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                                                               Alabama


            Called the Cradle of the Confederacy, Alabama is steeped in Civil War history. Fascinating tours include Montgomery, the first
            Capitol of the Confederacy. During the Battle of Mobile Bay, Admiral Farragut exclaimed, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”
            At the USS Alabama Battleships Memorial Park in Mobile, visitors can explore the park’s namesake as well as over 20 other World
            War II ships, aircraft, and weapons. The recipient of nine battle stars in World War II, the “Mighty A” saw plenty of action as part
            of the Pacific Fleet—fighting in Leyte, the Gilbert Islands, and Okinawa. The Alabama is lovingly preserved and is open for tours all
            year. If you’re traveling with a group, you can spend the night in the battleship’s barracks. A World War II submarine, the USS
            Drum, is also open for tours. Exhibits in the park’s Aircraft Pavilion include a B-52 bomber, and a Blackbird jet, in addition to sev-
            eral Medal of Honor–winning aircraft.
                The Civil Rights movement thrust Alabama into the national media spotlight in the 1950s and 1960s. Defining events included
            the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and the historic Selma to Montgomery march. You can gain a deeper understanding of the
            movement at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Located across the street from the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, site of
            the 1963 bombing that killed four little girls, the BCRI walks visitors through the many barriers that were overcome for the
            advancement of civil rights, with the aid of film, sound, and sculpture. An exhibit dedicated to human rights activists around the
            world is equally as moving.
                Natives call Alabama “the Beautiful,” and we agree. Its northeast corner lies at the southernmost terminus of the Appalachian
            Mountain range. Quaint mountain towns, such as Mentone, offer rich fall foliage and excellent craft and antiques shopping. Check
            out the Log Cabin Restaurant and Deli—an intimate soup-and-sandwich shop that has the best root beer float on Lookout
            Mountain. Mentone has plenty of campsites and cabins, but if the weather is nice, spaces are taken up fast—so take the time to call
            ahead. Mentone is also the getaway for several country music artists. In nearby Fort Payne (“The Sock Capitol of the World”),
            country music fans might want to check out the museum dedicated to hometown heroes Alabama.
                Fort Payne’s Little River Canyon is one of the deepest gorges east of the Mississippi. A national preserve, Little River Canyon is
            a sanctuary to a number of rare plants, such as the green pitcher and Kral’s water plantain—an aquatic plant native to this region.
            Trails for hiking, horseback riding, and ATVs abound. Alabama also has four national forests, and numerous lakes throughout the
            state provide enthusiasts with plenty of hunting and fishing.
                Campers who truly need to get away from it all can find solitude in the Sipsey Wilderness. A 25,000-acre spread in northeast
            Alabama’s Bankhead National Forest, Sipsey is a popular spot for camping, hiking, hunting, and getting lost. With over 13 miles
            of trails, there is plenty of room to accommodate horseback riding, ATVs, and mountain bikes. Sipsey’s climate has somewhat of a
            challenging for campers—temperature average between 50–75º with frequent rain—so be sure to pack accordingly.
                Those looking for warmer climates will be inclined to head for the beach. Alabama’s Gulf Coast region is home to moss-covered
            oak trees and white sand beaches. Orange Beach is known for top-notch saltwater fishing. The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail
            dots historic Mobile Bay with spots for viewing both wading and shorebirds.
                Golf is the feather in Alabama’s outdoor cap. Anchoring the golf offerings are the eight facilities of the Robert Trent Jones Golf
            Trail. An ambitious project designed by the revered architect for which the course is named, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is 378
            holes of golf that will impress avid and novice players alike. Beautifully sculpted and reasonably priced, it’s not a surprise that five of
            the eight courses are routinely listed as some of the best in the country.
                NASCAR racing fans are familiar with the Talladega Superspeedway, home of the Diehard 500 in April and the Winston 500
            in October. Combination tickets for year-round track tours and admission to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame are
            available. RVers should take note that race time in Talladega is tailgate heaven.
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        108      ALABAMA          Adger


         Campground Profiles
                                                                   left onto Lock 17 Rd. and go north. After 2 mi.            tion: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
         ADGER                                      MAP, B-2
                                                                   (at Lock 17 Grocery) the road veers to the left.           Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:
         Burchfield Branch Park                                    Continue 2.5 mi. north to the campground                   No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: 8 mi.
        15036 Bankhead Rd.,Adger 35006.                            entrance.                                                  northeast in Alexander City. Market: 8 mi. north-
        T: (205) 497-9828; www.reserveusa.com.                                                                                east in Alexander City. Restaurant: 8 mi. north-
                                                                                                                              east in Alexander City. General Store: Camp
        a ★★★★                         b ★★★★                       ALEXANDER CITY                            MAP, B-2        store. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Beach. Play-
                                                                    Wind Creek State Park                                     ground: Yes. Other: Marina, boat launches, 210-ft.
        Beauty: ★★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                                                                              fishing pier, picnic pavilions. Activities: Hiking
        Spaciousness: ★★★★              Quiet: ★★★★                4325 AL 128,Alexander City 35010.
                                                                                                                              trails, fishing, lake swimming, boating (limited boat
        Security: ★★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★          T: (256) 329-0845; www.dcnr.state.al.us/parks.
                                                                                                                              rentals), organized summer activities, volleyball,
        Insect Control: ★★★             Facilities: ★★★
                                                                   a ★★★★                        b ★★★★                       horseshoes. Nearby Attractions: Lake Martin,
        Construction was completed on Old Lock 16 Park                                                                        Horseshoe Bend Military Park, Charles E. Bailey
        on Holt Lake in 2002. Every attractive site is situ-       Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★            Sportsplex. Additional Information: Alexander
        ated on the water and features paved back-in park-         Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★                  City Chamber of Commerce, (256) 234-3461.
        ing. Sites are larger than average and nicely spaced,      Security: ★★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                                                                              RESTRICTIONS
        making them quiet. There are a few shade trees,            Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★★★
                                                                                                                              Pets: On leash only. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic
        but not enough greenery to provide privacy                 On the shores of 40,000-acre Lake Martin in east           Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Maximum
        between sites.                                             central Alabama, Wind Creek State Park is an excel-        Length: 50 ft.
        BASICS                                                     lent choice for families. Children will enjoy the
                                                                                                                              TO GET THERE
        Operated By: U.S.Army Corps of Engineers.                  large playground and variety of natural and recre-
                                                                                                                              From Montgomery, take US 231 north for 9 mi.
        Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first         ational programs. Campers with lakefront sites are
                                                                                                                              At Wetumpka, turn right onto AL 170 and go
        served; reservations accepted through the National         allowed to swim and dock boats right at the sites.
                                                                                                                              east for 10 mi. At Eclectic follow signs to AL 63
        Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) at (877)             Anglers will find catfish, crappie and bluegill as well
                                                                                                                              north. Follow AL 63 for 18 mi. until you see park
        444-6777 or www.reserveusa.com; reservations               as largemouth, salt water striped, white, and hybrid
                                                                                                                              signs. Turn right onto AL 128 and travel east 5
        can be made up to 240 days in advance, full pay-           bass. Wind Creek State Park is not the top choice
                                                                                                                              mi. to the park. From Birmingham, take US 280
        ment required upon making reservation; credit              for peace and quiet as it is full of children and boats.
                                                                                                                              east to Alexander City. Turn right onto AL 63
        card preferred (V, MC, D,AE), or pay by money              The park should be assiduously avoided on holiday
                                                                                                                              and go south for 7 mi. Turn left onto AL 128 and
        order if at least 21 days in advance of arrival; $10       weekends. Security is outstanding at this gated and
                                                                                                                              go east 5 mi.
        fee for cancellation or change of site or dates; can-      extremely remote park. The campground at Wind
        cellation w/in 3 days of arrival charged 1st night,        Creek State Park is laid out in five main sections
        no-show charged $20 plus 1st night. Registra-              including a primitive overflow area. The large, flat,      BENTON                 MAP, C-2
        tion: Gatehouse. Fee: $16. Parking: At site, limit         grid-like section B is nicely shaded by a stand of
                                                                                                                              Prairie Creek Campground,
        2 vehicles per site.                                       loblolly and longleaf pine. Section C includes sites
                                                                                                                              Woodruff Lake
        FACILITIES                                                 on an open peninsula with unobscured views of
        Number of Tent-only Sites: 2. Number of
                                                                   Lake Martin. Sites C190, C191, and C192 are the            8493 US 80 West, Benton 36040.T: (334) 872-
        Multipurpose Sites: 35. Hookups: Electric (50
                                                                   prettiest in spite of their complete lack of privacy.      9554 or (334) 418-4919; www.reserveusa.com.
        amps), water. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, fire ring,
                                                                   Other attractive lakefront sites are found in section
        lantern post, some decks. Dump Station: Yes.
                                                                   D. Section E contains a few sites with lake views          a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
        Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
                                                                   and a modicum of privacy (try E32, E33, E34,
                                                                                                                              Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
        Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
                                                                   E36, E38, or E30). All the sites at Wind Creek
                                                                                                                              Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
        Roads: Paved. RV Service: 40 mi. west in
                                                                   State Park are small compared to other Alabama
                                                                                                                              Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
        Tuscaloosa. Market: Country store 4 mi.; grocery
                                                                   state parks. While some sites are extremely shady,
                                                                                                                              Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★
        25 mi. east in Hueytown. Restaurant: 10 mi. north
                                                                   the open sites tend to have better views of the lake.
                                                                   The back-in, paved parking spaces are in various           Prairie Creek is typical of the top quality camp-
        in Oak Grove. General Store: 25 mi. east in
                                                                   states of repair and disrepair and may be peppered         grounds managed by the Army Corps of Engi-
        Hueytown. Vending: Beverages. Swimming: Yes,
                                                                   with pine straw, gravel, or grass. However, the bath-      neers. Sites are extremely spacious and most have
        beach. Playground: Yes. Other: Boat ramp, swim-
                                                                   houses here are in excellent condition—large and           uncluttered views of the Alabama River. Spanish
        ming beach, picnic shelter. Activities: Fishing, boat-
                                                                   clean with no frills.                                      moss-laden oak trees provide shade and privacy.
        ing, hiking, biking, migratory eagle viewing Oct.–
                                                                                                                              Two of the three camping areas, Beaver Point and
        Feb. Nearby Attractions: VisionLand, Mercedes-             BASICS
                                                                                                                              Eagles Roost, are newer and feature paved back-in
        Benz Visitor Center, Birmingham & Tuscaloosa               Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All
                                                                                                                              parking. The older Whitetail Bluff camping area
        attractions. Additional Information: Tuscaloosa            year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;
                                                                                                                              contains pull-throughs but is now used for over-
        CVB, (800) 538-8696; Greater Birmingham CVB,               Alabama State Park reservations system. Registra-
                                                                                                                              flow camping. At Beaver Point, sites 56–62 are
        (800) 458-8085; Holt Resource Office, (205) 553-           tion: Main entrance, open 24 hours in-season;
                                                                                                                              reserved for tent campers. RV campers will not be
        9373.                                                      night registration available in winter. Fee: $16 for
                                                                                                                              disappointed with any of the waterfront sites,
                                                                   RV camping, $14 for tent camping, $3 additional for
        RESTRICTIONS                                                                                                          27–51. Since so many sites are excellent, choose
                                                                   sewer or waterfront sites, fee includes 4 people, $2
        Pets: On leash only. Fires: In grills, fire rings only.                                                               your site based on proximity to facilities. The
                                                                   for each additional person, limit 8 people per site.
        Alcoholic Beverages: Not allowed. Vehicle                                                                             campgrounds located on the Alabama River Lake
                                                                   Parking: Limit 2 cars per site, overflow parking
        Maximum Length: None.                                                                                                 system are all extremely remote. Prairie Creek
                                                                   available.
        TO GET THERE                                                                                                          makes a great summer destination as it only fills to
        From I-59, take the Brookwood exit onto CR 59              FACILITIES                                                 capacity on the busiest holiday weekends. Gates
                                                                   Number of Multipurpose Sites: 636.                         lock at night making the park extremely safe.
        and go north approximately 5 mi. to AL 216.
                                                                   Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water, 235 sites w/           Prairie Creek is located six miles from Holy
        Turn right and drive east for 2.5 mi. Then turn
                                                                   sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill. Dump Sta-           Ground Battlefield Park, site of 1813–1814 clashes
        left back onto CR 59 and go north 18 mi. Turn
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            between the Creek Indians and the U.S. Army, led       Though not as attractive as nearby Oak Mountain           sites, 24 of which have full hookups. Area A is pret-
            by General Andrew Jackson. Today, Holy Ground          State Park, KOA Birmingham South is tidy and              tier, shadier and more woodsy than B, which has 72
            Battlefield Park is a day-use only recreation area     offers comfortably spaced sites. Campers some-            sites crammed into half the space of A. In fact, most
            with swimming beach, boat launch, playground,          times prefer the aesthetically bland sites at KOA to      of area B is downright unattractive, with the excep-
            bathhouse, picnic shelters, multi-purpose court,       the state park because sites are level and hookups        tion of tent sites B6, B8, B64, and B65. All RV
            hiking trails, and observation deck. Day-use fees      include cable TV. The KOA may also be quieter, as         parking is on untidy gravel and both areas have
            are waived for Prairie Creek campground guests.        many of the campers here are retirees. Back-in sites      back-in and pull-through parking. Oak Mountain
            BASICS                                                 numbered B-8 through B-30 are the shadiest, pret-         is exceptional for its proximity to Birmingham. It’s
            Operated By: U.S.Army Corps of Engineers.              tiest, and the most popular. If you prefer an open        a good place to stay while visiting Birmingham and
            Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first     pull-through site, choose from sites 1–36. All roads      it’s also the favored outdoor playground for the
            served; 60% of sites are available for reservations,   and RV parking spots are paved.                           city’s natives. This means that hiking, mountain
            accepted through the National Recreation Reser-        BASICS                                                    biking, and other activities may not provide the
            vation Service (NRRS) at (877) 444-6777 or             Operated By: AIG Baker. Open: All year. Site              solitude we would expect at other parks. Still, the
            www.reserveusa.com. Reservations can be made           Assignment: First come, first served; reservations        park’s broad offering of activities and its proximity
            up to 240 days in advance, full payment required       accepted. Registration: Campground office. Fee:           to a number of restaurants and attractions make it a
            upon making reservation; credit card preferred (V,     $29 water & electric, $23 tent, fee includes 2 peo-       good choice for a visit. Security at Oak Mountain is
            MC, D,AE), or pay by money order if at least 21        ple; extra charge for sewer, a/c, electric heat or 50     fair. The back gate is never manned, but both gates
            days in advance of arrival. $10 fee for cancellation   amp hookup. Parking: 2 vehicles per site, plus            are locked at night. Avoid Oak Mountain State
            or change of site or dates. Cancellation w/in 3 days   overflow lot.                                             Park like the plague on holiday weekends and dur-
            of arrival charged 1st night, no-show charged $20                                                                ing the hotter summer months.
                                                                   FACILITIES
            plus 1st night. Registration: Gatehouse or night       Number of RV Sites: 116. Number of Tent-                  BASICS
            access lane. Fee: $14–$16 for waterfront multipur-     only Sites: 6. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),           Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All
            pose sites; $12 for other multipurpose sites, $10      water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Picnic table,          year. Site Assignment: Reservations required for
            for tent sites. Parking: At sites, overflow parking    paved area, grill on request. Dump Station: Yes.          weekends & holidays, 2-night min. stay weekends, 3-
            available.                                             Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and              night min. stay holiday weekends (Mem. Day, Labor
            FACILITIES                                             Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal            Day, & 4th of July). Registration: Country store.
            Number of Tent-only Sites: 7. Number of                Roads: Some gravel, majority paved. RV Service:           Fee: $17 for sites w/ full hookups, $15 for sites w/
            Multipurpose Sites: 62. Hookups: Electric (50          15 mi. Market: 1 mi. in Pelham. Restaurant: 0.5           water & electric, $11 for tent sites, fee includes 3
            amps), water. Each Site: Picnic tables, grills, fire   mi. in Pelham. General Store: Camp store,Wal-             people, $2 per extra person, senior discount over
            rings, tent pad at tent sites. Dump Station: Yes.      Mart 2 mi. south in Pelham. Vending: Beverages.           65. Parking: Limit 2 cars per site.
            Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and           Swimming: Yes, heated pool & hot tub. Play-               FACILITIES
            Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal          ground: Yes. Other: Gift shop, hot tub, covered           Number of Tent-only Sites: 60. Number of
            Roads: Paved. RV Service: 20 mi. west in Selma.        pavilion, rental cabins. Activities: Game room,           Multipurpose Sites: 85. Hookups: Electric (30
            Market: 20 mi. west in Selma. Restaurant: 10 mi.       horseshoes, basketball, clubhouse w/ TV. Nearby           amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, fire
            southeast in Lowndesboro. General Store: 20 mi.        Attractions: Oak Mountain State Park (golf, fish-         ring, lantern pole. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:
            west in Selma. Vending: No. Swimming: No.              ing, horseback riding, boating, hiking), Birmingham       Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:
            Playground: Yes. Other: Courtesy docks, boat           Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Galleria Mall. Additional        Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:
            ramp, fish-cleaning area, picnic shelters, sports      Information: Birmingham CVB, (800) 458-8085;              Paved & gravel. RV Service: 2 mi. southwest. Mar-
            court, scenic overlooks. Activities: Boating, water-   Hoover Chamber of Commerce, (205) 988-5672.               ket: 3 mi. southwest in Pelham. Restaurant: 3 mi.
            skiing, hiking, hunting. Nearby Attractions:           RESTRICTIONS                                              southwest in Pelham. General Store: Wal-Mart 6
            Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church & King Monument,            Pets: On leash only. Fires: At tent sites only. Alco-     mi. east in Inverness. Vending: Beverages. Swim-
            Cahawba, National Voting Rights Museum & Insti-        holic Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Maxi-              ming: No. Playground: Yes. Other: Boat ramp,
            tute, Old Depot Museum, Old Live Oak Cemetery          mum Length: 50 ft.                                        lake beach, snack bar, petting zoo, information cen-
            Tour, Smitherman Historic Building. Additional                                                                   ter, stables, marina, boat rental (no gasoline boats
            Information: Selma/Dallas County Chamber of
                                                                   TO GET THERE                                              allowed on lake), tennis courts, BMX track, picnic
            Commerce, (334) 875-7241.
                                                                   From I-65, take Exit 242, then AL 52 west, then           area,Alabama Wildlife Rescue Center, 18-hole golf
                                                                   right on AL 33, campground is 1 block on the              course, sports fields, picnic shelters & pavilions, con-
            RESTRICTIONS                                           right.
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire ring only. Alco-                                                                ference center. Activities: Horseback riding, hiking,
            holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                                                                        mountain biking, fishing. Nearby Attractions:
                                                                                                                             VisionLand, Birmingham Zoo & Botanical Gardens,
            Length: 50 ft.                                         BIRMINGHAM              MAP, B-2
                                                                                                                             Birmingham Museum of Art,Alabama Jazz Hall of
            TO GET THERE                                           Oak Mountain State Park
                                                                                                                             Fame, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Sloss Fur-
            From Montgomery, take US 80 west for 25 mi.            P.O. Box 278, Birmingham 35124.                           naces, Galleria Mall. Additional Information:
            Turn right on CR 29 and follow the signs.              T: (205) 620-2527; www.dcnr.state.al.us/parks.            Birmingham CVB, (205) 458-8001; Hoover Chamber
                                                                                                                             of Commerce, (205) 988-5672.
                                                                   a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
            BIRMINGHAM           MAP, B-2                                                                                    RESTRICTIONS
            Birmingham South Campground                            Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★           Pets: On leash only. Fires: Grill, fire rings only.
                                                                   Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★                 Alcoholic Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Max-
            222 Hwy. 33, Birmingham 35124.                         Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★            imum Length: 56 ft.
            T: (205) 664-8832 or (800) 772-8832.                   Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★★           TO GET THERE
            a ★★★★                      b ★★                       While reasonably attractive, Oak Mountain State           From I-65, take Exit 246 and go west on US 119.
                                                                   park doesn’t boast the most gorgeous campground           Take an immediate left onto State Park Rd. Drive
            Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★          in the state. The camp sites are a little ghostly—we      for 3.5 mi. to a 4-way stop. Turn left onto Findlay
            Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★                could tell that they used to be lovely. Sites are situ-   Dr. The main park gate is ahead. Go 5.5 mi. past
            Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★          ated in two main areas, within which site shape, size     the gate to Campground Rd. and turn left.
            Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★★★★          and privacy vary immensely. Area A contains 71
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        110      ALABAMA          Camden

                                                                                                                              Creameries. Additional Information: Childers-
         CAMDEN                 MAP, C-2                            CHILDERSBURG                              MAP, B-2        burg Chamber of Commerce, (256) 378-5482,Tal-
         Roland Cooper State Park                                   DeSoto Caverns                                            ladega Chamber of Commerce, (256) 362-9075.
        285 Deer Run Dr., Camden 36726.                             5181 DeSoto Caverns Pkwy., Childersburg                   RESTRICTIONS
        T: (334) 682-4838; www.dcnr.state.al.us/parks.              35044.T: (256) 378-7252;                                  Pets: On leash only. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic
                                                                    www.desotocavernspark.com.                                Beverages: Not allowed. Vehicle Maximum
        a ★★★                          b ★★★                                                                                  Length: None.
                                                                    a ★★★                         b ★★★
        Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★                                                                      TO GET THERE
        Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★                   Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★            From US 280 in Childersburg, drive northeast on
        Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★             Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★                  AL 76 (DeSoto Caverns Pkwy.) for 5 mi. The
        Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★★★★             Security: ★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★           entrance is on the left.
        Golf and fishing are the primary draws at Roland            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★
        Cooper State Park. Created by a dam on the                  This small, privately owned campground is clean
        Alabama River, 22,000-acre Dannelly Reservoir is            and attractive. Part of a complex that includes De-
                                                                                                                              COKER                                    MAP, B-1

        home to numerous fish species, as well as beaver,           Soto Caverns and a small amusement park, the              Lake Lurleen State Park
        waterfowl, and American alligator. The nine-hole            campground is sandwiched into the front corner of         13226 Lake Lurleen Rd., Coker 35452.
        golf course is a bargain; greens fees are only $9 for       the property. Because some sites are only a few feet      T: (205) 339-1558; www.dcnr.state.al.us/parks.
        9 holes and $13 for 18 holes. Here, the woodlands           from the amusement park, quiet afternoon naps
        are dominated by pine. The majority of the camp-            may be out of the question when the park is busy.         a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
        sites enjoy the shade of a mature stand of loblolly         The triangular campground offers compact sites
                                                                                                                              Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
        pine. A bit of privacy is provided by the trees, but        which are well shaded by pine trees. Parking is
                                                                                                                              Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★
        none of the sites are entirely secluded. Most of the        mainly back-in, with a few pull-throughs, and
                                                                                                                              Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★
        sites are situated on one loop and feature paved,           patchy grass invading the gravel. Sites 2 and 3 are
                                                                                                                              Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★★
        back-in parking. Sites 22, 24, and 28 are pull-             farthest away from AL 76 making them the quietest
        through sites, with views of the reservoir and gravel       at night. Big rigs should avoid this tight, hilly camp-   Named after Alabama’s only woman governor,
        parking. In the primitive tent camping area, site 10        ground altogether (opt for one of the sprawling           Lurleen Burns Wallace, this lake is popular with
        has a nice view of the water. Site size is comfortable      campgrounds along Logan Martin Lake). Less than           anglers. The 250-acre lake is stocked with bream,
        but not exceptional. Roland Cooper’s rural loca-            60 miles from Birmingham, this kitschy-but-fun            catfish, crappie, and largemouth and striped bass.
        tion and gates that lock at night make it fairly            park will be appreciated by children especially. The      Rather not fish? Swim, hike, or canoe. Located 12
        secure. Avoid this park in July and August when             Great-Onyx Cavern is the venue for a laser light          miles northwest of Tuscaloosa, this park stays busy
        summer heat crescendos. Also avoid Memorial                 show and the amusement park includes a fishing’           all summer so we recommend weekday, spring, or
        Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day, when crowds are            hole, gem panning and more. Keep in mind that             fall visits. Four camping areas (A–D) offer nice-
        at a maximum.                                               there is no snack bar at the park. Count on driving       sized sites. Most have paved back-in parking. A few
                                                                    about 5 miles to Childersburg if you’re not cooking       sites have gravel parking. Section B is devoted to
        BASICS
                                                                    at your site. Security is poor here. There is no gate     RV campers and contains eight pull-through sites.
        Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All
                                                                    and the campground is visible from AL 76. Cave            Sites B33–B39 (odd numbers) feature wooden
        year. Site Assignment: Reservations accepted;
                                                                    touring is a delightful summertime activity. Just         decks overlooking Lake Lurleen. In section A, lake-
        cancellation w/ 72-hour notice; sites are first come,
                                                                    steer clear of visits during holiday weekends and big     front sites A2–A14 (even numbers) offer lovely
        first served. Registration: Entrance office. Fee:
                                                                    event weekends at Talladega Superspeedway.                views. While most sites have some shady trees, sites
        $16. Parking: Limit 3 vehicles per site, overflow
                                                                                                                              A15 and A16 are exceptionally shady and secluded.
        parking available.                                          BASICS
                                                                                                                              In spite of Lake Lurleen’s proximity to Tuscaloosa,
        FACILITIES                                                  Operated By: The Mathis Family. Open: All year,
                                                                                                                              it feels remote. Gates lock at night making the park
        Number of Tent-only Sites: 10. Number of                    closed Christmas Day & Thanksgiving. Site Assign-
                                                                                                                              extremely secure.
        Multipurpose Sites: 47. Hookups: Electric (30               ment: First come, first served; reservations
                                                                    accepted for festivals & Talladega Superspeedway          BASICS
        amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, fire
                                                                    race weekends only; full deposit required; 1-week         Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All
        ring. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay
                                                                    cancellation policy. Registration: Gift shop or           year. Site Assignment: Reservations accepted w/
        Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
                                                                    night registration. Fee: $20 for full hookups, $15        1-night deposit; sites are first come, first served.
        Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.
                                                                    for tent camping, 4 person max., $2 per extra per-        Registration: Entrance station. Fee: $14 base rate
        RV Service: 75 mi. northeast in Montgomery. Mar-
                                                                    son. Parking: At site, overflow parking available.        (MC,V, check, or cash). Parking: 2 vehicles per
        ket: Camp store. Restaurant: 5 mi. south in Cam-
                                                                                                                              site.
        den. General Store: 5 mi. south in Camden.                  FACILITIES
        Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes.                 Number of RV Sites: 16. Number of Tent-only               FACILITIES
        Other: Clubhouse, picnic pavilion, 9-hole golf              Sites: 3. Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water,             Number of Multipurpose Sites: 91. Hookups:
        course, driving range, boat ramps, fish-cleaning area.      sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, some fire rings.   Electric (30, 50 amps), water, 35 sites w/ sewer.
        Activities: Golf, fishing, boating, swimming, walking       Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone:                Each Site: Picnic table, grill. Dump Station: Yes.
        trails. Nearby Attractions: Bridgeport Beach, Dale          Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.               Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
        Masonic Lodge,Wilcox Female Institute. Additional           Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Ser-              Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
        Information: Wilcox Development Council, (334)              vice: 5 mi. southwest in Childersburg. Market: 5          Roads: Paved. RV Service: 15 mi. south in
        682-4929.                                                   mi. southwest in Childersburg. Restaurant: 5 mi.          Tuscaloosa. Market: 7 mi. east in Northport.
                                                                    southwest in Childersburg. General Store: Camp            Restaurant: 7 mi. east in Northport. General
        RESTRICTIONS                                                                                                          Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Yes, lake.
        Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire rings, grills only.        Store,Wal-Mart 15 mi. south in Sylacauga. Vending:
                                                                    Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes. Other:                Playground: Yes. Other: Boat ramps, fishing pier,
        Alcoholic Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Max-
                                                                    Caverns, climbing wall, amusement park. Activities:       marina, boat rentals, amphitheater, picnic area,
        imum Length: None.
                                                                    Mazes, mini-golf, pedal boats, go-carts, gemstone         group picnic shelters, swimming beach, beach snack
        TO GET THERE                                                panning, laser light show. Nearby Attractions: Tal-       stand, nature center, sports field. Activities: Fish-
        From I-65, take Exit 128. Drive west on AL 10               ladega Superspeedway, Kymulga Grist Mill & Cov-           ing, boating, hiking, swimming. Nearby Attrac-
        for 40 mi. At Camden, turn right onto AL 41 and             ered Bridge, Bryant’s Vineyard, Blue Bell                 tions: Paul “Bear” Bryant Museum,Alabama
        drive north for 4 mi. The park is on the left.                                                                        Museum of Natural History, Moundville Indian
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            Archaeological Park, Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center,        FACILITIES                                               FACILITIES
            Denny Chimes, Gorgas House, Children’s Hands-             Number of RV Sites: 0. Number of Tent-only               Number of Tent-only Sites: 8. Number of
            On Museum, Kentucky Art Center, University of             Sites: Undesignated sites. Number of Multipur-           Multipurpose Sites: 50. Hookups: Electric (50
            Alabama Arboretum. Additional Information:                pose Sites: 73. Hookups: Electric (30 amps),             amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, fire
            West Alabama Chamber of Commerce (205) 758-               water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill. Dump       ring, grill, lantern post, tent pad. Dump Station:
            7588;Tuscaloosa CVB, (800) 538-8696.                      Station: No. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest          Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms
            RESTRICTIONS                                              Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane:              and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No.
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire pit only. Alcoholic      No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: 25 mi.            Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: 35 mi. east in
            Beverages: Site only, not allowed at beach. Vehi-         east in Oxford. Market: 25 mi. east in Oxford.           Cullman. Market: 5 mi. northwest in Double
            cle Maximum Length: None.                                 Restaurant: In park. General Store: Wal-Mart             Springs. Restaurant: 5 mi. northwest in Double
                                                                      25 mi. east in Oxford. Vending: Beverages. Swim-         Springs. General Store: 5 mi. northwest in Dou-
            TO GET THERE
                                                                      ming: Yes. Playground: Yes. Other: Observation           ble Springs. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-
            From I-59, take Exit 71-B in Tuscaloosa. Go
                                                                      tower, CCC Museum, picnic & play area, sandy             ground: No. Other: Boat launch, swimming beach,
            north on I-359 for 5 mi. Turn left onto US 82
                                                                      swimming beach. Activities: Fishing, pedal boat          paddle boat rental, group picnic shelter. Activities:
            (McFarland Blvd.) and drive west for 5 mi. Turn
                                                                      rental, hiking, mountain biking. Nearby Attrac-          Fishing, swimming, hiking. Nearby Attractions:
            right onto CR 21 and drive north for 4.5 mi. The
                                                                      tions: Anniston Museum of Natural History, Birm-         William B. Bankhead National Forest, Looney’s
            park entrance is on the right.
                                                                      ingham & Gadsden attractions.                            Entertainment & Riverboat,Ave Maria Grotto in
                                                                      RESTRICTIONS                                             Cullman. Additional Information: Cullman Area
            DELTA                                     MAP, B-3        Pets: On leash only. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic           Chamber of Commerce, (800) 313-5114.
            Cheaha State Park                                         Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Maximum                 RESTRICTIONS
                                                                      Length: 40 ft.                                           Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire ring only. Alco-
            2141 Bunker Loop, Delta 36258.
                                                                      TO GET THERE                                             holic Beverages: Not Allowed. Vehicle Maxi-
            T: (256) 488-5111; www.dcnr.state.al.us/parks.
                                                                      From I-20 take Exit 191. Go south on US 431 for          mum Length: 50 ft.
            a ★★★★                        b ★★★★                      5 mi. Turn right onto AL 281 and go south. This          TO GET THERE
                                                                      runs into the park.                                      From I-65, take Exit 308 at Cullman. Go west on
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                                                                               US 278 for approximately 30 mi. Turn left and
            Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★
                                                                                                                               drive south on CR 57 for 3 mi. to the park
            Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★            DOUBLE SPRINGS                            MAP, A-1       entrance.
            Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★            Corinth Recreation Area
            With an elevation of 2,407 feet, Mount Cheaha is
                                                                      1070 Hwy. 33, Double Springs 35553.                      EUFAULA
            the highest point in the state of Alabama. Park                                                                                            MAP, C-3
                                                                      T: (205) 489-5111; www.reserveusa.com.
            guests can enjoy the gorgeous mountain view from                                                                   Lakepoint Resort State Park
            atop the observation tower. The campgrounds are           a ★★★★                       b ★★★★                      P.O. Box 267, Eufaula 36072.T: (334) 687-8011
            also very attractive, with spacious sites and a variety
                                                                      Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★          or (800) 544-5253; www.dcnr.state.al.us/parks.
            of shady hardwood species. Site privacy varies, with
                                                                      Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
            dense foliage buffering some sites from their neigh-                                                               a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
            bors. There are two campgrounds at Cheaha, Num-           Security: ★★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★
            ber 1, or “Upper,” and Number 2, or “Lower.”              Insect Control: ★★★★★         Facilities: ★★★            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★
            Campground Number 1 features mostly back-in               Located 28 miles from the hiking and equestrian          Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
            parking, but there are a few spacious pull-throughs.      trails at Sipsey Wilderness Area, Corinth Recreation     Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
            Parking spots are an amalgamation of dirt and             Area offers 52 campsites with full hookups. Sites are    Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★★
            gravel. In campground Number 1, sites 4 and 5 are         attractive, spacious, and heavily wooded. Dense          Hide your carrots. Lakepoint Resort Sate Park
            extremely private and wooded. Large pull-through          brush between sites provides privacy. The camp-          campgrounds are full of bunny rabbits. The flat
            sites include 30, 31, 34, 35, and 36. Of these, 34 is     ground is laid out in two main loops plus a group        campground is situated along Lake Eufaula, home
            the shadiest. In campground Number 2, sites 56            camp loop. The Yellow Hammer loop is much pret-          to beaver and American alligator. Four camping
            and 57 have a gorgeous view. Most sites in Number         tier than the Firefly loop. All parking is paved.        areas provide over 500 sites. Of these areas, the
            2 are pull-throughs. The popularity of Cheaha’s           While most of the parking is back-in style, there are    Clark Loop, with sites along the lake, is the most
            campgrounds can sometimes detract from their              five huge pull-through sites. Pull-through sites 17      attractive. Clark has only water and electric
            beauty. The campgrounds are fairly well main-             and 19 are lovely and very private. Although the         hookups, and is the best choice for tent campers.
            tained, but the rest rooms and trash bins sometimes       bathhouses in Bankhead National Forest are small,        Even-numbered sites 20–42 have the prettiest views.
            need more attention than they get. Security is fair at    they are some of the tidiest in the state. Security is   RV campers should head for the Deer Court area,
            this rural state park. We got the idea that gates may     excellent at Corinth; the campground is extremely        which has full hookups, and both back-in and pull-
            or may not go down at night. This Appalachian             remote and gated at all times. Day-use facilities at     through sites. All parking is paved and ground cover
            park stays cooler than most of Alabama during the         Corinth are minimal, so the atmosphere is usually        consists of grass and pine straw. Site size varies, but
            summer. Nonetheless, we recommend avoiding                incredibly laid-back. This tranquil campground           sites are generally comfortable. Most sites are nicely
            Cheaha on summer weekends when the park’s                 rarely fills up, so it’s a good bet for a summer week-   wooded with a variety of tree species, some adorned
            beauty and myriad activities attract the masses.          end (if you can stand the heat).                         with Spanish moss. None are very secluded. With
            BASICS                                                    BASICS                                                   excellent resort amenities, Lakepoint Resort State
            Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All               Operated By: Cradle of Forestry in America               Park is a good choice for active families and couples,
            year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;          Interpretive Assoc. Open: Inquire at campground.         making its remote location worth the drive. Gated
            reservations accepted w/ 1st night’s fee in advance;      Site Assignment: First come, first served; some          at all times, campground security is excellent. This
            no refunds allowed, although date of stay can be          loops reservable through National Recreation             park becomes chaotic on holiday weekends and
            changed. Registration: Country store. Fee: $15            Reservation System, (877) 444-6777. Registra-            should also be avoided in July and August when it’s
            multipurpose sites, $10 primitive sites, 15% dis-         tion: Gatehouse. Fee: $20 RV, $10 tent, fee              bound to be unbearably hot and humid.
            count for handicapped or 62 & over. Parking: Site,        includes 1 vehicle per site, $3 per extra vehicle.       BASICS
            limit 2 vehicles per site.                                Parking: At site; wheels must be on pavement.            Operated By: Alabama State Parks Conservation
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        112     ALABAMA         Fort Payne

        Dept. Open: All year, except Thanksgiving &             woods and pines, making site size outstanding and        Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★
        Christmas Days. Site Assignment: First come,            site privacy excellent. RV parking spaces are gravel.    Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★★★★★
        first served; reservations accepted through Con-        Of the 78 campsites, 10 are pull-throughs. Since         This city-owned park will be a big hit with the
        servation Dept. or directly, 1 night deposit, 7-day     all of the sites are nice, choose your site based on     young’uns. The historic Pioneer Homestead con-
        cancellation notice; 3-night min. on holidays. Regis-   proximity to (or distance from) playgrounds and          sists of over 50 structures which have been pre-
        tration: Camp store, night registration available.      rest rooms. RV campers may want to procure one           served by the city of Gadsden. Buildings such as
        Fee: $17 for sites w/ sewer, $15 for sites w/ water     of the 20 sites with full hookups. Gorgeous sites        the blacksmith shop and the loom house contain
        & electric, $12 no hookups fees include 4 people,       make this one of the most popular campgrounds in         tools typically used by early Appalachian pioneers.
        $1 per extra person. Parking: 2 cars per site,          the state, so visit in the spring to avoid the masses.   Children will also love the passenger train, animal
        overflow parking available.                             If you don’t mind the constant crowds, visit for fall    park, and mini-golf. Adults will appreciate the
        FACILITIES                                              “leaf-peeping” in September and October. Security        urban location, with shopping and a choice of
        Number of Multipurpose Sites: 244.                      at DeSoto State Park is excellent; at night the gate     restaurants found within six miles of the park.
        Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water, 80 sites w/         must be opened with a “key card.”                        Everybody will enjoy the park’s centerpiece, 90-
        sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill. Dump Sta-        BASICS                                                   foot Noccalula Falls. The campground is attractive,
        tion: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest           Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All              with plenty of back-in sites and a handful of pull-
        Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Boat fuel.                year. Site Assignment: Reservations required.            throughs. A few sites have gravel parking, but most
        Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-            Registration: Country store. Fee: $17 water,             are paved. Here, site size varies greatly, with most
        vice: 40 mi. north in Columbus, GA. Market: 6 mi.       electric, & sewer (4 people); $14 water & electric       sites being comfortably sized. The majority enjoy
        south in Eufaula. Restaurant: In park. General          (4 people); $8 primitive (2 people); $3 per extra        the shade of tall pine trees. But with little foliage
        Store: Camp store. Vending: Yes. Swimming:              person; 8 people max.; children under 6 free. Park-      between sites, privacy is poor. The prettiest sites
        No. Playground: Yes. Other: Marina, boat                ing: At site, limit 2 cars per site.                     (A19–A38) overlook the large bluff that leads
        launches, swimming beach, picnic area, sports field,    FACILITIES                                               down to Black Creek. Security is good at Noc-
        information/nature center, RV storage, tennis           Number of Tent-only Sites: Undesignated sites.           calula Falls. Gates remain open throughout the
        courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, lodge,    Hookups: Water, 58 w/ electric (30 amps), 20 w/          night, but rangers patrol the park 24 hours a day.
        18-hole golf course, lounge, resort motel, video        electric (30 amps), sewer. Each Site: Picnic table,      Avoid Gadsden in the hotter summer months.
        arcade. Activities: Fishing, pontoon boat rental,       grill, fire ring. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes.       Avoid this park completely on holidays. School
        hiking, tennis courts, lodge, 18-hole golf. Nearby      Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:                  groups are more likely to visit the Pioneer Village
        Attractions: Downtown Eufaula, antebellum               Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads:             on weekdays in April and May. Call ahead if you
        homes, walking & driving tours, antique shopping.       Paved. RV Service: 35 mi. west in Rainsville. Mar-       would like to avoid them.
        Additional Information: Eufaula Chamber of              ket: Convenience 3 mi., grocery 7 mi. southwest in       BASICS
        Commerce, (334) 687-6664.                               Fort Payne. Restaurant: In park. General Store:          Operated By: City of Gadsden. Open: All year.
        RESTRICTIONS                                            Convenience 3 mi.,Wal-Mart 10 mi. southwest in           Site Assignment: First come, first served. Reser-
        Pets: On leash only. Fires: Grill, fire rings only.     Fort Payne. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Yes. Play-           vations available call campground for details. Reg-
        Alcoholic Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Max-         ground: Yes. Other: Boat launch (7 mi.), nature          istration: Camp office. Fee: $23 for sites w/ full
        imum Length: 60 ft.                                     trails, tennis courts, volleyball court, sports equip-   hookups, $17 for sites w/ water & electricity, 7th
        TO GET THERE                                            ment, picnic & play area, lodge, country store.          night is free, 10% senior discount. Parking: At site.
        From Columbus, GA, take US 431 south for                Activities: Whitewater paddling (Cl ass I–IV), rock      FACILITIES
        approximately 50 mi. Go past the intersection of        climbing, hiking. Nearby Attractions: Little River       Number of RV Sites: 83. Number of Tent-only
        US 431 and AL 165. The park entrance is the             Canyon National Preserve, Mentone crafts &               Sites: 20. Hookups: 14 RV w/ electric (30, 50
        next left.                                              antiques, Depot Museum, Cloudmont Ski & Golf             amps), water, sewer, & cable TV; 13 RV w/ electric
                                                                Resort, waterfalls. Additional Information: Fort         (30, 50 amps), water, sewer; 56 RV w/ electric (30,
                                                                Payne Chamber of Commerce, (256) 845-2741;               50 amps), water; 20 tent w/ electric (30, 50 amps),
         FORT PAYNE                              MAP, A-3       Gadsden Chamber of Commerce, (256) 543-3472.             water. Each Site: Picnic table, grill. (Available at
         DeSoto State Park                                      RESTRICTIONS                                             most sites. Not guaranteed.) Dump Station: Yes.
                                                                Pets: On leash only. Fires: Grills fire rings only.      Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
        13883 CR 89, Fort Payne 35967.
                                                                Alcoholic Beverages: Not allowed. Vehicle                Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
        T: (256) 845-5075 or (800) 760-4089;
                                                                Maximum Length: 50 ft.                                   Roads: Gravel. RV Service: 5 mi. east in Gadsden.
        www.desotostatepark.com.
                                                                TO GET THERE                                             Market: 1mi. south in Gadsden. Restaurant: In
        a ★★★★★                      b ★★★★★                    From I-59, take Fort Payne Exit 218 and drive            park. General Store: Country store in park;Wal-
                                                                northeast on AL 35. Drive 8 mi. to the top of            Mart, K-Mart, & Lowe’s 10 mi. south in Gadsden.
        Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★★★★                                                                  Vending: No. Swimming: Yes. Playground: Yes.
        Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★                 Lookout Mountain. At the flashing caution light,
                                                                turn left onto CR 89 and drive 5 mi. to the park         Other: Botanical gardens, Noccalula Falls, Pioneer
        Security: ★★★★★              Cleanliness: ★★★★                                                                   Village, animal park, passenger train, picnic pavil-
        Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★           entrance.
                                                                                                                         ions, souvenir shop, concession stand, rec hall,
        Situated about halfway between DeSoto Falls and                                                                  information center. Activities: Hiking, carpet golf,
        Little River Canyon, DeSoto State Park has a             GADSDEN                                   MAP, A-2      swimming, nature & history study. Nearby
        rugged ambience even though it’s less than 10            Noccalula Falls Park and                                Attractions: Inquire at campground.
        miles northeast of Fort Payne. Sometimes referred        Campground                                              RESTRICTIONS
        to as “The Grand Canyon of the East,” Little River                                                               Pets: On leash only. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic
        Canyon has drops of up to 600 feet. Hardcore out-       P.O. Box 267, Gadsden 35904.T: (256) 543-                Beverages: Not allowed. Vehicle Maximum
        doorsfolk climb the canyon’s sandstone bluffs and       7412; www.rvcampground.com/al/noccalulafalls.            Length: None.
        paddle the Little River’s Class III–V whitewater.
        The campground at DeSoto State Park is laid out         a ★★★★                        b ★★★★                     TO GET THERE
                                                                                                                         From I-59 take Exit 188 onto AL 211 (Noccalula
        in two loops, each with its own playground and          Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★          Rd.). Go south 3.5 mi. to the 1st light and turn
        rest rooms. Sites are nicely spaced and the camp-       Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★                right. The park entrance is ahead.
        ground is heavily wooded with a variety of hard-
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                                                                        Alcoholic Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Max-          Nearby Attractions: Cathedral Caverns,
            GREENVILLE                                  MAP, C-2
                                                                        imum Length: 45 ft.                                      Huntsville Space Museum, Lake Guntersville State
            Sherling Lake                                                                                                        Park,TVA Guntersville Dam, Depot Museum.
                                                                        TO GET THERE
            P.O. Box 158, Greenville 36037.T: (800) 810-                From I-65, take Exit 130 and head northwest on           Additional Information: Guntersville Chamber
            5253; www.gocampingamerica.com/sherlinglake.                AL 185 for 1.5 mi. At AL 263, turn left and con-         of Commerce, (256) 582-3612.
                                                                        tinue another 1.5 mi. The park entrance is on the        RESTRICTIONS
            a ★★★★★                        b ★★★★                       left.                                                    Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire rings, grills only.
            Beauty: ★★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★                                                                    Alcoholic Beverages: Not allowed. Vehicle
            Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★★★★                                                                          Maximum Length: None.
            Security: ★★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★
                                                                        GROVE OAK                                 MAP, A-2
                                                                                                                                 TO GET THERE
            Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★★             Buck’s Pocket State Park                                 From I-59, take Exit 218 at Fort Payne. Go north
            The city of Greenville operates this impeccably             393 CR 174, Grove Oak 35975.                             on AL 35 for 7 mi. At Rainsville, turn left and
            manicured campground. The tidy landscaping                  T: (256) 659-2752; www.dcnr.state.al.us/parks.           drive south on AL 75 for 4 mi. At Fyffe, turn
            includes native azaleas and dogwoods with intermit-                                                                  right on CR 50, and go 8 mi. Watch carefully for
            tent shade provided by tall pines. The park encom-
                                                                        a ★★★★                        b ★★★★★                    park signs. Turn right onto CR 19 and right again
            passes two fishing lakes, stocked with catfish,             Beauty: ★★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                                                                                 onto CR 556, then left onto CR 73. The park is
            bluegill, brim, bass, and crappie. For golfers, 27-         Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★★
                                                                                                                                 on the right.
            hole Cambrian Ridge (part of the Robert Trent               Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
            Jones Golf Trail) is adjacent to Sherling Lake. Nearly      Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★
            deserted in the spring and fall, this campground is
                                                                                                                                 GULF SHORES                                MAP, D-1
                                                                        Two-thousand-acre Buck’s Pocket State Park is            Doc’s RV Park
            an excellent choice for golfers. For families, the play-
                                                                        exceedingly beautiful and not heavily visited. Built
            ground is one of the nicest we’ve seen. The majority                                                                 17595 AL 180/Fort Morgan Rd., Gulf Shores
                                                                        around the 400-foot deep Buck’s Pocket Canyon
            of the campsites are situated near the “Top Lake.”                                                                   36542.T: (251) 968-4511; www.docsrvpark.com.
                                                                        and featuring five moderately difficult hiking
            All sites have ample paved parking and there are
                                                                        trails, the park is appreciated by day hikers. Anglers
            plenty of large pull-through sites. Folks with large                                                                 a ★★★                         b n/a
                                                                        can access Lake Guntersville at Morgan Cove,
            campers should consider 1, 14, 18, and 25–41.
                                                                        seven miles from the park. We were very impressed        Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★
            Although all sites at Sherling Lake are spacious,
                                                                        with the quiet campground that lies in the flat val-     Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★
            back-in sites often feel a bit more secluded. Though
                                                                        ley of the canyon. Completely shaded by a stand of       Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★
            almost every site enjoys some shade, none are com-
                                                                        hardwood trees, the campground features sights           Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★
            pletely secluded by greenery. Sherling Lake is only
                                                                        adjacent to lovely boulder-lined Little South Sauty      When we visited Gulf Shores, Doc’s RV Park was
            three miles from Greenville, providing easy access to
                                                                        Creek. Campsites are not huge, but this camp-            the quietest in town. Three miles from the beach
            shopping and restaurants. The park fills to capacity
                                                                        ground rarely fills to capacity so you’ll have plenty    and within easy distance to restaurants and shop-
            on holidays and during coastal hurricane evacua-
                                                                        of elbowroom. While internal roads are paved, sites      ping, Doc’s isn’t far from touristy hustle and bustle.
            tions. The rest of the time it’s an oasis of tranquility.
                                                                        offer back-in gravel parking. If you are looking for     Campsites at Doc’s are built around an elliptical
            Gates lock at night making security excellent.
                                                                        solitude, head for secluded site 17. At 900 feet         grassy park area. So even though sites are narrow,
            BASICS                                                      above sea level, this little “pocket” of the southern    campers enjoy a view of the grass. Most sites have a
            Operated By: City of Greenville. Open: All year.            Appalachians stays cooler than most of Alabama           little shade provided by trees on the periphery of
            Site Assignment: First come, first served; reser-           during the hot summer months. Visit Buck’s               the park. All sites have back-in, gravel parking
            vations accepted, no deposit required. Registra-            Pocket comfortably during spring, summer, or fall.       which looks a little untidy in some places. The
            tion: At office, late-comers register next morning.         The park is very remote with poor signage. It is         shadiest sites are 46–30. If you want an open site,
            Fee: $22 developed site for up to 4 people, $20             equipped with gates, but as one local said, “there       there are plenty to choose from. Doc’s is popular
            per tent in primitive area. Parking: Limit 1 car per        ain’t no need to lock ’em!”                              with snowbirds in the winter and popular with
            site, overflow parking available.
                                                                        BASICS                                                   families in the summer. For optimal peace and
            FACILITIES                                                  Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All              quiet, visit in spring or fall. Doc’s is in a quiet Gulf
            Number of RV Sites: 0. Number of Tent-only                  year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;         Shores neighborhood, but there is no gate. Security
            Sites: Undesignated sites. Number of Multipur-              reservations accepted for holiday weekends. Reg-         is fair, so guard your valuables.
            pose Sites: 41. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),            istration: At park office. Fee: $15 full hookups,        BASICS
            water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, shelter, fire        $14 water & electric, fee includes 8 people, $1 per      Operated By: Recherche LLC. Open: All year.
            ring, grill; primitive area includes some tables, fire      extra person. Parking: At sites.                         Site Assignment: Reservations recommended &
            rings & grills. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No.
                                                                        FACILITIES                                               accepted w/ deposit; 1-week cancellation notice
            Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
                                                                        Number of Tent-only Sites: 8. Number of                  required, 1-month in winter. Registration: Club-
            Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.
                                                                        Multipurpose Sites: 36. Hookups: 6 w/ electric           house, self-register at night. Fee: $26 in summer-
            RV Service: 3.5 mi. south in Greenville. Market:
                                                                        (50 amps), water, sewer; 36 w/ electric (50 amps),       time, $23 in wintertime (good for 4 people); 2-day
            3.5 mi. south in Greenville. Restaurant: 3.5 mi.
                                                                        water. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, fire ring, tent   weekend min., 3-day holiday min.; Good Sam dis-
            south in Greenville. General Store: Snack shop.
                                                                        pad at tent sites. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:           count available. Parking: At site, limit 2 cars per
            Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes.
                                                                        Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Show-                site.
            Other: Boat launches, picnic pavilions, small meet-
                                                                        ers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal                FACILITIES
            ing room. Activities: Fishing lakes, boat rentals,
                                                                        Roads: Paved. RV Service: 12 mi. east in                 Number of RV Sites: 75. Hookups: Electric (30,
            walking trail. Nearby Attractions: Adjacent to
                                                                        Rainsville. Market: Convenience store 3 mi. south,       50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Picnic
            Cambrian Ridge Robert Trent Jones 18-hole golf
                                                                        Grocery 10 mi. south in Geraldine. Restaurant:           table. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay
            course, Historic Greenville, Priesters Pecan Factory
                                                                        10 mi. south in Geraldine. General Store: 10 mi.         Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
            & Outlet. Additional Information: Greenville
                                                                        south in Geraldine. Vending: Yes. Swimming:              Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Paved.
            Chamber of Commerce, (334) 382-3251.
                                                                        Yes, fishing pier. Playground: Yes. Other: Boat          RV Service: 10 mi. north in Foley. Market: 2 mi.
            RESTRICTIONS                                                launch, observation overlook, picnic area. Activi-       in Gulf Shores. Restaurant: 2 mi. in Gulf Shores.
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Grill, fire rings only.         ties: Hiking & walking trails, fishing, boating.         General Store: 0.5 mi. in Gulf Shores,Wal-Mart
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        10 mi. north in Foley. Vending: Beverages. Swim-          Station: No. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest        on weekends, & 3-nights on holidays. Registra-
        ming: Yes, pool w/ no lifeguard. Playground: Yes.         Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:             tion: Camp entrance. Fee: $15–$28 in the sum-
        Other: Clubhouse, fire grills in central location, RV     No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: On call.        mer; $14–$22 in the winter. Parking: At site, limit
        storage. Activities: Volleyball, horseshoes, weekly       Market: 3 mi. in Gulf Shores. Restaurant: 3 mi. in     2 vehicles per site.
        campground gatherings in winter. Nearby Attrac-           Gulf Shores. General Store: 0.25 mi., 5 mi. to Wal-    FACILITIES
        tions: 3 mi. from the beach, outlet shopping,             Mart. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Yes. Playground:         Number of Multipurpose Sites: 468. Hookups:
        Bellingrath Gardens, boat tours, USS Alabama Bat-         Yes. Other: Pavilion, clubhouse for rent, indoor       Electric (15, 30 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Pic-
        tleship Memorial Park. Additional Information:            pool, outdoor pool, children’s pool. Activities:       nic table, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes.
        Alabama Gulf Coast CVB, (800) 745-7263.                   Fishing lake, paddle boat rental, basketball, horse-   Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes,
        RESTRICTIONS                                              shoes, shuffleboard, 18-hole mini-golf, hot tub.       11 bathhouses. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
        Pets: Welcome, on leash only. Fires: Grill only.          Nearby Attractions: Gulf Shores beaches,Water-         Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 3 mi. in
        Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maxi-               ville USA, Bellingrath Gardens, Dauphin Island Sea     Gulf Shores. Restaurant: In park. General Store:
        mum Length: None.                                         Lab, Fort Conde Museum, USS Alabama Battleship         Yes. Vending: Beverages. Swimming: No. Play-
                                                                  Memorial Park, Mobile & Pensacola attractions.         ground: Yes. Other: Tennis courts, fishing pier, golf
        TO GET THERE                                              Additional Information: Alabama Gulf Coast
        From I-10, take Exit 44 onto AL 59 south. Con-                                                                   course, game room, bicycle rental, beach pavilion,
                                                                  CVB, (800) 745-7263.                                   boat ramp, nature center, resort hotel & conference
        tinue past the junction with US 98 another 9.5
        mi. Turn west on AL 180/Fort Morgan Rd. and               RESTRICTIONS                                           center, picnic area. Activities: Swimming, hiking,
        the park entrance will be 2.2 mi. down on the             Pets: Leash only, clean-up enforced. Fires: Not        fishing, golf. Nearby Attractions: Alabama Gulf
        right. Website also has map and directions.               allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: At site only. Vehi-      Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores Beach, Dauphin Island Sea
                                                                  cle Maximum Length: None.                              Lab,Adventure Island, Bellingrath Gardens & Home,
                                                                  TO GET THERE                                           Biophilia Nature Center & Native Nursery, Gulf
         GULF SHORES                               MAP, D-1       From I-10, take Exit 44 (Loxley/Foley/Gulf             Coast Museum of Science, Gulf Coast Amusement
         Gulf Breeze Resort                                       Shores). Drive south on AL 59 and go through           Park, Mobile Bay Ferry, Pirate Island Adventure Golf,
                                                                  Foley. Exit at CR 6 and turn right. The park is 1.5    USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park,Wildland
        19800 Oak Rd.West, Gulf Shores 36542.                                                                            Expeditions,Waterville USA. Additional Informa-
                                                                  blocks on the left.
        T: (251) 968-8884; www.ehodges.com.                                                                              tion: Alabama Gulf Coast Visitor Information, (800)
        a ★★★                         b n/a                                                                              745-7263.
                                                                   GULF SHORES                              MAP, D-1     RESTRICTIONS
        Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★            Gulf State Park                                       Pets: On leash only. Fires: In grills, designated bon-
        Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★                                                                        fire areas. Alcoholic Beverages: At site only.
        Security: ★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★           22050 Campground Rd., Gulf Shores 36542.
                                                                                                                         Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
        Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★★           T: (251) 948-7275; www.dcnr.state.al.us.
                                                                                                                         TO GET THERE
        Gulf Breeze Resort offers extensive and well-main-        a ★★★★                        b ★★★★                   At the intersection of AL 59 and AL 182 (Beach
        tained recreational facilities. It also boasts the                                                               Rd.), turn left. Drive east on AL 182 for 3.5 mi.
        nicest bathhouses in Gulf Shores and the tidiest          Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                  Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
                                                                                                                         Pass Gulf State Park Resort Hotel and take the
        landscaping. Even though the resort feels like it’s                                                              next left onto CR 2. Campground is on the right.
        off the beaten path, it’s close to numerous restau-       Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
        rants and tourist attractions. The nearest beach is       Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★★★★
        just four miles away. The campground is laid out          Unfortunately, the large campground at Gulf State      GUNTERSVILLE             MAP, A-2
        in a giant grid and includes both back-in and pull-       Park offers no campsites within walking distances      Lake Guntersville State Park
        through spaces. Most of the spaces are paved              of the beach. However, the campground is very
        although a few have gravel parking. Site size is          attractive and perennially popular with families;      7966 AL 227, Guntersville 35976-9126.
        average and very few sites have any shade. The            don’t expect any solitude here during the summer       T: (256) 571-5455; www.dcnr.state.al.us.
        nicest sites are 46–51, which are adjacent to the         months. Site size is acceptable but the bustling       a ★★★★                       b ★★★
        small fishing pond. Sites 164 and 171 overlook            atmosphere makes the campground feel crowded.
        another small pond and are also attractive. This          185 sites offer back-in parking and 25 offer pull-     Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★
        suburban resort is popular with snowbirds in the          through parking. Parking areas may be paved,           Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★
        winter and popular with families in the summer, so        gravel, or packed sand. Many of the sites are shady    Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
        it’s almost always busy. Avoid visits during spring       and a few offer views of small Middle Lake. Tent       Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★★
        break, holiday weekends, and sweltering July and          sites offer soft sand tent pads. Of those with lake    Lake Guntersville Sate Park is really lovely, but the
        August. There is no gate at Gulf Breeze so protect        views, sites 17–39 are the most picturesque. Unless    campgrounds are often way too crowded for our
        your valuables.                                           you really want a pull-through, avoid the noisy,       tastes. Set in a beautiful stand of tall pines, the
        BASICS                                                    highly trafficked sites along the main road.           huge campground (with over 300 sites) stays full
        Operated By: Wakefield Enterprises. Open: All             Located just a few miles from the tourist town of      for much of the summer. If you don’t mind spend-
        year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;          Gulf Shores, campers have easy access to excellent     ing your vacation with an entire village of new
        reservations accepted w/ 1-night deposit; 48-hour         dining and other tourist attractions. Amenities        friends and neighbors, you may enjoy this park.
        cancellation required, $2 cancellation fee if paid by     within the park are also outstanding, including the    Here you will find paved back-in sites with very lit-
        credit card. Registration: At office, no late regis-      state’s largest fishing pier (825 feet), an 18-hole    tle privacy. Sites are small compared to other
        tration—check-in next day by 10 a.m. Fee: $23 for         golf course, and two-and-a-half miles of white sand    Alabama state parks. The campground is laid out
        4 people, $2 per day per extra person, up to 8.           beach. The gates at Gulf Shores State Park camp-       in eight grid-like areas (A–F). Tent campers should
        Parking: At site, limit 2 cars per site, overflow         ground are locked at night and the entrance is         head for Area A, especially sites 16 and 17. RV
        parking available.                                        manned all day, making security excellent.             campers should try to land a lakeside site in Area D
        FACILITIES                                                BASICS                                                 or G. Sites G9, G11, G12, G13, G24, and G36 are
        Number of RV Sites: 226. Hookups: Electric                Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All            among the most attractive. Area E should be
        (30, 50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV; 6 overflow         year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;       avoided as it abuts the picnic pavilion and experi-
        sites w/ water, electric only. Each Site: Picnic table,   roughly half of the sites are available for reserva-   ences heavy traffic. Families wishing to camp right
        concrete patios, some w/ concrete pads. Dump              tion w/ a 1-night, nonrefundable deposit, 2-nights     next to the playground should head for C51–C59.
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            Lake Guntersville State Park offers plenty of             boating enthusiasts, there’s a boat launch, marina,
            amenities and activities, but their pride and joy is      fishing pier, and two covered piers containing a
                                                                                                                              HUNTSVILLE                                 MAP, A-2

            the American bald eagles that winter here. The            total of 86 boat slips. Land amenities include a        Monte Sano State Park
            campground is gated and guarded, but security             500-seat great hall as well as multiple swimming        5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville 35801.
            isn’t fantastic because of the number of folks on the     pools and other activities. The gigantic camp-          T: (256) 534-3757; www.dcnr.state.al.us.
            campground. We recommend visiting Lake Gun-               ground is a no-frills affair with mid-sized sites.
            tersville in spring or fall to avoid the crowds.          There are no barriers to provide privacy between        a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
            BASICS                                                    sites. Back-in gravel parking is the rule and no tent
                                                                                                                              Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
            Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All               camping is allowed. The prettiest sites are numbers
                                                                                                                              Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
            year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;          110–119 and 110A–119A, which are adjacent to
                                                                                                                              Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
            about half of the sites can be reserved; 3-night min.     the lake and have power and water only. The nicest
                                                                                                                              Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★
            weekends & holidays, 1-night deposit. Registra-           sites with full hookups and views of the lake are
                                                                      18–20, 27–29, 36, 37, 120, and 121. Avoid sites         This flat campground on top of Monte Sano fea-
            tion: Camp store, no late registration—after 9
                                                                      in the 200s and 300s, which have unattractive           tures lovely hardwoods with foliage between all
            p.m., beach parking lot has electric hookups for
                                                                      views of the boat and RV storage areas. Some sites      campsites. In some instances, sites are very
            night parking. Fee: $15 for up to 4 people. Park-
                                                                      are completely open while others provide plenty of      secluded by dense foliage. Site size is ample, and
            ing: At site.
                                                                      shade. In spite of Little Mountain’s extremely          parking is mostly back-in. Four pull-throughs (14,
            FACILITIES                                                remote location, you may feel like you’ve arrived in    30, 62, and 82) are extremely large. Parking spaces
            Number of Multipurpose Sites: 321.                                                                                are fine gravel. The prettiest sites are odd numbers
                                                                      Lower Manhattan once you’re here. We recom-
            Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water, 144 sites w/                                                                  49–61 and only have water and electric hookups.
                                                                      mend weekday visits in the summertime, or visits
            sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, fire ring.                                                                 Avoid sites 31–44, as they parallel a noisy road.
                                                                      in spring or autumn. The guard house is staffed 24
            Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone:                                                                       The campground is laid out in two loops, each
                                                                      hours a day, making security good.
            Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.                                                                       having its own bathhouse. With over 32 miles of
            Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-               BASICS
                                                                                                                              trails, Monte Sano is a hiker’s haven. This subur-
            vice: Inquire at campground. Market: 7.5 mi.              Operated By: Earl & Elke Hodges. Open: All
                                                                                                                              ban park lies just outside of Huntsville city limits
            southwest in Guntersville,Town Creek Filling Sta-         year. Site Assignment: First come, first served; 2-
                                                                                                                              and is popular with the locals. Monte Sano Moun-
            tion 5 mi. north. Restaurant: In park. General            night min. for reservations (must have credit card);
                                                                                                                              tain has an elevation of approximately 1,500 feet,
            Store: Camp store,Wal-Mart 15 mi. southwest in            cancellation penalty is 1st night’s fee on holidays.
                                                                                                                              and stays about 5º cooler than Huntsville proper,
            Guntersville. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Yes,                Registration: Guard house (24 hours). Fee: $22,
                                                                                                                              making the park a fine summer destination. The
            beach. Playground: Yes. Other: Beach, nature              fee includes 4 people, $2 per extra person. Park-
                                                                                                                              park gates lock at night, but its suburban location
            center, art gallery, 18-hole golf course, RV storage,     ing: Limit 2 vehicles per site.
                                                                                                                              necessitates caution with your valuables.
            activity building, 3 fishing piers, picnic pavilion, 31   FACILITIES
                                                                                                                              BASICS
            mi. of hiking trails. Activities: Swimming, fishing,      Number of RV Sites: 309. Number of Multi-
                                                                                                                              Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All
            boating, hiking, tennis, basketball, volleyball, golf.    purpose Sites: 34. Hookups: 309 w/ electric (30,
                                                                                                                              year. Site Assignment: First come, first served; no
            Nearby Attractions: American Bald Eagles Con-             50 amps), water, sewer; 34 w/ water, electric. Each
                                                                                                                              reservations taken except for groups. Individuals
            vention Center, Cathedral Caverns, Buck’s Pocket          Site: Picnic table, concrete patio, grill (at full
                                                                                                                              must request cottages. Registration: Camp store,
            State Park, Guntersville Museum & Cultural Cen-           hookup sites only). Dump Station: No. Laundry:
                                                                                                                              night registration available until 9 p.m. Fee: $16 for
            ter. Additional Information: Guntersville Cham-           Yes, coin operated. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms
                                                                                                                              sites w/ full hookups, $15 for sites w/ water &
            ber of Commerce, (256) 582-3612.                          and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Exchange
                                                                                                                              electric, $10 for primitive tent sites. Parking: At
            RESTRICTIONS                                              only. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Service:
                                                                                                                              site, overflow parking available.
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire ring only. Alco-         Mechanic on call. Market: 1 mi. Restaurant: 6 mi.
                                                                      south in Guntersville. General Store: Country           FACILITIES
            holic Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Maxi-
                                                                      store 1 mi.,Wal-Mart 15 mi. south in Guntersville.      Number of RV Sites: 9. Number of Tent-only
            mum Length: None.
                                                                      Vending: Yes. Swimming: Yes, pool. Playground:          Sites: 20. Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water,
            TO GET THERE                                              Yes. Other: Marina, boat launch, 86-slip covered        sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, fire ring, grill. Dump
            From I-59, take the Gadsden exit and go north on          pier, fishing pier, indoor & outdoor pools, spa,        Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
            US 431 for approximately 38 mi. At Guntersville,          sauna, game room, club house w/ great hall, exer-       Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:
            turn right onto AL 227 and go northeast for 7 mi.         cise room, library,TV/card room, Florida room, din-     No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: 8 mi.
            The park entrance is on the left.                         ing room, chapel, activity pavilion. Activities:        south in Huntsville. Market: 6 mi. south in
                                                                      Tennis, shuffleboard, basketball, horseshoes, mini-     Huntsville. Restaurant: 6 mi. south in Huntsville.
                                                                      golf, fishing, boating, swimming. Nearby Attrac-        General Store: Inquire at campground. Vending:
            GUNTERSVILLE/           MAP, A-2
                                                                                                                              Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes. Other:
                                                                      tions: Cathedral Caverns, Huntsville Space
            LANGSTON                                                  Museum, Lake Guntersville State Park,TVA Gun-           Japanese Gardens, 32 mi. of hiking trials, planetarium,
            Little Mountain Marina Resort                             tersville Dam, Depot Museum. Additional Infor-          camp store, amphitheater, cottage rentals. Activi-
                                                                      mation: Guntersville Chamber of Commerce,               ties: Hiking, walking, biking. Nearby Attractions:
            1001 Murphy Hill Rd., Guntersville/Langston                                                                       U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville Museum of
                                                                      (256) 582-3612.
            35755.T: (256) 582-8211;                                                                                          Art,Twickenham Historic District,Alabama Consti-
            www.wakefieldenterprises.com.                             RESTRICTIONS
                                                                                                                              tution Village, Cathedral Caverns, Children’s
                                                                      Pets: On leash only. Fires: Grill only. Alcoholic
            a ★★★★                        b n/a                       Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Maximum
                                                                                                                              Museum,Alabama State Black Archives Research
                                                                                                                              Center & Museum, Burritt Museum. Additional
                                                                      Length: 45 ft.
            Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★                                                                   Information: Huntsville CVB, (800) SPACE-4-U.
            Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★                  TO GET THERE
                                                                                                                              RESTRICTIONS
            Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★           From I-59, take Exit 218 at Fort Payne. Go
                                                                                                                              Pets: On leash only; no pets in cottages. Fires: Fire
            Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★★★          northwest on AL 35 for 7 mi. to Rainsville. Turn
                                                                                                                              ring only. Alcoholic Beverages: Not allowed.
                                                                      left and drive south on AL 75 for 18 mi. At AL
            Little Mountain Resort is noteworthy for its mod-                                                                 Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
                                                                      227 turn right and drive north for 10 mi. Turn
            ern amenities rather than its natural beauty.                                                                     TO GET THERE
                                                                      right onto Old Hwy. 227 and go 0.5 mi. Then,
            Located on Guntersville Lake, the resort caters to                                                                From I-65, take Exit 340 and go east on I-565 to
                                                                      turn left onto Murphy Hill Rd. and go 0.5 mi.
            active families and large groups. For fishing and
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        Huntsville. From I-565, take Exit 17 and go east            Lake. Additional Information: Walker County                (800) 5-MOBILE;Alabama Gulf Coast CVB, (800)
        on Governor’s Dr. Go through Huntsville and                 Chamber of Commerce, (888) 384-4571.                       745-SAND.
        turn left onto Monte Sano Blvd. At the top of the           RESTRICTIONS                                               RESTRICTIONS
        mountain, turn right onto Nolen St. The park                Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire ring only. Alco-          Pets: On leash only. Fires: At tent sites w/ water
        entrance is ahead.                                          holic Beverages: Not allowed. Vehicle Maxi-                hookups. Alcoholic Beverages: At site only.
                                                                    mum Length: Varies up to 50 ft.                            Vehicle Maximum Length: None.

