to give each RVer a patio space including a picnic table. Sites offer full hookups, desert landscaping, and are level. Most sites for short stays are pull thru, and those staying on a monthly basis are usually assigned to a back in site upon check in. The park offers a heated pool, horses and steers, laundry, a small gift shop, and rec room with a kitchen where they were preparing to host a

Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, Indiana

This beautiful state park in Indiana has many things that make it a desirable place to stay. Set along Lake Michigan and bordering Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, this park offers beach and lake access, hiking trails, historical sites, and a wooded campground with great amenities. This is the only modern campground that offers direct access to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A small creek flows behind sites 25, 26, 62, and 63, however access to the creek is impossible.  Interior roads and site pads are paved and level. All sites offer electric hookups, are spacious and have shade trees. Here you will also find playgrounds, bath houses, picnic shelters, and a camp store. The Beach Trail

Raccoon Creek State Park, Hookstown, Pennsylvania

We pulled into this campground after a beautiful drive through West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Lush and abound with trees, this park is fairly enormous and offers a playground of amenities for campers to enjoy. With six different campground loops, each loop offers slightly different accommodations in regards to pets, so check carefully as you make your site specific reservation. Sites here vary; some offer 50 amp electricity, others are dry camping. Some allow pets, others do not. Site pads are paved in Loops A, B, E, and F. Gravel pads or just grass parking is what you will find in Loops C and D. All sites vary in length from 20 feet to 78 feet, so a big rig certainly will fit here. Interior roads are paved in the A, B, E, and F loops, and rough and unpaved in the C and D loops. All sites are wooded, shady, and spacious. We once again were thrilled to find such a gem of a park and realized,

Hersheypark Camping Resort, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

We had plans to stay at a smaller, private RV park in the middle of Pennsylvania Amish country, however in their transfer of ownership our reservation was lost. Earlier in the day, we had passed by Hersheypark Camping Resort on our way into the Hershey Chocolate Factory. I had also researched the resort prior to our arrival, but decided against a stay here as it seemed to commercialized and very pricey with minimum night stays, even though the webpage's pictures portrayed a crisp, perfectly landscaped resort, which we thought on arrival were angled and touched up just right to mislead

Elkhorn Campground, Frankfort, Kentucky

This private park about an hour east of Louisville, in Kentucky's capital, Frankfort, was a great overnight stop for us! Set along Elkhorn Creek, a majority of the park's sites back up onto the creek, offering a beautiful setting. Sites along the creek offer water and electricity only. We had selected a full hookup site when booking, and wished we had opted for the partial hookup, creek side site. Some back in sites back you up pretty closely to a neighbor, so opt for a perimeter site when possible. Site pads are paved, level, and long, allowing plenty of room for big rigs and tow vehicles. Within in the park you will find friendly folks enjoying basketball, miniature golf, shuffleboard, volleyball, the pool, playground, horseshoes, or maybe even an event in the pavilion. A small store offering hand-dipped ice cream, a laundry room, and propane are available as well. Upon our arrival, we learned that the week before they had a big

Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Maryland

We had run into other fellow RVers who had highly recommended Cherry Hill Park as a great home base while exploring the Washington D.C., area. When planning our cross country trip to Washington D.C., we took the advice of others and planned a stay here. WOW! We really were surprised to find this well run private RV park so close to DC and all it has to offer! With over 150 sites, Cherry Hill offers full hookup sites for all RVers. Tenters can enjoy tent specific sites, or if a cottage, yurt, or log cabin is more your style, those are available as well. This park is large, but well run. Upon check-in, an informative receptionist will help you understand all the park has to offer, including

Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton, Arkansas

This park finds itself on a plateau-topped mountain just west of Little Rock, Arkansas. Keep in mind, mountains in these parts are not the steep Colorado peaks touching 13,000 feet, rather sloping, rolling mountains that top out at a few thousand feet. A manageable but winding road leads you up to the state park boundary. Along your drive in from the east you will pass Petit (pronounced "petty") Jean's gravesite; a pullout is available if you wish to stop. Bordering the state park boundary you will also see a couple of summer camps for kids. Once inside the park, you will find an abundance of amenities. The park has four different campground areas, the only Arkansas state park with

