Campgrounds

On this page you may track our campgrounds we stayed-in and the site number we had. We will also show you, if available, the RV Park Map, a picture of the site, and give you some information on how we liked the campground and on our preferred/recommended sites for future travelers.

Criterias:
Overall important for us are…
– Safety and cleanliness of the whole campground
– Price-performance ratio
– Area nearby (within a nature park or at the beach or near a bigger city)
– Nice views and/or lush landscaping of the sites or completely within nature
– Size of the site (if possible not too near to the next site)
– Dog-friendly

Less important for us are club events or all amenities (including showers, as we use the one we have in our trailer).


TABLE OF CONTENT:
Alabama:
Mobile: Meaher State Park
Arizona:
Cottonwood: Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Phoenix: Usery Mountain State Park
Phoenix: KOA Mesa / Apache Junction
Tucson: Diamond Justins RV Park
Tuscon: Gilbert Ray State Park
California:
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Saddle Mountain Ranch
Death Valley NP: Furnace Creek Campground
Half Moon Bay: Pelican Point RV Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park: Manzanita Lake Campground
Paso Robles: Vines RV Resort
Three Rivers: Sequoia RV Ranch
Vacaville: Vineyard RV Park
Delaware:

Florida:
Bradenton Beach: Holiday Cove RV Resort
Carrabelle: Carrabelle Beach RV Resort
Fort Myers: Gulf Water RV Resort
Lake Manatee State Park
Pensacola: Navarre Beach RV Resort
Idaho
Craters of the Moon: Lava Flow Campground
Illinois:
Chicago: Camp Sullivan
Louisiana:

New Orleans: Ponchartrain Landing RV Park
Palmetto State Park
Maine:
Bar Harbor: Bar Harbor Campground
Belfast: Searsport Shores Ocean Campground
Portland: Wild Duck Adult Resort
Rockland: Lobster Buoy Campground
Massachusetts:
Cape Cod: Nickerson State Park
Michigan:
Bay City State Park Campground
Saugatuck: Fennvalley Vineyards (Harvest Host Camping)
Maumee Bay State Park
Traverse City: Holiday Park
Mississippi:
Natchez: River View RV Park
Montana
Makoshika State Park Campground
Nevada
Valley of Fire State Park: Arch Rock Campground
Pahrump: Nevada Treasure RV Resort
New Mexico
Lake Holloman (Boondocking Spot)
New York
Lake Gorge: Scaroon Manor Campground
Niagara Falls: Four Mile Street Campground
Upstate New York: 1000 Islands / Association Island KOA
Ohio
Cleveland: Streetsboro / Cleveland SE KOA
Oregon

Bandon: Robins Nest RV Park
Bend: Central Oregon KOA
Crater Lake National Park: Crater Lake Resort
Portland: Portland Fairview RV Park
Tillamook: Tillamook Bay City RV Park
South Dakota
Black Hills / Hill City: Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground
Texas
Alpine: Lost Alaskan RV Park
Austin: McKinney Falls State Park
Corpus Christi: Sea Breeze RV Park
Dallas: Loyd Park
Davis Mountain State Park
El Paso: Gaslight Mobile Home Park
Fredericksburg RV Park
Houston: Fallbrook RV Park Park
Houston: Space Center
Hueco Tanks State Park
Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Lost Maples State Park
San Antonio: Traveller’s World RV Park
Waco: Airport Park
Utah
Dead Horse Point State Park Campground
Freemont Indian State Park, Castle Rock Campground
Monument Valley: Goulding’s Monument Valley Camp Park
Snow Canyon State Park Campground
Washington DC
Cherry Hill Campground
Wisconsin
Devil’s Lake State Park Campground
Wisconsin Dells KOA
Wyoming

Yellowstone NP: Bridge Bay Campground

 

Charleston, SC
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Huntington Beach, SC
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Wilmington, NC
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Charlotte, NC
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Raleigh, NC
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Cape Hateras, NC
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Outer Banks, NC
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Virgina Beach, VA
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Lewes, DE
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Washington DC
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Cape Cod, MA
Nickerson State Park, #43

A beautiful state park with very nice hiking trails, ponds to swim and very quiet. Inmidst Cape Cod, easy to travel around the cape. Our site was very large and sunny. Most of the sites are small to very small (the whole state park is more used by tenters and small RV’s (max length of 26 ft, smaller even better) and shady.
Recommended sites: Area 1: 38, 43. Area 4: 60, 62. Area 6X: 148, 150. Our site 43 was the largest and sunniest site in the park. Lots of sites are full shade.

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Portland, ME
Wild Duck Adult Resort, #29

Very comfortable, but small RV resort. Sites are near to each other. Everything very tidy and calm. Our site (max length 26ft) had a nice space on the awning side. Near to Portland and nice hiking trails.
Recommended sites: 29, P3, P4, 28, 24, 30, 33, 1.

