Government Hill Campground, Barkerville, British Columbia

View of Barkerville

As we headed south along the Cassiar Highway we had quite a few detours to our trip. Traveling by RV affords you the opportunity to meet fellow travelers along the way, share favorite stops, and adjust your itinerary as a result. Through internet searches I found that Barkerville was a pretty lively historic mining town that also has four campgrounds within a mile or so of the entrance. This was our kind of place with camping so close and history to explore and learn. This place is quite a ways off the Cassiar, a good hour or so. As you meander through the mountains, past homes, businesses, and a lake, you will work your way towards Barkerville. With four campgrounds to choose from, all offering different amenities, we opted for Government Hill because it was the closest to the town. Situated adjacent to a cemetary and up a small hill, this campground is within walking distance of the town's entrance. For a fee, you can enter Barkerville

Boya Lake Provincial Park, Atlin, British Columbia

As we traveled down the Stewart-Cassiar Highway through British Columbia, we came upon this campground just off the highway about a half mile or so. We decided to turn in and take a look to see if there were any sites available for the night, as we were camping wherever the mood struck us! A gravel/dirt road meanders down from the highway and drops into a glacier carved basin that holds Boya Lake. The first thing that struck us was the color of the lake-aquamarine-due to the silt at the bottom of the lake. The lake is noted for its warm waters (swimmable), fishing, canoeing, and color. This campground was heavily wooded and a dirt road followed the perimeter of the lake. Private campsites are the norm here and sites were fairly level, spacious, and private. Bigger rigs can access, although we watched a large fifth wheel struggle to park with so many trees along the campground road. All of the sites along the lakefront were occupied or reserved and there were only inland sites available, so we decided not to stay here. However, this place has been added to our

K'esugi Ken Campground, Denali State Park, Trapper Creek, Alaska

This campground run by the Alaskan State Park system has some excellent views of Denali's peaks on a clear day. The park is southeast of Denali and her snowcapped beauty can be seen from some sites and various locations around the campground loop. The park is on a small hilltop, so you will take a nicely paved looping road around the mountain. Interior roads are paved, while site pads are nicely leveled with pebbled gravel. This campground recently opened and our visit during 2018 was a wonderful one. There are about 50 sites here, along with tent only hike in sites and a handful of cabins, which seemed to have the best views of Denali. A small ranger station is on site as well as group pavilions and day use parking. We loved it here and enjoyed walking and riding our bikes around the loop and taking a small hike along an interpretive trail to

Dawson Peaks Resort & RV Park, Teslin, British Columbia

We stayed in Teslin both on the way up into Alaska and on the way out back to the continental US. Our first time we eyeballed this place as we zoomed past it on the southern end of Teslin, a decent sized town along the Alaskan Highway. What appealed to us was the woodsy setting along a lake as opposed to the other spot in town that was bare, crowded, and had no lake access and limited views. On our way south, we decided to stay at this place and had an interesting stay. The campground roads and pads are a dirt and gravel mix common to the area. Pads are level and sites are set among tall pines, giving the place a rustic feel. All sites have views of the lake and some sites are more private and spacious than others. Upon our late afternoon arrival we were hard pressed to find a soul in this place. No one else was camped here and no one seemed to be running the main office, which was closed. A large sign listed a bunch of "no no's" which was a bit stand offish and unwelcoming. We pulled in despite, as the lake views enticed us. Set right off the

Bear River RV Park, Stewart, British Columbia

Despite its name, this RV park is not set along a river, at least that we ever saw. We were in and out of this place pretty quickly. Previously in our journey, we ran into some friendly folks that said, "You have to get to Hyder!" After talking to them at lengths, we decided to re-route our itinerary and squeezed in a night near Hyder. Hyder, Alaska has a populuation of around 50 people, so camping there is only available at one place that we saw. This tiny town has TONS of stuff to do including visting Salmon Glacier, eating at the Seafood Express (a MUST) and visiting the US Forest Service's Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site where you can observe bears feeding on salmon from a platform above the river and at very close proximity! Bear River RV Park is in Stewart, which is the Canadian sister town to US's Hyder. The towns literally border each other