Loft Mountain Campground, Shenandoah NP, Crozet, Virginia

We continue to be amazed by our National Park system. Loft Mountain Campground is one of several campgrounds you can stay at within Shenandoah National Park. For our purposes, this southernmost campground best fit into our itinerary. Shenandoah is most known for its Skyline Drive across the ridge of this mountain range. The 101 mile road that runs the length of the park from North to south is a beautiful drive with abundant turn outs for viewing the expansive landscape. These rolling hills are lush and covered with vegetation and wildlife. Loft Mountain Campground is at about mile marker 80 on this drive, about 20 miles north of the southern entrance, Rockfish Gap. It is also about 15 miles south from the east/west entrance at Swift Run Gap. Either entrance is easily navigated. Once in the campground,

Liberty Harbor RV Park, Jersey City, New Jersey

Considering location, Liberty Harbor RV Park is an excellent choice for RVers who desire to spend a few days in New York City. We were expecting parking lot style camping, which is true to what you will find here. The RV Park is within Liberty Marina in New Jersey, and if you are lucky enough to snag one of the end sites facing the marina (A2, A3, B1, B2, C1, C2), you will have a view of not only boats in the marina, but you will also be able to see the Statue of Liberty. Liberty Harbor is a bustling harbor that provides ferry access to Liberty Harbor State Park as well as the main attraction itself, New York City. We were thrilled to stay here. The view of the city from Liberty Harbor itself is

Anvil Campground, Williamsburg, Virginia


Colonial Williamsburg, a historical site, resides within Williamsburg, a modern town spotted with breweries, restaurants, shopping, and friendly folks a few hours south of Washington DC. We selected this RV park over others in the area as it is the closest to Colonial Williamsburg, the focus of our stay. It also can boast that it is the only campground with city bus service to Colonial Williamsburg. We were pleased with our speedy ride into the attraction, but found on our return to camp that the bus ride was approximately an hour. That's where we called an Uber to get us back to camp in a more timely fashion. Family owned and operated for three generations, this park has nearly sixty sites for guests to enjoy and prides itself on being the "cleanest campground in the nation." Sites are gravel and have

Red Rock Canyon State Park, Hinton, Oklahoma

If you have done any extensive research on Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton, Oklahoma, you may have found a few posts about the steep and windy road going in and out of the park. I had booked our stay before coming across these posts and only found out the road after searching further about the campground's amenities on our drive to the park. With only a few hours until our arrival, I stumbled across blog posts in various RV forums that warned RVers (especially those over 30 feet) of the road with hairpin turns, S turns, steep grades, and tight curves. I began to panic. I found a couple of video posts on YouTube. After watching the first post, I thought, "These people are over exaggerating." After the second video post, I was a wreck. I warned my hubby that maybe we should reconsider and go to our beloved RV park that we have visited many times in Oklahoma City, Twin Fountains RV Resort. He however reminded me that if the state park website had no warnings about the road and the campground accommodates 40+ foot rigs, then there was nothing to worry about. Well,

A. Doubleday Campground, Cooperstown, New York

A. Doubleday Campground is one of several located within in the infamous Cooperstown, New York area. Cooperstown, located a few hours from NYC is a lush, rural, small town that thrives on baseball. Each year thousands swarm here during the summer months not only to celebrate the Baseball Hall of Fame inductions at the town's museum, but to play in various baseball tournaments at the various facilities in the small town. The town's Main Street is loaded with shops and eateries catering to the baseball fan. This campground is about ten miles North of

Robidoux RV Park, Gering, Nebraska


We were so pleased to pull into this small but spacious RV park after a long days drive across the Midwestern plains. Located in western Nebraska, Robidoux RV Park is one of few in the area and offers about forty sites for guests. This park not only offers spectacular views of Scott's Bluff National Monument, it also has spacious sites that affords you a pleasant stay. Sites are either back in or pull through and provide ample space from neighbors. All sites offer views of the monument, which is just a short drive or