         JASPER                  MAP, B-2                           TO GET THERE                                               TO GET THERE
         Clear Creek Recreation Area                                From I-65, take US 78 west 41 mi. to Jasper, then          From Pensacola, take US 98 West 15 mi. to Lil-
                                                                    AL 195 north 8 mi. Turn right on CR 27, which              lian, on the Alabama state line. From Mobile, take
        8079 Fall City Rd., Jasper 35501.T: (205) 384-              dead ends at 5 mi. at the park entrance.                   US 98 East 40 mi. to Lillian. At Lillian, turn
        4792 or (877) 444-6777; www.reserveusa.com.                                                                            south onto Spinnaker Dr. and go 2 mi. The camp-
                                                                                                                               ground entrance is on the left.
        a ★★★★★                        b ★★★★★                      LILLIAN                              MAP, D-1, D-2
        Beauty: ★★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★★         Perdido Bay KOA
        Spaciousness: ★★★★★             Quiet: ★★★★★                                                                           MCCALLA                                   MAP, B-2
                                                                    33951 Spinnaker Dr., Lillian 36549.
        Security: ★★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★★                                                                     McCalla Campground
                                                                    T: (251) 961-1717; www.lostbayrv.com.
        Insect Control: ★★★★            Facilities: ★★★                                                                        22191 AL 216, McCalla 35111.T: (205) 477-4778.
        In the heart of William B. Bankhead National For-           a ★★★                         b ★★
        est, Clear Creek offers incredibly spacious sites                                                                      a ★★★                         b ★★
                                                                    Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★
        with majestic views of Lake Lewis Smith. The                Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★                  Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★
        campground is incredibly remote and quiet, with a           Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★            Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
        dense understory providing an additional noise              Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★             Security: ★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★
        barrier between campsites. Each site enjoys the                                                                        Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★
                                                                    This KOA is situated on Perdido Bay, within 30
        cooling shade of mature trees. Parking is paved,
                                                                    miles of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Though crabbing,            This suburban campground is a perfectly accept-
        and there are both back-in and pull-through
                                                                    fishing, and dolphin-watching are favored activities       able place to stay while visiting Birmingham and
        spaces. Double sites are available for large families
                                                                    here, the campground is equipped with all the other        Tuscaloosa County. The park is located about
        or small groups. Tent campers should head for pic-
                                                                    amenities we expect from a KOA. The rectangular            halfway between downtown Birmingham and the
        turesque lakefront sites 47, 49, and 51. For RV
                                                                    campground features rows of back-in and pull-              Mercedes-Benz Plant and Visitor Center in Vance
        campers, we like a number of sites, including 5, 8,
                                                                    through campsites. Parking areas are amoebic in            (approximately 12 miles to each). With all of the
        17, 18, 51, 53, 55, 81, and 82. Site 53 is a pull-
                                                                    shape and comprised of patchy sand, grass, and             amenities folks expect at KOAs, this is a relaxing
        through with water view. Facilities here are nice,
                                                                    dirt. Sites are mid-sized and most afford no seclu-        place to be after a day in the city. With the excep-
        particularly the swimming beach. Bankhead
                                                                    sion from neighbors. All sites are at least partially      tion of untidy gravel and grass, this park is well kept
        National Forest and nearby Sipsey Wilderness (35
                                                                    shaded by pine trees, with the shadiest sites on row       and reasonably attractive. The campground is laid
        miles from campground) offer hiking galore. Secu-
                                                                    F (F1–F14). Unfortunately, none of the RV sites            out in two sections divided by the pool, store, and
        rity is excellent—the park is gated at all times. Visit
                                                                    are near the water. Tent campers should opt for a          other facilities. Site size is ample, especially when
        in late spring, early summer, and fall. Avoid holi-
                                                                    Kamping Kabin on the water’s edge—the alterna-             compared to sites at other KOA campgrounds. Sites
        day weekends.
                                                                    tive is a noisy site adjacent to CR 99. Security is fair   numbering in the 60s and 70s are shaded by a vari-
        BASICS                                                      at this campground. There is no gate but the park is       ety of tree species. A few sites are completely open.
        Operated By: Cradle of Forestry in America                  fairly remote. We recommend visiting Perdido Bay           Roads and parking spaces are gravel and almost all
        Interpretive Assoc. Open: Apr. 1–Oct. 15. Site              in the spring or fall, when the weather is mild.           sites are pull-throughs. KOA McCalla is less than a
        Assignment: First come, first served. Reserva-                                                                         quarter mile from I-59 and has no security gate, so
                                                                    BASICS
        tions up to 3 days prior to arrival. Registration:                                                                     protect your valuables. Avoid visits in July and
                                                                    Operated By: Denise Valentyne. Open: All year.
        Gatehouse 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 7 a.m.–10                                                                         August, when heat and humidity can be unbeliev-
                                                                    Site Assignment: Often assigned; reservations
        p.m. Fri. & Sat.; no late registration. Fee: $18–$19                                                                   able in this part of Alabama.
                                                                    recommended; credit-card deposit required for
        single (up to 6 people, 2 vehicles plus RV or tent);
                                                                    reservation; 1-day’s notice required for full refund.      BASICS
        $27–$32 double (up to 12 people, 4 vehicles plus
                                                                    Registration: At office or store. Fee: $20–$25             Operated By: Andy Thompson & Judy Bogol.
        RV or tent); Golden Age/Access discounts available.
                                                                    (cash, check,V, MC, D). Parking: 1 vehicle per site,       Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first
        Parking: Limited space at sites, all wheels must be
                                                                    overflow parking available.                                served; reservations recommended; cancel w/ 24-
        on pavement.
                                                                    FACILITIES                                                 hour notice or charge of 1st night. Registration:
        FACILITIES                                                                                                             Camp office. Fee: $26 (50 amp), $23 full hookup
                                                                    Number of RV Sites: 100. Number of Tent-
        Number of RV Sites: 102. Number of Tent-                                                                               (30 amp), $18 tent. Parking: 2 vehicles per site.
                                                                    only Sites: 6. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),
        only Sites: 2 group sites. Number of Multipur-
                                                                    water, some sewer. Each Site: Picnic table. Dump           FACILITIES
        pose Sites: 102. Hookups: Electric (30 amps),
                                                                    Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes.                Number of RV Sites: 42. Number of Tent-
        water. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, fire ring, lantern
                                                                    Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.                     only Sites: 8. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),
        post, tent pad. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No.
                                                                    Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Paved & dirt. RV             water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Picnic table, fire
        Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:
                                                                    Service: Yes. Market: Camp store. Restaurant:              ring. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay
        Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:
                                                                    1.5 mi. north in Lillian. General Store: 3 mi. east        Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
        Paved. RV Service: 15 mi. in Jasper. Market: 15
                                                                    in Myrtle Grove, FL. Vending: No. Swimming:                Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel.
        mi. in Jasper. Restaurant: 5 mi. west. General
                                                                    Yes. Playground: Yes. Other: Hot tub, fishing              RV Service: 15 mi. Market: 8 mi.Wal-Mart &
        Store: 5 mi. south. Vending: No. Swimming: Yes.
                                                                    pier, boat launch, RV storage, fax service. Activi-        Winn-Dixie in Bessemer. Restaurant: 0.75 mi.
        Playground: Yes. Other: Boat launch. Activities:
                                                                    ties: Basketball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, fishing,       General Store: Camp store. Vending: No.
        Lake beach, basketball, hiking, mountain biking, fish-
                                                                    crabbing, beaches. Nearby Attractions: Naval Air           Swimming: Yes, pool (May–Oct). Playground:
        ing, interpretive programs, wildlife education.
                                                                    Museum, Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore, Gulf              Yes. Other: Lighted pavilion w/ kitchen, RV stor-
        Nearby Attractions: Arrowhead & Twin Lakes
                                                                    Shores beaches, Old Mobile. Additional Infor-              age. Activities: Horseshoes, badminton, volleyball,
        golf,Walker County Lake, Rickwood Caverns State
                                                                    mation: Mobile Convention & Visitor Corp.,                 basketball, game room. Nearby Attractions:
        Park,William B. Bankhead National Forest, Smith
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            VisionLand,Tannehill State Park, Mercedes-Benz            rentals, boat ramp, 18-hole disc golf course, picnic      FACILITIES
            Plant & Visitor’s Center, Birmingham Zoo & Botan-         area, sports field, nature center. Activities: Boating,   Number of Multipurpose Sites: 215.
            ical Gardens, Birmingham Museum of Art, McWane            hiking, biking. Nearby Attractions: USS Alabama,          Hookups: Electric (50 amps), water, sewer, cable
            Center w/ IMAX theater. Additional Informa-               Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Mobile attractions. Addi-         TV. Each Site: Picnic table. Dump Station: Yes.
            tion: Tuscaloosa CVB, (800) 538-8696; Greater             tional Information: Mobile Convention & Visitors          Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
            Birmingham CVB, (800) 458-8085.                           Corp., (800) 5-MOBILE.                                    Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane: Yes. Internal
            RESTRICTIONS                                              RESTRICTIONS                                              Roads: Paved. RV Service: 0.75 mi. Market:
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Grill, fire rings only.       Pets: On leash only. Fires: In grills, fire rings only.   Camp store, supermarket 3 mi. north in Pell City.
            Alcoholic Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Max-           Alcoholic Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Max-           Restaurant: 0.75 mi. north in Pell City. General
            imum Length: None.                                        imum Length: None.                                        Store: Camp store, K-Mart 3 mi. north in Pell City.
                                                                                                                                Vending: Beverages. Swimming: Yes. Play-
            TO GET THERE                                              TO GET THERE
                                                                                                                                ground: No. Other: Boat launch, fishing piers, RV
            From I-20/59, take Exit 100. Go 500 yards west            From I-65 take Exit 13. If coming from the north,
                                                                                                                                storage, snack bar, picnic area, beach on Lake Logan
            on CR 20 to the park entrance.                            cross AL 158 (Industrial Rd.) and then turn left
                                                                                                                                Martin, meeting hall. Activities: Fishing, swimming.
                                                                      onto AL 213 South (Shelton Beach Rd.). If com-
                                                                                                                                Nearby Attractions: Talladega Superspeedway
                                                                      ing from the south, turn left onto AL 158 (Indus-
            MOBILE                                    MAP, D-1                                                                  (NASCAR), DeSoto Caverns, Kymulga Grist Mill &
                                                                      trial Rd.) and then left again onto AL 213 South.
                                                                                                                                Covered Bridge. Additional Information: Pell
            Chickasabogue Park                                        Go south on AL 213 for 2 mi. At the 1st flashing
                                                                                                                                City Chamber of Commerce, (205) 338-3377;
            and Campground                                            light turn left onto Whistler St. Take the 2nd left
                                                                                                                                Greater Birmingham CVB, (800) 458-8085.
                                                                      onto Aldock Rd. Go 1 mi. to the park entrance.
            760 Aldock Rd., Mobile 36613.T: (251) 574-                                                                          RESTRICTIONS
            2267; www.mobilecounty.org-park.                                                                                    Pets: On leash only. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic
                                                                      PELL CITY                                  MAP, B-2       Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
            a ★★★★                        b ★★★★                      Lakeside Landing                                          Length: None.
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★                                                                    TO GET THERE
                                                                      4600 Martin St. South, Pell City 35054.
            Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                                                                           From I-20, take Exit 155B at Pell City/Ashville.
                                                                      T: (205) 525-5701; www.lakeloganmartin.com.
            Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★                                                                      Go 6 mi. south on US 231. The campground is
            Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★★             a ★★★                         b ★★                        on the left.
            Operated by the Mobile County Commission,                 Beauty: ★★                     Site Privacy: ★★
            Chickasabogue Park campground includes 47                 Spaciousness: ★★               Quiet: ★★
            incredibly spacious sites. Most of the sites are pull-                                                              PICKENSVILLE                            MAP, B-1
                                                                      Security: ★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★           Aliceville Lake
            throughs, with plenty of shade and privacy pro-           Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★★★
            vided by magnolia and post and live oak complete                                                                    Pickensville Recreation Area, 61 Camping Rd.,
            with Spanish moss. These surprisingly lovely sites        This park’s location is its saving grace. On the
                                                                                                                                Pickensville 35447.T: (205) 373- 6328;
            have gravel parking. Tent campers should head for         banks of Logan Martin Lake, the park maintains
                                                                                                                                www.reserveusa.com.
            sites 40–47. RV campers should try sites 1–13,            boat launches, fishing piers, and a swimming area.
            which are commodious, private, and attractive             Area attractions include the Talladega Superspeed-        a ★★★★                      b ★★★★
            pull-throughs. The campground includes a group            way and DeSoto Caverns. Campers hoping to
                                                                      enjoy the beauty of nature will have to leave Lake-       Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★
            camp and three other areas. The bathhouses are
                                                                      side Landing. We suggest a drive to Pell City Lake-       Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★
            nothing to write home about. Bring your own
                                                                      side Park where you’ll find walking trails, picnic        Security: ★★★★★              Cleanliness: ★★★★
            Lysol. This suburban park offers plenty of outdoor
                                                                      facilities, and boating and fishing facilities in a       Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★★
            activities including an 18-hole disc golf course.
            Gates are not locked at night, but rangers patrol         more natural setting. The huge campground at              The necessity of a waterway connecting the Ten-
            hourly, making security acceptable. The Mobile            Lakeside Landing won’t win any beauty contests,           nessee River to Mobile Bay was noted as far back as
            Bay should be avoided in July and August when             but it is clean and well equipped. There are back-in      1770, when the Marquis de Montcalm made a
            heat and humidity can be unbearable.                      and pull-through sites that once featured paved           report to King Louis XV. Since before Alabama
                                                                      parking. Now the parking areas are an untidy jum-         attained statehood, governors have asked Congress
            BASICS                                                    ble of pavement, gravel, and grass. The camp-             to fund such a project. Finally completed in 1985,
            Operated By: Mobile County Commission.
                                                                      ground is almost completely tree-less and sites are       the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway flows south
            Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first
                                                                      on the small side. We hope you like your neighbors        from the Tennessee River. Aliceville Lake is now
            served; reservations accepted w/ 1st night’s fee
                                                                      because you’ll be able to hear them hiccup. Lake-         one of many recreation destinations along the
            deposit by check or credit card. Registration:
                                                                      front sites 174–193 are the most attractive. Some         Tenn-Tom. Straddling the Alabama-Mississippi
            Camp store, security guard after hours. Fee: $18
                                                                      of these lakefront sites have a few shady trees.          border, the lake provides fishing, swimming, and
            for sites w/ full hookups, $15 for sites w/ water &
                                                                      Avoid Lakeside Landing during summer holidays             other activities. The Pickensville campground con-
            electric, $19 for tent sites; fee includes 4 people, $1
                                                                      and major events at Talladega Superspeedway. If           sists of 176 sites laid out in three loops and two
            per extra person. Parking: At site.
                                                                      you want to camp here on a race weekend, make             spurs. Though mostly flat, the campground is very
            FACILITIES                                                your reservations 6 to 12 months in advance. Secu-        attractive. Sites are shaded by a variety of tree
            Number of RV Sites: 47. Number of Multipur-               rity here is fair; the campground is located just out-    species and the water’s edge is graced with lovely
            pose Sites: 21. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),          side Pell City and there are no gates, but the area is    cypress trees. All roads and parking spaces are
            water, 24 sites w/ sewer. Each Site: Picnic table,        well patrolled at night.                                  paved. Most of the sites offer back-in parking and a
            fire ring, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes.                                                                  good deal of privacy. Eight pull-through sites are
                                                                      BASICS
            Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                                                                        gigantic, but lacking in privacy. Riverside sites,
                                                                      Operated By: Mark & Cindy Bagley. Open: All
            Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.                                                                       numbered 105–138, have the nicest views of the
                                                                      year, except Christmas Day. Site Assignment: No
            RV Service: 5 mi. north in Saraland. Market: 5 mi.                                                                  water. Built next to a cypress-lined creek, sites
                                                                      reservations accepted, except race weekends (Apr.
            north in Saraland. Restaurant: 5 mi. north in Sara-                                                                 49–61 are also very pretty. Security at Pickensville
                                                                      & Oct.). Registration: Camp store. Fee: $18, $16
            land. General Store: Camp store in park,Wal-                                                                        Campground is outstanding, with 24-hour gate
                                                                      w/ Good Sam discount. Parking: At site, overflow
            Mart 5 mi. north in Saraland. Vending: Yes.                                                                         attendance. We recommend avoiding this area in
                                                                      parking available.
            Swimming: Yes. Playground: Yes. Other: Canoe
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        July and August when insects, heat, and humidity             is a favorite among anglers. A variety of fish species
        can be oppressive.                                           is found in the lake. Two boat launches serve
                                                                                                                               TALLADEGA          MAP, B-2, B-3

                                                                     Wheeler Lake and a third provides access to               Logan Landing RV
        BASICS
                                                                     adjoining Wilson Lake. A marina store augments            Resort and Campground
        Operated By: U.S.Army Corps of Engineers.
        Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first           the fishing experience with fuel and supplies. Joe
                                                                                                                               1036 Paul Bear Bryant Blvd.,Talladega 35014.
        served; reservations accepted through the National           Wheeler State Park provides a variety of activities
                                                                                                                               T: (256) 268-0045 or (888) 564-2671;
        Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) at (877)               on land as well as facilities for large groups. The
                                                                                                                               www.loganlanding.com.
        444-6777 or www.reserveusa.com; reservations                 campground is laid out in three loops with 116
        can be made up to 240 days in advance; full pay-             improved sites, and one loop with primitive sites.        a ★★★                         b ★★★
        ment required upon making reservation; credit                Site size is ample but not outstanding. Parking is
                                                                     paved, and most sites are back-in. The prettiest          Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★
        card preferred (V, MC, D,AE), or pay by money
                                                                     sites, 9, 10, 22, 24, and 26, have partial views of       Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★
        order if at least 21 days in advance of arrival; $10
                                                                     Lake Wheeler. The campground is surrounded by             Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
        fee for cancellation or change of site or dates; can-
                                                                     lovely thick woods, which provide shade at most           Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★★
        cellation w/in 3 days of arrival charged 1st night,
        no-show charged $20 plus 1st night. Registra-                sites but very little privacy between sites. The tent     Attractive and clean with friendly owners, Logan
        tion: Gatehouse. Fee: $16–$20 (cash, check,V, MC,            camping area consists of a nicely wooded loop of          Landing is a good choice if you plan on spending a
        D,AE). Parking: 2 vehicles per site, additional              gravel road surrounded by trashcans and fire rings.       few days in the area. The campground offers boat-
        charge for more vehicles.                                    Like many exceedingly attractive tent areas, there        ing and other activities, and drive times are short
                                                                     are no designated sites. This remote state park is        to Logan Martin Lake, DeSoto Caverns, and Tal-
        FACILITIES                                                   gated and guarded, making security outstanding.           ladega Superspeedway. Cheaha State Park can be
        Number of Multipurpose Sites: 176. Hookups:
                                                                     Avoid late summer heat and humidity at Joe                reached in less than one hour. Because this is a
        Electric (30, 50 amps), water, some sewer. Each
                                                                     Wheeler State Park; plan a visit in spring, early         popular recreation area, summer weekends are
        Site: Picnic table, grill, fire ring, lantern post, con-
                                                                     summer, or fall.                                          busy. By all means avoid the two biggest race week-
        crete pads. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay
                                                                     BASICS                                                    ends at Talladega Superspeedway—the Die Hard
        Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
                                                                     Operated By: Alabama State Parks. Open: All               500 in April and the Winston 500 in October. If
        Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.
                                                                     year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;          you want to stay here on a race weekend, make
        RV Service: 25 mi. north in Columbus, MS. Mar-
                                                                     reservations recommended Mar. 1–Oct. 31, 2-night          advance reservations. Two camping areas are situ-
        ket: 15 mi. southeast in Aliceville. Restaurant: 3 mi.
                                                                     min. required & 3-nights on holidays. Registra-           ated next to a small private lake. Section A contains
        east in Pickensville. General Store: 3 mi. east in
                                                                     tion: Campground office; security will register late-     no lakefront sites and may be preferred by tent
        Pickensville. Vending: Beverages. Swimming: Yes,
                                                                     comers. Fee: $16 for improved sites, $10 for              campers because the sites are wooded. We prefer
        beach. Playground: Yes. Other: Boat launch, fish-
                                                                     primitive sites; fee includes 4 people; $2 each addi-     section B for RVs because sites are generally larger
        cleaning station, picnic shelters, group campfire ring,
                                                                     tional person, $5 for 2nd tent. Parking: At sites,        and more level. Even-numbered sites 58–80 have
        game courts, swimming beach, wildlife viewing area.
                                                                     limit 2 cars per site.                                    lake views but little shade. As you move away from
        Activities: Fishing, tennis, volleyball, basketball, boat-
                                                                                                                               the lake in section B, sites become shadier. Each of
        ing, walking trails. Nearby Attractions: Antebellum          FACILITIES
                                                                                                                               the mid-sized sites in section B has gravel parking
        Visitors Center in Pickensville, U.S. Snag Boat Mont-        Number of RV Sites: 0. Number of Tent-only
                                                                                                                               and a cement patio. Section C is unattractive. The
        gomery,Aliceville Museum & Cultural Arts Center              Sites: 50 primitive. Number of Multipurpose
                                                                                                                               variety of tree species in the campground includes
        w/ German POW Camp, attractions in Columbus,                 Sites: 116. Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps),
                                                                                                                               some dogwood. Of the 145 campsites, only a few
        MS. Additional Information: Aliceville Chamber               water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill. Dump
                                                                                                                               are pull-throughs. With its remote location in
        of Commerce, (205) 373-2820.                                 Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes.
                                                                                                                               Alpine, Alabama, and gated entrance, this camp-
        RESTRICTIONS                                                 Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Boat fuel.
                                                                                                                               ground has very good security.
        Pets: On leash only, not allowed on beach. Fires:            Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-
                                                                     vice: 15 mi. west toward Florence. Market: 4 mi.          BASICS
        Fire rings, grills only. Alcoholic Beverages: Not
                                                                     east in Rogersville. Restaurant: In park. General         Operated By: Gerald & Helen Rossman. Open:
        allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
                                                                     Store: Camp store. Vending: Yes. Swimming:                All year. Site Assignment: First come, first
        TO GET THERE                                                 Yes, on beach. Playground: Yes. Other: Marina,            served; reservations accepted for holiday weekends
        From Tuscaloosa, take US 82 west 20 mi. to AL                boat ramps, boat fuel, sandy beach,18-hole golf           & recommended for Talladega Superspeedway race
        86. Go southwest 24 mi. to Pickensville. Con-                course, group meeting room & lodge, resort lodge,         weekends. Registration: At office in camp store.
        tinue 3 mi. west to the Recreation Area. From                picnic pavilions. Activities: Boating (rentals avail-     Fee: $25 for sites w/ full hookup, $23 for sites w/
        Columbus, MS take MS 69, which becomes AL                    able), swimming, hiking trails, day-use tennis, bas-      water & electric, $18 primitive, fee includes 2
        14, to Pickensville. Turn right onto AL 86, and go           ketball. Nearby Attractions: Athens,W.C. Handy            adults & 2 children. Parking: At sites.
        3 mi. west to the Recreation Area. The entrance is           Birthplace Museum & Library in Florence, Civil            FACILITIES
        on the right.                                                War Walking Trail, Cook’s Natural Science                 Number of RV Sites: 140. Number of Tent-
                                                                     Museum, Oakville Indian Park & Museum. Addi-              only Sites: 30. Number of Multipurpose Sites:
                                                                     tional Information: Decatur/Morgan County                 40. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps), water, some
         ROGERSVILLE                                 MAP, A-2
                                                                     CVB, (256) 350-2028.                                      sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill (most sites), fire
         Joe Wheeler State Park
                                                                     RESTRICTIONS                                              ring. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay
        201 McLean Dr., Rogersville 35652.T: (256)                   Pets: On leash only. Fires: In grills, fire rings only.   Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
        247-1184; joewheelerstpk@mindspring.com.                     Alcoholic Beverages: Not allowed. Vehicle                 Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel.
                                                                                                                               RV Service: 11 mi. north in Pell City. Market: 11
        a ★★★★★                        b ★★★★★                       Maximum Length: 50 ft.
                                                                                                                               mi. north in Pell City. Restaurant: 3 mi. north.
                                                                     TO GET THERE
        Beauty: ★★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★                                                                     General Store: Yes. Vending: Inquire at camp-
                                                                     From I-65, take US 72 west for 22 mi.The park
        Spaciousness: ★★★★              Quiet: ★★★                                                                             ground. Swimming: Yes, no lifeguard. Play-
                                                                     entrance will be on the left 2 mi. west of
        Security: ★★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★                                                                      ground: Yes. Other: Private lake, boat ramp,
                                                                     Rogersville. The campground is 3 mi. inside the
        Insect Control: ★★★             Facilities: ★★★★★                                                                      paddleboats, canoes, enclosed pavilion. Activities:
                                                                     park.
                                                                                                                               Fishing, croquet, horseshoes, Lake Logan Martin
        Straddling Wheeler Lake, and connected by a
                                                                                                                               swimming beach, live music, volleyball, planned
        bridge over Wheeler Dam, Joe Wheeler State Park
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            activities on weekends. Nearby Attractions: Tal-     If your kids are the strong-swimming adventurous       Wilmer. General Store: camp store, 1 mi.
            ladega Superspeedway (NASCAR), DeSoto Cav-           type, they will delight in the river and woods at      Vending: Yes. Swimming: Yes, on beach. Play-
            erns, Davey Allison Park, Kymulga Grist Mill &       Escatawpa Hollow. Because of its popularity with       ground: No. Other: Canoe & tube rentals, canoe
            Covered Bridge, Cheaha State Park, Barber Motor-     gregarious families, this campground is anything       trips including shuttle service (reservations
            cycle Speedway & Museum. Additional Informa-         but quiet on summer weekends. The picturesque          required), walking trails, rope swings. Activities:
            tion: Talladega Chamber of Commerce, (256)           private campground is situated on the bank of the      River swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing.
            362-9075.                                            Escatawpa River near the Alabama-Mississippi           Nearby Attractions: Bellingrath Gardens in
            RESTRICTIONS                                         border. An exceptionally clean blackwater river, the   Theodore, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, USS
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire ring, grill only.   Escatawpa is lined with white sand beach, creating     Alabama, Mobile attractions, HQH Western World
            Alcoholic Beverages: At site only. Vehicle Max-      a delightful swimming area. The bream, catfish,        Zoo. Additional Information: Mobile Conven-
            imum Length: 50 ft.                                  and bass in the river are purported to be the best-    tion & Visitors Corp., (800) 5-MOBILE.
                                                                 tasting in the state (if you can catch them). Pad-     RESTRICTIONS
            TO GET THERE
                                                                 dlers enjoy the mellow flat water of the Escatawpa.    Pets: In RV sites only, on leash only. Fires: At tent
            From I-20, take Exit 158 at Pell City. Go south
                                                                 Boat rental and shuttle arrangements are available     sites only. Alcoholic Beverages: Not allowed.
            on US 231 to Rte. 34 and turn left. Go to CR
                                                                 at the campground.                                     Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
            207 and turn right (south). Take CR 207 to Rte.
            54, turn right at Bama Grocery store. Follow signs   BASICS                                                 TO GET THERE
            for 2 mi. and turn right onto Paul Bear Bryant       Operated By: Larry & Janice Godfrey. Open: All         From I-65, take exit 5B at Moffett Rd. and US
            Rd. The campground is about 1 mi. ahead on the       year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;       98. Go 22 mi. west on US 98 to the 0-mi. marker
            right.                                               reservations accepted; deposit required on holi-       at the Mississippi state line. The park entrance is
                                                                 days; 2-day notice for refund. Registration: At        on the left.
                                                                 office. Fee: $10–$20. Parking: 2 vehicles per site,
            WILMER                MAP, D-1                       overflow parking available.
            Escatawpa Hollow Campground                          FACILITIES
            15551 Moffett Rd.,Wilmer 36587.                      Number of RV Sites: 0. Number of Tent-only
            T: (251) 649-4233; yerfdogjw@aol.com.                Sites: 15. Number of Multipurpose Sites: 22.
                                                                 Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps), water. Each
            a ★★★★                     b ★★★★                    Site: Picnic table, most sites have a grill. Dump
                                                                 Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest
            Beauty: ★★★★                Site Privacy: ★★★        Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:
            Spaciousness: ★★★           Quiet: ★★★               No. Internal Roads: Most paved, some gravel &
            Security: ★★★★              Cleanliness: ★★★         dirt. RV Service: 15 mi. southeast in Mobile. Mar-
            Insect Control: ★★★         Facilities: ★★★★         ket: 4 mi. east in Wilmer. Restaurant: 4 mi. east in
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                                                              Alaska


        Alaska, seemingly the granddaddy of destinations for RVers and campers, lives up to its reputation as the last frontier in several ways.
        Glaciers, mountains, crystal-clear streams, and wildlife appear as otherworldy entities that make you reconsider your standard per-
        ceptions of an untamed wild. However, in this state you will also be entering another world of RV parks and campgrounds. After
        you cross the mountainous border, you notice that the quality of both state and private campgrounds changes dramatically. Here,
        many private RV parks look like they were constructed hastily, without consideration for aesthetics and privacy. Bulldozed lots that
        sandwich vehicles together are more standard than not. State campgrounds and facilities don’t fare much better for RVers. Although
        generally more private, they tend to have bumpy roads, uneven campsites accommodating only the shortest of vehicles, few facili-
        ties, and no hookups.
            Primitive though the campgrounds may be, they are nothing compared to the road system. Although most of the state’s main
        roads are now paved (some just recently), what is considered a highway in Alaska is a backcountry road to the rest of the nation.
        Except for Anchorage and Fairbanks, even modern thoroughfares are mostly narrow, single lanes without shoulders, curb banks, or
        passing areas. Factor in the many unexpected curves, a stargazing trucker in front of you, slower speed limits, or the occasional
        moose blocking the way, and your travel time increases significantly. As a general rule, it would be very difficult to cover more than
        300 miles in one day if you planned on making any pit stops. A three-week minimum stay is recommended to see Alaska, though
        travel agencies and tour guides say at least two months. Visitors are always surprised just how far it is from one civilized destination
        to another and how slow the pace can be. However, your trip will be worth every pothole, irregular campsite, and outhouse. Alaska
        is worth every square foot you drive.
            If you’re the adventuresome type and need a distraction from all the distractions, the 49th state has a few peculiarities for your
        fancy. If in Nome on the Seward Peninsula around Labor Day, make plans to attend the Great American Bathtub Race. If heading
        back east at the start of March, and you enjoy seeing frozen water get sculpted, Fairbanks holds the annual World Ice Art Champi-
        onships. Arriving early could mean witnessing an ice harvest from O’Grady Pond. Still around Fairbanks in July? Might as well
        attend the city’s Golden Days festival to witness the hairy chest, legs, and beard contest or the rubber duck race on the Chena River.
        To see the northernmost totem pole in the world, though, you’ll have to head due north to Barrow Point, the northernmost inhab-
        ited locale in the United States.
            The scenery in Alaska is unrivaled, and you will find yourself gasping and holding your breath countless times a day. Just when
        you begin to think you’ve captured the mountains from every possible angle, suddenly you turn a corner to see a heart-stopping
        scene that makes you feel like you’re the first to glimpse these giant rocky wonders. The massive hanging and piedmont glaciers are
        visible right from the highway, the turquoise water of the lakes and streams, sprawling forests of spruce and birch, and seemingly
        endless fields of wildflowers all conspire to woo you.
            In addition, if viewing wildlife is your goal, there is nowhere better than Alaska. Wake up very early to increase your chances of
        seeing moose by the roadside. Besides moose, there are caribou, Dall sheep, 300 varieties of migrating birds, whales, wolves, foxes,
        coyotes, and bears—just some of the animals you have a chance of glimpsing on your trip. If it’s fish you came here for, then wel-
        come, anglers, to the state where the fabled 98.5-pound king salmon and 395-pound halibut were caught. Fishing opportunities are
        as bountiful as mosquitoes are chummy in this state.
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            Campground Profiles
                                                                      centers in Anchorage, including mechanics that will     here, particularly if you are an early riser. Ask the
            ANCHORAGE                                 MAP, B-3        come to you. Inquire in the office. Market: A Fred      campsite manager where to look.
            Anchorage RV Park                                         Meyers is located a few mi. south on Muldoon.           BASICS
                                                                      Restaurant: Several to choose from in Anchorage.        Operated By: Owned by U.S.F.S. & managed by
            1200 North Muldoon Rd.,Anchorage 99506.
                                                                      Ask for suggestions at the front office. General        Alaska Recreational Management, Inc.A camp-
            T: (907) 338-7275 or (800) 400-7275;
                                                                      Store: Yes. Vending: Soft drink, candy, & newspaper     ground manager is on-site during operating
            www.anchrvpark.com.
                                                                      dispensers located by the rest rooms. Swimming:         months. Open: The campground may be utilized all
            a ★★★★                        b n/a                       No. Playground: No. Other: There is a covered           year, but is only managed & maintained from Mem.
                                                                      picnic & grill area on the west side of the camp-       Day weekend–Sep. 15. Sometimes snowy condi-
            Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★          ground. Activities: Inquire at campground. Nearby
            Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★★                                                                        tions prohibit opening until mid-Jun. Site Assign-
                                                                      Attractions: The Native Heritage Center is just         ment: This campground is first come, first served
            Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★★         across the street, & downtown Anchorage is a 15-
            Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★★★★★                                                                  only. Registration: Occupy a site & return to the
                                                                      minute drive.There is also a paved bike trail & stop    entrance sign w/in 30 minutes, fill out a fee enve-
            Anchorage RV Park, located 15 minutes east of             for the local bus service nearby. Information on        lope, & settle payment.Tear the stub off the enve-
            downtown, takes camping in Alaska to an entirely          activities can be found at the front office.            lope, & make sure it is visible through your car or
            new level. This immaculate and well-maintained            RESTRICTIONS                                            RV windshield. Fee: $10 per night. Holders of a
            campground spoils RV travelers for all other parks.       Pets: Must be leashed.Waste bags are available          Golden Age Passport pay half price. 14-day limit
            With 195 full-hookup sites, one might think that          throughout for clean up. Fires: Not allowed. Alco-      per camper. Parking: At site.
            campers feel overcrowded here; however, plenty of         holic Beverages: Prohibited in communal areas.
            birch and spruce trees, coupled with manicured                                                                    FACILITIES
                                                                      Vehicle Maximum Length: None.                           Number of Multipurpose Sites: 19. Hookups: 2
            flower gardens, make it easy to forget that you are at
            the largest campground in the state’s largest city.
                                                                      TO GET THERE                                            hand-operated water pumps for entire campground.
                                                                      Take the Glenn Hwy. To the Muldoon North                Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station:
            And besides, one can always seek reprieve in the
                                                                      Exit. Follow Muldoon North almost to the end of         No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms
            cedar-lined lounge area, where a fireplace, TV,
                                                                      the road, where you will see the Elmendorf Air          and Showers: 2 pit toilets both cleaned & well
            games, books, and coffee make guests feel like they
                                                                      Force Base gates. Turn left just before these gates     maintained by a campground manager. Fuel: Gird-
            are back home in their living rooms. For travelers
                                                                      at the lighted Anchorage RV Park sign.                  wood, 27 mi. north, or Seward, 63 mi. south.
            who don’t want to waste time shopping, Anchorage
            RV Park has a general store and gift shop right on                                                                Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel, sometimes
            the premises. And for those who can’t quite get used                                                              impassable until mid-Jun. due to high snowfall in the
                                                                      ANCHORAGE             MAP, B-3                          area. RV Service: Girdwood, 27 mi. north, or
            to the cooler temperatures of the state, Anchorage
                                                                      Granite Creek Campground                                Seward, 63 mi. south. Market: Girdwood, 27 mi.
            RV Park offers rest rooms with heated floors to keep
            those toes toasty. Both back-in and pull-through          Alaska Recreational Management, Inc.,                   north or Moose Pass, 34 mi. south. Restaurant:
            sites are available, although the latter are a bit more   800 East Diamond Blvd.,Anchorage 99515.                 Girdwood, 27 mi. north, Portage Lake Lodge near
            expensive. We preferred the most wooded sites,            T: (907) 522-8368; arm@alaska.com.                      Portage Glacier, or Summit Lake Lodge 18 mi. south.
            101–115, but keep in mind these are quite far from                                                                General Store: Girdwood, 27 mi. north, or Moose
            the rest rooms and showers. Anchorage RV Park is          a ★★★★                       b ★★★★★                    Pass, 34 mi. south. Vending: No. Swimming: No.
            located adjacent to Elmendorf Air Force Base, so if                                                               Playground: No. Other: The Johnson Pass hiking
                                                                      Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★★★★★        trailhead, a great family hike, can be found on the
            you hear a deep rumble, look up for F-16s flying          Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★★
            daily maneuvers. Also keep your eyes peeled for the                                                               highway 0.5 mi. north.There is also an 8-mi. paved
                                                                      Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          biking trail that begins there. Activities: Go fishing
            fox and moose that like this part of town.                Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★             for Dolly Vardens in Granite Creek, or take a walk &
            BASICS                                                    If you are looking for a truly Alaskan camping          look for the many moose that reside in the area.
            Operated By: CIRI Alaska Tourism. Open: May               experience, Granite Creek campground, tucked            Nearby Attractions: Portage Glacier & the access
            15–Sep. 15 or later depending on the weather. Site        into a trio of Chugach mountain peaks, will not         road to Whittier are only 30 minutes away.The gold
            Assignment: Reservations are strongly suggested           disappoint you. This campground is only a half          mining town of Hope, although a 40-minute drive,
            in Jun. & Jul.; a credit card number is required to       mile off the Seward Hwy.; but it can still be con-      would be worth an afternoon trip.
            hold a spot & a $10 fee is charged for cancellations      sidered “off the beaten track,” since Anchorage
            w/ 30-day notice; cancellations w/in 30 days are non-                                                             RESTRICTIONS
                                                                      locals tend to occupy the campground on week-           Pets: All pets should be leashed & under owner
            refundable. Registration: Office hours are from 7         ends, and out-of-state visitors rarely find their way
            a.m.–10 p.m.; if you arrive after hours, a map w/ your                                                            supervision. Fires: Fire grates only. Alcoholic
                                                                      here. You’ll have to come prepared with plenty of       Beverages: No restrictions. Vehicle Maximum
            site assignment will be posted on the door & pay-         food and fuel (as well as mosquito spray from mid-
            ment can be settled by 8 a.m. the next morning; if                                                                Length: No limit, but RVs over 30 ft. may have dif-
                                                                      June to mid-July) because you will not find con-        ficulties.
            you don’t have a reservation, look for maps w/ high-      venience stores or other amenities for at least 25
            lighted available spaces. Fee: $30–$38 per night, rate    miles in any direction. However, the nature-lover       TO GET THERE
            dependent on season. Parking: At site.                    will be entertained merely by listening to the rush-    Take the Seward Hwy. to mi. 63.5 and look for the
            FACILITIES                                                ing waters of Granite Creek, taking in the stunning     large blue and white sign for Granite Creek Camp-
            Number of RV Sites: 195. Hookups: Electric (20,           views of the Chugach mountains, or identifying          ground w/ an arrow directing you to Granite Creek
            30, 50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV, phone. Each         the lush variety of wildflowers that fill in the gaps   Rd. Follow the road approximately 0.5 mi., and
            Site: Picnic table. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:           between spruce trees. All sites are back-in, spa-       you will find a fee box and large entrance sign.
            Yes, coin operated. Pay Phone: Yes, several w/ a          cious, and private. However, the loop layout is a bit
            terrace & chairs. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes;            tight for extra-long vehicles, and it is not recom-
            facilities are clean, modern, & heated. Fuel: 3 mi.       mended for RVs 30 feet or longer. You’ll find the
            down the road at Muldoon Texaco. Propane: At              most impressive views at sites 8, 11, 12, and 16,
            Muldoon Texaco. Internal Roads: Gravel, pristine          although a bad site does not exist at Granite Creek
            condition. RV Service: There are several service          Campground. Chances of spotting moose are high
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                                                                   north of the campground also has a small bakery           BASICS
         ANCHORAGE            MAP, B-3                             w/ soups & sandwiches. General Store: Yes.                Operated By: Best of Alaska RV Parks,Alaska
         Montana Creek Campground                                  Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.                Travel Adventures. Open: Call park for details.
        816 Oceanview Dr.,Anchorage 99515.                         Other: A paved walkway & pedestrian bridge                Site Assignment: Reservations are strongly sug-
        T: (907) 566-CAMP or (907) 733-KAMP;                       allows guests views of Montana Creek. Several             gested as the campground fills up quickly.The toll-
        montanacreekcampground@alaska.com.                         access points to the creek offer excellent fishing        free reservation number (Mon.–Fri.) is for all of
                                                                   opportunities for silvers, kings, pink (even-num-         Alaska Travel Adventures’ campgrounds, so have
        a ★★★★                        b ★★★★                       bered years), grayling, & trout.A tackle shop on site     the name of the one you want in mind. Registra-
                                                                   offers fishing gear for sale or for rent. Activities:     tion: Office hours are from 8 a.m.–9 p.m. If you
        Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                   Live music July 4th. Feature artists vary every year.     arrive after hours, late registry is available outside
        Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                   The Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival is the 1st week of       of the office. Fee: RV $14–$34, tents $14. Park-
        Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★★
                                                                   Aug. just 5 mi. north of the campground. Nearby           ing: At site.
        Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★★
                                                                   Attractions: This campground is a hop, skip, & a
        If you’ve been traveling awhile and feel that all
                                                                                                                             FACILITIES
                                                                   jump from the endearing town of Talkeetna (the
                                                                                                                             Number of RV Sites: 153. Number of Tent-
        campgrounds look alike, Montana Creek will offer           town which the show Northern Exposure inspired).
                                                                                                                             only Sites: 20. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),
        a refreshing change of pace. Attention to detail is        In addition, information is available at the camp-
                                                                                                                             water, sewer. Each Site: None. Dump Station:
        what makes this campground stand out from the              ground on dog sledding, flight seeing, fishing.
                                                                                                                             Yes. Laundry: Yes, coin operated. Pay Phone: Yes.
        rest. Sheila Lankford, the owner and operator of
                                                                   RESTRICTIONS                                              Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Williams
        the campground, tends her perennial gardens and
                                                                   Pets: On leash. Fires: Fire pits, grills; forest condi-   Station on 5th Ave. Propane: Williams Station on
        campsite grounds personally, and vibrant displays
                                                                   tions may trigger temporary restrictions. Alco-           5th Ave. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Service:
        of wildflowers and berries are sure to delight those
                                                                   holic Beverages: No restrictions . Vehicle                Referral. Market: A Carrs/Safeway is located on
        with or without a green thumb. Sheila was born
                                                                   Maximum Length: None.                                     13th & Gambell. Restaurant: Several in Anchorage.
        and raised on a homestead in this area, and she can
                                                                   TO GET THERE                                              Ask for suggestions & menus at the front office.
        offer guests great stories and solid traveling advice.
                                                                   Take the Parks Hwy. to mi. 96.5 and look to the           General Store: Basic items & snacks are for sale
        Look for her with her dog, Cody. Montana Creek
                                                                   east. The large sign and a picnic table w/ a statue       in the office. Vending: Soft drink & newspaper dis-
        Campground has 18 back-in/pull-through sites
                                                                   of two bear cubs sitting on it make this camp-            pensers located by the office. Swimming: No.
        with electric hookups available in a grassy area
                                                                   ground easy to find.                                      Playground: No. Other: Inquire at campground.
        adjacent the creek. All-sized rigs can be easily
                                                                                                                             Activities: Local tours, fishing. Inquire at camp-
        accommodated here. These sites all have new fire
                                                                                                                             ground for more info. Nearby Attractions:
        pits and grills, as well as lanterns for the evening
        hours. For smaller RVs, more scenic, dry camping
                                                                   ANCHORAGE               MAP, B-3                          Downtown Anchorage has many attractions.Visit
        is available in the meandering campground loops            Ship Creek Landings RV Park                               the 4th Ave.Visitor Center for maps & brochures.
                                                                                                                             Some tours can be booked at the campground.
        tucked into birch and spruce woods. Campers will           150 North Ingra St.,Anchorage 99501.
        enjoy the private, heavily treed sites that have been      T: (907) 277-0877 or (800) 323-5757;                      RESTRICTIONS
        uniquely named after regular guests. Our favorite          www.alaskarv.com.                                         Pets: On leash & supervised. Fires: Not allowed.
        spot was “Hilton’s Hotel” located right next to the                                                                  Alcoholic Beverages: No restrictions. Vehicle
        serene Montana Creek bed.                                  a ★★                          b ★★                        Maximum Length: None.
        BASICS                                                     Beauty: ★                      Site Privacy: ★            TO GET THERE
        Operated By: Owned & operated by Sheila Lank-              Spaciousness: ★★               Quiet: ★★                  From the north, take the Glenn Hwy. to Anchor-
        ford; co-owned by Bill Nathis. Open: May–Oct.,             Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★           age and turn right on Ingra St. (From the south,
        exact days depend on snowmelt & weather condi-             Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★★★            take the New Seward Hwy. to Anchorage. The
        tions. Site Assignment: This campground is first                                                                     highway will become a one-way street named
                                                                   Only blocks away from downtown, Ship Creek
        come, first served only. Space is usually available,                                                                 Ingra.) Go to the end of Ingra, down a steep hill,
                                                                   Landings offers guests a resting spot that is within
        but it is recommended that you arrive by Fri. after-                                                                 and turn left on 1st St. You will see the Ship
                                                                   minutes of the highlights of Alaska’s largest city.
        noon if you are planning to stay the weekend. Reg-                                                                   Creek Landings sign on your left. If you cross the
                                                                   However, this campground is not one to choose for
        istration: A self-registration board & pay box are                                                                   railroad tracks, you have gone too far.
                                                                   its scenery or quality. Located in Anchorage’s ware-
        situated at the entrance of the campground. Find a
                                                                   house district, dilapidated buildings surround the
        site, then pay at box. Fee: Electric hookup costs
                                                                   area, and the Alaska railroad passes directly by.         ANCHORAGE                                  MAP, B-3
        $23, dry camping is $18.There is a $6 charge to
                                                                   Looming power lines cut through the center of the         Williwaw Campground
        park for the day & fish. Parking: At site.
                                                                   campground, and even though the city’s hub is so
        FACILITIES                                                 close, a steep hill and industrial traffic do not make    800 East Diamond Blvd.,Anchorage 99515.
        Number of Multipurpose Sites: 110.                         walking ideal. All of this said, Ship Creek does          T: (877) 444-NRRS or (907) 522-8368;
        Hookups: 18 w/ electric (30, 50 amps); water is            offer full hookup camping, clean rest rooms and           www.reserveusa.com.
        available near the store. Each Site: Picnic table,         showers, and a convenient location. It is also
        grill, lantern pole, fire pit, & some w/ electrical out-   within the vicinity of Anchorage’s prime fishing
                                                                                                                             a ★★★★                        b ★★★★★
        lets. Dump Station: 3 mi. north at Tesoro Station          creek—you guessed it, Ship Creek. This loop-              Beauty: ★★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★★
        or 5 mi. south at Mat-Su RV Park. Laundry: No.             shaped campground consists of mostly back-in              Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★
        Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers: No                  sites, but four pull-throughs are also available for      Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★★
        showers or flushable toilets. Only portables are           larger rigs. A separate area at the back of the camp-     Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★
        available, but they are extremely well maintained &        ground offers respite for tenters only. Besides a
                                                                                                                             Relatively new to the RV scene, this immaculate
        clean. Fuel: Tesoro Station 3 mi. north or Ship            steep birch-lined hill bordering one side of the
                                                                                                                             and newly paved campground is a stone’s throw
        Creek Lodge 8 mi. south. Propane: Tesoro Station           campground, there is little plant life. About five
                                                                                                                             away from Portage and Whittier, as well as an ideal
        3 mi. north or Mat-Su RV Park 5 mi. south. Inter-          feet of grass separates individual spaces. We found
                                                                                                                             overnight stopover for travelers heading to Seward
        nal Roads: Gravel, well maintained. RV Service:            no one site to be better than another. It is simply a
                                                                                                                             or Homer. Williwaw is a U.S.F.S. campground, and
        Talkeetna, 17 mi. Market: No. Restaurant: His &            choice between being next to a power line or a
                                                                                                                             therefore without hookups or other amenities—but
        Hers Lounge & Restaurant located 3 mi. north.              fence.
                                                                                                                             waking up to the dynamic blue of the hanging
        Also several restaurants in Talkeetna.The Store just
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            Middle Glacier, the campground backdrop, is an                                                                   Yes. Vending: A soft drinks machine is by the
            experience sure to delight young and old alike.
                                                                    COOPER LANDING                            MAP, B-3       office. Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other:
            Campsites are spacious and private and can easily       Kenai Princess RV Park                                   A gift shop is located across from the lodge. Activ-
            accommodate the largest of RVs. With both pull-         Mile 2 Bean Creek Rd., Cooper Landing 99572.             ities: Tours & charters can be booked from the
            through and back-in spaces available, it is worth       T: (907) 595-1425 or (800) 426-0500;                     lodge. Many include transportation. Nearby
            planning ahead and making reservations for a            www.princessalaskalodges.com.                            Attractions: Most visitors to this region are pas-
            campsite with a view of the Glacier. We recom-                                                                   sionate anglers as the Kenai River is one of the
            mend sites 2–6 or 34–36.                                a ★★★                        b n/a                       most famous salmon fishing rivers in the state.
            BASICS                                                                                                           There are also several local hikes for all skill
                                                                    Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★
            Operated By: U.S.F.S. Open: May–Sept, depend-                                                                    ranges, including a nature hike on the Kenai
                                                                    Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★
            ing on weather. Site Assignment: By reservation                                                                  Princess Lodge grounds.There are lots of moose in
                                                                    Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★
            or on a space-available basis. Registration:                                                                     this area—wake up early to find them along Bean
                                                                    Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★★★
            Occupy a site & return to the entrance sign w/in                                                                 Creek Rd.
                                                                    When you begin to feel the need to pamper your-
            30 minutes—fill out a fee envelope & settle pay-                                                                 RESTRICTIONS
                                                                    self after long days on the highway, spend a night
            ment.Tear the stub off the envelope & make sure it                                                               Pets: Must be leashed & supervised. Fires: Not
                                                                    at the Kenai Princess RV Park for a bit of luxury.
            is visible through your RV windshield or on the                                                                  allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: No restrictions.
                                                                    The park itself is nothing extraordinary; however,
            front of your tent. Fee: $12 per single site; $18 for                                                            Vehicle Maximum Length: Sites are 55 ft. in
                                                                    it’s adjacent to the beautiful Kenai Princess Lodge,
            a double. Parking: At site.                                                                                      length & back-in.
                                                                    where RV guests are welcome to dine in the restau-
            FACILITIES                                              rant, enjoy an evening cocktail outside at the bar,      TO GET THERE
            Number of Multipurpose Sites: 60. Hookups:              use the facility exercise equipment, or dip into the     Take the Sterling Hwy. to mi. 47.7 just before the
            None. Each Site: Picnic table, fire pit. Dump Sta-      indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis located on the               bridge crossing the Kenai River. You will see a sign
            tion: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No, go to             grounds. During your time at this facility, you will     for the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge and RV
            Portage Glacier Lodge 1.5 mi. down the road. Rest       feel like a coach passenger who just got bumped to       Park, followed by the Bean Creek Rd. turnoff to
            Rooms and Showers: Several pit toilets. No              first class. A small campground tucked well away         the right. Follow Bean Creek Rd. for 2 mi. and
            showers or wash facilities available. Fuel: None in     from the main roads, Kenai Princess RV Park is           turn left at the lodge sign. Another sign directs
            area, fuel up in Anchorage or Girdwood before           quiet and without traffic. The peak of Cecil Rhode       you to the campground tucked just down the hill
            arriving.The next gas station will not be available     Mountain makes for a stunning backdrop, and the          from the lodge.
            until Seward. Propane: No. Internal Roads:              glacial waters of the Kenai River are just a short
            Paved & in excellent condition. RV Service: No.         walk away. The campground has a pleasant border
            Market: 10 mi. north in Girdwood. Restaurant:           of Sitka spruce, but the individual sites are without
                                                                                                                             DENALI PARK             MAP, B-3
            Several in Girdwood. General Store: Girdwood,           trees, and only about ten feet separates campers.        Denali Grizzly Bear Cabins
            10 mi. north. Vending: Soft drinks & candy              All sites are back-ins—the longest being 55 feet—        and Campground
            machine at Portage Glacier Lodge. Swimming:             so extra-large rigs might find the campground to
            No. Playground: No. Other: Check out the                                                                         Mile 231 Park Hwy., Denali Park 99755.
                                                                    be a tight squeeze. No sites stand out as superior or
            salmon-spawning viewing area adjacent the camp-                                                                  T: (907) 683-2696; www.denaligrizzlybear.com.
                                                                    inferior, but we do recommend a spot that is away
            ground, or take the pleasant Williwaw Nature Trail      from the dump station since the tour buses going         a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
            to get a better look at the Glacier. Activities:        to and from the lodge utilize the area throughout
            Inquire at campground. Nearby Attractions:              the day and can be somewhat distracting.                 Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
            Portage Lake & the Begich Boggs Visitor Center                                                                   Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                    BASICS
            are just 1.5 mi. down the road. It is worth catching                                                             Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★
                                                                    Operated By: Princess Cruise Lines. Open: May
            the movie Voices from the Ice at the visitor center                                                              Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★★★
                                                                    15–Sep. 15. Site Assignment: In Jun. & Jul. reserva-
            (shown 20 minutes after every hour). Boat tours to                                                               If you’re looking to capture some of the hearty
                                                                    tions are necessary. Spots are held w/ a credit card
            the face of the Glacier are also available. Portage                                                              Alaskan spirit from the days of yore, Denali Grizzly
                                                                    number & cancellations must be made at least 24
            road then continues to Whittier but there is a fee                                                               Bear Cabins and Campground will make you feel
                                                                    hours beforehand. Reservations are recommended
            to drive through the tunnel. Many people catch gla-                                                              like you’re back in the pioneer times. One of the
                                                                    for all months, but occasionally there are spaces
            cier boat tours out of Whittier.                                                                                 highlights of this campground is chatting with the
                                                                    available in the early & late days of the season. Reg-
            RESTRICTIONS                                            istration: Office hours are from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Call     workers here. Most of them are part of the Reis-
            Pets: On leash & supervised. Fires: Fire grates         if you will be late & a map w/ your site assignment      land clan, descendants of the family that settled
            only. Alcoholic Beverages: Inquire at camp-             will be posted on the door. Fee: $25 per night.          this land decades ago. Siblings and cousins now
            ground. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.                   Good Sam discounts available. Parking: At site.          run the campground in the summer, and they have
            TO GET THERE                                                                                                     gone to great lengths to preserve some of the flavor
                                                                    FACILITIES
            Take the Seward Hwy. to mi. 78. Although your                                                                    of yesteryear. Take a few moments to admire the
                                                                    Number of RV Sites: 29. Hookups: Electric (20,
            map may say Portage, the town was destroyed in                                                                   unique Alaska paraphernalia that decorates the
                                                                    30 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table.
            the 1964 earthquake and only a few dilapidated                                                                   general store and office. Almost everything you see
                                                                    Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes, $2 per
            remnants remain. Turn north on Portage Rd. and                                                                   has a story behind it. With several thickly wooded
                                                                    machine. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
            go 5 mi. to the Williwaw Campground sign (not                                                                    back-in sites (and two pull-through sites) available,
                                                                    Showers: Yes, flushable toilets & coin-operated
            to be confused w/ the Williwaw Viewing Area sign                                                                 all-sized rigs can be accommodated, but longer
                                                                    showers. $1.25 buys about 15 minutes. Fuel: Avail-
            that you’ll see 0.25 mi. before the campground).                                                                 vehicles may have some difficulty maneuvering if
                                                                    able in Cooper Landing 2.5 mi. away. Propane:
            Turn right at the sign, and you will find the                                                                    they wander beyond their designated area. This
                                                                    Available in Cooper Landing. Internal Roads:
            entrance board and campsite manager just down                                                                    campground has many loops and turns, making
                                                                    Gravel, well maintained. RV Service: No. Market:
            the road.                                                                                                        campers feel like they’re much farther away from
                                                                    The Shrew’s Nest in Cooper Landing has sundries,
                                                                                                                             the park highway than they really are. The rushing
                                                                    including unique Alaskan gifts. Larger supermarkets
                                                                                                                             Nenana River that borders the campground, cou-
                                                                    are available in Soldotna. Restaurant: The Kenai
                                                                                                                             pled with the snow-capped mountains in the back-
                                                                    Princess lodge offers fine dining, or eat at the bar
                                                                                                                             ground, complete the effect of being away from it
                                                                    for a simpler venue. Gwin’s Restaurant in Cooper
                                                                                                                             all. Ask for a riverside site if possible.
                                                                    Landing also is recommended. General Store:
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        124     ALASKA        Denali Park

        BASICS                                                                                                            Vending: Soft drink machines are located on the
                                                                  DENALI PARK            MAP, B-3                         boardwalk. Swimming: No. Playground: No.
        Operated By: Owned & operated by the Reis-
        lands. Open: May 15–Sep. 12, exact days depend            Denali Rainbow Village                                  Other: The boardwalk offers a jewelry shop, sev-
        on snowmelt & weather. Site Assignment: Reser-            RV Park and Country Mall                                eral gift stores, a 1-hour photo gallery, & offices
        vations are recommended, particularly in Jun. & Jul.                                                              where rafting, horseback riding, flight seeing, & golf-
                                                                 Mile 238.6 Park Hwy., Denali Park 99755.
        1-night deposit is required to secure a campsite, &                                                               ing tours can be booked. Activities: Inquire at
                                                                 T: (907) 683-7777; www.denalirvrvpark.com.
        a 15% service fee is charged for cancellations. No                                                                campground. Nearby Attractions: The Denali
        refunds are given w/in 48 hours of the reserved          a ★★                         b ★★                        National Park entrance is located just 1 mi. south of
        date.Walk-ins are also welcome, just check into                                                                   the RV Park.
        the office before settling into a site. No charge if     Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★
                                                                                                                          RESTRICTIONS
        cancelled w/in 60 days of arrival. Registration:         Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★
                                                                                                                          Pets: On leash, cleaned up after. Fires: Restricted
        Payments should be made at the front office prior        Security: ★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★
                                                                                                                          to pit areas only. Alcoholic Beverages: No
        to going to your site. Check-in is from 3–10 p.m. If     Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★
                                                                                                                          restrictions. Ed only asks that you “behave.” Vehicle
        you are not going to be able to make it during           Located at the apex of Denali Village, the develop-      Maximum Length: None.
        office hours (8 a.m.–10 p.m.), call ahead.A map w/       ment of hotels, restaurants, and gift shops that has
                                                                                                                          TO GET THERE
        your site assignment will be posted on the office        sprouted just outside the entrance of Denali
                                                                                                                          Take the Parks Hwy. to mi. 238. This mi., known
        door. Fee: Each campsite (up to 4 people) is             National Park, Denali Rainbow Village RV Park
                                                                                                                          unofficially as Denali Village, is a strip of hotels,
        $18.50. Extra people are $3 each.An extra vehicle        puts you where the action is. Use this RV park dur-
                                                                                                                          restaurants, and gift shops for guests to the
        or tent is $1. Electric hookup is $5 per vehicle, &      ing your allotted time in Denali, and you will be
                                                                                                                          National Park. Denali Rainbow is smack in the
        water is $1 per vehicle.All major credit cards or        able to grab a bagel and morning cup of coffee,
                                                                                                                          center of this area. On the east side of the high-
        cash accepted. Parking: At site for most spots.          catch a shuttle to the park, book various tours
                                                                                                                          way, look for a boardwalk of cabin-style shops and
        Some tent sites are walk-in only w/ designated           around the area, go shopping, and find evening
                                                                                                                          a large green sign that says Denali Rainbow (just
        parking in a separate area.                              entertainment—all within walking distance of
                                                                                                                          to the left of the Tesoro Station).
        FACILITIES                                               your tent or RV. Denali Rainbow Village RV Park
        Number of RV Sites: 45. Number of Multi-                 is simply a barren gravel lot set behind a boardwalk
        purpose Sites: 45. Hookups: Electric (30 amps),          of tourist shops and attractions, but the facilities     FAIRBANKS                MAP, B-3
        water (most sites). Each Site: Picnic table. Dump        are clean, and there are plenty of back-in and pull-     River’s Edge RV Park and
        Station: Yes, 2. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes, 3.        through sites that can accommodate all vehicles.
                                                                                                                          Campground
        Rest Rooms and Showers: 3 buildings w/ flush-            There are no superior or inferior sites at this camp-
        able toilets & pay showers are available to park         ground, as all share the same sweeping views of the      4140 Boat St., Fairbanks 99709.T: (907) 474-
        guests. Facilities are clean & accessible. Fuel: A       Alaska Range and all are equidistant from the hub-       3681 or (800) 770-3343; www.riversedge.net.
        Tesoro station is located in Denali Village 7 mi.        bub of Denali Village.
        north. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Dirt, curvy         BASICS                                                   a ★★★                         b ★★★
        but well maintained. RV Service: No, 18 mi. away         Operated By: Owned & operated by the amicable            Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★
        in Healy. Market: Basic food items are available at      Ed Regan. Open: May 20–Sep. 20, exact days               Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★
        the campground general store. Restaurant: Yes,           depend on snowmelt & weather conditions. Site            Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★
        across the street. General Store: A well-stocked         Assignment: Either just show up or make reser-           Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★
        general store is located adjacent to the office &        vations in advance. Sites can be held w/ a credit
                                                                                                                          River’s Edge RV Park offers the style of camping
        includes coffee & rolls, ice cream, snacks & gro-        card, but must be canceled at least 24 hours before-
                                                                                                                          guests are accustomed to finding in the Lower 48
        ceries, ice, liquor, & Alaskan gifts. Hours are 8 a.m–   hand if you can’t make it. Jun. & Jul. are the busiest
                                                                                                                          states. Clean, pristine, and modern, this camp-
        10 p.m. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-                 months. Registration: Check in at the front office
                                                                                                                          ground allows guests easy access to downtown Fair-
        ground: No. Other: There are 7 covered pavil-            before settling on a site. Office hours are 8 a.m.–9
                                                                                                                          banks and nearby tourist attractions, while at the
        ions for picnics & barbecues. Cabins are available.      p.m. If you arrive after hours, find a site & place
                                                                                                                          same time providing a tranquil setting on the
        Activities: Airplane rides & horseback riding            your payment in the box located on the front of
                                                                                                                          Chena River. Rest rooms and showers are well
        (nearby). Nearby Attractions: The Denali                 the office building. Fee: Full hookups $34, electric
                                                                                                                          maintained here, and the friendly atmosphere,
        National Park entrance is located 6 mi. north of         w/ water $30, electric only $27, dry camping $20,
                                                                                                                          coupled with the knowledge of campground staff
        the RV Park. In addition, a wide array of local tours    tents $15.These prices include tax.After 2 nights, a
                                                                                                                          regarding the general area, will impress guests. This
        can be booked in the front office.                       25% discount is given for the 3rd night.All major
                                                                                                                          vast horseshoe-shaped campground has several
        RESTRICTIONS                                             credit card accepted. Parking: At site.
                                                                                                                          treed sites on the east side with more open, grassy
        Pets: On leash; walked only in dog-walking area.         FACILITIES                                               spots on the west. Back-ins and pull-through sites
        Should not be left unattended. Fires: Restricted to      Number of RV Sites: 77. Number of Tent-only              are available, with approximately 20 feet between
        pit areas only. Alcoholic Beverages: No restric-         Sites: 10. Hookups: Electric (20, 50 amps), water,       sites. Larger vehicles are easily accommodated.
        tions. Liquor is sold in the campground general          sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, electrical outlet,       Sites located near the office seem heavily trafficked
        store. Vehicle Maximum Length: 45 ft.                    water faucet. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes.           and a bit noisy. We prefer the riverside sites, espe-
        TO GET THERE                                             Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:                  cially sites B-9, D-17, and E-16.
        Take the Parks Hwy. to mi. 231. When you near            Flushable toilets & pay showers available to park
                                                                                                                          BASICS
        this mi., slow down—the large Denali Grizzly             guests. Fuel: Park Mart Tesoro station adjacent to
                                                                                                                          Operated By: Owned & operated by husband &
        Bear Cabins & Campground sign on the west side           campground. Propane: In Healy 10 mi. north.
                                                                                                                          wife team Steve Frank & Linda Anderson. Open:
        of the road sneaks up on you suddenly.                   Internal Roads: Gravel, flat, & well maintained. RV
                                                                                                                          Mem. Day weekend–Sep. 15, weather permitting.
                                                                 Service: 10 mi. north in Healy. Market: Tesoro
                                                                                                                          Site Assignment: General reservations can be
                                                                 station has convenience items (at inconvenient
                                                                                                                          made, but specific sites are not assigned until
                                                                 prices!). Restaurant: Subway on the boardwalk.
                                                                                                                          arrival. Drop-in guests are welcome & usually
                                                                 Black Bear Café next to campground office, notable
                                                                                                                          accommodated. Registration: Check-in is
                                                                 for its soups & sandwiches.The carrot cake also is
                                                                                                                          required at the office before obtaining a site. If you
                                                                 recommended. General Store: Tesoro station;
                                                                                                                          will be arriving after hours (7 a.m.–10 p.m.) call
                                                                 stock up on supplies before arriving in Denali.
                                                                                                                          ahead.A map & instructions will be hung on a bul-
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            letin board for you to pick up when you arrive.         rather a place to layover before journeying to your
            Fee: Full hookups $28, water/electric hookups           next checkpoint. However, the highway-weary
                                                                                                                             GLENNALLEN                                 MAP, B-3
            $25. Dry camping available for $17. Good Sam dis-       traveler will find a surprisingly unique experience      Northern Nights RV
            counts available. Parking: At site.                     at Mendeltna Creek Lodge. Set in the gnarly black        Campground
            FACILITIES                                              spruce forest with the sinuous Mendeltna Creek
                                                                                                                             Mile 188.7 Glenn Hwy., Glennallen 99588.
            Number of RV Sites: 179. Number of Tent-                flowing by, the campground has a bit of a rustic,
                                                                                                                             T: (907) 822-3199; www.alaska-rv-campground-
            only Sites: 12. Hookups: Electric (30 amps),            wild feel to it. This campground has treed sites
                                                                                                                             glennallen-northernnights.net.
            water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table. Dump Sta-        with plenty of back-ins and pull-throughs. The
            tion: Yes. Laundry: Coin-operated machines avail-       several loops and slightly bumpy road make some          a ★★★                         b ★★★★
            able. Soap & change available in laundry room. Pay      parts of the campground difficult for larger rigs,
                                                                    but ultimately all can be accommodated. The sites        Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★
            Phone: Yes, w/ modem access. Rest Rooms and
                                                                    are not numbered and seem slightly scattered             Spaciousness: ★★               Quiet: ★★★
            Showers: Flushable toilets & clean showers. Fuel:
                                                                    about. We preferred the creekside sites, but they        Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★
            Airport Way (0.25 mi. away) in several places. (Fred
                                                                    are the farthest away from the showers and rest          Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★★★
            Meyer is known to have the lowest prices.)
            Propane: Airport Way (0.25 mi. away). Internal          rooms. Overall, the campground is clean and on           Set just where the Glenn Hwy. T-bones the
            Roads: Gravel, well maintained. RV Service: Sev-        par with Alaska’s other RV sites—it simply has a         Richardson Hwy., Northern Nights is a convenient
            eral service stations available in Fairbanks.The        very “seasoned” feel to it.                              stopover for those en route to Tok, Fairbanks,
            front office will assist you in making calls. Market:   BASICS                                                   Valdez, or Anchorage. This spruce-lined camp-
            Fred Meyer & Safeway are both located on Airport        Operated By: Mabel & Russel Wimmer. Open:                ground is tucked away from the roar of the trucks
            Way. Safeway is open 24 hours. Restaurant: The          All year. Site Assignment: Reservations are rec-         and cars on the highways and has a quaint, cozy
            front office lists the daily specials for the nearby    ommended for holiday weekends & July 4th.                atmosphere. It is a good place to refuel, get a hot
            Chena’s Restaurant, & staff will happily make reser-    Deposits are required during busy times. Other-          meal in town, and make preparations for the fol-
            vations for you. Sample menus for other Fairbanks       wise, there is usually room for RVers who just           lowing day’s travel. As an added bonus, if you stay
            restaurants are also available. General Store: A        show up. Registration: Stop in restaurant/office &       at Northern Nights on a Monday or Wednesday,
            gift shop & some general items are located on site.     pay before you park. If you arrive after hours, find a   you can join in on their free bonfire and dessert
            Other shopping is abundant throughout Fairbanks.        spot & settle payment in the morning. Fee: Full          nights—an attraction worth timing your visit for.
            Vending: Soft drink machines & newspaper dis-           hookup $20, dry camping $10, tents $6. Cabins            Northern Nights is a small campground with a
            pensers on site. Swimming: No. Playground:              $40–$50 per night. Good Sam discounts available.         parking lot layout. There are plenty of pull-through
            No. Other: Walk to the banks of the Chena River         Cash or credit cards accepted, no checks. Park-          sites for larger vehicles, and tenters are able to enjoy
            & try your hand at catch-&-release.There is also a      ing: At site.                                            a comfortable night’s sleep at a padded tent spot.
            sunny deck area adjacent to the office where you                                                                 Sites are only about ten feet apart, but a few young
                                                                    FACILITIES
            can relax & read the newspaper. Car wash on site.                                                                trees between each camping space provide a little
                                                                    Number of RV Sites: 60. Number of Tent-
            Activities: Reservations for fishing tours, histori-                                                             more privacy. We recommend sites 13–18, simply
                                                                    only Sites: Undesignated sites. Hookups: Electric
            cal city tours, gold mine tours, & Riverboat Discov-                                                             because they are farthest away from the office and
                                                                    (20 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table.
            ery tours can all be booked at the front office.                                                                 the incoming and outgoing RVs.
                                                                    Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes, coin oper-
            Transportation is provided for most tours. Addi-        ated. Pay Phone: No, but calling cards may be            BASICS
            tional Information: Fairbanks CVB, 550 1st Ave.,        used in the office. Phone cards available for pur-       Operated By: Richard & Tomi Hawes. Open: May
            (800) 327-5774, www.explorefairbanks.com.               chase in the restaurant. Rest Rooms and Show-            1–Oct.1. If weather permits, opens mid-Apr. Site
            RESTRICTIONS                                            ers: Family style rest rooms available in the            Assignment: Reservations are strongly recom-
            Pets: On leash. Fires: Because campground is in         restaurant & on the campground. Showers cost             mended for Jun.–mid-Aug. No deposit is required
            city limits, no fires are allowed. Alcoholic Bever-     $1. Fuel: Yes. Propane: No. Internal Roads:              but please call by 4 p.m. if you have to cancel.Visi-
            ages: No restrictions. Vehicle Maximum                  Gravel, a bit bumpy. RV Service: In Glenallen.           tors w/out reservations will be accommodated on
            Length: None.                                           Market: In Glenallen. Restaurant: A restaurant           a space-available basis. Registration: Register at
                                                                    & bar are on site & are open from 6 a.m. to mid-         the front office before settling in. If you are going
            TO GET THERE
                                                                    night. Handtossed pizzas & cinnamon rolls are rec-       to arrive after hours, call ahead, & a map w/ your
            From the Parks Hwy. take the East Fairbanks Exit.
                                                                    ommended. Sandwiches & simple meals are also             assignment will be left on the front door. For those
            Take a left on Sportsmans Way and another left
                                                                    available at relatively reasonable prices. General       w/out reservations, find a spot & settle payment
            on Boat St. From the Richardson Hwy., take a left
                                                                    Store: Some basic items available for purchase in        before 9 a.m. the next day. Office hours are 7 a.m.–
            on Airport Way, cross University Ave., and turn
                                                                    the restaurant. Vending: No. Swimming: No.               9 p.m. Fee: RV, $20–$22; tent, $12. no credit cards
            right on Sportsmans Way. Take an immediate left
                                                                    Playground: No. Other: Cozy cabins are avail-            accepted. Parking: At site.
            onto Boat St. Blue camping signs will point you
            in the right direction.                                 able for rent if you want a night out of your            FACILITIES
                                                                    camper/tent. Activities: Inquire at campground.          Number of RV Sites: 21. Number of Tent-only
                                                                    Nearby Attractions: The Drunken Forest                   Sites: 5. Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water,
            GLENNALLEN                               MAP, B-3       museum is on site.This is a fenced-in collection of      sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, fire pit. Dump Sta-
            Mendeltna Creek Lodge                                   unusually shaped wood pieces & artifacts that have       tion: Yes. Laundry: No, 0.5 mi. down the road.
                                                                    been found in the local area.                            Pay Phone: No, but calling cards can be used in
            Mile 153 Glenn Hwy, Glennallen 99588.T: (907)
                                                                    RESTRICTIONS                                             the front office. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes,
            822-3346; mendeltnalodge@cvinternet.net.
                                                                    Pets: Allows on leash only, must be cleaned up           fee for showers. $3 guests, $5 non-guests. Fuel: A
            a ★★★                        b ★★★                      after. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: No           gas station is directly across the street. Propane:
                                                                    restrictions, alcohol available at the bar. Vehicle      Available at the gas station. Internal Roads:
            Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★          Maximum Length: None.                                    Gravel. RV Service: Spark’s Automotive Texaco
            Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★                                                                          across street. Market: Park’s Place is 0.5 mi. down
            Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★           TO GET THERE
                                                                                                                             the road. Restaurant: Check out the Hitchin’ Post
            Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★★            Take the Glenn Hwy. to mi. 153. You’ll see the
                                                                                                                             1 mi. west for $2.99 breakfasts & large burgers.The
                                                                    log lodge on the south side of the highway.
            This campground, the halfway point between Tok                                                                   Great Alaskan Freeze & The Caribou Restaurant
            and Anchorage, is not a destination in itself, but                                                               are other close dining options. General Store:
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        126     ALASKA         Homer