Eagle River Campground, Chugach State Park, Anchorage, Alaska

When rolling into this campground just about a dozen miles north of Anchorage, we were surprised with how wooded and private it felt. We were also greeted by many postings on trees of recent bear activity within the campground. We were on high alert, but never heard or saw a thing while exploring this campground's river, hiking trails or campground loops. Interior roads and site pads here are paved and level, something not often seen on one's journey to Alaska. Despite its appearance of being less primitive and basically in a city setting, sites here do not have hookups of any kind. We also found it interesting that the main kiosk at the entrance was not staffed throughout our three night stay. Additionally, the camp host was not seen roaming about. We searched and found her tucked off the loops of the campground in a trailer. Another quirk: water fill here is limited to 20 gallons and comes from an upright, above ground rickety plastic tank and the dump station was

Kathleen Lake Campground, Kluane National Park, Destruction Bay, Yukon

This Canadian National Park campground is in a beautiful setting just off the Highway 3 between Destruction Bay and Haines Junction to the north and Haines to the south. All sites here are first come, first served. A 1/4 mile trail from the campground leads to the lake, which offers a dock, boat launch, rocky beach, and ample opportunity to kayak, canoe, or motor boat (bring your own craft). Views at the lake are stunning and a small boardwalk leads you around the cove. Day use parking is also available here, so you can get your watercraft easily to the shore. There are also hiking trails that lead deeper into the park and further around the lake. This is bear country (there were sightings during our visit in the campground) so be prepared with bear spray, bells, and be bear aware. The road from the highway into camp is dirt, but is easily navigable. Within camp, you will find nicely appointed rustic sites with level, dirt pads, spacious and private

Heritage RV, Homer, Alaska

Homer is a must-see on your Alaskan adventure. Located on a narrow spit with Kachemak Bay to the east and Cook Inlet to the west, Homer's Heritage RV offers sites that are waterfront with views of snow capped mountains across the bay. The spit is a happening place with a harbor, fishing hols, restaurants, the historic Salty Dawg Saloon (you MUST go here) and shops. A bike path spans the length of the spit making it easy to get around. Fresh fish and chips are available at restaurants and beach combing is a fun activity as well. Also popular is fishing in the fishing lagoon or taking a chartered boat out to sea. We loved Homer and all it had to offer. Heritage RV is located in the middle of spit, so all of the activity is within walking and biking distance. The resort is nicely appointed with free computers and printers to use, a gift shop, a meeting

Grizzly Lake RV, Slana, Alaska

If you're too busy looking at the scenery, you might drive right past this place in remote Slana along the Glenn Highway south of Tok. The campground is simple, offering a few cabins and ten to fifteen sites, five of which have a 20 amp electric hookup. Located right off the highway down a somewhat steep driveway, this place is quiet and peaceful. The owners are local folks that will help you with whatever you need. Time seems to stop here and even though you may have an electrical hookup, you realize when staying here that you are in the wilderness. This park is set along the shore of a small lake, Grizzly Lake. The lake is stunning with the backdrop of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park mountain range as its backdrop. Sunrises and sunsets here are awesome. We were one of three campers here during our summer stay. There was definitely a sense of camaraderie and we enjoyed visiting with our neighbors about their experiences as Alaskan natives. The campground has bumpy, potholed dirt roads and gravel/dirt sites. Hookups sites have fire

Savage River Campground, Denali National Park, Alaska


This campground was one of our FAVORITES during our Alaskan journey. We opted for this Denali National Park campground over others because of its distance into the park. The park road is nicely paved the first 12 miles. Beyond that, motorists are restricted to only those camping deeper within the park. Savage River Campground is at mile 11 on this park road, so we were excited to remain on smooth, paved asphalt as we ventured into the park. To access the park's interior beyond mile 12, you must take a park shuttle. There are a couple of different types of tours and they go different distances. I found it helpful to call the park directly and speak to a representative about our wants and hopes to find the best tour for us. I HIGHLY recommend one of these tours and recommend you go as far into the park as you can manage. Tours are relatively inexpensive and you will see an abundance of wildlife and hopefully, Denali. Savage River Campground is wooded, adjacent to the Savage River, and offers private campsites with