Wahweap RV & Campground, Glen Canyon NRA, Page, Arizona

It had been several decades since I had been to Lake Powell, and I had very fond memories of the scenery and fun activities that the lake provided. Upon our arrival, I found that all those memories had not been embellished and that Glen Canyon National Recreation Area containing Lake Powell is just as beautiful as I remembered. If you've never been to Lake Powell, imagine being on a lake in the canyons of Zion, Canyonlands, or the Grand Canyon. In fact, the NRA is adjacent to several other National Parks including, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Vermillion Cliffs, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and contains Rainbow Bridge NM within the boundary of Glen Canyon. Wahweap is one of several marinas around this massive lake and within the marina you will dabble between Utah and Arizona, depending on where you are standing. The marina is a well appointed one with an RV park, boat/water toy rentals, fuel dock, boat launches, a dock shop with a Starbucks kiosk, a well-stocked convenience market, souvenirs, showers, laundry, a lodge with a grille, pool, pool bar, and additional gift shop. There is also plenty of overnight parking for boat trailers. In summer a shuttle

Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton, California

If you haven't been here recently, Flying Flags has undergone a recent remodel after a change of ownership. The park is a delightful place to spend a few days to either relax at camp or explore all the area has to offer. Flying Flags is a spectacular RV park in Buellton offering over 350 sites and is located about four miles west of the quaint Solvang village, the Danish Capitol of America. After hearing from a friend that the resort had been remodeled, we decided to give this place a try! We, too, found Flying Flags to be conveniently located to the area's interesting sights, clean, scenic and quiet.
We enjoyed staying in the Premium Plus sites which are found in the newer section of the park.  All sites offer

Vines RV Resort, Paso Robles, California

This resort right along the 101 in Paso Robles is a sister resort to Wine Country RV Resort, part of the Sun RV Resorts system. Welcoming all ages, this resort has many upscale amenities similar to Wine Country RV, and still maintains convenient access to the 101 and the small town of Paso Robles. All sites here offer full hookups, paved, level pads and pristine landscaping. There are also cottages for rent. The office staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful, especially when we inquired about transportation into town. Two pools, a spa, laundry, small gift shop, wifi, exercise room, sparkling bathrooms, a rich library, and a dog run are all of the typical amenities you will find here. We also noticed and liked the convenient Domino's kiosk to have pizza delivered to your site. Upon our arrival, the friendly staff informed us of the complimentary wine tasting hosted by a local winery in one of two ballrooms, as well as the happy hour going on in the Magnolia Lounge. We weren't sure what to expect with either of these, but

Newhalem Campground, North Cascades National Park, Marblemount, Washington

Nothing is more refreshing than rolling into a National Park campground. Newhalem Campground is one of a few campgrounds within the boundary of North Cascades National Park. We opted to stay at this campground over the others as it took reservations, was located in close proximity to the town of Newhalem, and had the park's Visitor's Center within camp. We reserved a site in Loop A, the only loop that accepts reservations. Due to some itinerary issues we had prior to our arrival, we pulled into the park a day earlier than our reservation with fingers and toes crossed that any site fitting our rig would be available for a night. Boy, we had

Valley of the Rogue State Park, Gold Hill, Oregon

This state park, situated conveniently off Interstate 5 and along the Rogue River is a beautiful place to set up camp for a few days. With over 150 sites to choose from, your bound to find someplace to settle in for a night or two. The campground is broken down into 6 loops. A loop is strictly for tenters. Spacious, shady sites offer a nice place for pitching your tent. B, C, D, and E loops are situated in two sets of concentric circles with C and E loops being the interior sites. F is a loop further out from the others and offers shady, spacious sites that are set further back from the Rogue River. All sites in B-E

Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort, Newport, Oregon

We have never been to a friendlier place. In a pinch because of a complication with leveling at a Washington State Park, and after a night in a Walmart parking lot with nowhere else to go, we researched and found this place that fit pretty well into our itinerary. With a hefty price tag per night close to the century mark, we had worries that we would find an overpriced, under-maintained RV "resort" like so many we have encountered. Our preconceived notions were wrong and we rolled into a beautiful RV resort, allowing only Class As and Cs, impeccably maintained with spacious sites and lovely amenities. This is an ownership park, so many folks here during our stay were owners staying in their sites for a few weeks. We also happened to be there the weekend before "Owner's Week" so the park was beginning to really fill up. When owners are not in their sites, those sites become available for nightly stays to non-owners. We couldn't believe how friendly everyone was. Our neighbors, owners, in the sites on both sides of us took time to introduce themselves, swap RV stories, travel itineraries, and tips. We also met many folks who were just