        Spark’s general store is across the road, & the Hub       only Sites: 9. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),         Seaview RV Park is an ideal place to meet local
        of Alaska is just east of the campground. Vending:        water, sewer, cable TV, phone. Each Site: Trash         Alaskans, fish for salmon in Resurrection Creek,
        No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other:                  can. Dump Station: Not on site. City dump is            and explore a few well-preserved remnants of the
        Fishing charters. Activities: Glennallen has a large      located just down the road. Laundry: Yes, coin-         gold rush.
        4th of July celebration complete w/ a parade, raft        operated. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and                BASICS
        races, & a salmon bake. Additional Information:           Showers: Flush toilets & hot showers available          Operated By: Owned & operated Renna Stanley-
        The Glennallen Visitor Center, mi. 189 on the             free of charge to all campers. Facilities are clean &   Harris. Sometimes you’ll find her running the bar.
        Glenn Hwy., can help you find hiking, hunting, &          well-maintained. Fuel: A few blocks away at Tesoro.     Open: May 1–Sep. 20. Site Assignment: First
        fishing opportunities. Hours are 8 a.m.–7 p.m. in         Propane: At Homer Tesoro. Internal Roads:               come, first served, or by reservation.There is usu-
        the summer, (907) 822-5555.                               Gravel roads in good condition. RV Service: In          ally plenty of space at the beginning & end of the
        RESTRICTIONS                                              Homer. Market: 8 blocks away & open 24/7.               season, but reservations are recommended from
        Pets: Must be leashed. Pet sitting is available for a     Restaurant: Several to choose from in downtown          mid-Jul. until the end of Aug. Registration:
        small fee. Fires: Restricted to fire pits. Firewood is    Homer.We recommend Sal’s for sourdough french           Occupy a site & find someone in the bar or restau-
        free. Alcoholic Beverages: Glennallen is a dry            toast or Cups for lunch & dinner. General Store:        rant for payment. If you arrive after hours simply
        city. One cannot purchase alcohol here, but if you        Safeway 5 blocks away. Vending: Ice, soft drinks, &     pay the next day.This campground operates on the
        have your own you may imbibe at your site. Vehi-          newspaper machines are all available outside the        honor system. Fee: $10 per RV site, $15 w/ elec-
        cle Maximum Length: None.                                 front office. Swimming: No. Playground: No.             tric.Tents are $5. Parking: At site or on road.
                                                                  Other: There is a covered picnic area for large
        TO GET THERE                                              groups or grill parties (barbecue pits on back deck     FACILITIES
        Take the Glenn Hwy. to mi. 188.7. The camp-               by the office). Guests can also take a walk down        Number of RV Sites: 28. Number of Tent-only
        ground is right at the Glenn/Richardson junction          the hill to the beach for an up close look at the       Sites: Undesignated sites. Hookups: Electric (20, 30
        in the town of Glennallen on the north side.              shimmering waters of Katchemak Bay. RV Park             amps); 1 water hose available on the side of the bar.
                                                                  guests can arrange for several boating & fishing        Each Site: Electrical outlet, fire pit. Dump Sta-
                                                                  charters at discounted rates. Activities: A fish-fry    tion: No, but can go to Eagle Rising 1 mi. down the
         HOMER                                    MAP, B-3                                                                road. Laundry: No, Eagle Rising is available. Pay
                                                                  is hosted for campground guests every Fourth of
         Oceanview RV Park                                                                                                Phone: No, but calling cards can be used in the bar
                                                                  July. Nearby Attractions: Skate park, Boys &
        455 Sterling Hwy., Homer 99603.                           Girls Club nearby. Additional Information:              or restaurant. Rest Rooms and Showers: Several
        T: (907) 235-3951; www.oceanview-rv.com.                  Chamber of Commerce located on the Sterling             portables of dubious cleanliness are available. Show-
                                                                  Hwy. between Bartlett & Main St., (907) 235-7740.       ers can be taken at Eagle Rising for a miniscule fee.
        a ★★★                         b ★★★                                                                               Fuel: Hope has a gas station, but the availability of
                                                                 RESTRICTIONS                                             fuel is hit or miss & there are no set hours of opera-
        Beauty: ★★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★           Pets: All pets should be leashed & under owner           tion. Fuel-up beforehand in Anchorage (when com-
        Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★                 supervision. More than 2 animals requires manager        ing from the north) or Seward (when leaving the
        Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★★         approval. Fires: No fires in the RV Park, but            south). Propane: Available at Eagle Rising. Internal
        Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★           allowed on beach. Alcoholic Beverages: No                Roads: Gravel, average condition. RV Service:
        This full-hookup campground offers a magnificent         restrictions. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.              None. Market: No. Hope has a small gift shop w/
        panoramic view of Katchemak Bay and is conve-            TO GET THERE                                             the basics, but it is expensive here. Restaurant: The
        niently located next to downtown Homer, the very         Take the Sterling Hwy. to mi. 172.7. Just before         Seaview Restaurant is famed for its seafood chow-
        last town on the Alaska highway system. Probably         you reach downtown Homer, you will see the RV            der & Alaskan fish & chips.Also featured at various
        the cleanest and most modern facility on the Kenai       park’s large sign off to the right.                      times are exotic meats such as ostrich, caribou,
        Peninsula, Oceanview is an ideal place to get a hot                                                               musk ox, kangaroo, & rattlesnake. Discovery Cafe,
        shower, browse a well-stocked gift shop, and get a                                                                the town’s other restaurant, is also recommended.
        free cup of coffee in the morning. With both back-        HOPE                                     MAP, B-3       General Store: Again, you’ll find the basics at the
        in and pull-through sites, Oceanview is a parking         Seaview RV Park                                         local gift shop, but be prepared to pay a hefty price.
        lot–style facility with few trees and little privacy                                                              Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.
                                                                 P.O. Box 110, Hope 99605.T: (907) 782-3300;
        between sites. However, the friendly atmosphere                                                                   Other: The park has a spectacular view of the Tur-
                                                                 hope@ibm.net; www.home.gci.net/~hopeak.
        and numerous amenities make Oceanview an ideal                                                                    nagain Arm & Resurrection Creek. Activities: Ask
        resting spot. Reserve a waterside site if you can.       a ★★                          b ★★                       in the restaurant or bar for Gold Rush Peck.This
        Sites 26, 43, 64, 83, and 86 are recommended. For                                                                 eccentric Alaskan will give you a 2-hour gold-pan-
        shade-lovers, ask for 17B.                               Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★            ning lesson for $7. Fish for salmon in Resurrection
                                                                 Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★                  Creek from mid-Jul. through the end of the summer.
        BASICS                                                   Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
        Operated By: Geri Barling. Open: May 15–Oct.                                                                      From Aug. through mid-Sep., pick berries. Nearby
                                                                 Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★            Attractions: There are several nearby hiking trails
        15. Site Assignment: By reservation or on a
        space available basis. Sometimes the entire park is      The town of Hope is a tiny speck on the Alaska           that cater to all levels. Rafting trips & guided fishing
        booked by caravans, so a phone call is recom-            map that is often overlooked by tourists. However,       tours are also available in the area. Inquire in the
        mended. Registration: Do not occupy a site until         the traveler who ventures off the Seward Hwy. and        restaurant or bar. Additional Information:
        you have registered at the front office. If you are      down the curvy 18-mile road to this vintage gold-        www.home.gci.net/~hopeak.
        going to be arriving after hours (8 a.m.–9 p.m.          mining community will not regret the detour.             RESTRICTIONS
        Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Sun.), call ahead & the         Seaview RV Park lies on the edge of Hope and is          Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire pit only; firewood is
        campground manager will make arrangements w/             host to the downtown area’s only bar and dinner          available for sale. Alcoholic Beverages: No
        you. Fee: Full Hookups: $28, $24 electric w/             restaurant. Sweeping views of the Turnagain Arm,         restrictions. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
        water, electricity $20, dry camping $15. Showers         coupled with a convenient placement, allow one to
                                                                 ignore the fact that the RV park itself is a barren,     TO GET THERE
        are included for all campers.There are no dis-                                                                    Take the Seward Hwy. to mi. 56 just over the
        counts or coupons, but seniors do receive a 10%          crowded lot with back-in and pull-through sites to
                                                                 accommodate all vehicles. Since there is little to no    Canyon Creek Bridge and turn north at Hope
        discount at the gift shop. Parking: At site.                                                                      junction. There is a large sign pointing the way.
                                                                 privacy between sites (and because there is a bar
        FACILITIES                                               next door) this is not a campground for a person         Follow the Hope Hwy. 16.9 mi. and turn right on
        Number of RV Sites: 100. Number of Tent-                                                                          Old Hope Rd. A short stretch on Old Hope
                                                                 who sleeps lightly. However, for the more sociable,
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            brings you to Main St. Turn left and follow this        newspapers are all vendable items in the Riverside      Sites: Undesignated sites. Hookups: Electric (20,
            road 2 blocks to its end.                               front office. One can also buy or trade from a large    30 amps), water, sewer, phone access. Each Site:
                                                                    variety of used books here. Swimming: No. Play-         None. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes, coin
                                                                    ground: No. Other: There is a boat ramp & bank          operated. Pay Phone: No, calling cards may be
            HOUSTON                                  MAP, B-3       access to the Little Susitna River, & horseshoe pits    used in the office. Rest Rooms and Showers:
            Riverside Camper Park                                   on site. Activities: The 3rd Sat. of Aug. is Hous-      Yes. Showers are clean but cost $2. Fuel: 6 mi. west
                                                                    ton’s Annual Founder’s Day.This is a community          in Ninilchik. Propane: 6 mi. west in Ninilchik.
            Mile 57.7 Park Hwy., Houston 99694.
                                                                    barbecue w/ games, activities, & the best fireworks     Internal Roads: Gravel & in good condition. RV
            T: (907) 892-9020; aksalmon@mtaonline.net.
                                                                    display you’ve ever witnessed! Nearby Attrac-           Service: In Ninilchik. Market: In Ninilchik.
            a ★★★★                       b ★★★                      tions: This area of the state is famed for lake &       Restaurant: In Ninilchik, ask at the front desk for
                                                                    river fishing. Houston is also renowned for its fire-   recommendations. General Store: No. Vending:
            Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★          works stores.                                           No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other:
            Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★                                                                         There is a shared picnic & barbecue area at the
                                                                    RESTRICTIONS
            Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★                                                                  center of the campground. Activities: Fishing char-
                                                                    Pets: On leash only, must be cleaned up after.
            Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★★★                                                                   ters for halibut & salmon can be arranged at the
                                                                    Fires: Restricted to pit areas only. Alcoholic Bev-
            Riverside Camper Park is a clean, tranquil park         erages: No restrictions. Vehicle Maximum                front office. Nearby Attractions: Fishing, hunting,
            that offers the perfect break before going to the big   Length: None.                                           & clamming are the main activities that draw travel-
            city of Anchorage just an hour’s drive away. This                                                               ers to this area.The quaint Russian Orthodox town
                                                                    TO GET THERE
            loop-shaped campground is just off the park high-                                                               of Ninilchik is just a 15-minute drive away, &
                                                                    Take the Parks Hwy. to mi. 57.7. You cannot miss
            way and is conveniently located within walking                                                                  Homer, the famous “end-of-the-road” Alaskan town
                                                                    the tiny strip of convenience shops and the large,
            distance of a restaurant, post office, grocery store,                                                           is another hour beyond that.
                                                                    dark brown building w/ Riverside Camper Park
            and service station. It can also be recommended for                                                             RESTRICTIONS
                                                                    displayed above the front door.
            its clean rest rooms and home-style showers. For                                                                Pets: No restrictions. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic
            fishing fans, bank fishing on the Little Susitna                                                                Beverages: No restrictions. Vehicle Maximum
            River is available all summer, and boat charters can    NINILCHIK                                MAP, B-3       Length: None.
            be arranged at the campground. There are plenty
                                                                    Scenic View RV Park                                     TO GET THERE
            of spacious back-in and pull-through sites avail-
                                                                                                                            Take the Sterling Hwy. to mi. 127 and turn right
            able. Spruce and birch line Riverside Camper Park,      127 Sterling Hwy., Ninilchik 99639.
                                                                                                                            at the large Scenic View sign.
            but no trees or flowers separate the grassy camp-       T: (907) 567-3909; www.scenicviewrv.com.
            sites. Request the spots farthest from the highway;
            sites 27 and 28 are next to the water.                  a ★★★                        b ★★★
                                                                                                                            PALMER                                   MAP, B-3
            BASICS                                                  Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★           Mountain View RV Park
            Operated By: Owned & operated by Kenny &                Spaciousness: ★★             Quiet: ★★★
            Sheila Mortensen. Open: May–Sep., exact days            Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★           Mile 1 Smith Rd., Palmer 99645.
            depend on snowmelt & weather conditions. Site           Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★            T: (907) 745-5747 or (800) 264-4582;
            Assignment: Either just show up or make reser-                                                                  www.mtviewrvpark.com.
                                                                    This campground is justly named. On a clear day,
            vations in advance. Sites can be held w/ a credit       the view of the famous mountain trio I.R.S.             a ★★★                        b ★★
            card, but must be cancelled at least 24 hours           (Iliamna, Redoubt, Spur) will remind you why you
            beforehand if you can’t make it. Registration:          came to Alaska. Although just off of the Sterling       Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★
            Check in at the front office before settling on a       Hwy., Scenic View feels more remote than other          Spaciousness: ★★             Quiet: ★★★★
            site. Office hours are 9 a.m.–9 p.m. If you arrive      RV Parks on the Kenai Peninsula, with very little       Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
            after hours, instructions are on the front gate for     development in the surrounding area. Scenic View        Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★
            check-in. Fee: Full hookups cost $20. Good Sam &        would make a wonderful stopover on the way to           We chose to feature this park because it is a bit off
            military discounts given.All major credit cards         Homer, as well as offer a great rest stop for adven-    the beaten path, and during busy times when other
            accepted. Parking: At site.                             turers who want to try their hand at digging up         RV parks are bursting at the seams, Mountain View
            FACILITIES                                              razor clams at the nearby Clam Gulch. Scenic            RV Park will likely be able to accommodate you
            Number of RV Sites: 56. Number of Tent-only             View Campground is located on a gently sloping          even at the last minute. This pleasant campground
            Sites: 2. Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water,           hill reaching downward toward the Cook Inlet. All       is located three miles off the Glenn Hwy. in Palmer
            sewer, modem access available in the front office.      sites here are back-in, but larger vehicles can be      and offers close and personal views of Marsh, Byers,
            Each Site: Picnic table, electrical outlet, water       accommodated. There is about five to ten feet           and Lazy Mountains. With spacious, grassy sites
            faucet. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes (coin-          between camping spots, and grass or shrub-covered       and farms on either side, Mountain View RV Park
            operated).An iron & ironing board are available         strips separate sites. Request a site next to the       feels more like a stay in the country than a wilder-
            free of charge. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and          ocean and away from the highway. Wherever you           ness getaway. Of course, one does have to overlook
            Showers: Clean & modern rest room facilities are        end up, you’ll have an amazing view.                    the many trucks, cars, and engine parts stored
            available free of charge to all guests. Fuel: No.       BASICS                                                  behind the campground office. Come here on the
            Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel, well main-         Operated By: Ann Musarra. Open: May 15–                 Fourth of July, when the owners throw their barbe-
            tained. RV Service: In Wasilla 15 mi. away. Mar-        Sep. 1. Site Assignment: Reservations are               cue bash for the whole town, and you can join the
            ket: Miller’s Place is located next to the              strongly suggested.A credit card number is              festivities for free. Mountain View RV Park consists
            campground w/in easy walking distance. Items are        required to hold a spot & 1 night’s charge will be      of mostly pull-through sites that easily accommo-
            cheaper in Anchorage, but immediate needs can be        applied to the card if cancellations are made w/in      date all rigs. There are no trees on the campground,
            met here & fishing licenses are also available. Ice     24 hours. Registration: Office hours are from 7         as the owners say this keeps away insects. Anywhere
            cream fans will find the largest soft-serve cones in    a.m.–10 p.m. If you arrive after hours, occupy a        from five to ten feet separate the sites. We found
            Alaska. Restaurant: Hamburgers are available at         spot & find Ann in the morning to settle payment.       that sites 1–5 and 22–25 offered the best view of
            Miller’s Place. For more variety,The Houston            Fee: $12–$22 per night. Parking: At site.               the mountains and were conveniently located.
            Lounge is located just down the road. General                                                                   BASICS
                                                                    FACILITIES
            Store: Miller’s Place stocks a variety of basic sup-                                                            Operated By: Red & Dee Starr. Open: May 1–
                                                                    Number of RV Sites: 27. Number of Tent-only
            plies. Vending: Soft drink & candy machines &                                                                   Oct. 1. Site Assignment: When possible it is best
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        to make reservations. No deposit is required, but       Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
        please phone if you can’t make it. Usually, there is    Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★             SEWARD                                    MAP, B-3
        also space for last-minute arrivals who haven’t                                                                 Waterfront Park
                                                                Just off the Seward Hwy., six-and-a-half miles
        called in advance. Registration: Office hours are 8     before you arrive in the town of Seward, Bear           Camp Management, P.O. Box 167, Seward
        a.m.–10 p.m. If you arrive after hours, a map w/        Creek Campground offers the only full-hookup            99664.T: (907) 224-4055; www.seward.net.
        your site assignment will be posted on the door &       camping on the south side of the Kenai Peninsula.
        payment can be settled the next morning. Fee:           The campground itself is not much more than an          a ★★★                        b ★★★★
        $20–$22 per night.This includes showers. Senior &       expansive gravel lot carved out of spruce forest, but   Beauty: ★★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★
        Good Sam discounts available. Parking: At site.         the Kenai Mountains are in view, and pristine Bear      Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★
        FACILITIES                                              Lake is within walking distance. This campground        Security: ★★                  Cleanliness: ★★
        Number of RV Sites: 119. Hookups: Electric              is a less crowded alternative for travelers who want    Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★
        (30 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table.       to avoid the throngs of RVs and tourists in Seward,
                                                                                                                        This sprawling campground spans almost the
        Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes, coin operated.         particularly during the fishing months of June,
                                                                                                                        entire Seward waterfront, and it’s probably one of
        Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:                 July, and August. However, despite the camp-
                                                                                                                        the most popular RV destinations on the Kenai
        Yes, 8 separate rest rooms & showers. Fuel: At          ground’s generally tranquil location, be forewarned
                                                                                                                        Peninsula. Visitors will understand why when they
        Tesoro 3 mi. away. Propane: At Tesoro. Internal         of the early morning train that whistles when pass-
                                                                                                                        arrive; the panoramic views of the Kenai Moun-
        Roads: Gravel, good condition. RV Service: 10           ing Bear Creek Rd.
                                                                                                                        tains and Resurrection Bay are breathtaking, and
        mi. away in Wasilla. Market: A Carrs/Safeway is         BASICS                                                  the variety of activities within walking distance
        located 4 mi. away on the Glenn Hwy.The farm            Operated By: Owned & operated by Lynn                   from this campground will make you want to
        adjacent the campground (Arctic Organics) sells         Hettick. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reser-        schedule more than one night here. Waterfront
        freshly picked produce every Fri. from 5–7 p.m.         vations accepted w/ a credit card or just show up.      Park is always active with the hustle and bustle of
        Restaurant: Several in Palmer.Ask for suggestions       Reservations especially recommended for July 4.         tourists, and there is very little distance or privacy
        at the front office. General Store: No. Vending:        Registration: At office that is well marked & open      between RVs. However, you will be too busy sight-
        Newspaper dispensers located by the office.             8 a.m.–10 p.m. If you arrive after hours, simply        ing bald eagles, looking for whale spouts, and
        Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other: There              choose a site & settle payment the following day.       enjoying the ever-changing sunlight in the moun-
        is a covered picnic & grill area in the center of the   Fee: Full hookups, $31. Parking & facility use w/out    tains to notice the crowds. Make reservations for a
        campground. Activities: A 4th of July grill party is    hookup, $28.Tent sites, $21. MC & D accepted.           waterside campsite (sites 12–82 are best), and then
        hosted on the grounds. It is free to guests. Nearby     Good Sam,AAA,AARP, & military receive 10% dis-          bring your walking shoes and take the scenic paved
        Attractions: The campground owner operates a            count. Parking: At site.                                trail either to the Small Boat Harbor, where you
        boat tour to the Knik Glacier that is reputed to be
                                                                FACILITIES                                              can watch the fisherman bring in their daily cache,
        the best new attraction in South Central Alaska.
                                                                Number of RV Sites: 68. Hookups: Electric (30           or to downtown, where shopping and dining are
        The Palmer reindeer farm is also very near. If you
                                                                amps), water, sewer, cable TV, phone (long term         bountiful.
        arrive on Labor Day weekend, the Alaska State
                                                                camping). Each Site: Picnic table, electrical outlet,   BASICS
        Fairgrounds are only a few mi. away. Brochures of
                                                                water faucet, cable hookup (some have fire pits,        Operated By: The City of Seward. Open: Apr.
        other local charters & tours can be found at the
                                                                but campground is currently in a “no fire” zone).       15–Sep. 30. Site Assignment: Reservations can
        front office.
                                                                Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes, coin oper-             be made for caravans of 10 or more vehicles only.
        RESTRICTIONS                                            ated. Pay Phone: Yes. Modem in office. Rest             Everyone else is first come, first served. Spaces fill
        Pets: On leash only; must be supervised. Fires:         Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: 0.5 mi. away.             up quickly on the 4th of July & for the Silver
        Not allowed except in the community campfire            Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Ser-           Salmon Derby the 2nd week of Aug. Registration:
        area. Alcoholic Beverages: No restrictions. Vehi-       vice: Yes. Market: Eagle/Safeway in Seward; open        Occupy a site & return to an entrance w/in 15
        cle Maximum Length: None.                               24 hours. Restaurant: Several in Seward; ask for        minutes to fill out a fee envelope & settle payment.
        TO GET THERE                                            sample menus in the office. General Store: Con-         Tear the stub off the envelope & make sure it is
        Take the Glenn Hwy. to Palmer and turn east at          venience shop & liquor store on site. Vending:          visible through your RV windshield or on the front
        the Old Glenn Hwy. stoplight (also called Arctic        No. Swimming: No, but if you’re brave & like            of your tent. Fee: $17 hookups, $12 dry camping,
        St.). There is a Tesoro station on the corner to use    cold water you can jump into Bear Lake. Play-           $8 tents. Parking: At site or extra parking on
        for a landmark. Go 2.8 mi. on the Old Glenn             ground: Yes. Other: Inquire at campground. Shut-        road.
        Hwy., over the Matanuska River, and look for the        tles to & from Glacier tours. Activities: Jet-ski
                                                                                                                        FACILITIES
        Mtn. View RV Park Sign. Turn left at the sign           rentals available at the gas station. Nearby
                                                                                                                        Number of RV Sites: 400. Number of Tent-
        (Smith St.) and follow this road around a sharp         Attractions: Explore the nearby fishing weir &
                                                                                                                        only Sites: 50. Hookups: Electric (20, 30, 50
        right turn. You will see the campground off to the      watch the spawning red salmon in Aug.
                                                                                                                        amps), water (98 sites). Each Site: None. Dump
        left. For travelers coming from Anchorage, be sure      RESTRICTIONS                                            Station: Yes. Laundry: No, but there is a laundro-
        not to take the 1st Old Glenn Hwy. Exit you see.        Pets: No restrictions. Fires: Dependent on Dept.        mat on C & 4th Ave. Pay Phone: Yes, in the
        Go all the way to Palmer, through the Parks Hwy.        of Forestry restrictions. Alcoholic Beverages:          shower house, at the Harbor Master’s Office, or at
        intersection, and the next light will be the Old        Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.                  City Hall. Rest Rooms and Showers: There are
        Glenn Hwy. access point you’re looking for.
                                                                TO GET THERE                                            flush toilets in 3 locations & a shower house in the
                                                                Take the Seward Hwy. to mi. 6.5 (mileposts mark         center of the campground (make sure & have $2
         SEWARD                                  MAP, B-3       the entire highway) and begin looking for the           worth of quarters, as there are no change
         Bear Creek RV Park                                     large blue-and-white sign showing Bear Creek            machines). Fuel: Essential One on the Seward
                                                                Campground w/ an arrow directing you to Bear            Hwy. in Seward. Propane: At Bay City Motors on
        33508 Lincoln St., Seward 99664.                        Creek Rd. Follow Bear Creek Rd. 0.5 mi. over the        3rd Ave. or at the Seward Hwy. Essential One sta-
        T: (907) 224-5725; www.bearcreekrv.com.                 railroad tracks, past Gary’s Gas, and around the        tion. Internal Roads: Gravel roads that become
                                                                bend. The campground is clearly marked on the           somewhat pitted during the rainy months of Jul. &
        a ★★                         b ★★                       right side of the road.                                 Aug. RV Service: At Bay City Motors on 3rd Ave.
        Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★                                                                    Market: Eagle Grocery is a 24-hour market just
        Spaciousness: ★★             Quiet: ★★★                                                                         off the highway when you arrive in Seward.
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            Restaurant: There are several to choose from.            ation. Open: May 1–Oct. 1. If there is snow before      Bayside RV Park is set amongst several other RV
            Try Ray’s in the Small Boat Harbor for dinner or         Oct., the campground closes early. Site Assign-         parks in Valdez, but this campground stands out
            check out the baked goods at the Ranting Raving          ment: Reservations are not accepted at this camp-       for its cleanliness, friendly atmosphere, and water-
            on 4th Ave. for breakfast. General Store: 4th Ave.       ground. Come early in the day to obtain a site.         front campsites. Chuck Dennis, a retired Alaskan
            has all varieties of gift & supply shops. Vending:       Registration: Choose a site from a map available        who does a lot of RVing himself, started this busi-
            No. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes. Other:                at the registration area upon arrival, & pay before     ness as a way to meet people from around the
            There are 2 large picnic pavilions, a baseball dia-      setting up camp.The registration booth is usually       world. If you’re looking for information about the
            mond, a sand volleyball court, a scenic gazebo, & a      manned 24/7 during the high tourist season, but         surrounding area, or are just in the mood to chat
            paved walkway lined w/ placards showcasing               hours of operation are not set at the beginning &       with someone, Chuck is the man to talk to. Bay-
            Seward’s history & geography.The public boat ramp        end of season (drop box available). Fee: RVs &          side RV Park is basically an open gravel lot, but it’s
            is adjacent to the campground. Activities: Inquire       tents $11 a night; $5 day-use fee; $7 charge for boat   set on the edge of tranquil Prince William Sound
            at campground. Nearby Attractions: Fishing, gla-         launch. Parking: Cars can be kept at the site. Boat     with 360º views of the Chugach mountains. The
            cier boat cruises, hiking, shopping, sled dog rides.     trailers are parked in a designated parking area.       campground is within walking distance from all
            Information booths are available downtown, at the        FACILITIES                                              the major attractions, and local tours can be
            Small Boat Harbor, or at the Chamber of Com-             Number of RV Sites: 180. Number of Tent-                booked directly through Chuck. There are no trees
            merce Visitors Center just off the Seward Hwy.           only Sites: 14. Hookups: Water available at 2           at this campground, so privacy is minimal, but this
            before you get to town. Call (907) 224-8051.             campground well houses. Each Site: Picnic table,        is the case at most RV parks in Valdez. At Bayside,
            RESTRICTIONS                                             fire grate. Dump Station: 2 available on site, but      the availability of full-hookup sites (plus cable)
            Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire pits only. Alcoholic   the fee is $10. However, dumping is free of charge      coupled with unlimited hot showers make this
            Beverages: No alcoholic beverages allowed. Vehi-         w/ a fuel purchase at the Soldotna Tesoro or            campground a welcome sight after driving the
            cle Maximum Length: No limit, back-in sites              Chevron. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest              somewhat grueling Richardson Hwy. We preferred
            only.                                                    Rooms and Showers: Several pit toilets. Fuel: In        the waterside sites, odd numbers 1–41. Sites
                                                                     Soldotna. Propane: In Soldotna. Internal Roads:         45–66 are closer to the highway and tend to be a
            TO GET THERE
                                                                     Gravel, average condition. RV Service: In Sol-          bit noisier. Both back-ins and pull-throughs camp-
            Take the Seward Hwy. to the town of Seward.
                                                                     dotna. Market: Fred Meyers & Safeway in Sol-            sites are available, and all size rigs can be accom-
            When the speed limit drops to 20 mph, the
                                                                     dotna. Stock up on food items here as prices will       modated.
            Seward Hwy. becomes 3rd Ave. Take 3rd Ave. to
            D St. and turn left. D St. turns into Ballaine St.       be higher everywhere else on the Kenai Peninsula.       BASICS
            and this street parallels the entire campground.         Restaurant: All varieties in Soldotna. General          Operated By: Charles C Dennis. Open: May 1–
            There are several well-marked entrances on Bal-          Store: Snacks available at information booth.           Oct. 10, later if weather allows. Site Assignment:
            laine St.                                                Vending: Soft drink machines available at the cov-      Reservations are recommended, particularly in Jun.,
                                                                     ered picnic area; ice & newspapers can be pur-          Jul., & Aug. However, visitors are also welcome to
                                                                     chased at the entrance. Swimming: No.                   just show up. If a campsite w/ hookups is not avail-
            SOLDOTNA                                  MAP, B-3       Playground: No. Other: A covered picnic area            able, Chuck will still find space for you. Registra-
            Centennial Park                                          can accommodate large groups. Activities: There         tion: Payments should be made at the front office
            Municipal Campground                                     is a public boat launch & angler walk at the end of     prior to going to your site. If you will not arrive
                                                                     the campground.A small hut in the parking lot con-      during office hours (8 a.m.–10 p.m.), find an open
            349 Centennial Park Rd., Soldotna 99669.                 tains several brochures highlighting local charters &   space & pay in the morning. Fee: RV, $17–$25; tent,
            T: (907) 262-3151; www.ci.soldotna.ak.us.                tours. Coffee can be purchased here for $1.             $17. Showers are included w/ all prices. Parking:
                                                                     Nearby Attractions: Fishing is definitely the high-     At site.
            a ★★                         b ★★★                       light here, but non-anglers can inquire about other     FACILITIES
            Beauty: ★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★★         attractions at the Kenai Peninsula Visitor Center       Number of RV Sites: 100. Hookups: Electric
            Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★                  located on the Sterling Hwy. Call (907) 262-1337.       (20, 30, 50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV, Internet.
            Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★            RESTRICTIONS                                            Each Site: Picnic table. Dump Station: Yes.
            Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★             Pets: On leash only. Fires: In the designated fire      Laundry: Yes, $1.50 for washers & driers. Change
            If you are going to Alaska to fish, you might as well    grates only. Firewood is for sale at the entrance.      is available at campground office. Pay Phone: Yes,
            head straight for Centennial Park Municipal              Alcoholic Beverages: No restrictions. Vehicle           2. Rest Rooms and Showers: Home-style rest
            Campground in Soldotna. Located directly on the          Maximum Length: None.                                   rooms have recently been installed & offer handi-
            Kenai River, this campground includes a popular          TO GET THERE                                            cap accessible showers that are included w/ the
            fishwalk where guests can cast for dolly vardens,        Take the Sterling Hwy. through Soldotna to mi.          camping price. Fuel: At Tesoro station across the
            red salmon, and king salmon within walking dis-          96. Here you will see the junction for Kalifornsky      street. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV
            tance from their campsite. Be careful not to tell too    Beach Rd. Take this road west 0.1 mi. (just follow      Service: In Valdez. Sometimes Chuck’s brother is
            many friends about this coveted fishing hole, since      the vehicles pulling boats). You won’t miss that        on site & available to help w/ mechanical problems.
            it is a favored area for locals and annually returning   campground sign on the right side of the road.          Market: At Eagle Grocery 1 block away (5 a.m.–
            guests. Evenings at this campground are lively as                                                                midnight. Restaurant: The Totem Restaurant is
            fisherman fry up their daily catch and talk about                                                                just across the street & is reputed to have the best
            “the one that got away.” Centennial Park consists        VALDEZ                                   MAP, B-3       breakfast in Valdez. General Store: No. Vending:
            of a series of winding loops and is snugly tucked        Bayside RV Park                                         Soft drinks & newspaper dispensers on site;
            into a forest of spruce and birch. Vehicles of all                                                               microwave & coffeemaker in office. Swimming:
                                                                     P.O. Box 466,Valdez 99686.T: (907) 835-4425 or          No. Playground: No. Other: Public boat ramp
            sizes can be accommodated, but some of the curves        (888) 835-4425; baysiderv.homestead.com.                0.25 mi. away. Activities: Canyon rides, fishing
            will be a bit tight for larger RVs, and all sites are
            back-ins. Riverside sites are far superior to the        a ★★★                        b ★★                       trips. Nearby Attractions: Visit the Valdez Visitor
            inland ones. Campsites on the water include sites                                                                Center for an assortment of handouts & brochures
            6, 7, 9, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27–31, 84, 86, 88, 91, 93,      Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★            regarding the surrounding area. Additional Infor-
            95, 97, 98, 100, and 102.                                Spaciousness: ★★             Quiet: ★★★                 mation: www.alaska.net/~bayside1.
                                                                     Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          RESTRICTIONS
            BASICS                                                   Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★
            Operated By: City of Soldotna Parks & Recre-                                                                     Pets: No restrictions. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic
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        130     ALASKA        Wasilla

        Beverages: At sites only. Vehicle Maximum               when the sun finally does shine. Views of Mt.           Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers:
        Length: None.                                           McKinley are the sole reason this campground was        Outhouses are available and are relatively clean.
        TO GET THERE                                            constructed, as there are no other attractions or       Fuel: The nearest fuel station is either north in
        Take the Richardson Hwy. to Valdez. Just when           guided activities for 30 miles in any direction.        Cantwell or south at Trapper Creek. Propane: No.
        you are in view of the town look to the left. You       However, if the mountain does reveal itself, seeing     Internal Roads: Newly paved & in excellent con-
        will see a light blue sign w/ Bayside RV Park in        it from this campground will be the highlight of        dition. RV Service: No. Market: No. Restau-
        dark letters. It is the 1st RV park you’ll see.         your trip. A newly paved lot with extra-long pull-      rant: Mary’s McKinley View Lodge is located at mi.
                                                                through sites makes this campground easily acces-       134.5. General Store: No. Vending: No. Swim-
                                                                sible to even the longest of vehicles. There are no     ming: No. Playground: No. Other: A short loop
         WASILLA               MAP, B-3                         hookups here, but a campground water pump is            trail allows weary travels to walk & stretch their
         Denali View North Campground                           available, as well as regularly maintained out-         legs. Activities: Fishing, bird-watching & hiking.
                                                                houses. Some picnic tables and grill areas line the     Nearby Attractions: The entrance to the Denali
        HC 32 Box 6706, Mat-su/CB Area,Wasilla                  campground. There are also informational plac-          State Park (not to be confused w/ Denali National
        99654.T: (907) 761-3783;                                ards, a spotting scope, and benches to rest and         Park) is located at mi. 132.2 & offers several hiking
        www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/units/denali1.htm.            enjoy the view. The campground is designed so           trails for all levels. Flightseeing, horseback riding, &
        a ★★★                        b n/a                      that all RVs face the mountain. However, this           other area tours can be booked at Mt. McKinley
                                                                really is a parking lot–style campground, and there     Princess Lodge just up Mt. McKinley Princess Dr. at
        Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★            is little to no space between sites.                    mi. 132.9.
        Spaciousness: ★              Quiet: ★★★                 BASICS                                                  RESTRICTIONS
        Security: ★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★          Operated By: Denali State Park. Open: From              Pets: On leash only. Fires: Restricted to grill areas
        Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★             snowmelt till the 1st snowfall (Approximately mid-      at the back of the campground. Alcoholic Bever-
        For many, one of the primary goals of visiting          May–mid-Sep.). Site Assignment: First come, first       ages: No restrictions. Vehicle Maximum
        Alaska is to see the longest rock face in the world,    served. Registration: There is a self-registration      Length: None.
        Mt. McKinley (more commonly referred to as              box located at the entrance. Park your vehicle & fill   TO GET THERE
        Denali by Alaskans). Unfortunately, 75 percent of       out a fee envelope shortly thereafter. Display the      Take the Parks Hwy. to mi. 162.7 and turn west at
        the tourists who visit this area do not even get a      receipt in a visible area of your vehicle. Fee: $10     the Denali View sign. Since there are no land-
        glimpse of this elusive monolith, since it is usually   per night. Parking: At site.                            marks before or after the campground, it can be
        cloaked in a thick layer of clouds. However, if you     FACILITIES                                              difficult to find if you’re not paying attention. A
        are willing to take a chance that during your visit     Number of RV Sites: 23. Hookups: None. Each             short paved road leads straight to the camp park-
        the weather will break, then the Denali View            Site: None. Dump Station: No. Laundry: No.              ing lot.
        North Campground is the place you’ll want to be
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                                                               Arizona


            Arizona blends a rich Native American past and present with a wild West legacy of cowboys, cattle, and mining. Snowbirds annually
            flock to Arizona’s deserts for the mild winter temperatures, golf, and Major League Baseball’s spring training Cactus League. Hun-
            dreds of RV parks with every imaginable amenity come to life to accommodate the winter influx, and most book up well in advance
            of the annual RV migration.
                The desert has its own distinctive brand of beauty. The hardiest of heat lovers will gladly brave summer temperatures soaring past
            110º in capital city Phoenix at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to take in the splendors of the Sonoran Desert. Many opt
            for the cooler months from fall through the spring wildflower season. Though still in the 100s, Tucson summer temperatures are
            about 10º cooler than those in Phoenix, and get even cooler if you visit the Colossal Cave and learn the legend behind the money
            supposedly hidden there. If that’s not cool enough, the summer monsoons can be refreshing but generally bring flash floods. If you
            miss the monsoons, visit the world’s tallest fountain in Fountain Hills, Maricopa County, and get downwind from a breeze to bask
            in the mist. By August, bird-watchers invade the Upper San Pedro River Valley southeast of Tucson, an area about 15º cooler than
            Phoenix. History abounds in Bisbee, an old copper mining town with an RV park overlooking an open pit mine. Few ghost towns
            rival Tombstone’s ambience, not to mention the world’s largest rose bush, which blooms there every April. Water-formed Kartchner
            Caverns, where you can witness the largest natural column in the 48th state as well as the most minuscule of formations, satisfies an
            appetite for geological oddities.
                Arizona is also a land of mountains, which means winter sports and summer campgrounds that are a refuge from the desert heat.
            Both deserts and mountains abound with lakes and reservoirs, and fishing and boating are a popular part of the cooling summer mix.
            Outside Flagstaff, you can venture to and climb Arizona’s highest point, Humphrey’s Peak, for a tremendous 360º view of the land.
            The Colorado River along Arizona’s western border is a water playground with a collage of private RV parks, marinas, and state and
            county campgrounds between Parker and Lake Havasu, home of the old London Bridge. Nearby Quartzsite becomes a giant winter
            flea market and gem show, attracting over a million visitors who park their RVs on Bureau of Land Management land all over the
            desert. Equally as exciting but more intimate and obscure is the annual solar egg-frying contest every July 4 in Oatman. Anyone can
            enter, but your egg must be done within the 15-minute time limit. Don’t forget to feed carrots to the wild burros that carouse freely
            around the town—over the years they have been fed and enjoyed one too many eggs, so they are on a more strict diet now.
                The Grand Canyon to the north is an international attraction and gateway to the Navajo Nation. Canyon de Chelly, just east
            of the Hopi Indian mesas, is also on most international itineraries as a link to the past through the 1600-year-old-plus ruins, and
            through the Navajo who presently reside and farm here. There is no camping inside the Painted Desert or Petrified Forest
            National Park, but choices outside the parks, between Winslow and Holbrook, range from archaeological sites and power-plant
            cooling reservoirs to commercial campgrounds. While in the area and looking for something touristy to do, take a trip out to Four
            Corners and you might get invited to square dance in four states at the same time. South of the Petrified Forest is high mountain
            country, with a number of forest, lake, and reservoir campgrounds, and even a White Mountain Apache casino RV park for those
            wanting some Nevada-style action.
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        132     ARIZONA         Ajo


         Campground Profiles
         AJO                                     MAP, D-2        APACHE JUNCTION        MAP, C-2                        a ★★★★                        b ★★★
         Twin Peaks Campground                                   Lost Dutchman State Park                               Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★
        10 Organ Pipe Dr.,Ajo 85321.                            6109 North Apache Tr.,Apache Junction 85219.            Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★★★
        T: (520) 387-7475; www.nps.gov/orpi.                    T: (480) 982-4485; www.pr.state.az.us.                  Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★★
                                                                                                                        Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★★★
        a ★★★                         b ★★★★                    a ★★★★                       b ★★★★★                    Without the age restriction of many of the mega-
        Beauty: ★★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★★       Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★★★★★        lots in the Mesa–Apache Junction area, this place is
        Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★                Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★★               a great family destination. The combination of
        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★        Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          decent-sized lots (50 × 25 feet on average), attrac-
        Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★            Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★             tive landscaping, views of the Superstition Moun-
                                                                                                                        tains, and full services makes this a campground
        Designated an International Biosphere Reserve by        The big news at Lost Dutchman State Park is the
                                                                                                                        worth your while to visit. Tent sites are well tucked
        the United Nations in 1976, Organ Pipe Cactus           addition of showers, though being without hookups
                                                                                                                        away, but would be improved with grass instead of
        National Monument showcases Sonoran Desert              this was never the sort of place people came to for
                                                                                                                        gravel. RV sites 116 and 177 sport a fine mature
        plants (28 cactus species) and animals adapted to       RV amenities. The major attractions here are the
                                                                                                                        shade tree, making them the best for the money.
        extremes like summer air temperatures of 118º and       great views of the spire-like Praying Hand rock for-
                                                                                                                        Sites to avoid are 65, 113, 113A, 114, and 114A,
        ground temperatures of 175º. The Monument’s             mation backed by the tall Flatiron formation, plus
                                                                                                                        as they have no tree to speak of and are located
        namesake, organ pipe cactus copes in part by only       many nature trails for hiking and horseback riding.
                                                                                                                        next to the rec room and an intersection in the
        opening its lavender-white flowers at night.            The area’s intriguing eroded rock formations are
                                                                                                                        campground road. Tent sites H–L are located next
        Campers cope best by coming from October to             fronted with saguaros, palo verde cholla, and other
                                                                                                                        to shrubs along the border of the property, which
        April, when daytime temperatures are in the 60s         desert vegetation tall enough to screen the campsites
                                                                                                                        adds to their charm. Tent sites E and F are situated
        and 70s. The campground stays open through the          and add privacy. The campground’s 35 sites are
                                                                                                                        closest to the playground, and worse, E has no tree
        torrid summer, when the organ pipe and other            divided into three small loops within a larger loop,
                                                                                                                        whatsoever.
        cacti colorfully bloom and storms suddenly appear       so the natural environment predominates over
        out of nowhere, triggering flash floods. Hardy tent     camping neighbors. These natural environment            BASICS
        campers can head to more primitive campgrounds,         qualities, not the presence or absence of standard      Operated By: Mike & Rosemary Mortensen.
        some in cooler mountains with juniper, oak, rose-       amenities, cause this campground to fill up fast. The   Open: All year. Site Assignment: Assigned on
        wood, agave, and jojoba. Lukeville has Mexican          group-camping area sometimes doubles as overflow.       registration. Registration: At office. (Late arrivals:
        food, and plenty of hookups are available in Why                                                                select site from map of open sites, use drop slot in
                                                                BASICS
        and Ajo, 22 and 36 miles north, respectively.                                                                   door.) Fee: $20–$27. Parking: At site.
                                                                Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All
        BASICS                                                  year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.        FACILITIES
        Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All           Registration: At office or self-pay fee station.        Number of RV Sites: 140. Number of Tent-
        year, except Christmas Day. Site Assignment:            Fee: $12 (V, MC credit card). Parking: At site.         only Sites: 8. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),
        First come, first served. Registration: Visitor                                                                 water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, some shade
                                                                FACILITIES
        Center (8 a.m.–5 p.m.) After 5 p.m. use self-register                                                           trees, some trash receptacles. Dump Station: Yes.
                                                                Number of RV Sites: 35. Hookups: None. Each
        station. Fee: $10. ($5 w/ Gold Access; cash only).                                                              Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
                                                                Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:
        Additional $5 entry fee, pass remains valid for 7                                                               Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal
                                                                No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:
        consecutive days. Parking: At site.                                                                             Roads: Hard-packed dirt, gravel, & pavement mix;
                                                                Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:
                                                                                                                        in very driveable condition. RV Service: No. Mar-
        FACILITIES                                              Paved. RV Service: No. Market: Apache Junction,
                                                                                                                        ket: On site. Restaurant: Next door. General
        Number of RV Sites: 208. Hookups: None.                 5 mi. Restaurant: Apache Junction, 3 mi. General
                                                                                                                        Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Pool. Play-
        Each Site: Table, grill, cement pad. Dump Sta-          Store: No. Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Play-
                                                                                                                        ground: Yes. Other: Rec building,“dog relief pen.”
        tion: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest            ground: No. Other: Group pavilion, amphitheater,
                                                                                                                        Activities: River tubing,TV, some fitness equip-
        Rooms and Showers: Bathhouses but no show-              gift shop, native-plant trail near ranger station.
                                                                                                                        ment, ping pong, basketball, horseshoes, desert Jeep
        ers. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:             Activities: Horseback riding, hiking. Nearby
                                                                                                                        tours, horseback tours, helicopter tours, hot air
        Paved. RV Service: No. Market: Lukeville, 5 mi.         Attractions: Tortilla Flat, Phoenix; Boyce Thomp-
                                                                                                                        ballon rides, dining, tennis, guided pack trips, hiking,
        Restaurant: Lukeville, 5 mi. General Store: No.         son State Park; Superstition Mountains;Tonto
                                                                                                                        golf. Nearby Attractions: Mesa Southwest
        Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.              National Forest;Apache Trail. Additional Informa-
                                                                                                                        Museum, Champlin Fighter Museum, Superstition
        Other: Amphitheater. Activities: Bird-watching,         tion: Pinal County Visitor Center, (520) 868-9433.
                                                                                                                        Springs Center, Casa Grande Ruins, Roosevelt
        hiking, biking. Nearby Attractions: Mexico,Ajo,         RESTRICTIONS                                            Dam,Tonto National Monument. Additional
        Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. Additional           Pets: On leash only. Fires: Grill only; ground fires    Information: Apache Junction Chamber of Com-
        Information: Ajo Chamber of Commerce, (520)             strictly prohibited; no wood gathering. Alcoholic       merce, (602) 982-3141.
        387-7742.                                               Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length:
        RESTRICTIONS                                            None.
                                                                                                                        RESTRICTIONS
                                                                                                                        Pets: On leash only, clean up after. Fires: Allowed
        Pets: On leash only. Restricted from trails. Fires:     TO GET THERE                                            (only charcoal in grills). Alcoholic Beverages: At
        Grill only. Alcoholic Beverages: Not allowed.           From junction of US 60 & AZ 88 go 6 mi. north-          sites only. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
        Vehicle Maximum Length: 35 ft.                          east on AZ 88.
        TO GET THERE                                                                                                    TO GET THERE
                                                                                                                        From US 60, take Exit 197 onto Tomahawk Rd.,
        From Gila Bend, go 80 mi. south on AZ 85.
                                                                 APACHE JUNCTION        MAP, C-2                        turn north and drive for 1 mi. The entrance is on
                                                                 Mesa–Apache Junction KOA                               the left.

                                                                1520 South Tomahawk Rd.,Apache Junction
                                                                85219.T: (480) 982-4015 or (800) 562-3404;
                                                                www.koa.com.
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            BENSON                  MAP, D-3                            BENSON                  MAP, D-3                        BETATAKIN                                MAP, A-3
            Cochise Terrace RV Resort                                   Kartchner Caverns State Park                            Betatakin (Navajo
            1030 South Barrel Cactus Ridge, Benson 85602.               Hwy. 90, Benson 85602.T: (520) 586-4100 or
                                                                                                                                National Monument)
            T: (520) 586-0600 or (800) 495-9005;                        (602) 542-4174; www.pr.state.az.us.                     Navajo National Monument, HC 71 Box 3,
            www.cochise-terrace.com.
                                                                        a ★★★★★                      b ★★★★★                    Betatakin 86044.T: (928) 672-2700;
            a ★★★★                         b★                                                                                   www.nps.gov/nava.
                                                                        Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★★★★★
            Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★           Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★★               a ★★                        b ★★★★★
            Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★★★                  Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★★         Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★★★★
            Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★            Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★★★            Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★★
            Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★★             The Caverns, which require separate admission           Security: ★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★
            Far enough from the main highways so that the               tickets (call (520) 586-CAVE for cavern tour reser-     Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★
            only external sound is the wind blowing, Cochise            vations), are limestone caves with pooling shelf-       Roughly 10 miles from the nearest highway and 30
            Terrace is like a little city with street lights. Streets   stones, spar crystals, cave pearls, dripping            miles to the nearest town of any size, Betatakin
            have bird names like Raven Road and Quail Run,              stalactites, stalagmites, coral pipes, columns, and     campsite is rustic and isolated in the extreme. Hid-
            and an 80-foot-tall American flag near the front            drapery. Discovered 49 miles southeast of Tucson        den amidst piñon, juniper, sage, and a smattering
            entrance office doubles as a navigation landmark.           by two cave explorers in 1974, the caverns were         of yucca, sites are far enough away from the visitor
            Barrel cactus, ocotillo, mesquite, and a wash are           kept secret until purchased as a state park in 1988.    center to avoid light pollution. On a clear night,
            reminders that there is a desert surrounding this           The Discovery Center has an explanatory video,          the sky comes alive with stars, and the only sounds
            little oasis of paved streets. There are almost 100         plus a hummingbird garden. The campsites are            to be heard are the chirping, fluttering, or howling
            annual residents of Cochise Terrace, and the 200-           very large, and include 16 50-amp pull-through          of nocturnal animals. This campsite is so natural
            plus remaining RV sites are particularly popular            sites. Thick mesquite barriers between sites provide    that there are even black-bear warnings issued, and
            with snowbirds. So, if the largest 42-foot site is          privacy, and agave, ocotillo, and prickly pear make     campers would be wise to keep their sites free of
            needed for a winter visit, call ahead and reserve it.       this campground one of the most beautiful in the        trash or food that might attract a bear. The visitor
            As far as locations go, this is about as central a base     desert. However, the attractive sites fill up early     center contains a small display of artifacts, and
            for touring southeast Arizona as there is, being an         almost every day of the year. Since there are no        shows informative videos upon request. Guided
            easy drive to almost all the sights from Tucson and         campground reservations, be prepared to make this       tours to the ruins can be reserved up to two
            Tumacacori to Tombstone and Bisbee.                         a day trip and find alternative campsites in Benson,    months before your trip, but are only offered
            BASICS                                                      Huachuca City, and other nearby areas.                  between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The
            Operated By: Art & Pat Bale. Open: All year.                BASICS                                                  canyon is still used by Navajo Indians, who herd
            Site Assignment: First come, first served; winter           Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All             sheep and gather herbs that can only be found in
            reservations recommended. Registration: Day-                year, closed on Christmas Day. Site Assignment:         this canyon. Hopi Indians also still make a yearly
            trip planner. Fee: Sep.–May 1, $25; May 1–Sep.1,            First come, first served. Registration: Pay upon        pilgrimage to a sacred spot for a Sun Clan ritual.
            $15. (V, MC,AE, D). Parking: At site.                       entrance (after hours self-pay station). Fee: $22 (V,   BASICS
            FACILITIES                                                  MC; cash only after hours). Parking: At site.           Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All
            Number of RV Sites: 223. Hookups: Electric                  FACILITIES                                              year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.
            (20, 30, 50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV, phone.           Number of RV Sites: 64. Hookups: Electric               Registration: Not necessary. Fee: None. Park-
            Each Site: Table. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:               (30, 50 amps), water. Each Site: Table. Dump            ing: At site.
            Yes. Pay Phone: Yes, winter only. Rest Rooms                Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes.              FACILITIES
            and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes.                   Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.                  Number of RV Sites: 31. Hookups: Water.
            Internal Roads: Paved, excellent. RV Service:               Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV            Each Site: Picnic table. Dump Station: No.
            No. Market: Benson, 2 mi. Restaurant: Benson, 2             Service: No. Market: Benson, 10 mi. Restau-             Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
            mi. General Store: No. Vending: Yes. Swim-                  rant: Benson, 10 mi. General Store: No. Vend-           Showers: Toilets; no showers. Fuel: No.
            ming: Pool. Playground: No. Other: Clubhouse,               ing: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: No.                 Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-
            whirlpool, kitchen, barbecue, picnic area, basketball       Other: Some grills, Discovery Center. Activities:       vice: No. Market: 15 mi. in Black Mesa. Restau-
            court, pet walk, mail service. Activities: Golf,            Cave tours, hiking, walking. Nearby Attractions:        rant: 15 mi. in Black Mesa. General Store: No.
            horseshoes, square dancing. Nearby Attrac-                  Ramsey Canyon Preserve, Patagonia Lake, Sonoita,        Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: No.
            tions: Kartchner Caverns, Fort Huachuca,Tomb-               Fort Huachuca,Tombstone. Additional Informa-            Other: Inquire at campground. Activities: Hiking,
            stone, Bisbee, Dragoon Mountains, Cochise                   tion: Sierra Vista Visitor Center, (800) 288-3861,      seasonal tours to Betatakin & Keet Seel ruins,
            Stronghold, San Pedro Riparian National Conser-             www.visitsierravista.com; Sierra Vista Ranger Dis-      evening presentations at the Fire Circle. Nearby
            vation Area,Tucson,Arizona Desert Museum in                 trict, (520) 378-0311.                                  Attractions: Aspen Forest Overlook nature trail,
            Tucson. Additional Information: Benson Cham-                RESTRICTIONS                                            Sandal Trail.
            ber of Commerce, (520) 586-2842, www.benson                 Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:
            chamberaz.com.
                                                                                                                                RESTRICTIONS
                                                                        Allowed (gas stoves only, no wood or charcoal           Pets: On leash only; not allowed on trails. Fires:
            RESTRICTIONS                                                fires). Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle           No open fires. Alcoholic Beverages: Not
            Pets: On leash only & never left unattended. Maxi-          Maximum Length: 74 ft.                                  allowed on tribal land. Vehicle Maximum
            mum 2 pets. Fires: No open fires. Alcoholic Bev-            TO GET THERE                                            Length: 25 ft., roads are very narrow.
            erages: Allowed on sites. Vehicle Maximum                   From I-10, 1 mi. west of Benson, take Exit 302
            Length: 40 ft.
                                                                                                                                TO GET THERE
                                                                        and go 9 mi. south on AZ 90.                            From Kayenta, go 19 mi. west on US 160 and
            TO GET THERE                                                                                                        turn right at the sign for the Navajo National
            From I-10 Exit 302, go south on AZ 90 and west                                                                      Monument at Black Mesa. Go 9.5 mi. to the visi-
            on South Barrel Cactus Ridge.                                                                                       tor center. Follow the road around the center and
                                                                                                                                straight into the campground.
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        134     ARIZONA         Bisbee

                                                                 Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          A few trees and cacti-lined gravel streets with
         BISBEE                                  MAP, D-3        Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★           names like Which Way, What Street, Wash Way,
         Queen Mine RV Park                                                                                               Fun Gully, and Easy Street. Desert amenities
                                                                 Located off a roundabout southeast of the Laven-
        P.O. Box 488, Bisbee 85603.T: (520) 432-5006.            der Pit mine, Shady Dell got its start in 1927 when      abound for snowbirds, and people here enjoy walk-
                                                                 copper mining was going strong and Bisbee was            ing alongside the road. Winter activities include
        a ★★★★                       b★                          better known than Phoenix. Getting a campsite            Sunday afternoon ice cream socials, bean bag base-
                                                                 here is tough, and late afternoon arrivals are usually   ball, line dancing, cribbage, crafts, painting classes,
        Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
                                                                 of out of luck, as most of the campground is rented      exercise programs, bingo, darts, pinochle, and jam
        Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                 out to year-round campers. Even more coveted             sessions. The rec hall attracts entertainers like Terry
        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                 than the camping sites are the furnished aluminum        Raff, the singing mountain man. The area to the
        Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★
                                                                 travel trailer rentals, an homage to American road       north is BLM land with ATV and hiking trails, as
        Perched on a circular hilltop just opposite and                                                                   well as 18 holes of golf and a remote control air-
                                                                 travel that includes a 1949 Airstream, 1950 Spar-
        above the Queen Mine Tour, with RVs circled                                                                       field for flying model planes. For some this is
                                                                 tanette, 1951 Royal Mansion, and 1954 Crown,
        around the perimeter like a wagon train, the                                                                      enough to rent a post office box and take up resi-
                                                                 all furnished in near original blonde woods and
        Queen Mine RV Park looks out on orange, ochre,                                                                    dence.
                                                                 polished aluminum with vintage radios, black-
        and gray hillside layers exposed by a deep pit cop-
                                                                 and-white TVs, phonographs, and vinyl records of         BASICS
        per mine known as the Lavender Pit. Some may
                                                                 early rhythm and blues and big bands. Dot’s              Operated By: Black Rock RV Village. Open: All
        call the pit mine a scar on the face of the Earth, but
                                                                 Diner, a ten-stool 1957 art deco Valentine model,        year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.
        it has its beauty, particularly after a rain when the
                                                                 makes Shady Dell a good early breakfast stop even        Registration: Front office. Fee: $22 (V, MC).
        hillside colors become deeply saturated. For at least
                                                                 if not camping.                                          Parking: At site.
        a brief moment it is possible to fantasize that a
        mighty river, rather than copper miners, carved out      BASICS                                                   FACILITIES
        this three-quarter-mile wide, 950-foot-deep chasm        Operated By: Ed Smith & Rita Personette. Open:           Number of RV Sites: 403. Hookups: Electric
        filled with water at the bottom. In any event, it is     All year. Site Assignment: First come, first             (30, 50 amps), water, sewer, phone (modem), satel-
        just a block downhill from this clean, well-run,         served. Registration: At office. Fee: $10–$15            lite TV. Each Site: None. Dump Station: Yes.
        breezy hillside RV park to the start of Bisbee’s his-    (cash, check). Parking: At site.                         Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
        toric old Main St. and all the shops, restaurants,       FACILITIES                                               Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal
        hotels, galleries, theaters, and saloons.                Number of RV Sites: 10. Number of Tent-only              Roads: Gravel, good. RV Service: No. Market:
                                                                 Sites: 2. Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water,            Brenda, 0.5 mi. Restaurant: Yes. General Store:
        BASICS
                                                                 sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Grass, gravel. Dump          Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground:
        Operated By: Stan Dupuy. Open: All year. Site
                                                                 Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest         No. Other: Soft water car/RV wash, barber, beauty
        Assignment: First come, first served. Registra-
                                                                 Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane:              shop, post office, motel, 9-hole golf, R/C model fly-
        tion: At office. Fee: $21 (cash, check). Parking: At
                                                                 Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel, good. RV Service:           ing field, rec hall, reverse osmosis water, oil change
        site.
                                                                 No. Market: Bisbee, 2 mi. Restaurant: Yes. Gen-          area. Activities: Golf, horseshoes. Nearby
        FACILITIES                                               eral Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No.               Attractions: Colorado River. Additional Infor-
        Number of RV Sites: 25. Hookups: Electric (20,                                                                    mation: McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce,
                                                                 Playground: No. Other: Vintage travel trailer
        30, 50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site:                                                                  (928) 859-3846, www.azoutback.com.
                                                                 rentals. Activities: Golf, bird-watching, rock hunt-
        Rock planter w/ small tree. Dump Station: Yes.
                                                                 ing. Nearby Attractions: Mine tour, museums,             RESTRICTIONS
        Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
                                                                 Tombstone, San Pedro Riparian National Conser-           Pets: On leash only. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic
        Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
                                                                 vation Area. Additional Information: Bisbee              Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
        Roads: Gravel, good. RV Service: No. Market:
                                                                 Chamber of Commerce, (520) 432-5421, www.bis-            Length: 100 ft.
        Bisbee, 2 mi. Restaurant: Bisbee, 2 blocks. Gen-
                                                                 beearizona.com.                                          TO GET THERE
        eral Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No.
        Playground: No. Other: Inquire at campground.            RESTRICTIONS                                             From Quartzsite go 11 mi. east on I-10 and take
        Activities: Golf, bird-watching. Nearby Attrac-          Pets: On leash only. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic           Exit 31 to US 60; stay on US 60 heading east for
        tions: Mine tour, museums,Tombstone, San Pedro           Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                      4 mi.
        Riparian National Conservation Area. Additional          Length: 40 ft.
        Information: Bisbee Chamber of Commerce,                 TO GET THERE
        (520) 432-5421, www.bisbeearizona.com.                   From AZ 80, 1.5 mi. southeast of Bisbee, follow
                                                                                                                          BULLHEAD CITY                             MAP, B-1

                                                                 the roundabout at the Chevron station to Douglas         Davis Camp
        RESTRICTIONS
        Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:        Rd.                                                      P.O. Box 2078, Bullhead City 86430.
        Allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle                                                                    T: (928) 754-4606, (928) 754-7250, or
        Maximum Length: None.                                                                                             (877) 757-0915; www.daviscamp.com.
                                                                 BRENDA                                   MAP, C-1
        TO GET THERE                                             Black Rock RV Village                                    a ★★★★                        b ★★
        From AZ 80, take downtown Bisbee Exit and fol-
        low road to Queen Mine Tour.                             46751 East US 60, Brenda 85348.                          Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                 T: (928) 927-4206; www.blackrockrvvillage.com.           Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
                                                                                                                          Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
         BISBEE                                  MAP, D-3        a ★★★★                       b n/a                       Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★
         Shady Dell RV Park                                      Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★          On the northern outskirts of Bullhead City, along
        1 Douglas Rd., Bisbee 85603.T: (520) 432-3567;           Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                AZ 68, between Davis Dam and the Laughlin
        www.theshadydell.com.                                    Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★         Bridge, there are three clusters of camping sites
                                                                 Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★★          with palms and eucalyptus along the banks of the
        a ★★★★                       b ★★                        A small, friendly village with a great little bakery     Colorado River. This former federal housing area
                                                                 guaranteed to defeat efforts to keep off the pounds,     for Davis Dam workers, now a regional county
        Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
                                                                 Black Rock is a welcome refuge from the January          park, looks across the river a mile to Laughlin,
        Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★
                                                                 and February crowds jamming nearby Quartzsite.           Nevada’s glimmering casinos, and is the area’s best
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            combination of outdoor activities and casino prox-         RVers than to tenters: tent sites are not clearly        into Canyon de Chelly are a tourist staple. Over-
            imity. Hardy outdoor types can swim, boat, jet ski,        defined, and crammed in by the rest rooms. The           look views and the White House Ruins trail are
            fish for world record striped bass (59 lbs., 12 oz.        top terrace and the strip closest to the office are      free, as amazingly enough is the campground.
            caught just below Davis Dam), and walk to Laugh-           reserved for monthly visitors. Although the camp-        When Cottonwood’s free sites are gone, private
            lin for food, gaming, and outlet shopping. Chil-           ground is close to the highway, traffic noise is not     Spider Rock RV Park (P.O. Box 2509, Chinle, AZ
            dren have a safe, shallow swimming cove and                noticeable, but the proximity offers a convenient        86503; (520) 674-8261; no hookups) ten miles
            spacious play areas with swings, slides, and basket-       and quick jaunt into town. Overall, the camp-            southeast on South Rim Dr. is happy to have the
            ball hoops. Dogs are commonplace, and the roar of          ground presents a very pretty face, with tasteful        business. But with tall cottonwood trees providing
            the nearby highway and river traffic add to the            decorations inside the rest rooms and laundry, and       plenty of shade and the Thunderbird Lodge Cafe-
            noise. The most coveted sites, particularly for            landscaping using volcanic rock and local plants.        teria next door staying open odd hours, this is the
            tents, are the 50 beachfront ramadas with tables           Its proximity to area attractions or to destinations     place to camp.
            and grills near the north beach fishing pier.              such as scenic Sedona are an added bonus to a            BASICS
            BASICS                                                     charming campground.                                     Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All
            Operated By: Mohave County Parks Dept. Open:               BASICS                                                   year (except Christmas Day). Site Assignment:
            All year Annual passes for local & nonresidents.           Operated By: Steve & Marlys Parks. Open: All             First come, first served; group (15 or more) site
            Site Assignment: First come, first served; reserva-        year. Site Assignment: Upon registration (espe-          reservations (Apr. 1–Oct. 31). Registration: Visi-
            tions required for group area. Registration: At            cially when getting full). Registration: At office.      tor’s center. Fee: None. Parking: At site.
            entrance kiosk. Fee: $10 beach camping; $14 elec-          Fee: RV $18, tent $12 (no credit cards). Parking:        FACILITIES
            tric, water; $17 full hook-up. Parking: At site.           At site.                                                 Number of Tent-only Sites: 96. Hookups:
            FACILITIES                                                 FACILITIES                                               None. Each Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: Yes.
            Number of RV Sites: 171. Hookups: Electric                 Number of Tent-only Sites: Undesignated sites.           Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
            (up to 50 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Wide             Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps), water, sewer.           Showers: No showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No.
            pull-through. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes.             Each Site: Tree, most have tables. Dump Sta-             Internal Roads: Paved, good condition. RV Ser-
            Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:                    tion: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest            vice: No. Market: Chinle, 1 mi. Restaurant:
            Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:                Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:               Thunderbird Lodge, adjacent. General Store: No.
            Paved, in good condition. RV Service: Bullhead             No. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Service: No.              Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.
            City, Laughlin. Market: Bullhead City, Laughlin.           Market: No. Restaurant: No. General Store:               Other: Museum,Visitor Center. Activities:
            Restaurant: Laughlin, Bullhead City. General               No. Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground:              Horseback riding, Canyon de Chelly guided tours,
            Store: Bullhead City, Laughlin. Vending: Yes.              Yes. Other: Dog walk, planned rec room w/ Inter-         summer campfire programs & hogan talks, ranger-
            Swimming: Children’s wading pool. Playground:              net access. Activities: Sightseeing, cycling, relaxing   led hikes. Nearby Attractions: Hubbell Trading
            Yes. Other: Boat ramp, dock. Storage, mainte-              in nearby hot springs. Nearby Attractions: Mon-          Post, Navajo National Monument, Kayenta Burger
            nance. Activities: River fishing, swimming, boating.       tezuma Castle National Monument,Tuzigoot                 King Navajo Code Breakers exhibit. Additional
            Nearby Attractions: Laughlin casinos, outlet               National Monument, Childs Hot Springs. Addi-             Information: Canyon de Chelly National Monu-
            shopping; Colorado River Museum, Lake Mead                 tional Information: Chamber of Commerce Visi-            ment, (928) 674-5500, www.nps.gov/cach.
            National Recreation Area, Lake Mohave. Addi-               tor Center, (928) 567-9294.                              RESTRICTIONS
            tional Information: Bullhead Area Chamber of               RESTRICTIONS                                             Pets: On leash (do not feed stray dogs, which are
            Commerce, (520) 754-4121.                                  Pets: On leash only, 1 animal limit. Fires: Not          being live trapped). Fires: Allowed (in grill, ground
            RESTRICTIONS                                               allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites only.             fires & wood collection prohibited). Alcoholic
            Pets: Must be under handlers’ control; leash laws          Vehicle Maximum Length: 60 ft.                           Beverages: Prohibited on Navajo reservation.
            strictly enforced; 2 dog limit; $1 each. Fires: Grill      TO GET THERE                                             Vehicle Maximum Length: 40 ft.
            only. Alcoholic Beverages: Arizona law enforced            From the intersection of AZ 260 and I-17, go             TO GET THERE
            by park rangers. Vehicle Maximum Length: 55 ft.            north on I-17 for 2.5 mi., then turn right onto          From junction of US 91 and Indian Hwy. 7 in
            TO GET THERE                                               Middle Verde Rd. (Exit 289). Turn right and fol-         Chinle, go 4 mi. east on Hwy. 7 and then 0.25
            At junction of Bullhead Pkwy. (Laughlin Casino             low the road east for 1 mi. Turn right again onto        mi. south on South Rim Dr.
            Bridge) and AZ 68.                                         Arena Del Loma, and after 1 mi., make a right
                                                                       turn into the gravel entrance at the sign.
                                                                                                                                FLAGSTAFF                                 MAP, B-2
            CAMP VERDE                                 MAP, B-2                                                                 Black Bart’s RV Park
            Krazy K RV Park                                            CHINLE               MAP, A-3
                                                                                                                                2760 East Butler Ave., Flagstaff 86004.T: (928)
                                                                       Cottonwood Campground
            2075 Arena Del Loma, Camp Verde 86322.                                                                              774-1912; www.blackbartssteakhouse.com.
            T: (928) 567-0565.                                         P.O. Box 588, Chinle 86503.T: (928) 674-5500
                                                                       or (928) 674-5507; www.nps.gov/cach.                     a ★★★                        b★
            a ★★★                         b ★★
                                                                                                                                Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                       a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
            Beauty: ★★                     Site Privacy: ★★★                                                                    Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★
            Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★                  Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         Security: ★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★
            Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★           Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★                Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★
            Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★              Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          Although the campground is sandwiched between
            Overlooked by a scrub-covered hill with exclusive          Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★           two busy roads, one side borders woods, and there
            houses at the crest, this campground is pretty, with       Ancient Puebloans occupied 83,000-acre Canyon            are enough trees in the park itself (most sites have
            well-tended landscaping. The campground is laid            de Chelly National Monument at least as long ago         several) that the camp feels more rural than its
            out in rows, half located by the entrance, and the         as 350 AD, and sites like the White House Ruins,         urban location should warrant. Noise is a bit of a
            other half or so on a terrace at the foot of the hill at   Canyon del Muerto, and Spider Rock attract visi-         problem, given the proximity of I-40 and the 75
            the west end of the grounds. Sites are a spacious          tors from around the world. At least 20 Navajo           trains that run daily through town. Furthermore,
            30-feet wide, with both pull-throughs and back-            families still seasonally graze their sheep and plant    since tent sites are simply RV sites that “for one
            ins. This campground is definitely geared more to          corn crops here, and 4WD- and ATV-guided tours           reason or another” are unusable for RVs, tenters
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        136     ARIZONA         Florence

        would be advised to push on to the Ponderosa For-        Hollywood movies and TV shows. Nearby                    for those wanting to shop and enjoy the urban
        est campground in Parks. However, RV campers             Coolidge has major chain stores for stocking up on       amenities. The campsites at McDowell’s E. I. Row-
        don’t have it nearly so bad, and there are some          sundries. The extended host family is very welcom-       land Campground are very large and far apart. Bar-
        impressive views of Arizona’s highest mountain           ing, and does its best to help guests enjoy their stay   riers of tall desert plants like saguaro, ocotillo, and
        (Humphreys Peak) from inside the park. One RVer          to the maximum.                                          palo verde between the campsites make the privacy
        who had stayed several nights rated the park an 8        BASICS                                                   even more absolute.
        out of 10, and the park is a reasonable, family-ori-     Operated By: Linda Freeman (owner), Diane                BASICS
        ented destination.                                       Ward (manager). Open: All year. Site Assign-             Operated By: Maricopa County Parks & Recre-
        BASICS                                                   ment: Reservations needed mid-Oct. to end of             ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: First
        Operated By: Helen Kelley. Open: All year. Site          Mar. (45-day cancellation, or 1 month’s charge           come, first served; group reservations. Registra-
        Assignment: Upon registration. Registration:             applicable to following year’s space rental; $35 can-    tion: Self-pay fee station. Fee: $18 (water, electric).
        At antique store; after hours, enclose fee in enve-      cellation fee). Registration: At office. Fee: $18        Parking: At site.
        lope & slip into slot in door. Fee: $15–$20. Park-       tent, $22 RV (V, MC,AE). Parking: At site.               FACILITIES
        ing: At site.                                            FACILITIES                                               Number of RV Sites: 80. Hookups: Electric (20,
        FACILITIES                                               Number of RV Sites: 62. Number of Tent-only              30 amps), water. Each Site: Table, grill, fire ring.
        Number of RV Sites: 174. Number of Tent-                 Sites: 4. Hookups: Electric (20, 30, 50 amps),           Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone:
        only Sites: 15. Hookups: Electric (20, 50 amps),         water, sewer, phone (modem). Each Site: Table,           Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.
        water, sewer; will provide converter for 30-amp          cement pad. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes.             Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel, good. RV
        vehicles. Each Site: Picnic table, trees. Dump           Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.              Service: No. Market: Fountain Hills, 5 mi. Restau-
        Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest         Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel,          rant: Fountain Hills, 5 mi. General Store: No.
        Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:               excellent. RV Service: No. Market: Florence, 5           Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes.
        No. Internal Roads: Paved but potholed. RV Ser-          mi. Restaurant: Florence, 5 mi. General Store:           Other: Competitive bike track. Activities: Horse-
        vice: No. Market: No. Restaurant: Yes. General           No. Vending: No. Swimming: Heated pool, spa.             back riding for horse owners, biking. Nearby
        Store: Yes. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-             Playground: No. Other: Putting green, whirlpool,         Attractions: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Rio Verde. Addi-
        ground: No. Other: Nightly musical revue (singing        horseshoes, barbecue, kitchen, clubhouse, pet walk,      tional Information: McDowell Park Assoc., (602)
        waiters/waitresses) from 5:30 to close, antique          fax service, Fri. night bonfire. Activities: Golf.       837-3026; Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce,
        store. Activities: Skiing, biking, hiking. Nearby        Nearby Attractions: Casa Grande Ruins, McFar-            (480) 837-1654, www.fhchamberofcommerce.org.
        Attractions: Coconino National Forest, Lowell            land Historical State Park, museums. Additional          RESTRICTIONS
        Observatory,Arizona Snowbowl, volcanic crater            Information: Pinal County Visitor Center, (520)          Pets: 6-ft. leash. Fires: Allowed, Mem. Day–Labor
        hikes, Humphreys Peak, several museums in town.          868-9433.                                                Day only. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle
        Additional Information: Flagstaff Visitors               RESTRICTIONS                                             Maximum Length: None.
        Bureau, (800) 842-7293.                                  Pets: On leash only (not allowed in clubhouse).          TO GET THERE
        RESTRICTIONS                                             Fires: No (clubhouse fire pit only). Alcoholic           From Fountain Hills go 4 mi. north on Fountain
        Pets: On leash only. Fires: No open fires, in sum-       Beverages: “Drink all you want.” Vehicle Maxi-           Hills Blvd. to North McDowell Mountain Rd.
        mer,“prefer” no open grills due to fire hazard.          mum Length: 40 ft. width (optional).
        Alcoholic Beverages: At sites only. Vehicle              TO GET THERE
        Maximum Length: None.                                    Go 5 mi. south of Florence on AZ 79.                     GILA BEND                                 MAP, C-2
        TO GET THERE                                                                                                      Painted Rock Petroglyph
        On I-40, take Exit 198 and take a quick left into                                                                 Site and Campground
        the park entrance.                                       FOUNTAIN HILLS                           MAP, C-2
                                                                 McDowell Mountain                                        2015 West Deer Valley Rd., Gila Bend 85027.
                                                                 Regional Park                                            T: (602) 580-5500 or (602) 580-5580.
         FLORENCE               MAP, C-2
                                                                 P.O. Box 18415, Fountain Hills 85269.                    a ★★                          b ★★★★
         Rancho Sonora Inn and RV Park
                                                                 T: (480) 506-2930 or (480) 471-0173;                     Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★★
        9160 North AZ 79, Florence 85232.                        www.maricopa.gov/parks.                                  Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★★
        T: (520) 868-8000 or (800) 205-6817;
                                                                                                                          Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
        www.c2i2.com/~rancho/index.htm.                          a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
                                                                                                                          Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★
        a ★★★★★                      b ★★★                       Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         Near Painted Rocks Dam and Reservoir, Painted
                                                                 Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★                Rock Petroglyph Site and Campground is a place for
        Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
        Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★★
                                                                                                                          self-sufficient campers carrying their own water and
                                                                 Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★★            firewood. It also makes a good picnic lunch stop
        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
        Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★
                                                                 One of the excellent Maricopa County Parks ring-         when approaching or leaving Organ Pipe Cactus
                                                                 ing the Phoenix area, McDowell Mountain attracts         National Monument via I-8. The drive to the camp-
        An extremely attractive campground studded with          many groups; individuals using the Mayo Clinic in        ground has lots of dips and flood-warning signs, as
        saguaro cacti, Rancho Sonora fills with snowbirds        Fountain Hills, and mountain bikers coming to            sculpted hills and grain and alfalfa fields teeming
        every winter. Halfway between Tucson and                 race on the competitive track. With over 100 pic-        with birds give way to desert scrub. The one-acre
        Phoenix (60 miles), this extremely well-run family       nic tables and grills, this is also a popular day-use    rock outcropping behind the covered tables chained
        operation has an attractive pool area with relaxing      park, featuring 50 miles of mountain biking and          to the ground in the eating area is densely covered
        desert views that attract visitors from as far away as   horseback riding trails traversing several ecosys-       with petroglyphs depicting spirals and animals as
        Alaska. The surprising beauty found here makes it        tems with six different rattlesnake species. Even        varied as deer, lizards, snakes, coyotes, and birds.
        a welcome haven and escape for those visiting the        though surrounded by the Superstition, McDow-            During the hot summer months of May to Oct., the
        neighboring state facility, as well as for those using   ell, and Four Peaks Mountains, the park is conve-        campground is rarely used, and there is no fee. The
        Rancho Sonora as a tourism base to explore sur-          niently located near urban areas. An Native              only noise most nights is that of howling coyotes,
        rounding areas. Florence has a good Mexican              American casino is nearby, downtown Phoenix is           though there are three huge group areas that have
        restaurant and old street facades that show up in        just 20 miles away, and Scottsdale is within 6 miles     the potential to cause noise disturbance.
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            BASICS                                                    FACILITIES                                                 Assignment: Reservations recommended (Apr. 1–
            Operated By: Bureau of Land Management.                   Number of RV Sites: 6. Number of Tent-only                 Nov. 30); first come, first served (Dec. 1–Mar. 31).
            Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first        Sites: 100. Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water,            Registration: At kiosk at entrance. Fee: $15
            served. Registration: Self-pay fee station. Fee: $4       sewer. Each Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: No.          (Apr. 1–Nov. 30); $10 (Dec. 1–Mar. 31); half price
            (no fee May 1–Sep. 30; cash, check only). Parking:        Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and                for Golden Age/Access cardholders. Cash only.
            At site.                                                  Showers: No showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No.                Parking: At site.
            FACILITIES                                                Internal Roads: Paved, in good condition. RV               FACILITIES
            Number of RV Sites: 40. Hookups: None. Each               Service: No. Market: Litchfield Park, 6 mi.                Number of RV Sites: 312. Hookups: None.
            Site: Concrete table, grill. Dump Station: No.            Restaurant: Litchfield Park, 6 mi. General Store:          Each Site: Picnic table, grill. Dump Station: Yes.
            Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and                No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground:                 Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
            Showers: No showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No.               Yes. Other: Amphitheater, horse, rodeo, & picnic           Showers: Yes. Fuel: 0.5 mi. away in Market Plaza.
            Internal Roads: Gravel, good. RV Service: No.             areas, softball field, sheltered tables. Activities:       Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-
            Market: Gila Bend, 30 mi. Restaurant: Gila Bend,          Golf, horseback riding. Nearby Attractions:                vice: No. Market: Market Plaza 0.5 mi. Restau-
            30 mi. General Store: No. Vending: No. Swim-              Phoenix International Raceway, museums. Addi-              rant: Market Plaza 0.5 mi. General Store: No.
            ming: No. Playground: No. Other: Picnic &                 tional Information: Maricopa County Parks,                 Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.
            group area. Activities: Looking at petroglyphs,           (602) 506-2930.                                            Other: Inquire at campground. Activities: Hiking,
            bird-watching, hiking & photography. Nearby               RESTRICTIONS                                               helicopter, plane & horseback rides through the
            Attractions: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monu-             Pets: On leash under owner’s control (leash laws           Grand Canyon. Nearby Attractions: Grand
            ment. Additional Information: Gila Bend Tourist           strictly enforced). Fires: Allowed (grills only).          Canyon National Park. Additional Information:
            Information Center, (520) 683-7395.                       Alcoholic Beverages: Beer in cans or kegs; no              North Rim park info: (520) 638-7864, South Rim
                                                                      glass bottles or hard liquor. Vehicle Maximum              park info: (520) 638-7888 or (520) 638-7770.
            RESTRICTIONS
            Pets: On leash under owner’s control (not allowed         Length: None.                                              RESTRICTIONS
            on petroglyph rocks). Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic           TO GET THERE                                               Pets: On leash only, in campground only. Fires:
            Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                       From I-10 east of Phoenix, go south on Estrella            Charcoal or wood in grills only. Alcoholic Bever-
            Length: None.                                             Pkwy. (Exit 126) 5 mi. to West Vineyard Rd.                ages: At sites only. Vehicle Maximum Length:
                                                                                                                                 50 ft.
            TO GET THERE
            From Gila Bend go 16 mi. west on I-8 to Exit                                                                         TO GET THERE
                                                                      GRAND CANYON                               MAP, A-2
                                                                                                                                 From the Grand Canyon South Entrance, take AZ
            102, then go 15 mi. north on Painted Rocks Dam
            Rd. to intersection w/ Rocky Point Rd.                    Mather Campground                                          64 North for 2.6 mi., then turn left at the traffic
                                                                      Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim,                     light. Continue for 0.4 mi. and turn right onto
                                                                      Grand Canyon 86023.                                        Market Plaza Rd. Drive 0.9 mi., then turn right
            GOODYEAR                MAP, C-2                          T: (928) 638-2631 or (928) 638-6035.                       into the entrance at the sign for the campground.
            Estrella Mountain Regional Park
                                                                      a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
            14805 West Vineyard Ave., Goodyear 85338.                                                                            GRAND CANYON                             MAP, A-2
            T: (623) 932-3811; www.maricopa.gov.                      Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                                                                                 Trailer Village
                                                                      Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★
            a★                            b ★★★                       Security: ★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★★           Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim,
                                                                      Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★★              Grand Canyon 86023.T: (928) 638-2631 or
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                                                                                 (928) 638-6035; www.grandcanyonlodges.com
            Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★                  One can imagine by looking at Mather Camp-
                                                                                                                                 or www.xanterra.com.
            Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★           ground how the Anasazi slowly ground their way
            Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★              out of existence: a large number of people compet-         a ★★★                        b★
            One of the Phoenix area’s six little-known Mari-          ing for limited resources. Campers are definitely
                                                                      advised to arrive early—the earlier, the better.           Beauty: ★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★
            copa County parks, Estrella is scenically situated
                                                                      Large numbers of people want to camp within the            Spaciousness: ★★             Quiet: ★★★
            18 miles southwest of Phoenix in 19,200 acres of
                                                                      Grand Canyon’s boundaries, and with hikers tak-            Security: ★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★★
            mountainous terrain with horse and hiking trails.
                                                                      ing advantage of the maximum stay of seven                 Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★
            Weekends during the school year, Estrella is
            crowded with scout and school groups, many                nights, numerous campsites will already be taken           Imagine a department store parking lot during a
            camping in the deep mesquite shade of the Navy            when you arrive. By 4 p.m., it is a scramble to pick       Christmas tree liquidation sale. That pretty much
            Area and using the park’s many playgrounds.               up any spot, which, naturally, leaves the slimmest         sums up the aesthetics of Trailer Village. Most lots
            Weekdays and school vacations, with the exception         picking for the late arrivals. Sites to avoid (if possi-   are divided by low shrubs, and the lucky few con-
            of special events like dog shows and medieval pag-        ble) are those closest to the rest rooms, as the lights    tain trees, while some have no vegetation at all.
            eants, Estrella is relatively empty. The six sites with   remain on all night and the doors slam with a thud         However, as nearby Mather Campground does not
            RV hookups are near the amphitheater and stable           that can raise the dead. In addition, try to avoid         offer RV hookups, those who want fuller service
            area. Tent campers can camp almost anywhere on            sites close to the busy roads (such as sites 53 and 54     should consider Trailer Village—especially as there
            acres of flat grass, in the open or among shady           on the Aspen Loop or 318 and 319 on the Pine               are no other full-service RV parks on the South
            mesquite groves. The mesquite tree shade can cool         Loop), with foot and car traffic that will annoy all       Rim. (Some services, such as showers and laundry
            the area underneath by 10º, enough to make sum-           but the soundest sleepers. Having said that, this is       are shared between Mather and Trailer Village.)
            mer camping bearable.                                     the Grand Canyon after all, and perhaps the great-         Arranged as a grid, the campground offers 50-foot
                                                                      est natural wonder of the world is only a few min-         pull-through sites spaced a scant 20 feet apart.
            BASICS                                                    utes’ drive away. Also, the campground offers an           Although tents are permitted, the mere thought of
            Operated By: Maricopa County Parks & Recre-
                                                                      extremely rugged and wild flavor. If you can abide         camping here in a tent seems ridiculous—unless
            ation Dept. Open: All year. Site Assignment:
                                                                      the few annoyances inherent in a campground of             the campgrounds are all full and you’ve got to stay
            First come, first served; reservations required for
                                                                      this size, it is definitely worth the stay.                in the Grand Canyon. Not nearly as sylvan as
            group area. Registration: Entrance kiosk. Fee:
                                                                      BASICS                                                     Mather Campground, Trailer Village is recom-
            $5–$18 (V, MC). Parking: At site.
                                                                      Operated By: Spherics. Open: All year. Site                mended to travelers who desire a less primitive
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        138     ARIZONA         Holbrook