Ship Creek RV Park, Anchorage, Alaska

This RV park is a must-stay if visiting the city of Anchorage. The park is located a short walk or bike ride from downtown Anchorage. Easily accessible, the town offers a National Park Service Visitor's Center, shops, restaurants, and an assortment of excursions to popular destinations such as Glacier Bay. The park itself is clean and small. Sites are very close together and arranged on a gravel loop. Site pads are gravel and level and some sites have picnic tables. Some back up to a chain link fence and trees, while others are closer to the train tracks. A clean and well-appointed laundry room and shower houses are available. The area itself is somewhat industrial and we spotted a homeless encampment within walking distance. There is a locked entry gate that closes in the evening and the premises are under surveillance. Anchorage itself has seen an increase is small crimes, namely bike thefts, to which we were unfortunately a

Yukon Lakeshore RV & Motel, Teslin, Yukon

We did not have a reservation for this place and barely got a site. We were a bit misled by the front office (so were a couple other patrons) when selecting our site. We were under the assumption that our "hookup" site would be a minimum of 30 amps, but upon pulling in, it only had a 20 amp outlet. We did have a water hookup, however. This RV park is bustling with a gas station, gift shop, liquor and beer off sales, a restaurant, and a Wildlife Center. The Wildlife Center is the best asset this place has (besides the pie in the restaurant) featuring wildlife and informational exhibits. Sites are dirt and stacked side by side with no privacy and little landscaping. Our lakefront site had no lake access and our view was limited due to overgrown shrubs. Non-lakefront sites probably had a better view of the lake since they were on an upslope. This busy stop does

Hi Country RV Park, Whitehorse, Yukon

Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon, is a bustling small town. This RV park is one of several in the area, and is a popular one at that. Reservations are suggested. This scenic, wooded campground has gravel roads and site pads. Hookups are available at all 100+ sites. Sites are level, have picnic tables and fire pits, and trees. Sites are fairly close together, typical of an RV park. Laundry, an RV wash (small fee), computer room, playground and a lovely gift shop featuring Yukon/Alaskan gifts, RV supplies, and beer are all on site.  A small hiking trail leads from camp through the woods. There is a very cute coffee shop that we never made it over to during operating hours, but features lattes and traditional drip coffee. The campground is rustic, quiet, and convenient to both the Alaskan Highway and the

Sourdough Campground, Tok, Alaska

We LOVED this little RV park! Tok (pronounced: toke) is the first major town you will come to once you cross the border into Alaska. All roads in and out of Alaska pass through Tok. The town has a market, gift shops, and several RV parks to choose from. Sourdough is a family owned park just south of town on the Glenn Highway. A nicely paved, level bike path leads from the park north into town. The campground is a popular spot to stop, especially for caravan groups. During our two night stay here there were two different caravans coming through. Upon our arrival, the office staff could not find our reservation in their system, but were nice enough to honor it and comp us our second night's stay. Sites here are set among pines and are fairly private, wooded, and level. Our site was small and didn't have much space to set up chairs and relax. All sites have hookups and picnic tables. No fire pits are available. The campground offers a whole lot of activities!

Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park Campground, Northern Rockies, British Columbia


This beautiful provincial park is a great place to stay for a couple of days! The campground is just off the Alaskan Highway, making it a great and popular spot to stop for a night or two. The campground has just over 50 sites, with just about 20 of those reserveable (advised). The campground is heavily wooded and wildlife viewing is common here. Bison, black bears, moose, and birds are commonly seen. The campground is situated adjacent to a swampy area, which can be crossed via a boardwalk. This is where moose are often found feeding on swampy grasses. The boardwalk will lead you 1/2 a mile to the river, where a lovely hot spring is located. Just past the hot spring, the boardwalk leads you up a steep hillside where you can see the water trickling down the side of the mountain and some beautiful wildflowers. These hot springs are a popular stop for day use and campers. We spent several hours