Lava Flow Campground, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco, Idaho

This National Monument is a striking landscape that seems to just pop out of nowhere in the southern plains of Idaho. Just a couple hours drive away from Twin Falls, Lava Flow is the only campground within the boundary of this National Monument. The campground is located just beyond the entrance and visible from the Visitor's Center. It does make for a fairly busy area with all traffic coming into the park passing the campground entrance. Low lying trees spot the lava flows that this campground is surrounded by and built upon. Interior roads are paved, site pads are crushed lava flow gravel, and sites are primitive, with only a picnic table and charcoal grill. There are no showers, but restrooms are available. All 51 sites here are all first come first served, which is why we opted to stay at an RV park in Arco, just about eighteen miles northeast. When we pulled into the park,

Battle Ground Lake State Park, Battle Ground, Washington

What a beautiful state park in Washington! Battle Ground Lake, formerly named Crater Lake until Crater Lake as we know it was named, is a unique volcanic occurrence, similar to a crater, and has filled with rainwater. This wooded area is a spectacular place for recreation including fishing, swimming, paddle boating and more. We were so excited when we pulled in, but immediately nervous when the camp host stopped us and said, "We don't get many folks in here as big as you! Watch out for the limbs!" Well, the tree limbs were not an issue here, rather our campsite pad. In this fully reserved camp, we had probably the best scenic site, but worst site pad; a severely sloped pull through. So severe, we could not safely level despite several attempts. We hated to, but had to pull up jacks and leave this spacious, shady, beautiful camp and find refuge somewhere else (which ended up being a

Carmela RV Park, Glenns Ferry, Idaho


This small RV Park with just over a dozen sites is located in historic Glenn's Ferry, Idaho, named for Glenn's Ferry that ferried wagons and goods across the Snake River during the Oregon Trail days. Today, this small town is rather run down and has a few shops, a museum, a state park, and The Crossings Winery. This RV Park is affiliated with the winery and is directly across the road and adjacent to the winery's golf course.  Gravel roads and pads, small grassy patios and hookups are in each site. During our stay at the nearby state park, we visited the winery and only a handful of RVs were staying here. We preferred the amenities available at the state park. With the winery in such close proximity, comes the availability of wine tasting, a gift shop, restaurant, bar and some beautiful scenery. If your sole purpose is to visit

Durango RV Resorts, Red Bluff, California

Durango RV Resort is a upscale, beautiful facility for those traveling along the I-5 corridor. Just north of Sacramento and south of Shasta Lake, the park is set along the Sacramento River. Several sites are situated on the riverfront, while other sites are along a string of fountains. Also, the highway into Lassen National Park is in Red Bluff, making this a great home base if you have a tow vehicle.
The park is impeccable and well maintained. Large meeting rooms in several locations, an exercise room, two laundry facilities, and even a kitchen which serves morning coffee for a small fee are available to guests. There is also a large pool, spa, sports complex, pet wash station, propane, on site spa services, putting green, walking paths, and a small store. Curbside trash pick up is also available. Sites are paved with hookup posts positioned so you can pull nose in or back in, whichever you prefer. We chose to

Candlestick RV Park, San Francisco, California

This RV park is appropriately named as it is just across the street from the old Candlestick Stadium. During our visit, the stadium was being torn down. Gated in, this asphalt park spotted with a few trees here and there is located in a run down area of town, but we did feel safe and comfortable during our stay. The park was quite full, reservations are recommended, and space is definitely tight here. Sites are just wide enough to get your rig in and slides out. There is no patio space. Amenities are limited to hookups, laundry, a small convenience store, and, the reason for our stay,