        experience than the campground, and don’t mind           educational displays explaining how scrubbers            BASICS
        taking in the sight of equal parts RV and forest         remove sulfur dioxides and particulates.                 Operated By: KOA. Open: All year. Site Assign-
        while at home base.                                      BASICS                                                   ment: First come, first served. Reservations avail-
        BASICS                                                   Operated By: Navajo County Parks & Recreation            able. Registration: At office. Fee: $19–$30 (V,
        Operated By: Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Open:             Dept. Open: All year. Site Assignment: First             MC, D). Parking: At site.
        All year. Site Assignment: Reservations only, up         come, first served; reservations available by e-mail.    FACILITIES
        to 23 months in advance. Registration: At kiosk.         Registration: Self-pay fee station. Fee: $8–$14          Number of RV Sites: 109. Number of Tent-
        Fee: $24 for 2 adults, $2 extra per additional adult     (cash, check). Parking: At site.                         only Sites: 20. Hookups: Electric (20, 30, 50
        (no Golden Access discount). Parking: At site,           FACILITIES                                               amps), water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Table.
        parking lot.                                             Number of RV Sites: 25. Hookups: Electric (30            Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone:
        FACILITIES                                               amps), water. Each Site: Table, grill. Dump Sta-         Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.
        Number of RV Sites: 80. Hookups: Electric (30            tion: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest              Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel, good. RV
        amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill.     Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:               Service: Yes. Market: Holbrook, 1 mi. Restau-
        Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes, Market Plaza.           No. Internal Roads: Gravel, good condition. RV           rant: Cookout & pancake breakfast. General
        Pay Phone: Yes, Market Plaza. Rest Rooms and             Service: No. Market: Holbrook, 8 mi. Restau-             Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Pool. Play-
        Showers: Rest room on-site, showers at Market            rant: Holbrook, 8 mi. General Store: No. Vend-           ground: Yes. Other: Game room, pet walk, mail
        Plaza. Fuel: Outside park. Propane: No. Internal         ing: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: No.                  pickup, seasonal cowboy barbecues, cabins. Activi-
        Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market: Market             Other: Group pavilion, water ski course, jet ski         ties: Volleyball, basketball, tetherball, horseshoes.
        Plaza 0.5 mi. Restaurant: Market Plaza 0.5 mi.           landing, fishing dock, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball   Nearby Attractions: Petrified Forest, Painted
        General Store: Market Plaza. Vending: Yes.               court. Activities: Fishing, boating, bird-watching.      Desert, Canyon de Chelly, Second Mesa. Addi-
        Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other: Ken-                Nearby Attractions: Navajo Indian Reservation,           tional Information: Holbrook Chamber of Com-
        nel. Activities: Hiking, helicopter, plane, bus tours,   Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Homolovi Ruins,        merce, (800) 524-2459; Petrified Forest National
        mule rides, horseback rides through the Grand            Mongollon Rim,White Mountains. Additional                Park, (520) 524-6228, www.nps.gov/pefo.
        Canyon. Nearby Attractions: Grand Canyon                 Information: Holbrook Chamber of Commerce,               RESTRICTIONS
        National Park. Additional Information:                   (800) 524-2459.                                          Pets: On leash & under owner’s control. Fires:
        www.amfac.com.                                           RESTRICTIONS                                             Grill only; no open fires. Alcoholic Beverages:
        RESTRICTIONS                                             Pets: Leash, crated, or caged (not allowed on            Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: 50 ft.
        Pets: On leash only. Fires: Charcoal only in grills;     swimming beach or in structures). Fires: Allowed         TO GET THERE
        no open fires. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites only.       (in grills only). Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed.          From I-40 Exit 289 go 1.5 mi. south on Navajo
        Vehicle Maximum Length: 50 ft.                           Vehicle Maximum Length: 35 ft.                           Blvd.
        TO GET THERE                                             TO GET THERE
        From the Grand Canyon South Entrance, take AZ            From Holbrook go 8 mi. west on I-40 to Exit 277
                                                                                                                          JACOB LAKE                                MAP, A-2
        64 north for 2.6 mi., then turn left at the traffic      (Joseph City), then south onto park access road
        light. Continue for 0.4 mi. and turn right onto          for 2 mi.                                                Jacob Lake Campground
        Market Plaza Rd. Drive 1 mi., turn right at the                                                                   Jacob Lake Inn, US 89A and AZ 67,
        sign for Trailer Village, and follow the road 0.2                                                                 Jacob Lake 86022.
        mi. to the entrance.                                      HOLBROOK                 MAP, B-3                       T: (928) 643-7298 or (928) 204-1698.
                                                                  Holbrook/Petrified Forest KOA
                                                                                                                          a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
         HOLBROOK                MAP, B-3
                                                                 102 Hermosa Dr., Holbrook 86025.T: (928)
                                                                 524-6689 or (800) 562-3389; www.koa.com.                 Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★★
         Cholla Lake County Park
                                                                                                                          Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★★
        Navajo County Parks and Recreation Dept.,                a ★★★                         b ★★                       Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★
        Holbrook 86025.T: (928) 524-4251 or                      Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★           Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★
        (928) 288-3717; www.parksrec@navajo.az.us.               Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★★                It’s camping at its best along five secluded loops in
                                                                 Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★
        a ★★★                        b ★★★                                                                                the pine forest at 7,900 feet, just an hour’s drive
                                                                 Insect Control: ★★★★★         Facilities: ★★★            (40 miles south via a slow, windy road) from the
        Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         Flanked at the entrance by a 200-million-year-old        forested North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Widely
        Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                petrified log, the Holbrook/Petrified Forest KOA         dispersed pull-through sites provide plenty of
        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          has more than enough amenities for families and is       forested privacy, yet Jacob Lake Campground is
        Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★             an excellent location for exploring the area’s geol-     within one-quarter mile of a 24-hour gas station,
        Situated around a manmade cattail-ringed lake            ogy (Petrified Forest, Painted Desert), kitsch (tepee    general store, counter café, restaurant, ranger-
        whose waters cool and generate electricity at the        motel, Rte. 66), and Native American (Hopi and           staffed visitor center and motel. However, water is
        four adjacent coal-burning Cholla Power Plant            Navajo Indian Reservations) sights. Trees line the       scarce and available only by the bucketful. In con-
        units, rustic Cholla Lake County Park provides           perimeter and a small café serves up pancake             trast to the North Rim Campground (see Appen-
        travelers on I-40 between Flagstaff and Gallup,          breakfasts and cowboy-style barbecue dinners dur-        dix), which books up over a month in advance
        New Mexico, with a convenient overnight stop or          ing the peak tourist season. Fortunately, the camp-      with reservations, the key to getting a spot here is a
        a base for exploring the Petrified Forest, Painted       ground is far enough from the interstate that truck      very early afternoon arrival, as Jacob Lake Camp-
        Desert, Mogollon Rim, and nearby Hopi and                noise is not a major problem. Though RVs are             ground fills up just after 4 p.m. most June, July,
        Navajo Indian Reservations. The lake, one of the         sometimes parked seemingly close enough to               and August afternoons. Campers wanting hookups
        largest in northeastern Arizona, can be used for         touch, the campground is usually relatively quiet.       should head to nearby Kaibab Camper Village. For
        boating and water sports or fishing for large-           Pull-through sites 1–20 have cable TV ($2 extra),        a more primitive experience at a smaller camp-
        mouth bass, sunfish, and catfish. For some               and sites 10, 20, 40, 50, 92, and 102 are 50 amp.        ground (23 sites; 30 feet maximum) run by the
        campers, the power pylons, tall cement smoke-            Tent campers have grass sites, and pet owners are        same concessionaire, head south on US 89A
        stacks, and piles of coal waiting to be pulverized       warned to keep their animals off the grass and on        towards the North Rim another 23 miles to
        will seem a visual blight. Others may enjoy the          the pet walks.                                           DeeMotte Campground (see Appendix).
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            BASICS                                                   BASICS                                                  accepted. Registration: At office. Fee: $37 cabins,
            Operated By: U.S. Forest Service/Resource                Operated By: Canyoneers (Flagstaff,AZ). Open:           $27 water & sewer, $25 water & electric, $19 tent
            Recreation Management (concessionaire). Open:            May 15–Oct. 15. Site Assignment: First come,            (V, MC,AE, D). Parking: At site.
            May 15–Nov. 1, weather-dependent. Site Assign-           first served; reservations accepted (nonrefundable      FACILITIES
            ment: First come, first served; group site reserva-      prepayment of 1st night). Registration: Camp-           Number of RV Sites: 78. Number of Tent-
            tions. Registration: Campground hosts. Fee: $12          ground office. Fee: $12 (tents, dry sites); $22         only Sites: 12. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),
            (cash). Parking: Paved loop in front of site.            (hookups); cash, traveler’s check, personal check w/    water, sewer, cable TV, phone (modem). Each
            FACILITIES                                               2 valid IDs. Parking: At site.                          Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:
            Number of RV Sites: 54. Hookups: None. Each              FACILITIES                                              Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Show-
            Site: Table, fire ring. Dump Station: No. Laun-          Number of RV Sites: 62. Number of Tent-only             ers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal
            dry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and                   Sites: 34. Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps), water,      Roads: Paved, good. RV Service: No. Market:
            Showers: No showers. Fuel: Gas station across            sewer. Each Site: Table, fire ring at most sites.       No. Restaurant: No. General Store: Yes. Vend-
            the street. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved,          Dump Station: Yes, for guests only. Laundry:            ing: No. Swimming: Pool. Playground: Yes.
            bumpy in spots. RV Service: No. Market: 0.3 mi.          No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Show-                Other: Rec hall w/ kitchen & TV, video game
            south, near Visitor Center. Restaurant: 0.3 mi.          ers: Yes, pay showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No.           room, mini-golf, cabins. Activities: Golf. Nearby
            south, near Visitor Center. General Store: No.           Internal Roads: Dirt & gravel. RV Service: No.          Attractions: Grand Canyon, Ghost Towns, muse-
            Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.               Market: 1 mi., near Visitor Center. Restaurant: 1       ums. Additional Information: Kingman Cham-
            Other: Some handicapped-accessible facilities.           mi., near Visitor Center. General Store: Yes, very      ber of Commerce, (928) 753-6253, Fax (928)
            DeeMotte Campground has smaller sites. Activi-           small. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-                 753-1049, www.kingmanchamber.org.
            ties: Evening ranger programs, mule, deer watch-         ground: No. Other: Modem at office; 30-ft.-wide         RESTRICTIONS
            ing, biking, hiking. Nearby Attractions: North           pull-throughs; noon check-out. Activities: Inquire      Pets: On leash & under owner’s control; no pit-
            Rim of Grand Canyon, Pipe Springs National Mon-          at campground. Nearby Attractions: Grand                bulls or Rottweilers. Fires: Allowed (only in
            ument, Kanab, Lees Ferry. Additional Informa-            Canyon North Rim (40 mi.), Bryce (115 mi.). Addi-       approved grills). Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed.
            tion: Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center, (928)               tional Information: (928) 526-0924.                     Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
            643-7298; North Kaibab Ranger District, (928)            RESTRICTIONS                                            TO GET THERE
            643-7395.                                                Pets: On 10-ft. leash & kept quiet at all times; des-   From I-40 Exits 51 and 53 take Stockton Hill Rd.
            RESTRICTIONS                                             ignated dog walking area. Fires: Allowed (only in       or Andy Devine to intersection of Airway and
            Pets: On 6 ft leash under owner’s control. Fires:        metal fire pits, firewood sold). Alcoholic Bever-       Roosevelt.
            Fire ring only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites.           ages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length:
            Vehicle Maximum Length: 30 ft. & larger RVs.             None.
            TO GET THERE                                             TO GET THERE                                            LAKE HAVASU CITY                         MAP, B-1
            From junction of US 89A and AZ 67, drive 0.3             From junction of US 89A and AZ 67, go 0.3 mi.           Islander RV Resort
            mi. north on US 89A.                                     south on AZ 67 and then 0.5 mi. west on gravel          751 Beachcomber Blvd., Lake Havasu City
                                                                     road.                                                   86403.T: (928) 680-2000;
                                                                                                                             info@islanderrvresort.com.
            JACOB LAKE                                MAP, A-2
            Kaibab Camper Village                                    KINGMAN                                   MAP, B-1      a ★★★★                       b n/a
                                                                     Kingman KOA
            P.O. Box 3331, Jacob Lake 86003.T: (928) 643-                                                                    Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
            7804 (May 15–Oct. 15) or (800) 525-0924 (Oct.            3820 North Roosevelt, Kingman 86401.T: (928)            Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★
            15–May 15, outside AZ); www.canyoneers.com.              757-4397 or (800) 562-3991; www.koa.com.                Security: ★★★★★              Cleanliness: ★★★★★
                                                                                                                             Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★★★
            a ★★★★                       b ★★★★                      a ★★★                        b ★★★
                                                                                                                             On the shores of Lake Havasu, Islander boasts
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★         ample amenities, including two swimming pools,
            Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★               boat docks, fish-cleaning stations, and winter activ-
            Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★        ities for snowbirds. Premium and waterfront sites
            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★            Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★          have the best lake views, but inland sites have tall
            Tall pines, grassy meadows with picnic tables, the       Kingman, a stop en route to the Grand Canyon            eucalyptus trees and some decent mountain views.
            closest hookups to the Grand Canyon’s North              from Las Vegas, had its heyday when local boy           Unlike Beachcomber Resort (see Appendix) down
            Rim, and wide pull-through sites make Kaibab             Andy Devine was playing Jingles in cowboy               the road, which rents empty mobile home spots to
            Camper Village a top choice for quiet relaxation         movies, and Rte. 66 was still the place for getting     RVs, Islander terminates the rental agreement of
            and North Rim excursions. Management goes to             your “kicks” when driving cross country from            anyone showing signs of residency like enrolling
            great lengths to keep the campground quiet, even         Chicago to Los Angeles. Downtown Kingman is             kids in local schools or taking a job in town. The
            banning electrical generators. Tent campers will         just now coming out of a deep boarded-up funk,          typical 36-foot wide space has a patio pad and
            appreciate the grassy sites separate from the RV         and the KOA is just about the only campground           enough space for parking a tow vehicle and boat.
            loop. Although it feels isolated in a tall pine forest   away from the noise of I-40 with a little space for     Those who like it quiet will appreciate that the park
            surrounded by horse pastures and tall mountain           campers to spread out, short of heading out of          is far from noisy highways, though only a short
            backdrops, the campground is only one mile (half         town into the Hualapai Mountains. The KOA is a          jaunt from the London Bridge, whose 10,276 gran-
            via a dusty but extra wide gravel road) from a 24-       little oasis with oleanders and trees between the       ite stones were reassembled in this planned desert
            hour gas station anchoring the U.S. Forest Ser-          campsites, a pleasant ambience, free morning cof-       city by developer Robert McCulloch.
            vice’s helpful Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center, a          fee, 50 TV channels, and newspaper machines.            BASICS
            motel, an old-fashioned counter café, a sit-down         Tent campers have their own area, and a policy of       Operated By: Islander RV Resort. Open: All year.
            restaurant decorated with Native American rugs,          not running generators ensures quiet.                   Site Assignment: Reservations do not guarantee
            and a general store loaded with curios. All in all, it   BASICS                                                  specific sites. Registration: At office. Fee:
            is hard to go wrong with this combination of             Operated By: KOA. Open: All year. Site Assign-          $34–$49 (waterfront sites most expensive;V, MC).
            wilderness and comforts.                                 ment: First come, first served; reservations            Parking: At site.
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        FACILITIES                                              Registration: Entrance kiosk. Fee: $8–$14,              (30, 50 amps), water, sewer, satellite TV. Each Site:
        Number of RV Sites: 500. Hookups: Electric              $45–$75 for annual passes. (cash, check). Parking:      Sheltered table, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laun-
        (30, 50 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Patio pad,      At site.                                                dry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
        table. Dump Station: No. Laundry: Yes. Pay              FACILITIES                                              Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane: Yes. Internal
        Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                Number of Multipurpose Sites: 42. Hookups:              Roads: Paved & gravel, good. RV Service: No.
        Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved,           None. Each Site: Table, grill, fire ring. Dump Sta-     Market: Lake Havasu City, 7 mi. Restaurant: Yes.
        excellent. RV Service: No. Market: Lake Havasu          tion: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest            General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming:
        City, 1 mi. Restaurant: Lake Havasu City, 1 mi.         Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:              River. Playground: Yes. Other: Marina, boat
        General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming:             No. Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV Service:            rentals, dry storage, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard,
        Lake, 2 jacuzzis. Playground: Yes. Other: Rec hall,     No. Market: Lake Havasu City, 3 mi. Restaurant:         rec room. Activities: Boating, fishing, water sports.
        billiards, shuffleboard & horseshoe areas, boat         Lake Havasu City, 2 mi. General Store: No. Vend-        Nearby Attractions: London Bridge, Buckskin
        docks & launch ramp, fish-cleaning station. Activi-     ing: No. Swimming: Lake. Playground: No.                Mountain State Park, Havasu National Wildlife
        ties: Biking, swimming, fishing, boating, golf          Other: Botanical garden, group pavilion. Activi-        Refuge. Additional Information: Lake Havasu
        (nearby). Seasonal activities include dances, crafts,   ties: Boating, fishing, water sports, bird-watching,    Tourism Bureau, (928) 453-3444, (800) 242-8278.
        computer classes, special events, children’s pro-       golf. Nearby Attractions: London Bridge, Havasu         RESTRICTIONS
        grams. Nearby Attractions: London Bridge,               National Wildlife Refuge. Additional Informa-           Pets: On leash at all times (subject to fees; not
        Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. Additional             tion: Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau, (928) 453-3444,       allowed on swimming beach). Fires: Grill only.
        Information: Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau, (928)          (800) 242-8278.                                         Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed (excessive or
        453-3444, (800) 242-8278.                                                                                       underage consumption is grounds for eviction).
                                                                RESTRICTIONS
        RESTRICTIONS                                            Pets: On 6 ft leash; water & shade must be pro-         Restricted in some areas. Vehicle Maximum
        Pets: Allowed (subject to separate signed agree-        vided. Fires: Allowed (no fires when high winds).       Length: 37 ft.
        ment; aggressive breeds like pit bulls not allowed).    Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed (state liquor laws         TO GET THERE
        Fires: Not allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Exces-         strictly enforced). No glass containers. Vehicle        From Lake Havasu City go 12 mi. south on
        sive use prohibited. Vehicle Maximum Length:            Maximum Length: None.                                   AZ 95 to Cattail Cove State Park.
        50 ft.
                                                                TO GET THERE
        TO GET THERE                                            From the junction of London Bridge Rd. and AZ
        Get off AZ 95 at Mesquite Ave. and go east on                                                                   MARBLE CANYON                            MAP, A-2
                                                                95, go 2.5 mi. west on London Bridge Rd.
        Lake Havasu Blvd., south to McCulloch Blvd.,                                                                    Lees Ferry Campground
        and west across the London Bridge.                                                                              US 89, Marble Canyon 86036.
                                                                 LAKE HAVASU CITY       MAP, B-1                        T: (928) 355-2234; www.nps.gov/glca.
                                                                 Sandpoint Marina and RV Park
         LAKE HAVASU CITY                        MAP, B-1                                                               a ★★★                        b ★★★★
         Lake Havasu State Park                                 7952 South Sandpoint Rd., Lake Havasu City
                                                                86406.T: (928) 855-0549;                                Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★
         (Windsor Beach)
                                                                www.sandpointresort.com.                                Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★
        699 London Bridge Rd, Lake Havasu City                                                                          Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★
        86403.T: (928) 855-2784;
                                                                a ★★★                        b ★★★                      Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★
        www.pr.state.az.us/parkhtml/havasu.html.                Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★           The surrounding mountains have red, orange,
                                                                Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                chocolate brown, white, and green bands of sand-
        a ★★★★                       b ★★★★★                    Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★          stone that give the area its name, Marble Canyon.
        Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★★        Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★★          In the 1920s, this was an important area for cross-
        Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★★               A swimming beach, a marina with 104 boat slips,         ing the Colorado River by ferry, as well as the site
        Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★          and rentals of everything from pontoons and sea         of Jerry Johnson’s polygamous Mormon colony at
        Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★             doos to fishing boats and houseboats makes Sand-        Lonely Dell Ranch. Ferry service ended after a
                                                                point Marina a worthwhile destination on the            deadly accident in 1928, when the historic Navajo
        Formed when the Colorado River was dammed
                                                                shores of Lake Havasu. Sandpoint Marina is actu-        Bridge opened. The boat launch near Lees Ferry
        near Parker to end the area’s annual spring floods
                                                                ally within Cattail Cove State Park, and is reached     Campground is still one of the best places to enter
        and provide water for Arizona and southern Cali-
                                                                via a fork in the road at the entrance to Cattail       the Colorado River where it flows smooth and
        fornia, 45-mile-long Lake Havasu’s boating, fish-
                                                                Cove Campground (see Appendix), which makes a           green beneath both the old and new Navajo
        ing, and bird-watching recreational possibilities
                                                                good alternative for large vehicles and has 40          Bridges. The National Park Service has an interpre-
        can be accessed at Lake Havasu State Park’s Wind-
                                                                campsites accessible only by boat. Besides the          tive center at Navajo Bridge, near where the river
        sor Beach Campground. The large gravel campsites
                                                                water action and karaoke in the marina café, the        splits into its upper and lower basins. Only a few
        at Windsor Beach combine camping in the desert
                                                                London Bridge and Lake Havasu City’s three              camp sites have trees or manmade structures for
        scrub with a lakeside location. Plus the palo verde,
                                                                microbreweries are only a short journey away. Dur-      shade. Noises echo at the campground, but when
        mesquite, and other desert plants are lush enough
                                                                ing the winter, Sandpoint has its own newsletter        the neighbors are quiet, this is a peaceful spot. Few
        here to provide each campsite with a barrier of pri-
                                                                and a variety of snowbird get-togethers. Monthly        places are better for river recreation, and it’s away
        vacy. For those desiring even more of an escape,
                                                                fishing tournaments reward the boat catching the        from the hubbub of Lake Powell and Page.
        Lake Havasu State Park also has 55 campsites
        accessible only by boat. For those wanting to stay      largest stripers, catfish, carp, and bass with a tro-   BASICS
        closer to urban amenities, Windsor Beach has the        phy and up to $50 in prize money.                       Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All
        added advantage of being only three miles from the      BASICS                                                  year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.
        London Bridge and Lake Havasu City’s restau-            Operated By: Arizona State Parks concession.            Registration: Self-pay fee station at entrance.
        rants, three microbreweries, movie theaters, night-     Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first      Fee: $10 ($5 w/ Golden Age or Golden Access
        clubs, and shops.                                       served. Registration: At office. Fee: $20–$30           Passport; cash only). Parking: At site.
        BASICS                                                  (more for waterfront sites; V, MC). Parking: At site.   FACILITIES
        Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All             FACILITIES                                              Number of RV Sites: 25. Number of Tent-only
        year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.        Number of RV Sites: 173. Hookups: Electric              Sites: 24. Hookups: None. Each Site: Table, fire
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            grate. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay            FACILITIES                                               shower. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:
            Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Rest              Number of RV Sites: 73. Hookups: Electric (30,           Pavement ends in hard sand. RV Service: No.
            rooms but no showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No.          50 amps), water. Each Site: Table, grill. Dump           Market: Wahweap 9 mi. south. Restaurant: Wah-
            Internal Roads: Paved, good condition. RV Ser-        Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest          weap 9 mi. south. General Store: No. Vending:
            vice: No. Market: 4.5 mi. southwest at Marble         Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:               No. Swimming: In Lake Powell. Playground: No.
            Canyon Lodge. Restaurant: 4.5 mi. southwest at        No. Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV Service:             Other: Boat launch if you are willing to risk
            Marble Canyon Lodge. General Store: No. Vend-         No. Market: Mesa, 4 mi. north. Restaurant: Mesa,         launching on the sand. Activities: Beach sports,
            ing: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.                4 mi. north. General Store: No. Vending: Yes.            fishing, off-road vehicles on sand dunes. Nearby
            Other: Boat launch ramp, fish-cleaning station        Swimming: No. Playground: Yes. Other: Horse              Attractions: Wahweap Marina, Glen Canyon
            (summers only). Activities: Colorado River fishing,   staging area, archery range, gun range, model air-       Dam, Page,Antelope Canyon, Rainbow Bridge
            canoeing, rafting. Nearby Attractions: Navajo         plane field, flood lights for group area. Activities:    National Monument, Escalante Staircase National
            Bridge, Lake Powell, Jacob Lake, Grand Canyon         Horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking. Nearby        Monument. Additional Information: Glen
            North Rim. Additional Information: US National        Attractions: Phoenix, colleges, museums, botanic         Canyon National Recreation Area, (520) 608-6404.
            Park Service, Southern AZ Group, (602) 640-5250;      gardens, river tubing. Additional Information:           RESTRICTIONS
            Marble Canyon Lodge, (520) 355-2225; Glen             Mesa CVB, (602) 969-1307.                                Pets: On 6-ft. leash under owner’s control. Fires:
            Canyon National Recreation Area, (520) 608-6404.
                                                                  RESTRICTIONS                                             Allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle
            RESTRICTIONS                                          Pets: Dogs on leash under owner’s control (horses        Maximum Length: None.
            Pets: On 6-ft. leash under owner’s control. Fires:    OK). Fires: Grill only. Alcoholic Beverages:             TO GET THERE
            Fire receptacles only, no ground fires. Alcoholic     Allowed (glass bottles prohibited). Vehicle Maxi-        Go 6 mi. north from Page on US 89, crossing AZ
            Beverages: Allowed in moderation. Vehicle             mum Length: None.                                        border into UT, then 2 mi. west down road to
            Maximum Length: 45 ft.                                                                                         Lone Rock Beach.
                                                                  TO GET THERE
            TO GET THERE                                          From Mesa go 7.5 mi. north on US 60
            From US 89A, go 5.7 mi. north at Marble               (Ellsworth/Usery Pass Rd.) to Usery Park Rd.
            Canyon.                                                                                                        PAGE                                     MAP, A-2
                                                                                                                           Wahweap Campground
                                                                  PAGE                                      MAP, A-2
                                                                                                                           P.O. Box 1597, Page 86040.T: (928) 645-1059 or
            MESA                   MAP, C-2                       Lone Rock Beach                                          (800) 528-6154; www.visitlakepowell.com.
            Usery Mountain Recreation Area
                                                                  US 89, Page 86040.T: (520) 608-6404;
            3939 North Usery Pass Rd., Mesa 85207.                www.nps.gov/glca.
                                                                                                                           a ★★★                        b ★★★★
            T: (480) 984-0032;                                                                                             Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★
            www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery.                         a ★★                         b ★★                        Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                                                                           Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★
            a ★★★★★                     b ★★★★★                   Beauty: ★★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                  Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★
            Beauty: ★★★★★               Site Privacy: ★★★★★       Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          Wahweap Campground is more spacious and pri-
            Spaciousness: ★★★★★         Quiet: ★★★★★              Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★             vate in feel than Wahweap RV Park, and the Lake
            Security: ★★★★★             Cleanliness: ★★★★                                                                  Powell views are surpassed only by camping at Lone
                                                                  National Park Service rangers patrol Lone Rock
            Insect Control: ★★★         Facilities: ★★★                                                                    Rock Beach. However, RV campers may prefer
                                                                  Beach, making this two miles of Lake Powell’s 1,960
            Conveniently close to Mesa’s urban amenities,         miles of shoreline among the more secure stretches       downtown Page and the more amenity-laden
            Usery Mountain Recreation Area’s Buckhorn             of beach for camping. A large lone monolithic sand-      Page–Lake Powell Campground (see Appendix)
            Family Campground combines lower Sonoran              stone rock sticking out of the lake and straddling the   over Wahweap Campground when Wahweap RV
            Desert foreground scenery with the majestic back-     Arizona/Utah border gives the beach its name. It         Park’s hookups are full. Indeed, the spacious camp-
            drop of the Usery, Goldfield, McDowell, and           seems like southern California, complete with beach      sites and small loops are tailored to tents and small
            Superstition Mountains. Campsites at this excel-      bums, albeit sans surfboards and backed by the           trailers, with plenty of shade trees and desert scrub
            lent Maricopa County campground named for             incomparable beauty of Glen Canyon sandstone.            separating sites from each other along smallish
            King Usery, a cattle rancher who robbed stage-        Motor homes share the hard beach sand with tents         loops. It is slightly over a mile to the showers ($2)
            coaches to make ends meet, are dotted with inter-     and people sleeping in the open. Off-road vehicle        and Wahweap Marina amenities like pizza, a restau-
            vening patches of mesquite, ocotillo, palo verde,     enthusiasts flock here for the sand dunes, and           rant, groceries, and the Wahweap Lodge pool (open
            cholla, and saguaro. During spring and fall, Mexi-    boaters sail in from Wahweap Marina for beach            to campers). Overall, Wahweap Campground is a
            can and Basque shepherds can be spotted with          camping. Though a primitive beach camping expe-          good tent and trailer choice, combining the feel of
            their dogs moving sheep across Usery Pass             rience, don’t expect much privacy in July and            camping out with Lake Powell’s nearby amenities.
            between the high country and the Salt River Val-      Auguar, when summer traffic jams Page and crowds         BASICS
            ley, an area of ancient Native American village and   flock to the beach to beat the heat. Indeed, escaping    Operated By: Aramark. Open: Mar. 15–Oct. 31.
            canal ruins. Seven miles north is Saguaro Lake and    the summer crowds requires taking a boat (even           Site Assignment: First come, first served w/
            Salt River tubing near Stewart Mountain Dam.          houseboats are for rent) to the more remote, roadless    tents; Reservations allowed for full hookups &
            Campers can also ride their horses or mountain        parts of this 186-mile-long lake.                        groups. Registration: At new office. Fee:
            bike park trails. During hot summer months, four
                                                                  BASICS                                                   $15–$27 (V, MC,D,AE,DC). Parking: At site.
            covered sites are available ($110 a week in
                                                                  Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All            FACILITIES
            advance; two-week limit).
                                                                  year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.         Number of RV Sites: 90. Number of Tent-only
            BASICS                                                Registration: Entrance kiosk. Fee: $6. Parking:          Sites: 112. Hookups: 90 w/ electric, water, sewer.
            Operated By: Maricopa County Parks & Recre-           On beach.                                                Each Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laun-
            ation Dept. Open: All year. Site Assignment:
                                                                  FACILITIES                                               dry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
            First come, first served; group reservations                                                                   Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
                                                                  Number of Tent-only Sites: Undesignated sites.
            required. Registration: Host site near entrance.                                                               Roads: Paved, good condition. RV Service: No.
                                                                  Hookups: None. Each Site: Beach sand. Dump
            Fee: $18 camping fee waives $5 entry fee (V, MC).                                                              Market: Limited groceries at office store; more at
                                                                  Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
            Additional fee for group camping. Parking: At site.                                                            RV park. Restaurant: Wahweap Marina. General
                                                                  Rooms and Showers: Yes, pit toilets, outdoor
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        Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Lodge                lodge facilities. Nearby Attractions: Antelope           Additional Information: Parker Chamber of
        pool; lake. Playground: No. Other: Fine dining at        Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, Lees Ferry, Rainbow             Commerce, (520) 669-2174,
        Wahweap Lodge. Activities: Boat tours & rentals;         Bridge, Escalante Staircase National Monument.           www.riverinfo.com/parker.
        float trips. Nearby Attractions: Rainbow Bridge,         Additional Information: Glen Canyon National             RESTRICTIONS
        Page, Glen Canyon Dam,Antelope Canyon, Lees              Recreation Area, (520) 608-6404; Page–Lake Powell        Pets: Not permitted. Fires: Allowed (when wind is
        Ferry, Escalante Staircase National Monument.            Chamber of Commerce, 644 North Navajo Dr.,               not blowing). Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed.
        Additional Information: Glen Canyon National             Dam Plaza, P.O. Box 727, Page,AZ 86040; (888)            Vehicle Maximum Length: 45 ft.
        Recreation Area, (928) 608-6404; Page–Lake Powell        261-7243, www.pagelakepowellchamber.org;
        Chamber of Commerce, 644 North Navajo Dr.,               info@pagelakepowellchamber.
                                                                                                                          TO GET THERE
        Dam Plaza, P.O. Box 727, Page,AZ 86040; (888)
                                                                                                                          From Parker go 7.5 mi. north on Riverside Dr.
                                                                 RESTRICTIONS
        261-7243, www.pagelakepowellchamber.org;                 Pets: On leash under owner’s control. Fires:
        info@pagelakepowellchamber.                              Allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle           PARKER                  MAP, C-1
        RESTRICTIONS                                             Maximum Length: 45 ft.                                   Buckskin Mountain State Park
        Pets: On leash under owner’s control (including          TO GET THERE
        barking). Fires: Grill only. Alcoholic Beverages:                                                                 5476 AZ 95, Parker 85344.T: (928) 667-3231;
                                                                 From Glen Canyon Dam go 4 mi. north on US 89,
        Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: 45 ft.                                                                           www.azstateparks.com.
                                                                 then take Lake Shore Dr. to 100 Stateline Dr.
        TO GET THERE                                                                                                      a ★★★                        b ★★★
        Take US 198 north from Glen Canyon Dam for
        4 mi., turn on Lake Shore Dr. and go to corner of        PARKER                  MAP, C-1                         Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★
        Wahweap Blvd.                                            Branson’s Motel and RV Park                              Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★
                                                                                                                          Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                 7804 Riverside Dr., Parker 85344.                        Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★
         PAGE                                     MAP, A-2
                                                                 T: (928) 667-3346.
                                                                                                                          If relaxation and plenty of play space for the chil-
         Wahweap RV Park                                         a ★★★                        b n/a                       dren are more important than partying, then Buck-
                                                                                                                          skin Mountain’s paved sites separated by dirt and
        US 89, Page 86040.T: (800) 528-6154 or                   Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★           trees are a better choice than Fox’s Pierpoint Land-
        (928) 645-1009; www.visitlakepowell.com.                 Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★★                ing and Tony’s Road Runner. A group-use area with
                                                                 Security: ★★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★
        a ★★★★                       b n/a                                                                                sheltered tables is one mile north at Buckskin
                                                                 Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★★★           Mountain State Park’s River Island Unit, which has
        Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★          With card games, ice cream socials, and potlucks in      another 22 campsites and large grass play areas but
        Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★                the rec hall, Branson’s caters to snowbirds in winter    no hookups on 420 acres with a boat ramp and a
        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          with its tightly packed concrete pads and grass strip    Colorado River swimming beach. Island Unit is
        Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★           RV sites. German tourists are among those flocking       closer to the highway and farther from the water,
        Wahweap RV Park offers plenty of boat parking for        in summer to this hybrid mixture of marina,              but is quieter when not overrun with weekend
        nearby Wahweap Marina. An attractive grassy area         mobile homes, RV park, and motel units with              groups. During the cooler winter months, hiking
        with trees separates the RV Park from the road, but      kitchens. The motel and front row of mobile homes        the short steep trails into the surrounding moun-
        once inside it is more like a huge parking lot full of   get the river views. But RV patrons can relax on         tains for spectacular overviews of the area is a
        boats and vehicles. If hookups and amenities are of      breezy beachfront lawns under palm frond umbrel-         worthwhile alternative to water play. Some trails go
        more interest than boats and the lake, downtown          las and gaze across the lapping waters of the Col-       by abandoned mines and have interpretive stops
        Page and the Page–Lake Powell Campground (see            orado River to California or use the ample boat          about the local ecosystems and vegetation.
        Appendix) are an attractive alternative. For a more      facilities for water sports. A public golf course, the   BASICS
        primitive beach camping experience, head to Lone         top-rated Emerald Canyon, is just across the street.     Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All
        Rock Beach. The views are nothing to write home          LaPaz County Park’s abundant day-use areas and           year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.
        about, but the whole idea here seems to be get out       occasional swap meets are next door. After a visit to    Registration: Self-pay entrance fee station. Fee:
        on the water and play until dark. Despite the            the nearby solar saloon, younger party animals will      $14–$22 (cash, check,V, MC). Parking: At site.
        tightly packed nature of the RV park, it stays fairly    want to leave this little community to the elders
        quiet. Tables on cement and shade are among the          and head farther north on the road to Lake Havasu.       FACILITIES
                                                                                                                          Number of RV Sites: 68. Number of Tent-only
        nice touches. If boating on Lake Powell plus RV          BASICS                                                   Sites: 21. Number of Multipurpose Sites: 89.
        amenities equal a good time, then this is the best       Operated By: Branson’s Resort. Open: All year.           Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water, sewer; 11
        place to be.                                             Site Assignment: First come, first served; reser-        sites w/ full hookups. Each Site: Table, grill.
        BASICS                                                   vations needed in winter. Registration: At office.       Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone:
        Operated By: Aramark. Open: All year. Site               Fee: $21 & up (V, MC). Parking: At site.                 Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No,
        Assignment: First come, first served; reservations       FACILITIES                                               boat fuel offered during summers. Propane: No.
        (1st night deposit). Registration: At office. Fee:       Number of RV Sites: 70. Hookups: Electric (30,           Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV Service: No.
        $15–$27 (V, MC, D,AE, DC). Parking: At site.             50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Table.      Market: Buckskin Market, in park, seasonal.
        FACILITIES                                               Dump Station: No. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone:               Restaurant: In park, seasonal. General Store:
        Number of RV Sites: 123. Hookups: Electric               Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.              Yes, seasonal. Vending: Seasonal. Swimming:
        (20, 30, 50 amps). Each Site: Table, grill. Dump         Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV             River. Playground: Yes. Other: Cactus garden,
        Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest         Service: No. Market: Parker, 8 mi. Restaurant:           interpretative center, boutique, boat ramp, basket-
        Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane:              Parker, 2 mi. General Store: Yes, basic items. No        ball court, volleyball, horseshoe pit. Activities:
        Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel, good condition. RV          food. Vending: No. Swimming: River. Play-                Boating, fishing, water sports, hiking. Nearby
        Service: No. Market: Yes. Restaurant: Wahweap            ground: No. Other: Boat ramps, slips & storage,          Attractions: Lake Havasu. Additional Informa-
        Marina. General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes.                horseshoe pits, volleyball court, exercise room,         tion: Parker Chamber of Commerce, (928) 669-
        Swimming: Lodge pool, lake. Playground: Yes.             pool table. Activities: Fishing, boating, water          2174, www.riverinfo.com/parker.
        Other: Boat ramp & boat rentals. Activities: Fish-       sports, golf. Nearby Attractions: Nellie E. Saloon,      RESTRICTIONS
        ing, boating, summer ranger programs, free use of        Blythe Intaglios (CA), Quartzsite, Lake Havasu.          Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grill. Alcoholic
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            Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
            Length: None.                                             PARKER                                     MAP, C-1       PARKER                                   MAP, C-1
                                                                      LaPaz County Park                                         Red Rock Resort
            TO GET THERE
            From Parker go 11 mi. north on AZ 95.                     7350 Riverside Dr., Parker 85344.                         6400 Riverside Dr., Parker 85344.
                                                                      T: (928) 667-2069; www.lapazcountypark.com.               T: (928) 667-3116; www.redrockresort.com.

            PARKER                                    MAP, C-1        a ★★★★                        b ★★★★                      a ★★★                        b ★★★
            Havasu Springs Resort                                     Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★         Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
            2581 AZ 95, Parker 85344.T: (928) 667-3361;               Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★★★                Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
            www.havasusprings.com.                                    Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★★         Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                      Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★★            Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★
            a ★★★★                        b n/a                       Though lacking ice cream socials and some of the          Boating, fishing, and water sports are the chief
            Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★          snowbird amenities of Branson’s Resort next door,         attraction at Red Rock Resort, which is notable for
            Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★★                LaPaz offers lots of open space and green grass.          its waterfront cabana campsites. The large pull-
            Security: ★★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★         Golfers can practice on the putting green and cross       through sites (41–56) and sites 64–71 near the
            Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★★★★          the street to use the driving range or play 18 holes,     winter overflow and RV and trailer storage areas
                                                                      and there is a baseball field, tennis court, and          are farthest from the Colorado River. However, site
            A true destination resort with plenty of amenities,
                                                                      plenty else to do besides boating, fishing, and           41, a large lawn corner pull-through is closer to the
            including an Olympic-sized pool, and enough
                                                                      swimming in the Colorado River. During the win-           water and worth the small rental premium. The
            winter activities to keep snowbirds happy, Havasu
                                                                      ter, tent campers have a prime dirt beachfront area       best sites are right on the Colorado River, and are
            Springs Resort has over 250 boat slips, three
                                                                      along the river, and designated sites are kept open       open only to smaller vehicles and tent camping.
            motels, a restaurant with a bar and lounge, and
                                                                      for RVs. But RV sites are open to tent camping            These waterfront cabanas, which offer the oppor-
            everything from par 3 golf to houseboat and fish-
                                                                      during the summer months when the snowbird                tunity to barbecue on the banks of the Colorado
            ing boat rentals. In contrast to the Colorado River
                                                                      migration has reversed. Tents can also be placed          River and sit in the shade, are numbered 1–40 and
            and Havasu partying areas, even teenagers must be
                                                                      under trees near the group area when it does not          are difficult to score, as they are often rented for
            under tight adult reign here. Motorcycles are
                                                                      conflict with irrigation schedules. The two-mile-         four months solid during the peak winter season.
            banned, which helps keep the park quiet. Gate
                                                                      long park has some big pines surrounding the              Good boat facilities, including repair, salvage, and
            security is also relatively tight, and visitors must
                                                                      inland RV sites, but beachfront RV sites 5–47 and         storage, as well as RV and trailer storage, also help
            obtain passes. Though the cement pads here are
                                                                      84–113 have the best river views.                         make this small waterfront resort with its own bar
            good, it will be a few years before the trees are large
                                                                      BASICS                                                    and café a popular destination.
            enough to provide some shade to the RV sites. But
            if protection from noisy Harleys and rowdy party          Operated By: LaPaz County Parks. Open: All                BASICS
            animals is part of the Colorado River recreation          year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.          Operated By: Red Rock Resort. Open: All year.
            game plan, then reservations here may fit the bill.       Registration: Self-pay entrance fee station. Fee:         Site Assignment: First come, first served; reser-
                                                                      $10–$15 (cash, check). Parking: At site.                  vations advised for peak season, holidays, week-
            BASICS
                                                                      FACILITIES                                                ends. Registration: Front desk. Fee: $20–$25 (V,
            Operated By: Havasu Springs Resort, L.L.C., Bob
                                                                      Number of RV Sites: 114. Number of Multi-                 MC). Parking: At site.
            Atkins. Open: All year. Site Assignment: First
            come, first served; reservations a necessity. Regis-      purpose Sites: 35. Hookups: Electric (20, 30, 50          FACILITIES
            tration: At office. Fee: $34 basic, $38 full (V, MC,      amps), water, cable TV, phone. Each Site: Table,          Number of RV Sites: 90. Hookups: Electric (30,
            D,AE). Parking: At site.                                  grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay                50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV, phone. Each Site:
                                                                      Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                  Table, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes.
            FACILITIES
                                                                      Fuel: No. Propane: Yes (delivered). Internal              Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:
            Number of RV Sites: 150. Hookups: Electric
                                                                      Roads: Gravel, good. RV Service: No. Market:              Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads:
            (30, 50 amps), water, sewer, phone, cable TV. Each
                                                                      Parker, 8 mi. Restaurant: Parker, 2 mi. General           Paved, good. RV Service: No. Market: Parker, 9
            Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: No. Laundry:
                                                                      Store: No. Vending: Seasonal. Swimming: River.            mi. Restaurant: Yes. General Store: Yes. Vend-
            Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Show-
                                                                      Playground: Yes. Other: Boat ramps, putting               ing: Yes. Swimming: River. Playground: No.
            ers: Yes. Fuel: Yes (boat fuel also available).
                                                                      green, tennis court, softball field, volleyball court,    Other: Boat ramp, RV & boat storage, boat repair,
            Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV
                                                                      rec hall, horseshoe pits, some sites w/ sheltered         game room, café, bar. Activities: Fishing, boating,
            Service: No. Market: On premises. Restaurant:
                                                                      tables. Activities: Boating, fishing, golf, horseshoes,   water sports. Nearby Attractions: Parker Dam,
            On premises. General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes.
                                                                      volleyball, tennis. Nearby Attractions: Nellie E.         Lake Havasu. Additional Information: Parker
            Swimming: Pool. Playground: No. Other:
                                                                      Saloon, Blythe Intaglios (CA), Quartzsite, Lake           Chamber of Commerce, (928) 669-2174,
            Marina, houseboat & fishing boat rentals, fish-clean-
                                                                      Havasu. Additional Information: Parker Cham-              www.riverinfo.com/parker.
            ing stations, lighted tennis courts, 9-hole golf
                                                                      ber of Commerce, (928) 669-2174,                          RESTRICTIONS
            course, 3 motels, sporting goods store, pool tables,
                                                                      www.riverinfo.com/parker.                                 Pets: On leash only. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic
            video games. Activities: Boating, fishing, golf, ten-
            nis. No hunting. Nearby Attractions: Parker               RESTRICTIONS                                              Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
            Dam, Lake Havasu. Additional Information:                 Pets: On leash at all times (barking dogs not toler-      Length: None.
            Parker Chamber of Commerce, (928) 669-2174,               ated; no dogs on beachfront walkways). Fires:             TO GET THERE
            www.riverinfo.com/parker.                                 Allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle            From Parker go 9 mi. north on AZ 95.
                                                                      Maximum Length: None.
            RESTRICTIONS
            Pets: On leash only (subject to management dis-           TO GET THERE
            cretion). Fires: Not allowed. Alcoholic Bever-            From Parker go 8 mi. north on AZ 95.
            ages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: 40 ft.
            TO GET THERE
            From Parker go 17 mi. north on AZ 95.
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         PARKS                   MAP, B-2                            PATAGONIA               MAP, D-3                       PAYSON                                    MAP, C-2
         Ponderosa Forest RV Park                                    Patagonia Lake State Park                              Ox Bow Estates RV Park
         and RV Campground                                           400 Patagonia Lake Rd., Patagonia 85624.               HC 6 Box 1050 D, Payson 85541.
        P.O. Box 50640, Parks 86018.T: (888) 635-0456                T: (520) 287-6965; www.pr.state.az.us.                 T: (800) 520-5239; oxbowrvpark@yahoo.com.
        or (928) 635-0456; pondforrv@yahoo.com.                      a ★★★★                      b ★★★★                     a ★★★★                        b ★★
        a ★★★★★                        b ★★★★                        Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★        Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★
        Beauty: ★★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★           Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★               Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
        Spaciousness: ★★★★              Quiet: ★★★★★                 Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★         Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★★
        Security: ★★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★★           Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★          Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★
        Insect Control: ★★★             Facilities: ★★★★             Situated between Patagonia and Nogales on the          With its log cabin–style office and wooded lots and
        It is hard to imagine a more beautiful campground.           Mexican border, Patagonia Lake is reached from         stream, this campground has a very woodsy atmos-
        Sites are spacious (average 25 feet wide), and nearly        AZ 82 via a curving paved road through housing         phere. And well it should, since it abuts Tonto
        all are set into the forest. (There is a treeless strip of   developments and a hillside forest of mesquite and     National Forest on one side. (From an aerial photo
        gravel for seven larger rigs in the middle of the park       ocotillo. The campground is nestled in low rolling     in the office, you can see just how lost in the woods
        that strikes one as slightly out of place.) A gorgeous       foothills amongst shady mesquite trees, yucca, and     this campground really is.) The rest of the surround-
        ponderosa forest surrounds the park for at least ten         cacti. The best campsites for views of the 265-acre    ing area is quiet residential property. Sites are laid
        acres, giving this campground both a rustic feel             manmade lake are 1–37, and are also nearest the        out in a grid, with one section divided from the rest
        and the clean fresh air of a mountain forest.                swimming beach. Boaters may wish to opt for the        by a small creek. Most sites are shaded, including
        Accommodating both pull-throughs and back-ins,               other loops, nearer the launch ramps. There are a      the tent sites, and average a spacious 40 × 50 feet.
        Ponderosa Forest offers full amenities while giving          dozen tent-only areas scattered around the lake,       The campground is peaceful, laid-back, and quiet.
        the impression of being lost in the woods. While             but they are only accessible by boat. Besides being    Besides Tonto National Forest, where you can get
        the tent sites could stand a little more room, the           stocked with trout every three weeks between           lost within five minutes of leaving the park, the
        overall experience is superior to any of the camp-           November and late February, the lake offers fishing    other local attractions are a quick drive away, mak-
        grounds in Williams or Flagstaff. Owner Jane is              for crappie, bluegill, bass, and catfish, and bird-    ing this campground a relaxing yet convenient stop.
        extremely friendly and full of stories. Whether              watching tours. Almost every Friday the camp-          Proprietors Fred and Mimi are friendly, helpful, and
        your destination is the Grand Canyon or Flagstaff,           ground fills early for the weekend, and peak season    full of information about the region.
        this campground makes a wonderful jumping-off                park closures are common.                              BASICS
        point, and should not be missed!                             BASICS                                                 Operated By: Fred & Mimi Hendrix. Open: All
        BASICS                                                       Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All            year. Site Assignment: Upon registration. Regis-
        Operated By: Jane & Gurn Stinson; Kevin Stinson,             year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.       tration: At office; if no one is available, use cour-
        mgr. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Upon reg-              Registration: Self-pay fee station. Fee: $7 day use,   tesy phone & call number listed; late arrivals: pick a
        istration. Registration: At office; late arrivals go         $15 basic, $22 full hookups (per vehicle). Parking:    spot & use drop slot in door. Fee: RV $21–$23,
        to manager’s office at back of park. Fee: RV $19,            At site (except for tent areas only accessible by      tent $19. Parking: At site.
        tent $13. Parking: At sites; will help park vehicles         boat).                                                 FACILITIES
        of any size.                                                 FACILITIES                                             Number of Multipurpose Sites: 50. Hookups:
        FACILITIES                                                   Number of RV Sites: 106. Number of Tent-               Electric (30, 50 amps), water, sewer,TV. Each Site:
        Number of RV Sites: 29. Number of Tent-only                  only Sites: 12. Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps),       Picnic table, fire pit, charcoal grill, tree. Dump Sta-
        Sites: 16. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps), water,           water. Each Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: Yes.     tion: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
        sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, fire ring, trash can,        Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms                Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:
        most have several trees. Dump Station: Yes.                  and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane: No.              Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel, in very good condi-
        Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and                 Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV Service: No.           tion. RV Service: No. Market: 2 mi. to casino.
        Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Firewood for sale.                   Market: Patagonia, 12 mi. Restaurant: Patagonia,       Restaurant: 2 mi. to casino. General Store: Yes.
        Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Packed dirt &                  12 mi. General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swim-         Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: No.
        gravel, mostly good condition. RV Service: No.               ming: Lake. Playground: No. Other: Marina,             Other: Creek. Normally dry during monsoon sea-
        Market: Parks 0.5 mi . Restaurant: Parks 0.5 mi.             boat rentals, disabled-access fishing dock, picnic     son only. Activities: Hiking, biking, fishing, summer
        General Store: Yes, nearby. Vending: Yes. Swim-              area. Activities: Boating, fishing, bird-watching.     potlucks. Nearby Attractions: Tonto National
        ming: No. Playground: No. Other: Gift shop;                  Nearby Attractions: Tubac Presidio,Tumacacori          Forest,Tonto National Bridge Park,Tonto Cliff
        post office, fax, copies, hair salon, massage parlor in      National Monument, Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Pre-        Dwellings Mogollon Rim. Additional Information:
        front of RV park. Activities: Hiking, fishing, hunt-         serve. Additional Information: Mariposa Books/         Payson Chamber of Commerce, (928) 474-4515.
        ing, 4th of July & Labor Day barbecue & potluck.             Patagonia Visitors Center, (520) 394-9186; Nogales     RESTRICTIONS
        Nearby Attractions: Kendrik Peak, historic Rte.              Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, (520)           Pets: On leash only. Fires: In pit or grill. Alcoholic
        66, Lava River Cave, local hikes. Additional Infor-          287-3685.                                              Beverages: Not in buildings. Vehicle Maximum
        mation: Williams–Grand Canyon Chamber of                     RESTRICTIONS                                           Length: 45 ft.
        Commerce, (928) 635-4061.                                    Pets: On 6-ft. leash under owner’s control. Fires:     TO GET THERE
        RESTRICTIONS                                                 Grill provided; no wood gathering. Alcoholic           From the intersection of Hwy. 260 and Hwy. 87
        Pets: On leash only; some dog-breed restrictions;            Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                    in Payson, go south on Hwy. 87 (towards Rye) for
        do not leave unattended; no barking. Fires: Fire ring        Length: 30 ft.                                         4.2 mi., then turn right at the sign for the camp-
        only; firewood for sale. Alcoholic Beverages:                TO GET THERE                                           ground (there is no street sign). Drive 0.8 mi.
        Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.                       From AZ 82, go 4 mi. north on park access road.        through a residential area and turn into the
        TO GET THERE                                                                                                        entrance on the right.
        From Hwy. 40, take Exit 178, turn north, then
        take immediate left and follow the road behind
        the shops.
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                                                                                                                             Beauty: ★★★                     Site Privacy: ★★★★
            PEORIA                  MAP, C-2                         a ★★★                        b ★★                       Spaciousness: ★★★★              Quiet: ★★★★
            Lake Pleasant Regional Park                              Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★          Security: ★★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★★★
            41835 North Castle Hot Springs Rd., Peoria               Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★                  Insect Control: ★★★★            Facilities: ★★
            85382.T: (928) 501-1710;                                 Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★          Certainly one of the closest campgrounds to down-
            www.maricopa.gov/recsev.                                 Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★★★            town Phoenix, this park is being converted to accept
                                                                     This campground is slightly less pretty than Wel-       only RVs. (It currently does not accept tents, but has
            a ★★★★                       b ★★★★                      come Home, due to a cement retaining wall that          a few remaining mobile homes.) The grounds are
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         runs along the edge of the property from sites          laid out on a loop, with well-shaded, comfortable
            Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                34–44. In addition, while the park seems equally        lots on either side. Lots are 30 feet wide, making
            Security: ★★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★          well insulated from highway traffic sounds, noise       them spacious enough for evening outdoor activi-
            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★            from a ballpark located across the street invades the   ties. Although situated right next to the highway,
                                                                     entire park when games are on. Still, this is not a     there is very little traffic noise spillover. Located on a
            One of six excellent Phoenix area county parks,
                                                                     bad place to park your RV while you explore the         quiet residential street, the park presents a great little
            Lake Pleasant Regional Park contains both the
                                                                     humongous city of Phoenix—and it is certainly           urban getaway without an overly urban feel. Down-
            Desert Tortoise and Roadrunner Campgrounds.
                                                                     much more convenient than the several camp-             town Phoenix is a 20-minute drive away, while the
            Roadrunner’s hillside sites 7–24 fill up first because
                                                                     grounds located 30 miles out of town. There are         quick access to I-17 provides a convenient way to
            of their excellent views. Desert Tortoise’s tent-only
                                                                     some wonderful flowering trees, giving the              depart for farther destinations.
            and improved pull-through sites along Den and
                                                                     grounds a city park–like feel: you know you’re in       BASICS
            Bajada Loop Roads have coveted lake views that are
                                                                     the city, but removed a bit from the action. Defi-      Operated By: Ed Little. Open: All year. Site
            also snapped up fast. On long holiday weekends it
                                                                     nitely not for the tenter looking for a wilderness      Assignment: Upon registration. No reservations.
            seems like all Phoenix is headed here with boats.
                                                                     experience. The Covered Wagon makes a reason-           Registration: At office; if closed, go to house next
            Since there are no reservations, an early Thursday
                                                                     able base of operations for exploring Phoenix, but      door. Fee: $21–$24; cash preferred, no credit
            arrival is advised to ensure snagging a holiday week-
                                                                     one more exit on I-17 will bring you to a slightly      cards. Parking: At site.
            end campsite. Most sites easily accommodate vehi-
                                                                     quieter park.
            cles in the mid-30- to mid-45-foot range, though                                                                 FACILITIES
            the sites tend to be narrow (e.g. the 80-foot-long       BASICS                                                  Number of RV Sites: 52. Hookups: Electric (30,
            site is only 13 feet wide). The native desert hillside   Operated By: Ted & Lee Heiser. Open: All year.          50 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Trees, grass,
            saguaro, octotillo, and brittlebush landscape            Site Assignment: Upon registration. Registra-           some flowering bushes. Dump Station: No
            blooms with yellow, purple, and blue wildflowers         tion: Ring bell at office. Fee: RV $21–$32, depend-     (sewer available at all sites). Laundry: Yes. Pay
            after April showers. Park animals include bald           ing on size, tent $18. Parking: At site.                Phone: 1 block away. Rest Rooms and Show-
            eagles, wild burros, javelina, and desert tortoises.     FACILITIES                                              ers: No shower. Fuel: 1 block away. Propane: No.
            BASICS                                                   Number of RV Sites: 42. Hookups: Electric (20,          Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market:
            Operated By: Maricopa County Parks & Recre-              30, 50 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Mature           1 mi. Restaurant: 2 mi. General Store: 1 block
            ation Dept. Open: All year. Site Assignment:             shade trees. (most sites). Dump Station: Yes.           away. Vending: No. Swimming: Yes. Playground:
            First come, first served. Registration: Entrance         Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and            No. Other: No. Activities: Shuffleboard, club-
            kiosk (or camp host). Fee: $10–$18 (cash, check).        Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal           house, Christmas dinner. Nearby Attractions:
            Parking: At site.                                        Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market: No.               Mesa Southwest Museum, Champlin Fighter
                                                                     Restaurant: 4 blocks. General Store: No. Vend-          Museum, Superstition Springs Center, Casa Grande
            FACILITIES                                                                                                       Ruins, Roosevelt Dam,Tonto National Monument.
                                                                     ing: Yes. Swimming: Yes. Playground: No.
            Number of RV Sites: 66. Number of Tent-only
                                                                     Other: Dataport in office. Activities: Swimming,        Additional Information: Phoenix Visitors Cen-
            Sites: 10. Hookups: Electric (20, 30, 50 amps),
                                                                     shopping, hiking, sightseeing. Nearby Attractions:      ter, (602) 254-6500.
            water. Each Site: Sheltered table, grill. Dump
                                                                     Mesa Southwest Museum, Champlin Fighter                 RESTRICTIONS
            Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
                                                                     Museum, Superstition Springs Center, Casa Grande        Pets: On leash only, clean up after. Fires: Allowed
            Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:
                                                                     Ruins, Roosevelt Dam,Tonto National Monument.           (only charcoal in grills). Alcoholic Beverages: At
            No. Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV Service:
                                                                     Additional Information: Phoenix Visitors Cen-           sites only. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
            No. Market: Peoria, 8 mi. Restaurant: Peoria, 8
                                                                     ter, (602) 254-6500.
            mi. General Store: No. Vending: Yes. Swim-                                                                       TO GET THERE
            ming: Lake. Playground: Yes. Other: Boat ramp,           RESTRICTIONS                                            From the junction of I-17 and Bethany Rd. (Exit
            dam visitor center. Activities: Boating, fishing,        Pets: On leash only, clean up after. Fires: Only        204), merge into the far right-hand lane heading
            shooting range, golf. Nearby Attractions: Factory        charcoal in grills. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites       south. Follow the frontage road 0.5 mi. to the
            shops, museums, Cave Creek, Carefree. Addi-              only. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.                     entrance on the right.
            tional Information: Carefree–Cave Creek                  TO GET THERE
            Chamber of Commerce, (480) 488-3381.                     From the junction of I-17 and Glendale Rd. (Exit
            RESTRICTIONS                                             205), merge into the far right-hand lane. Take the      PICACHO                                      MAP, C-2

            Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:        frontage road 0.5 mi., turn right, then take the        Picacho Campground
            Grill only; no ground fires. Alcoholic Beverages:        2nd right (not the immediate right) into the            I-10, Picacho Exit, Picacho 85241.
            Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: 80 ft.                  entrance, follow the driveway to the end and turn       T: (520) 466-7401 or (888) 562-7453;
                                                                     right. The office is the white building on the left.    www.picachocampground.com.
            TO GET THERE
            From I-17 north of Phoenix take Exit 223, go
            west on AZ 74 (Carefree Hwy.).
                                                                                                                             a ★★★★                         b ★★★★
                                                                     PHOENIX                                  MAP, C-2
                                                                     Welcome Home RV Park                                    Beauty: ★★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                                                                             Spaciousness: ★★★★              Quiet: ★★★
            PHOENIX                                  MAP, C-2        2501 Missouri Ave., Phoenix 85017.                      Security: ★★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★
            Covered Wagon RV Park                                    T: (602) 249-9852 or (602) 249-9854.                    Insect Control: ★★★★            Facilities: ★★★★
            6540 North Black Canyon Hwy. 53, Phoenix                 a ★★★                        b n/a                      Just off I-10, 75 miles south of Phoenix and 42
            85017.T: (602) 242-2500.                                                                                         miles north of Tucson, Picacho Campground is
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        146     ARIZONA         Picacho

        popular with horse owners because it provides cor-      mixing mobile homes and RVs is sharing the clean,       roundings. Indeed, those who end up here as
        rals ($10). Children are also welcome here, though      well-maintained mobile home amenities. The RVs          Catalina State Park overflow casualties are pleas-
        parents must keep them in sight and under control       are closer to the interstate than the mobile homes,     antly surprised by the historic peak that served as a
        at all times, particularly around the pool. Visitors    and the sandstone-colored perimeter wall and trees      landmark for Father Kino, the Butterfield Over-
        here are mostly snowbirds and overnighters. Many        do not keep out all the truck noises and nightly        land Stage, and the forty-niners headed to the Cal-
        put out their TV antennas to pull in Phoenix and        train sounds. Also, there is not a convenience store    ifornia gold fields.
        Tucson stations, which means two NBC and two            here with the long hours found at Picacho Camp-         BASICS
        CBS channels, one each from PBS and ABC and             ground. However, the Resort is affiliated with          Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All
        two independents. An attractive oleander perime-        Adventure Outdoor Resorts, Coast to Coast Net-          year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;
        ter mutes much of the highway truck noise,              work, and Resort Parks International, and members       group area requires reservations. Registration:
        though not all of it. Cacti, eucalyptus, and an         of those groups are promised good deals.                Contact station or self-pay station. Fee: $12–$22
        abundance of other trees shade these extra long         BASICS                                                  (cash, check,V, MC). Debit cards not accepted.
        and extra wide sites, which easily accommodate          Operated By: Picacho Peak Resort. Open: All             Parking: At site.
        sliders. The store and office stay open from 8 a.m.     year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;
        to 8 p.m., adding convenience at this well-run                                                                  FACILITIES
                                                                winter reservations advised. Registration: At           Number of Tent-only Sites: Undesignated sites.
        family operation.                                       office (hosts will come by site to collect money        Number of Multipurpose Sites: 85. Hookups:
        BASICS                                                  after hours). Fee: $23 (V, MC). Parking: At site.       Electric (20, 30, 50 amps), water. Each Site: Table,
        Operated By: Jerry & Frankie Cross. Open: All           FACILITIES                                              grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay
        year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;        Number of RV Sites: 159. Hookups: Electric              Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
        winter reservations advised. Registration: At           (30, 50 amps), water, sewer, phone (modem). Each        Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved,
        office. Fee: $17 tent,Winter rates $22–$24 RV,          Site: Table. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes.           good. RV Service: No. Market: Picacho Peak, 1
        corrals $5 per horse. Rates are seasonal, $15 dur-      Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:                 mi. Restaurant: Picacho Peak, 1 mi. General
        ing summer. (V, MC, D). Parking: At site.               Yes. Fuel: Across street. Propane: Yes. Internal        Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-
        FACILITIES                                              Roads: Paved, excellent. RV Service: No. Mar-           ground: Yes. Other: Small visitor center w/ gift
        Number of RV Sites: 70. Number of Tent-only             ket: Picacho Peak, 1 mi. Restaurant: Picacho Peak,      shop, some sheltered tables. Activities: Horseback
        Sites: 8. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps), water,       1 mi. General Store: No. Vending: Yes. Swim-            riding, hiking, bird & wildlife watching. No golf.
        sewer. Each Site: Table. Dump Station: Yes.             ming: Pool. Playground: No. Other: Rec room,            Nearby Attractions: Casa Grande Ruins,
        Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and            whirlpool, shuffleboard & volleyball courts, horse-     Catalina State Park, Saguaro National Park West.
        Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane: Yes. Internal         shoes, planned activities. Activities: Golf. No         Additional Information: Picacho SP (520) 466-
        Roads: Gravel, good. RV Service: No. Market:            horseback. Nearby Attractions: Picacho Peak SP,         3183 (602) 542-4174.
        Eloy, 4 mi. Restaurant: 4 mi. General Store: Yes.       Casa Grande Ruins. Additional Information:              RESTRICTIONS
        Vending: Yes. Swimming: Pool. Playground: Yes.          Picacho SP, (520) 466-3183.                             Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:
        Other: Hot tub, shuffleboard, dog walk, cabin, cor-     RESTRICTIONS                                            Allowed (except summer, when fire danger). Alco-
        rals. Activities: Hiking, outlet malls, golf nearby.    Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:       holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
        Nearby Attractions: Picacho Peak State Park,            Not allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed.              Length: None.
        Casa Grande Ruins, Sasco ghost town, Desert             Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
        Museum. Additional Information: Eloy Chamber
                                                                                                                        TO GET THERE
        of Commerce (520) 466-3411.
                                                                TO GET THERE                                            From I-10, take Exit 219, Picacho Peak Rd.
                                                                From I-10, get off at Exit 219 and go south 0.5
        RESTRICTIONS                                            mi. on frontage road.
        Pets: On leash only under owner’s control (horses                                                               PINETOP-LAKESIDE                          MAP, C3
        welcome). Fires: Fire pits in tent picnic areas only.                                                           Hawley Lake Resort
        Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maxi-              PICACHO                                 MAP, C-2
        mum Length: None.                                                                                               P.O. Box 448, Pinetop-Lakeside 85930.
                                                                 Picacho Peak State Park
                                                                                                                        T: (928) 335-7511.
        TO GET THERE                                            Picacho Peak Rd, Picacho 85241.
        From I-10 Picacho Exit (211A from Phoenix; 212          T: (520) 466-3183;                                      a ★★★★                       b n/a
        from Tucson), go 0.5–1 mi. on Frontage Rd.              www.azstateparks.com/parks/parkhtml/                    Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★★★★
                                                                picacho.html.                                           Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★★
                                                                                                                        Security: ★★★★★              Cleanliness: ★★★★★
         PICACHO                                 MAP, C-2       a ★★★★                       b ★★★★★
         Picacho Peak RV Resort                                                                                         Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★
                                                                Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★★★★★        Created in the 1950s by impounding Trout Creek,
        17065 East Peak Ln., Picacho 85245.                     Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★                300-acre Hawley Lake offers rustic waterfront
        T: (520) 466-7841.                                      Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★          camping on the lands of the White Mountain
                                                                Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★
        a ★★★★                       b n/a                                                                              Apache. Tall ponderosa pine trees, boulder-strewn
                                                                Picacho Peak, an ancient Hohokam Indian site, is a      meadows, small waterfalls, roadside fishing (requires
        Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★         colorful mixture of 22-million-year-old lava flows      daily White Mountain Apache permit), and good
        Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★                and sedimentary rock strata rich in saguaro, cacti,     lake views from many hillside campsites are among
        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★        grasses, and cottontail rabbits. Though it doesn’t      the attractions. Rainbow trout thrive in the lake,
        Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★★         have the swimming pools and amenities of the            though Apache, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout
        Often confused with Picacho Campground seven            nearby private campgrounds, Picacho Peak State          are also caught summer and winter (ice fishing).
        miles to the north, Picacho Peak RV Resort exudes       Park is the best place to experience the raw nature     Many prefer fall fishing when the browns come up
        a very different atmosphere. Though the sites are       of this historic area. The three loops are far enough   in the shallows. Wild turkey, deer, elk, and black
        attractively landscaped with medium-sized ocotillo,     back from the interstate that noise is not a prob-      bear make for good wildlife viewing and attract
        cacti, and trees, Picacho Peak RV Resort feels like     lem. The 14-site hookup loop closest to the peak        hunters. Be prepared for cold weather here, as at
        an upscale RV parking annex for the mobile home         and park entrance is literally just a paved parking     8,200-feet elevation, summer temperatures can
        park sharing the rear of the property. The benefit of   lot, albeit with a spectacular view and natural sur-    drop below freezing at night. The last two miles into
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            the lake are on a gravel road, and big vehicles should   Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first      tact stations. Fee: Winter rates: 2 weeks or less
            call ahead to make sure they can be accommodated.        served; reservations necessary. Registration: At        $30, long-term visitors $140 (Sep. 15–Apr. 15); $5 a
            BASICS                                                   office. Fee: $22 (V, MC). Parking: At site.             day during the summer. Season passes available for
            Operated By: White Mountain Apache Tribe.                FACILITIES                                              $50 (cash, check). Parking: At site.
            Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first       Number of RV Sites: 200. Hookups: Electric              FACILITIES
            served; reservations up to 1 year in advance. Reg-       (20, 30, 50 amps), water, sewer, satellite TV, phone.   Number of RV Sites: 2,000. Hookups: None;
            istration: At office in store. Fee: $8 regular site,     Each Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laun-       well water. Each Site: At least 15 ft. distance from
            $25 hookups (V, MC, debit cards). Parking: At site.      dry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and                neighbors. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No.
            FACILITIES                                               Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane: Yes. Internal         Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:
            Number of RV Sites: 100. Hookups: Electric               Roads: Gravel, well maintained. RV Service: No.         No showers. Fuel: No. Provided by contractors.
            (30 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Table, grill.        Market: Pinetop-Lakeside, 5 mi. Restaurant:             Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel, adequate.
            Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone:              Casino, across street. General Store: Yes. Vend-        RV Service: No. Market: Quartzsite, 1 mi.
            Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes.             ing: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes.                Restaurant: Quartzsite, 1 mi. General Store:
            Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel, good               Other: Rec hall, casino, conference center, handi-      No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground:
            (chains or 4WD required in winter). RV Service:          cap accessible facilities. Activities: Shuffleboard,    No. Other: Well water. Activities: Winter
            No. Market: Pinetop-Lakeside, 24 mi. Restau-             horseshoes, gambling, fishing, hunting, boating, win-   ranger presentations, gem show. Nearby Attrac-
            rant: Yes. General Store: Yes (summer only).             ter sports. Nearby Attractions: Lakes, forests.         tions: Colorado River, Gravel Pit, Q - Mountain.
            Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.               Additional Information: White Mountain                  Additional Information: Quartzsite Chamber
            Other: Marina, boat rentals, lodge, cabins, summer       Apache Tribe Office of Tourism, (520) 338-1230,         of Commerce, (520) 927-5600,
            home rentals. Activities: Boating, fishing, hunting,     www.wmat.nsn.us; Sunrise Park Resort, (520) 735-        www.quartzsitechamber.com.
            horseback riding, biking, backpacking, archery.          7600, www.sunriseskipark.com.                           RESTRICTIONS
            Nearby Attractions: Lakes, forest, casino. Addi-         RESTRICTIONS                                            Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:
            tional Information: White Mountain Apache                Pets: On leash only (requires prior approval; loud      Allowed (subject to posted rules). Alcoholic Bev-
            Tribe Office of Tourism, (520) 338-1230,                 barking not tolerated). Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic       erages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length:
            www.wmat.nsn.us.                                         Beverages: At site. Vehicle Maximum Length:             None.
            RESTRICTIONS                                             None.                                                   TO GET THERE
            Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:        TO GET THERE                                            From junction of I-10 and AZ 95 in Quartzsite,
            Allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed (drunk             From Pinetop-Lakeside go 5 mi. east on AZ 260           go south 1 mi. on AZ 95.
            driving laws strictly enforced). Vehicle Maximum         to junction w/ AZ 73.
            Length: No stated limit (but check w/ tribe before
            bringing in big vehicles).                                                                                       ROOSEVELT            MAP, C-2, C-3
                                                                     QUARTZSITE                               MAP, C-1       Cholla Recreation Site
            TO GET THERE
                                                                     La Posa LTVA
            From Pinetop-Lakeside, go 16 mi. southeast on                                                                    Tonto Basin Ranger District, HC02 Box 4800,
            AZ 260 and 8 mi. south on AZ 473.                        2555 Gila Ridge Rd., Quartzsite 85365.                  Roosevelt 85545.T: (928) 467-3200;
                                                                     T: (928) 317-3200; www.az.blm.gov.                      www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.

            PINETOP–LAKESIDE                          MAP, C3        a ★★                         b ★★★                      a ★★★                        b ★★★★★
            Hon-Dah RV Park                                          Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★         Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★★★★★
            777 AZ 260, Pinetop–Lakeside 85935.                      Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★                Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★★
            T: (928) 369-7400.                                       Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★          Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★★
                                                                     Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★             Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★
            a ★★★★                       b n/a
                                                                     Every winter Quartzsite’s few thousand permanent        The largest completely solar-powered campground
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★          residents are joined by 200,000 in RVs, and during      in the United States, Cholla Campground and
            Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★                 the giant Gemboree (gem show/flea market) the           Boating Site is located on the shores of central Ari-
            Security: ★★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★★         population surges into the millions before its          zona’s largest lake, Theodore Roosevelt Lake. Blue
            Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★           annual contraction back to almost nothing during        shelters make the campground look like a blue-
            A popular destination requiring advance reserva-         the scorching summer months. Hundreds of unof-          roofed village with solar panels amidst the tall
            tions, Hon-Dah RV Park is across the street from         ficial RV parks spring up to join the official ones.    saguaro, mesquite, and palo verde providing the
            Hon-Dah Casino’s 500 slot machines and offers            Literally any patch of desert along the roadsides       campsites a privacy barrier. The 13 tent-only sites
            ample amenities to those visiting the area for boat-     becomes RV habitat, though there is more security       farthest from the boat ramp on the steep slopes at
            ing, fishing, or winter skiing at nearby (20 miles)      in Long-Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) like La Posa,         the end of Christmas Cholla Loop and the five
            Sunrise Park Resort. The RV Park is in a wetlands        operated by the U.S. Dept. of Interior’s Bureau of      tent-only sites at Cane Cholla Loop on the slopes
            area bisected by Corduroy Creek. There are 140           Land Management (BLM). Besides La Posa, BLM             closer to the campground entrance have the best
            RV campsites south of the creek, and 58 reached          operates five smaller no-fee, 14-day limit camping      waterfront views. The gravel and sand campsites
            by crossing a bridge and going uphill to the north       areas (Plomosa Rd., Hi Jolly/MM112, Dome Rock           are flat, and many double sites are available for
            side of the creek. Though the RV Park is near            Mountain, Scaddan Wash, Road Runner/MM99)               those with multiple vehicles and big boats. For
            enough to the highway to hear the hum of passing         around Quartzsite. Though La Posa lacks RV park         those wanting a more primitive experience, head to
            traffic, tall pines and gravel roads make the camp-      amenities, it has the beauty of literally camping out   Indian Point on the northeast side of the lake or
            ground feel rustic, almost like camping in the           in the desert wherever you choose, provided it is       check out the sometimes crowded beach camping
            wilderness. For those who want their forests and         not too near another campsite (to reduce the dan-       nearby at Bachelor Cove or Cholla Cove.
            lake country with gambling and nighttime enter-          ger of a fire spreading).                               BASICS
            tainment, this is a friendly place to put down after     BASICS                                                  Operated By: U.S. Forest Service. Open: All year.
            a day of fishing or boating.                             Operated By: Bureau of Land Management.                 Site Assignment: First come, first served. Regis-
            BASICS                                                   Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first      tration: Kiosk or self-pay station. Fee: $10–$15
            Operated By: White Mountain Apache Tribe.                served. Registration: Brown brick entrance con-         (highest for double sites; half price for Golden Age
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        pass holders;V, MC). Parking: At site; separate          ater, fish-cleaning station, high- & low-water boat       mur of Oak Creek. Activities: Hiking, fishing,
        walk-in tent site parking near rest rooms.               ramps, day-use picnic sites, wheelchair accessible        swimming, mountain biking. Nearby Attractions:
        FACILITIES                                               sites. Activities: Boating, fishing. Nearby Attrac-       Oak Creek Canyon.
        Number of RV Sites: 188. Number of Tent-                 tions: Tonto National Monument, Roosevelt Dam,            RESTRICTIONS
        only Sites: 18. Hookups: None. Each Site: Shel-          Globe. Additional Information: Salt River Pro-            Pets: On leash only. Fires: In pit or grill only. Alco-
        tered table, grill, fire pit (most sites). Dump          ject (for water level information), (602) 236-3929,       holic Beverages: At sites only. Vehicle Maxi-
        Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest           www.srpnet., com; Roosevelt Lake Marina, (520)            mum Length: Larger than 24 ft. is not feasible,
        Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:               467-2245.                                                 due to a hairpin bend in the road.
        No. Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV Service:             RESTRICTIONS                                              TO GET THERE
        No. Market: Globe, 36 mi. Restaurant: Roo-               Pets: On leash only. Fires: Allowed (fires prohib-        Five mi. north of “Midgely Bridgely” at the north-
        sevelt, 5 mi. General Store: No. Vending: No.            ited when high winds). Alcoholic Beverages:               ernmost edge of town on AZ 89A.
        Swimming: Lake. Playground: Yes. Other: Boat             Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
        ramp, campfire circle, fish-cleaning station, picnic     TO GET THERE
        tables, barrier-free wheelchair accessibility. Activi-   From Globe take AZ 88/188 west for 25 mi., then           SHOW LOW                                  MAP, C-3
        ties: Boating, fishing, waterskiing. Nearby Attrac-      go east for 2 mi. on Frontage Rd. 82 at Windy             Fool Hollow Lake
        tions: Tonto National Monument, Roosevelt Dam,           Hill Recreation Site entrance sign.                       Recreation Area
        Globe, Payson.
        RESTRICTIONS                                                                                                       1500 North Fool Hollow Lake Rd., Show Low
        Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:         SEDONA                                   MAP, B-2        85901.T: (928) 537-3680; www.pr.state.az.us.
                                                                  Manzanita
        Not allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed.
                                                                                                                           a ★★★★★                       b ★★★★★
        Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
                                                                 2323 East Greenlaw Ln., Sedona 86004.
        TO GET THERE                                                                                                       Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
                                                                 T: (928) 527-3600 or (928) 282-4119;
        From Globe take AZ 88/188 west for 36 mi.                                                                          Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★★
                                                                 www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconano.
                                                                                                                           Security: ★★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★★
                                                                 a ★★                          b ★★★★                      Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★
         ROOSEVELT           MAP, C-2, C-3                                                                                 Established in 1991 as a partnership between the
                                                                 Beauty: ★★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★
         Windy Hill Recreation Site                                                                                        city of Show Low, the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona
                                                                 Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★★
                                                                 Security: ★                   Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                                                                           State Parks, and Arizona Game and Fish, Fool Hol-
        HC 02 Box 4800, Roosevelt 85545.
                                                                 Insect Control: ★             Facilities: ★
                                                                                                                           low provides RV campers with large cement pads
        T: (928) 467-3200; www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.
                                                                                                                           and hookups in four separate loops (Red Head,
                                                                 Charming, gorgeous, breathtaking, revitalizing—
        a ★★★                        b ★★★★                                                                                Mallard, Ruddy Duck, and Cinnamon Teal). Tent
                                                                 pick any superlative, they all fit. But so does “filled   campers have good lake views from their three sep-
        Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         quickly.” This campsite is a favorite in the well-        arate loops (Northern Harrier, Osprey, Bald Eagle).
        Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★                 traveled Oak Creek Canyon—and for good reason.            Pines, tall junipers, volcanic boulders, and jack rab-
        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          Striking red rock bursts out of the forested hills        bits contribute to the rustic feel. Show Low Creek
        Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★             above the creek, while rocky crags jut overhead.          feeds Fool Hollow Lake, which is stocked with rain-
        Often packed with local boaters on summer week-          The entire canyon is beautiful and, as one local res-     bow trout by Arizona Game and Fish. There is also
        ends, Windy Hill feels isolated because it is two        ident put it, “plum fulla history.” The campsites         a good chance of catching brown trout, large and
        miles from the main highway and the campsites            mostly string out along the creek, and these sites        small mouth bass, black crappie, and green sunfish.
        are widely dispersed among ten loops. Each loop          (along with 10 and 19 on the ends) are the most           Away from the water are 103 miles of hiking trails
        has its own trailheads and is named after a different    highly prized. The sites to avoid are 6 and 7 situ-       within 15 miles, and golf links in the rapidly subur-
        animal that might be seen in the area, such as           ated by the outhouse and up against the road.             banizing surrounding area.
        javelina, desert bighorn, gray fox, and coati. How-      Admittedly, this campsite is not for everyone, and
                                                                 the lack of services or the hairpin turn in the road      BASICS
        ever, watch out for the rattlesnake (which does not                                                                Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All
        have a loop named after it) here and in most other       that prohibits larger rigs may put off more than
                                                                                                                           year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.
        Arizona campgrounds. Double sites are big enough         one. (Those who do want full hookups or don’t
                                                                                                                           Registration: Self-pay station. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Fee:
        for a small beach party, packing in up to four cars,     want to negotiate that curve could press on down
                                                                                                                           $14 tent, $20 RV. Parking: At site.
        two boats, and 20 people. The level ground is good       AZ 89A to the lovely Rio Verde in Cottonwood.)
        for tenting, and abundant desert plants like palo        However, campers looking for a great base for out-        FACILITIES
                                                                 door activities or a really romantic nook should          Number of RV Sites: 92. Number of Tent-only
        verde, ocotillo, and mesquite between the camp-
                                                                 definitely try their luck at scoring one of these         Sites: 31. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps), water.
        sites add to the feeling of isolation and privacy.
                                                                 spots.                                                    Each Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laun-
        BASICS                                                                                                             dry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
        Operated By: U.S. Forest Service. Open: All year.        BASICS
                                                                                                                           Showers: Yes. Fuel: Show Low, 4 mi. Propane:
        Site Assignment: First come, first served; group         Operated By: Coconano National Forest Service.
                                                                                                                           No. Internal Roads: Paved, excellent. RV Ser-
        reservations. Registration: Self-pay fee machines.       Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first
                                                                                                                           vice: No. Market: Show Low, 4 mi. Restaurant:
        Fee: $10–$15 (V, MC; no checks). Parking: At site.       served. Registration: Pick a site, register w/ camp
                                                                                                                           Show Low, 4 mi. General Store: No. Vending:
                                                                 host. Fee: $16. Parking: At sites.
        FACILITIES                                                                                                         No. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes. Other:
        Number of RV Sites: 320. Number of Tent-                 FACILITIES                                                Boat ramps, fish-cleaning station, fishing docks, cov-
        only Sites: 27. Hookups: None. Each Site: Shel-          Number of RV Sites: 19. Hookups: None. Each               ered picnic tables w/ grills, wildlife island. Activi-
        tered table, grill (most sites). Dump Station: Yes       Site: Picnic table, concrete fire pit. Dump Sta-          ties: Boating, fishing, golf. Nearby Attractions:
        (5 mi. east). Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest          tion: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest                Lakes, forests, Mogollon Rim, Petrified Forest, Show
        Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:               Rooms and Showers: Pit toilets, no showers.               Low. Additional Information: Show Low Cham-
        No. Internal Roads: Gravel, good. RV Service:            Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.             ber of Commerce, (928) 527-3680.
        No. Market: Globe, 27 mi. Restaurant: Roosevelt,         RV Service: No. Market: No. Restaurant: No.
                                                                 General Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming:
                                                                                                                           RESTRICTIONS
        6 mi. General Store: No. Vending: No. Swim-                                                                        Pets: On leash only (not allowed on beaches or in
        ming: Lake. Playground: Yes. Other: Amphithe-            Creek. Playground: No. Other: Well water, mur-
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            buildings). Fires: Grill only; firewood sold. Alco-
            holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum               ST. JOHNS                                 MAP, B-3       TEMPLE BAR                                 MAP, A1
            Length: None.                                           Lyman Lake State Park                                    Temple Bar Resort
            TO GET THERE                                            P.O. Box 1428, St. Johns 85936.                          601 Nevada Hwy.,Temple Bar 89005.
            From junction of US 60 and AZ 260, go 2 mi.             T: (520) 337-4441; www.pr.state.az.us.                   T: (702) 293-8906; www.nps.gov/lame.
            west on AZ 260 and 1.5 mi. east on Old Linden
            Rd. to Fool Hollow Rd.                                  a ★★★★                       b ★★★★                      a ★★★                        b ★★★★
                                                                    Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
                                                                    Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★★               Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
            SHOW LOW              MAP, C-3
                                                                    Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★         Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★
            Show Low Lake County Park                               Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★           Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★
            Navajo County Parks and Recreation Dept.,               A favorite of local windsurfers and waterskiiers         On the Arizona side of Lake Mead, across yucca-
            Show Low 86025.T: (928) 537-4126;                       because of the lake’s smooth surface, boaters like       studded desert that yields to creosote bush inter-
            www.parksrec@navajo.az.us.                              6,000-foot-elevation Lyman Lake because it doesn’t       spersed with brown and black chunks of lava and
                                                                    have boat size and motor horsepower restrictions         white hills, Temple Bar is one of the most remote
            a ★★★                        b ★★★★                     (though there is a no-wake area near the fishing         designated campgrounds on Lake Mead. The Tem-
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★        dock). There is a self-guided petroglyph trail on        ple, a huge monolithic chunk of sandstone that
            Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★               Peninsula Point, as well as a ranger-guided weekend      glows brilliant orange at sunset, was an early land-
            Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★        boat trip to another petroglyph trail on the oppo-       mark for Mormon settlers and the site of placer
            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★          site side of the lake. Rangers also lead a summer        mining operations in the 1800s. The campground
                                                                    tour to fourteenth-century Rattlesnake Pueblo for        is a tightly packed cluster of sites beautifully land-
            Show Low Lake was formed when the Phelps
                                                                    those curious about the ancient Mogollon and             scaped with palms, oleander. and eucalyptus that
            Dodge Corporation built Show Low Dam as part
                                                                    Pueblo cultures formerly inhabiting this high plains     provide privacy. Gravel pads make for good tent
            of a water exchange agreement with the Salt River
                                                                    area. RV campers have 38 electrical and water            camping, and lake and mountain views are com-
            Project to supply water to its mining and metallur-
                                                                    hookup sites attractively separated by grass and         mon. The campground’s remoteness and isolation
            gical operations elsewhere in the state. Indeed, the
                                                                    aspen and juniper trees. Tent campers can opt out        are part of its beauty, and like the rest of Lake
            park land is leased from Phelps Dodge. Navajo
                                                                    of the designated sites altogether for more of a         Mead, the activities center around the water. There
            County recently issued a private vendor a special
                                                                    wilderness experience and camp along the shoreline       are 64 boat slips.
            permit to run the park and take campsite reserva-
                                                                    beaches of this 1,500-acre reservoir.                    BASICS
            tions. At 7,000-feet elevation in the White Moun-
            tains, the area makes a relatively cool summer          BASICS                                                   Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All
            retreat for Phoenix and the hot desert valleys.         Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All              year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.
            Show Low Lake is also a popular fishing spot for        year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;         Registration: Self-pay entrance fee station. Fee:
            trout, walleyes, bluegills, largemouth bass, and cat-   group reservations. Registration: At office. Fee:        $10. Parking: At site.
            fish. The large, crushed, brown volcanic gravel         $12–$19 (cash, check). Parking: At site.                 FACILITIES
            campsites are shaded by very tall pine trees. For       FACILITIES                                               Number of RV Sites: 166. Hookups: None.
            electric hookups request 25, 26, 28, 31, 32, 33, or     Number of RV Sites: 61. Number of Tent-only              Each Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laun-
            35. When the need for manmade necessities               Sites: Undesignated sites. Hookups: Electric (30         dry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
            strikes, the local Wal-Mart is only a mile away.        amps), water. Each Site: Table, fire pit. Dump           Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane: Yes. Internal
            BASICS                                                  Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest          Roads: Paved, good. RV Service: No. Market:
            Operated By: Recreation Resource Management             Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:               Boulder City, 60 mi. Restaurant: Temple Bar
            of America. Open: All year. Site Assignment:            No. Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV Service:             Resort. General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes.
            First come, first served; reservations available.       No. Market: St. Johns, 10 mi. Restaurant: No.            Swimming: Lake. Playground: No. Other:
            Registration: Store (adjacent host trailer when         General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming:              Wheelchair-accessible sites, boat ramp, row boat
            store is closed). Fee: $12–$18. Parking: At site.       Lake. Playground: No. Other: Boat ramp, fish-            rentals, motel, landing strip. Activities: Boating,
                                                                    cleaning station, sheltered picnic tables, tourna-       fishing. Nearby Attractions: Lake Mead, Hoover
            FACILITIES
                                                                    ment-grade water ski slalom course, petroglyph           Dam, Las Vegas. Additional Information: Temple
            Number of RV Sites: 73. Hookups: Electric (30
                                                                    trails, yurts available for rent. Activities: Fishing,   Bar Resort (Seven Crowns), (800) 752-9669 or
            amps). Each Site: Table, fire pit. Dump Station:
                                                                    boating, water sports, volleyball, horseshoes.           (520) 767-3211.
            Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms
                                                                    Nearby Attractions: Sunrise Ski Area,White               RESTRICTIONS
            and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Wal-Mart, 1 mi.
                                                                    Mountains, Petrified Forest, Navajo Reservation,         Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:
            Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel, good. RV
                                                                    Indian Ruins. Additional Information: St. Johns          Allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle
            Service: No. Market: Show Low, 1 mi. Restau-
                                                                    Regional Chamber of Commerce, (928) 337-4441.            Maximum Length: None.
            rant: Show Low, 1 mi. General Store: Yes. Vend-
            ing: Yes. Swimming: Lake. Playground: Yes.              RESTRICTIONS                                             TO GET THERE
            Other: Boat ramp, boat rental, visitor center.          Pets: On leash only. Fires: Not permitted. Alco-         From Hoover Dam go 19 mi. southeast on US 93
            Activities: Boating, fishing. Nearby Attractions:       holic Beverages: Allowed (provided quiet hours           and turn northeast on Temple Bar Rd. for 28 mi.
            Lakes, forests, Mogollon Rim, Petrified Forest.         observed). Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
            Additional Information: Show Low Chamber of             TO GET THERE
            Commerce, (520) 537-2326.                               From St. Johns go 11 mi. south on the combined
            RESTRICTIONS                                            US 191/180.
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Allowed (firewood
            sold). Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle
            Maximum Length: None.
            TO GET THERE
            From Show Low go 6 mi. south on AZ 260.
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        150      ARIZONA         Tombstone