Camp Tamarack RV Park, Grand Prairie, Alberta

We rolled into this little RV park after leaving Jasper National Park a day early. We needed a place to stay overnight and decided on this little gem midway between Jasper and our next stop, Dawson's Creek. Without a reservation we were still able to snag a lovely site here for the night. Grand Prairie itself is a large city where you can find several places to camp for the night. We enjoyed this little place just off the highway but south of town. The campground has wonderful owners and friendly employees. The campground is wooded with aspens and pines and offers beautiful, level sites. Interior roads and site pads are gravel. Many big and small rigs were camped here, and it was easy to see why. The park is clean, offers an immaculate laundry room, playground, horseshoe pits, full hookups, picnic tables and fire pits at each site, and grassy spaces between you and your neighbor. The park has a small convenience store stocked with RV supplies, as well as propane sales. The wi-fi here is solid and free. In the evening

Strawberry Flats Provincial Campground, Muncho Lake, British Columbia

This gem of a campground is small, simple and quiet. Located just off the Alaskan Highway in northern British Columbia, Muncho Lake is highlighted in the Milepost as a "must see." We were nervous about staying here as there are no reservations and everything I read online ahead of time made it sound very rustic. Plus, with only 15 campsites (all first come, first served) we were worried we wouldn't get a site for the night with our late afternoon arrival. We actually stopped in at a more modern RV park just a few miles south of this place, and we are so thankful we decided to drive a couple of more miles and see if we could get a site. We rolled in mid to late afternoon, which with long summer days in these northern parts, can almost feel like mid-day. Only a handful of sites were already occupied, so we settled quickly into this site, right at the end of the dirt and gravel campground road. By late evening, the campground was nearly full with highway travelers. Almost all of the sites are lakefront; only a few are not, but even those sites have excellent views. The lake here is glacier fed, so it has that amazing turquoise water

Grizzly Lake RV, Slana, Alaska

Our son actually selected this campground as a stop along our Alaskan adventure. This little RV park boasts about a dozen campsites. Cabins are available. Sites here have no hookups and no frills. We rolled into this little gem after a bumpy drive along the Tok Cutoff out of Anchorage. The park is simple and far from civilization, staffed by friendly folks. The family owned park has dirt roads and level sites with fire pits. A few sites near the entrance are larger pull-thrus with limited views of Grizzle Lake. We opted for a smaller lakefront site that provided awesome views and lake access. The lakefront sites are narrow and don't offer much space for the extension of slides. The park has a dock where you can launch your own canoe or kayaks, or you can rent a row boat or peddle boats for a small fee. Life jackets are provided. We opted to use both,

Mile 0 Park, Dawson's Creek, British Columbia

Dawson's Creek is the southeastern starting point of the Alaskan Highway, which leads you all the way up into Alaska. The highway's construction was a major feat, and the history of its construction can be found at a small museum in Dawson's Creek, along with several other places along your journey. A couple of RV parks spot this town, and we were happy we had a reservation at Mile 0 Park, as this is a major resting point for travelers. As you travel the highway, you will notice that between cities there isn't much, so these parks fill up by evening each day with weary travelers. The park is nicely landscaped and clean, has gravel roads and pads, and grassy space between sites. Laundry is available. Some sites are more level than others. Our site was fairly unlevel, but we made do with blocks. Larger rigs can be accommodated here, and a handful of sites right at the

Whistler's Campground, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Jasper National Park is fairly large and has various regions to explore. We stayed at Whistler's Campground because it is right off the Icefields Parkway and was just a few kilometers south of the village of Jasper. The campground is enormous with over 700 sites, but is scenic and wooded. Overall, we were disappointed with this park. Many of the trees were dead in the area. We entered Jasper from neighboring Banff National Park, and passed by an enormous icefield. There is camping for RVs at this particular icefield-all first come first served-and I wished we had stayed a night there to explore. Whistler's Campground was under a fire ban during our stay and the park overall felt drier and less scenic that it's bordering sister, Banff. A walking/hiking trail can be found on the opposite side of the highway which, if you're in for a hike, can lead you to