Angel Lake, Wells, Nevada

Angel Lake, just a mile or so further up the mountainside from Angel Creek in Wells, Nevada, is a spectacular campground. We pulled in here during a major thunderstorm and enjoyed a beautiful drive while winding up the mountainside spotting lightning all around us. When we reached the campground, which is a small area nestled into the peak of the mountain, we were stunned by the beauty before us. I immediately thought of Glacier National Park, but on a smaller scale. We drove around the loop and noticed that sites were very narrow and not nearly as long as the reservation system indicated. We reached our reserved site, and sadly, found that it was too narrow due to overgrown, low-lying trees and also far shorter than its advertised 35 feet. We spoke to the camp host and he had no other spots available that we could squeeze into and said that we did reserve one of the largest sites. I was

Turtle Rock Resort, Gold Beach, Oregon

We were so excited to stay at this RV Resort. With reservations to ride Jerry's Rogue River Jets in Gold Beach, we wanted a place that was convenient and offered us access to the local beaches and or riverfront and the scenery that comes along with that. In all of my online research I had completed while planning our itinerary, I was most excited about stumbling across this place, as it sounded as if it was a true resort! Both riverfront and oceanfront, this site's website offered beautiful photos of a lush resort complete with awesome views and RV sites with private spa decks. Plus, it had been identified as one of Oregon's Top Riverfront Resorts according to Good Sam's ratings.
Upon arrival, we learned very quickly that the resort

William Kent Campground, Tahoe City, California

William Kent Campground is one of several around the Lake Tahoe shoreline. Very few of those campgrounds actually are on the premium shoreline side of the roadway that loops around the lake; Meeks Bay appears to be one of those premium campgrounds. Being a bit more inland, you must cross a roadway to get to the Lake Tahoe shore from William Kent. Even with this disadvantage, however, this is a beautiful place to stay. Wooded, shady and nicely maintained, the campground offers several additional amenities including close proximity via a beautiful paved bike path into town where eateries, shops, the Truckee River and Lake Tahoe Dam, and more can be visited. We loved this bike path and enjoyed using it both days we were there to visit the town. Just across the roadway from camp you will also find

City of Rocks National Reserve, Almo, Idaho

This beautiful park in the southern part of Idaho, just across the Nevada-Idaho borderline, is a spectacular site. Centuries ago as emigrants traveled along the Oregon Trail, some travelers opted to detour along the California Trail. When driving on the gravel road into the park, you will be traveling the same trail that early settlers traveled and can actually stop and see where emigrants signed their names onto a large boulder using wagon axle grease. This area was a popular spot on the trail and was identified by its large boulders that create almost a small city.
As spectacular as this place was, we were frustrated and disappointed to discover on arrival that

Three Island Crossing, Glenns Ferry, Idaho

We ended up staying in this Idaho State Park campground after a snafoo in City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho forced us to leave that campground and find a place to stay for a few nights. We pulled our our maps and phones and found several state parks along southern Idaho's stretch of Interstate 84. Being late in the day, and checking the number of sites previously reserved online, we hoped to snag a site at Three Island Crossing, what appeared to be a wooded campground along the old Oregon Trail and the Snake River. We arrived later in the day and found this to be a convenient oasis located just a couple of miles off the interstate. Luckily, we snagged a beautiful site and loved it so much, decided to stay not just one night, but three!
There are two main campground loops here, both equally as wooded, shady and beautiful. We were placed in the lower loop,

Craters of the Moon KOA, Arco, Idaho

This KOA in the small town of Arco, is located about twenty miles north of Craters of the Moon National Monument. We debated whether or not to stay at the local RV park or the chain KOA but after two rude phone encounters with the neighboring park, we opted to stay at the KOA. Typical of KOA's, this park has all the usual amenities, including a small playground, horseshoes, and tetherball, pool, bike rentals, free breakfast, hookups, laundry, propane, pet playground, and a small store. A National Park ranger also hosted a ranger talk, and an ice cream social was available for a small fee. We loved being greeted by a nice cooler of

Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

We have always stayed at the Oasis RV Resort in Las Vegas and been very pleased, however we always like to try something different, especially if it looks like it might offer as nice of an experience. So, we opted on our last trip to Vegas to stay at the Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort. We were meeting family from out of town and knew we would be spending most of our time off the resort site, so if we weren't happy with our stay, we wouldn't be around much to be bothered. Well, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this class A only, lush resort with ownership sites. Over 300 sites spot this tropically landscaped area of desert. Just a mile or two from the Strip, it offers a quiet getaway where you almost forget the hustle and bustle of the strip is

Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area, Meacham, Oregon

A beautiful drive along Interstate 84 in Oregon leads you to this wooded campground. We pulled in with high hopes after reading their website and carefully choosing this park over others. Unfortunately, we were disappointed by several factors: Road noise, lack of amenities, and poor communication of amenities between the park and campers. The website claims this state park, which is wooded, beautiful, historical, and easily accessed from the interstate,

Pinnacles Campground, Pinnacles National Park, Paicines, California

Pinnacles Campground is the only campground you will find in Pinnacles National Park. The park has two main access roads, one from the east, and one from the west. Neither road passes through the entire park, and instead dead end in the center of the park, so plan accordingly. Pinnacles Campground is only accessed by the eastern park entrance, about half way between King City and Hollister. The caves, pinnacles and condors can all be viewed from the east side of the park.
The campground sits just inside the park boundary. The campground offers a small convenience market, a pool (late spring/summer/early fall only), picnic areas, NP bookstore, free

Wawona, Yosemite National Park, California

Wawona is one of several campgrounds you will find in Yosemite National Park. It is located at 4000 feet in elevation along Highway 41, the southern entrance into the park. Wawona is not close to Curry Village, which is the "hub" of the park located in the valley of Yosemite where crowds and all the action is. At Wawona you will find a simple, primitive campground set along a creek that flows year round. Wawona is open all four seasons, but without hookups, winters here can be chilly. Reservations during the winter are not accepted, and sites are available first come. We visited in the winter, and noticed that only a

Bass Lake Recreational Resort, Bass Lake, California

This RV resort is virtually the only in the Bass Lake area. We chose to stay here as its elevation is below snow level, and it is only an hour from Yosemite National Park. It also offered full hookup sites which we wanted during our winter visit. Our stay was quiet, enjoyable, and the resort suited our needs perfectly! The resort is situated along the northern side of Bass Lake and adjacent to The Pines Resort. A short walking path takes you from the RV resort to the Pines Resort where you can find a pizzeria, restaurants, a well stocked market, a gas station, bar, shops, and of course what most people come for in the summer months, boat rentals and lake access. The lake cannot be viewed from camp, but it is situated among

Furnace Creek Campground, Death Valley National Park, Furnace Creek, California

With well over 100 sites, Furnace Creek Campground is not to be confused with the Xanterra-run Furnace Creek Resort, which is adjacent to this federally run campground. Offering the most amenities of any federal campground in the park, Furnace Creek has a dozen or so sites with full hookups and the remaining sites are dry camping. Temperatures here can vary greatly. Summer months are not visitor-friendly where nighttime temperatures might dip into the 90's and daytime temperatures are well over 100. Peak season is winter and spring, and temperatures can drop into the low 40's at night, with daytime temps around 80. Year round, star viewing is a premium in this designated International Dark Sky Park.

Jalama County Beach, Lompoc, California

We have been wanting to camp at Jalama Beach for years, but the first come, first served scenario of landing a site never appealed to us. California beaches can be some of the most difficult places in the country to get reservations, so trying to snag a first come site almost three hours from our home was not a way we wanted to go. Recently, we heard that Jalama was offering reservations, and sure enough, they have joined a reservation system through the County of Santa Barbara. We managed to snag someone's cancellation for a beautiful summer weekend. Jalama is an isolated beach between Santa Barbara and Pismo Beach. Not visible from the 101, you must exit the 101 and take a portion of Highway 1 towards Jalama Road. Highway 1 is known for being curvy and treacherous in parts;