                                                                                                                            Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★
         TOMBSTONE                                 MAP, D-3        a ★★★                        b ★★                        Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★
         Wells Fargo RV Park                                       Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★           Just east of Canyon de Chelly at 7,200-feet eleva-
        Box 1076,Tombstone 85638.T: (520) 457-3966                 Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★                 tion, Wheatfields Lake is a relatively uncrowded
        or (800) 269-8266; si-systems.com/wellsfargorv.            Security: ★★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★          place to catch cutthroat and rainbow trout, though
                                                                   Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★           a fishing permit first needs to be obtained from
        a ★★★                         b ★★★                        At Canyon Lake, 17 miles north of Apache Junc-           Navajo Fish & Wildlife (call (520) 871-6451) in
        Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★★          tion, a gated kiosk and steel fence encloses Laguna      Window Rock. Unlike Camp Asaayi Campground
        Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★★                 Beach Campground, a lakeside stretch of parking          at Asaayi Lake where the terrain mitigates against
        Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★           lot and grassy campsites (ten hookups) within            RVs, smaller vehicles can squeeze into Wheatfields
        Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★★            Canyon Lake Marina. The Marina prides itself on          Lake when the weather is favorable. If the beer cans
                                                                   round-the-clock security and being “a gated com-         left behind by those not observing the tribal prohi-
        Though at the edge of Tombstone’s historic board-
                                                                   munity with the lake as one border and steel fenc-       bition on alcohol are too much of an eyesore while
        walk, Wells Fargo RV Park becomes almost as quiet
                                                                   ing preventing land access.” Campers must adhere         shoreline fishing near the roadside, the other side of
        as a tomb at night, as this once brawling, saloon-
                                                                   to strict rules, like no fishing around the boat dock    the lake can be reached by vehicle, and a boat can
        and brothel-filled frontier mining town now shuts
                                                                   or restaurant without a Marina member. Jet skies,        be launched from the base of the Chuska Moun-
        down at sundown. Some claim to hear ghosts at
                                                                   mini-bikes, boats, and trailers are among the items      tains. The campground gets plenty of shade from
        night, but usually the only commotion at this tree-
                                                                   banned from the campground, though they can be           tall ponderosa pines, though with port-a-potties
        lined campground is dogs in a howling frenzy as
                                                                   left in the parking lot on the other side of the steel   this is a primitive spot in a rural area where careful
        deer and javelina strolling through like they own
                                                                   fence or stored for a fee. Getting to this maximum       driving is advised to avoid hitting horses grazing
        the place. Wells Fargo’s year-round residents are
                                                                   security campground is a scenic ordeal via a slow        too close to the road.
        mostly a friendly group, and many work at local
                                                                   twisting mountain road with one-lane bridges for         BASICS
        establishments like Big Nose Kate’s Saloon. Next
                                                                   added adventure. If this sounds like too much of         Operated By: Navajo Nation. Open: All year.
        door is what locals call the best breakfast place in
                                                                   an ordeal, there is always Roosevelt Lake.               Site Assignment: First come, first served. Regis-
        town, the O.K. Cafe, which also charbroils emu,
        ostrich, and buffalo burgers. It’s “just a biscuit sling   BASICS                                                   tration: Camping permits at office. Fee: $5 per
        from the O.K. Corral,” where Doc Holliday joined           Operated By: Canyon Lake Marina. Open: All               person. Parking: At site.
        Wyatt and the Earp brothers for the famous                 year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;         FACILITIES
        shootout with the Clanton and McLaury families.            reservations recommended (no refund on cancella-         Number of RV Sites: 25. Hookups: None. Each
                                                                   tion of reservation made 60 days in advance or for       Site: Table, grill. Dump Station: No. Laundry:
        BASICS
                                                                   a Fri.). Registration: At office. Fee: $18–$30 tent;     No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers:
        Operated By: Joe & Buff Huntsman. Open: All
                                                                   $18–$30 RV (V, MC,AE, DC). Parking: At site.             No showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
        year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;
        reservations advised Dec. 26–Mem. Day. Registra-           FACILITIES                                               Roads: Dirt, bumpy. RV Service: No. Market:
        tion: At office. Fee: Call campground for rates.           Number of RV Sites: 27. Number of Tent-only              Window Rock, 43 mi. Restaurant: Window Rock,
        Parking: At site.                                          Sites: 19. Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water.           43 mi. General Store: No. Vending: No. Swim-
                                                                   Each Site: Table, fire ring. Dump Station: Yes.          ming: Lake. Playground: Yes. Other: Fishing in
        FACILITIES                                                                                                          lake. Activities: Fishing, boating. Nearby Attrac-
                                                                   Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
        Number of RV Sites: 71. Number of Tent-only
                                                                   Showers: Yes. Fuel: No (boat fuel only).                 tions: Canyon de Chelly,Window Rock. Addi-
        Sites: 5. Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps), water,
                                                                   Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved, good. RV             tional Information: Navajo Nation Tourism
        sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Table, cement pad.
                                                                   Service: No. Market: Apache Junction, 17 mi.             Dept., (520) 871-6436.
        Dump Station: No. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone:
                                                                   Restaurant: Marina, adjacent. General Store:             RESTRICTIONS
        Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.
                                                                   No. Vending: No. Swimming: Lake. Playground:             Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:
        Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel, good. RV
                                                                   Under construction. Other: Storage, boat & slip          Allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Not permitted
        Service: No. Market: Bisbee, 19 mi. Restaurant:
                                                                   rentals. Activities: Boating, fishing, steamboat ride.   on Navajo Reservation. Vehicle Maximum
        Tombstone, next door. General Store: No. Vend-
                                                                   Nearby Attractions: Roosevelt Lake,Tonto                 Length: 20 ft.
        ing: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. .
                                                                   National Monument, parks. Additional Informa-
        Activities: 2 p.m. daily O.K. Corral shootout.                                                                      TO GET THERE
                                                                   tion: Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce,
        Nearby Attractions: O.K. Corral,Tombstone                                                                           From Window Rock, go 43 mi. north on Indian
                                                                   (800) 252-3141 or (602) 982-3141.
        Courthouse State Park, Bird Cage Theatre, Bisbee.                                                                   Hwy. 12.
        Additional Information: Tombstone Chamber                  RESTRICTIONS
        of Commerce, (520) 457-9317 or (888) 457-3929,             Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire ring only. Alcoholic
        www.tombstone.org.                                         Beverages: Allowed (glass containers prohibited;         TUCSON                                   MAP, D-2

        RESTRICTIONS                                               $50 bottle fine). Vehicle Maximum Length: 40 ft.         Catalina State Park
        Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:          TO GET THERE                                             Oracle Rd.,Tucson 85740.T: (520) 628-5798;
        Not allowed, depends on season & conditions.               From Apache Junction, go northeast 17 mi. on             www.pr.state.az.us.
        Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maxi-                AZ 88 (Apache Trail).
        mum Length: 30 ft.                                                                                                  a ★★★★                       b ★★★★★
        TO GET THERE                                               TSAILE                                    MAP, A-3       Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
        From junction of US 80 and AZ 82, go 3 mi.                                                                          Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                   Wheatfields Lake
        south on US 80.                                                                                                     Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                   2520 Window Rock Navajo Nation,Tsaile                    Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★
                                                                   86515.T: (928) 871-6645 or (928) 871-7307.
         TORTILLA FLAT                             MAP, C-2                                                                 Big patches of mesquite ensure privacy at Catalina
         Canyon Lake Marina                                        a ★★                         b ★★★★                      State Park, where the smallest campsite length is 55
                                                                                                                            feet and half the sites have hookups. Ten years ago
        18802 NE AZ 88,Tortilla Flat 85278.                        Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         this Santa Catalina Mountains desert foothill cattle
        T: (602) 944-6504; azcanyonlake@yahoo.com.                 Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★★               ranching area was considered remote. Now Tanger-
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            ine Rd. between I-10 and the park and the whole           County–run park two blocks north, is popular            Hwy.). This large, looping Pima County camp-
            Oro Valley is filling up with subdivisions for retirees   with kids and an easy walk from Crazy Horse.            ground in Tucson Mountain Park is as close as
            and aerospace engineers commuting to Tucson.              Most sites are pull-through, mostly 24-feet wide        camping gets to Saguaro National Park West with-
            Park roads run through a floodplain with flat ridges      and accommodating vehicles up to 45 feet in             out backpacking. Though there are hookups, the
            that provided the ancient Hohokams a home with            length (one site accommodates a 60-foot vehicle).       campground has few other amenities besides news-
            water. When Sutherland Wash, the key floodplain           The attractive oleander, mesquite and agave land-       paper machines and a large recycling area. Campers
            drainage, becomes impossible to cross, access to          scaping is concentrated around the front of the         here are mostly self-sufficient types whose idea of
            hiking trails and Romero Ruins is blocked, though         campground. For more amenities and the feel of a        amenities is an undeveloped landscape with
            the campground is still reachable. From January           small luxury city, the adult-oriented Voyager RV        saguaro-studded mountains. Kinney, Gates Pass,
            through April, Tucson’s peak season, morning              Resort a few miles down the road is a good alterna-     and McCain Loop Rds. have roller coaster–like ups
            arrivals snag all the campsites by noon. Afternoon        tive. Cochise Terrace in Benson should also be con-     and downs near Gilbert Ray, and numerous road-
            arrivals (overflow) are typically sent to either          sidered if the objective is establishing a base camp    side pullouts double as trailheads for traversing
            Gilbert Ray Campground or Picacho Peak State              near Tucson for exploring places like Tombstone         saguaro-rich Tucson Mountain Park.
            Park. Plans call for alleviating winter-use pressures     and Bisbee.                                             BASICS
            by adding 75 campsites with electric hookups.             BASICS                                                  Operated By: Pima County Parks & Recreation.
            BASICS                                                    Operated By: Frank & Billie Anne Weingart.              Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first
            Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All               Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come,            served. Registration: Self-pay station. Fee: $7
            year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;          first served; reservations accepted seasonally          tent; $12 RV (cash, check). Parking: At site.
            group reservations required. Registration: Self-          (nonrefundable fee for confirmation by mail). Reg-      FACILITIES
            pay station. Fee: $6, day use; $12, non-electric; $19,    istration: At office. Fee: $19–$21 (V, MC). Park-       Number of RV Sites: 130. Number of Tent-
            electric & water (cash, check). Parking: At site.         ing: At site.                                           only Sites: 5. Hookups: Electric (30 amps),
            FACILITIES                                                FACILITIES                                              water, sewer. Each Site: Table, grill. Dump Sta-
            Number of RV Sites: 48. Hookups: Electric (20,            Number of RV Sites: 154. Hookups: Electric              tion: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest
            30, 50 amps), water. Each Site: Table, grill. Dump        (20, 30, 50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV; phone        Rooms and Showers: No showers. Fuel: No.
            Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest           available on request at most sites. Each Site:          Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved, excellent.
            Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:                Table, most sites. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:          RV Service: No. Market: Tucson Estates, 5 mi.
            No. Internal Roads: Paved, good condition. RV             Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Show-               Restaurant: Tucson Estates, 5 mi. General
            Service: Yes. Market: Oro Valley, 2 mi. Restau-           ers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal              Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-
            rant: Oro Valley, 2 mi. General Store: No. Vend-          Roads: Paved, good (main road only). RV Service:        ground: No. Other: Sheltered tables, recycling
            ing: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: No.                   No. Market: No. Restaurant: No. General                 station. Activities: Rifle range, archery, horseback
            Other: Romero Ruin Hohokam Indian archaeologi-            Store: No. Vending: Soft drinks. Swimming:              riding, biking. Nearby Attractions: Old Tucson
            cal site. Mountain biking, hiking. Activities: Horse-     Pool. Playground: No, but w/in walking distance.        Studios,Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Saguaro
            back riding, bird-watching, mountain biking, hiking,      Other: Dog walk, rec hall. Activities: Golf, horse-     National Park West. Additional Information:
            golf. Nearby Attractions: Santa Catalina Moun-            back riding. Nearby Attractions: Pima Air &             Friends of Saguaro National Park, (520) 622-1080,
            tains, Coronado National Forest, Biosphere 2,             Space Museum, Saguaro National Park East, Colos-        www.friendsofsaguaro.org.
            Observatory, Museums. Additional Information:             sal Cave, Kartchner Caverns, Museums,Tucson.            RESTRICTIONS
            Santa Catalina Ranger District, (520) 749-8700.           Additional Information: Tucson CVB, (800)               Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:
            RESTRICTIONS                                              638-8350, www.visittucson.org.                          Charcoal only in grills only; no wood fires. Alco-
            Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:         RESTRICTIONS                                            holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
            Allowed (charcoal only; no wood fires, except 1           Pets: On leash under owner’s control. Fires: Only       Length: 30 ft.
            campfire pit in group area). Alcoholic Beverages:         in grills. Alcoholic Beverages: Not permitted.          TO GET THERE
            Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: 136 ft.                  Vehicle Maximum Length: 60 ft.                          From intersection of W. Gates Pass & Kinney
            TO GET THERE                                              TO GET THERE                                            Rds., go northwest to McCain Loop Rd.
            Go 9 mi. north of Tucson on AZ 77 (Oracle Rd.)            Take Exit 268 from I-10 and go north on South
            to mi. marker 81.                                         Craycroft Rd.
                                                                                                                              TUCSON                                  MAP, D-2
                                                                                                                              Voyager RV Resort
            TUCSON               MAP, D-2                             TUCSON                 MAP, D-2
                                                                                                                              8701 South Kolb Rd.,Tucson 85706.
            Crazy Horse Campground                                    Gilbert Ray Campground
                                                                                                                              T: (520) 574-5000 or (800) 424-9191;
            and RV Park                                               1204 West Silverlake Rd.,Tucson 85713.                  www.voyagerrv.com.
                                                                      T: (520) 740-5830 or(520) 883-4200.
            6660 South Craycroft Rd.,Tucson 85706.                                                                            a ★★★★★                     b n/a
            T: (520) 574-0157 or (800) 279-6279;                      a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
            www.crazyhorserv.com.                                                                                             Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                      Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★         Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★
            a ★★★★                        b ★★★                       Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★                Security: ★★★★★              Cleanliness: ★★★★★
            Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★          Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          Insect Control: ★★★★★        Facilities: ★★★★★
            Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                 Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★              Tucson’s largest RV resort opened in 1984 with
            Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★           A favorite of many for its low cost and location west   37,000 square feet of enclosed recreational space,
            Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★            of Tucson near Saguaro National Park West and the       including special crafts rooms for stained glass,
            Far enough back from I-10 to be quiet and near            Desert Museum, Gilbert Ray’s river gravel sites are a   lapidary, ceramics, and silver. With its own bank
            enough a truck stop to have a gas station, mini-          particularly convenient stopping place when driv-       branch, restaurant, travel desk, store, and other
            mart, and restaurant next door, Crazy Horse is            ing from Ajo or Organ Pipe Cactus National Mon-         facilities, Voyager has the feel of a small self-
            especially attractive to families with children.          ument through the Tohono O’odham Indian                 contained city. Streets are numbered 1–18, and
            Thomas Jay Littletown Park, a quiet Pima                  Reservation en route to Tucson on AZ 86 (Ajo            then skip by tens from 20–50 for the pull-through
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        152     ARIZONA        Tumacacori

        area surrounding the recreational facilities. Though   (admittedly the slow season this far south), De         home park to near the front of the park for pool,
        daily RV rentals are welcome, the orientation is       Anza had one customer while the funkier Moun-           laundry, and snack bar convenience. Sunday morn-
        adult, like many southern Arizona RV parks cater-      tain View was packed with RVs. Tents are prohib-        ings the snack bar serves up free coffee with break-
        ing to snowbird retirees. Except during summer,        ited, as are noisy trucks, cars, and motorcycles.       fast, and home-made soups and sandwiches top off
        when kids are welcome, families with children will     Noise from trucks traversing the adjacent highway       the lunch menu. The action here includes Monday
        do better at the more child- and family-oriented       linking Tucson and Mexico might bother some             night football on a big screen TV, pot lucks, card
        Crazy Horse Campground. Since the fees are             people, but inside the clubhouse, library, and other    games, Friday night bingo, and darts.
        higher here, commensurate with the myriad of           facilities it should not be a problem.                  BASICS
        recreation options, Voyager is best thought of as a    BASICS                                                  Operated By: Esther Geisman. Open: All year.
        destination resort. But Voyager also works well as     Operated By: De Anza Trails. Open: All year.            Site Assignment: First come, first served; winter
        a luxury tourism base for exploring Tucson and         Site Assignment: First come, first served; reser-       reservations advised. Registration: In office. Fee:
        southeastern Arizona.                                  vations accepted (payment in full; 30-days notice       $16 tent, $17–$21 RV (V, MC, D,AE). Parking: At
        BASICS                                                 for 90% refund, otherwise “No refunds!! No              site.
        Operated By: Ike & Blanche Issacson. Open: All         exceptions!!”). Registration: Self-pay entrance fee     FACILITIES
        year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.       station. Fee: $25 (V, MC). Parking: At site.            Number of Tent-only Sites: Undesignated sites.
        Registration: Self-pay entrance fee station. Fee:      FACILITIES                                              Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps), water, sewer, cable
        $28–$40, depending on time of year (V, MC, D).         Number of RV Sites: 82. Hookups: Electric (20,          TV, phone. Each Site: Table. Dump Station: Yes.
        Parking: At site.                                      30, 50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV, phone. Each       Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
        FACILITIES                                             Site: Pole lights. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:          Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal
        Number of RV Sites: 1,576. Hookups: Electric           Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:            Roads: Gravel, good condition. RV Service: No.
        (20, 30, 50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV, phone.      Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:             Market: Green Valley, 15 mi. Restaurant: No.
        Each Site: Paved, table. Dump Station: Yes.            Paved, excellent. RV Service: No. Market: Green         General Store: Yes. Vending: Soft drink. Swim-
        Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and           Valley, 15 mi. Restaurant: Tumacacori, seasonal         ming: Yes. Playground: No. Other: Dog walk,
        Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane: Yes. Internal        coffeeshop on premises. General Store: Yes.             rental cabins. Activities: Shuffleboard, golf, boating,
        Roads: Paved, excellent. RV Service: Yes. Mar-         Vending: Yes. Swimming: Indoor pool. Play-              fishing. Nearby Attractions: Tubac State Park, Pre-
        ket: Yes. Restaurant: Yes. General Store: Yes.         ground: No. Other: Pet walk, jacuzzi, rec center,       sidio State Park,Tumacacori National Monument,
        Vending: Yes. Swimming: Pool. Playground: No.          library, exercise/weight room, modem access.            Madera Canyon, Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge,
        Other: Bocce, tennis, basketball & volleyball          Activities: Cards, billiards, golf, boating, fishing.   Native American casinos, museums, copper mine
        courts, mini-golf & 9-hole courses, exercise, poker,   Nearby Attractions: Missions,Tubac Presidio,            tour, 30 mi. from Mexico. Additional Informa-
        computer, crafts rooms, ballroom, library, beauti-     Madera Canyon, Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge,            tion: Green Valley Chamber of Commerce, (520)
        cian, whirlpool, pet walk, pet grooming. Activities:   museums, copper mine tour. Additional Informa-          625-7575, (800) 858-5872, sraney@concentric.net.
        Golf, shuffleboard, billiards. Nearby Attractions:     tion: Green Valley Chamber of Commerce, (520)           RESTRICTIONS
        Pima Air & Space Museum, Saguaro National Park         625-7575, (800) 858-5872, sraney@concentric.net.        Pets: On leash only. Fires: In designated area only.
        East, Colossal Cave, Kartchner Caverns,museums.        RESTRICTIONS                                            Only during summer. Alcoholic Beverages:
        Additional Information: Tucson CVB, (800)              Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:       Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
        638-8350, www.visittucson.org.                         Allowed (limited). Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed.        TO GET THERE
        RESTRICTIONS                                           Vehicle Maximum Length: 50 ft.                          From I-19 south of Green Valley, take Amado Exit
        Pets: Not permitted. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic         TO GET THERE                                            48 South or 42 North.
        Beverages: At sites only. Vehicle Maximum              From I-19 south of Green Valley, take Exit 48
        Length: None.                                          (Arivaca Junction) and go south 2 mi. on frontage
        TO GET THERE                                           road.                                                   WENDEN                                    MAP, C-1
        From I-10 Exit 270 go 0.5 mi. south on Kolb Rd.                                                                Alamo Lake State Park

                                                                TUMACACORI                              MAP, D-2
                                                                                                                       P.O. Box 38,Wenden 85357.T: (928) 669-2088;
         TUMACACORI                                                                                                    www.pr.state.az.us.
                                  MAP, D-2                      Mountain View RV Ranch
         De Anza Trails RV Resort
                                                               HCR 65 Box 380,Tumacacori 85640.                        a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
        HC 65 Box 381,Tumacacori 85640.                        T: (520) 398-9401; www.mtviewrvranch.com.               Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
        T: (520) 398-8628 or (866) 332-6022;                                                                           Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★
        www.deanzatrailsrvresort.com.                          a ★★★                        b ★★
                                                                                                                       Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                               Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★          Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★
        a ★★★                       b n/a
                                                               Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★                 Nestled amongst saguaros and ocotillos where wild
        Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★         Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★           burros roam and golden and bald eagles soar in the
        Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★               Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★★★           Bill Williams River Valley, bass-filled Alamo Lake
        Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★         Along the highway linking Tucson with Nogales,          has a collection of eight developed and primitive
        Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★★★★          Mexico, a brick wall separates Mountain View RV         camping areas on widely separated loops. The sec-
        A collection of mundane RV parking spaces pack-        Ranch from the newer De Anza Trails RV Resort           tion of camping area A nearest the general store,
        aged with an impressive array of amenities, includ-    next door. A loyal coterie of supporters keeps          sheltered picnic tables, and ranger station has 19
        ing an indoor pool and weight room, De Anza            Mountain View humming year-round, even during           coveted sites with electric and water hookups.
        Trails offers 50 amp electric power, unlike Moun-      the summer slow season when many other nearby           Camping areas A and B have sites with paved pads
        tain View next door. However, De Anza falls short      RV parks look like deserted ghost towns. The virtu-     topped with a pebble layer, and are popular for
        in parking convenience, as its spaces are all back-    ally unlimited vehicle length and 49 40-ft. wide        both RVs and tents. Camping area C off Cholla
        ins and require a security guard to supervise place-   pull-through spaces accommodating slide-outs is         Rd. also has hookups, though those willing to
        ment, in contrast to Mountain View’s pull-through      one reason for Mountain View’s popularity. Tent         trade hookups for maximum privacy and beauty
        sites. Higher prices than the RV park next door        campers can choose their spot anywhere along a          should continue down Cholla Rd. towards the
        have not helped, and on a recent summer day            grass strip extending from the small rear mobile        lakeshore and camping areas D and E. Though far-
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            thest from the showers, store, and other amenities,    FACILITIES                                              Showers: Yes. Fuel: Shell Station across street.
            camping area E, which has portable rest rooms and      Number of RV Sites: 52. Hookups: Electric (30           Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-
            picnic tables because it is sometimes underwater, is   amps), water, sewer, phone. Each Site: Table,           vice: 0.25 mi. Market: Wickenburg, 1 mi. Restau-
            best situated to enjoy beautiful lake views.           bench, fire ring (only at designated areas). Dump       rant: Wickenburg, 1 mi. General Store: Yes.
            BASICS                                                 Station: No. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: No. Rest          Vending: Soft drinks. Swimming: No. Play-
            Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All            Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:              ground: No. Other: Open & covered pens for
            year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.       No. Internal Roads: Gravel, good. RV Service:           horses w/ water & heating, dog walk, horseshoes,
            Registration: Self-pay entrance fee station. Fee:      No. Market: No. Restaurant: No. General                 adjacent BLM trails, round training pen, 110 mi. of
            $10–$19 (cash, check). Parking: At site.               Store: Yes. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-            horse trails,ATVs. Activities: Horseback riding,
                                                                   ground: No. Other: Clubhouse, exercise room,            crafts, barbecue, bingo, video rental, gambling,ATVs,
            FACILITIES                                             picnic area w/ fire ring. Activities: Lake, 40 mi.      potluck. Nearby Attractions: Ghost towns,
            Number of Multipurpose Sites: 250.                                                                             Grand Canyon, antique stores, team penning, trail
                                                                   away. Nearby Attractions: Alamo Lake State
            Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water. Each Site:                                                                 rides, museums, Phoenix, Prescott. Additional
                                                                   Park, Quartzsite. Additional Information:
            Table, grill, fire ring. Dump Station: Yes. Laun-                                                              Information: Wickenburg Chamber of Com-
                                                                   McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce, (520)
            dry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and                                                                       merce, (928) 684-5479.
                                                                   859-3846.
            Showers: Yes. Fuel: Yes. Propane: No. Internal
            Roads: Paved or pebbly, good condition. RV Ser-        RESTRICTIONS                                            RESTRICTIONS
            vice: No. Market: No. Restaurant: No. General          Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. (Small       Pets: Dogs on leash only (horses welcome). No
            Store: Yes. Vending: Soft drinks. Swimming: Yes,       dogs only.) Fires: In designated areas only. Alco-      attack dogs. Fires: Allowed. Alcoholic Bever-
            Lake. Playground: Yes. Other: Boat ramps, fish-        holic Beverages: Not permitted. Vehicle Maxi-           ages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length:
            cleaning & battery recharge station. Activities:       mum Length: None.                                       None.
            Mountain biking, fishing, boating. Nearby Attrac-      TO GET THERE                                            TO GET THERE
            tions: Desert. Additional Information: Alamo           From Wenden go 3 mi. east on US 60.                     From junction of US 60 and 89/93 in Wicken-
            Lake Store (boat rental), (520) 925-0133.                                                                      burg, go east 2 mi. on US 60 to milepost 112.5.
            RESTRICTIONS
                                                                   WICKENBURG                               MAP, C-2
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire ring only. Alco-
                                                                   Horspitality RV Park                                    WIKIEUP                 MAP, B-1
            holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
                                                                   and Boarding Stable                                     Burro Creek Recreation Site
            Length: None.
            TO GET THERE                                                                                                   2475 Beverly Ave.,Wikieup 86401.
                                                                   51802 US 60,Wickenburg 85390.
            From US 60 in Wenden, go 38 mi. north on                                                                       T: (928) 692-4400.
                                                                   T: (928) 684-2519.
            Alamo Dam Access Rd.
                                                                   a ★★★                        b n/a                      a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
                                                                                                                           Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
            WENDEN                                  MAP, C-1
                                                                   Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★
                                                                                                                           Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                   Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
            Morenga Palms RV Park                                                                                          Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                   Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                                                                           Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★
            P.O. Box 68,Wenden 85357.T: (928) 859-3722.            Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★★★
                                                                                                                           Nine miles north of the town of Nothing and near
            a ★★★★                      b ★★                       Founded by German immigrant Henry Wicken-
                                                                                                                           old copper mining towns like Baghdad, Burro
                                                                   burg after the discovery of gold at the Vulture
            Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★                                                                 Creek Recreation Site is seemingly in the middle of
                                                                   Mine in 1863, Wickenburg sprang into existence
            Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★★                                                                      nowhere, though it is just off US 93, the main
                                                                   60 miles northwest of Phoenix with the motto
            Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★★                                                                artery linking Phoenix and Las Vegas, Nevada.
                                                                   “Horses have the right of way on all Wickenburg
            Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★                                                                    Many regulars come back here every year because it
                                                                   streets.” Though horses no longer wander the
                                                                                                                           is such a good place to just sit and relax, with little
            During the five-month winter season, this small        streets of this crossroads town of motels and restau-
                                                                                                                           else to do besides hiking along the tree-lined creek
            RV park is filled by regulars from around the coun-    rants, Horspitality RV Park continues the tradition
                                                                                                                           and looking for the blue and purple agates and
            try and Canada, some of whom have been coming          of catering to horses with a boarding stable with 65
                                                                                                                           Apache tears that endear the area to rock hounds.
            here for over a decade to form part of a small com-    horse pens. Horspitality also borders BLM land
                                                                                                                           Day use of the park is free, including the solar-
            munity that gathers for evening cocktails while        with miles of trails for horses, hikers, and ATVs.
                                                                                                                           lighted rest rooms and the ample picnic area sur-
            watching the sunset from the clubhouse porch           There is no general store, but major chain stores
                                                                                                                           rounded by saguaros and mesquite. The small
            before evening games commence. During the hot          and markets are within a mile of the RV park.
                                                                                                                           cactus garden is a good introduction to desert
            summer, when there is space for tent campers to        Palms and deciduous trees add to the country
                                                                                                                           botany and nesting desert pack rats. Fishing in the
            plug into the electric hookups left behind by          ambience, and some residents settle in for the win-
                                                                                                                           year-round water pools is taboo, as the Sonoran
            migrating snowbirds, the surrounding fields are        ter by spreading Astroturf on their concrete porch
                                                                                                                           suckers and roundtail chubb are endangered. Bird
            growing cotton, cantaloupes, watermelons, and a        pads. All in all, a friendly stop for those who don’t
                                                                                                                           watchers can spot great blue herons and bald eagles.
            variety of fruit and vegetables for the Delmonte       want to leave their horses at home.
            cannery. Parker and the Colorado River recreation      BASICS                                                  BASICS
            is 64 miles to the north, but Alamo Lake State Park                                                            Operated By: Bureau of Land Management.
                                                                   Operated By: Jan & Paul Sullivan. Open: All year.
            is within about 30 miles. Wickenburg’s bowling                                                                 Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first
                                                                   Site Assignment: First come, first served; reserva-
            alley and many restaurants are 46 miles to the west.                                                           served; group site reservations. Registration: Self-
                                                                   tions advised. Registration: At office, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
            All in all, a small isolated gem of a stopping place                                                           pay fee station. Fee: $10 (cash, check). Parking: At
                                                                   Night registration available. Fee: $16–$26 (cash,
            for those venturing into the Arizona outback.                                                                  site.
                                                                   check). Parking: At site.
            BASICS                                                 FACILITIES                                              FACILITIES
            Operated By: Dorothy & Bruce O’Hara. Open:                                                                     Number of RV Sites: 30. Hookups: None. Each
                                                                   Number of Tent-only Sites: 15. Number of
            Closed during summer. Site Assignment: Winter                                                                  Site: Table, fire ring. Dump Station: Yes. Laun-
                                                                   Multipurpose Sites: 101. Hookups: Electric (15,
            reservations advised. Registration: At office. Fee:                                                            dry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and
                                                                   30 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: cement pad,
            $18 plus tax. Parking: At site.                                                                                Showers: No showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No.
                                                                   table. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay
                                                                                                                           Internal Roads: Gravel, good. RV Service: No.
                                                                   Phone: Yes w/ data ports. Rest Rooms and
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        154     ARIZONA        Winslow

        Market: Wickenburg, 60 mi. Restaurant: Wicken-         Mostly used as an overnight stop by travelers on      Winslow, 3 mi. Restaurant: Winslow, 3 mi. Gen-
        burg, 60 mi. General Store: No. Vending: No.           I-40, Homolovi Ruins is farther from the highway      eral Store: No. Vending: Yes. Swimming: No.
        Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other: Shel-             and not near a power plant or lake like the nearby    Playground: No. Other: Visitor center, museum,
        tered tables; 1 wheelchair-accessible site; cactus     and more rustic Cholla Lake County Park. The          covered picnic tables, wildlife viewing turnouts,
        botanical garden. Activities: Rock collecting, bird-   paved sites have small trees that should eventually   archaelogical sites. Activities: Archaeological dig
        watching. Nearby Attractions: Hualapai Indian          grow up to provide some shade. Raised dirt pads       tours (Jun., Jul.). Nearby Attractions: Little
        Reservation,Alamo Lake State Park. Additional          make for comfortable tenting, though it is advis-     Painted Desert, Second Mesa, Mogollon Rim,
        Information: BLM Kingman Field Office, (928)           able to shake your boots for scorpions before put-    Meteor Crater,Walnut Canyon, Flagstaff, Petrified
        692-4400.                                              ting them on in the morning. The name                 Forest. Additional Information: Winslow Cham-
        RESTRICTIONS                                           Homolovi means little hills in the Hopi language,     ber of Commerce Visitor Center, (928) 289-2434,
        Pets: On leash only under owner’s control. Fires:      and the area was a sacred gathering place of the      www.winslowarizona.org.
        Allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle         clans and is still visited as a sacred place by the   RESTRICTIONS
        Maximum Length: None.                                  Hopi. The park opened in 1993, but archaeologi-       Pets: On leash only (not allowed in buildings).
                                                               cal excavations date to 1896. The over 1,000-         Fires: In designated areas only. Alcoholic Bever-
        TO GET THERE
                                                               room pueblo is the most accessible site in this       ages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length:
        From Kingman go 17 mi. east on I-40, then 53
                                                               park, which has good wildlife viewing areas along     None.
        mi. south on US 93 to signed turnoff 1 mi. south
                                                               the Little Colorado River.
        of Burro Creek Bridge and follow gravel road 1.5                                                             TO GET THERE
        mi. to campground.                                     BASICS                                                From Winslow go east 2 mi. on I-40 to Exit 257
                                                               Operated By: Arizona State Parks. Open: All           and then north 1.5 mi. on AZ 87.
                                                               year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.
         WINSLOW                 MAP, B-3                      Registration: Entrance kiosk (use self-pay slot
         Homolovi Ruins State Park                             when closed). Fee: $10–$15 (cash, check). Park-
                                                               ing: At site.
        HCR 63 Box 5,Winslow 86047.
        T: (520) 289-4106; www.pr.state.az.us.                 FACILITIES
                                                               Number of RV Sites: 53. Hookups: Electric (30
        a ★★★★                      b ★★★                      amps), water. Each Site: Table, grill. Dump Sta-
                                                               tion: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
        Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★        Rooms and Showers: Yes (showers May–Oct.
        Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★               only). Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:
        Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★★        Paved, excellent. RV Service: No. Market:
        Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★
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                                                              Arkansas


            Rice paddies. Catfish fillets. Only country-and-western radio stations. A polite “sir” or “madam” in every sentence. Life in Arkansas
            draws on the Deep South in ways outsiders may consider out of sync with modern America. With county bans on alcohol sales rem-
            iniscent of Prohibition, one native went so far as to call the state “backward,” but that depends on your perception. Residents pos-
            sess an intimate knowledge and palpable love of the land they inhabit, and visitors are welcomed warmly in the best tradition of
            Southern hospitality.
                Arkansas calls itself “the Natural State,” and the moniker is reinforced by its inhabitants—even businesspeople take weekend
            hunting trips. Nearly everyone you meet has a fishing pole, knows where to catch a trophy bass (or maybe just dinner), or has pho-
            tos from the last fishing trip. Perhaps the best way to get to know this state is to camp at some of the many state parks—they give
            you a feel for the breadth of the state’s natural diversity and the depth of its history. Arkansas is also home to the country’s one and
            only diamond mine. Rockhounds and fortune-seekers alike will want to visit Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro,
            where visitors can keep whatever gems they uncover. Diamonds found in the park have all varied in size and color. One of the
            biggest finds was by one of the park’s own employees, who found a whopping 16-carat diamond (about the size of a wild pecan) after
            a rainstorm.
                Aside from the hunting, fishing, boating, and hot springs, even just driving through Arkansas is a pleasure. This is such a verdant
            state you can’t help but revel in its greenery. Bull Shoals and the Ouachita Mountains are as representative of Arkansas as Little
            Rock and Texarkana. Lush vegetation wraps around small roads like clothing. Wildlife abounds, including armadillos and even alli-
            gators. Go for a drive through the Ozark National Forest or along the Mississippi River, and you’ll never think of Arkansas the
            same way again. I-540, which passes through Fayetteville, is 38 miles of billboard-free driving—making for an obstruction-free view
            of the Ozark Mountains. Another inspiring view is Byway 71, which runs from Alma to Fayetteville. On this particularly dizzying
            drive, the amount of breathtaking sights is equaled only by many twists and dipping curves—sort of like a roller-coaster ride
            through the Ozarks. Need a tour guide? If you’re around Fayetteville in late September/early October, you might be able to get a few
            folks from the Bikes and Blues and Barbecue Motorcycle Roll and Music Festival to give you guided tour. With all that music
            (everything from rock and country to blues and jazz), food, and great weather (highs averaging in the mid-70s) you might be
            tempted to stay in Fayetteville for the weekend.
                In fact, it seems to be the natural state of being for most Arkansas natives to gather in large numbers and celebrate all things
            Arkansas. Some festivals of note include the Arkansas Scottish Festival (complete with bagpipe music and Highland dancing), the
            Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and Institute, Hot Springs Music Festival, Mount Ida’s Good Ole Days (originally
            called Charlie Weaver Day), the Pink Tomato Festival, Riverfront Blues Festival, Purple Hull Pea Festival, Hope Watermelon
            Fest, Johnson County Arkansas Peach Festival, Greek Food Festival (in Little Rock), Mount Magazine International Butterfly
            Festival, Shakespeare Festival of Arkansas, White Water River Carnival, Turkey Trot Festival, and (perhaps the most curiously
            titled festival of the lot) Toad Suck Daze.
                The question to ask yourself isn’t “Why should I go to Arkansas?” but “Why haven’t I gone there before?”
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        156     ARKANSAS           Altus


         Campground Profiles
                                                                  Wineries, antique shops, museums, canoeing. Addi-        before arrival). Registration: In office. (Late
         ALTUS                   MAP, B-1                         tional Information: Altus Chamber of Com-                arrivals use drop box.) Fee: RV $20 (full), $18
         Wiederkehr Wine Cellars                                  merce, (479) 468-4684.                                   (water, electric), tent $14. Parking: At site.
         RV Park
                                                                  RESTRICTIONS                                             FACILITIES
        3324 Swiss Family Dr.,Altus 72821.                        Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill      Number of RV Sites: 44. Number of Tent-only
        T: (800) 622-WINE or (479) 468-WINE;                      only; subject to seasonal bans. Alcoholic Bever-         Sites: 12. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps), water,
        wiederkehr@centurytel.net.                                ages: At sites. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.            sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Picnic table. Dump
                                                                  TO GET THERE                                             Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
        a ★★★                         b ★★★                       From I-40 (Exit 41), turn south onto Hwy. 186            Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Sell
                                                                  and go 4.6 mi. Turn right at the sign into the           Kerosene. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel.
        Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                  entrance.                                                RV Service: No. RV Service on-call nearby. Mar-
        Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                                                                           ket: 7 mi. (Exit 73). Restaurant: 1 mi. General
        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                                                                           Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Outdoor
        Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★
                                                                  ARKADELPHIA           MAP, C-2                           Pool. Playground: Yes. Other: Pet walk area, cab-
        This campground is west of a restaurant, gift shop,       Arkadelphia Campground                                   ins, fishing pond, cottage (w/kitchen). Can tether
        and office complex, and north of Arkansas River                                                                    horses. Activities: Fishing, horseshoes, tetherball,
                                                                  and RV Park
        Valley vineyards. The park itself is little more than a                                                            hopscotch, hiking, biking. Nearby Attractions:
        large open parking lot of a gravel, grass, and dirt.      221 Frost Rd.,Arkadelphia 71923.                         Lake DeGray, Lake Hamilton, Lake Catherine, Lake
        Sites 1–10 back up to woods, while 11–20 back up          T: (866) 245-1771 or (870) 246-4922;                     Ouachita, Hot Springs, Crater of Diamonds. Addi-
        to a pretty agricultural setting. Site 1 is partly in     arkacamp@aristotle.net.                                  tional Information: Arkadelphia Area Chamber
        long prairie-type grass, but is close to a shade tree.                                                             of Commerce (870) 246-5542.
        Sites 7 and 8 are shaded, as is 20. This latter site is   a ★★★★                       b ★★★
                                                                                                                           RESTRICTIONS
        probably in the nicest location, as it is farthest from
                                                                  Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★          Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: In
        the restaurant complex and next to a large tree. Sites
                                                                  Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★                 grills; subject to seasonal bans. Alcoholic Bever-
        9–12 are closest to the visitor parking lot. While
                                                                  Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          ages: At sites, not by pool, subject to dry county
        there is no real maximum length to the vehicles this
                                                                  Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★           regulations. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
        park can accommodate during off-season, it is
        unrealistic to haul more than 50 feet during the          Most of the sites in this campground are well-           TO GET THERE
        wine fest—the best time to come to this park (at          shaded, which is good news to summer campers in          From I-30, take Exit 78 and turn north onto
        least, if you don’t mind crowds). Tents can cover the     this part of the state. Laid out in an arc with inter-   Hwy. 7. Go 0.25 mi. and turn right onto Frost
        entire field to the west during the September wine        nal sites, the main camping area has 12 sites            Rd. Go 1.5 mi. and turn left at the sign into the
        fest, making it difficult to find a spot. There are few   around the perimeter that can be used for tents or       entrance.
        trees anyway, so most tenters will be in the same         for small RVs. Site 1 is very close to the road that
        boat—camping on a hill with no shower facility. Of        leads to the northern camping area, and all other
        course, the atmosphere of the festival can override       sites (except 7 and 8) require either pitching a tent    BALD KNOB                                    MAP, B-2

        other concerns, but tenters (and RVers without            on a serious slope or right on the internal road.        Freppon’s RV Park
        indoor showers) must remember that they will have         RVers may find this normal, but tenters will not         Hwy. 167 North, Bald Knob 72010.
        to spend a day or so without showering. There is          like the space. Sites 7 and 8 are the exceptions,        T: (501) 724-6476.
        one modern unisex rest room that must surely be           with larger spaces and nice trees. Site 24 is an enor-
        packed during the festival. This campground is a          mous (100-feet-long) pull-through, while the sites       a ★★★                          b n/a
        somewhat dull park without many facilities,               next to it (20–23) are half the size and only pull-
                                                                  throughs if the adjacent site is unoccupied. These       Beauty: ★★                      Site Privacy: ★★★
        although the atmosphere of the restaurant and the
                                                                  sites are all next to the forest, under a canopy of      Spaciousness: ★★★               Quiet: ★★★
        wine fest help make up for these shortcomings.
                                                                  trees. Nice 50-foot back-ins that are likewise           Security: ★★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★
        BASICS                                                                                                             Insect Control: ★★★             Facilities: ★★
                                                                  shaded include 50, 52, 59, and 62. These sites are
        Operated By: Gary Wiederkehr. Open: All year.
                                                                  in the north area of the campground, off the main        This campground has RV sites and mobile homes.
        Site Assignment: First come, first served (reser-
                                                                  camping area. Pull-throughs include 51, 55, 58,          RV sites are situated on the outside of a looped
        vations only for wine fest). Registration: In office,
                                                                  60, and 62, which can accommodate a rig of any           internal road around a large open grassy area. Sites
        shop, or restaurant. (Late arrivals select an available
                                                                  size. Less pleasant are sites 30 and 31, which are       1–7 are 70-foot back-ins set in a row along the east
        site & pay in the morning.) Fee: RV $10 (water,
                                                                  very open, and site 27, which is close to the            side, close to the manager’s house and the entrance.
        electric), tent $10 (check, MC, D, AE, CB, DC).
                                                                  entrance, Frost Rd., and the propane vending area.       Sites 10–16, 45-foot back-ins along the north edge,
        Parking: At site.
                                                                  The laundry room is clean and spacious, and has a        back up to a forested area. Of these, sites 15 and 16
        FACILITIES                                                TV to help while away the time while your clothes        are less desirable, as they are so close to a storage unit
        Number of RV Sites: 20. Number of Tent-only               are being cleaned. The rest room is very clean but       that navigating a large rig into one of these sites may
        Sites: Undesignated sites. Hookups: Electric (20,         looks a little outdated. The campground is under-        be problematic (especially 16). Back-ins 17–26 are
        30 amps), water. Each Site: Varies. Dump Sta-             going remodeling, and hopefully the rest rooms are       located along the southern edge of the park. Of
        tion: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest                slated for modernization. Overall, this is a nice        these 17 is the nicest, as it has a tree and more space
        Rooms and Showers: Rest rooms; no shower.                 campground, although RVers will enjoy it a little        than the others. There are five pull-throughs (also
        Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel.            more than tenters.                                       numbered 1–5) to the west of the manager’s house.
        RV Service: No. Market: 2 mi. to Altus. Restau-                                                                    These are 75-foot sites, with grassy patches. The
                                                                  BASICS
        rant: On site. General Store: No. Vending: No.                                                                     campground does not offer rest rooms or showers,
                                                                  Operated By: The Cristoffersons. Open: All year.
        Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other: Gift                                                                          so self-contained units are the only RVs that should
                                                                  Site Assignment: Upon registration (Credit card
        shop, vineyards. Activities: Picnics in vineyards,                                                                 stop here. Campers who require outside rest room
                                                                  required for reservations, need 2–3 days notice
        shopping, wine tasting. Nearby Attractions:                                                                        facilities may wish to press on.
                                                                  during holidays. Cancellation by 4 p.m. the day
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                                                                                                                                       Calico Rock         ARKANSAS            157

            BASICS                                                  than 0.25 mi. south. Restaurant: Less than 0.25          eral Store: Yes. Vending: No. Swimming: No.
            Operated By: David Freppon. Open: All year.             mi. south. Several along road. General Store:            Playground: No. Other: Boat stall. Activities:
            Site Assignment: Flexible when sites are avail-         Wal-Mart behind hotel. Vending: Yes. Swim-               Fishing, boating. Nearby Attractions: Mountain
            able; verbal reservations OK. Registration: In          ming: Pool for motel guests. Playground: No. .           Village, Bull Shoals Caverns,Top O’ The Ozarks.
            mgr.’s house. (Late arrivals use drop box or settle     Activities: Swimming, hiking, wildlife watching,         Additional Information: Bull Shoals Lake–White
            in morning.) Fee: $15. Parking: At site.                duck hunting. Nearby Attractions: White River            River Chamber, (800) 447-1290, (870) 445-4443.
                                                                    Natural Wildlife Reserve. Additional Informa-            RESTRICTIONS
            FACILITIES
                                                                    tion: Chamber of Commerce, (870) 734-2262.               Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill
            Number of Multipurpose Sites: 27. Hookups:
            Electric (30, 50 amps), water, sewer. Dump Sta-         RESTRICTIONS                                             only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites; subject to
            tion: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: No. Rest            Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill      dry county regulations. Vehicle Maximum
            Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:              only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle             Length: 30 ft.
            No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Mar-         Maximum Length: None.                                    TO GET THERE
            ket: 3 mi. south. Restaurant: Less than 1 mi. south.    TO GET THERE                                             From the town’s westernmost name sign, go 2.1
            General Store: Less than 1 mi. Vending: No.             From I-40, take Exit 216. Turn south onto Hwy.           mi. west on Hwy. 178. Turn left onto Shorecrest
            Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other: Fishing            49 and take the 1st right into the motel complex.        Dr., then take the 1st left onto Boat Dock Rd.,
            pond. Activities: Fishing. Nearby Attractions:          Register in the motel office.                            which leads to the marina.
            Bald Knob National Wildlife Reserve, Big Creek
            Natural Area. Additional Information: Bald Knob
            Chamber of Commerce, (501) 724-3140.                    BULL SHOALS              MAP, B-2                        CALICO ROCK                                MAP, B-2
            RESTRICTIONS                                            Bull Shoals Recreation Area                              Cedar Ridge
            Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill     P.O. Box 748, Bull Shoals 72619.                         P.O. Box 236, Calico Rock 72519.
            only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites subject to          T: (870) 445-4424 or (870) 445-4166;                     T: (870) 297-4282.
            dry county regulations. Vehicle Maximum                 www.bullshoals.com/boatdock.
            Length: None.                                                                                                    a ★★★★★                       b ★★★★★
            TO GET THERE                                            a ★★★                        b ★★★
                                                                                                                             Beauty: ★★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★★
            From the junction of Hwy. 64, 67, and 167, go           Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★           Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★★★★
            0.5 mi. north on Hwy. 167. Turn right at the sign       Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★                 Security: ★★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
            into the campground.                                    Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★           Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★
                                                                    Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★            This campground is wild, undeveloped, natural,
            BRINKLEY                MAP, C-3                        Sites in this park are situated on a hill that over-     and quiet. It is subtly but attractively landscaped
            Heritage Inn and RV Park                                looks the marina and the lake. All sites are 30-foot     with rock, cacti, and juniper. Sites 1–3 are 42-foot
                                                                    long and 40-foot wide paved back-ins, with the           back-ins that back up to the (rather quiet) road.
            1507 North Hwy. 17, Brinkley 72021.                     exception of 10, which is 40 feet Sites 1 and 2 have     Site 4 is an unshaded site that also abuts the road,
            T: (870) 734-2121.                                      a partial view of the marina—for what it’s worth.        but backs to thick vegetation. Sites 5–7 are pull-
                                                                    Sites 3 and 4, set farther back into the woods, are      throughs that average 55 feet in length; 5 and 7 are
            a ★★★                        b n/a                      combined, making them best for groups who                shaded, 6 is not. Two unnumbered sites in the
            Beauty: ★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★         arrive together—and a possible nuisance if incom-        northeast corner are in an open field, and can
            Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★                patible groups are forced to share these sites. Sites    accommodate a rig of any size, as can a third site
            Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★          6–8 are forested sites located along the entrance in     slightly below these two. (This third site, being
            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★           the northeast corner, but have the least impressive      sheltered somewhat by a juniper, is more welcom-
                                                                    views. The remaining sites (9–12) are situated just      ing than the two open sites next to it.) The largest
            Run in conjunction with a motel, this RV park is
                                                                    above the marina parking lot, and are closest to the     sites are 9–11, which average 70 feet in length. The
            located in a commercial complex next to a gas sta-
                                                                    action. This can, however, be both good and bad:         rest room and shower are contained in a single
            tion with convenience store, and it is within a
                                                                    they have a great view, but are subjected to the         unit, which is modern and decently clean. There is
            block of Wal-Mart and several fast-food restau-
                                                                    most amount of traffic and noise from a loud-            an absolutely wonderful scenic view of the river
            rants. Sites face either the motel or Wal-Mart. Sites
                                                                    speaker. The pit toilet can get quite messy, and         down a gravel road at the southernmost edge of the
            are 75-foot pull-throughs with mostly gravel and
                                                                    those who depend on it will likely not enjoy their       campground, which campers should make a point
            some grass. Shade trees grow in even numbers
                                                                    stay as much as fully self-contained units. (Like-       of seeing. In fact, the campground itself is an
            2–10 and odd numbers 11–21. End sites 1 and 22
                                                                    wise, there are no showers.) This is definitely a        extremely attractive natural setting that will please
            seem shortchanged for space, and 9 is encroached
                                                                    place to come to enjoy your boat, and not a place        campers of all kinds—definitely a destination
            upon by a storage shed. The campground offers
                                                                    to stay otherwise.                                       campground to return to.
            the convenience of a commercial location, and the
            recreation possibilities of a pool.                     BASICS                                                   BASICS
                                                                    Operated By: U.S.Army Corps of Engineers.                Operated By: Gene & Reva Lockie. Open: Mar
            BASICS
                                                                    Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first       1–Oct. 30. Site Assignment: First come, first
            Operated By: Pam & Sam. Open: All year. Site
                                                                    served no reservations. Registration: Pick a site,       served; verbal reservations OK. Registration: In
            Assignment: First come, first served Credit card
                                                                    then register In office. Fee: $7.50 (water, electric),   office. (Late arrivals sign register;“Gene will see
            required for reservations. 24 hour cancellation pol-
                                                                    $15 (includes boat stall). Parking: At site.             you later.”). Fee: RV $12 (full), $10 (water, electric),
            icy. Registration: In motel office (24 hours). Fee:
                                                                    FACILITIES                                               tent $7. Parking: At site.
            $17–$22. Parking: At site.
            FACILITIES                                              Number of RV Sites: 12. Hookups: Electric (30            FACILITIES
                                                                    amps), water. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, cement     Number of RV Sites: 17. Number of Tent-only
            Number of RV Sites: 24. Hookups: Electric (30,
                                                                    prep table. Dump Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay           Sites: 3. Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps), water,
            50 amps), water, sewer. Dump Station: No
                                                                    Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Primitive            sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill. Dump Sta-
            (sewer at all sites). Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No.
                                                                    rest rooms; no shower. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes.           tion: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest
            Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.
                                                                    Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market:           Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:
            Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Ser-
                                                                    0.25 mi. north. Restaurant: 0.25 mi. north. Gen-         No. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Service: No.
            vice: No. NAPA is 2 blocks away. Market: Less
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        158      ARKANSAS          Clinton

        Market: 3 mi. into town. Restaurant: 1 mi. into            Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                 Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
        town. General Store: No. Vending: No. Swim-                Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel.           Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.
        ming: No. Playground: Yes. Other: Firewood.                RV Service: No. Market: 7.5 mi. south. Restau-           RV Service: No. Market: 9 mi. east. Restaurant:
        Activities: Fishing, hunting. Nearby Attractions:          rant: 0.5 mi. north. General Store: Yes. Vending:        8.5 mi. east. General Store: Yes. Vending: Soft
        Blanchard Springs Caverns,White River. Addi-               No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other:                 drinks. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes. Other:
        tional Information: Mountain Home, Chamber                 Pavilion, dog run, rec room. Activities: Boating,        Boat ramp, picnic shelter. Activities: Hiking, boat-
        of Commerce, (870) 425-5111.                               swimming, fishing, darts, horseshoes. Nearby             ing, fishing. Nearby Attractions: Felsenthal
        RESTRICTIONS                                               Attractions: Branson, Greers Ferry Lake. Addi-           Wildlife Refuge. Additional Information: Cros-
        Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill        tional Information: Clinton Chamber of Com-              sett Area Chamber of Commerce, (870) 364-6591,
        only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle               merce, (501) 745-6500.                                   (870) 364-8648.
        Maximum Length: None.                                      RESTRICTIONS                                             RESTRICTIONS
        TO GET THERE                                               Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill      Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: In
        From the junction of Hwy. 56 and Hwy. 5, go 1              only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle             grills; subject to bans. Alcoholic Beverages: Not
        block south on Hwy. 5 (Main St.) to Calico St.             Maximum Length: None.                                    allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.
        Turn right and go 0.7 mi. Turn left at the sign            TO GET THERE                                             TO GET THERE
        into the campground.                                       From the junction of Hwy. 16 and Hwy. 65, turn           From the junction of Hwy. 133 and Hwy. 82 in
                                                                   north onto Hwy. 65 (towards Marshall), and go            town, turn west onto Hwy. 82 and go 8.1 mi.
                                                                   7.3 mi. Turn left into the campground at the sign.       Turn left at the sign into the entrance.
         CLINTON                MAP, B-2
         Whispering Pines RV Park
                                                                   CROSSETT                MAP, D-2                         EDGEMONT                                  MAP, B-2
        8575 Hwy. 65 North, Clinton 72031.
                                                                   Crossett Harbor RV Park                                  Blue Clouds RV and
        T: (888) 745-4291 or (501) 745-4291.
                                                                   P.O. Box 338, Crossett 71635.T: (870) 364-6136.          Cabin Resort
        a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
                                                                   a ★★★★                       b ★★★★                      10645 Edgemont Rd., Edgemont 72044.
        Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★★                                                                  T: (501) 723-4999;
        Spaciousness: ★★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                 Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         www.greersferry.com/blueclouds.htm.
        Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★           Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
        Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★             Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★            a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
        Located in a residential area, this property is a quiet,   Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★            Beauty: ★★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★
        campground, with a large forested area at the back.        This campground is divided into a south loop and         Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
        Sites are extremely large (85 × 50 feet), with a mix-      an east loop. The south loop is farther divided into     Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
        ture of pull-throughs and back-ins. Sites 1–14 are         an inner and outer loop. The most desirable sites        Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★
        divided up into three rows, with 1–5 off to the west       are in general on the outer loop 9 especially even       This campground is built at the bottom of a hill,
        of the others. Site 11 is a particularly nice pull-        102–106, 109, and odd 113–117), as they have             upon which are the office and the café. As a result
        through located next to the pavilion. Sites 15–24 are      more space and back up to forest, not other camp-        there is a very nice forested view from many of the
        back-ins along the eastern edge of the property.           sites. Site 85 is set back away from the other sites,    sites, which are all naturally landscaped. (While
        These sites back up to a strip of trees, beyond which      and therefore has more privacy. Site 67 (and 69, to      this has some appeal, the dirt road may be tricky
        lies the highway. (This proximity to the road and the      a lesser extent) is adjacent to a pond. Sites 86–91      for some rigs. Sites 1 and 9 are 90-foot pull-
        requirement that drivers back in make these sites a        are doubles. Some sites (especially 86, 87, 95, 97,      throughs, and 14 is a 120-foot pull-through, mak-
        little less desirable.) Tenting is possible in a huge      and 98) seem prone to flooding after a rain. Sites on    ing it the longest site in the campground. Sites
        open field to the west, beyond which lie acres of for-     the outside of the east loop back to seemingly end-      2–6 are 40-foot back-ins, and 17–25 are 60-foot
        est. (The owner tells of a bear that has been seen in      less forest, and the loop feels more “lost” (in a good   back-ins. Sites 40–48 back to woods on the south
        these woods, so hiding food and toiletries in your         way) because of this. However, there is also a lot of    side, making them very attractive sites. All of the
        vehicle couldn’t hurt.) Two other sites are located in     stuff strewn about this part of the campground: an       sites in this campground, however, are forested
        front of the office, right off the highway, but you’d      old bed frame, wood, and even the charred remains        and therefore well-shaded. This is a very nice, nat-
        have to be crazy to camp there: they are literally a       of a burnt vehicle! Sites 1–3 are smack dab on the       ural campground for those who enjoy a woodsy
        dozen steps from the road. The laundry facility is         intersection of two roads, and certainly must            feel without being 25 miles from the nearest con-
        exceptionally clean and cozy, as are the rest rooms.       receive more passing traffic due to their location.      veniences. RVers and tenters alike will enjoy a stay
        The showers, while clean, are beginning to show            Sites 31, 33, 35, 48, and 50 seem prone to flooding.     here, although the forested setting and dirt road
        their age and could use an overhaul. This is a cute        The rest rooms in both areas look well used, and         may make for challenging driving for long rigs—
        campground with fruit trees, pines, and country            the floors are in a desperate need of a paint job.       especially those with tows.
        kitsch decorating the grounds. RVers and tenters           Despite the bizarre junk found in a few sites, the
        alike will be comfortable staying here.                    east loop seems the nicer of the two areas, and          BASICS
                                                                                                                            Operated By: Janice. Open: All year. Site
        BASICS                                                     campers will certainly enjoy a stay here.
                                                                                                                            Assignment: Upon registration (credit card
        Operated By: Vilene Borgman & Donna Adkins.                BASICS                                                   required or telephone number for reservation; 24-
        Open: Mar.–Nov. Site Assignment: Flexible,                 Operated By: City of Crossett. Open: All year.           hour cancellation policy). Registration: In office
        depending on availability; verbal reservations OK.         Site Assignment: First come, first served; no            from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Late arrivals select an avail-
        Registration: In office. (Late arrivals pay in morn-       reservations. Registration: At manager’s trailer.        able site & pay in the morning.) Fee: RV $16
        ing). Fee: RV $17 (full), tent $10. (cash, check).         Fee: $12, $9 for seniors (no credit cards). Park-        (check,V, MC, D). Parking: At site.
        Parking: At site.                                          ing: At site.
                                                                                                                            FACILITIES
        FACILITIES                                                 FACILITIES                                               Number of Multipurpose Sites: 50. Hookups:
        Number of Tent-only Sites: Undesignated sites.             Number of RV Sites: 119. Hookups: Electric               Electric (30, 50 amps), water, sewer. Each Site:
        Hookups: Electric (20, 30, 50 amps), water, sewer.         (30, 50 amps), water. Each Site: Picnic table, grill,    Varies. Dump Station: No. Laundry: Yes. Pay
        Each Site: Picnic table, grill. Dump Station: No           fire ring, 50-ft. camping pad, 18x12 tent pad, lantern   Phone: Courtesy phone w/ internet access. Rest
        (sewer hookup at all sites). Laundry: Yes. Pay             pole. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay                Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: 2 mi. Propane:
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            Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Service: Heber             table, grill, fire pit. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:      BASICS
            Springs, 22 mi. Market: 3 mi. east. Restaurant: 3          No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Show-                 Operated By: Ken Shonka. Open: Apr. 1–Oct. 31.
            mi. east. General Store: No. Vending: Yes.                 ers: Yes, bathhouse. Fuel: Gas station/country           Site Assignment: Upon registration. Credit card
            Swimming: At lake. Playground: Yes. Other:                 store 5 mi. away. Propane: No. Internal Roads:           required for reservation; 48-hour cancellation policy,
            Cabins. Activities: Fishing, boating, swimming, golf-      Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 15 mi. to Strong          72-hours cancellation policy for cabins only. Regis-
            ing, folk music. Nearby Attractions: Greers Ferry          or Hermitage. Restaurant: 15 mi. to Strong, Her-         tration: In office. (Late arrivals select an available
            Lake, Ozark Mt. Folk Museum. Additional Infor-             mitage, or Union. General Store: Yes. Vending:           site & pay in the morning.) Fee: RV $25 (full), $23
            mation: Greers Ferry Chamber of Commerce,                  Yes. Swimming: Yes (bay, lake, river). Play-             (water, electric), tent $16. Parking: At site.
            (501) 362-2444.                                            ground: Yes. Other: Picnic area, fishing licenses.
                                                                                                                                FACILITIES
            RESTRICTIONS                                               Activities: Boating, fishing, basketball, soccer, vol-
                                                                                                                                Number of RV Sites: 65. Number of Tent-only
            Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill        leyball, horseshoes, badminton. Nearby Attrac-
                                                                                                                                Sites: 24. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps), water,
            only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle               tions: Ouachita River, South Arkansas
                                                                                                                                sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, fire pit. Dump Sta-
            Maximum Length: None.                                      Arbortoretum. Additional Information: El
                                                                                                                                tion: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
                                                                       Dorado Chamber of Commerce, (870) 863-6113.
            TO GET THERE                                                                                                        Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:
            From the westernmost town name sign on Hwy.                RESTRICTIONS                                             Yes. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No.
            16, go west on Hwy. 16 for 0.4 mi. Turn left at            Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill      Market: 5 mi. to Eureka Springs. Restaurant:
            the sign into the entrance.                                only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle             0.75 mi. towards Eureka. General Store: Yes.
                                                                       Maximum Length: None.                                    Vending: Yes. Swimming: Pool. Playground: Yes.
                                                                       TO GET THERE                                             Other: Mini-golf, game room, dataport, picnic
            EL DORADO                                  MAP, D-2        From the junction of Hwy. 167 and Hwy. 15, go            pavilion, Garden of Meditation. Activities: Fishing,
            Moro Bay State Park                                        20 mi. northeast on Hwy. 15. Turn left at the sign       boating, swimming. Nearby Attractions: White
                                                                       and continue on to the park entrance.                    River, Beaver Lake, passion play, hoedowns, down-
            6071 Hwy. 15 South, El Dorado 71651.
                                                                                                                                town (on National Registry of Historic Places),
            T: (870) 463-8555; www.arkansasstateparks.com.
                                                                                                                                Onyx Cave Park. Additional Information:
            a ★★★★                        b ★★★                        EUREKA SPRINGS                            MAP, B-1       Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce, (800) 638-
                                                                       Eureka Springs KOA                                       7352 or (501) 253-8737.
            Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★★
                                                                       15020 Hwy. 187 South, Eureka Springs 72632.              RESTRICTIONS
            Spaciousness: ★★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★★
                                                                       T: (479) 253-8036; www.eureka-net.com/koa.               Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill
            Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
                                                                                                                                only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle
            Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★★
                                                                       a ★★★★                        b ★★★★★                    Maximum Length: None.
            Sites 1–9 are built along the edge of a hill, and some
                                                                       Beauty: ★★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★         TO GET THERE
            of the space is unusable due to an extreme slope.
                                                                       Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★                From the junction of Hwy. 62 and Hwy. 187,
            However, there is a large fenced-in area that contains
                                                                       Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★★        turn south onto Hwy. 187 and go 1.1 mi. Turn
            the picnic table and a large concrete slab for camp-
                                                                       Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★★★         left at the sign into the entrance.
            ing. Sites are 42-feet-long back-ins, with two pull-
            throughs (4 and 9), of 42 feet and 75 feet in length,      There are loads of interesting ornaments, plants,
            respectively. Site 1 backs to a large open field, and      logs, rocks, and garden spots in this campground,        HARDY                                      MAP, B2
            can allow for recreation right off the site. The rest      giving it a somewhat artsy wilderness feel. All of       Hardy Camper Park
            room is across from site 8, and noise from a large fan     the sites in this campground are forested, undevel-
            in the men’s room may be bothersome at this site.          oped gravel sites. Sites 1–19 ranging from 30- to        South Springs St., Hardy 72542.T: (870) 856-
            The rest rooms are relatively clean and modern, but        45-feet long on either side of an internal road. Of      2356; hardycamperpark@lycos.com.
            on our visit the shower needed a good cleaning. Site       these, 1–12 back to a hedge, beyond which lies the
            10 is located at the crossroads of two internal roads,     highway. Sites 11 and 12 are fenced off, giving
                                                                                                                                a ★★★★                       b ★★★
            and may receive more traffic because of this fact.         them added privacy. Site 32 is an exceptionally          Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★★
            The rest of the sites are along this other road, and       large (120 feet) pull-through, and 58–69 are only        Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★
            are all 42-foot back-ins. Of the sites on this strip, 16   slightly shorter at 115 feet. Sites 41–44 are 60-foot    Security: ★★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★
            and 17 have a more secluded location at the end of         back-ins by the Garden of Meditation, but are            Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★
            the roundabout. The other sites are pretty much            slightly sloped. Better sites by the garden are
                                                                                                                                While the north and east sides of this campground
            indistinguishable. Tenters will enjoy the wooded           49–51, which are also 60-foot back-ins, but more
                                                                                                                                face an industrial complex, the south has gorgeous
            sites, but may wish for grassy ground cover instead        level. Tents sites are to the north, away from the
                                                                                                                                rock cliffs over the river, and the west faces lush
            of a more developed site. Campers of any stripe will       RV sites. An exceptional feature of these tent pads
                                                                                                                                vegetation. Just two blocks from Main Street, this
            enjoy this campground—however, especially those            is that they contain sawdust instead of crushed
                                                                                                                                campground is convenient for visiting Old Hardy
            with boats.                                                gravel, giving tenters a much more comfy bed to
                                                                                                                                Town on foot, and has a comfortable, city park–
            BASICS                                                     sleep on. These dirt sites are located under a
                                                                                                                                like feel. RV sites are mostly open-ended, and can
            Operated By: Arkansas State Parks. Open: All               canopy of trees, ensuring that all sites are shaded.
                                                                                                                                take a vehicle of any size. River sites (42-foot back-
            year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.           Many of these sites are along the highway, which is
                                                                                                                                ins) have truly wonderful views, and are worth the
            Reservations require cash, credit card, or postal          normally quite quiet, but does, of course, carry the
                                                                                                                                slightly higher price. While you can’t go wrong
            money order deposit; in case of cancellation (can-         occasional vehicle. Sites M and N are the most
                                                                                                                                with any of these sites, 20–23 are definitely the
            cel w/in 14 days of reservation), 1 night’s fee is not     remote, and R and S are also secluded. The rest
                                                                                                                                best of the bunch: they are well-shaded and far-
            refunded. Registration: In office 8 a.m.–5 p.m.            rooms and showers are all very clean and spacious.
                                                                                                                                thest from the entrance. Sites 10 and 11 are also
            Sun.–Thurs.; 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. (Late arrivals      Showers are all tile, which makes them seem as
                                                                                                                                well-shaded, and close to the bathhouse, while
            occupy an available site & register at 8 the next          comfy as home. One really neat detail is the
                                                                                                                                shaded sites 1–5 are closest to the entrance/exit.
            morning.) Fee: $15. Parking: At site.                      wooden number plates at each site, which each
                                                                                                                                For a cheaper site (not on the river) or a pull-
                                                                       have a unique hand-carved cartoon. The Garden of
            FACILITIES                                                                                                          through, 58–63 are better than average. They are
                                                                       Meditation, also a unique feature, comprises stone,
            Number of Multipurpose Sites: 20. Hookups:                                                                          well-shaded, full-length (120-feet) pull-throughs.
                                                                       twisted wood, plants, and sculptures, and is an
            Electric (20, 30 amps), water. Each Site: Picnic                                                                    (The other pull-throughs have two sites in an area
                                                                       extremely peaceful place to rest for a moment.
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        the same size.) The tenting area is a nice,                This campground has very cute landscaping                  This campground is run by the convenience store
        unmarked grassy area behind the office. There is           (including shrubs and a bridge), and very tidy gravel      adjacent to it. Sites are laid out in two strips of 60-
        some shade, but no protection in the event of rain.        and grass sites. sites 1–3 are 75 × 44-foot pull-          foot pull-throughs (1–14 and 20–26) running from
        The bathhouse is a disappointment. The inside is           throughs on the north side of the park, near the           east (closest to the highway) to west (towards the
        old cement with untreated cement floors. In stark          highway. These are some of the largest sites. (Site 4,     forest). There is agricultural land to the south,
        contract with the attractiveness of the rest of the        for example, is only 52 feet long.) The only sites that    which enhances the aesthetics of the campground.
        park, this is an obviously old facility in desperate       are larger are 10 (a 90-foot pull-through) and 24,         A strip of unfinished sites lies at the northwest end.
        need of renovation. (It might spur the city to             which can be a 105-foot pull-through if site 23 is         The best sites are towards the western edge (9–14
        action if enough campers contact the town of               unoccupied. A strip in the middle of the park con-         and 20–22), as these sites have shade trees and are
        Hardy to let them know of this situation.) One             tains sites 12–17, which are 66 × 44-foot back-ins.        located farthest from the convenience store and the
        additional surprise arrives with every train—loud          On the north side of the “island” in the middle, sites     highway. Less desirable sites are closer to the traffic:
        whistles and rumblings. While infrequent, this             18–22 are slightly smaller (60-feet) back-ins. For         1–3 and 26. There are swing chairs located between
        may be enough to put off some campers, which is a          more shade, try sites 25–39, which back to woods           sites 10 and 11, 21 and 22, and 23 and 24. They
        shame given the camp’s enjoyable environment.              on the south side of the campground. There is a cov-       say that tenting is possible on the RV sites, but a
        BASICS                                                     ered pavilion between sites 29 and 30, which               much better bet is a grassy area under one of the
        Operated By: City of Hardy. Open: All year. Site           increases traffic near these two sites. Tenting is         many trees around the perimter—especially
        Assignment: Flexible, depending on availability.           restricted to small parties of responsible adults. Tent-   towards the north side. This park provides visitors a
        Reservations require deposit if made more than 3           ing groups are discouraged. The rest room facility is      decent overnight stay. It does offer the convenience
        weeks in advance; cancellation requires 24-hour            one of the nicest you’ll find. It is modern, very clean,   of a store and gas station, but the drawbacks
        notice. Registration: In office. (Late arrivals either     and extremely comfortable. This park is a very nice        include no showers, plenty of traffic noise, and not
        use drop box or pay in the morning.) Fee: River-           stop for RVers, but tenters with children or groups        much to do or to look at.
        side, $18, other, $15, tent, $4 per person. Parking:       of more than two or three should look elsewhere.           BASICS
        At site.                                                   BASICS                                                     Operated By: Rick Adams & Rick Kent. Open: All
        FACILITIES                                                 Operated By: Gregg Parker. Open: All year. Site            year. Site Assignment: First come, first served;
        Number of Tent-only Sites: Undesignated sites.             Assignment: Upon registration. Credit card                 verbal reservations OK. Registration: In conven-
        Hookups: Electric (15, 30, 50 amps), water. Each           required for reservation; 24-hour cancellation pol-        ience store (open 24 hours). Fee: RV $18 (30
        Site: Picnic table. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:            icy. Registration: In office. (Late arrivals park,         amps), $20 (50 amps), tent $5. Parking: At site.
        Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:               “someone will be out to see you.”). Fee: $18–$21           FACILITIES
        Yes, renovated winter 2003. Fuel: No. Propane:             (check,V, MC,AE, D). Parking: At site.                     Number of RV Sites: 26. Number of Tent-only
        No. Internal Roads: Gravel/dirt. RV Service: No.           FACILITIES                                                 Sites: 6. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps), water,
        Market: 1 block (on Main). Restaurant: 1 block             Number of RV Sites: 42. Hookups: Electric (50              sewer. Each Site: Picnic table. Dump Station: Yes.
        (on Main). General Store: No. Vending: Yes.                amps), water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed wireless         Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and
        Swimming: River. Playground: Not one at press              internet service access. Each Site: Picnic table.          Showers: Yes; no shower. Fuel: Yes. Propane: Yes.
        time, but there are plans to construct one. Other:         Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone:                Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market:
        Boat dock, half-mile walking trail, beach, spring river,   Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.                3 mi. south. Restaurant: Across the street. Gen-
        biking. Activities: Swimming, canoeing, fishing.           Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Ser-              eral Store: Yes. Vending: No. Swimming: No.
        Nearby Attractions: Veterans Military Museum,              vice: Yes, full service RV repair shop. Market: 1 mi.      Playground: No. . Activities: Fishing, boating,
        Old Hardy Town, antique stores, museums. Addi-             south. Restaurant: 1 mi. south. General Store:             swimming, hiking. Nearby Attractions: Pecker-
        tional Information: Spring River Area Chamber              Yes, limited. Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Play-            wood Lake. Additional Information: Stuttgart
        of Commerce, (870) 856-3210.                               ground: No. Other: RV supplies, rec room, pool             Chamber of Commerce, (870) 673-1602.
        RESTRICTIONS                                               table, foosball, dataport, pavilion. Activities: Fish-     RESTRICTIONS
        Pets: Dangerous pets on leash. Fires: In grills; sub-      ing, boating, swimming. Nearby Attractions: Buf-           Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill
        ject to bans; campfires allowed. Alcoholic Bever-          falo River National Park, Hot Springs National             only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle
        ages: Dry county regulations. Vehicle Maximum              Park. Additional Information: Harrison Cham-               Maximum Length: None.
        Length: None.                                              ber of Commerce, (870) 741-2659.
                                                                                                                              TO GET THERE
        TO GET THERE                                               RESTRICTIONS                                               From I-40, take Exit 193. Turn south onto Hwy.
        From the junction of Hwy. 62/412 and Hwy. 63,              Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill        63 and take 1st the right. Go straight into the
        go 0.25 mi. on Hwy. 62/412 (Main St.) to Spring            only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle               entrance and register in the convenience store.
        St. Turn south onto Spring St. (at a building with         Maximum Length: None.
        a large mural). Go 0.2 mi. (just south of the train        TO GET THERE
        depot) and turn right at the sign into the camp-           From the junction of Hwy. 65 and Hwy. 62/412,              HOPE                                       MAP, C-1
        ground.                                                    turn south (right) onto Hwy. 65 and go 1.3 mi.             Fair Park RV Park
                                                                   Turn right at the sign into the entrance.                  Park Dr., off Hwy. 174, Hope 71802.
         HARRISON                                  MAP, B-1
                                                                                                                              T: (870) 777-7500.
         Parkers RV Park                                           HAZEN                                      MAP, C-2        a ★★★                         b ★★★
                                                                   T. Ricks RV Park
        3629 Hwy. 65 North, Harrison 72601.                                                                                   Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★★
        T: (888) 590-2267 or (870) 743-2267;                       3001 North Hwy. 11, Hazen 72064.                           Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★★★
        www.parkersrvinc.com.                                      T: (870) 255-4914.                                         Security: ★★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
                                                                                                                              Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★★★★
        a ★★★★                        b ★★★                        a ★★★                         b ★★
                                                                                                                              This campground is in a large city park, and there
        Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★          Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★★          are hundreds of RV sites available, divided up into
        Spaciousness: ★★★★★            Quiet: ★★★                  Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★                   sections. Section A is open and grassy, to the north
        Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★★          Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★           of the ballfield and the coliseum, with open-ended
        Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★             Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★             pull-through sites. There are a few trees, but most
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            sites are not shaded. A2 is between the barns and       Security: ★★★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★            Beauty: ★★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★★
            the coliseum, and consists of open, grassy sites.       Insect Control: ★★★★             Facilities: ★★★              Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★★
            Section B is to the south of A, and is likewise an      A campground that has the motto “in the city, on              Security: ★★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★★
            open grassy field with no real shade. C is similar,     the lake,” this RV park has nearly lakeside sites             Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★
            but consists of open-ended back-ins around the          towards the back (37 is the closest). Most back-ins           This park is located in a wilderness setting about
            baseball field. Section D backs to the woods on the     around the perimter are open-ended, with no maxi-             five miles out of town. There is a boat ramp,
            perimeter of the park. Sites to the southeast are       mum vehicle size. These sites back to a row of trees          swimming beach, picnic area, and museum that
            better shaded, and are some of the better sites in      that provide some shade, but sites elsewhere in the           explains the history of the area. All of the sites in
            the park for this reason. Sections E and F are on       park are open to the sun. Sites 1–6 are 42-foot back-         this park are grassy 50-foot back-ins on either side
            either side of the office, closest to the rest rooms.   ins in a strip on the north side of the park. Of these,       of a looped road. Sites are extremely spacious, and
            This is where tenters are encouraged to stay. There     6 is the nicest, as it is closest to the trees and farthest   most contain several shade trees. (All sites but 1,
            is a decent grass covering, and a tree at the far end   from the entrance. Sites 7–20 are in two rows along           10, and 11 are well-shaded.) Site 1 has a parking
            of the fence to the north of the office complex. The    the entrance road. These are 60-foot pull-throughs            pad for an extra vehicle. Even numbered sites
            most outstanding area of the park, however, is sec-     with grassy strips. Site 24 is next to both the               4–10 and 9, 13, and 16 back to the river, while 2,
            tion G. This area is shaded, has full hookups, and      propane and the entrance, making it less desirable.           5, 7, 11, 12, 15, and 19 back to a large, open
            backs to the woods. Sites are open-ended pull-          The lower numbered sites are closer to the entrance,          recreation field on the interior of the looped drive.
            throughs, which means that any rig could fit in         while the higher numbers are farther away. The                Site 7 and 9 are closest to the rest rooms. The rest
            pretty much any site. RVers are advised to check        laundry is slightly unkempt but clean and well-lit.           rooms and showers are very clean, modern, and
            out section G, and tenters can pitch tents in a         The rest rooms are small with an open toilet, so              quite comfortable.
            number of pleasant spots at no cost.                    guests may only want to use them one at a time                BASICS
            BASICS                                                  (which is slightly inconvenient). Children must be            Operated By: Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism.
            Operated By: Paul G Henley. Open: All year.             accompanied and kept under supervision at all                 Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reservations
            Site Assignment: First come, first served; no           times, so families may want to reconsider this as a           can be made or first come, first served; 1st night’s
            reservations. Registration: In office. (Late arrivals   destination. Other campers who do not wish to                 reservation must be paid 5 days in advance of
            use drop box.) Fee: RV $10, tent $5 (check, no          camp with children will be happiest here.                     arrival date; no refunds. Registration: In visitor
            credit cards). Parking: At site.                        BASICS                                                        center or self-pay station. (Late arrivals use self-pay
            FACILITIES                                              Operated By: Jimmy & Ev Young. Open: All year.                station.) Fee: RV $18, tent $10 (check,V, MC, D,
            Number of RV Sites: 400. Number of Tent-                Site Assignment: Upon registration; verbal reser-             AE). Parking: At site.
            only Sites: Undesignated sites. Hookups: Electric       vations OK. Registration: In office. (Late arrivals           FACILITIES
            (20 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Varies. Dump        use mailbox next to the door.) Fee: $22 (50                   Number of Multipurpose Sites: 20. Hookups:
            Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest        amps), $20 (30 amps). Parking: At site.                       Electric (20, 30, 50 amps), water. Each Site: Picnic
            Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: 6            FACILITIES                                                    table, grill, fire pit, lantern pole. Dump Station:
            blocks away. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service:         Number of RV Sites: 44. Hookups: Electric (30,                Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms
            No. Market: 6 blocks west. Restaurant: Less than        50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Picnic           and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No.
            1 mi. west. General Store: No. Vending: Yes.            table. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay                   Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market:
            Swimming: Pool. Playground: Yes. Other:                 Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                      3 mi. to Newport. Restaurant: 3 mi. to Newport.
            Arena, coliseum, wrestling matches, rodeo.All are       Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel.               General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming:
            pull-through sites. Activities: Basketball, swim-       RV Service: No. Market: 1.5 mi. east on Hwy. 7.               River. Playground: Yes. Other: Hunting & fishing
            ming, baseball/softball, tennis. Nearby Attrac-         Restaurant: 1.5 mi. west or east. General Store:              licenses, picnic area, gift shop, boat ramp, nature
            tions: Watermelon festival. Additional                  No. Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground:                   trail. Activities: Fishing, swimming, boating, inter-
            Information: Hope Hempstead County Chamber              No. Other: Dataport, boat ramp, lake beach, rec               pretive programs. Nearby Attractions: White
            of Commerce, (800) 777-3640.                            room, picnic area by lake. Activities: Fishing, boat-         River, Old Jacksonport Courthouse Museum, Pad-
            RESTRICTIONS                                            ing, hot spring baths, canoeing, hiking, pavilion w/          dleboat Museum. Additional Information: New-
            Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill     barbecue pit, kitchen. Nearby Attractions: Hot                port Area Chamber of Commerce, (870) 523-3618.
            only. Alcoholic Beverages: Not allowed. Vehicle         Springs National Park, Josephine Tussaud Wax                  RESTRICTIONS
            Maximum Length: None.                                   Museum,Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo,                 Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill
            TO GET THERE                                            Race Track, Golf. Additional Information: Hot                 or pits. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle
            From I-30, take Exit 30 and go 1.35 mi. south on        Springs CVB: (800) 772-2489, (501) 321-2277.                  Maximum Length: None.
            Hwy. 4. Turn right onto Hwy. 67 and go 0.25 mi.         RESTRICTIONS                                                  TO GET THERE
            west. Turn left onto Hwy. 174 and go 0.3 mi.            Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Not             From the junction of Hwy. 367 and Hwy. 69, go
            south. Turn right onto Park Dr. and go 0.5 mi.          allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle               2.9 mi. north. Turn left onto Hwy. 69 Spur
            through the park to the T-intersection. Turn right      Maximum Length: None.                                         (South), and go 0.8 mi. Take a tricky left turn at
            and go 0.5 block to the office (green building) on      TO GET THERE                                                  the sign into the campground entrance.
            the left.                                               From Hwy. 270 (south of town), take Exit 3 and
                                                                    go west onto McLeod St. Go 0.25 mi. straight
                                                                    into the entrance of the park.                                JONESBORO                                  MAP, B-3
            HOT SPRINGS            MAP, C-2                                                                                       Craighead Forest Park
            Young’s Lakeshore RV Resort
                                                                    JACKSONPORT                                   MAP, B-3
                                                                                                                                  P.O. Box 1845, Jonesboro 72403.
            1601 Lakeshore Dr., Hot Springs 71913.                                                                                T: (870) 933-4604 or (870) 933-1645.
            T: (501) 767-7946 or (800) 470-7875;                    Jacksonport State Park
            www.hsnp.com/youngsrv.                                  P.O. Box 8, Jacksonport 72075.                                a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
                                                                    T: (870) 523-2143;
            a ★★★★                       b n/a                                                                                    Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
                                                                    www.arkansasstateparks.com/stay/camping.                      Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★★
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★                                                                       Security: ★★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★
            Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★                a ★★★★                          b ★★★★★
                                                                                                                                  Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★
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        162      ARKANSAS          Lake Village