Townsite Campground, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada is a spectacular place to find scenic views! Chances are, you've seen some pictures of Waterton Lake without even knowing it! Waterton was our first Canadian National Park, and we found the experience unexpectedly delightful! The Village of Waterton is a quaint little place where you will find everything including shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, walking trails, hotels and lodges, and even a small movie theater! Adjacent to this village you will find Townsite Campground. Although it's called a campground, it felt more like an RV park to us with paved roads, gravel pads and little privacy. Sites are nicely paved however, and offer picnic tables. Common kitchen areas and bath houses are available. Only propane fueled fires were allowed during our trip-bring your own firepit. A few tent only, no service sites are available, but the rest of the sites (about 90 sites) are RV friendly with electric hookups. An additional 45 sites offer full

Johnston Canyon Campground, Banff National Park, Alberta

What a beautiful stay we had here! Banff National Park is one of Canada's most popular parks, but this campground allows you to have a more rustic camping experience than some of the other busier campgrounds in the park. Located in Johnston Canyon, which is between the village of Banff and Lake Louise, this campground is off the main highway that traverses through the park. Train tracks are adjacent to camp, so you will hear the occasional train and whistle blow. Heavily wooded, sites are mostly large and private here and you can't go wrong in picking one. Interior roads are paved, but pads are packed dirt. Our site was one of the best as it was private, large, and backed up to the river, so we had easy river access. Sites all have picnic tables and fire pits. Firewood is provided by the park-and I must say I have never seen

Butte KOA Journey, Butte, Montana

We stopped here after a long drive from the Salt Lake City area. We had our eye on another park in the area, but with construction on the highway, we missed that exit and decided to go a mile or so further and check out the KOA. We pulled in without a reservation and found that this park was almost full. We snagged one of the last sites, which was in a loop that was currently under construction. We opted to take it even though it was pretty meager and bleak looking in its "under construction state" because we just couldn't trudge much further and a summer thunderstorm was coming in. The campground has gravel roads, common to KOAs. Sites are tightly packed together with small grassy strips between each other, picnic tables and hookups. Some are pull thru and many are back in. A few trees and shrubs spot the campground, but overall there is little privacy here. The staff is friendly and helpful. Many of the usual KOA amenities are available here: cabins, tent sites, laundry, a gift shop (a very nice one here!), convenience market, playground, dog run, wi-fi, and pool (drained on our mid-June visit). This KOA

Cottonwood, Willard Bay State Park, Willard, Utah

This state park is conveniently located off the I-5 corridor, just North of Salt Lake City. Freeway noise is an issue here, however the easy on and off convenience made this one night stay a good one for us after a long day driving from Las Vegas to the south. We also heard a few trains during the night time hours. There are a couple of different campgrounds here, but we opted for Cottonwood. The name of the campground is quite appropriate, as on our stay interior paved roads were covered with cottonwood fluff. It almost appeared as if a mid-summer dusting of snow had occurred, despite the mid 90's temperatures! There are two loops within the park, one which offers dry, primitive sites with a picnic table and fire pit. The other loop is a hookup loop that offers full hookups and ramadas to beat the heat and fire pits for when the days get cooler. All sites are relatively large, private, and spacious. The campground is heavily

The City of Seward Campgrounds, Seward, Alaska

The city of Seward, Alaska, the hub of glacier, wildlife, and National Park tours on Resurrection Bay, offers literally hundreds of bayside campsites which allow easy access to the city's attractions. The campsites are spread along a large area of bayfront property and sectioned into eight different campgrounds: Harborside, Alice, Marathon, Resurrection North, Resurrection, Resurrection South, Tent Area, and Iditarod. All of these campgrounds offer pretty much the same setup: beautiful views of glacier capped mountains, easy access to Seward, and parking lot style camping on packed dirt/gravel that is common in Alaska. Sites are all level, have a picnic table, and allow enough room for slide outs, but be prepared for no privacy and a bustling atmosphere. The Tent Area is slightly more

Tenderfoot Creek, Anchorage, Alaska

 Despite the name, this campground is set along a pretty lake adjacent to the Seward Highway. A couple of sites are near the creek around the back bend of the campground loop. A nice stopover south of Anchorage and north of Seward, this park is wooded and private. Sites all are along a gravel road and have level pads, fire pits, and picnic tables.