Juniper Campground, T. Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

This park is well worth visiting. Teddy Roosevelt National Park is divided into two sections, the Northern and Southern. During our visit, the road into the Southern Unit was being repaved and was graded down to gravel, so after spending a couple of nights in Medora, we opted to drive to the Northern Unit (about an hours drive) so that we could see the park. We are so glad we did, and actually wished that we had stayed here more than just one night. The campground is nestled a few miles into the park. If you continue on the main road, you will take the scenic drive, which is a must do. You will have the opportunity to see bison, bighorn sheep and deer, all of which we saw on our drive! The views of the badlands are also

Pinon Flats, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mosca, Colorado



We always love the National Park campgrounds. They usually offer great, well-maintained sites and some pretty amazing views of the park. Pinon Flats, the sole front country campground of Great Sand Dunes National Park is no exception. Just a few hours south of Denver, the campground is just past the entrance and Visitor's Center of the campground. The wonder everyone came to see, the dunes, is your view for your stay, as the dunes are visible from almost all campsites. Some sites can be reserved in advance, and I highly recommend you do so. Only a few sites accommodate larger rigs and be sure to read site lengths carefully as your book. Our site was labeled with a length restriction of 35 feet, and that is absolutely the longest rig it could hold. Also, if you have slides on your rig, be sure to reserve a

Fruita Campground, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

This beautiful campground is the major hub of Capitol Reef National Park. With several attractions to explore right around the campground including, hiking trails, the scenic loop, Visitor's center, the historic Gifford Homestead Store & Museum, fruit orchards, and several old structures from when the area was inhabited by early Mormon settlers. We loved the drive into the campground from the West, as well as our drive out towards the east. The campground is first come, first served, and during our travels in the busy summer season, all campers managed to get a site, however sites were limited in early evening. The campground sits in a

Belle Fourche River Campground, Devil's Tower, Wyoming

If you are planning on staying at Devil's Tower National Monument, you have a few options. There area several private RV parks just outside of the park boundaries, and this option, the National Park campground within the boundary of the park. Offering fifty primitive sites with spectacular views of the monument, this park is peaceful and a great place to camp. All sites are flat, crescent pull-throughs and have a picnic table and fire pit. The campground itself is comprised of two paved loop roads and site pads are gravel and dirt. Sites rest amongst a grove of trees and are spotted with sun and shade. A couple of longer trails lead up to the tower loop trail if you choose to take a longer, day hike. Or, the Tower's main

The Virginian RV Park, Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson, Wyoming is a fantastic, bustling little town. For years in our travels people have been asking us, "Have you been to Jackson yet?"  Well, we finally got there and we are glad we did. On the southern edge of Grand Teton National Park, this little town is a great place to stay if you want to explore the park and spend your evenings in a town instead of campground. One night here was plenty of time for us to explore the shops, restaurants, enjoy a Farmer's Market, eat in the classic Silver Dollar Saloon and enjoy an evening at the Jackson Rodeo.
The Virginian RV Park is affiliated with its lodge; an older,

Colter Bay RV Park, Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

Colter Bay is a well-developed village within Grand Teton National Park. The Bay itself is home to two different campgrounds, Colter Bay Campground and Colter Bay RV Park. We stayed at the RV park since it is the one of the few campgrounds within the park that offers reservations and we were concerned that during the summer peak season, we wouldn't be able to snag a site to accommodate our rig. The RV park also offers full hookups, which sounded good to us after several nights of primitive camping in nearby National Parks. When we pulled in, we were surprised by how wooded and rustic this RV park was. Colter Bay offers several

Morefield Campground, Mesa Verde National Park, Cortez, Colorado


This campground is the only campground located within Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. The campground is quite large, and located within the first five miles of the park entrance. Located at the top of the mesa giving the park it's name, the park is about 45 minutes from the attraction of the park, the cliff dwellings. The campground has several loops. Loops are adjacent to each other and have an incline as you work your way through the loop, offering more views at the top. Loop and campground roads are paved, while site pads are dirt. A few of the campsites offer hookups, and all sites offer picnic tables, fire rings and some shrubbery. We found the campground to be in need of some TLC and were disappointed with how overgrown the grasses and shrubbery appeared. The natural grasses at our site were so overgrown, it forced us to explore no further than the site pad and picnic table. Site pads are fairly unlevel,