        Situated in the easternmost edge of the park, this         Security: ★★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
        small campground has forested sites on either side         Insect Control: ★★★★            Facilities: ★★★★             LITTLE ROCK                               MAP, C-2

        of a single road. All sites back to the forest. Sites on                                                                Little Rock North KOA
                                                                   An old pecan orchard, this campground has a
        the northwest side slope down towards the lake,            small-farm feel to it. There is very attractive land-        7820 Crystal Hill Rd., Little Rock 72118.
        while those on the southeast side back to flat land,       scaping around the grounds (flowers around trees             T: (800) KOA-4598 or (501) 758-4598;
        making these sites a little longer than the 50-foot        and lightpoles), and remnants of the farm it once            www.koa.com.
        paved parking spaces. All campsites are extremely          was (barn, farmhouse). Towering pecan trees grow
        well-spaced: there is a lot of room between you and        at almost every site. There is also, however, an air         a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
        your neighbor and plenty of space for extra vehi-          of oldness that could be swept away: cobwebs in              Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
        cles. Sites 12–15 are closest to the fishing dock          the corners, dirt from many hands opening doors,             Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★
        (but there is no swimming access). Sites 14 and 15         etc. The laundry is small, and while the rest rooms          Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
        are the nicest, as they are adjacent to a grassy field     are clean, the building itself looks old. Further-           Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★★★
        that can be used for recreation and has picnic             more, the cement walls are speckled with reddish
        tables. The rest rooms are a little unkempt, but not                                                                    Campers in large rigs will be happy with the
                                                                   paint. But don’t let that scare you. The camp-
        any more than those who often camp in public                                                                            numerous pull-throughs in this campground,
                                                                   ground is very nice, and nearly every site is an
        forests might come to expect. This is a small and                                                                       which include all sites except those around the per-
                                                                   excellent choice. Numbered sites in the first five
        comfortable campground, well away from even the                                                                         imter. Rows G19–24 and R8–14 are closest to the
                                                                   rows are reserved for overnighters—the rest are for
        recreation areas within the park, offering a night of                                                                   road, and include 40-foot back-ins. (G15–24 are all
                                                                   monthly renters. All sites are 80-foot pull-throughs
        tranquility.                                                                                                            in a forested corner of the campground, with gravel
                                                                   on grassy patches. Sites at the far end of the high-
                                                                                                                                sites.) Sites R1–7 are well-shaded 56-foot pull-
        BASICS                                                     way (10, 27, and 35 especially) are the best, as they
                                                                                                                                throughs, while G11–14 are even longer (75 feet).
        Operated By: City of Jonesboro. Open: All year.            receive less traffic noise and not much passing traf-
                                                                                                                                Row B has 75-foot pull-throughs, of which 1–3
        Site Assignment: First come, first served; no              fic (18, also an end site, is directly across from the
                                                                                                                                face a residence. B15–20 is along the northwest side
        reservations, no refunds. Registration: Campsite           bathhouse). Those at the highway end are a little
                                                                                                                                of the grounds, and has 40-foot grassy back-ins.
        attendant (across from site 8). Fee: $15 (water,           noisier (9, 17, 26, 34, 42). The tent area is to the
                                                                                                                                (B19 is located directly next to the dog walk area.)
        electric), tent $78 (check, but no credits cards).         northwest of the bathhouse. There is an excellent
                                                                                                                                Row Y, along the northern perimeter, has the least
        Parking: At site.                                          grass cover. Several large trees lend shade, but may
                                                                                                                                developed sites, but the many pine trees in this area
        FACILITIES                                                 be too high to provide much protection from rain.
                                                                                                                                give it a nice, natural feel. Sites Y1–13 are 75 pull-
        Number of RV Sites: 26. Hookups: Electric (30              While the campground needs a nice spring clean-
                                                                                                                                throughs amidst the trees, while Y14–28 back into
        amps), water. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, trash.       ing and a little less traffic noise to earn a full rating,
                                                                                                                                the forest. Tent site T1 is off in the woods above RV
        Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone:                 it is very nice, and a destination where many
                                                                                                                                site G24, and T2–3 are even more remote, in the
        Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.                campers will be sure to return.
                                                                                                                                northeast corner. All sites have a finely crushed
        Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-                BASICS                                                       gravel bed for a tent and plenty of trees. The rest
        vice: No. Market: 4 mi. to Hwy. 63. Restaurant:            Operated By: Bill & Dee Bunker. Open: All year.              room is very clean, and campers will be delighted to
        4 mi. to Hwy. 63. General Store: No. Vending:              Site Assignment: Flexible, depending on availabil-           know that it has air-conditioning. The toilet stalls
        Yes. Swimming: Lake. Playground: Yes. Other:               ity; verbal reservations OK. Registration: In                are a little narrow, but everything is clean as a whis-
        Picnic pavilions, ballfields, basketball court, paddle     office. (Late arrivals use drop box.) Fee: RV $17            tle. This is a fine campground to make your home
        boat rentals,ATV trails. Activities: Boating,              (full), tent $13 (add $1 for cable or 50 amps).              base while exploring the Little Rock area. It has a
        swimming, fishing, hiking, outdoor sports.                 Parking: At site.                                            nice woodsy feel and is close enough to the attrac-
        Nearby Attractions: Craighead Forest Lake,                 FACILITIES                                                   tions to allow for plenty of day trips.
        Arkansas State University Museum. Additional               Number of RV Sites: 116. Number of Tent-                     BASICS
        Information: Chamber of Commerce, (870)                    only Sites: 4. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),              Operated By: The Clay Family. Open: All year.
        932-6691.                                                  water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Picnic table.             Site Assignment: Upon registration. Reservations
        RESTRICTIONS                                               Dump Station: No (sewer at all sites). Laundry:              require credit card; cancellation requires 24 hours
        Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill        Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Show-                    notice. Registration: In office. (Late arrivals use
        only. Alcoholic Beverages: Not allowed. Vehicle            ers: Yes. Fuel: Next door. Propane: 1 mi. Inter-             drop box.) Fee: RV $28–$36 (check V, MC, D,AE).
        Maximum Length: 50 ft.                                     nal Roads: Gravel. RV Service: On-call. Market:              Parking: At site.
        TO GET THERE                                               1.5 mi. north. Restaurant: 1 mi. north. General
                                                                   Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Lake. Play-
                                                                                                                                FACILITIES
        From the junction of Hwy. 63 and Hwy. 1B, turn                                                                          Number of RV Sites: 100. Number of Tent-
        south onto Hwy. 1B and take the 1st right onto             ground: Yes. Other: Cabins, recreation hall, Lake
                                                                                                                                only Sites: 10. Hookups: Electric (20, 30, 50
        the service road (Parker Rd.). Follow this road 0.9        Chicot, boat ramp, pavilion, dataport, dock, fish-
                                                                                                                                amps), water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Picnic
        mi., then turn left onto Hwy. 141 (Culberhouse             cleaning area. Activities: Fishing, swimming, boat-
                                                                                                                                table, grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay
        St.), and go 1.9 mi. Turn left onto Forest Park Dr.        ing, volleyball, horseshoes. Nearby Attractions:
                                                                                                                                Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
        and go 1.25 mi. to the east end of Forest Park             Lake Chicot, Mississippi River. Additional Infor-
                                                                                                                                Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Paved.
        Loop, past pavilion 1, to the campground.                  mation: Chamber of Commerce, (870) 265-5997.
                                                                                                                                RV Service: No. Market: 4 mi. west. Restau-
                                                                   RESTRICTIONS                                                 rant: Across the street. General Store: Yes.
                                                                   Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Fire           Vending: Yes. Swimming: Pool. Playground: Yes.
         LAKE VILLAGE                              MAP, D-2        ring only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle            Other: Dataport, sauna, hot tub, exercise equip-
         Pecan Grove RV Park                                       Maximum Length: None.                                        ment, snack bar, pool table, dog walk, old-fashioned
        3768 Hwy. 82 and 65 South, Lake Village 71653.             TO GET THERE                                                 soda fountain, ice cream parlor, computer center.
        T: (877) RV-4-FUNN or(870) 265-3005;                       From the junction of Hwy. 65 South, 82 East,                 Activities: Basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, swim-
        www.pecangrove.net.                                        and 278 East, go 2.8 mi. on Hwy. 65/82. Turn                 ming, golf, shopping, antiquing, fishing, tennis.
                                                                   right at the sign into the entrance. The office is           Nearby Attractions: Burns Park,Wild River
        a ★★★★                        b ★★★★                       the white house on the left.                                 Country, Little Rock,Aerospace Education Center,
                                                                                                                                State Capitol, Museum of Dy, Pinnacle Mountain
        Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★★
                                                                                                                                State Park, Civil War Cemetery, Flea Markets.
        Spaciousness: ★★★★★            Quiet: ★★★
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                                                                                                                                        Murfreesboro           ARKANSAS           163

            Additional Information: North Little Rock                 helmina State Park. Additional Information:                 tion: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
            Advertising & Promotion Commission, (800) 643-            Mean/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, (501)                 Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Oppelo, 14 mi.
            4690, (501) 758-1424.                                     394-2912.                                                   Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-
            RESTRICTIONS                                              RESTRICTIONS                                                vice: No. Market: 20 mi. to Morrilton. Restau-
            Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after; do not leave       Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: In            rant: Yes. General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes.
            unattended. Fires: Grill only. Alcoholic Bever-           rings. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites; subject to            Swimming: Pool, seasonal (Mem. Day–Labor
            ages: At sites. Vehicle Maximum Length: 95 ft.            dry county regulations. Vehicle Maximum                     Day). Playground: Yes. Other: Tennis courts, pic-
                                                                      Length: None.                                               nic pavilion, snack bar, boat rentals, amphitheater,
            TO GET THERE                                                                                                          Mather Lodge Restaurant, horse facilities. Activi-
            If coming north from Little Rock on I-30, take            TO GET THERE                                                ties: Fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding,
            I-40 West to I-40. From I-40, take Exit 148. Turn         From the junction of Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 59/71, in              hiking, tennis. Nearby Attractions: Waterfall,
            west onto Crystal Hill Rd. and go 1.2 mi. Turn            Mena, go 4.5 mi. south on Hwy. 59/71. Turn                  Museum of Automobiles. Additional Informa-
            right at the sign into the entrance.                      right at the sign into the entrance. The office is on       tion: Morrilton Chamber of Commerce, (501)
                                                                      the left; park to the right.                                354-2393.
            MENA                                      MAP, C-1                                                                    RESTRICTIONS
            Shadow Mountain                                           MORRILTON                                   MAP, B-2        Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill
                                                                      Petit Jean State Park                                       only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle
            3708 Hwy. 71 South, Mena 71953.                                                                                       Maximum Length: None.
            T: (479) 394-6099.                                        1285 Petit Jean Mountain Rd., Morrilton 72110.
                                                                      T: (501) 727-5441; www.petitjeanstatepark.com.              TO GET THERE
            a ★★★★★                       b ★★★★★                                                                                 From the junction of Hwy. 9 and Hwy. 154, turn
                                                                      a ★★★★                         b ★★★★★                      west onto Hwy. 154 and go 11.3 mi. into the
            Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★                                                                     park.
            Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★★★                Beauty: ★★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★★
            Security: ★★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★         Spaciousness: ★★★★★             Quiet: ★★★★★
            Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★★           Security: ★★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★           MURFREESBORO                             MAP, C-1
            Touted by the proprietor as the “only full-service        Insect Control: ★★★★            Facilities: ★★★★            Miner’s Camping and
            campground within 50 miles,” this campground              Sites in this state park, Arkansas’ first, are divided      Rock Shop
            has full hookups, a pool, and modern facilities in a      into four areas, A–D. Area A is east of the Visitors
            forested, rural setting. Sites in this campground are     Center, and contains sites 1–35, all 80-foot pull-          2235 Hwy. 301 South, Murfreesboro 71958.
            not overly developed, adding to the natural charm         throughs (except 32, which is 105 feet). Many of            T: (870) 285-2722; www.murfreesboro.com.
            of the grounds. All RV sites are 65-foot pull-            these sites are along (or near) the lake, and there-        a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
            throughs. Sites at the ends of the rows on the east       fore are preferred or premium sites, costing more
            side (2, 7, 13, 14, 28) are generally the best, as they   than the others. Premium sites closest to the lake          Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
            face the forest and are slightly away from the other      are 19, 26, and 27. Preferred sites near the lake are       Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
            sites in the rows. Sites 41–51 are right off the high-    8, 9, 29, and 30. The end sites 1 and 35 are closest        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
            way, making them less desirable than other sites.         to the entrance, and may not be as desirable. Area          Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★
            Unnumbered tent sites are situated down the slope         B contains the reservable sites. Of these, 44–48 are        This campground is divided into two sections on
            of the RV park and to the south, towards the high-        the nicest, as they back to thick woods and are qui-        either side of the highway, the north and south sec-
            way. Sites are grassy, with ample tree coverage, but      eter than other sites. Sites 36–42 back to a road,          tions. In the north section, sites are arranged on the
            due to some amount of passing traffic noise is            and suffer from more noise as a result. Area C con-         outside of an internal loop. All sites are back-ins:
            inevitable. The rest rooms are very clean and fairly      tains 45–50-foot back-ins. Sites 74–76, 89, and 91          5–11 back to the forest, 12–17 to a dirt road. Sites
            modern. Showers are very spacious. The laundry            back to thick woods, making them quite nice. Site           are open-ended, meaning that a rig of any size can
            room is spacious and contains enough machines             71 is across from the bathhouse making access               fit in most sites. Site 17 is somewhat less desirable
            for a campground of this size. This is a nice little      quite convenient. Site 77 is right by the entrance.         due to its proximity to the highway. The main rest
            getaway with an off-the-beaten-path feel but the          Area D is for overflow camping. The rest rooms              rooms are in this section, and are small, modern,
            convenience of a highway location.                        and showers in all of these areas are clean and spa-        and cozy. The shower is extremely spacious, but
            BASICS                                                    cious. This is a wonderful park with loads to do. It        shares one drawback with the rest room—a cement
            Operated By: Jerry & Anita Buffington. Open: All          makes a great destination for families and anyone           floor. Sites on the south side of the park all back to
            year. Site Assignment: Upon registration; reser-          in a tent. RVers will enjoy their stay, but do not          the woods. Sites H–K are the best sites, as they are
            vations require credit card. Registration: In office.     have the benefit of full hookups.                           farthest from the highway. Site A is closest to the
            (Late arrivals use drop box.) Fee: RV $21 (50 amp         BASICS                                                      highway, and therefore less desirable. There are two
            full hookup) & $18 (30 amp partial hookup), tent          Operated By: Arkansas State Parks. Open: All                non-flush toilets here, which are as clean as can be
            $13 (water & electric). Parking: At site.                 year. Site Assignment: Upon registration during             expected. (Take the time to cross the highway and
            FACILITIES                                                the day; first come, first served at night. Reserva-        use the full rest room!) Tenting is allowed in an open
            Number of Tent-only Sites: Undesignated sites.            tions require deposit of 1-night’s stay, made 5 days        field on the south side, to the east of the RV sites.
            Hookups: Electric (20, 30, 50 amps), water, sewer.        in advance; cancellation requires 5-days notice; 1st        There is a good grass cover, but no trees for shade or
            Each Site: Picnic table. Dump Station: Yes.               night’s deposit nonrefundable. Reservations can be          protection from the elements. Rockhounds—and
            Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and              made for 60% of the campsites. Registration: In             others—will enjoy this campground just south of
            Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal             visitor’s center. (Late arrivals select an available site   Murfreesboro and a couple hundred feet from the
            Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 5 mi. to            & pay in the morning.) Fee: $18 (premium site),             Crater of Diamonds State Park. The services are
            Mena. Restaurant: 5 mi. to Mena. General                  $17 (preferred site), $15 (water, electric). Parking:       decent, and the campground is attractive and
            Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Pool. Play-           At site.                                                    woodsy.
            ground: Yes. Other: Lake, antique soda fountain,          FACILITIES                                                  BASICS
            firewood. Activities: Basketball, swimming.               Number of Multipurpose Sites: 127.                          Operated By: J. Goodin. Open: All year. Site
            Nearby Attractions: Talimena Scenic Drive, Oua-           Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps), water. Each                Assignment: Upon registration.Verbal reserva-
            chita National Forest, Janssen Park, Queen Wil-           Site: Picnic table, grill, lantern pole. Dump Sta-          tions OK; call to cancel. Registration: In gift shop.
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        164      ARKANSAS          Paragould

        (Late arrivals select an available site & settle in the    5 sites are reservable. Registration: In visitors cen-      FACILITIES
        morning.) Fee: RV $15 (full). Parking: At site.            ter. (Late arrivals select available site & register next   Number of RV Sites: 52. Hookups: Electric (20,
        FACILITIES                                                 morning after 8 a.m.) Fee: $15 (water, electric), tent      30 amps), water. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, trees.
        Number of Multipurpose Sites: 20. Hookups:                 $8 (check,V, MC, D,AE). Parking: At site.                   Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone:
        Electric (30, 50 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Pic-      FACILITIES                                                  Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: No. Fuel: 3 mi.
        nic table, trash can. Dump Station: Yes. Laun-             Number of RV Sites: 18. Number of Tent-only                 Propane: 3 mi. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-
        dry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and                     Sites: 8. Hookups: Electric (30 amps), water,               vice: No. Market: 6 mi. to town. Restaurant: 6
        Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal              sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill, lantern pole.        mi. to town. General Store: No. Vending: Yes.
        Roads: Gravel. RV Service: No. Market: 2 mi.               Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone:                  Swimming: Lake (at boat dock). Playground:
        north. Restaurant: 2 mi. north. General Store: 2           Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.                 Yes. . Activities: Swimming, fishing, baseball, soccer,
        mi. north. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-                Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-                 horseshoes, hiking, golf. Nearby Attractions:
        ground: Yes. Other: Gift shop, 3 cabins, firewood,         vice: No. Market: 9 mi. to Paragould. Restau-               Lake Langhofer,The Band Museum, Southeast
        fishing pond, pavilion. Activities: Hiking, rock col-      rant: 9 mi. to Paragould. General Store: No.                Arkansas Arts & Science Center, Nature Center,
        lecting. Nearby Attractions: Crater of Diamonds            Vending: Yes. Swimming: Lake. Playground:                   Railroad Museum. Additional Information:
        State Park, Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village, Hot Springs,          Yes. Other: Gift shop. Activities: Boating, canoe-          Greater Pine Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce,
        Quartz Mines,Washington State Park. Additional             ing, hiking, swimming, paddleboating. Nearby                (870) 535-0110.
        Information: Murfreesboro Chamber of Com-                  Attractions: Lake Ponder,Walcott Lake. Addi-                RESTRICTIONS
        merce, (870) 425-5111.                                     tional Information: Paragould-Greene County                 Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill
        RESTRICTIONS                                               Chamber of Commerce, (870) 236-7684.                        only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle
        Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: In pits.     RESTRICTIONS                                                Maximum Length: None.
        Alcoholic Beverages: Subject to dry county reg-            Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: In pits.      TO GET THERE
        ulations. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.                    Alcoholic Beverages: At sites (preferably in non-           From the junction of Hwy. 79B and Hwy. 65B,
        TO GET THERE                                               descript containers). Vehicle Maximum Length:               go 1.2 mi. east on Hwy. 65B. Turn left at the light
        From the junction of Hwy. 26/27 and Hwy. 301,              None.                                                       onto Convention Center Dr. and follow this road
        go 2.3 mi. east on Hwy. 301. Turn left at the sign         TO GET THERE                                                into the park. The campground is at the extreme
        into the entrance.                                         From the junction of Hwy. 49 and Hwy. 412, go               north end of the park.
                                                                   9 mi. west on Hwy. 412. Turn left onto Hwy. 168
                                                                   and go 2 mi. Turn left at the sign into camp-
         PARAGOULD                MAP, B-3                         ground.                                                     POCAHONTAS               MAP, B-3
         Crowley’s Ridge State Park                                                                                            Old Davidsonville State Park
        2092 Hwy. 168 North, Paragould 72450.                                                                                  7953 Hwy. 166 South, Pocahontas 72455.
                                                                   PINE BLUFF                                  MAP, C-2
                                                                                                                               T: (870) 892-4708 or (870) 892-7650;
        T: (800) 264-2405 or (870) 573-6751;
                                                                   Saracen Trace RV Park                                       www.arkansasstateparks.com.
        www.arkansasstateparks.com.
                                                                   P.O. Box 7676, Pine Bluff 71611.T: (870) 536-
        a ★★★★                        b ★★★★★                      0920 or (870) 534-0711; pbparks@seark.net.
                                                                                                                               a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
        Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★                                                                      Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
                                                                   a ★★★★                         b n/a                        Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★★
        Spaciousness: ★★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★★
        Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★            Beauty: ★★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★★          Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
        Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★★             Spaciousness: ★★★★              Quiet: ★★★★★                Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★
        Campsites in the park are situated along a single          Security: ★★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★           RV sites in this park are located on either side of a
        internal road. Sites on the north side have a sudden       Insect Control: ★★              Facilities: ★★★             single internal looped road. Tent sites are walk-ins
        slope at the rear, while those on the south side have      Located within a large city park, this campground           from a common parking area in the southeast cor-
        a more gradual slope. (All parking strips are level.)      has open, grassy sites situated along a looped inter-       ner. All campsites are spacious, forested spaces with
        Tent sites (19–26) are mostly 30 feet off the main         nal road. All sites are 60-foot back-ins, and most (if      a (mostly) dirt floor. Of the RV sites, 4, 8, 16, and
        road, although sites 22–24 are set back farther.           not all) are very well shaded. Sites on the eastern         20 are 120-foot pull-throughs, while the rest of the
        These are extremely spacious (45-foot-wide) dirt           side of the campground (7–17) back to the lake,             sites run from 45 feet (1) to 75 feet (3) in length.
        campsites set, as all campsites in the park are, back      and seem to be sought after for this reason. Sites          Sites 10 and 11 are a double, suitable for a group
        in the forest. Of the RV sites (so designated solely       21–24 back to a golf course adjacent to the camp-           camping. Sites 18, 19, and 24 are slightly less
        by their electric hookups), 1 is a gigantic (120-feet)     ground. Site 43 is desirable for the large amount of        desirable sites: 18 is set right on the road, with lit-
        pull-through, while the others are mostly 45–50-           open space (large enough for another RV site) adja-         tle privacy; 19 is extremely close to several tent
        foot back-ins. (Site 7 is an exception, being only 30      cent to it. Sites 29 and 30, on the other hand, are         sites; and 24 is located right on the path that leads
        feet long and set very close to the road.) Site 9 offers   less desirable, as they are very close to the entrance      to the bathhouse, ensuring loads of passing foot
        the most privacy, being set well back from the road;       and receive more passing traffic than other sites.          traffic. All other sites are very nice, and even these
        while 8 has much less privacy due to its proximity         There is a disabled-access fishing pier between sites       three are only slightly worse off. The tenting area
        to a hiking trail head. The rest rooms and showers         12 and 13, which may also account for increased             consists of a very spacious walk-in area behind site
        are astonishingly clean, modern, and spacious (but         traffic past these two sites. This campground is on         19. One (unnumbered) site in the northeast corner
        do lack air conditioning). This is an intimate state       the whole a very pleasant, extremely quiet camp-            of this area is situated well away from the others,
        park with extraordinarily clean facilities that both       ground. Sites are grassy and shaded, and campers            and therefore offers more privacy. The rest rooms
        tenters and RVers will definitely enjoy.                   seeking a relaxing atmosphere should find them              and showers are extremely clean, modern, and spa-
                                                                   extremely comfortable.                                      cious. The campground is very comfortable for
        BASICS
                                                                                                                               both tenters and RVers, and offers a glimpse into
        Operated By: Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism.            BASICS
                                                                                                                               frontier life in Arkansas from the early 1800s.
        Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first         Operated By: Pine Bluff Parks Commission.
        served. Reservations require deposit of 1-night’s          Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first          BASICS
        stay, made 5 days in advance; cancellation requires 5-     served; no reservations. Registration: Registra-            Operated By: Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism.
        days notice; 1st night’s deposit nonrefundable. Only       tion kiosk. Fee: $12. Parking: At site.                     Open: All year (limited services Dec.–Feb.). Site
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            Assignment: First come, first served; reservations        very bright. This campground is a very comfort-           BASICS
            require deposit of 1 night’s stay, made 5 days in         able stay for both RVers and tenters.                     Operated By: Richard Shilling. Open: All year.
            advance; cancellation requires 5-days notice; 1st         BASICS                                                    Site Assignment: Flexible, depending on availabil-
            night’s deposit nonrefundable. Registration: In vis-      Operated By: Leslie Thomas & Jack Maertens.               ity; reservations require credit card if arriving after
            itor center, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Late arrivals select avail-   Open: All year. Site Assignment: Upon registra-           4 p.m.; cancellation requires 24-hour notice. Regis-
            able site & register next morning after 8 a.m.) Fee:      tion;V or MC required for reservation, 24-hour            tration: In office. (Late arrivals pay in morning.)
            $15 (water, electric), tent $8 (check,V, MC, D,AE).       cancellation policy. Registration: In office. (Late       Fee: RV $ 20 (50 amps), $ 18 (30 amps) (check,V,
            Parking: At site.                                         arrivals use drop box.) Fee: RV $22 (full), $20           MC, D). Good Sam & AARP discounts available.
            FACILITIES                                                (water, electric), tent $14 (check,V, MC). Parking:       Parking: At site.
            Number of RV Sites: 24. Number of Tent-only               At site.                                                  FACILITIES
            Sites: 15. Hookups: Electric (20 amps), water.            FACILITIES                                                Number of RV Sites: 50. Hookups: Electric (30,
            Each Site: Picnic table, grill, fire pit, trees. Dump     Number of Tent-only Sites: Undesignated sites.            50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Picnic
            Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest           Hookups: Electric (20, 30, 50 amps), water, sewer.        table (most sites). Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:
            Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: 10 mi. in Poca-             Each Site: Picnic table, grill. (most sites). Dump        Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Show-
            hontas. Propane: 10 mi. in Pocahontas. Internal           Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest          ers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
            Roads: Paved. RV Service: 45 min. to Jonesboro.           Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: 0.5 mi.                     Roads: Gravel/paved. RV Service: Service Center.
            Market: 10 mi. to Pocahontas. Restaurant: 10 mi.          Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Ser-              4 mi. Market: 2 mi. south. Restaurant: 0.25 mi.
            to Pocahontas. General Store: 1 mi. Vending:              vice: 0.5 mi. Market: 2 mi. on Hwy. 62. Restau-           south. General Store: No. Vending: Yes. Swim-
            Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes. Other:                rant: 0.5 mi. General Store: Yes. Vending: No.            ming: No. Playground: No. Other: Dataport, rec
            Pavilion, boat ramp, historical exhibits, canoe           Swimming: Pool. Playground: Yes. Other:                   hall, RV supplies. Activities: Tours, hiking. Nearby
            rentals, gift shop, campfire ring. Activities: Boating,   Game room, w/in 15 minutes of fishing areas, cab-         Attractions: Lake Dardanelle State Park, Hot
            hiking, fishing, volleyball. Nearby Attractions:          ins, pet walk, swimming pool. Activities: Fishing,        Springs National Park. Additional Information:
            Black River, Old Davidsonville. Additional Infor-         boating, swimming. Nearby Attractions: Pea                Chamber of Commerce, (501) 968-2530.
            mation: Randolph County Chamber of Com-                   Ridge Military Park,War Eagle Cavern, Beaver Lake.        RESTRICTIONS
            merce, (870) 892-3956.                                    Additional Information: Rogers Chamber of                 Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after; long-term
            RESTRICTIONS                                              Commerce, (501) 636-1240.                                 residents may only have a “few” dogs. Fires: In
            Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill       RESTRICTIONS                                              own grills; subject to bans; check w/ park for
            only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites (preferably in        Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill       details. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites; subject to
            nondescript containers). Vehicle Maximum                  only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle              dry county regulations. Vehicle Maximum
            Length: None.                                             Maximum Length: None.                                     Length: 62 ft.
            TO GET THERE                                              TO GET THERE                                              TO GET THERE
            From the junction of Hwy. 62 and Hwy. 166,                From I-340 (Exit 82), exit onto Hwy. 62 and go            From I-40 Exit 81, turn west onto Hwy. 7 and go
            turn south onto Hwy. 166 and go 8.5 mi. (Be sure          10.6 mi. Turn left at the sign into the entrance.         0.3 mi. north to campground entrance.
            to follow Hwy. 166 as it turns to the left after 8
            mi.) Follow the road straight into the park.
                                                                      RUSSELLVILLE        MAP, B-1, B-2                         SILOAM SPRINGS           MAP, B-1
                                                                      Outdoor Living Center RV Park                             Wilderness Hills RV Park
            ROGERS                  MAP, B-1                                                                                    and Campground
            Rogers/Pea Ridge Garden                                   10 Outdoor Ct., Russellville 72802.T: (479)
            RV and Campground                                         968-7705 or (479) 968-7706; www.olcrv.com.                13776 Taylor Orchard Rd., Siloam Springs
                                                                                                                                72734.T: (479) 524-4955;
            15170 Hwy. 62 East, Rogers 72732.                         a ★★★                         b n/a                       whcg@coxinternet.com.
            T: (479) 451-8566; www.gardenrv.com.                      Beauty: ★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                                                                                a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
            a ★★★★                        b ★★★★                      Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
                                                                      Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★           Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★★
            Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★          Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★             Spaciousness: ★★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★★
            Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★★★               Although this campground is bordered to the               Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
            Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★★         northwest by woods, unsightly storage units to the        Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★
            Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★★           south detract significantly from the beauty of this       Located in a wilderness setting and surrounded by
            Sites in this campground are mostly undeveloped,          park. Sites are laid out in two central rows of 65-       forest, this campground is shady and quiet. RV
            being grassy or, at most, gravel. However, this           foot pull-throughs, with 60-foot back-ins around          sites are huge pull-throughs (75–95-feet) laid out
            lends a natural feel to the entire campground that        the perimeter. The nicest of the back-ins (17–25)         in two strips, and all are well-shaded. Sites 1–10
            many campers will enjoy. Sites 1–15 are 75-foot           are along the northern edge, just in front of the         are farthest from the office, but closest to the
            pull-throughs, of which 1–8 are mostly without            woods. Sites 1–16 also back to trees, but the trees       entrance. (Sites 1–5 are the farthest from every-
            shade. (Sites 10–15 are forested.) Sites 22–26 are        don’t shade the sites. The pull-throughs are grassy       thing—but not by much.) Sites 3 and 4,as well as
            smaller (42–54-feet) back-ins, and a little               and level, but open to the sun. Site 25 is next to the    5 and 6, are angled into each other, which makes
            crunched for space. Site 23 is a 60-foot pull-            rec room, and may receive more than the normal            them slightly less private. The longest sites in the
            through at the tip of the island inside the looped        amount of passing foot traffic. Likewise, 46, closest     campground are 11–15, which are an impressive
            road. Sites 44 and 45 are 75-foot back-ins that           to the rest rooms, may be a high-traffic site. The rest   95 feet in length. Tenting space is located in the
            back to the forest, and are the most secluded sites       rooms are clean and comfortable, and kept locked          southeast corner. Like the RV sites, this area is
            in the park. The tent spaces, 32–40, are in fact one      for added security. This park is a decent overnight       well-shaded, and it is closest to the undeveloped
            large open space fit for tents. This area has lots of     stay, but not a destination for most travelers. One       forest. While there is but thin grass cover, the dirt
            trees but a rather thin grass cover. Tent sites 48 and    word of note: during our visit, the managers were         is soft and will easily take tent spikes. Tenters will
            50, by the entrance, have crushed gravel pads and         involved in multi-level marketing, and tended to          especially enjoy the “lost” atmosphere of this park,
            loads of shade. The laundry facility is small but         push their product on visitors—to the extent of           although anyone in search of a quiet night in the
            very clean. The rest rooms are likewise clean and         including a product brochure with each site map!          woods will appreciate it.
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        166     ARKANSAS          Texarkana

        BASICS                                                   bing, and some of the lights were not working             thest from the entrance. The shower facility is
        Operated By: Robert Hammersla. Open: All                 when the campground was inspected. The laundry            cleaner than the rest rooms, which are acceptable
        year. Site Assignment: Upon registration; verbal         is spacious and clean. This is a very reasonable          but not spectacular. At the time of our visit, the
        reservations OK, first come, first served. Regis-        campground to spend several days in, and depend-          floors were utterly exhausted, and needed to be
        tration: In office. (Late arrivals use drop box.)        ing on which site you get, it may prove to be wor-        replaced. This campground is a reasonable
        Fee: RV $22 (full), $18 (water, electric), tent $13      thy of a longer stay.                                     overnight stay—and an extremely convenient one
        (check, no credit cards). Parking: At site.              BASICS                                                    for those in need of RV servicing—but shouldn’t
        FACILITIES                                               Operated By: Janet Park. Open: All year. Site             make anyone’s destination list.
        Number of RV Sites: 25. Hookups: Electric (30,           Assignment: Upon registration. Reservations rec-          BASICS
        50 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table,         ommended & require credit card in busy season;            Operated By: Richard Shilling. Open: All year.
        grill. Dump Station: No (sewer at all sites).            24-hour cancellation policy. Registration: In             Site Assignment: First come, first served; credit
        Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and              office. (Late arrivals use drop box.) Fee: RV             card required for reservation; 24-hour cancellation
        Showers: Yes. Fuel: 2 mi. Propane: 2 mi. Inter-          $20–$23 depending on 30 or 50 amps (V, MC, D,             policy. Registration: In RV at entrance, on right. If
        nal Roads: Gravel. RV Service: No. Market: 2             AE). Parking: At site.                                    unattended, use mail slot. Fee: RV $17 (50 amps),
        mi. southwest to Siloam Springs. Restaurant: 2 mi.       FACILITIES                                                $16 (30 amps) (check,V, MC, D). Parking: At site.
        southwest to Siloam Springs. General Store: No.          Number of RV Sites: 41. Hookups: Electric (20,            FACILITIES
        Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: No.              30, 50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Pic-     Number of RV Sites: 49. Hookups: Electric (30,
        Other: Dataport, lake, stream, golf course, cabins,      nic table, grill, trash can. Dump Station: Yes. Laun-     50 amps), water, sewer, phone. Each Site: Varies.
        horseshoes. Activities: Fishing, golf, antique, flea     dry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and                  Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone:
        markets, horseshoes. Nearby Attractions: Ozark           Showers: Yes. Fuel: 0.5 mi. Propane: Yes. Inter-          Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.
        National Forest, Beaver Lake. Additional Infor-          nal Roads: Gravel. RV Service: No. Market: 5 mi.          Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Ser-
        mation: Chamber of Commerce, (501) 524-6466.             to Texarkana. Restaurant: 0.5 mi. at Flying J. Gen-       vice: Yes. Market: 1 block. Restaurant: 2 blocks.
        RESTRICTIONS                                             eral Store: Yes. Vending: No. Swimming: Pool.             General Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming:
        Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after, quiet. Fires:     Playground: Yes. Other: Small TV lounge.All sites         No. Playground: No. Other: Pet walk area, pavil-
        Grill only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle       are pull-through. Activities: Games, visiting muse-       ion. Activities: Railroad rides. Nearby Attrac-
        Maximum Length: None.                                    ums, swimming. Nearby Attractions: Crater of              tions: Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. Additional
        TO GET THERE                                             Diamonds State Park, Dy Place Children’s Museum.          Information: Van Buren Visitors Center, (800)
        From the junction of Hwy. 595 and Hwy. 412               Additional Information: Texarkana Chamber of              332-5889.
        East in town (just west of the Arkansas state line),     Commerce, (903) 792-7191.                                 RESTRICTIONS
        go east on Hwy. 412 for 1.5 mi. Turn left onto           RESTRICTIONS                                              Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill
        Mt. Olive St. and go 1.9 mi. Turn right onto             Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after, do not leave       only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle
        Dawn Hill Rd. and go 1.85 mi. Turn left onto             tied up. Fires: Grill only. Alcoholic Beverages:          Maximum Length: None.
        Taylor Orchard Rd. and go 1.3 mi. Turn right at          At sites. Vehicle Maximum Length: None.                   TO GET THERE
        the sign into the campground.                            TO GET THERE                                              From I-40 Exit 5, turn south onto Hwy. 59. On
                                                                 From I-30, take Exit 7 to Mandeville. Go 0.2 mi.          the south side of the highway crossover, go 0.1 mi.
                                                                 north on Hwy. 108 West, then take the 1st right           to the 1st left turn. Drive straight into the
         TEXARKANA                               MAP, D-1
                                                                 onto the north service road and go 0.4 mi.                entrance.
         Texarkana RV Park                                       straight into the campground.
        8225 Camper Ln.,Texarkana 71854.
        T: (870) 772-0751; rbparksr@msn.com.                                                                               WALDRON                                   MAP, C-1
                                                                 VAN BUREN                                 MAP, B-1        Big Pine RV Park
        a ★★★                        b n/a                       Overland RV Park
                                                                                                                           1085 North Main St.,Waldron 72958.
        Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★          1716 Fayetteville Hwy.,Van Buren 72956.                   T: (479) 637-1000 or (903) 665-8648;
        Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★                  T: (479) 471-5474; olcrv@mail.cswnet.com.                 bjem@valuelink.net.
        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
        Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★            a ★★★                         b n/a                       a ★★★                        b ★★★
        Divided into three sections (A, B, and C), this          Beauty: ★                     Site Privacy: ★★★           Beauty: ★★                    Site Privacy: ★★
        campground has only RV sites, and does not               Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★                  Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★
        accommodate tenting. Sites are all level, grassy         Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★           Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
        pull-throughs. Row A has 65-foot sites that are all      Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★             Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★
        very open. Site 8 has the largest tree (across the       This RV park is part of an RV-oriented complex in         This overnight park is located in a residential area,
        internal road, by the grill), making it the best of      a commercial area off a main road. The park is            with little to enhance its beauty. Sites are grassy
        this row. Site 12 is closest to the highway, making      located next to a sales and service center, while a       and open, and situated rather close to the road.
        it the least desirable. Row B has 45-foot sites that     fence running around the park hides a supermar-           (Sites 12–16 are especially close. Mainly unshaded,
        are mostly open—sites 8, 11, 12, and 14 have             ket, restaurants, and shops. Sites are laid out in        they are as open to the sun as they are to passers-
        shade trees. Row C has 60-foot sites, with the best      three rows. The south row (even 2–32 and 33)              by.) While sites are open-ended, anything larger
        sites in the higher numbers. Sites 11–14 face a nice     contains back-ins of 40 × 22 feet and offers phone        than 60 feet or so seems not feasible, especially if a
        field to the north, and have trees across the internal   hookups. The north row (34–49) offers 50 amps             number of sites are occupied. Sites 10 and 11 are
        road that provide some shade, but 14 is close to the     service. Pull-throughs are located in the north and       perhaps the nicest, with a couple of trees around
        highway. The campground in general is not highly         middle rows. These sites are 65 feet in length, with      them to reduce the amount of direct sunlight that
        developed, which lends a natural feel to the sites       a mixture of gravel and grass. Site 33 is slightly less   reaches them. Site 16 also has a tree, making it
        but also provides for a sometimes choppy road.           desirable, as fencing on two sides seems to hem it        slightly better than the other roadside sites. Of the
        RVers should take the internal road at a slow speed.     in. The most desirable sites are in the north row,        remaining sites, 1–8, are the better sites, being far-
        The rest rooms are clean and very modern. How-           since they have the greatest amount of open space         thest from the highway. Perhaps a telling detail: a
        ever, the showers could benefit from a tile scrub-       behind them, while the easternmost sites are far-         warning sign that reads “Not Responsible For
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                                                                                                                                             Wynne        ARKANSAS           167

            Accidents” is displayed prominently in the camp-         decorated. The laundry is contained in its own          farther than most, making it rather more private.
            ground, suggesting that entering and exiting the         cute little cabin, and is open 24 hrs. Located 15       Sites 23 and 24 are on either side of a hiking trail
            premises is somewhat difficult in traffic. But then,     miles to most attractions, and 22 miles to Grace-       head, and may experience more foot traffic for this
            unless you are running late you probably won’t           land, this park boasts very friendly management         reason. Sites 25 and 26 together form a double. The
            want to bother to find out.                              and is worth the drive out, especially given the        West Area is close to Lake Dunn; sites 46–50 are
            BASICS                                                   state of other local campgrounds.                       the closest campsites to the swimming beach. Sites
            Operated By: Billy & Esther Murphy. Open: All            BASICS                                                  53–57 back to the lake (with a strip of forest behind
            year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.         Operated By: Jim & Sue Alkire. Open: All year.          them), while 59 is close to the rest room facility.
            No reservations. Registration: “Pick a spot &            Site Assignment: Upon registration. Reservations        Sites 48 and 49 make a double, and 72 and 73 are
            park.” Register when someone is around. Fee: RV          require credit card or cell phone number, & are rec-    very close to one another. 60–67 are located on a
            $14. Parking: At site.                                   ommended; cancellation must be made 1 day before        side street, making them slightly more private. Of
                                                                     arrival. Registration: In office. (Late arrivals use    these sites, 61 and 62 are the most remote. The
            FACILITIES                                                                                                       North Area contains the most number of doubles,
            Number of Tent-only Sites: Undesignated sites.           drop box.) Fee: RV $28 (full), $18 (water, electric),
                                                                     tent $18.Winter rates are RV $26 & tent $16.            which will interest groups of campers. These
            Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps), water, sewer.
                                                                     Parking: At site, w/ plenty of visitor parking.         include sites 75 and 76, 93 and 94, and 101 and
            Each Site: Varies. Dump Station: No. Laundry:
                                                                                                                             102. Site 74 is right at the entrance, but 85 and 86
            No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Show-                  FACILITIES                                              are tucked away in a corner. This is a pleasant
            ers: No. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal                 Number of RV Sites: 125. Number of Tent-
                                                                                                                             wilderness campground that will appeal to many
            Roads: Gravel. RV Service: No. Market: 1 mi.             only Sites: 3. Hookups: Electric (30, 50 amps),
                                                                                                                             campers for its quiet and natural setting.
            south. Restaurant: 1 mi. south. General Store:           water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, grill. Dump
            No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground:               Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest        BASICS
            No. . Activities: Fishing, boating, swimming, hiking.    Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:              Operated By: Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism.
            Nearby Attractions: Ouachita National Forest,            Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Service: No.            Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first
            Blue Mountain Lake. Additional Information:              Market: 4 mi. south (Exit 10). Restaurant: 4 mi.        served. Reservations require deposit of 1-night’s
            Chamber of Commerce, (501) 637-2775.                     south (Exit 10). General Store: Yes. Vending:           stay, made 5 days in advance; cancellation requires
                                                                     No. Swimming: Yes, outdoor pool. Playground:            5-days notice; 1st night’s deposit nonrefundable.
            RESTRICTIONS                                                                                                     Registration: In visitors center. (Late arrivals
            Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill      Yes. Other: Dataport, rec room, pet walk area,
                                                                     horseshoes. Activities: Swimming, visiting muse-        select available site & register next morning after
            only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites. Vehicle
                                                                     ums, city tours, shopping. Nearby Attractions:          8 a.m.) Fee: $15 (check,V, MC, D,AE), 8 person
            Maximum Length: 60 ft.
                                                                     Graceland, Sun Studio, Beale St., Pink Palace           limit. Parking: At site.
            TO GET THERE                                             Museum, Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, IMAX Theater.             FACILITIES
            From the junction of Hwy. 71 and Hwy. 71 B               Additional Information: Arkansas Visitor infor-         Number of RV Sites: 104. Hookups: Electric
            north of town, turn south onto Hwy. 71B South,           mation Desk, (901) 543-5333.                            (20, 30, 50 amps), water. Each Site: Picnic table;
            and go 0.7 mi. Turn left at the sign into the park.                                                              fire pit; tent pad (only at 37 sites). Dump Station:
                                                                     RESTRICTIONS
                                                                     Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after. Fires: Grill     Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms
                                                                                                                             and Showers: Yes. Fuel: W/in 1 mi. Propane:
            WEST MEMPHIS          MAP, B-3                           only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites, no bottles.
                                                                     Vehicle Maximum Length: None.                           W/in 1 mi. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service:
            America’s Best Campground
                                                                                                                             No. Market: 7 mi. to Wynne. Restaurant: 7 mi. to
            7037 I-55,West Memphis 72364.                            TO GET THERE                                            Wynne. General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes.
                                                                     From I-55, take Exit 14. Take the 1st right (fol-
            T: (888) 857-4890 or (870) 739-4801;                                                                             Swimming: Lake. Playground: Yes. Other: Cab-
                                                                     lowing the sign for Memphis). Follow the road
            www.camp_memphis.com.                                                                                            ins, auditorium. Activities: Tennis, hiking, driving
                                                                     around and take the right turn so that you are          range, basketball, bicycles for rent. Nearby
            a ★★★★                       b ★★★★                      driving parallel to the interstate on the west serv-    Attractions: Village Creek State Park, Parkin Arch
                                                                     ice road. Go 0.2 mi. and turn right at the sign         State Park. Additional Information: Chamber of
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★         into the campground.
            Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★                                                                         Commerce, (870) 238-2601.
            Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★★                                                                 RESTRICTIONS
            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★★          WYNNE                                     MAP, B-3      Pets: On leash only, cleaned up after, not in cabins.
            West of the highway, with a cornfield to the north       Village Creek State Park                                Fires: Grill only. Alcoholic Beverages: At sites
            and an agricultural field to the south, this camp-                                                               (preferably in nondescript containers). Vehicle
                                                                     201 CR 754,Wynne 72396.T: (870) 238-9406;               Maximum Length: None.
            ground has attractive landscaping (using bushes at       www.arkansasstateparks.com.
            the ends of rows) and towering shade trees. Nearly                                                               TO GET THERE
            all sites in the park are very well shaded, with a       a ★★★★                       b ★★★★                     From the junction of Hwy. 1 and Hwy. 64B/284,
            grass floor. Sites 1, 2, 4, and 9 are enormous (100-                                                             turn east onto Hwy. 64B/284, and go 1.9 mi.,
            feet) pull-throughs, while 3 and 5–8 are 75-foot         Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★        making sure to take the two turns within the 1st
            back-ins. End sites 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, and H have       Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★★              0.7 mi. to stay on this highway. At the junction of
            enormous leftover space at the ends of the rows.         Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★          Hwy. 64B and Hwy. 284, go 4.9 mi. south on
            Sites 50–54 are 60-foot back-ins in a strip across       Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★          Hwy. 284. Turn left at the sign into the park
            from the office. Adjacent to these sites are sites       This is a large campground divided up into three        entrance.
            55–62, arranged in a semi-circle in the grass. These     camping areas: South (1–41), West (42–73), and
            are undeveloped sites in a wooded area, with a very      North (74–104), in order from the entrance. All
            natural, almost wild, feel. (These sites can accom-      sites are forested, and have a paved parking area for
            modate any size of rig, and can be pull-throughs if      an RV or other vehicle. Most sites open to a grassy
            the adjacent area is clear.) Sites A–H face a residen-   field that campers can use for recreation. The South
            tial area, and A and B are the least best sites in the   Area consists of two loops in a figure 8, the more
            campground, lacking shade trees. However, there          northerly of the two loops containing reservable
            is nary a truly bad site in the park. The rest rooms     sites. Sites 1 and 8 are set very close to the road,
            and showers are immaculate, well-lit, and tastefully     which makes them less desirable; while 7 is set back
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                                                        California


        California’s motto, Eureka, means “I have found it!” That sentiment is just as applicable to campers today as it was when it was first
        adopted a century and a half ago by the ’49ers of the gold rush era. Indeed, the camping prospects are richer by far than what
        remains of the Golden State’s mineral resources. From its 840 miles of shoreline, millions of acres of federal land, and 264 state parks
        (with scores more on the county level), California’s scenery is a glittering reflection of all that is rare and wonderful in the natural
        beauty of the United States. With its relatively mild climate, many campgrounds remain open all year.
            As one might expect in a state California’s size, this is a land packed with extremes and superlatives: from Mount Whitney, the
        highest peak in the Lower 48 states, to Badwater in Death Valley, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Its coast redwoods
        are the tallest trees in the world, and the bristlecone pines of the Inyo National Forest are the planet’s oldest living organisms. To
        the south are sun-parched deserts awash in cacti and colorfully eroded landscapes that explode with wildflowers in the spring. Up
        north are the Cascade Mountains, iced with snow, scarred by lava, laced with trout streams, alpine lakes, and thousands of miles of
        hiking trails. In between are snow-crusted glaciers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one crashing waterfall after another, especially
        in Yosemite Valley, more national parks and monuments than any other state in the country, and a number of historical sites hon-
        oring Native American, Spanish, and Mexican explorers and African and Chinese pioneers, among others.
            Beyond its silky-smooth beaches and tide pools, where passing whales and nesting seals can be observed, in addition to the superb
        fishing and boating in pristine lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, California’s abundance of wildlife is icing on the camper’s cake. Grizzly
        bears are long gone, but you will find Tule elk, Roosevelt elk, and fallow deer among the animals gracing the coastal preserves; big
        horn sheep, kangaroo rats, and desert tortoises in the arid areas; and black bears, coyotes, and black-tail deer roaming throughout.
        One needn’t be a sharp-eyed birder to enjoy the sight of condors, Canada geese, bald and golden eagles, acorn woodpeckers, hum-
        mingbirds, valley quails, and herons of various types warbling among the oaks or winging across the marshlands.
            Under the Clinton presidency, the Golden State gained the newly created Mojave National Preserve and two national monu-
        ments, Carrizo Plain and Giant Sequoia. The domains of Pinnacles National Monument, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree
        National Parks were substantially expanded. Hundreds of properties within California’s national forests have been revamped and
        are now run by concessionaires intent on keeping them clean, secure, and profitable. Dispersed camping on lands administered by
        the National Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management offers serious solitude-seekers and the budget-minded a less structured
        approach to camping.
            The 31st state also is chockfull of fascinating destinations should you get an itch for the kitsch. Just outside San Francisco Air-
        port in Burlingame, you can relive your childhood while at the Museum of Pez Memorabilia. Every October the Santa Barbara
        County city of Carpinteria hosts its Avocado Festival, where it is highly probable that you will be encouraged by the locals to par-
        ticipate in helping create the world’s largest bowl of guacamole. But if what you really desire is to be in the middle of things, we sug-
        gest a trek to Felicity, otherwise known as the Center of the World, and have your name not only inscribed on the Wall for the
        Ages but entered into the electronic archive.
            Whatever your interests and however you like to camp, despite the confines of your itinerary, California has so much beauty and
        space that on pulling into a campground you may well feel inspired to imitate the ’49ers by exclaiming with exuberance, “Eureka!”
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             Campground Profiles
                                                                                                                                 Cedar Canyon Rd. and after 6 mi. turn right on
            ADIN                                      MAP, A-2       BAKER                                       MAP, E-4
                                                                                                                                 Black Canyon Rd. Proceed for 9.5 mi. to the
            Upper Rush Creek                                         Hole-in-the-Wall                                            campground on the right.
            CR 198A,Adin 96006.T: (530) 299-3215;                    Mojave National Preserve, Black Canyon Rd.,
            www.r5.fs.fed.us/modoc.                                  Baker 92311.T: (760) 255-8801;
                                                                     www.nps.gov/moja.                                           BANNING                                   MAP, E-3
            a ★★★                        b ★★★★                                                                                  Lake Hemet
                                                                     a ★★★                          b ★★★★
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★                                                                      56570 Hwy. 74, #4, Banning 92561.
            Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★                Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★            T: (909) 659-2680.
            Security: ★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★           Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                     Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                                                                                 a ★★★★                       b ★★★
            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★
                                                                     Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★★★              Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★
            You will have to pass Lower Rush Creek to reach
            this campground and may very well feel inclined to       If you chanced to visit this campground when the            Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★★
            stop there for the night. No problem, the two are        Mojave National Preserve was first created in 1994,         Security: ★★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★
            comparably pleasant, and Lower Rush has several          there was a very good likelihood that you had the           Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★★★
            walk-in sites, hidden away beyond a small wooden         entire grounds to yourself. Times have changed as           To paraphrase Dickens, Lake Hemet offers the best
            bridge, that are perfect for reclusive tenters. Upper    word has spread about the subtle beauty of this area,       of campgrounds and the worst of campgrounds. It
            Rush, though, is the more densely forested, tran-        and now you will probably have neighbors. Unless,           has a fine sandy beach but doesn’t allow swimming
            quil of the two and offers a better array of sites.      of course, you make the mistake of visiting this piece      in its namesake lake (wading is allowed in Hurkey
            Conifers tower over the hilly dominion, providing        of desert in summer when it becomes a sweltering            Creek by the playground). The rugged, natural
            shade and—through their fallen needles—soft              inferno without a single shade tree to be found in          atmosphere radiating from the surrounding San Jac-
            padding for tents. To the north of camp is a vol-        the camp’s single loop. But at an elevation of 4,400        into and Thomas mountain ranges is partly dimin-
            canic outcropping, while the narrow, trickling           feet, Hole-in-the-Wall can be pretty comfortable in         ished by the cluttered cluster of the long-term
            Rush Creek sluices along its southern boundary.          both autumn and spring, even if late afternoon              residences. Several stands of mature ponderosa pines
            Some of the real estate here is not very level, but      winds often require the donning of jackets and hats         are scattered around the property but sites of dirt,
            sites overall are very roomy and scattered well          for warmth. And while the yucca plants and pencil           sand, and a smattering of grass are largely exposed to
            apart. Units 3–5, nestled above the creek, are the       chollas don’t provide much in the way of screening,         the sun. And unless you like plenty of company, for-
            most picturesque. This facility is in the Modoc          sites, with both pull-through and back-in parking,          get about a waterside location, especially among the
            National Forest, 35 miles southwest of Alturas, off      are roomy, well spaced apart, and attractively posi-        RV hookups; the outlying areas without electricity
            of Hwy. 299. It is nearly a mile high in altitude,       tioned just below a rough looking canyon. The sun-          are your best bet for space and seclusion. Security is
            making for cold nights early and late in the season.     set view of the surrounding mountains is an added           one feature this facility is unequivocal about, with
            In winter, spigots are capped and no potable water       plus, as is the Rings Trail hike, with its trailhead half   an entrance gate, regular patrols, and a county sher-
            is available.                                            a mile to the south.                                        iff’s office on the edge of the grounds.
            BASICS                                                   BASICS                                                      BASICS
            Operated By: Modoc National Forest, Big Valley           Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All               Operated By: Lake Hemet Municipal Water Dis-
            Ranger District. Open: May–Oct. Site Assign-             year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.            trict. Open: All year. Site Assignment: First
            ment: First come, first served. Registration: At         Registration: At entrance kiosk. Fee: $12, cash,            come, first served. Registration: At entrance
            entrance kiosk. Fee: $6, cash, check; no fee in winter   check. Parking: At site.                                    office. Fee: $17, cash,V, MC. Parking: At site.
            when water spigots are capped. Parking: At site.         FACILITIES                                                  FACILITIES
            FACILITIES                                               Number of RV Sites: 35. Number of Tent-only                 Number of RV Sites: 367. Number of Tent-
            Number of RV Sites: 13. Hookups: None. Each              Sites: 2. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic table,           only Sites: Undesignated sites. Hookups: Electric
            Site: Picnic table, fire grate, barbecue grill. Dump     fire ring. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay              (20, 30 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic
            Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest            Phone: Hole-in-the Wall Visitor Center, 0.5 mi              table, fire ring, some w/ a barbecue grill. Dump
            Rooms and Showers: Vault toilets, no showers.            south. Rest Rooms and Showers: Pit toilets, no              Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes.
            Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Dirt,             showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:             Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: Idyllwild.
            good condition. RV Service: No. Market: 10 mi.           Dirt, in good condition. RV Service: No. Market:            Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Mostly paved,
            south in Adin. Restaurant: 10 mi. south in Adin.         60 mi. west in Baker. Restaurant: 60 mi. west in            some dirt roads. RV Service: No. Market: 9 mi.
            General Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming:                Baker. General Store: 28 mi. in Fenner. Vending:            north in Idyllwild. Restaurant: 9 mi. north in
            No. Playground: No. . Activities: Hiking, fishing.       No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other:                    Idyllwild. General Store: Yes. Vending: No.
            Nearby Attractions: Lava Beds National Monu-             Wheelchair-accessible sites, information center.            Swimming: No. Playground: Yes. Other:
            ment; Modoc National Wildlife Refuge & Modoc             Activities: Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding.            Wheelchair-accessible facilities, boat launch.
            County Historical Museum in Alturas. Additional          Nearby Attractions: Mitchell Caverns, Kelso                 Activities: Fishing, hiking, volleyball, basketball,
            Information: Alturas Chamber of Commerce,                Dunes,Teutonia Peak. Additional Information:                horseshoe pit, boat rentals. Nearby Attractions:
            (530) 233-4434.                                          Mojave Desert Info. Cntr., (760) 733-4040.                  Pacific Crest Trail, Gilman Historic Ranch & Wagon
            RESTRICTIONS                                             RESTRICTIONS                                                Museum in Banning, San Jacinto Valley Museum.
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-      Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire ring only. Alco-          Additional Information: Banning Chamber of
            holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-             Commerce, (909) 849-4695.
            Length: 22 ft.                                           mum Length: None.                                           RESTRICTIONS
            TO GET THERE                                             TO GET THERE                                                Pets: On leash no longer than 15 ft., $1 fee. Fires:
            From Adin, drive 7.5 mi. northeast of Adin on            Exit I-40 at Essex Rd., drive 10 mi. north and              Fire ring only. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed.
            Hwy. 299 to Alturas. The campground is 1.5 mi.           turn right on Black Canyon Rd. Drive 10.3 mi.               Vehicle Maximum Length: 40 ft.
            off Hwy. 299 on a dirt road.                             and turn left into campground. Or: Exit I-15 at             TO GET THERE
                                                                     Cima Rd. and drive south for 22 mi. Turn left on            From Banning head south on Hwy. 243, off I-10,
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        and drive 31 mi. Turn left on Route 74 and con-         TO GET THERE                                                RESTRICTIONS
        tinue for 5 mi. to the campground on the right.         From I-10 in Banning exit south on Hwy. 243.                Pets: On leash & supervised. Fires: Fire ring only.
                                                                Drive 20 mi. and turn left at the campground                Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed, on leash & under
                                                                sign.                                                       owner’s supervision. Vehicle Maximum Length:
         BANNING               MAP, E-3                                                                                     22 ft., some sites will accommodate larger RVs.
         Stone Creek Campground                                                                                             TO GET THERE
                                                                 BARSTOW                                     MAP, E-3
        Mount San Jacinto State Park, 25905 Hwy. 243,                                                                       From Barstow drive 40 mi. east on I-15. Exit on
                                                                 Afton Canyon                                               Afton Rd. and drive 3.5 mi south on a dirt and
        Banning 92549.T: (909) 659-2607;
        (800) 444-7275; www.sanjac.statepark.org.               I-15,Afton Canyon Rd., Barstow 92311.T: (760)               gravel accordion road that leads to the camp-
                                                                252-6000; www.ca.blm.gov/barstow/afton.html.                ground on the left.
        a ★★★★                       b ★★★
                                                                a ★★★                          b ★★★★
        Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                                                                            BARSTOW                                    MAP, E-3
        Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★                 Beauty: ★★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                                                                            Owl Canyon
        Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          Spaciousness: ★★★★              Quiet: ★★★
        Insect Control: ★            Facilities: ★★             Security: ★★                    Cleanliness: ★★             Fossil Bed Rd., Barstow 92311.T: (760) 252-
        The scenic mountain drive along Hwy. 243 to             Insect Control: ★★★★            Facilities: ★               6000; www.ca.blm.gov/barstow/awl.html.
        Stone Creek is a good warm-up for your arrival at       Your first impression of Afton Canyon may well              a ★★★                         b ★★★★
        this gorgeous highland park. Set in a hilly, boulder-   be that it is a dusty God-forsaken over-sized sand-
        strewn forest of oak and incense cedar, manzanita,      box where even the lowly creosote bush has diffi-           Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★
        and ponderosa pine, the camp lies at 5,900 feet of      culty putting down roots. And your second                   Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★★★
        elevation, so plan for cool evenings throughout the     impression might echo your first, especially if a           Security: ★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★★
        year. Regrettably, the somewhat wild, natural look      freight train should chance to rattle down the              Insect Control: ★★★★           Facilities: ★
        of the place is balanced by sites that tend to be       nearby tracks while you are there. But give your            Rock hounds like this area for its abundance of fos-
        grouped a bit close together, with several lacking      eyes—and your other senses—an opportunity to                sils, but they’re overlooking the obvious: Owl
        level tenting space. Best choices for RVers from the    take in the surroundings and you may just find              Canyon is a diamond-in-the-rough. Conveniently
        series of loops are sites 45, with a large pull-        the low-key beauty of the place growing on you.             located next to Rainbow Basin National Natural
        through slot, and 50, for privacy. Site 26 is the       Some of the level, sandy sites are screened by              Landmark, just 11 miles north of Barstow, this
        most secluded among the tent options. Birders will      mesquite bushes, and most are spaced well apart,            campground is dramatically set against a colorful,
        enjoy the lively community of acorn woodpeckers         while desert dunes and the russet colored name-             eroded canyon of bentonite and limestone. Roomy,
        nesting in the vicinity and hikers should aim their     sake canyon lend texture to the setting. (So, too,          level sites are well spaced along a tri-pronged loop,
        boots in the direction of trails that lead into the     does a disturbing amount of litter, but that’s              with numbers 12–23 among the more private.
        neighboring San Jacinto Wilderness.                     another story.) There’s a chance you’ll see the elu-        Tableside ramadas are an essential campsite accou-
        BASICS                                                  sive desert tortoise here, though rosy boas and             terment in an otherwise primitive locale that con-
        Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-         kangaroo rats are more likely visitors. Bring plenty        sists of just desert scrub and a few sparse Joshua trees
        ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: First           of water—the source here is unreliable—and note             for vegetation. Owl Canyon lies at an elevation of
        come, first served. Reservations accepted w/ V, MC,     that while the campground is less than four miles           2,600 feet and can be scorching hot from mid-
        D. Registration: At entrance kiosk. Fee: $10–$12        south of I-15, a hairpin curve on the dirt and              spring through early autumn. Whenever you visit
        ($7 Sep. 15–May 14), cash, CA check. Parking: At        gravel washboard of an access road is all but               pack plenty of water, as none is available at the
        site.                                                   impassable for vehicles over 22 feet in length.             campground. And drive carefully, as the last time we
        FACILITIES                                              BASICS                                                      traveled through we encountered a large, shy desert
        Number of RV Sites: 23. Number of Tent-only             Operated By: Bureau of Land Management.                     tortoise crossing the camp’s dirt access road.
        Sites: 27. Hookups: Electric, water, sewer; ranges      Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first          BASICS
        from no hookup–full hookup. Each Site: Picnic           served. Registration: self-pay entrance station.            Operated By: Bureau of Land Management.
        table, fire grate, food storage box. Dump Station:      Place fee in box. Fee: $6, cash, check. Parking: At         Open: All year. Site Assignment: First come, first
        No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms              site.                                                       served. No reservations. Registration: At
        and Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Idyllwild       FACILITIES                                                  entrance kiosk. Fee: $6, cash, check. Parking: At
        has flush toilets & showers. Fuel: No. Propane:         Number of RV Sites: 22. Hookups: None. Each                 site.
        No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No.              Site: Picnic table, fire ring; most sites have ramada &     FACILITIES
        Market: Idyllwild w/in walking distance. Restau-        barbecue grill. Dump Station: No. Laundry: No.              Number of Multipurpose Sites: 31. Hookups:
        rant: Idyllwild w/in walking distance. General          Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers:                      None. Each Site: Picnic table, fire ring, barbecue
        Store: Idyllwild. Vending: No. Swimming: No.            Vaulted toilets, no showers. Fuel: No. Propane:             grill, ramada (most sites). Dump Station: No.
        Playground: No. Other: Some wheelchair-                 No. Internal Roads: Packed, rocky dirt but man-             Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and
        accessible facilities. Movie theater in Idyllwild.      ageable. RV Service: No. Market: 37 mi. west in             Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.
        Activities: Hiking, bird-watching, nature programs      Barstow. Restaurant: 37 mi. west in Barstow. Gen-           Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel, decent con-
        in summer, Movie theater in Idyllwild. Nearby           eral Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No.                  dition. RV Service: No. Market: 10 mi. south in
        Attractions: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Palm          Playground: No. Other: Some wheelchair-                     Barstow. Restaurant: 10 mi. south in Barstow.
        Springs Desert Museum, Oasis Water Park in Palm         accessible facilities. Activities: Hiking, hunting, bird-   General Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming:
        Springs, Gilman Historic Ranch & Wagon Museum           watching, rock & mineral collecting, horseback rid-         No. Playground: No. Other: Some wheelchair-
        in Banning, County Nature Center. Additional            ing, 4WD exploring. Nearby Attractions: Mojave              accessible facilities. Activities: Hiking, horseback
        Information: Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce,             National Preserve, Early Man Site, Death Valley             riding, scenic loop drive through canyon, bird-watch-
        (909) 659-3259.                                         National Park. Hunting available in area; call Califor-     ing, rock & mineral collecting. Nearby Attractions:
        RESTRICTIONS                                            nia Dept. of Fish & Game at (310) 590-5132. Addi-           Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark, Mojave
        Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-    tional Information: Bureau of Land Management,              National Preserve,Afton Canyon. Additional
        holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-         Barstow Field Office, (760) 252-6091; Dept. of Fish         Information: BLM, Barstow Field Office, (760) 252-
        mum Length: 24 ft.                                      & Game, (310) 590-5132 for hunting information.             6091; Barstow Area Chamber, (760) 256-8617.
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            RESTRICTIONS                                                chair-accessible facilities. Activities: Fishing, hiking,   Other: Some wheelchair-accessible facilities.
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: In fire ring. Alcoholic         waterskiing, boating, eavesdropping on your neigh-          Activities: Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, pho-
            Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length:                 bors. Nearby Attractions: Yosemite National                 tography. Nearby Attractions: Inyo National For-
            35 ft.                                                      Park; Fresno Flats Historical Site in Oakhurst;             est;Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest & Laws
                                                                        Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad in Fish               Railroad Museum & Historic Site in Bishop; Death
            TO GET THERE
                                                                        Camp, Nelder Grove of giant sequoias. Additional            Valley National Park; John Muir Wilderness. Addi-
            In Barstow follow the I-15 Business Loop and
                                                                        Information: Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce,                 tional Information: Bishop Area Chamber of
            head north on 1st St. After 0.8 mi. turn left on
                                                                        (559) 642-3676.                                             Commerce & Visitors Bureau, (760) 873-8405.
            Irwin Rd. and drive 6 mi., then turn left on Fossil
            Bed Rd. Proceed for 3 mi. and turn right. The               RESTRICTIONS                                                RESTRICTIONS
            campground is located 1.6 mi. down the road.                Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-         Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-
            The last 4.6 mi. are dirt w/ washboard stretches.           holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                   holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
                                                                        Length: 40 ft.                                              Length: 35 ft.
                                                                        TO GET THERE                                                TO GET THERE
            BASS LAKE                                   MAP, D-2
                                                                        From Oakhurst drive 3 mi. north on Hwy. 41.                 From Big Pine on US 395 head west on Crocker
            Lupine-Cedar Bluff                                          Turn right on CR 222 and continue for 7 mi.,                St. (which becomes Glacier Lodge Rd.). Drive 9.5
            CR 222, Bass Lake 93604.T: (559) 877-2218 or                bearing right at 2 consecutive forks, to the camp-          mi. to the campground entrance on the left.
            (877) 444-6777; www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra.                    ground on the right.