Lakeside Campground, Sasquatch Provincial Park, British Columbia


Getting to this large provincial park will require you to travel through a lovely lakeside community that is popular in summer. Roads leading in can be busy, narrow, and winding, so plan on extra drive time. Once you reach the west boundary of the park, you will transition to a rough, dirt road, which will lead you for a couple of miles to a couple of different campgrounds located in the park. Lakeside, is exactly what the name implies. You will find heavily wooded sites that are spacious, and a few lakeside sites that have some beautiful views of the small Deer Lake

Olympic Peninsula/Port Angeles KOA, Port Angeles, Washington

KOAs are all pretty standard, which many RVers find the predictability of comforting as they roam the country. This KOA is in a very scenic and popular region on the Olympic Peninsula. We had an impromptu landing here after campsite complications at

Sequim Bay State Park, Sequim, Washington

Located along the bay of Washington's peninsula, this heavily wooded park is a beautiful spot to camp for a few days. Unfortunately for us, our stay was no more than thirty minutes due to technical difficulties. The campground has three main loops; two are suited for small RVs and tents, while the third loop offers hookups for

Kalaloch Campground, Olympic National Park, Forks, Washington

Wow, what a place! This beautiful campground is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific in the coastal section of Olympic National Park on the Washington peninsula. The campground has paved interior roads and pads and offers several loops of camping. Reservations

Scandia RV Park, Bend, Oregon

We stayed at Scandia RV Park for almost a week so my hubby could attend a conference in Bend. We chose this park over others for two reasons: close proximity to the conference and its pretty grounds. The park is conveniently located just over a mile from all Bend has to offer, including

' Ksan Campground, Hazelton, British Columbia

This well-kept scenic campground sits along the Skeena River. The campground has large open grassy areas, an inviting playground, tent and RV sites, inadequate laundry (one washer and one dryer), a small gift shop and convenience store, and most notably,

Mountain Shadow RV, Iskut, British Columbia

Nestled in a beautiful valley on the North end of Iskut along the Cassiar Highway, this RV park shows extreme pride of ownership. The immaculate grounds greet you after dropping into this valley along a Quaking Aspen lined dirt road. The campground is broken into two sections,

Waters Edge Campground, Dease Lake, British Columbia

We rolled into this little campground right off the Cassiar Highway and discovered a hidden gem! Situated along the shoreline of Dease Lake, this twenty-plus site campground offers a quiet and scenic place to rest for a night or two. The campground

The View Campground, Olijato-Monument Valley, Arizona

On our second trip to Monument Valley, we decided to stay at The View Campground, located adjacent to the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Visitor's Center. We pulled into the Visitor's Center parking lot and quickly toured the gift shop and exhibits. It was noon, and we were eager to settle into our campsite and enjoy the views of the valley. We drove over to the campground, which is along an uneven gravel road and really just an extension of the Visitor's Center parking lot. The hustle and bustle of the parking lot and its tour buses, and the dusty travel in and out of the valley floor were inescapable. We walked into the small office, already

Moab Rim Campark, Moab, Utah

This small RV park is one of many in the Moab area. With so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming to find the type of campground or RV park that has what you're looking for. With Moab being an outdoor playground, many folks want to either be sleeping IN that playground, while others want to PLAY and sleep at a more refined park with all the amenities RV parks offer at their fingertips. South of downtown Moab and Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, this park is nicely groomed and offers nice views of the surrounding area. Sites are typical of an RV park: situated closely together with full hookups. Cabins are also available for rental, as are two larger, nicely landscaped group sites for those traveling with friends. Interior roads are packed gravel, as well as site pads. Sites include

Comb Wash, Bears Ears National Monument, Bears Ears, Utah

Bears Ears National Monument, a new and controversial National Monument, was just off the highway during our travel south from Moab to Monument Valley. We decided to call the ranger station for the monument to find out about the various types of camping, restrictions, and roadways in Bears Ears, as we had never been before. The ranger suggested we stay at Comb Wash, a free, "dispersed" BLM campground that we would be able to easily access. We traveled off the main highway through some lumbering hills and approached the Bears Ears wilderness area with great anticipation. There are several historical Native American cliff dwellings and sites within the monument. We did not stop to view any, but pressed deeper into this large area to camp. After descending a steep grade,