            a ★★★★                         b ★★                                                                                     BIG PINE                                 MAP, D-3
                                                                        BIG PINE                                    MAP, D-3        Grandview
            Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★
                                                                        Big Pine Creek
            Spaciousness: ★★               Quiet: ★★★                                                                               White Mountain Rd., Big Pine 93514.
            Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★             Glacier Lodge Rd., Big Pine 93513.T: (760) 873-             T: (760) 873-2500; www.r5.fs.fed.us/inyo.
            Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★★★              2500 or (877) 444-6777; www.r5.fs.fed.us/inyo.
                                                                                                                                    a ★★★★                       b ★★★★★
            A question to ask before heading out to this camp-          a ★★★★                         b ★★★★
            ground is, how much time will you be spending at                                                                        Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★
            the site? Bass Lake, a pretty green mountain reser-         Beauty: ★★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★           Spaciousness: ★★★★★          Quiet: ★★★★★
            voir, is right across the street, an attractive venue for   Spaciousness: ★★                Quiet: ★★★                  Security: ★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★
            fishing, boating, and waterskiing. The surrounding          Security: ★★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★            Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★
            national forest land and Yosemite National Park, 25         Insect Control: ★★★             Facilities: ★★              Your first question on arriving at this notably
            miles away, beckon to hikers. If you plan to put in         Of the several campgrounds along Glacier Lodge              primitive place will probably be, “Where’s the
            most of your time soaking up the natural splendor           Rd., Big Pine Creek, at an elevation of 7,700 feet,         view?” Don’t despair. While none of the remark-
            of the environment, go ahead and book a spot at             is preferable for its green grassy look and close           ably spacious, well-separated sites offer vistas of
            Lupine-Cedar Bluff. On second thought, make that            proximity to the rocky jaw-line of the overhanging          anything much beyond the sage-covered meadow
            a double. For while its hilltop setting, among an           mountains. It is a gorgeous, natural setting, shot          at the center of the large loop, walk a few minutes
            array of manzanita, oak, cedar, and pines, is superb,       through with Sierra granite, a creek running by,            in almost any direction and you will find reward-
            the exposed, grassy sites are disappointingly small         and an abundance of Jeffrey pines complementing             ing panoramas of the outlying valleys and moun-
            and crammed right up against each other. In many            its flush of aspens. There is only one blemish to all       tain ranges. The best of this national forest land,
            cases the dimensions are so tight you won’t be able         this beauty, the presence of a handful of private           though, lies five miles farther up the road, at the
            to set up a tent and safely light a fire. The dozen         cabins at the center of the property. As is typical of      Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, with trails leading
            walk-ins are OK for tenters, but this is more of a          mountain camps, many sites run toward the                   past some of the oldest trees on the planet. (The
            camp for motor homes, with paved parking slips              miniature, and seem to offer less privacy than you’d        relatively new visitor center there keeps irregular
            and the vast majority of its spots set aside as multiple    enjoy at a nudist colony. The exceptions, though,           hours.) Pull-through parking slots are available at a
            units. There are a handful of fine single sites, but the    make this a winner, with the spots by the creek             number of sites, and most of the latter benefit at
            concession that runs this property—and dares to             providing the best space and seclusion. The pick of         least partly from the shade cast by mature junipers,
            charge $18 a night—does not permit reservations             the park are numbers 9, appealingly set in an old           piñons, and other conifers. Weather can be scorch-
            by number, only by type (single, double, on up to           stone foundation, and 21–23, which are roomy                ing in late spring and early autumn, but at 8,600
            quadruple).                                                 and private. Showers, a snack bar, bait and tackle,         feet of elevation, expect nights to be cool and quite
            BASICS                                                      and other basic supplies are available at the lodge.        breezy. There is no water available, and trash must
            Operated By: California Land Mgt., concessionaire.          BASICS                                                      be packed out.
            Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reservations               Operated By: American Land & Leisure, conces-               BASICS
            recommended w/ V, MC, D. Registration: At Forest            sionaire. Open: May–mid-Oct., weather permitting.           Operated By: Inyo National Forest,White Moun-
            Service office 2.7 mi. west of campground. Fee: $18,        Site Assignment: First come, first served. Reser-           tain Ranger District. Open: All year. Site Assign-
            cash, check; up to $64 for quadruple site. Parking:         vations accepted,V, MC, D. Registration: At                 ment: First come, first served. Registration: Not
            At site or designated area for walk-ins.                    entrance kiosk. Fee: $13, cash, check. Parking: At          necessary. Fee: None. Parking: At site.
            FACILITIES                                                  site.                                                       FACILITIES
            Number of RV Sites: 62. Number of Tent-only                 FACILITIES                                                  Number of RV Sites: 26. Hookups: None. Each
            Sites: 12. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic                 Number of Multipurpose Sites: 36. Hookups:                  Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: No.
            table, fire grate. Dump Station: No, 2 mi. away.            None. Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump             Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and
            Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and                  Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest               Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.
            Showers: Flush toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.               Rooms and Showers: Vault toilets, no showers.               Propane: No. Internal Roads: Packed dirt, good
            Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-                 Fuel: No, available in Big Pine. Propane: No.               condition. RV Service: No. Market: 13 mi. south
            vice: No. Market: 10 mi. west in Oakhurst.                  Internal Roads: Paved, narrow, bumpy. RV Ser-               in Big Pine. Restaurant: 13 mi. south in Big Pine.
            Restaurant: Several options on Bass Lake. Gen-              vice: No. Market: 9.5 mi. east in Big Pine. Restau-         General Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming:
            eral Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: In                   rant: 9.5 mi. east in Big Pine. General Store: Yes.         No. Playground: No. . Activities: Hiking, photog-
            Bass Lake. Playground: No. Other: Some wheel-               Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.                  raphy, stargazing. Nearby Attractions: Inyo
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        National Forest;Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest &        Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: No.              Activities: Hiking, fishing, bicycling. Nearby
        Laws Railroad Museum & Historic Site in Bishop;          Other: Some wheelchair-accessible facilities, Big        Attractions: Devils Postpile National Monument,
        Death Valley National Park. Additional Informa-          Sur Lodge.Wood available at Big Sur Lodge. Activ-        outlet shopping in Mammoth Lakes, museums in
        tion: Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visi-            ities: Hiking, beaching, winter whale-watching, red-     Bishop,Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the Inyo
        tors Bureau, (760) 873-8405.                             woods exploring, photography. Nearby                     National Forest. Additional Information: Bishop
        RESTRICTIONS                                             Attractions: Several state parks in the vicinity:        Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau,
        Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-      Julia Pfeiffer Burns,Andrew Molera, Garrapata,           (760) 873-8405.
        holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                Limekiln State Park in Lucia, Big Sur coastal vistas.    RESTRICTIONS
        Length: None.                                            Additional Information: Big Sur Chamber, (831)           Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-
                                                                 667-2100.                                                holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
        TO GET THERE
        From Big Pine on US 395 drive 13 mi. east on            RESTRICTIONS                                              Length: 45 ft.
        Hwy. 168. Turn left on White Mountain Rd. and           Pets: On 6-ft. leash, not allowed on trails. Fires:       TO GET THERE
        continue 5.5 mi. to the campground entrance on          Fire grates only. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed at         From Bishop head north on US 395 for 24 mi.
        the left.                                               site. Vehicle Maximum Length: 32 ft. motor                Turn west (left) on Rock Creek Rd.; continue for
                                                                home, 27 ft. restriction on trailers.                     6 mi. and turn left to the campground access
                                                                TO GET THERE                                              road.
         BIG SUR                   MAP, D-1                     From the Big Sur Post Office on Hwy. 1, drive 1.5
         Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park                            mi. north and turn right into the campground.
                                                                                                                          BLAIRSDEN                                MAP, B-2
        Hwy. 1, Big Sur 93920.T: (831) 667-2315;
                                                                                                                          Upper Jamison Creek
        (800) 444-7275; www.cal-parks.ca.gov or                  BISHOP                                   MAP, D-2        Campground
        www.bigsurcalifornia.org.
                                                                 East Fork
        a ★★★                        b ★★★★                     Rock Creek Rd., Bishop 93514.T: (760) 873-
                                                                                                                          Plumas-Eureka State Park, 310 Johnsville Rd.,
                                                                                                                          Blairsden 96103.T: (530) 836-2380;
        Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★           2500 or (877) 444-6777; www.r5.fs.fed.us/inyo.            www.cal-parks.ca.gov.
        Spaciousness: ★★             Quiet: ★★★
                                                                a ★★★★                        b ★★★                       a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
        Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★
        Insect Control: ★            Facilities: ★★★            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★           Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
        The redwood trees of Pfeiffer Big Sur are neither       Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★                  Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
        the largest nor oldest along the California coast. In   Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★            Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
        fact, there is a more impressive grove just two miles   Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★               Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★★
        south, at the privately operated Ventana Camp-          East Fork is nestled in a rocky canyon with snow-         “Stunning,” “drop-dead gorgeous,” and “breath-
        ground. The trees are so numerous there and grow        capped Sierra peaks looming above, a thrilling set-       taking,” all describe the spectacular beauty of this
        so close together that the property, with small sites   ting very near the gorgeous Rock Creek Lake. The          high altitude campground that is encircled by a
        priced around $40 a night, seems perpetually            creek itself gurgles through the property, which          series of jagged, snow-patched Sierra Nevada
        moist and dark. The trees at Pfeiffer, on the other     consists of a hodge-podge of sites, some shaded by        peaks. The rugged landscape is enhanced by its
        hand, are big without blocking the sunlight. They       lodgepole pines and junipers, others screened by          position next to Jamison Creek and the great vari-
        compose only one part of three distinct habitats        aspen trees, and many exposed to the sun. While           ety of conifers, as well as willows, alders, and cot-
        represented over the five dispersed loops, with an      most are respectably scattered apart, sites are on the    tonwoods, that provide it with shade. Flourishing
        oak woodland and grassy meadows making up the           small side, with some so snug there’s not enough          though the forest is, a fair degree of sunlight man-
        balance. The Big Sur River parallels the camp-          room to set up anything but a bivvy tent. Still, we       ages to warm the property. Most sites are roomy
        ground, which consists of level sites of dirt and       find this Inyo National Forest facility infinitely        and set pretty well apart along a small series of
        leaves. Those in the first two loops are a bit more     preferable to that at the lake, which is basically a      loops. Eureka Peak was once known as Gold
        spacious than elsewhere. There are some excellent       campers’ corral in a parking lot. Creek-side site 86      Mountain, a testimony to the extensive mining
        hiking trails in this ever-popular park, with Buz-      is especially recessed and private, 108 is quite large,   activity that went on in the Jamison area from the
        zards Roost in particular delivering superb views of    and 110–112 and 114 are very good runners-up.             gold rush days through the end of the first world
        the surrounding hills. Poison oak is abundant           At 9,000 feet elevation, this high altitude camp can      war. A mining history museum within the park
        around the campground and beggar squirrels can          get hit by snow at almost any time of year, so plan       preserves buildings and equipment from that era.
        strip your table of food before you’re even aware       your trip accordingly.                                    Once a month, in summer, docents in period dress
        they’ve invaded.                                        BASICS                                                    attempt to recreate a sense of what camp life was
        BASICS                                                  Operated By: American Land & Leisure. Open:               like in the 1890s.
        Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-         Mid-May–Oct., weather permitting. Site Assign-            BASICS
        ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-        ment: Reservations accepted w/ MC,V, D. Regis-            Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-
        tions recommended can be made 7 months in               tration: At entrance kiosk. Fee: $15, cash, check.        ation. Open: May 15–Oct. 15, weather permitting.
        advance for summer season;V, MC, D. Registra-           Parking: At site.                                         Site Assignment: First come, first served. No
        tion: At entrance booth. Fee: $16, cash, CA             FACILITIES                                                reservations. Registration: At park office. Fee:
        check. Parking: At site.                                Number of RV Sites: 80. Number of Tent-only               $15, cash, CA check. Parking: At site.
        FACILITIES                                              Sites: 53. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic               FACILITIES
        Number of Multipurpose Sites: 214.                      table, fire grate, barbecue grill, food storage at        Number of RV Sites: 55. Number of Tent-only
        Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic table, fire            some sites. Dump Station: No. Laundry: No.                Sites: 12. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic
        grate, barbecue grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laun-         Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers:                    table, fire grate, bearproof box. Dump Station:
        dry: Yes, Jun.–Labor Day. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest          Flush toilets, no showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No.         Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Museum, 1mi.
        Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:              Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market:            Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.
        No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No.              21 mi. north in Mammoth Lakes. Restaurant: 3              Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-
        Market: 1 mi. north in Big Sur. Restaurant: Big         mi. northeast in Toms Place. General Store: No.           vice: No. Market: 6 mi. east in Graegle. Restau-
        Sur Lodge, w/in the park. General Store: Yes.           Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. .              rant: Johnsville. General Store: No. Vending:
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            No. Swimming: Lake. Playground: No. Other:               (tent sites only). Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:          age box. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay
            Some wheelchair-accessible facilities, visitor center,   No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:             Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
            museum. Activities: Hiking, bicycling, fishing, swim-    Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:             Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.
            ming, summer tours. Nearby Attractions: Por-             Mostly paved. RV Service: No. Market: 7 mi.             RV Service: No. Market: 2 mi. south in Bodega
            tola Railroad Museum; Lakes Basin Recreation Area        southwest in Blythe. Restaurant: 7 mi. southwest        Bay. Restaurant: 2 mi. south in Bodega Bay. Gen-
            in Graegle; Plumas County Museum in Quincy;              in Blythe. General Store: No. Vending: No.              eral Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No.
            Plumas National Forest. Additional Informa-              Swimming: In mudwallow lagoon, Colorado River.          Playground: No. Other: Some wheelchair-
            tion: Plumas County Visitors Bureau, (530) 283-          Playground: No. Other: Wheelchair-accessible            accessible facilities. En route camping for hikers &
            6345 or (800) 326-2247.                                  facilities, boat ramp. Activities: Fishing, horseshoe   bikers ($2 night). Activities: Fishing, sunning, surf-
            RESTRICTIONS                                             pits, bowling lawn, shuffleboard, swimming, water       ing, tide-pooling, beachcombing, horseback riding,
            Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-     activities. Nearby Attractions: Colorado River,         bicycling, winter whale watching at Bodega Head.
            holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-          Mojave National Preserve, Cibola & Imperial             Nearby Attractions: Santa Rosa museums &
            mum Length: 30 ft., varies.                              National Wildlife Refuges, in Arizona. Additional       Luther Burbank Home & Memorial Gardens; Fort
                                                                     Information: Riverside County, Regional Park &          Ross, Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve & Salt
            TO GET THERE                                             Open Space District, (909) 955-4397.                    Point State Park in Jenner. Additional Informa-
            From Portola drive 10 mi. west on Hwy. 70. 1 mi.                                                                 tion: Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce,
            beyond Blairsden after the junction w/ Hwy. 89,          RESTRICTIONS
                                                                     Pets: On leash only, $2 fee. Fires: Fire grates only.   (707) 875-3422.
            turn left towards Johnsville and continue for 0.6
            mi. At the stop sign turn right on the Graegle-          Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maxi-             RESTRICTIONS
            Johnsville Rd./A14. The park entrance is 4.5 mi.         mum Length: None.                                       Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-
            ahead.                                                   TO GET THERE                                            holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-
                                                                     From I-10/US 95 drive 3.7 mi. north on Inlake           mum Length: 31 ft.
                                                                     Blvd. Turn right on 6th Ave. and drive 3.2 mi.          TO GET THERE
            BLYTHE                                    MAP, F-4       into the campground.                                    From Bodega Bay drive 2 mi. north on Hwy. 1.
            Mayflower Park                                                                                                   Turn left into the park.
            4980 Colorado River Rd., Blythe 92225.                   BODEGA BAY           MAP, C-1
            T: (760) 922-4665; www.riversidecountyparks.
                                                                     Bodega Dunes Campground                                 BORREGO SPRINGS                           MAP, F-3
            org/parks/mayflower.htm.
                                                                                                                             Borrego Palm Canyon
                                                                     Sonoma Coast State Beach, Hwy. 1, Bodega Bay
            a ★★★★                       b ★★★                       94923.T: (707) 875-3483 or (800) 444-7275;              Campground
            Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★           www.parks.ca.gov.                                       Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, 200 Palm
            Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★
                                                                     a ★★★★                       b ★★★★                     Canyon Dr., Borrego Springs 92004.
            Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★                                                                  T: (760) 767-5341 or (800) 242-0044;
            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★           Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★        www.cal-parks.ca.gov.
            In the dusty desert landscape common to this part        Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                     Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★          a ★★★                        b ★★★
            of the state, Mayflower is a welcome oasis and, sit-
            uated just seven miles north of I-10, a convenient       Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★            Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★
            one to pilgrims sailing along the highway. Well          This good-looking, spacious campground is right         Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
            manicured, grassy sites are partially shaded by          off of Hwy. 1, just a short trail’s walk from the       Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
            mesquite trees, eucalyptus and cottonwoods, with         ocean. Three separate loops undulate across sandy       Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★★
            the tent area—separated from two other RV                dunes in a semi-forested environment colored by         This campground is situated in the mouth of the
            loops—especially appealing. The view of the Plo-         ferns, dune grass, Monterey pines, and eucalyptus.      expansive Borrego Palm Canyon near the heart of
            mosa Mountains across the state line in Arizona is       Sites of grass and sand are decently roomy and          Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. That central loca-
            superb, but it is the border itself, marked here by      planted well apart, with a number of pull-through       tion ensures a level of use and popularity well
            the Colorado River (which flows just below the           parking slips on hand. Of the latter, numbers 3         beyond most of the many other camps in this, the
            campground and is accessible via an in-camp boat         and 4 are very private and shaded by conifers. Sim-     largest of state parks in the Lower 48 states. A good
            ramp and swimming lagoon) that is the real attrac-       ilarly isolated are 24, 32, 36, 69, 86, and 88, and     range of facilities adds to its appeal, with drinking
            tion for most visitors. Peace-and-quiet seekers take     their nestled-in-the-dunes position is a welcome        water, showers, full hookups, and even a few par-
            note: boating on this stretch of river during sum-       buffer against road noise and brisk coastal breezes.    tially enclosed stone shelters (complete with fire-
            mer months—weekends especially—is more pop-              The steady drone of a distant foghorn is less a dis-    places) available. Though shade is scarce, ramadas
            ular than a high school prom queen, so be                turbing influence than a contributor to the pleas-      over tables provide some relief from a sun that is
            prepared to hear the constant whine of two-stroke        ant seaside atmosphere. In spite of its beauty, this    scorching much of the year. Tent pads are of a
            engines being pushed to their limits. That activity      facility is often wonderfully under-populated.          coarse gravel, but the overall landscape is hardly
            largely fades away in the off-season, but winter         With whales routinely passing in winter months          lunar, with fan palms lining one stretch of the
            brings hordes of a different sort of camper, snow-       and a seal rookery located by the egress of the         camp road and ironwood, ocotillo, staghorn
            birds by the RV-load.                                    Russian River, you will want to pack binoculars.        cholla, and creosote bushes sprinkled throughout.
            BASICS                                                   BASICS                                                  Largely comparable sites are fairly well fanned
            Operated By: Riverside County. Open: All year.           Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-         apart, with a good number equipped with pull-
            Site Assignment: First come, first served. Reser-        ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-        through parking slots.
            vations can be made for holidays. Registration: At       tions accepted w/ V, MC, D. Recommended 7               BASICS
            entrance office. Fee: $15–$16, cash, CA check,V,         months in advance. Registration: At entrance            Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-
            MC. Parking: At site.                                    booth. Fee: $16, cash, CA check; $4 additional          ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-
            FACILITIES                                               vehicle; senior rates available. Parking: At site.      tions accepted w/ V, MC. Registration: At
            Number of Tent-only Sites: 30. Number of                 FACILITIES                                              entrance booth. Fee: $29, cash, CA check,V, MC.
            Multipurpose Sites: 152. Hookups: Electric (30,          Number of Multipurpose Sites: 98. Hookups:              Parking: At site.
            50 amps), water. Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate     None. Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate, food stor-
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        FACILITIES                                               washboard, decent condition. RV Service: No.          Playground: No. . Activities: Hiking, photogra-
        Number of RV Sites: 132. Hookups: Electric               Market: 44 mi. northwest in Julian. Restaurant:       phy, stargazing, rock scrambling. Nearby Attrac-
        (30 amps), water, sewer, cable TV, phone. Each           44 mi. northwest in Julian. General Store: 10.5       tions: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego
        Site: Picnic table, fire grate, ramada (tent loop        mi. north in Agua Caliente Hot Springs. Vending:      Wild Animal Park in Escondido, historic Julian, sce-
        only). Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay              No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. . Activi-           nic views. Additional Information: Borrego
        Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                 ties: Hiking, rock scrambling, bird-watching.         Springs Chamber of Commerce, (760) 767-5976.
        Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.            Nearby Attractions: Palm Springs Desert               RESTRICTIONS
        RV Service: No. Market: 2 mi. east in Borrego            Museum,Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. Addi-           Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Not allowed. Alcoholic
        Springs. Restaurant: Yes. General Store: No.             tional Information: Borrego Springs Chamber of        Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
        Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.               Commerce, (800) 559-5524.                             Length: No limit, but think twice if over 22 ft.
        Other: Some wheelchair-accessible facilities.          RESTRICTIONS                                            TO GET THERE
        Activities: Hiking, bicycling, seasonal nature pro-    Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-    From Borrego Springs drive 9 mi. east on CR
        grams. Nearby Attractions: Anza-Borrego                holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-         S22. Check for a sign between mile markers 9 and
        Desert State Park, San Diego Wild Animal Park in       mum Length: None.                                       10 on the right (north) side of the road.
        Escondido. Additional Information: Borrego
                                                               TO GET THERE
        Springs Chamber of Commerce, (760) 767-5976.
                                                               Turn off I-8 at the Ocotillo Exit. Follow CR S2
        RESTRICTIONS                                           north through Ocotillo, and turn left into camp-        BRIDGEPORT                               MAP, C-3
        Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-   ground after 18 mi.                                     Honeymoon Flat
        holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-
                                                                                                                       Twin Lakes Rd., Bridgeport 93517.T: (760) 932-
        mum Length: 35 ft.
                                                                                                                       7070 or (877) 444-6777; www.reserveusa.com.
        TO GET THERE                                             BORREGO SPRINGS          MAP, F-3
        From Borrego Springs drive 1 mi. west on CR S22.         Culp Valley Primitive Camp                            a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
        At the bend in the road continue straight on Palm      Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CR S22,                 Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
        Canyon Dr. for 0.2 mi. The campground access           Borrego Springs 92004.T: (760) 767-5311.                Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★
        road is 1 mi. ahead to the right.
                                                                                                                       Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                               a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
                                                                                                                       Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★
         BORREGO SPRINGS       MAP, F-3                        Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★         A campground sporting the name Honeymoon
         Bow Willow Campground                                 Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★                Flat had better be the sort of cozily romantic place
                                                               Security: ★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★          you’d want to take your sweetheart. Well, go right
        Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CR S2,                 Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★              ahead, as this idyllic spot lives up to that promise,
        Borrego Springs 92004.T: (760) 767-5311;
                                                               To those who appreciate the low key beauty of the       and then some. Twin Lakes Rd. divides it into two
        www.anzaborrego.statepark.org.
                                                               desert and enjoy roughing it, Culp Valley, nine         sections, with both hugging Robinson Creek.
        a ★★★                        b ★★★★                    miles west of Borrego Springs, is a hidden gem.         Many of the grassy sites along the camp’s series of
                                                               Large granite boulders litter a chaparral landscape     sandy loops abut the water, allowing you to fish for
        Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★         punctuated by buckwheat, cat’s claw, staghorn           trout from tent-side, or simply dandle your toes in
        Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★               cholla, and dwarf oak. Most sites are extraordinarily   the rippling water. Though sites are a shade small,
        Security: ★                  Cleanliness: ★★★          spacious, and several are shielded from view by high    privacy is well above average, with screening pro-
        Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★             hedges of sugar bush, which makes for a more            vided by a mix of pines and, especially, the lumi-
        As the largest state park in the Lower 48 states,      peaceful experience than what is possible in the        nescent leaves of quaking aspen. Most of the sites
        Anza-Borrego has many attractions: a varied desert     more popular—and populated—developed camp-              are back-ins, however, seven pull-throughs are
        landscape, beautiful wildflowers in the spring, a      grounds elsewhere in Anza-Borrego. The trade-off        available. Site 3, very recessed and with water flow-
        mastodon site, and no shortage of fine camping         is that creature comforts are limited to surprisingly   ing by on three sides, might well be the envy of
        options. Of these latter, Bow Willow is one of the     clean vaulted toilets; no water is available, and you   Diana. Number 5 is similarly romantic. Bears sit-
        standouts, with a pair of loops meandering along       will have to pack out your trash. A greater nuisance    ings in the park are common and generally cause
        the lower contours of a rocky canyon. Sandy sites      though is the biting wind that tends to whistle         little fuss. There are half a dozen other camp-
        are marginally screened from each other by ocotillo,   through camp from late fall through early spring.       grounds in the neighborhood, but this is the only
        mesquite, salt bush, and cholla cacti, with numbers    That, and an altitude of 3,400 feet, will make you      one that hasn’t been smothered by an excess of
        1 and 16 at the periphery the most private. An easy    glad you packed a heavy sweater, should you visit in    asphalt. When you are at 7,000 feet, surrounded
        1.5-mile trail out of camp leads to several shady      the off-season. If you come in summer, you’ll very      by the high Sierras, a campground shouldn’t look
        groves of California fan palms, where we spotted a     likely find yourself alone in the whole blazing park.   like a parking lot. Due to the altitude, the road
        black hooded oriole and a fluorescent green hum-       BASICS                                                  leading to the campground is extremely winding
        mingbird our last time through. No-fee overflow        Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-         and not recommended for large RVs.
        camping is available one mile up the road at the       ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: First           BASICS
        primitive Mountain Palm Springs.                       come, first served. Registration: At entrance           Operated By: American Land & Leisure, conces-
        BASICS                                                 kiosk. Fee: No fees. Parking: At site.                  sionaire. Open: Late Apr.–Oct., weather permit-
        Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-        FACILITIES                                              ting. Site Assignment: Reservations accepted w/
        ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: First          Number of RV Sites: 15. Hookups: None. Each             V, MC, D. Registration: At entrance bulletin
        come, first served. Registration: At entrance kiosk.   Site: Space & privacy. Dump Station: No. Laun-          board. Fee: $11, cash, check. Parking: At site.
        Fee: $7–$9, cash, CA check. Parking: At site.          dry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and                  FACILITIES
        FACILITIES                                             Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.           Number of RV Sites: 31. Number of Tent-
        Number of RV Sites: 16. Hookups: None. Each            Propane: No. Internal Roads: Hard sand, some            only Sites: 4. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic
        Site: Picnic table, fire grate, ramada. Dump Sta-      rock, some washboard, negotiable. RV Service:           table, fire grate. Dump Station: No. Laundry:
        tion: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest             No. Market: 9 mi. west in Borrego Springs.              No, 2 mi. Pay Phone: No, 2 mi. Rest Rooms
        Rooms and Showers: Pit toilets, no showers.            Restaurant: 9 mi. west in Borrego Springs. Gen-         and Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Fuel:
        Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Sandy           eral Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No.              No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Sandy, some-
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            what bumpy. RV Service: No. Market: 2 mi.               23 mi. southwest in Buëllton. Restaurant: 23 mi.        vice: No. Market: 40 mi. west in Porterville.
            Restaurant: 2 mi. General Store: No. Vending:           southwest in Buëllton. General Store: No. Vend-         Restaurant: 25 mi. west in Springville. General
            No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other:                ing: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.                  Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-
            Bears sitings are common in the park. Activities:       Other: Some wheelchair-accessible facilities.The        ground: No. Other: Some wheelchair-accessible
            Hiking, fishing, whispering sweet nothings into         road leading to the campground is winding. Activi-      facilities. Activities: Hiking, fishing, horseback rid-
            your sweetheart’s ear. Nearby Attractions:              ties: Hiking, bird-watching watching, fishing,          ing. Nearby Attractions: Sequoia National For-
            Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport; Lower          stargazing. Nearby Attractions: Mission Santa           est; Porterville Historical Museum & Zauld House
            Twin Lake, Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve in Lee          Inés & museums in Solvang, La Purísima Mission          & Gardens; California Hot Springs. Additional
            Vining. Additional Information: Ranger Station          State Historic Park in Lompoc, Lake Cachuma.            Information: Springville Chamber of Commerce,
            (760) 932-7070.                                         Additional Information: Buëllton Visitors               (559) 539-2312; Porterville Chamber of Com-
            RESTRICTIONS                                            Bureau, (805) 688-7829.                                 merce, (559) 784-7503.
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-     RESTRICTIONS                                            RESTRICTIONS
            holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum               Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-     Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-
            Length: 45 ft.                                          holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum               holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
            TO GET THERE                                            Length: 22 ft.                                          Length: 24 ft.
            From US 395 on Bridgeport’s west side, turn             TO GET THERE                                            TO GET THERE
            south onto Twin Lakes Rd. Drive 8.2 mi. to the          In Los Olivos on Hwy. 154 head north on                 From Porterville drive 40 mi. east on Hwy. 190
            campground entrance on both sides of the road.          Figueroa Mountain Rd. Watch out for potholes            (which becomes the Western Divide Hwy.). The
                                                                    on this narrow, windy road. Drive 13.8 mi. and          campground entrance is on the right.
                                                                    turn right into the campground.
            BUËLLTON                                 MAP, E-2
            Figueroa                                                                                                        CAMPO               MAP, F-3, F-4
                                                                    CAMP NELSON                              MAP, D-2       Lake Morena County Park,
            Figueroa Mountain Rd., Buëllton 93441.
                                                                    Quaking Aspen                                           South Shore Campground
            T: (805) 925-9538; www.r5.fs.fed.us/lospadres.
                                                                    Western Divide Hwy., Camp Nelson 93208.
            a ★★★                        b ★★★★★                    T: (559) 539-2607 or (877) 444-6777;
                                                                                                                            2550 Lake Morena Dr., Campo 92006.T: (877)
                                                                                                                            565-3600; www.co.san-diego.ca.us/parks.
            Beauty: ★★★★★                Site Privacy: ★★★★         www.r5.fs.fed.us/sequoia.
            Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★                                                                        a ★★★★                        b ★★★
                                                                    a ★★★                        b ★★★
            Security: ★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★                                                                  Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★
            Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★              Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★          Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★★
            As far as rustic campgrounds go, this one, set at       Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★
            4,000 feet among alpine meadows and mixed tree          Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★           Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★★★
            communities high in the rugged mountains of the         Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★
                                                                                                                            Lake Morena Reservoir is home to some of the bet-
            Los Padres National Forest, is almost perfect. It is    In most respects Quaking Aspen is a very average,       ter bass and trout fishing in the area, with the
            so far out—the nearest town is more than 15 miles       unextraordinary campground. Yet its position, at        record for the former weighing in at a whopping 19
            away—that the only sounds likely to disturb you         7,000-feet elevation in the heart of Giant Sequoia      pounds, 3 ounces. But even when the water has
            will come from Steller’s jays, acorn woodpeckers,       National Monument’s southern unit, makes it an          been drawn down to the size of a pond, typically by
            owls, or coyotes. Unless you happen to have partic-     ideal base for day hikes into the area’s redwood        late July or early August, there is still plenty to do
            ularly obnoxious neighbors. Even so, most of the        groves. There is a grassy meadow on one side of         here, from biking and hiking the nature trails to
            dirt and pebbly sites along the double loop are         this pretty, peaceful, hillside camp, and Freeman       hooking up to the Pacific Crest Trail, which cuts
            regally spacious and far apart, screened by man-        Creek flows nearby. Fair-sized sites of dirt and pine   through the park. Granite-spiked hills surround the
            zanita, live oak, and Coulter pines, with an accent     needles are set reasonably far apart around the dou-    domain, with the campground’s grassy, fairly tightly
            here and there of shiny, putty colored rock out-        ble loop, and shaded by an abundance of lodgepole       concentrated sites well shaded by thick-limbed live
            croppings. Shade is abundant, though several units      pines—but curiously few aspens. Units 12, 19, 21,       oaks, incense cedars, and Jeffrey and Coulter pines.
            are open and sunny, and a few offer superb vistas of    and 29 are among the more recessed and shady,           Best for spaciousness and lake view—at least when
            sunsets and the valley far below. In spring the hills   and 23 and 24 the more private ones in the              water levels are high—are sites 81 and 85, with
            are a velvety green that is a delight to behold, but    meadow area. Tenters may want to consider Belk-         6–14 good fall-back options. And though rest
            be alert to changing weather as the pockmarked          nap (no trailers or RVs allowed), nine miles west       rooms are a bit shabby looking, they are kept rea-
            road leading here can be very tricky when wet.          on Hwy. 190, where they can strike camp under           sonably clean. Dogs are supposed to be kept on
            Figueroa is a pack-in, pack-out facility with an        the protective aura of redwood trees. Telephone,        leashes, but enforcement is lax. Tent campers look-
            unreliable water supply.                                gasoline, propane, and a general store are available    ing for more space and privacy may want to stake
            BASICS                                                  two miles south at Ponderosa Lodge.                     out a spot at the North Shore primitive area.
            Operated By: Los Padres National Forest, Santa          BASICS                                                  BASICS
            Lucia Ranger District. Open: All year. Site Assign-     Operated By: California Land Management, con-           Operated By: County of San Diego, Dept. of Parks
            ment: First come, first served. Registration: Not       cessionaire. Open: Mid-Apr.–mid-Nov. (weather           & Recreation. Open: All year. Site Assignment:
            necessary. Fee: No fee, but National Forest Adven-      permitting). Site Assignment: Reservations              Reservations accepted w/ V, MC, D. $3 reservation
            ture Pass ($5 per day, $30 annual pass) required.       accepted w/ V, MC, D. Registration: At entrance         fee. Registration: At entrance booth or ranger
            Parking: At site.                                       kiosk. Fee: $14, cash, check. Parking: At site or in    office. Fee: $12–$16, $25 for cabins, cash,V, MC, D.
            FACILITIES                                              designated area.                                        Parking: At site. $2 per extra vehicle.
            Number of Multipurpose Sites: 33. Hookups:              FACILITIES                                              FACILITIES
            None. Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate, barbecue     Number of RV Sites: 32. Hookups: None. Each             Number of RV Sites: 86. Hookups: Electric (20,
            grill. Dump Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay               Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: No.       30 amps), water. Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate.
            Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers: Vault                Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and              Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone:
            toilets, no showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No.             Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.           Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.
            Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market:          Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-
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        Propane: No. Internal Roads: Mostly paved. RV             FACILITIES                                              eter than San Elijo State Beach to the south, where
        Service: No. Market: 1 mi. south in Lake Morena           Number of RV Sites: 112. Hookups: None.                 the deafening roar of railroad and highway vehicles
        Village. Restaurant: 1 mi. south in Lake Morena           Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate, food storage       seems to be bearing down on one’s tent. San Elijo
        Village. General Store: No. Vending: Yes. Swim-           box. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay                does, however, offer some sites with hookups.
        ming: No. Playground: No. Other: Some wheel-              Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                BASICS
        chair-accessible facilities, boat launch. Activities:     Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.           Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-
        Fishing, bicycling, hiking, campfire programs, boat       RV Service: No. Market: 5 mi. west in Santa             ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-
        rentals. Nearby Attractions: Coral Canyon OHV             Cruz. Restaurant: 5 mi. west in Santa Cruz. Gen-        tions recommended;V, MC, D. Registration: At
        Area, Pacific Crest Trail, only 8 mi. from the Mexi-      eral Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: In               entrance booth. Fee: $16, cash, CA check,V, MC,
        can border, historic Campo. Additional Informa-           Pacific Ocean. Playground: No. Other: Some              D. Parking: At site.
        tion: County of San Diego, Dept. of Parks &               wheelchair-accessible facilities. Activities: Surf
        Recreation, (858) 694-3049.                               fishing, sunning, hiking, ranger-led programs in sum-
                                                                                                                          FACILITIES
                                                                                                                          Number of RV Sites: 222. Hookups: None.
        RESTRICTIONS                                              mer. Nearby Attractions: Santa Cruz Beach
                                                                                                                          Each Site: Picnic table, fire ring. Dump Station:
        Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Not allowed on trails. $1 per       Boardwalk, mission, museums, Seymour Marine
                                                                                                                          Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms
        pet. Fires: Fire grates only. Alcoholic Beverages:        Discovery Center,Arboretum & Natural Bridges
                                                                                                                          and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes.
        Allowed at site, not exceeding 40 proof. Vehicle          State Beach; Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton.
                                                                                                                          Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market:
        Maximum Length: 60 ft.                                    Additional Information: Capitola Chamber of
                                                                                                                          4 mi. north in Carlsbad. Restaurant: 4 mi. north in
                                                                  Commerce, (831) 475-6522; Santa Cruz County
        TO GET THERE                                                                                                      Carlsbad. General Store: Yes. Vending: Yes.
                                                                  Conference & Visitors Council, (831) 425-1234 or
        From San Diego head east on I-8 for 54 mi. Exit                                                                   Swimming: Pacific Ocean. Playground: No.
                                                                  (800) 833-3494.
        on Buckman Springs Rd. and continue south for                                                                     Other: Wheelchair-accessible facilities. Activities:
        5.5 mi. Turn right on Oak Dr. and proceed for             RESTRICTIONS                                            Sunning, surfing, rock & shell hounding, surfboard
        1.5 mi. Turn right again on Lake Morena Dr. The           Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-    rentals, fishing. Nearby Attractions: Coastal air
        park is 0.5 mi. ahead.                                    holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-         tours, outlet shopping, Museum of Making Music,
                                                                  mum Length: 36 ft.                                      Legoland. Additional Information: Carlsbad
                                                                  TO GET THERE                                            CVB, (760) 434-6093; San Diego CVB, (619) 232-
         CAPITOLA               MAP, D-1                          From Santa Cruz drive 5 mi. south on Hwy. 1             3101.
         New Brighton State Beach                                 and take the New Brighton Beach Exit. Drive 1           RESTRICTIONS
        1500 Park Ave., off Hwy. 1, Capitola 95010.               block west to the stop sign. Turn left on McGre-        Pets: On leash no longer than 6 ft.; not allowed on
        T: (831) 464-6330 or (800) 444-7275;                      gor Dr. After 0.2 mi. turn right into the park.         the beach. Fires: Fire ring only. Alcoholic Bever-
        www.cal-parks.ca.gov.                                                                                             ages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maximum
                                                                                                                          Length: 35 ft.
        a ★★★★                        b ★★★★                      CARLSBAD                MAP, F-3
                                                                  South Carlsbad State Beach                              TO GET THERE
        Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★                                                                   From Carlsbad drive 4.5 mi. south on Hwy. 101.
        Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★                  Carlsbad Blvd./Pacific Coast Hwy. 101, Carlsbad         Bear to the right into the campground, which is
        Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★           92008.T: (760) 438-3143 or (800) 444-7275;              easy to overshoot since signs are lacking.
        Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★              www.parks.ca.gov.
        Tired of sweeping buckets of sand out of your tent        a ★★★★                       b ★★                       CARMEL                 MAP, D-1
        or RV after every trip to the beach? Then you owe
        it to yourself to check out this splendid camp-           Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★          Saddle Mountain Recreation
        ground, located just five miles east of Santa Cruz        Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★                  Park and RV and Campground
        off of Hwy. 1. The bluff-top real estate is lush and      Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★
                                                                                                                          27625 Schulte Rd., Carmel 93923.T: (831) 624-
        grassy, graced with a comforting balance of shade         Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★★★
                                                                                                                          1617; www.saddlemountaincamping.com.
        and sun that filters through a high canopy of pines       There is much to like about South Carlsbad State
        and eucalyptus trees. Many of the refreshingly spa-       Beach. Such as the pretty beach and its convenient      a ★★★                        b ★★
        cious spots enjoy great vistas of the crashing surf.      location just off I-5, 25 miles north of San Diego.
        And of those that do not, a hefty share have the                                                                  Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★
                                                                  Sites are positioned side-by-side high above the sea
        edge in privacy, being buffered by dense hedges of                                                                Spaciousness: ★★             Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                  on a sandy bluff, and are both spacious and
        coastal chaparral. Sites 25 and 94 are the most iso-                                                              Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★
                                                                  buffered with thick hedges that provide a certain
        lated, while 36 is the best screened of the view                                                                  Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★★
                                                                  degree of privacy. The straight-in linear layout of
        options. And if sand in your shelter isn’t a problem,     the camp road endows half the property with fine        Planning to be in the Monterey vicinity? If you are
        you can always bring a bucketful back from the            views of the Pacific Ocean. Of course, the narrow-      hauling a trailer or driving an RV you will find that
        idyllic beach, reachable via a short trail next to site   ness of the bluff means that you are likely to have     Saddle Mountain has a lot going for it. Like full
        50. Poison oak thrives around the edge of this            neighbors on three of your spot’s four sides when       hookups, including cable TV, a heated swimming
        park. At the time of publication, this park was           the camp is busy, which is most of the year, given      pool (Memorial Day through Labor Day), basket-
        scheduled to close for up to one year for recon-          its near-constant use by hordes of college-age          ball, volleyball, horseshoes, hiking, and even fish-
        struction so contacting the park before scheduling        campers. At those times the flow of traffic can         ing in the nearby Carmel River. Its suburban
        your camping trip is advised.                             seem never-ending, a problem compounded by the          location is a plus, too, just five miles from Carmel
        BASICS                                                    busy external road that parallels the park’s entire     in the hills of Potrero Canyon, with great vistas of
        Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-           length. True, that constant hum of vehicles helps       the surrounding mountains. Terraced clusters of
        ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-          drown out the boisterousness of other campers and       sites are rather close together but shady and well-
        tions recommended;V, MC, D. Registration: At              the squealing whistles of Amtrak trains that tend to    screened by cypress trees, Monterey pines, and
        entrance booth. Fee: $12, cash, CA check. $3–$26          pass the property on an hourly basis, but that may      flowering oleanders, with a pretty rock garden
        day-use fee, depending on number of people. Park-         be of small consolation to light sleepers. At least     adding to the attractive landscaping. Tent sites,
        ing: At site.                                             the ocean-side sites benefit from the sonorous          sequestered up the hill from RVs, are similarly
                                                                  sound of the surf. Overall, South Carlsbad is qui-      shaded and slightly more spacious. A latticed pic-
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            nic area and deck overlook the pool. Although the       the Temblor Range. Ten miles to the east is Painted     ceases the heat of summer feels like a blast furnace.
            moderate climate makes it possible for this pri-        Rock, a pictograph-covered relic from when Native       So why bother to visit Carrizo Plain, one of the
            vately operated campground to remain open               Americans still roamed the plains. Near that is         newest monuments in the national park system?
            throughout the year, maintenance slackens some-         Soda Lake, a glistening salt-crusted body of water      For several reasons, actually, such as to see sandhill
            what in the off-season.                                 that attracts migrating birds, most notably the         cranes—and many other water fowl—nesting
            BASICS                                                  sandhill crane, throughout the winter. The tall         during the winter by the salt-glistening shores of
            Operated By: Saddle Mountain Recreation Park            grass of the plains, where pronghorn antelope and       Soda Lake. And for ranger-led tours of Painted
            & RV & Campground. Open: All year. Site Assign-         black-tailed deer frequently graze, is streaked yel-    Rock, a 55-foot high rock decorated with Native
            ment: Reservations accepted w/ V, MC. Registra-         low with wildflowers in the spring before the           American pictographs, with some estimated to be
            tion: At office. Fee: $30–$45, cash,V, MC.              scorching heat of summer turns everything brown.        as old as 2,000 years. There is also a trail to the
            Parking: At site.                                       Note that the deeply rutted dirt camp road is           San Andreas fault that showcases the awesome
                                                                    impassable when wet, and the nearest telephone is       power of earthquakes. Spring wildflower displays,
            FACILITIES                                              at the intersection of Soda Lake Rd. and Hwy.           too, are sensational. Trails into a Wilderness Study
            Number of RV Sites: 25. Number of Tent-only
                                                                    166, 20 miles southeast of KCL.                         Area, part of the Caliente Mountains, start at
            Sites: 25. Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps), water,
                                                                    BASICS                                                  Selby and pass through hills dotted with juniper,
            sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Picnic table, barbecue
                                                                    Operated By: Bureau of Land Management, Bak-            sage and salt bush. Selby, set at the base of a slant-
            grill. Dump Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay
                                                                    ersfield Field Office. Open: All year. Site Assign-     ing escarpment, features five oversize, unshaded
            Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
                                                                    ment: First come, first served. Registration: Not       sites with plenty of parking for even the largest of
            Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved,
                                                                    necessary. Fee: No fee, donations accepted. Park-       RVs. The nearest telephone is 14.5 miles away in
            dirt in the tent area. RV Service: No. Market: 5
                                                                    ing: At site.                                           California Valley.
            mi. west in Carmel. Restaurant: 5 mi. west in
            Carmel. General Store: No. Vending: Yes. Swim-          FACILITIES                                              BASICS
            ming: In heated pool seasonally. Playground: Yes.       Number of RV Sites: 8. Hookups: None. Each              Operated By: Bureau of Land Management, Bak-
            Other: Limited wheelchair-accessible facilities,        Site: Picnic table, fire ring. Dump Station: No.        ersfield Field Office. Open: All year. Site Assign-
            game room. Activities: Hiking, volleyball, horse-       Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and              ment: First come, first served. Registration: Not
            shoe pit, golf. Nearby Attractions: Mission San         Showers: Pit toilet, no showers. Fuel: No.              necessary. Fee: No fee, donations accepted. Park-
            Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, outlet shopping        Propane: No. Internal Roads: Dirt, can be slick         ing: At site.
            in Carmel; Monterey peninsula w/ its museums &          when wet. RV Service: No. Market: 35 mi. east in        FACILITIES
            aquarium. Additional Information: Carmel Valley         Taft. Restaurant: 35 mi. east in Taft. General          Number of RV Sites: 5. Hookups: None. Each
            Chamber of Commerce, (831) 659-4000.                    Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-             Site: Picnic table, fire ring. Dump Station: No.
            RESTRICTIONS                                            ground: No. Other: Limited wheelchair-accessible        Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and
            Pets: On leash no longer than 6 ft.; not allowed in     facilities. Activities: Hiking, bird-watching, wild-    Showers: Portable toilet, no showers. Fuel: No.
            the tent area; never leave unattended. Fires: Grill     flower walks, photography, pictographs, old farm        Propane: No. Internal Roads: Dirt, can be slick
            only. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehi-       structures to explore. Nearby Attractions: Tule         when wet. RV Service: No. Market: 45 mi. east in
            cle Maximum Length: 40 ft.                              Elk State Reserve in Buttonwillow; Kern Oil             Taft. Restaurant: 45 mi. east in Taft. General
                                                                    Museum in Taft. Additional Information: Taft            Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-
            TO GET THERE                                            District Chamber of Commerce, (661) 765-2165.           ground: No. Other: Limited wheelchair-accessible
            From Carmel on Hwy. 1 follow the Carmel Valley                                                                  facilities. Activities: Hiking, bird-watching, wild-
            Rd. inland for 4.7 mi. Turn right on Schulte Rd.        RESTRICTIONS
                                                                    Pets: Allowed. Fires: Fire ring only. Alcoholic         flower walks, photography, pictographs, old farm
            The park is 1 mi. ahead on the windy road.                                                                      structures to explore. Nearby Attractions: Tule
                                                                    Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
                                                                    Length: None.                                           Elk State Reserve in Buttonwillow; Kern Oil
                                                                                                                            Museum in Taft. Additional Information: Taft
            CARRIZO PLAIN                            MAP, E-2       TO GET THERE                                            District Chamber of Commerce, (661) 765-2165.
            NATIONAL MONUMENT                                       From San Luis Obispo drive 8.8 mi. north on US
                                                                    101. Exit on Hwy. 58 and head east for 47 mi.,          RESTRICTIONS
            KCL Campground                                          through Santa Margarita and California Valley.          Pets: Allowed. Fires: Fire ring only. Alcoholic
                                                                    Turn right on Soda Lake Rd. and drive 26 mi. to         Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
            Soda Lake Rd., Carrizo Plain National Monu-
                                                                    the campground entrance on the right.                   Length: None.
            ment 93252.T: (805) 475-2131 or (661) 391-
            6000; www.ca.blm.gov.                                                                                           TO GET THERE
                                                                                                                            From San Luis Obispo drive 8.8 mi. north on US
            a ★★★                        b ★★★★                     CARRIZO PLAIN                            MAP, E-2       101. Exit on Hwy. 58 and continue east for 47
            Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★          NATIONAL MONUMENT                                       mi., through Santa Margarita and California Val-
            Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                                                                            ley. Turn right on Soda Lake Rd. and drive 16.5
                                                                    Selby Campground                                        mi. to the campground entrance on the right. Fol-
            Security: ★                  Cleanliness: ★★★
            Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★              Soda Lake Rd., Carrizo Plain National Monu-             low the windy access road for 4.7 mi. into camp.
                                                                    ment 93252.T: (805) 475-2131 or (661) 391-
            Formerly the ranch of Kern County Land Com-             6000; www.ca.blm.gov.
            pany, KCL is now one of two camps in Carrizo                                                                    CASTELLA                                  MAP, B-2
            Plain National Monument, a park established near        a ★★★                        b ★★★                      Castle Crags State Park
            the end of president Clinton’s term in office. The
            monument’s staff suggests upgraded facilities are       Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★          Castle Creek Rd., Castella 96017.T: (530) 235-
            coming, but for now this campground offers nil          Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                2684 or (800) 444-7275; www.cal-parks.ca.gov.
            beyond a portable toilet. No water, no trash pick-      Security: ★                  Cleanliness: ★★
                                                                    Insect Control: ★★★★         Facilities: ★              a ★★★                        b ★★★
            up, no host, just a pretty setting alongside a photo-
            genic barn and corral. The large sites are shaded by    This campground is in a park that is way the heck       Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★
            ancient eucalyptus trees, backed up against the         off the beaten track, with just a portable toilet and   Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★
            base of the Caliente Mountains and with a view          non-potable water for amenities. Most of the year       Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
            across the grasslands to the San Andreas fault and      wind howls through camp, and when it finally            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★
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        178      CALIFORNIA           Chester

        The stark, saw-toothed spires that give this small          Security: ★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
        park its name rise some 4,000 feet from the Sacra-          Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★               Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★
        mento River to the tips of their granite peaks. If          Elam is a small, primitive national forest facility that   Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★
        the challenging, highly strenuous hike up there             is about 15 miles west of Chester, to the south of         Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★
        from the campground doesn’t take your breath                Lassen Volcanic National Park. It would be quite an        There is a rough-surfaced russet knob of granite on
        away, the spectacular views will. The domain strad-         appealing camp if it were not overcrowded so much          one flank of this expansive camp, a steep rocky
        dles I-5, with the larger part of it, including the         of the time. A bubbling creek flows by one side of         slope on another, and all around are fabulous views
        crags, lying west of the highway. To the east, just         its short access lane, a steep embankment parallels        of the mountains. Thick-trunked Jeffrey pines are
        beyond the railroad tracks and right alongside the          the other, and granite rocks and boulders litter the       the dominant trees in these parts, though the
        river, are 12 grassy sites that are ideal for anglers.      narrow grounds. Why is Elam so popular? The                campground is also accented by juniper and such
        The main campground, though, is across the road,            answer, in a word, is trout. The creek is regularly        chaparral as salt bush and sage. Unlike Leavitt
        higher up toward the summit. Its three ascending            stocked, and unlike other bodies of water in the           Meadows, just up the road, there’s no river flowing
        loops snake through an attractively wooded hill-            area, anglers are allowed to keep what they catch.         by this turf, but sites here are clearly superior, and
        side of oaks, cedars, and pines, with mediocre              You can spend the day trying to lure the fish onto         many offer pull-through parking. Most are
        screening between closely set, shallow sites. The           your hook, then while away the evenings swapping           roomier and largely more private, owing partly to a
        most private is 11, though its rear faces a chain-          stories with newly made fishing buddies about the          thick undergrowth of mountain mahogany, and
        link fence. Similarly recessed are 14 and 15, and           huge ones that got away. Level, paved-surfaced sites       partly to their wider distribution along a series of
        both 26 and 37 have pull-through parking. The               are small and exposed—not just to each other but           four loops. Additionally, the breathtaking views of
        stone masonry of the fire pits dates from when the          also to the picnic area directly across the creek—         the Sierras simply cannot be beat. Unless you strap
        Civilian Conservation Corps was active here more            major shortcomings in such a highly trafficked             a pack to your back and hoof it higher into the
        than 60 years ago. The continuous roar of traffic           property. Number 15, at the end of the lane, is the        mountains, or head out to the Walker River to fish
        emanating from the interstate is a jarring note to          most private site, followed by 14, at the water’s          for rainbow trout. Elevation at Sonora Bridge,
        an otherwise splendid setting.                              edge, and 11, also creekside. The altitude of 4,400        which is 20 miles west of Bridgeport, is 6,800 feet;
        BASICS                                                      feet justifies packing a sweater, even in summer.          icy winds whistle through camp early and late in
        Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-             BASICS                                                     the year, so bring along some warm clothing.
        ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-            Operated By: CSU Chico Research Foundation,                BASICS
        tions accepted w/ V, MC, D. Registration: At                concessionaire, & Lassen National Forest,Almanor           Operated By: American Land & Leisure, conces-
        entrance booth. Fee: $14, $12 w/ senior discount,           Ranger District. Open: May–Oct., weather permit-           sionaire. Open: Mid-May–mid-Oct., weather per-
        cash, CA check. Parking: At site.                           ting. Site Assignment: First come, first served.           mitting. Site Assignment: First come, first served.
        FACILITIES                                                  Registration: At entrance kiosk. Fee: $12, cash,           Registration: At entrance kiosk. Fee: $10, cash,
        Number of RV Sites: 11. Number of Tent-only                 check. Parking: At site.                                   check. Parking: At site.
        Sites: 52. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic table,          FACILITIES                                                 FACILITIES
        fire grate, food storage box. Dump Station: No.             Number of RV Sites: 15. Hookups: None. Each                Number of RV Sites: 23. Hookups: None. Each
        Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and                  Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: No.          Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: No.
        Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal               Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and                 Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and
        Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 7 mi.                 Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.              Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.
        north in Dunsmuir. Restaurant: 7 mi. north in Dun-          Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-                Propane: No. Internal Roads: Dirt but smooth.
        smuir. General Store: Yes. Vending: No. Swim-               vice: No. Market: 16 mi. east in Chester. Restau-          RV Service: No. Market: 19 mi. east in Bridge-
        ming: In Sacramento River. Playground: No. .                rant: 16 mi. east in Chester. General Store: No.           port. Restaurant: 19 mi. east in Bridgeport. Gen-
        Activities: Hiking, fishing, canoeing, rafting, bicycling   Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. .               eral Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No.
        nearby. Nearby Attractions: Lake Siskiyou; Mount            Activities: Fishing, hiking, bicycling, bragging about     Playground: No. . Activities: Hiking, fishing,
        Shasta Ski Park, Mount Shasta Hatchery & Sisson             the fish that got away. Nearby Attractions: West-          stargazing. Nearby Attractions: Bodie State His-
        Museum; downtown Dunsmuir. Additional Infor-                wood Museum, Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox                toric Park in Bridgeport; Sonora Pass. Additional
        mation: Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce &                  Statues; Lassen National Scenic Byway (Hwys.               Information: Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor
        Visitors Bureau, (530) 926-4865 or (800) 926-4865;          89/44/36); Lassen Volcanic National Park; Lake             Center, (760) 876-6222; Bridgeport Chamber of
        Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce, (530) 235-2177.               Almanor. Additional Information: Chester–Lake              Commerce, (760) 932-7500.
        RESTRICTIONS                                                Almanor Chamber of Commerce, (530) 258-2426                RESTRICTIONS
        Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-        or (800) 350-4838.                                         Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-
        holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-             RESTRICTIONS                                               holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
        mum Length: 27 ft.                                          Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-        Length: 30 ft.
        TO GET THERE                                                holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                  TO GET THERE
        From Dunsmuir on I-5 drive 6.5 mi. south to the             Length: 22 ft.                                             From Bridgeport drive 17 mi. north on US 395.
        Castella Exit. Turn west (right) and continue for           TO GET THERE                                               Turn west (left) onto Hwy. 108 and drive 1.5 mi.
        0.3 mi. Turn right into the well-signed park. The           From Chester on Hwy. 36 drive 13 mi. west to               to the campground entrance on the left.
        campground is 0.7 mi. beyond the entrance station.          the junction w/ Hwy. 32. Turn left on Hwy. 32
                                                                    and continue for 3.6 mi. The campground is to
                                                                    the right.                                                 CORNING                                   MAP, B-2
         CHESTER                                    MAP, B-2                                                                   Woodson Bridge State
         Elam Campground                                                                                                       Recreation Area
        Hwy. 32, Chester 96020.T: (530) 258-2141;                   COLEVILLE                                  MAP, C-3
                                                                    Sonora Bridge                                              25140 Gardiner Serry Rd., Corning 96021.
        www.r5.fs.fed.us/lassen.
                                                                                                                               T: (530) 839-2112 or (800) 444-7275;
                                                                    Hwy. 108, Coleville 96107.T: (760) 932-7070;
        a ★★★                          b ★★                                                                                    www.parks.ca.gov.
                                                                    www.r5.fs.fed.us/htnf/soncamp.htm.
        Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★                                                                        a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
        Spaciousness: ★★               Quiet: ★★★                   a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
                                                                                                                               Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
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                                                                                                                                   Crescent City         CALIFORNIA            179

            Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★                                                                          TO GET THERE
            Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★★          CRESCENT CITY                             MAP, A-1
                                                                                                                              From Crescent City drive 3.5 mi. north on US
            Insect Control: ★             Facilities: ★★             Jedediah Smith                                           101. Exit on US 199 and head east towards
                                                                     Redwoods State Park                                      Grants Pass. Continue for 5 mi. to the park
            The marked increase in visitation to this sweet gem
            of a park proves The Secret is out. No wonder,                                                                    entrance on the right.
                                                                     US 199 South, Crescent City 95532.
            with its grounds, which overlap the Sacramento           T: (707) 464-6101/5112 or (800) 444-7275;
            River, so fertile and grassy, and its recessed, scat-    www.cal-parks.ca.gov.
            tered campsites framed by massive, aged valley                                                                    CRESCENT CITY                             MAP, A-1
            oaks. Unbelievably, this sylvan glade is not con-        a ★★★★                       b ★★★★                      Mill Creek Campground
            cealed in some forested outback, but instead is                                                                   Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park,
                                                                     Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
            located a scant six miles east of Corning and I-5,                                                                1375 Elk Valley Rd., Crescent City 95532.
                                                                     Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★
            three miles west of Hwy. 99 and Vina. If fishing is                                                               T: (707) 464-9533 or (800) 444-7275;
                                                                     Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★
            your game, prepare to mark your datebook: king                                                                    www.cal-parks.ca.gov.
                                                                     Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★
            salmon runs are optimum from October through
            May, the peak for shad is in July and August,            Heading south from Oregon along US 199, Jede-            a ★★★★                        b ★★★★
            striped bass in early fall, steelhead in October and     diah Smith Redwoods State Park is the northern-
                                                                     most of several redwoods-focused state parks.            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
            November, and catfish may be caught just about
                                                                     Named for the first white man known to cross the         Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
            any time of year. If that is not enough to lure you
                                                                     Coast Range of mountains, Jed Smith is a striking        Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★
            to this appealing recreation area, perhaps its
                                                                     introduction to Sequoia sempervirens. These giant        Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★
            extraordinary bird-watching will, with yellow-
            billed cuckoos, hummingbirds, pheasants, hawks,          redwood trees are the tallest living things in the       This campground is set in the heart of Mill Creek
            falcons, and many other species commonly seen.           world, with several old-growth groves towering           Canyon among a concentration of red alders and
            So are swarms of mosquitoes, from spring through         over the 10,000-acre preserve. The campground is         second-growth redwoods. It is a moist, antedilu-
            mid-summer—plan to bring repellant. Older                less than ten miles northeast of Crescent City, set      vian environment, with winter rainfall, which
            guidebooks list Woodson Bridge as having a dump          beside the emerald-green Smith River. Tan oaks,          averages 100 inches, contributing to a fertile,
            station but fallen trees now make that inaccessible.     maples, and rhododendrons thrive among the red           mossy, jungle-like luminescence. Rhododendrons,
            There are no plans yet to restore it.                    barked atavars, with moss and hanging lichen con-        azaleas, maples, and ferns thrive here, along with
                                                                     tributing to the cool, shady, rain forest atmos-         pale yellow slugs as thick as a thumb and a good
            BASICS
                                                                     phere. The roomy and well-screened sites are             deal longer. A sextet of loops features level grass
            Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-
                                                                     spread decently apart over a series of loops, the        and dirt sites that are smallish and rather crowded
            ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-
                                                                     most private being 68 (with a river view), 70 (a         together, but fairly well-screened by the flourishing
            tions accepted w/ V, MC, D. Registration: At
                                                                     spacious end spot), and 77. Site 60 has pull-            foliage and equipped with capacious car slips. One
            entrance booth. Fee: $12 from May 15–Sep. 15,
                                                                     through parking. Years ago local Native Americans        of the larger spots is 38, by the creek, and of the
            $9 the rest of the year; cash, CA check. Parking:
                                                                     gathered the green, stringy lichen that hangs from       many walk-up units, 4, 5, and 6 offer the best pri-
            At site.
                                                                     the trees and dried it to use as soft bedding mate-      vacy. A pristine stretch of beach is accessible via the
            FACILITIES                                               rial. It—and all other vegetation within the park—       challenging Damnation Creek Trail, an old Native
            Number of RV Sites: 41. Hookups: None. Each              is now protected by the state.                           American path that loses 1,000 feet as it descends
            Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: No,                                                                 through a grove of old-growth redwoods. Mill
                                                                     BASICS
            inaccessible because of fallen trees. Laundry: Yes.                                                               Creek is closed to fishing from October through
                                                                     Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-
            Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:                                                                           April to protect spawning salmon.
                                                                     ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-
            Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:
                                                                     tions recommended;V, MC, D. Registration: At             BASICS
            Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 6 mi. west in
                                                                     entrance booth. Fee: $7–$13, cash, CA check.             Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-
            Corning. Restaurant: 6 mi. west in Corning. Gen-
                                                                     Parking: At site.                                        ation. Open: Apr.–Oct. Site Assignment: Reser-
            eral Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: In
                                                                     FACILITIES                                               vations accepted w/ V, MC, D. Registration: At
            Sacramento River. Playground: No. Other: Some
                                                                     Number of RV Sites: 106. Number of Tent-                 entrance booth. Fee: $15, cash, CA check. Park-
            wheelchair-accessible facilities. Activities: Fishing,
                                                                     only Sites: 5. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic          ing: At site.
            hiking, bird-watching, boating. Nearby Attrac-
            tions: Tejama County Park in Corning; Chico              table, fire grate, food storage box. Dump Station:       FACILITIES
            museums & Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park;           Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms             Number of RV Sites: 145. Hookups: None.
            outlet shopping in Anderson;William B. Ide Adobe         and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No.                 Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate, food storage
            State Historic Park near Red Bluff. Additional           Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market:           box. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay
            Information: Corning District Chamber of Com-            9 mi. west in Crescent City. Restaurant: 9 mi.           Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.
            merce, (530) 824-5550; Chico Chamber of Com-             west in Crescent City. General Store: No. Vend-          Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved,
            merce & Visitor Bureau, (530) 891-5556 or (800)          ing: No. Swimming: No. Playground: No.                   w/ bumps & potholes. RV Service: No. Market: 6
            852-8570.                                                Other: Some wheelchair-accessible facilities.            mi. north in Crescent City. Restaurant: 6 mi.
                                                                     Activities: Hiking, fishing, bicycling, horseback rid-   north in Crescent City. General Store: No.
            RESTRICTIONS
                                                                     ing, canoeing, rafting. Nearby Attractions: Red-         Vending: No. Swimming: In Smith River. Play-
            Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-
                                                                     wood National & State Parks; Battery Point               ground: No. Other: Some wheelchair-accessible
            holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-
                                                                     Lighthouse, Ocean World & Del Norte County               facilities. Activities: Hiking, bicycling, fishing.
            mum Length: 31 ft.
                                                                     Historical Museum in Crescent City. Additional           Nearby Attractions: Redwood National & State
            TO GET THERE                                             Information: Crescent City–Del Norte County              Parks; Battery Point Lighthouse, Ocean World &
            In Corning on I-5 take the South Ave. Exit. Head         Chamber of Commerce, (707) 464-3174 or (800)             Del Norte County Historical Museum in Crescent
            east for 6.3 mi. and turn left into the camp-            343-8300.                                                City. Additional Information: Crescent
            ground.                                                                                                           City–Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce,
                                                                     RESTRICTIONS
                                                                     Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-     (707) 464-3174 or (800) 343-8300.
                                                                     holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-          RESTRICTIONS
                                                                     mum Length: 36 ft.                                       Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-
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        180      CALIFORNIA          Dana Point

        holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-            holic Beverages: Not allowed. Vehicle Maxi-              RESTRICTIONS
        mum Length: 31 ft.                                         mum Length: 35 ft.                                       Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-
        TO GET THERE                                               TO GET THERE                                             holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
        From Crescent City head 6 mi. south on US 101              From San Juan Capistrano head 3 mi. south on             Length: 22 ft.
        to the marked access road for the State Park. Turn         I-5 to the Beach Cities/Pacific Coast Hwy. Exit.         TO GET THERE
        left; the park entrance is 1.5 mi. ahead.                  Turn left onto Dana Point Harbor Dr., then left          From Bridgeport drive 17 mi. north on US 395.
                                                                   again onto Park Lantern into the park.                   Turn west (left) onto Hwy. 108 and drive 7.5 mi.
                                                                                                                            to the campground entrance on the left.
         DANA POINT                                MAP, F-3
         Doheny State Beach                                        DARDANELLE                               MAP, C-3
                                                                   Leavitt Meadows                                          DEATH VALLEY                             MAP, D-3
        25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point
        92629.T: (949) 496-6172 or (800) 444-7275;                 Hwy. 108, Dardanelle 95314.T: (760) 932-7070;            Furnace Creek
        www.parks.ca.gov.                                          www.r5.fs.fed.us/htnf/bpcamp.htm.                        Death Valley National Park, Hwy. 190, Death Val-
                                                                                                                            ley 92328.T: (760) 786-3200 or (800) 365-2267;
        a ★★★★                        b ★★★                        a ★★★                        b ★★★★                      www.nps.gov/deva.
        Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★           Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
        Spaciousness: ★★               Quiet: ★★                   Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★
                                                                                                                            a ★★★★                       b ★★★
        Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★           Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★           Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★
        Insect Control: ★              Facilities: ★★              Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★              Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★
        This state park provides sun and surf lovers access        If you are looking for a taste of the high Sierras       Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
        to more than a mile of beautiful beach, with the           without having to venture too far off the road,          Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★
        good news for campers being that a healthy num-            Leavitt Meadows, at 7,000 feet elevation and 25          Visit this campground between May and Septem-
        ber of sites are set right on the sand. Stroll from        miles west of Bridgeport, should be a good fit.          ber and you’ll have a good idea of what Hades is all
        your tent to the shore in one fluid motion, or bask        This roadside camp, ensconced in a bend in the           about; you are also likely to have most of the
        in a sunset radiating over the water from the com-         West Walker River, is close enough to the water          domain to yourself. Certainly the “furnace” half of
        fort of your picnic table. If it is high tide, this must   that the raging current drowns out much of the           its name seems apt, with an oppressive blanket of
        be “surfin’ USA”! And if the water is low, grab your       noise of passing traffic. Rising across the river is a   heat clinging to the dry terrain in much the man-
        children and go check out the tide pools. All of           flinty outcropping, and a granite-streaked ridge         ner that bark hugs the trunk of a tree. As to the
        these somewhat tightly packed sites benefit from           looms above camp. Juniper, aspen, sage, and vari-        “creek,” just be thankful for water spigots. Level
        the fresh breeze of the salty sea, but the ones to the     ous conifers set the stage around the single loop,       sites of hard clay are closely grouped around a
        rear of camp are annoyingly close to railroad              where diminutive, dirt sites are well spread apart.      series of loops, with a bit of shade provided by
        tracks, and also have the dubious distinction of fac-      The handful of spots nearest the water are the           mesquite, creosote bushes, and tamarisk trees. The
        ing a large housing development across the inter-          most exposed, and tenters may find the water-            blistering heat seems magnified by the camp’s posi-
        state. Best by far are those on the beach, such as         ward tilt challenging. An exception is number 9,         tion at 196 feet below sea level, but we prefer it to
        38–43, and odd numbers from 45–59. Though                  which is well-screened and has pull-through park-        Stovepipe Wells, which is little more than a pebbly
        swimming is ideal from late June through early             ing. Away from the river, 15, while a touch small,       parking lot without a twig of shade. The park visi-
        autumn, solitude-seekers will enjoy camping here           is under a large pine and shielded by aspens.            tor center is next to the campground, and a num-
        in winter, when daytime temperatures are still             Drinking water is shut off early and late in the         ber of excellent hikes and drives are in the vicinity.
        comfortable.                                               year, due to the higher risk of freezing weather.        Laundry machines, showers, swimming pool, gen-
        BASICS                                                     That is, nonetheless, our preferred time to visit        eral store, and gasoline are available at Furnace
        Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-            this part of the Sierra Nevadas, when visitation is      Creek Ranch.
        ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-           at its lightest.
                                                                                                                            BASICS
        tions recommended; w/ V, MC, D. Registration: At           BASICS                                                   Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All
        entrance booth. Fee: $16–$20, cash, CA check.              Operated By: American Land & Leisure, conces-            year. Site Assignment: Reservations recom-
        Parking: At site. $5 per day.                              sionaire. Open: Late Apr.–mid-Oct., weather per-         mended, accepted during Oct. 15–Apr. 15;V, MC, D.
        FACILITIES                                                 mitting. Site Assignment: First come, first              Registration: At entrance booth. Fee: $10–$16,
        Number of RV Sites: 122. Hookups: None.                    served. Registration: At entrance kiosk. Fee:            cash, check (in addition to the park entrance fee).
        Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate, paved parking         $10, cash, check; $5 in winter when no water.            Parking: At site.
        pad. Dump Station: Yes, $5 fee. Laundry: No.               Parking: At site.
                                                                                                                            FACILITIES
        Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:                    FACILITIES                                               Number of RV Sites: 101. Number of Tent-
        Yes, coin operated hot showers. Fuel: No.                  Number of RV Sites: 16. Hookups: None. Each              only Sites: 35. Hookups: None. Each Site: Pic-
        Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-                Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: No.        nic table, fire grate, barbecue grill. Dump
        vice: No. Market: 1 mi. east in Dana Point.                Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and               Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes.
        Restaurant: 1 mi. east in Dana Point. General              Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.            Rest Rooms and Showers: Flush toilets, no
        Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: In Pacific               Propane: No. Internal Roads: Dirt, somewhat              showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
        Ocean. Playground: No. Other: Some                         bumpy. RV Service: No. Market: 25 mi. east in            Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 47 mi.
        wheelchair-accessible facilities. Activities: Surfing,     Bridgeport. Restaurant: 25 mi. east in Bridgeport.       north in Beatty. Restaurant: At Furnace Creek
        swimming, fishing, people-watching, tide pool              General Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming:                Ranch. General Store: No. Vending: No. Swim-
        exploring, volleyball, whale watching. Nearby              No. Playground: No. . Activities: Fishing, hiking,       ming: No. Playground: No. Other: Wheelchair-
        Attractions: San Clemente, Dana Point, Mission             horseback riding, stargazing. Nearby Attractions:        accessible facilities, visitor center, museum.
        San Juan Capistrano. Additional Information:               Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport; Pinecrest       Activities: Hiking, driving tours, ranger-led activi-
        Dana Point Chamber of Commerce,Tourism & Vis-              Lake, Sonora Pass. Additional Information: East-         ties, photography, frying eggs on the sidewalk.
        itors Center, (949) 496-1555.                              ern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, (760) 876-        Nearby Attractions: Badwater, Scotty’s Castle,
        RESTRICTIONS                                               6222; Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, (760)              Dantes View, Stovepipe Wells Village, mountains,
        Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-       932-7500.                                                mines, & more in Death Valley National Park.
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            Additional Information: Death Valley Chamber              ing, photography. Nearby Attractions: Badwater,          good condition. RV Service: No. Market: 65 mi.
            of Commerce, (760) 852-4524.                              Scotty’s Castle, Dantes View, Stovepipe Wells Vil-       south in Ridgecrest. Restaurant: 30 mi. north in
            RESTRICTIONS                                              lage, mountains, mines, & more in Death Valley           Stovepipe Wells. General Store: No. Vending:
            Pets: On 6-ft. leash; not allowed on trails or off of     National Park. Additional Information: Death             No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. . Activi-
            roads. Fires: Fire grates only. Alcoholic Bever-          Valley Chamber of Commerce, (760) 852-4524.              ties: Hiking, solitudinous meditation, stargazing.
            ages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maximum                    RESTRICTIONS                                             Nearby Attractions: Ballarat Ghost Town;Trona
            Length: 50 ft.                                            Pets: On leash no longer than 6 ft., not allowed on      Pinnacles. Additional Information: Death Valley
                                                                      trails or off of roads. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-   Chamber of Commerce, (760) 852-4524.
            TO GET THERE
            From the Furnace Creek Visitor Center drive 0.5           holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-          RESTRICTIONS
            mi. north on Hwy. 190 to the campground                   mum Length: 50 ft.                                       Pets: On leash no longer than 6 ft., not allowed on
            entrance on the left.                                     TO GET THERE                                             trails. Fires: Fire grates only. Alcoholic Bever-
                                                                      From Furnace Creek head north on Hwy. 190 and            ages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maximum
                                                                      drive 19 mi. to Sand Dune Junction. Turn right,          Length: 25 ft.
            DEATH VALLEY                              MAP, D-3        direction Scotty’s Castle, and continue for 32 mi.       TO GET THERE
            Mesquite Spring                                           Turn left onto the campground access road. Pro-          From Ridgecrest drive 13 mi. east on Hwy. 178.
                                                                      ceed for another 2 mi. into the campground.              Turn left on Trona Rd. and continue for 42 mi. to
            Death Valley National Park, Grapevine Rd.,
                                                                                                                               Wildrose Canyon Rd. Turn right and proceed for
            Death Valley 92328.T: (760) 786-3200;
                                                                                                                               9 mi. Bear right at the fork in the road; the camp-
            www.nps.gov/deva.                                         DEATH VALLEY                              MAP, D-3       ground is 0.25 mi. ahead on the left.
            a ★★★                         b ★★★                       Wildrose
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★           Death Valley National Park,Wildrose Canyon               DUNCANS MILLS                            MAP, C-1
            Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★                  Rd., Death Valley 92328.T: (760) 786-3200;
                                                                                                                               Casini Ranch Family
            Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★            www.nps.gov/deva.
                                                                                                                               Campground
            Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★
                                                                      a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
            The vast tract of land that is Death Valley National                                                               22855 Moscow Blvd., Duncans Mills 95430.
            Park is far more than a barren, stagnant desert.          Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★          T: (707) 865-2255 or (800) 451-8400;
            Give it a chance and your appreciation for the            Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★★                www.casiniranch.com.
            parched beauty of the scenery will likely grow as         Security: ★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★
                                                                      Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★              a ★★★★★                      b ★★★★
            you explore the park: from the volcanic craters in
            the north to the salt water basins to its south, from     The wonderful, oleander-shaded picnic area in the        Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★★
            its shifting sand dunes to the multicolored moun-         dramatically eroded Wildrose Canyon is mislead-          Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★★
            tains that range like twin spines up its entire           ing. You will find nothing so pleasant in the way of     Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★
            length. You’ll be in good position at Mesquite            plantings at the similarly named campground.             Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★
            Spring to check out Ubehebe Crater and Scotty’s           Still, there is a Spartan beauty to this arid, primi-    Not too many years ago this family-operated
            Castle, a lavish 1920s vacation home built in Span-       tive camp. Very Spartan. It is located in a side gully   campground was a dairy farm and many of the rus-
            ish mission style. This campground is more                of the canyon, with rumpled hills on either side.        tic buildings from that era remain, along with mis-
            exposed than Furnace Creek, but it benefits, after        There are no shade trees to shelter the dusty, peb-      cellaneous farm implements that have been
            the sun goes down, from being 2,000 feet higher. It       bly ground, only such scrub as creosote and salt         decoratively strewn about the property. It is hard to
            is set against a mud-colored canyon wall and a dry        bushes. The same, of course, might also be said of       imagine, though, that the scene was any prettier
            creek, with two low mountain ridges paralleling its       most of Death Valley’s other campgrounds; at least       when cows lowed through the grassy meadows and
            double loop. Dusty, pebbly sites are on the spa-          Wildrose has potable water. Because the camp-            varied woodland than it is today, even when brim-
            cious side, and they are grouped farther apart than       ground, which is 30 miles south of Stovepipe Wells       ming with campers. The level property sits in an
            at Furnace Creek, allowing for a greater degree of        Village, is at 4,100 feet of elevation, evenings are     oxbow bend of the Russian River, a perfect posi-
            privacy. A couple of cottonwoods mark where the           blessedly cooler here than elsewhere in the park.        tion that blesses it not only with a number of
            spring is. The nearest pay phone is at the                Comparable spots are roomy but exposed, and dis-         water-view sites but also a greater amount of seren-
            Grapevine Ranger Station, 2.5 miles north; fuel is        persed in two sections (the upper one being              ity than the bucolic camp’s road-side counterparks.
            available at Scotty’s Castle; a general store is in       reserved for tents). Even when Furnace Creek and         True, the full hookup area next to a row of pol-
            Stovepipe Wells, 41 miles south.                          Stovepipe Wells are brimming with campers, you           larded trees at Casini’s core is typically congested.
            BASICS                                                    are likely to find plenty of space and tranquility at    If you don’t require pull-through parking and can
            Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All             this remote place. Use it as a base for exploring        get by without a sewer connection, such pleasantly
            year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.          such Death Valley attractions as the beehive-            secluded spots as 88–90, 92–94, and 96–98 are
            Registration: At entrance kiosk. Fee: $10, cash,          shaped charcoal kilns, Skidoo, a ghost town, and         infinitely more appealing. Similarly, 36–40 are the
            check (in addition to the park entrance fee). Park-       the Eureka mine.                                         pick of the primitive options, where grassy sites are
            ing: At site.                                             BASICS                                                   so spacious and well buttressed by vegetation as to
            FACILITIES                                                Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All            satisfy even the most finicky of tent campers.
            Number of RV Sites: 30. Hookups: None. Each               year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.         BASICS
            Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: Yes.        Registration: Not necessary. Fee: Park entrance          Operated By: Casini family. Open: All year. Site
            Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and                fee). Parking: At site.                                  Assignment: Reservations accepted w/ V, MC, D,
            Showers: Flush toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.             FACILITIES                                               AE or advance check payments. Registration: At
            Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-               Number of RV Sites: 11. Number of Tent-only              entrance booth or office. Register at store during
            vice: No. Market: 53 mi. east in Beatty. Restau-          Sites: 11. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic              the off season. Fee: $24–$30 plus 9% local tax,
            rant: 41 mi. south in Stovepipe Wells. General            table, fire grate &/or barbecue grill. Dump Sta-         cash,V, MC,AE, D. Parking: At site.
            Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-               tion: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest               FACILITIES
            ground: No. Other: Some wheelchair-accessible             Rooms and Showers: Vault toilets, no showers.            Number of RV Sites: 225. Hookups: Electric (30
            facilities. Activities: Hiking, driving tours, stargaz-   Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel,           amps), water, sewer, cable TV. Each Site: Picnic
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        table, fire grate. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:            FACILITIES                                               Internal Roads: Paved & packed dirt. RV Ser-
        Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:              Number of RV Sites: 94. Number of Tent-only              vice: No. Market: 8.5 mi. east in El Centro.
        Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads:              Sites: 6. Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps), water,        Restaurant: 8.5 mi. east in El Centro. Only open
        Packed gravel & dirt, good condition. RV Service:         sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate, barbecue     in the winter. General Store: Yes. Vending: No.
        No. Market: 0.75 mi. away in Duncans Mills.               grill. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay               Swimming: Heated pool. Playground: No.
        Restaurant: 0.75 mi. away in Duncans Mills. Gen-          Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                 Other: Wheelchair-accessible facilities, post office,
        eral Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Russ-            Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.            2 fishing ponds. Activities: 9-hole golf course,
        ian River. Playground: Yes. Other: Wheelchair-            RV Service: No. Market: 2 mi west in Lakeside.           pool, spa, fishing, shuffleboard, horseshoe pit.
        accessible facilities, rec hall, boat ramp. Activities:   Restaurant: 2 mi. west in Lakeside. General              Nearby Attractions: Shopping in Mexicali across
        Fishing, kayak & canoe rentals. Nearby Attrac-            Store: No. Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Play-             the Mexican border,Anza-Borrego Desert State
        tions: Fort Ross State Historic Park, Kruse Rhodo-        ground: Yes. Other: Wheelchair-accessible facili-        Park, Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Sand
        dendron State Reserve & Salt Point State Park in          ties. Activities: Fishing, hiking, horseshoe pit.        Dunes (east of El Centro). Additional Informa-
        Jenner;Austin Creek State Recreation Area & Arm-          Nearby Attractions: San Diego & its waterfront,          tion: El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors
        strong Redwoods State Reserve in Guerneville;             museums, zoo, historic district. Additional Infor-       Bureau, (760) 352-3681.
        winery tours. Additional Information: Russian             mation: Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, (619)              RESTRICTIONS
        River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center,              561-1031; City of El Cajon, (619) 441-1776.              Pets: On leash; keep pets in the pet area. Fires:
        (707) 869-9212 or (877) 644-9001.
                                                                  RESTRICTIONS                                             Not allowed. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed.
        RESTRICTIONS                                              Pets: On 6-ft. leash; $1 fee. Fires: Fire grates only.   Vehicle Maximum Length: 40 ft.
        Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-       Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed at site, not                TO GET THERE
        holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                 exceeding 40 proof. Vehicle Maximum Length:              From El Centro head west on I-8 for 8 mi. Take
        Length: None.                                             35 ft.                                                   the Drew Rd. Exit and turn left (south). Drive 0.5
        TO GET THERE                                              TO GET THERE                                             mi. to the resort on the right.
        From Guerneville head west on Hwy. 116 and                From I-8 in El Cajon take Hwy. 67 north and
        drive 8.4 mi. to Duncans Mills. Turn left on              drive 4.5 mi. Turn right onto Maple View St. and
        Moscow Rd. and continue for 0.75 mi. to the               drive 2.2 mi. The road changes into Lake Jennings        ESCONDIDO               MAP, F-3
        well-signed campground entrance.                          Park Rd. The campground entrance is on the left.         Dixon Lake Recreation Area
                                                                                                                           1700 North La Honda Dr., Escondido 92027.
                                                                                                                           T: (760) 741-3328 or (760) 839-4680;
         EL CAJON                 MAP, F-3                         EL CENTRO               MAP, F-4
                                                                                                                           www.dixonlake.com.
         Lake Jennings Regional Park                               Rio Bend RV and Golf Resort
        10108 Bass Rd., El Cajon 92040.                           1589 Drew Rd., El Centro 92243.T: (760) 352-
                                                                                                                           a ★★★                         b ★★★★
        T: (858) 694-3049 or (858) 565-3600;                      7061; www.riobendrvgolfresort.com.                       Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
        www.co.san-diego.ca.us/parks.                                                                                      Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                  a ★★★★                        b★                         Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
        a ★★★★                        b ★★★
                                                                  Beauty: ★★                    Site Privacy: ★★           Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★★
        Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★★         Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★                 Dixon Lake is almost too good to be true: the
        Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★                 Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★          camp’s hilltop location lies at just over 1,000 feet
        Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★           Insect Control: ★             Facilities: ★★★★           elevation, with a dramatic panorama of greater
        Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★★                                                                     Escondido on one side and the small lake on the
                                                                  In many ways Rio Bend is a community unto itself.
        People familiar with Lake Jennings from previous          RVs are parked side by side along dirt lanes attrac-     other. This latter is actually a stocked reservoir with
        years may be excused if they fail to recognize it in      tively lined with palms, eucalyptus, and citrus trees;   great fishing for trout in the fall and catfish and
        its current state. The most obvious change is the         the central plaza is colorfully accented with flower-    bass year-round. Like the fish you’ll throw back,
        spruced up landscaping, with geraniums and other          ing oleanders, a couple of Conestoga wagons, and         some sites may be a tad small, but they are spaced
        annuals lending a welcome splash of color to a            some bales of hay; there are even a post office,         fairly well apart amid a field of granite boulders
        ridge-top setting marked by holly, acacia, prickly        swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, and two            that just beg to be scrambled over, and amply
        pear cacti, eucalyptus, pepper trees, and a variety of    stocked fishing ponds on the premises. No wonder         shaded by an appealing potpourri of trees, includ-
        conifers. That’s not all, as structural renovations       then that the resort is also well stocked each winter    ing the ubiquitous eucalyptus, live oak, a variety of
        have encompassed the rest rooms and showers, as           with snowbirds looking to ride out the cooler            pines, toyon, and ceanothus, as well as a healthy
        well as upgraded electrical hookups. Unaffected by        months at 50 feet below sea level. True, shade trees     accent of agave. Aside from the handful of spots
        these alterations, alas, are the gravel sites them-       are scarce in the short term camping area and tents,     near the park road, it is hard to go wrong, with
        selves, which are shoe-horned close together, sev-        relegated to the thick grass outside the office, are     numbers 8, 11, 12, and 37 particularly private and
        eral resting on ground so tilted that hammocks            given short shrift. But with so many amenities,          26 and 29 yielding great city views. And when you
        might seem preferable to tents. Thankfully, abun-         these small hardships are a little easier to wink at.    tire of boating, fishing, and hiking, the San Diego
        dant vegetation yields some privacy and many                                                                       Wild Animal Park is just a 15 minutes’ drive away.
                                                                  BASICS
        units along the park’s spiraling loop road enjoy                                                                   BASICS
                                                                  Operated By: Bill & Wanda Camp, managers.
        excellent vistas. Numbers 20, 22, 24, 43, and 45                                                                   Operated By: City of Escondido. Open: All year.
                                                                  Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reservations
        are among the standout tenting options, with                                                                       Site Assignment: First come, first served. Reser-
                                                                  accepted w/ V, MC. First come, first served. Regis-
        89–91 tops for RVs. The lake is stocked with trout                                                                 vations accepted w/ V, MC. $5 reservation fee
                                                                  tration: In office at the end of the driveway. Fee:
        in the winter and catfish summertime, but boating                                                                  charged. Registration: At ranger office. Fee:
                                                                  $29–$32, cash,V, MC. Parking: At site.
        is only allowed on weekends.                                                                                       $16–$24, cash or V, MC. Parking: At site.
                                                                  FACILITIES
        BASICS                                                    Number of RV Sites: 500. Hookups: Electric               FACILITIES
        Operated By: County of San Diego, Dept. of                                                                         Number of Multipurpose Sites: 46. Hookups:
                                                                  (50 amps), water, cable TV, internet available on
        Parks & Recreation. Open: All year. Site Assign-                                                                   Electric (20, 30 amps), water, sewer. Each Site:
                                                                  request. Each Site: Full hookups. Dump Station:
        ment: Reservations accepted w/ V, MC, D. Regis-                                                                    Picnic table, fire grate, trash bin. Dump Station:
                                                                  Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms
        tration: At entrance booth. Fee: $12–$18, cash,V,                                                                  Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms
                                                                  and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No.
        MC, D. Parking: At site.
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            and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No.                 Sites: 19. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic            FACILITIES
            Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Mar-              table, fire grate, barbecue grill, food storage box.   Number of RV Sites: 56. Hookups: None. Each
            ket: 3 mi. south in Escondido. Restaurant: 3 mi.         Dump Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone:              Site: Picnic table, fire grate, food storage box.
            south in Escondido. General Store: Yes. Vend-            Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.            Dump Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone:
            ing: No. Swimming: No. Playground: Yes.                  Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-            Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.
            Other: Wheelchair-accessible facilities, snackbar,       vice: No. Market: 47 mi. northwest in Temecula.        Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-
            boat launch. Activities: Fishing, bicycling, hiking,     Restaurant: 47 mi. northwest in Temecula. Gen-         vice: No. Market: 4 mi. south in Meyers Flat.
            horseshoe pit, boat rentals. Nearby Attractions:         eral Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No.             Restaurant: 4 mi. south in Meyers Flat. General
            Heritage Walk & Museum, San Pascal Battlefield           Playground: No. Other: Wheelchair-accessible           Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: In Eel River.
            State Historic Park, Deer Park Auto Museum, San          facilities. Activities: Hiking, fishing, ranger-led    Playground: No. Other: Wheelchair-accessible
            Diego Wild Animal Park. Additional Informa-              activities in summer. Nearby Attractions: Palo-        facilities, visitor center. Activities: Hiking, bicycling,
            tion: Escondido Chamber of Commerce, (760)               mar Mountain Observatory, San Diego Wild Animal        horseback riding, fishing,swimming. Nearby
            745-2125.                                                Park, Mission San Antonio de Pala. Additional          Attractions: Ave. of the Giants, Richardson Grove
            RESTRICTIONS                                             Information: Escondido Chamber of Commerce,            State Park in Garberville, Pacific Lumber Company
            Pets: Not allowed. Fires: Not allowed. Alcoholic         (760) 745-2125.                                        Logging Museum in Scotia, Ferndale museums, Old
            Beverages: Allowed at campground only. Vehicle           RESTRICTIONS                                           Town Eureka. Additional Information: Gar-
            Maximum Length: 50 ft.                                   Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-   berville-Redway Area Chamber of Commerce,
                                                                     holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-        (707) 923-2613; Ferndale Chamber of Commerce,
            TO GET THERE
                                                                     mum Length: 27 ft.                                     (707) 786-4477.
            From I-15 in Escondido take the El Norte Pkwy.
            Exit and drive 3.3 mi. north. Turn left on La            TO GET THERE                                           RESTRICTIONS
            Honda Dr. and continue 1.2 mi. straight into the         From Escondido on I-15 drive 15 mi. north. Turn        Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-
            rec area.                                                east on Hwy. 76 and continue for 21 mi. Turn left      holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-
                                                                     on CR S6 direction Palomar Mountain. Follow            mum Length: 33 ft.
                                                                     S6/South Grade Rd. for 7 mi., then turn left on        TO GET THERE
            ESCONDIDO              MAP, F-3                          East Grade/State Park Rd. The park entrance is         Exit US 101 at Meyers Flat, turning west on Ave.
            Palomar Mountain State Park                              3.5 mi. ahead.                                         of the Giants. Drive 4.5 mi. to the campground
            19952 State Park Rd., Escondido 92060.                                                                          entrance on the right, immediately behind the vis-
            T: (760) 742-3462; www.palomar.statepark.org.                                                                   itor center.
                                                                     EUREKA                                   MAP, B-1
            a ★★★                        b ★★★★                      Burlington Campground
                                                                                                                            FALL RIVER MILLS                             MAP, B-2
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★          Humboldt Redwoods State Park,Ave. of the
                                                                     Giants, Eureka 95571.T: (707) 946-2409;                Pit River
            Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
            Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★           (800) 444-7275; www.cal-parks.ca.gov.                  Pit No. 1 Powerhouse Rd., Fall River Mills
            Insect Control: ★★★★          Facilities: ★★                                                                    96028.T: (530) 233-4666;
                                                                     a ★★★                        b ★★★                     www.ca.blm.gov/alturas.
            Palomar Mountain State Park is located very near
                                                                     Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★
            an observatory that houses one of America’s largest
                                                                     Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★
                                                                                                                            a ★★                           b ★★★★
            ground-based telescopes, a testimony to the clarity
            of the night sky in these parts. That facility is off-   Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★          Beauty: ★★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★
            limits to the public, but barring an overcast sky        Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★            Spaciousness: ★★★               Quiet: ★★★★
            you should be able to see plenty of stars from the       Unlike many of the other state-run campgrounds         Security: ★★★                   Cleanliness: ★★
            privacy of your campsite. Most are pretty spacious       situated in redwood forests, this one is easy to get   Insect Control: ★★              Facilities: ★
            and hug the contours of the hilly mountainside,          to on a smooth piece of road just five miles off US    This inauspiciously named campground, also
            which compensates for an overall lack of screening.      101, 40 miles south of Eureka. The highly scenic       known as Pit No. 1, is actually in a very pretty—if
            Which is not to suggest that the terraced loops          Ave. of the Giants flows through the park, thread-     somewhat overgrown—forested setting abutting
            meander over a denuded knob (though there is a           ing for 32 miles past several impressive groves,       the Pit River. You may find it totally vacant, which
            fair share of gray granite and mossy rocks scattered     including the must-see Rockefeller Forest. Of the      is ideal since the best site, which is right on the
            about the domain). On the contrary, this charming        three campgrounds here, only Burlington is open        water looking across to a tiny island, is also the
            campground is well forested with cedars, live oak,       year-round. Its sites are grouped fairly closely       most popular. Or the twin loops might be choked
            Douglas firs, and Coulter pines. The rest rooms          together across a convoluted double loop, with 29      with vehicles, especially on weekends from late
            and a couple of sites are wheelchair accessible, but     one of the more spacious and 37 a roomy corner         spring through summer. Most of the level, leaf-
            most of the rest involve negotiating a few stone         spot. There are some impressive specimens of           strewn sites lie in the shadow of oaks and a few
            stairs, solid relics from when the Civilian Conser-      Sequoia sempervirens within Burlington, sturdy         pines, next to a scruffy meadow. The handful of
            vation Corps was working in the area 60 years ago.       red pillars that allow only filtered streaks of sun-   spots by the water are crammed closely together;
            The best seasons to camp here are spring and fall,       light through to the dirt and pine needle-layered      otherwise there is space and privacy galore. Pit lies
            though at an elevation of 4,700 feet the risk of         forest floor. There are also a handful of decaying     at 3,000 feet of elevation, which is quite comfort-
            snowfall exists from November through early              logs and a shocking number of redwood stumps.          able for this region of the Cascade Mountain
            April. Plan accordingly.                                 These latter serve as sober reminders of what might    range. Though not exactly an Eden, Pit River has
            BASICS                                                   well have befallen the remaining giants had it not     had its share of serpents, in the form of litterers,
            Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-          been for the efforts of conservationists.              despite the presence of plenty of trash bins. No
            ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-         BASICS                                                 potable water is available, nor does the Bureau of
            tions accepted w/ V, MC, D. Registration: At             Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-        Land Management seem to supervise the land.
            entrance kiosk. Fee: $12, cash, CA check. Parking:       ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Some           Local police, though, occasionally patrol. The
            At site.                                                 sites first come, first served. Reservations recom-    nearest telephone is in Fall River Mills.
            FACILITIES                                               mended;V, MC, D. Registration: At entrance             BASICS
            Number of RV Sites: 12. Number of Tent-only              booth. Fee: $15, cash, CA check. Parking: At site.     Operated By: Bureau of Land Management,
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        184     CALIFORNIA          Felton

        Alturas Field Office. Open: All year, weather per-      and if you plan to visit in the spring pack along        another. This is an invaluable oasis during the sum-
        mitting. Site Assignment: First come, first served.     insect repellant.                                        mer, which runs in these parts from May through
        Registration: Not necessary. Fee: None at press         BASICS                                                   September. The grounds are raked and well main-
        time; will change in the near future. Parking: No       Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-          tained, though some rest rooms lack taps and have a
        designated slips.                                       ation. Open: Feb. 15–Nov. 30. Site Assignment:           neglected air to them. There is a general store and
        FACILITIES                                              Reservations accepted 48 hours in advance w/ V,          fuel station in Piedra, three miles to the west.
        Number of RV Sites: 10. Hookups: None. Each             MC. Registration: At entrance booth. Fee: $16,           BASICS
        Site: Picnic table, fire ring. Dump Station: No.        $14 w/ senior discount, $8 disabled discount (must       Operated By: Fresno County Parks Dept. Open:
        Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and              have card to receive discounts), cash, CA check.         All year. Site Assignment: First come, first
        Showers: Pit toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.             Parking: 1 vehicle per reservation at site. $5 for       served. Registration: At entrance booth. Fee:
        Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel. RV Ser-            additional vehicle.                                      $16, cash or CA check. Parking: At site.
        vice: No. Market: 6 mi. east in Fall River Mills.       FACILITIES                                               FACILITIES
        Restaurant: 6 mi. east in Fall River Mills. General     Number of RV Sites: 112. Hookups: None.                  Number of RV Sites: 55. Hookups: None.
        Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: River. Play-          Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate, food storage        Each Site: Picnic table, barbecue grill. Dump
        ground: No. Other: Natural small boat launch.           box. Dump Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay                  Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes.
        Activities: Fishing, hiking, canoeing, bird-watching.   Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                 Rest Rooms and Showers: Flush toilets, no
        Nearby Attractions: Lassen Volcanic National            Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.            showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
        Park; Fort Crook Museum in Fall River Mills;            RV Service: No. Market: 2 mi. west in Felton.            Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 20 mi.
        McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park in            Restaurant: 2 mi. west in Felton. General Store:         southwest in Sanger. Restaurant: 20 mi. south-
        Burney;Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park in              No. Vending: Yes. Swimming: River. Play-                 west in Sanger. General Store: No. Vending:
        McArthur; Hat Creek Recreation Area in Old Sta-         ground: No. Other: Wheelchair-accessible facili-         No. Swimming: In Kings River. Playground: No.
        tion. Additional Information: Fall River Valley         ties. Activities: Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding,   Other: Wheelchair-accessible facilities. Activi-
        Chamber of Commerce, (530) 336-5840;                    horseshoe pit. Nearby Attractions: Santa Cruz            ties: Fishing, hiking. Nearby Attractions: Muse-
        Burney Chamber of Commerce, (530) 335-2111.             Beach Boardwalk, mission, museums, Seymour               ums, Forestiere Underground Gardens, Chaffee
        RESTRICTIONS                                            Marine Discovery Center,Arboretum & Natural              Zoological Gardens, Rotary Storyland & Playland
        Pets: Allowed, on a leash. Fires: Fire ring only.       Bridges State Beach, Roaring Camp Railroads in           in Fresno; Sanger Depot Museum. Additional
        Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maxi-             Felton, Redwood Trees. Additional Information:           Information: Sanger District Chamber of Com-
        mum Length: 22 ft. is an absolute max.                  Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council,         merce, (559) 875-4575; Fresno City & County
        TO GET THERE                                            (831) 425-1234 or (800) 833-3494.                        CVB, (800) 788-0836.
        From Fall River Mills drive 4.5 mi. west on Hwy.        RESTRICTIONS                                             RESTRICTIONS
        299. Turn left on Pit No. 1 Powerhouse Rd. and          Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only,           Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grills only. Alco-
        continue 1.1 mi. to the campground, bearing right       attended at all times. Alcoholic Beverages:              holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
        at the entrance to Pit River Lodge. The road turns      Allowed only in picnic areas. Vehicle Maximum            Length: None.
        to dirt here and becomes impassable when wet.           Length: 35 ft.                                           TO GET THERE
                                                                TO GET THERE                                             From Fresno drive 15 mi. east on Hwy. 180/Kings
                                                                From Santa Cruz on Hwy. 1 take Hwy. 9 north.             Canyon Rd. to Centerville. Bear left on Trimmer
         FELTON                                  MAP, D-1
                                                                Drive 6.5 mi. to the stop light; bear right on Gra-      Springs Rd. Continue for 10 mi., past the small
         Henry Cowell Redwoods
                                                                ham Hill Rd. The campground is 2.7 mi. ahead             town of Piedra, then turn right on Pine Flat Rd.
         State Park                                             on the right.                                            Proceed for 2.5 mi., over the bridge, to the camp-
        101 North Big Trees Park Rd., Felton 95018.                                                                      ground entrance on the right.
        T: (831) 438-2396 or (800) 444-7275;
                                                                 FRESNO                   MAP, D-2
        www.santacruzstateparks.org.
                                                                 Pine Flat Lake Recreation Area                          GARBERVILLE                               MAP, B-1
        a ★★★                        b ★★★                      Pine Flat Rd., Fresno 93649.
                                                                                                                         Shelter Cove RV Park
                                                                T: (559) 488-3004 or (559) 787-2589;
                                                                                                                         and Campground
        Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
        Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★                  pineflatinfo@spk.vsace.army.mil.                         492 Machi Rd., Garberville 95589.
        Security: ★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
                                                                a ★★★★                       b ★★★                       T: (707) 986-7474.
        Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★
                                                                Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★           a ★★★                        b ★★
        The first thing you may notice on pulling into the
        pair of double loops that comprise this camp-           Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★                Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★
        ground is that despite the park’s name there are        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★            Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★
        precious few burly looking redwoods in evidence.        Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★             Security: ★★                  Cleanliness: ★★
        The natural forested atmosphere derives from an         One of the more pleasant aspects of this county          Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★
        abundance of knob cone pines, madrone trees, and        park is that it does not get over-run by hordes of       Shelter Cove RV Park is for the Bohemian at heart,
        moss-covered oaks. The Cowell grove of redwoods         campers, unlike other lakeside camps in the area.        for people who love the ocean, enjoy fishing for
        is a 40-minute hike (or 5-minute drive) away. Such      Boaters are not in dry-dock country, though; there       salmon, and don’t mind stray dogs wandering
        minor misrepresentations aside, this is a fine park     is good fishing in the Kings River, which flows from     through their campsite. It is also for people who
        with roomy leaf- and dirt-based sites ranging from      the Pine Flat Dam past one side of camp, and boat-       live to socialize and don’t require much sleep,
        sun-dappled to shady, from exposed to well-             ramp access to the reservoir is nearby. The level,       because in peak season the entire patch of gently
        shielded. Unfortunately, noise carries here and can     grassy turf is attractively punctuated here and there    tilting grassland that makes up this domain can
        be a big problem on weekends when Bay Area resi-        by a great range of such shade trees as oak,             seem like one continuous block party. On summer
        dents descend in droves. The presence of a sum-         sycamore, and black walnut, and encompassed by           weekends there is live music on the patio and siz-
        mer-time host augments an otherwise lax                 undulating hills of golden grass and traces of gran-     zling barbecues are centered around the giant crab
        enforcement of quiet time. Trash tossed into fire       ite. There is a uniformity to the double-loop layout,    cooker. Sites are small and shoe-horned together,
        grates is another nuisance. Be alert to poison oak      with open sites so comparable that one is as good as     but enjoy unobstructed views of the ocean, which
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            is a few yards off the lot. Rugged highlands loom       Spaciousness: ★★★★              Quiet: ★★★                   Security: ★★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★
            over the inland side of Shelter Cove. A small public    Security: ★★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★★            Insect Control: ★★★             Facilities: ★★★
            park—complete with a diminutive lighthouse—             Insect Control: ★★★             Facilities: ★★               Redwood trees are what this park is all about, with
            lies immediately to its south, and at the opposite      This tidy, well-maintained campground is perched             some groves so dense you may find yourself won-
            end is a county airport. Unfortunately, the occa-       just above the Middle Fork of the Smith River,               dering whether the sun has gone into eclipse.
            sional plane that approaches the airstrip comes in      about 20 miles northeast of Crescent City along US           Madrone trees and tan oaks round out a very natu-
            so low you might think it’s trying to land on top of    199. Though a rather average facility, it is a worthy        ral, attractive hilltop forest habitat that is laced
            your RV. Of the single lavatory located at the          alternative to Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park,            with 20 miles of hiking trails. Sites of matted leaves
            deli/snack bar, we’ve seen cleaner facilities at the    just down the road, if the latter is full, or if the wild,   and grass are above average in size and distributed
            end of a four-day beer festival. Your best bet is to    moldering atmosphere of a moss-encrusted old-                over four separate loops, with those in Tan Oak
            use the toilets in the public park. This campground     growth forest leaves you shivering. Its central loca-        both more private and open to diffused sunlight.
            lies 25 tortuous miles west of Garberville across the   tion within the Smith River National Recreation              There is also a generous amount of gravel-surfaced
            King Range National Conservation Area, a drive          Area also makes Panther Flat a suitable base camp            pull-through parking slips available throughout
            that requires your vehicle’s brakes to be in good       for day hikes and fishing the several rivers in the          the campground. The Civilian Conservation
            working order.                                          locale. There are only a few redwoods here, of the           Corps was based here in the early 1930s; fieldstone
            BASICS                                                  spindly second-growth variety, and they are over-            fire pits in some sites are solid reminders of their
            Operated By: Shelter Cove Enterprises. Open:            shadowed by tan oaks and madrones. Level gravel              efforts. Around the same time, William Hearst
            All year. Site Assignment: Reservations recom-          sites, well-groomed and equipped with large back-in          donated a pair of white fallow deer to the park.
            mended;V, MC, D. Registration: At store. Fee:           parking slips, are moderately spacious and evenly            Their descendants are still present, housed in a pen
            $20–$30, cash, check,V, MC, D. Parking: At site.        distributed around a small grassy meadow at the              near the visitor center. Black tailed deer, coyotes,
            FACILITIES                                              heart of the elongated double-oval camp lane.                foxes, and bobcats also call this part of the Santa
            Number of RV Sites: 50. Number of Multipur-             BASICS                                                       Cruz Mountain range home.
            pose Sites: 53. Hookups: Electric (30 amps),            Operated By: Six Rivers National Forest, Smith               BASICS
            water, sewer, internet. Each Site: Picnic table, fire   River National Recreation Area. Open: All year.              Operated By: County of Santa Clara, Parks &
            grate. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: Yes. Pay             Site Assignment: Reservations accepted w/ V,                 Recreation Dept. Open: All year. Site Assign-
            Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                MC. Registration: At entrance kiosk. Fee: $4–$8,             ment: First come, first served. Reservations
            Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel,         cash, check. Parking: At site.                               accepted. Registration: At entrance booth. Fee:
            good condition. RV Service: No. Market: 22 mi.          FACILITIES                                                   $15–$25, cash, CA check,V, MC. Parking: At site.
            east in Redway. Restaurant: 1 mi. away in Shelter       Number of RV Sites: 39. Hookups: None. Each                  FACILITIES
            Cove. General Store: Yes. Vending: No. Swim-            Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: No.            Number of RV Sites: 118. Hookups: Electric (20,
            ming: No. Playground: No. Other: Limited                Laundry: No. Pay Phone: 2 mi. south in Gasquet.              30 amps), water. Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate,
            wheelchair-accessible facilities, 6-lane boat launch.   Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.                       food storage box. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:
            Activities: Fishing, beachcombing, clamming, hiking,    Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-                  No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:
            whale watching. Nearby Attractions: Richardson          vice: No. Market: 2 mi. south in Gasquet. Restau-            Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:
            Grove State Park in Garberville; Smithe Redwoods        rant: 2 mi. south in Gasquet. General Store: No.             Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 8 mi. west in Wat-
            State Reserve & Standish Hickey State Recreation        Vending: No. Swimming: In Smith River. Play-                 sonville. Restaurant: 8 mi. west in Watsonville.
            Area in Leggett;Ave. of the Giants north of Gar-        ground: No. Other: Wheelchair-accessible facili-             General Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming:
            berville; Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Weott.        ties. Activities: Fishing, hiking, kayaking. Nearby          No. Playground: No. Other: Some wheelchair-
            Additional Information: Shelter Cove Informa-           Attractions: Redwood National & State Parks;                 accessible facilities, visitor center. Activities: Hiking,
            tion Bureau, (707) 923-1830; Garberville-Redway         Battery Point Lighthouse, Ocean World, & Del                 horseback riding, picnics. Nearby Attractions:
            Area Chamber of Commerce, (707) 923-2613.               Norte County Historical Museum in Crescent                   Mission San Juan Bautista; John Steinbeck House &
            RESTRICTIONS                                            City; Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery in Smith River.              Library in Salinas; outlet shopping in Gilroy; Mon-
            Pets: On leash only, $1 fee. Fires: Fire grates only.   Additional Information: Crescent City–Del                    terey peninsula. Additional Information: Mount
            Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maxi-             Norte County Chamber of Commerce, (707) 464-                 Madonna County Park, (408) 842-2341.
            mum Length: 40 ft.                                      3174 or (800) 343-8300.                                      RESTRICTIONS
            TO GET THERE                                            RESTRICTIONS                                                 Pets: On 6-ft. leash, 2 pet limit. Fires: Fire grates
            Exit US 101 at Garberville and drive through the        Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-          only. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed at site & pic-
            downtown, turning left on Redwood Rd. at the            holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                    nic area. Vehicle Maximum Length: 35 ft.
            sign for the King Range National Conservation           Length: 40 ft.                                               TO GET THERE
            Area. After 2.6 mi. turn left on Briceland Rd.,         TO GET THERE                                                 From Gilroy on US 101 take the Hwy. 152 Exit
            which becomes the meandering and steep Shelter          From Crescent City drive 3.5 mi. north on US                 and drive west for 10.5 mi. Turn right on Pole
            Cove Rd. Drive 22.2 mi., turn south on Upper            101. Exit on US 199 and head east towards                    Line Rd., which leads to the park.
            Pacific Rd. and continue for 0.5 mi. to the camp-       Grants Pass. Continue for 17 mi. to the well-
            ground on the right.                                    marked campground entrance on the left.
                                                                                                                                 GRASS VALLEY                                 MAP, C-2
                                                                                                                                 Schoolhouse
            GASQUET                MAP, A-1                         GILROY               MAP, D-1
            Panther Flat Campground                                                                                              15924 Hwy. 49, Grass Valley 95922.
                                                                    Mount Madonna County Park
                                                                                                                                 T: (530) 288-3231 or (530) 692-3200 (marina);
            Smith River National Recreation Area, 10600             Pole Line Rd., Gilroy 95020.                                 www.r5.fs.fed.us/tahoe.
            US 199 South, Gasquet 95543.                            T: (408) 355-2201 or (408) 358-3751;
            T: (707) 457-3131 or (877) 444-6777;                    www.parkhere.org/prkpages/madonna.htm.                       a ★★★★                          b ★★★
            www.r5.fs.fed.us/sixrivers.
                                                                                                                                 Beauty: ★★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                    a ★★★★                         b ★★★★
            a ★★★★                       b ★★★★                                                                                  Spaciousness: ★★★               Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                    Beauty: ★★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★★            Security: ★★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★
            Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★         Spaciousness: ★★★               Quiet: ★★★★                  Insect Control: ★★★             Facilities: ★★
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        186     CALIFORNIA          Greenville

        Dark Day Campground, a tent-only, walk-in facility       Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                 Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★★★
                                                                                                                            a ★★★★                       b ★★★
        just up the road from Schoolhouse, is blessed from
        its bluff-top aerie with a heavenly vista of Bullards    Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★★           Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
        Bar Reservoir. Sites at Schoolhouse, on the other        Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★              Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
        hand, enjoy no water views. Even so, it is a peaceful,   Of the many level, rather spacious sites here, there       Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
        engaging camp, located above the lake on a hill that     is a healthy balance between those that are open           Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★★★
        is thick with conifers, madrone, toyon, and dog-         and exposed and others that are flanked by incense         Given a choice between camping at Moccasin
        wood. The triple loop winds its way across an undu-      cedars, manzanita, Douglas firs, and ponderosa             Point or Fleming Meadows, just down the road,
        lating terrain, where roomy sites are granted a fair     pines. Shade or sun, boating and fishing versus            the first wins hands down. For one thing, sites at
        degree of privacy. There is plenty of pull-through       hiking or swimming, one thing that everybody can           Moccasin are not wedged together quite as tightly,
        parking available, and many of the back-ins are large    agree on is that the sightlines are magnificent from       and they benefit from a greater concentration of
        enough for vehicles hauling boats. The most              camp to glimmering Lake Almanor and the rum-               such shade and privacy providers as oaks, various
        secluded spots are 24, 37, and 40, while 26, a pull-     pled mountains looming above. Access to the lake           conifers, and manzanita. Another point in its favor
        through, is very deep. From mid-October through          is easy, too, with only a gentle tilt to the ground        is the picturesque landscape, which ranges from
        early spring only sites 1–14 are kept open and no        near the water—instead of the steep embankments            chaparral-covered Sierra foothills to rolling fields
        potable water is available. Bullards Bar Dam, con-       of many other reservoir lakes—and loops that hug           of wildflower-dotted golden grass. The layout con-
        structed in 1969, is California’s largest, and ranks     the meandering contours of the shore. Arguably,            sists of a figure-8 loop and a triple circuit, both of
        fourth in size in the United States.                     the very finest site is 40, isolated on a finger of land   which descend toward the jade-green water over a
        BASICS                                                   projecting into the lake; its neighbor, 41, is a very      series of tiers. The most private sites are B 6, 10,
        Operated By: Tahoe National Forest, North                good runner-up. Similarly situated is 50, a double         17, C 7, 8, 15, and 16. One drawback of this fine
        Yuba/Downieville Ranger District & Yuba City             site that’s ideal for large groups or oversize RVs.        campground is the dearth of lake views. Oddly, the
        Water Agency. Open: All year. Site Assignment:           Tent campers should angle for 12, a cedar-shaded           best water access is available via its primitive D and
        Reservations accepted, V, MC. Recommended dur-           walk-in near the shore. A “camp library” of paper-         E overflow loops, the latter being graced with its
        ing the winter. Registration: At Emerald Cove            backs is located in a cabinet across from the “super-      own lagoon. Site distribution is more concentrated
        Marina at the dam; permit required. Fee: $14 from        visor,” an on-site employee of American Land &             there, but shade is abundant.
        Apr. 15–Oct. 15, cash, check,V, MC; no fee in winter     Leisure, which operates the property for Pacific
                                                                                                                            BASICS
        when water spigots are capped. Parking: At site.         Gas & Electric.
                                                                                                                            Operated By: Don Pedro Recreation Agency.
        FACILITIES                                               BASICS                                                     Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reservations
        Number of RV Sites: 56. Hookups: None. Each              Operated By: American Land & Leisure, conces-              accepted,V, MC or check. Registration: At
        Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: No.        sionaire. Open: May 15–Oct. 1. Site Assignment:            entrance booth. Fee: $12–$25, cash,V, MC. Park-
        Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and              First come, first served. Registration: At entrance        ing: At site.
        Showers: Flush & vault toilets, no showers. Fuel:        kiosk. Fee: $15, cash, check. Parking: At site.
                                                                                                                            FACILITIES
        No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved, some             FACILITIES                                                 Number of Multipurpose Sites: 96. Hookups:
        potholes. RV Service: No. Market: 26 mi. east in         Number of RV Sites: 125. Number of Tent-                   Electric (20, 30 amps), water, sewer. Each Site: Pic-
        Downieville. Restaurant: 26 mi. east in Down-            only Sites: 6. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic            nic table, barbecue grill, food storage box. Dump
        ieville. General Store: Yes, at marina. Vending:         table, fire grate, food storage box. Dump Station:         Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
        No. Swimming: Bullards Bar Reservoir. Play-              Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms               Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:
        ground: No. Other: Boat ramp, marina. Activi-            and Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.          Yes. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No.
        ties: Fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain        Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-                Market: 8 mi. east in Groveland. Restaurant: 8
        biking, boating. Nearby Attractions: Empire Mine         vice: No. Market: 12 mi. south in Greenville.              mi. east in Groveland. General Store: Yes. Vend-
        State Historic Park in Grass Valley; Malakoff Diggins    Restaurant: 12 mi. south in Greenville. General            ing: Yes. Swimming: In Don Pedro Lake. Play-
        State Historic Park in Nevada City; Downieville          Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: Lake                     ground: No. Other: Wheelchair-accessible
        Foundry/Museum, Gallows & County Museum.                 Almanor. Playground: No. Other: Wheelchair-                facilities, boat ramp, marina. Activities: Fishing,
        Additional Information: Grass Valley–Nevada              accessible facilities, boat ramp. Activities: Fishing,     waterskiing, motorboat & houseboat rentals, sail-
        County Chamber of Commerce, (530) 273-4667;              boating, waterskiing, hiking, bird-watching. Nearby        ing. Nearby Attractions: Northern Mariposa
        Sierra County Chamber of Commerce, (530) 862-            Attractions: Westwood Museum & Paul Bunyan                 County History Center in Coulterville;Tuolumne
        0308 or (800) 200-4949.                                  & Babe the Blue Ox Statues; Lassen National                County Museum & History Center in Sonora;
        RESTRICTIONS                                             Scenic Byway (Hwys. 89/44/36); Lassen Volcanic             Yosemite National Park. Additional Informa-
        Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-      National Park. Additional Information:                     tion: Coulterville Visitors Center, (209) 878-3074;
        holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                Chester–Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce,                  Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, (209) 533-4420
        Length: 35 ft.                                           (530) 258-2426 or (800) 350-4838.                          or (800) 446-1333.
        TO GET THERE                                             RESTRICTIONS                                               RESTRICTIONS
        Exit Hwy. 70 at Marysville and drive 12 mi. east         Pets: On leash only, $1 fee. Fires: Fire grates only.      Pets: Not allowed. Fires: Groundfires not allowed.
        on Hwy. 20. Turn left on Marysville Rd./E21, at          Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maxi-                Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maxi-
        the sign for Bullards Bar Reservoir, and continue        mum Length: 34 ft.                                         mum Length: None.
        for 11 mi. Head right on Old Marysville Rd. and          TO GET THERE                                               TO GET THERE
        drive 17 mi., across the dam, to the campground          From Greenville drive 12 mi. north on Hwy. 89.             From Groveland on Hwy. 120 head 7 mi. west to
        on the left.                                             The campground entrance is on the right.                   the junction w/ Hwy. 49. Turn north (right) on
                                                                                                                            Hwy. 49 and continue for 2 mi. Turn right on
                                                                                                                            Jacksonville Rd., followed by another right into
         GREENVILLE           MAP, B-2                           GROVELAND                                  MAP, C-3        the campground.
         Lake Almanor Campground                                 Moccasin Point
        15778 Hwy. 89, Greenville 95923.                         Jacksonville Rd., Groveland 95347.
        T: (916) 386-5164; www.r5.fs.fed.us/lassen.              T: (209) 852-2396 or (209) 989-2206 (marina);
                                                                 www.donpedrolake.com.
        a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
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                                                                                                                              Vehicle Maximum Length: 20 ft., no trailers
            GROVELAND                                MAP, C-3        GUERNEVILLE            MAP, C-1                          allowed.
            The Pines                                                Bullfrog Pond Campground
                                                                                                                              TO GET THERE
            Hwy. 120, Groveland 95321.T: (209) 962-7825              Austin Creek State Recreation Area, 17000                From downtown Guerneville on Hwy. 116, turn
            or (877) 444-6777; www.fs.fed.us/r5/stanislaus/          Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville 95446.                  north on Armstrong Woods Rd. The park entrance
            groveland/camping/pines.shtml.                           T: (707) 869-2015; www.cal-parks.ca.gov.                 is 2.3 mi. ahead, w/ the campground entrance is
                                                                                                                              3.2 mi. beyond that.
            a ★★★                        b ★★★                       a ★★★                        b ★★★★
            Beauty: ★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★           Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
            Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★                Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                                                                              HAMBURG                             MAP, A-1, A-2

            Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★           Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★          Sarah Totten
            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★              Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★             Hwy. 96, Hamburg 96086.T: (530) 493-2243;
            No one cares to stay at The Pines very long, seldom      Shortly after the end of World War II, renowned          wrwilliams@fs.fed.us; www.r5.fs.fed.us/klamath.
            more than one night. That is no reflection on this       ceramist Marguerite Wildenhain of the Bauhaus
            peaceful haven just off of Hwy. 120, nine miles          school came to settle in this area. She found inspi-
                                                                                                                              a ★★★                        b ★★★★
            east of Groveland. It’s just that with the entrance to   ration in the sublime beauty of her surroundings, a      Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★★
            Yosemite National Park 15 miles farther on, this         feeling that countless campers have shared since         Spaciousness: ★★★★            Quiet: ★★★
            serves more as a brief lay-over camp than a destina-     then. If you are able to get your vehicle up the         Security: ★                   Cleanliness: ★★★
            tion. The clean, attractive campground, located          steep, narrow, meandering access road—and that’s         Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★
            behind a forest ranger station, features level, grassy   a big if—you will find stunning mountain views
                                                                                                                              A popular rafting stretch of the Klamath River
            sites scattered over an L-shaped access road. There      and an enchanting forested atmosphere. Feral pigs,
                                                                                                                              flows right by this pretty little campground, with
            are plenty of oak trees, manzanita, and cedars           wild turkeys, bobcats, and the elusive spotted owl
                                                                                                                              easy put-in access to the water. Like Fort Goff to
            sprinkled in among the mature pines, yielding            make their homes in these redwood- and tan
                                                                                                                              the west, this is a roadside facility, with a key dif-
            abundant shade to this lush sward. Even so, sites,       oak–covered hills. You are more likely, though, to
                                                                                                                              ference being that Sarah Totten is recessed from
            while somewhat roomy, are rather exposed. Best of        see frogs by the pond, where the camp lane ends.
                                                                                                                              Hwy. 96 and thus approaching autos do not seem
            the group are a pair of walk-ins, 6 and 7, which are     Fern-freckled sites are distributed fairly well apart
                                                                                                                              to be bearing down on one’s tent. In fact, road
            well-recessed amid a clutch of stumps and a small        and though they are a tad small and some are
                                                                                                                              noise in most sites is pretty effectively muffled by
            marsh. Elevation is 3,200 feet, auguring for cool-       planted on slanting ground, such minor discom-
                                                                                                                              the melodious churning of the Klamath. Of the
            but-pleasant nights most of the year.                    forts seem an acceptable tradeoff for camping in so
                                                                                                                              two neighboring loops, the left-hand one contains
            BASICS                                                   attractive a place. The park closes when the fire risk
                                                                                                                              five walk-in sites, with the oak-shaded number 3
            Operated By: American Land & Leisure, conces-            is extreme, so be sure to call ahead in summer.
                                                                                                                              the most spacious. Oak, pines, and horsetail grass
            sionaire. Open: All year. Site Assignment: First         BASICS                                                   also thrive in the second circuit, where peculiar
            come, first served. Registration: At entrance            Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-          mounds of river stones near the entrance are relics
            kiosk. Fee: $10, cash, check. Parking: At site.          ation. Open: All year, weather & fire danger per-        from the Gold Rush era, circa 1850, when exten-
            FACILITIES                                               mitting. Site Assignment: First come, first served.      sive mining of the river occurred. Sites 6 and 7,
            Number of RV Sites: 7. Number of Tent-only               Registration: At kiosk, 3.2 mi. beyond entrance          with paved back-in parking, are tailor-made for
            Sites: 5. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic table,        booth. Fee: $12 for 1 vehicle w/ up to 8 people, $4      RVs. The most private spot is 9, hidden behind an
            fire grate. Dump Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay           additional vehicle, cash, CA check. Parking: At          overgrown thicket of vines and weeds; it also has a
            Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers: Vault                 site.                                                    water view. This is a splendid property, 40 miles
            toilets, no showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No.              FACILITIES                                               east of Happy Camp, albeit somewhat neglected
            Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market:           Number of Tent-only Sites: 23. Hookups:                  and overgrown.
            9 mi. west in Groveland. Restaurant: 9 mi. west in       None. Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate, food stor-    BASICS
            Groveland. General Store: No. Vending: No.               age box. Dump Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay              Operated By: Klamath National Forest. Open:
            Swimming: No. Playground: No. . Activities:              Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Flush                May–Nov. Site Assignment: First come, first
            Hiking, rafting on the Tuolumne River. Nearby            toilets, no showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Inter-       served; reservations required for group site. Reg-
            Attractions: Yosemite National Park; Don Pedro           nal Roads: Paved, narrow & bumpy. RV Service:            istration: At entrance kiosk. Fee: $10, cash, check;
            Lake; Northern Mariposa County History Center            No. Market: 5.5 mi. south in Guerneville. Restau-        no fee when in winter when spigots are capped.
            in Coulterville. Additional Information:                 rant: 5.5 mi. south in Guerneville. General Store:       Parking: At site.
            Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, (209) 533-4420          No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Playground:
                                                                                                                              FACILITIES
            or (800) 446-1333;Yosemite Area Traveler Informa-        No. Other: Wheelchair-accessible facilities, 3 back-
                                                                                                                              Number of RV Sites: 5. Number of Tent-only
            tion, (209) 723-3153.                                    country campsites are available. Activities: Hiking,
                                                                                                                              Sites: 12. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic table,
            RESTRICTIONS                                             fishing, horseback riding, bird-watching. Nearby
                                                                                                                              barbecue grill, fire ring. Dump Station: No. Laun-
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-      Attractions: Healdsburg Museum & Sonoma
                                                                                                                              dry: No. Pay Phone: Emergency phone only. Rest
            holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                County Wine Library, Fort Ross State Historic Park,
                                                                                                                              Rooms and Showers: Vault toilets, no showers.
            Length: 22 ft.                                           Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve & Salt Point
                                                                                                                              Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Mostly
                                                                     State Park in Jenner, Brooks Canoes; winery tours.
            TO GET THERE                                                                                                      paved, also dirt & rocks. RV Service: No. Market:
                                                                     Additional Information: Healdsburg Chamber of
            From Groveland drive 8.5 mi. east on Hwy. 120.                                                                    10 mi. east in Seiad Valley. Restaurant: 10 mi. east
                                                                     Commerce & Visitors Center, (707) 823-3032 or
            Turn right at the sign for the Groveland Ranger                                                                   in Seiad Valley. General Store: No. Vending: No.
                                                                     (877) 828-4748; Russian River Chamber of Com-
            District Office and follow the signs to the camp-                                                                 Swimming: Klamath River. Playground: No.
                                                                     merce & Visitors Center, (707) 869-9212 or (877)
            ground, 0.6 mi. ahead.                                                                                            Other: Limited wheelchair-accessible facilities.
                                                                     644-9001.
                                                                                                                              Activities: Fishing, hiking, rafting, kayaking, bird-
                                                                     RESTRICTIONS                                             watching. Nearby Attractions: Klamath National
                                                                     Pets: On 6-ft. leash; not allowed on trails. Fires:      Forest;Yreka National Historic District,Western
                                                                     Fire grates only; not allowed when fire danger is        Railroad, Siskiyou County Courthouse & Museum in
                                                                     extreme. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed at site.           Yreka. Additional Information: Siskiyou County
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        Visitors Bureau, (530) 926-3850;Yreka Chamber of        RESTRICTIONS                                           ramp. Activities: Fishing, boat rentals, hiking,
        Commerce, (530) 842-1649.                               Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-    kayaking, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding.
        RESTRICTIONS                                            holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum              Nearby Attractions: Giant Sequoia National
        Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire ring only. Alco-      Length: 60 ft.                                         Monument; Kings Canyon & Sequoia National
        holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum                                                                      Parks; Reedley Opera House, Museum & Mennon-
                                                                TO GET THERE
        Length: 22 ft.                                                                                                 ite Quilting Center. Additional Information:
                                                                From Happy Camp drive 0.5 mi. south on Hwy.
                                                                                                                       Fresno City & County CVB, (800) 788-0836; Reed-
        TO GET THERE                                            96 to Elk Creek Rd. Turn left and drive 1 mi. to
                                                                                                                       ley District Chamber of Commerce & Visitors
        From Happy Camp drive 30 mi. east on Hwy. 96.           the campground entrance on the right. The
                                                                                                                       Bureau, (559) 638-3548.
        The campground entrance is on the left side of          unpaved access road descends steeply.
        the road.                                                                                                      RESTRICTIONS
                                                                                                                       Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-
                                                                 HUME                                   MAP, D-2       holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
         HAPPY CAMP             MAP, A-1                         Hume Lake                                             Length: 30 ft.
         Elk Creek Camp and RV Park                             Hume Lake Rd., Hume 93628.T: (559) 338-2251            TO GET THERE
                                                                or (877) 444-6777; www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia.           From Grant Grove on Hwy. 180 in Kings Canyon
        921 Elk Creek Rd., Happy Camp 96039.
                                                                                                                       National Park drive 6.2 mi. north, direction
        T: (530) 493-2208;
        www.elkcreekcampground.com.
                                                                a ★★★                       b ★★★                      Cedar Grove. At the sign for Hume Lake make a
                                                                                                                       right onto Hume Rd. and continue for 3.2 mi. to
                                                                Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
        a ★★★                        b ★★                       Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★
                                                                                                                       the Hume Lake campground turnoff. Make a left
                                                                                                                       and proceed for 0.4 mi. to the campground
        Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★           Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★
                                                                                                                       straight ahead.
        Spaciousness: ★★             Quiet: ★★★                 Insect Control: ★★           Facilities: ★★
        Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★★          Hume Lake lies just below this good-looking
        Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★           woodland campground. Fishing and boating are           HUME                                       MAP, D-2
        Elk Creek is a privately operated campground with       popular pastimes here, so much so that you’ll need     Landslide
        a rocky creek running through it, offering good         reservations on summer weekends. It is well situ-
                                                                                                                       Hume Lake Recreation Area,Ten Mile Creek
        fishing and swimming opportunities within easy          ated as a base camp for exploring the newly minted
                                                                                                                       Rd., Hume 93628.T: (559) 338-2251;
        walking distance of sites. The rustic feeling of the    Giant Sequoia National Monument, of which it is
                                                                                                                       www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia.
        locale stems in part from its being thinly forested     a part, and launching into the neighboring Kings
        with maple, oak, madrone, and several types of          Canyon National Park. Manzanita, Jeffrey and           a ★★★                         b ★★★★
        pine, but also from its chaotic criss-crossing layout   ponderosa pines, oak, and cedar thrive across this
        of lanes. Sites are level and surfaced either with      hilly domain, where dirt- and pine needle–surfaced     Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★★
        grass, gravel, or dirt; the ones just above the creek   sites are spread decently apart over a convoluted      Spaciousness: ★★★★             Quiet: ★★★
        are the roomiest and most secluded. While the set-      series of six loops. That’s the good news. The bad     Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★
        ting is generally quite attractive, the appeal of Elk   news is that few spots are blessed with lake vistas,   Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★
        Creek was diminished at the time of our visit by        and those that are, such as 63 and 64, are not         Located just down the road from Hume Lake (and
        the presence of several unsightly long-term trailers,   specifically reservable. The concession that man-      15 miles from Grant Grove Village in Kings
        some of which sport license tags that haven’t been      ages Hume Lake for the national forest service         Canyon National Park), this thickly forested
        renewed in years. A change in management,               restricts reservations to “type,” not site number.     campground is a worthy alternative to that oft-
        though, bodes well; the genial new owners are           Thus, car campers with a tent might reserve a “type    overrun facility. It’s small, and picks up traffic noise
        determined to turn this place around. Miniature         one” spot, while a motor home would require a          from the forest road, but the setting reflects an
        show horses are bred on the premises.                   “type two” or “type three,” at a higher fee. Unfor-    authentic Sierra Nevada flavor, with granite boul-
                                                                tunately, many in the first category have parking      ders highlighting the rolling turf, and several
        BASICS
                                                                slips that are so tight you may wish you rolled in     meandering streams trickling through. Sizable sites
        Operated By: Eddie & Jean Davenport, owners.
                                                                on two wheels instead of four. Gasoline and a gen-     of dirt and grass are positioned well apart along the
        Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reservations
                                                                eral store are available at the Christian camp in      curvilinear camp lane, with abundant shade pro-
        accepted w/ V, MC, D,AE. Registration: At the
                                                                Hume, two miles south.                                 vided by incense cedars and Jeffrey pines—but no
        office. Fee: $20–$45, cash, check or V, MC, D,AE.
        Parking: At site.                                       BASICS                                                 sequoias. Late spring, when neon-red snow plants
                                                                Operated By: California Land Management, con-          push up through the ground, is a good time to
        FACILITIES                                                                                                     visit, but at an altitude of 5,800 feet, evenings then
                                                                cessionaire. Open: May–Sep., weather permitting.
        Number of RV Sites: 45. Number of Tent-only
                                                                Site Assignment: Reservations accepted w/ V,           can be downright chilly. Formerly, Landslide was a
        Sites: Undesignated sites. Hookups: Electric (30,
                                                                MC, D. Registration: At entrance booth. Fee:           no-fee national forest camp, but now that it is part
        50 amps), water, sewer, cable TV, internet. Each
                                                                $16, cash, check; $32 for a double site; add $2 per    of the newly minted Giant Sequoia National Mon-
        Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: Yes.
                                                                night for holiday weekends. Parking: At site.          ument, the concession that operates it has imposed
        Laundry: Yes. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and
                                                                                                                       a $12 fee. Gasoline and a general store are located
        Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: Yes. Internal          FACILITIES
                                                                                                                       at the Christian camp in Hume, three miles north.
        Roads: Dirt & gravel, negotiable. RV Service: No.       Number of RV Sites: 74. Hookups: None. Each
        Market: 1 mi. northeast in Happy Camp. Restau-          Site: Picnic table, fire grate, some sites have        BASICS
        rant: 1 mi. northeast in Happy Camp. General            bearproof box. Dump Station: No. Laundry:              Operated By: California Land Management, con-
        Store: No. Vending: Yes. Swimming: In Elk               No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and Showers:             cessionaire. Open: May 25–Oct., weather permit-
        Creek & Klamath River. Playground: No. Other:           Flush toilets, no showers. Fuel: 2 mi. south at        ting. Site Assignment: First come, first served.
        Wheelchair-accessible facilities, rec room. Activi-     Christian Camp in Hume. Propane: No. Internal          Registration: Not necessary. Fee: $12, cash,
        ties: Hiking, fishing, kayaking, rafting. Nearby        Roads: Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 41 mi.           check. Parking: At site.
        Attractions: Oregon Caves National Monument;            west in Sanger. Restaurant: 10 mi. southwest in        FACILITIES
        Yreka National Historic District; Klamath National      Grant Grove Village. General Store: 2 mi. south        Number of Multipurpose Sites: 9. Hookups:
        Forest. Additional Information: Siskiyou County         at Christian Camp in Hume. Vending: No. Swim-          None. Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump
        Visitors Bureau, (530) 926-3850.                        ming: Hume Lake. Playground: No. Other: Boat           Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest
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            Rooms and Showers: Vault toilets, no showers.           BASICS                                                   mountain camps, finding a level site can be a chal-
            Fuel: 3 mi. north at Christian Camp in Hume.            Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-          lenge: Best in that department (as well as for pri-
            Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-             ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: First            vacy and space) are numbers 3–12. Rangers report
            vice: No. Market: 44 mi. west in Sanger. Restau-        come, first served for selected sites. Reservations      that area mountain lions have become bold, with a
            rant: 13 mi. southwest in Grant Grove Village.          accepted w/ V, MC, D. Registration: At entrance          number of sightings, two attacks, and one fatality
            General Store: 3 mi. north at Christian Camp in         booth. Fee: $7–$12, cash, CA check. Parking: At          over the last 14 years.
            Hume. Vending: Yes. Swimming: Yes. Play-                site.                                                    BASICS
            ground: No. Other: Very limited wheelchair-
                                                                    FACILITIES                                               Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-
            accessible facilities. Activities: Fishing, boat                                                                 ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: First
                                                                    Number of RV Sites: 109. Number of Tent-
            rentals, hiking. Nearby Attractions: Giant                                                                       come, first served. Reservations recommended;V,
                                                                    only Sites: 30. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic
            Sequoia National Monument; Kings Canyon &                                                                        MC,AE. Registration: At entrance booth. Fee:
                                                                    table, fire grate, food storage box. Dump Station:
            Sequoia National Parks. Additional Information:                                                                  $15, cash, CA check. Parking: At site.
                                                                    No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms
            Fresno City & County CVB, (800) 788-0836; Reed-
                                                                    and Showers: Flush toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.        FACILITIES
            ley District Chamber of Commerce & Visitors
                                                                    Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-              Number of RV Sites: 85. Hookups: None.
            Bureau, (559) 638-3548.
                                                                    vice: No. Market: 1 mi. south on Hwy. 1. Restau-         Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Sta-
            RESTRICTIONS                                            rant: 1 mi. south on Hwy. 1. General Store: No.          tion: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest
            Pets: On leash only. Fires: Fire grates only; check     Vending: No. Swimming: Ocean. Playground:                Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No. Propane:
            for local restrictions. Alcoholic Beverages:            No. Other: Wheelchair-accessible facilities, under-      No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Service: No.
            Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: 30 ft.                 water park at Gerstle Cove. Activities: Hiking, fish-    Market: 11 mi. north in Julian. Restaurant: 11
            TO GET THERE                                            ing, bicycling, horseback riding, mushroom collecting,   mi. north in Julian. General Store: No. Vending:
            From Grant Grove on Hwy. 180 in Kings Canyon            abalone diving, tide-pooling. Nearby Attractions:        No. Swimming: No. Playground: No. Other:
            National Park drive 6.2 mi. north, direction            Fort Ross State Historic Park & Kruse Rhododen-          Wheelchair-accessible facilities. Activities: Hiking,
            Cedar Grove. At the sign for Hume Lake make a           dron State Reserve in Jenner;Armstrong Redwoods          horseback riding, boating & fishing in Lake Cuya-
            right onto Hume Rd. (which becomes Ten Mile             State Reserve & Austin Creek State Recreation Area       maca less than 2 mi. away, ranger-led activities in
            Creek Rd.) and continue for 7.5 mi. to the camp-        in Guerneville; Sonoma County Wine Library in            summer. Nearby Attractions: San Diego Wild
            ground on the right.                                    Healdsburg. Additional Information: Sebastopol           Animal Park in Escondido, historic Julian. Addi-
                                                                    Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center,              tional Information: Julian Chamber of Com-
                                                                    (707) 823-3032 or (877) 828-4748.                        merce, (760) 765-1857.
            JENNER                 MAP, C-1                         RESTRICTIONS                                             RESTRICTIONS
            Woodside and Gerstle Cove                               Pets: On leash no longer than 6 ft., not allowed on      Pets: On 6-ft. leash, not allowed on trails. Fires:
            Campground                                              trails. Check w/ park to confirm. Fires: Fire grates     Fire grates only. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed at
                                                                    only. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehi-        site. Vehicle Maximum Length: 27 ft.
            Salt Point State Park, 25050 Hwy. 1, Jenner
                                                                    cle Maximum Length: 31 ft.
            95450.T: (707) 865-2391 or (707) 847-3221 or                                                                     TO GET THERE
            (800) 444-7275; www.cal-parks.ca.gov.                   TO GET THERE                                             From San Diego head east on I-8 for 43 mi. Exit
                                                                    From Guerneville drive 12.3 mi. west on Hwy.             on Hwy. 79 north and drive 12.2 mi. The camp-
            a ★★★                        b ★★★                      116 to Jenner. Turn right (north) onto Hwy. 1 and        ground entrance is on the left.
                                                                    continue for 20 mi. Woodside is to the right, Gers-
            Beauty: ★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                    tle Cove is 2 mi. farther on Hwy. 1, to the left.
            Spaciousness: ★★★★           Quiet: ★★★
                                                                                                                             JULIAN                 MAP, F-3
            Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
            Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★
                                                                                                                             William Heise County Park
                                                                    JULIAN                MAP, F-3
            Hwy. 1 is a sleepy, sparsely traveled stretch of        Paso Picacho Campground                                  4945 Heise Park Rd., Julian 92036.
            pavement in this part of the state, which is a good                                                              T: (760) 765-0650 (the ranger); (888) 565-3600;
                                                                    Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, 12551 Hwy. 79,               www.sdparks.org.
            thing as it cuts directly through Salt Point State
                                                                    Julian 91916.T: (760) 765-0755;
            Park. The campground’s two loops lie on either
                                                                    www.cuyamaca.statepark.org.                              a ★★★                        b ★★★
            side of the road and that quirk of geography could
            not result in more contrasting realms. The west-        a ★★★                        b ★★★★                      Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★★
            facing Gerstle Cove consists of 30 roomy sites                                                                   Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★
            spaced well apart around a small grassy meadow.         Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★          Security: ★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
            Most of the pines at the perimeter died years ago,      Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★                 Insect Control: ★            Facilities: ★★★
            victims of a forest fire. As a result, their skeletal   Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
                                                                                                                             This agreeable campground mixes grassy meadows
            limbs have an eerie appearance, especially when         Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★
                                                                                                                             with a forest environment and comes up with a
            veiled in the fog that frequently cloaks this section   Paso Picacho is normally open year-round, but the        series of loops laid out in a terracing of such shade
            of the park. When the air is clear, the camp com-       severe cedar fires of 2003 have closed the entire        trees as live oaks, Coulter pines, and incense
            mands a great view of the sandy cove below, one of      state park until further notice. When it re-opens,       cedars. The largely comparable sites have coarse
            a series of small bays and inlets in the vicinity.      and if you come in the winter, plan to dress warmly      sand and dirt for tent pads, with 73 and 84 giving
            Inland is Woodside, where the dense concentra-          and don’t be surprised if there is snow on the           tenters the most space and 36 optimum for RVers.
            tion of mixed conifers, madrones, and ferns             ground. That’s because at an elevation of nearly         You’re likely to hear acorn woodpeckers clowning
            emerged unscathed from the fire. Sites here are no      5,000 feet this is one of the higher camps in south-     around up in the leafy canopy, and last time we
            less roomy than across the road, but the forest         ern California, and thus one of the more pleas-          camped here a number of wild turkeys gobbled
            environment contributes to better screening and         ant—and hugely popular—in summer. Of course              through our site. There are seven miles of hiking
            thus superior privacy. Amateur mycologists will be      its rough-hewn mountainous setting has some-             trails in the park, with the scenic overlook on
            delighted to find that king boletes and                 thing to do with that appeal, with roomy sites           Desert View Trail especially rewarding. Looking
            chanterelles thrive in these woods. Divers will         shaded by oak, manzanita, and pines, and dis-            for more? How about heated rest rooms, a nicely
            want to explore the protected underwater reserve        persed through a series of loops that snake across       civilized touch of comfort. The park is just six
            just off shore.                                         the hilly contours of the park. As with many             miles from the scenic mountain town of Julian,
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        190      CALIFORNIA          June Lake

        making it a great base when the latter holds its           Vining. The sandy access road to the beach and boat      best time to visit, but bear in mind that the conces-
        Apple Days festival throughout October.                    ramp is very bumpy.                                      sion operating this national forest property charges
        BASICS                                                     BASICS                                                   the same fee whether you picnic, day-use, or camp.
        Operated By: County of San Diego, Dept. of                 Operated By: Pine Cliff Resort. Open: Apr.–Nov.          There are many maverick camps along the Kern
        Parks & Recreation. Open: All year. Site Assign-           Site Assignment: First come, first served. Reser-        that budget-minded campers may want to investi-
        ment: First come, first served. Reservations               vations recommended; checks only. Registration:          gate. Many are sizable enough to handle small RVs
        accepted w/ V, MC, D. Registration: At entrance            At entrance booth. Fee: $11–$20, cash only. $1           and if they don’t have facilities, at least they offer
        booth & park office. Fee: $12–$16, cash,V, MC, D.          additional per pet. Parking: At site.                    more seclusion and fairer river access than this and
        Parking: At site.                                                                                                   the many other developed camps in the area.
                                                                   FACILITIES
        FACILITIES                                                 Number of RV Sites: 190. Number of Tent-                 BASICS
        Number of Tent-only Sites: 41. Number of                   only Sites: 60. Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps),         Operated By: California Land Management, con-
        Multipurpose Sites: 40. Hookups: None. Each                water, sewer. Each Site: Half-size picnic table, fire    cessionaire. Open: Apr.–Nov. Site Assignment:
        Site: Picnic table, fire ring, some w/ a barbecue grill.   ring. Dump Station: No. Laundry: Yes. Pay                First come, first served. Reservations recommended;
        Dump Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone:                 Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes.                 V, MC, D. Registration: W/ campground host. Fee:
        Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.                Fuel: Yes. Propane: Yes. Internal Roads: Gravel.         $12, cash, check; $24 for double site; add $2 per
        Propane: No. Internal Roads: Gravel, some                  RV Service: No. Market: 13 mi. north in Lee Vin-         night for holiday weekends. Parking: At site.
        paved. RV Service: No. Market: 5.5 mi. north in            ing. Restaurant: 13 mi. north in Lee Vining. Gen-        FACILITIES
        Julian. Restaurant: 5.5 mi. north in Julian. General       eral Store: Yes. Vending: No. Swimming: June             Number of RV Sites: 55. Hookups: None. Each
        Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-                Lake. Playground: Yes. Other: Wheelchair-                Site: Picnic table, fire grate. Dump Station: No.
        ground: Yes. Other: Wheelchair-accessible facili-          accessible facilities, boat launch, beach,ATM            Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest Rooms and
        ties. Activities: Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding      machine, gift shop. Activities: Fishing, hiking, vol-    Showers: Vault toilets, no showers. Fuel: No.
        (must provide your own horse), horseshoe pit.              leyball, basketball, horseshoe pit. Nearby Attrac-       Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved & meander-
        Nearby Attractions: Anza-Borrego Desert State              tions: Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve in Lee Vining;       ing. RV Service: No. Market: 17 mi. south in
        Park, historic Julian, Lake Cuyamaca. Additional           Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth               Kernville. Restaurant: 17 mi. south in Kernville.
        Information: Julian Chamber of Commerce, (760)             Mountain Bike Park, Mammoth Museum & outlet              General Store: Yes. Vending: No. Swimming:
        765-1857.                                                  shopping in Mammoth Lakes. Additional Infor-             No. Playground: No. Other: Wheelchair-
        RESTRICTIONS                                               mation: Mono County Tourism Commission,                  accessible facilities. Activities: Rafting, fishing, hik-
        Pets: On 6-ft. leash; $1 fee. Fires: Fire ring only.       (760) 924-3699; Mammoth Lakes Visitors Bureau,           ing, bicycling. Nearby Attractions: Sequoia
        Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed at site, not exceed-          (888) GO-MAMMOTH.                                        National Forest; Isabella Lake; California Hot
        ing 40 proof. Vehicle Maximum Length: 40 ft.               RESTRICTIONS                                             Springs; Porterville Historical Museum. Additional
                                                                   Pets: On leash; 2 max. per site. Fires: Fire grates      Information: Porterville Chamber of Commerce,
        TO GET THERE                                                                                                        (559) 784-7503.
        From Julian head west on Hwy. 78 for 1 mi. Turn            only & out by 10:30 p.m. Alcoholic Beverages:
        left on Pine Hills Rd. and drive 2.3 mi. Turn left         Allowed. Vehicle Maximum Length: 40 ft.                  RESTRICTIONS
        again on Frisius Rd. and continue for 2.2 mi. to           TO GET THERE                                             Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only, in des-
        the park.                                                  From Lee Vining drive 11 mi. south on US 395,            ignated areas. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed.
                                                                   ignoring the 1st turnoff for Hwy. 158 north. Turn        Vehicle Maximum Length: 40 ft.
                                                                   right on the 2nd turnoff, Hwy. 158 south for the         TO GET THERE
         JUNE LAKE                                 MAP, C-3        June Lake Loop. Drive 1 mi. to North Shore Dr.           From Kernville drive 17 mi. north on Sierra Way.
         Pine Cliff Resort                                         and turn right on it. Continue for 0.6 mi., then         The campground entrance is on the left.
                                                                   turn left on Pine Cliff Rd. The campground
        1 Pine Cliff Rd., June Lake 93529.
                                                                   entrance is 0.4 mi. ahead on the right, well-signed.
        T: (760) 648-7558.                                                                                                  KINGS CANYON                                MAP, D-2
        a ★★★★                        b ★★★                                                                                 NATIONAL PARK
                                                                    KERNVILLE                               MAP, D-3
        Beauty: ★★★★                   Site Privacy: ★★
                                                                                                                            Azalea
                                                                    Fairview
        Spaciousness: ★★               Quiet: ★★★★                                                                          Grant Grove Village, Hwy. 180, Kings Canyon
        Security: ★★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★★           Mt. 99, Kernville 93238.T: (760) 376-3781;               National Park 93633.T: (559) 565-3341;
        Insect Control: ★★★            Facilities: ★★★★            (877) 444-6777; www.r5.fs.fed.us/sequoia.                www.nps.gov/seki.
        June Lake is a lovely body of water, encircled by          a ★★★★                       b ★★★                       a ★★★★                         b ★★★
        wavy, golden grasslands, with the choppy, rocky
        eastern Sierra range looming above. Pine Cliff             Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
                                                                                                                            Beauty: ★★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★
        Resort capitalizes on this rugged setting by position-     Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★★
                                                                                                                            Spaciousness: ★★★               Quiet: ★★★
        ing many of its sandy, mostly level sites among large      Security: ★★★                 Cleanliness: ★★★
                                                                                                                            Security: ★★★                   Cleanliness: ★★★
        gray boulders, while others rub up against high            Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★
                                                                                                                            Insect Control: ★★★             Facilities: ★★
        desert chaparral. Jeffrey pines thrive throughout the      The turbulent Kern River is a rafter’s delight, and      One of the more appealing aspects of this camp-
        tilting, mountainous domain, providing shade and           Fairview puts campers where the action is, right         ground is its central location, within easy walking
        highlighting its natural beauty. Despite the trees,        alongside that purling cascade of water. The saw-        distance of the General Grant Grove of massive
        there is little screening here, and sites, which are on    toothed Sierra range circles this rocky, mountainous     redwood trees and the Grant Grove Visitor Center.
        the small side, are too often crowded together. For        setting, which is at an altitude of 3,500 feet. Very     The first thing you may notice, though, on driving
        the most privacy, try to reserve such perimeter slots      small, level sites, with equally tight parking slips,    in is that many sites are considerably less than
        as 133, 135, and 136; or any of 66–72, for their dra-      are crowded together over rocky, sandy ground.           mediocre—tiny, unshaded, and exposed, as if
        matic location amid a rift of Sierra uplift. Manage-       The host’s spot has the best shade; elsewhere over       carved out of the pine needle–packed ground as an
        ment deserves credit for the competitive pricing of        the three loops it is sparsely provided by a few pines   afterthought. Indeed, for a rugged, hilly setting
        its fuel and basic supplies, though for “people skills,”   and cottonwoods, with Mormon tea and other               that is rich in redwoods, cedar, manzanita,
        campers give it mixed reviews. Pine Cliff Resort lies      chaparral making up the ground cover. Spring,            madrone, and various pines, the overall absence of
        at 7,600 feet altitude, less than 15 miles south of Lee    when snow melt adds to the Kern’s power, is the          privacy throughout the many loops is hugely dis-
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            appointing. Still, spacing between sites is not that    A 24 and 25, which overlook the lake and are              ground to yourself, especially if visiting midweek or
            bad, and if you persevere you’ll notice a few that      framed by a large oak; A 34, a comfortable unit           out of season. The two small loops are deftly
            take advantage of protruding boulders for a little      with pull-through parking; and A 58, 59, 61, 62,          arranged across a hilly canyon to maximize the
            extra cover, with 89 and 113 in this better category.   and 64. Boaters may also indulge in primitive             usable space. That is a good thing, as aside from the
            There are also several tent-only spots, though          camping along the opposite shoreline. Not that a          fallen giants that border some of the fern-dappled
            many are grouped closely together. If you have the      boat is necessary to enjoy this huge recreation area.     sites, screening is minimal. Still, this is a handsomely
            time, be sure to drive the awe-inspiring Kings          Facilities include a sandy swimming lagoon that is        forested camp, with ancient moss-covered sentinels
            Canyon Scenic Byway (closed in winter). Sentinel,       six feet deep and two acres across, a softball field,     surrounded by their smaller, second-growth descen-
            near the road’s end, is a beautiful, wooded camp-       horseshoe pits, volleyball, and no end of fishing         dants, as well as oaks and azaleas. Site 28 overlooks a
            ground laid out around a small meadow.                  opportunities. Boat service, fuel, a snack bar, and       creek and is, with neighboring 29, among the better
            BASICS                                                  store are available at the marina.                        ones for privacy. Numbers 37 and 39 are attractive,
            Operated By: National Park Service. Open: All           BASICS                                                    too, though on the small side. Pull-through sites are
            year. Site Assignment: First come, first served.        Operated By: Don Pedro Recreation Agency.                 available but drivers of long rigs should think twice
            Registration: At entrance kiosk. Fee: $18, cash,        Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reservations             about trying to navigate the goat-path of a road up
            check (in addition to the park entrance fee). Park-     accepted w/ V, MC or check. Registration: At              to Portola. Also remember to fill up your gas tank
            ing: At site.                                           entrance booth. Fee: $12–$25, cash,V, MC. Park-           before entering the mountains.

            FACILITIES                                              ing: At site or designated area for walk-ins.             BASICS
            Number of RV Sites: 57. Number of Tent-only             FACILITIES                                                Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-
            Sites: 56. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic             Number of RV Sites: 231. Number of Tent-                  ation. Open: Mar.–Nov. Site Assignment: Reser-
            table, fire grate, some sites have bearproof box.       only Sites: 36. Hookups: Electric (20, 30 amps),          vations accepted w/ V, MC, D. Registration: At
            Dump Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone:               water, sewer. Each Site: Picnic table, fire grate,        entrance booth or visitor center. Fee: $16, cash,
            Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No.             food storage box, some sites have a ramada. Dump          CA check (ID required). $5 for each additional
            Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved. RV Ser-             Station: Yes. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest           vehicle. Parking: At site.
            vice: No. Market: 31 mi. west in Sanger. Restau-        Rooms and Showers: Yes. Fuel: No, at Marina.              FACILITIES
            rant: In Grant Grove Village. General Store: Yes.       Propane: At Marina. Internal Roads: Paved. RV             Number of RV Sites: 9. Number of Tent-only
            Vending: Yes. Swimming: No. Playground: No.             Service: No. Market: 8.5 mi south in La Grange.           Sites: 42. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic
            Other: Wheelchair-accessible facilities. Activities:    Restaurant: 8.5 mi. south in La Grange. General           table, fire ring. Dump Station: No. Laundry: No.
            Hiking, horseback riding, ranger-led activities.        Store: Yes. Vending: Yes. Swimming: In lagoon.            Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:
            Nearby Attractions: Giant Sequoia National              Playground: No. Other: Wheelchair-accessible              Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:
            Monument; Sequoia National Park; Reedley Opera          facilities, boat ramp, marina, beach. Activities: Fish-   Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 25 mi. east in
            House, Museum & Mennonite Quilting Center.              ing, waterskiing, motorboat & houseboat rentals,          Palo Alto. Restaurant: 25 mi. east in Palo Alto.
            Additional Information: Fresno City & County            sailing, horseshoe pit, volleyball, softball. Nearby      General Store: No. Vending: None. Swim-
            CVB, (800) 788-0836; Reedley District Chamber of        Attractions: Northern Mariposa County History             ming: No. Playground: No. . Activities: Hiking,
            Commerce & Visitors Bureau, (559) 638-3548.             Center in Coulterville;Turlock Lake State Recre-          ranger-led activities in summer, exploring redwood
            RESTRICTIONS                                            ation Area;Yosemite National Park. Additional             forests. Nearby Attractions: Palo Alto museums;
            Pets: On 6-ft. leash; not allowed on trails. Fires:     Information: Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau,             state beaches along the coast; Mission Santa Clara
            Fire grates only. Alcoholic Beverages: Allowed at       (209) 533-4420 or (800) 446-1333.                         de Asis & various museums in Santa Clara; San Jose
            site. Vehicle Maximum Length: 32 ft.                    RESTRICTIONS                                              museums, architecture & zoo. Additional Infor-
                                                                    Pets: Not allowed. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-         mation: Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, (650)
            TO GET THERE                                                                                                      324-3121; Santa Clara CVB, (408) 224-9660 or
            From Grant Grove Village drive 0.2 mi. north on         holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
                                                                    Length: None.                                             (800) 272-6822; San Jose CVB, (888) SAN-JOSE.
            Hwy. 180. Turn left at the sign for Azalea and a
            quick left again into the campground.                   TO GET THERE                                              RESTRICTIONS
                                                                    From La Grange on Hwy. 132 drive 5 mi. north              Pets: On 6-ft. leash; not allowed on trails or in
                                                                    on La Grange Rd./J59. Turn right on Bonds Flat            creeks. Fires: Fire ring only. Alcoholic Bever-
            LA GRANGE                                MAP, C-3       Rd. and proceed for another 3.3 mi. to the park           ages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maximum
            Fleming Meadows                                         entrance on the left.                                     Length: 24 ft.

            Bonds Flat Rd. 31, La Grange 95329.                                                                               TO GET THERE
                                                                                                                              From Palo Alto drive south on I-280 and take the
            T: (209) 852-2396; www.donpedrolake.com.                LA HONDA               MAP, D-1                           Page Mill Rd. Exit. Turn right (south) and drive
            a ★★★★                       b ★★★                      Portola Redwoods State Park                               8.8 mi., straight through the stop sign, to Alpine
                                                                                                                              Rd. Follow this road for 3.5 mi., then turn left on
            Beauty: ★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★           9000 Portola State Park Rd. # F, La Honda
                                                                                                                              Portola State Park Rd. The park entrance is 3.1
            Spaciousness: ★★★            Quiet: ★★★                 94020.T: (650) 948-9098 or (800) 444-7275;
                                                                                                                              mi. ahead.
            Security: ★★★★               Cleanliness: ★★★           www.santacruzstateparks.org/parks/portola.
            Insect Control: ★★★          Facilities: ★★★★
                                                                    a ★★★                         b ★★★★
            In an area where summers are long and hot, Don                                                                    LAKE ELSINORE          MAP, F-3
            Pedro Lake, 35 miles east of Modesto, is a mar-         Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★           El Cariso North Campground
            velous sight. The rolling hills around its multi-       Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★★
                                                                    Security: ★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★            Hwy. 74/Ortega Hwy., Lake Elsinore 92530.
            pronged arms are speckled green with oaks and
                                                                    Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★★              T: (909) 736-1811; www.r5.fs.fed.us/cleveland.
            awash in golden grass. The reservoir features 160
            miles of shoreline, endowing Fleming Meadows            As you make your way along the access road to Por-        a ★★★                         b ★★★
            campground with no end of water vistas. There is a      tola Redwoods State Park you’ll enjoy some breath-
            trade-off for those splendid views; many of the         taking valley views. Some may feel that is small          Beauty: ★★★                    Site Privacy: ★★
            dirt-surfaced sites lack privacy and space. Of the      reward for the clutch-grinding, white-knuckle drive       Spaciousness: ★★★              Quiet: ★
            four loops, sites in the A group are better shaded      from one hairpin curve to another. But on finally         Security: ★★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★
            and seem a little more spacious. The optimum are        arriving at the park you may have the entire camp-        Insect Control: ★★             Facilities: ★
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        192     CALIFORNIA          Lakeport

        This is a small roadside campground in the Cleve-       32, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, and 45 are gratifyingly spa-     at 10,622 feet, dominating the scene. Some of the
        land National Forest, conveniently located along        cious and private. Pines, oak, and sycamore are the      dirt-packed, somewhat rocky sites are on uneven
        Hwy. 74, just ten miles west of I-15. It is a primi-    dominant tree species at the two Bayview circuits        ground, others (most notably, those by the creek)
        tive facility with a single loop passing through a      up the road, with 110–112, shady and overlooking         are squeezed for space. The lion’s share, though, are
        grove of aged oak trees and a sprinkling of pines.      the lake, ideal for small RVs. Cole Creek, close and     delightfully large and very recessed. Among the
        Sites are well shaded and deep, largely level, and      parallel to the access road near the park entrance, is   better choices for RVs are 22, 23, and 25, facing
        equipped with dirt tent pads. Because Hwy. 74           the least attractive of the camping areas.               the creek. Great tenting spots include 54, also by
        connects to I-5 on the coast there tends to be a        BASICS                                                   the creek; 18, hidden among pines and horsetail
        good deal of traffic flowing past El Cariso, making     Operated By: California Dept. of Parks & Recre-          grass; and, away from the water, 37 and 39, both
        spots 10, 14, 19, 21, and 24, positioned toward the     ation. Open: All year. Site Assignment: Reserva-         being very private. Similarly rustic sites are avail-
        rear of the campground, the most desirable.             tions accepted May 15–Sep. 15 w/ V, MC, D. First         able at Big Bend campground, half a mile east.
        BASICS                                                  come, first served sites available. Registration: At     BASICS
        Operated By: Cleveland National Forest,Trabuco          entrance booth. Fee: $12 off season, $15 May 15–         Operated By: Mono County Building & Parks
        Ranger District. Open: All year. Site Assign-           Sep. 15, cash, CA check. Premium sites $4 extra.         Dept. Open: May–Oct., weather permitting. Site
        ment: First come, first served. Registration: At        Parking: At site.                                        Assignment: First come, first served. Registra-
        entrance kiosk. Fee: $15, cash, CA check. Parking:      FACILITIES                                               tion: At entrance kiosk. Fee: $7, cash. Parking:
        At site.                                                Number of RV Sites: 145. Number of Tent-                 At site.
        FACILITIES                                              only Sites: 2. Hookups: None. Each Site: Picnic          FACILITIES
        Number of RV Sites: 24. Hookups: None. Each             table, fire grate. Dump Station: Yes. Laundry:           Number of RV Sites: 56. Hookups: None. Each
        Site: Picnic table, fire grate, barbecue grill. Dump    No. Pay Phone: Yes. Rest Rooms and Showers:              Site: Picnic table, makeshift fire ring. Dump Sta-
        Station: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest           Yes. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads:              tion: No. Laundry: No. Pay Phone: No. Rest
        Rooms and Showers: Pit toilets, no showers.             Paved. RV Service: No. Market: 4 mi. south in            Rooms and Showers: Pit & portable toilets, no
        Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal Roads: Paved.           Kelseyville. Restaurant: 4 mi. south in Kelseyville.     showers. Fuel: No. Propane: No. Internal
        RV Service: No. Market: 1 mi. west in El Cariso         General Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: In             Roads: Dirt, rocky & bumpy. RV Service: No.
        Village. Restaurant: 10 mi. east in Lake Elsinore.      Clear Lake. Playground: No. Other: Wheelchair-           Market: 6 mi. northeast in Lee Vining. Restau-
        General Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming:               accessible facilities, boat ramp, visitor center, fire   rant: 6 mi. northeast in Lee Vining. General
        No. Playground: No. . Activities: Hiking, boating,      wood available. Activities: Fishing, hiking, waterski-   Store: No. Vending: No. Swimming: No. Play-
        fishing nearby. Nearby Attractions: Lake Elsinore,      ing, bird-watching, kayak rentals. Nearby Attrac-        ground: No. . Activities: Fishing, hiking, photogra-
        Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, Ortega          tions: Lakeport County Museum in Lakeport; Clear         phy. Nearby Attractions: Yosemite National
        Falls. Additional Information: Lake Elsinore Val-       Lake Queen, Outrageous Waters Water Park & Fun           Park; Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve in Lee Vining;
        ley Chamber of Commerce, (909) 245-8848.                Center & Anderson Marsh State Historic Park in           Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport. Addi-
        RESTRICTIONS                                            Clearlake. Additional Information: Lakeport              tional Information: Lee Vining Chamber of Com-
        Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-    Chamber of Commerce, (707) 263-5092; Clearlake           merce, (760) 647-6629;Yosemite Area Traveler
        holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum               Chamber of Commerce, (707) 994-3600.                     Information, (209) 723-3153.
        Length: 22 ft.                                          RESTRICTIONS                                             RESTRICTIONS
        TO GET THERE                                            Pets: On 6-ft. leash. Fires: Fire grates only. Alco-     Pets: On 10 ft. leash. Fires: Fire ring only. Alco-
        From I-15 in Lake Elsinore drive 10 mi. west on         holic Beverages: Allowed at site. Vehicle Maxi-          holic Beverages: Allowed. Vehicle Maximum
        Hwy. 74. The campground is on the right.                mum Length: 35 ft.                                       Length: 40 ft.
                                                                TO GET THERE                                             TO GET THERE
                                                                From Lakeport head 8 mi. south on Hwy. 29 to             Just south of Lee Vining on US 395 head west on
         LAKEPORT                                 MAP, C-1      Kelseyville. Turn left on Merritt Rd. which leads        Hwy. 120. Drive 3.2 mi. and turn left onto Poole
         Clear Lake State Park                                  into Gaddy Ln. Drive 3.5 mi., then turn right on         Power Plant Rd. Make a quick right onto the
                                                                Soda Bay and continue for 1 mi. to the park              campground access road and continue for 1.5 mi.
        5300 Soda Bay Rd., Lakeport 95451.T: (707)
                                                                entrance on the left.                                    to the entrance on the left.
        279-4293 or (800) 444-7275; www.parks.ca.gov.

        a ★★★★                       b ★★★★
                                                                  LEE VINING                              MAP, C-3       LEE VINING                               MAP, C-3
        Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★           Aspen Grove                                            Ellery Lake
        Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★
        Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★          Hwy. 120, Lee Vining 93541.T: (760) 932-5451.            Hwy. 120, Lee Vining 93541.T: (760) 873-2400
        Insect Control: ★★            Facilities: ★★★                                                                    or (760) 647-3044; www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo.
                                                                a ★★★                        b ★★★
        Clear Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in                                                             a ★★★★                       b ★★★
        California. The angling in its shimmering blue-         Beauty: ★★★★                  Site Privacy: ★★★
        green waters is so good, particularly for bass,         Spaciousness: ★★★             Quiet: ★★★                 Beauty: ★★★★★                 Site Privacy: ★★
        bluegill, and catfish, that you just might forget for   Security: ★★                  Cleanliness: ★★★           Spaciousness: ★★              Quiet: ★★
        a moment the other liquids for which this wine-         Insect Control: ★★★           Facilities: ★              Security: ★★★★                Cleanliness: ★★★
        producing region is renowned. There is an appeal-       There is an enchanting quality to the raw, moun-         Insect Control: ★             Facilities: ★
        ingly wild, untamed air to the forested hills around    tainous beauty of Aspen Grove, particularly in           There is only one site here with a view of the camp’s
        the lake, and the park takes full advantage of that     spring, just after its many aspens have leafed out       namesake Ellery Lake, lucky 13, a walk-in. Don’t let
        by dispersing its campground into four zones rang-      into a fluttering luminescence. Jeffrey pines, sage,     that, or the overall lack of privacy and elbowroom,
        ing from lake and creekside on up into the higher       and other high desert scrub compose the comple-          nettle you, though. This is an exquisite environ-
        woodland. The prime water sites are 58–60 in the        ment of vegetation at this creekside, county-            ment, surrounded by the jagged, snow-iced moun-
        Kelsey Creek loop, where plant life is highlighted      operated camp, which is just five miles west of Lee      tain peaks of Lee Vining Canyon, with a small
        by manzanita, willow, cottonwood, and black wal-        Vining along the Tioga Rd. At 7,500 feet elevation,      creek gurgling by. The ground is level, parking slips
        nut. The opposite side of that loop overlooks a         you’ll find breathtaking views of the snow-laced         paved, and a smattering of lodgepole pines and
        creek (very buggy in spring) and numbers 29, 31,        Sierra Nevada peaks all around, with Mono Dome,          low-lying willows vie with boulders and campers
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            for ground space. You can fish for trout in the creek     ramp right in camp. It is hard to go wrong with any      compensate for that handicap. Birders wil