Upper Onion Campground, Moab, Utah

Upper Onion Creek Campground is one of a string of BLM campgrounds you will find along the Colorado River region as you head east out of Moab along Highway 128. If you head east from Moab along the highway, you will pass many different campgrounds, all primitive, that have views of the lake. Upper Onion is one of the last campgrounds you will stumble upon, over twenty miles from Moab. Upper Onion is different from the other BLMs in this area in that it is not along the Colorado River. A one mile gravel road will lead you from the highway to camp, where you will see two group camps and a small loop of less than fifteen campsites. All sites, true to BLM camping, are first come, first served, except the

Ken's Lake Campground, Moab, Utah

This BLM campground is located in southern Moab, outside the hustle and bustle of the small town that thrives on campers and RVers coming to enjoy the outside playground Moab offers. Ken's Lake is more of a reservoir than a lake in our minds, but nonetheless the area was beautiful, offering both lake and mountain views. The BLM is, like all, first come, first served, and it offers no hookups, dump, or water fill. This BLM does have trash dumpsters. Spring and fall are busiest here, with mild temperatures and lovely weather to enjoy. Summers can be hot, so during our spring stay the campground was full by early evening. Sites can be paid for

Leaf Verde RV Resort, Buckeye, Arizona

Each spring, we head to the Phoenix area for MLB Spring Training. Over the years we have learned a few things about a spring Phoenix stay. The weather in Phoenix this time of year can vary greatly due to changing seasons. Most importantly, book your site early, as snowbirds flock to Phoenix for mild winter weather, NASCAR races, and MLB Spring Training. Families will find this more difficult as many RV resorts in the area are 55+ only resorts, limiting your options. This past spring, we found our usual resort to be booked solid. So, we opted for Leaf Verde RV Resort. This resort is

City of Rocks State Park, Faywood, New Mexico

Hookup Site
I had my eye on this state park for quite some time after reading an article in a magazine about the interesting rock formations off the beaten path of Interstate 10 in western New Mexico. About thirty miles north of Deming you will find this little state park. On our drive in, we had that all too familiar, "Where is this place? Should we just turn back? Surely this place can't be very good based on what we're driving through!" But,

Kartchner Caverns State Park, Benson, Arizona

Camping at Arizona's most popular cave system is a must for travelers along the I-10. The campground is adjacent to the cave and the Discovery Center, gift shop, and Bat Cafe. Tucked away from the busy parking lot of the Discovery Center, this campground is peaceful, has views of the surrounding mountains, and offers

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur, California

This beautiful state park is set along the Big Sur River which eventually flows to the ocean. Sites here are either among coastal oaks or nestled within the redwoods. We always prefer redwoods, so we found ourselves leaning towards those sites as our favorites listed below. The campground is quite large with 189 sites to choose from spread across several loops. All areas of the campground are away from day use areas which can become crowded during holiday or summer weekends. Many campsites are creekside, which allows you to hear the gurgling of the river day and night, however those sites are typically oak-riparian. If redwood sites are more to your liking, you'll want to select a site

Wilson State Park, Wilson, Kansas

This state park is located just off of Interstate 70 in central Kansas. Just a few small towns spot the interstate through this stretch of the country, so this state park was a welcome sight. The lake itself is known for being the clearest lake in Kansas. You will drive through rolling hills to make your way to this clear lake and meander through the state park roads past different branches of campground loops. Visitors can enjoy boating, swimming, camping, hunting, and hiking here. Boat launches and rentals are available over at the marina. During the scorching summer temperatures of our stay, we were definitely enticed by the waters. Campground roads are

Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora, Colorado

We scouted this place out and found a few things appealed to us about it. The location and proximity to downtown Denver, its "camping" feel, and the easy access to public transportation. We do not tow a dinghy, and with our plans to see the Rockies MLB team in action, we needed a park or resort that would offer close proximity to the city. Cherry Creek State Park offers that along with its beautiful setting and flurry of activities. This park offers a wide use of day use and camping activities, so be prepared for a slow check in process at the start of a weekend. The park includes a lake which in winter can be used for ice fishing and in summer boating and fishing. Boat launches are located in two areas of the park. If riding horses is your forte, then bring your own or rent a horse at the on site stables and enjoy the miles of trails within the park. There is a swim beach, model airplane airfield, multi-use trails, picnic areas, off leash dog park, and a Family Shooting Center

Arrow Rock State Park, Arrow Rock, Missouri

We stopped here on our journey towards St. Louis, Missouri, as it was easily accessed from the interstate and it offered historical district. The campground is located less than a mile from the historic district and can be accessed via paved road or a dirt walking path. We opted to ride our bikes from camp into the historical area, and though hilly, can be done. The historical district is a quaint region of old homes and shops that were built over a century ago. Shops are open, as well as the oldest continuously run restaurant west of the Mississippi, J. Huston Tavern. A renovated church serves as a live theater where you can view some of the most popular plays. Be sure to also explore the Visitor's Center where you will learn about the interesting history of this Boone's Lick country. When you head back to camp,

Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, Texas

This was one of our favorite state park stays during our summer trip into the Midwest. This large park is in the rolling hills of Texas just West of Austin. When entering the park via the park road, you will begin to see views of the lakes and the lakeside homes that border much of the lake. Summer is a busy time here, as residents from Austin and neighboring areas come to escape the summer heat by enjoying all of the activities Inks Lake provides including boating, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing, cliff jumping, swimming, and fishing. There are several different loops of the campground. When reserving, you will merely secure a type of campsite (tent only, water only site, or water and electric site). Thus, when you arrive at camp you will be assigned your site. My advice is to arrive

Worlds of Fun Village, Kansas City, Missouri

On the north edge of Kansas City, Missouri you will find this RV village with about eighty campsites and forty cabins adjacent to the water and amusement park. The park is nicely situated in a well landscaped area. The grounds are spotless. If you are visiting the area or playing at the water or amusement park, this RV park is conveniently located. Sites here are all paved, level, offer full hookups, are spacious, have maturing trees to offer some privacy between sites, and can accommodate large RVs. At check in you will meet friendly folks who will inform you not only of activities and how to get around the Worlds of Fun parks, but also the surrounding area. A path leads from the RV park directly to the entrance of the parks. A small gift shop with a few conveniences, but mainly souvenirs, is connected to the office. There is a beautiful pool and hot tub with lifeguard,

Kansas City West/ Lawrence KOA, Lawrence, Kansas

The morning of our arrival we called ahead to see if this KOA had a site available for us for the night. Luckily, they did. About an hour west of Kansas City, Missouri, this KOA has all of the usual amenities and layout of a typical KOA. Inside the office at check-in you will find a little store with souvenirs and camping supplies.  Additionally,

Campground at the Falls, Pineville, Missouri

We were hesitantly anticipating our one night overnight stay here. The campground website lacked many pictures, but descriptions of the park sounded enticing with tubing, swimming, zipling, and campsites along the rushing river. We pulled into the campground on a very hot summer day. We were not initially

Advanced RV Resort, Houston-Pearland, Texas

We didn't get much of a chance to explore this RV park close to Houston's downtown area as we were only there one night, headed into town to take a tour of the Astro's stadium, see a game, and also endure some severe thunderstorms. This large resort offers hundreds of sites, all which are big rig friendly, level, and have polished landscaping. The park has dog runs and washes, bicycles for use, two clubhouses, propane services, several laundry rooms, horseshoe pits, BBQ areas, pool and spa, bathhouses, gate guarded entry, Wi-Fi and an office with a few RV supplies should you need them. Sites have concrete pads and full hookups to keep you comfortable, whether it is in the summer heat or crisp evening air of winter. We most enjoyed

Saddlehorn Campground, Colorado National Monument, Fruita, Colorado


We have been eyeballing this campground and National Monument for years, but have been leery of camping here with a larger rig, even though the park itself allows rigs up to forty feet in length. With the purchase of our thirty footer, we decided we would be just fine entering the park via windy, switchback roads along the rim of the canyon. This beautiful drive through the park has steep grades in both directions. We found most interesting that we headed UP in elevation into the park, and not down into a canyon like we thought. The road through the park can be accessed from either Grand Junction or Fruita, Colorado. The campground itself is closest to Fruita; just a four mile drive from the entrance. We opted to use the entrance at Grand Junction, as we wanted to