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Bar Harbor, ME
Bar Harbor Campground, #K2

Huge campground with very easy access to Bar Harbor and Acadia N.P. They have sites with sewer, Water/Electric only and no hook-ups. Clean and comfortable campground. Recommended sites: Best views on site K1 – K11. Sunny sites K30 – K26. Good Sewer sites: A3 – A7 and X1 – X15.

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Rockland, ME
Lobster Buoy Campground, #15

Small campground with quite a lot of seasonals, which are separated though. Near to Rockland and the lighthouses. Nicely on the ocean. Everything very old (bathhouses etc.).
Recommended sites: 10, 15, G2, 19. (11-14 are very near together)

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Belfast, ME
Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, #12

Very well maintained campground with a good feel. Premium sites are very nice, with beautiful view on the ocean and an own balcony, but relatively near together. Very near to the city of Belfast, which is definitively worth a visit. They have the most wonderful playground we’ve ever seen, have summer concerts and art courses.
Recommended sites: Premium sites (especially 3, 4 and 2), 50.

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Lake Schroon, NY
Scaroon Manor Campground, #12

Very lovely campground with spacious sunny sites. Absolutely calm and at a lovely lake, with an amazing campground hike. Near to Lake George too. A place to relax.
Recommended sites: 3, 8, 12, 32, 35, 36, 38. Sites 46 to 60 are for small RV’s or tents only.

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Upstate New York, Henderson
1000 Islands / Association Island KOA, #025

We had not the best experience there, with a very narrow site, which was not clean either. But it’s a beautiful little island, the whole RV park is just that island and it’s a neat place to relax if you get the right spot.
Recommended site: The Premium Lake Front sites (dark green) are nice. I wouldn’t take any other site. Most favorable are H01 (best overall), H37, L14, L13, G07.

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Niagara Falls, NY
Four Mile Street Campground, #280

Very nice state park feel campground with some nicely spaced sites, some narrow ones. Grassy sites, but all clean. Lovely lake beach to swim. Around 20-25min to Niagara Falls and 30-40min to Buffalo.
Recommended sites: 248 (best), 250, 252, 238, 232, 230, 224, 222, 218, 216, 212, 210, 206 and our 280.

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Cleveland, OH
Streetsboro / Cleveland SE KOA, #715

Convenient campground to visit Cleveland. Near to the village Hudson, which is worth a trip (good restaurants and shops). Clean, but a lot of seasonals.
Recommended sites: 715, 708, 700, 625, 614, 514

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Maumee Bay State Park, MI
Campground, #99

On of the most beautiful campgrounds we’ve seen. Very nice, large and completely private sites. All sites concrete. Walking and biking trails within the S.P. Beach and pond in the S.P. too. A wonderful holiday destination or just a spot to relax.
Recommended sites: You can merely take any site, they are all private and large. Site 99 and 100 have a wonderful pond view in addition.

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Bay City, MI
Bay City State Park Campground, #26

This is a big Campground. Just on the other side of the highway is the beach on Lake Huron with great hiking trails. The sites on the outside of the loops often are very spacious, the inside sites look crowded, when it is full.BayCityCG-2BayCityCG-3BayCityCG-1BayCityCG-4
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Chicago, IL
Camp Sullivan, #4

This Campground is actually more for tent campers and has some very nice cabins. There are only 10 RV sites (electric only) and they are not too bad, when you consider, that you only have to drive 35 minutes to downtown Chicago.
Recommended sites: 4, 5. Cabin 9.
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Fennvalley Vineyards near Saugatuck, MI
Harvest Host Camping

As a Harvest Host Member we were able to camp on the property of the Fennvalley Vineyards (for free!). Great views from our “backyard”, lots of privacy and only a short walk to the vine tasting… 😉

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Traverse City, MI
Holiday Park, #51A

If you have a site on the island or on the lake, this is a great campground. We didn’t like the western part of the park (Ridge and West Circle) because this part is quite packed and you are far away from the Silver Lake. It’s a short ride to Traverse city.

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Wisconsin Dells
KOA campground, #67

This was a typical KOA campground. There were a couple of nice sites. But since you can’t make a reservation for a specific spot, you need some luck to get a nice site. It is a good location to explore Wisconsin Dells, but right next to the campground there are railroad tracks… and yes, you feel the vibrations and hear the freight trains at night.DellsCG-1DellsCGmap-1
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Devil’s Lake State Park, WI
State Park Campground, #311

A big State Park Campground with dry camping sites. The different loops are far apart and quite different. Our site was in a loop in the woods with a lot of privacy, but not so much sun, so it was quite difficult to charge our batteries with our solar panel. There are only a few sites on the lake, the rest is in the woods.devilslakeCG-2devilslakeCG-1
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Black Hills, Hill City, SD
Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground, #208

This is a huge campground in the Black Hills, just five minutes away from Hill City. There are a huge amount of sites – and the property is huge and nestled in a beautiful clearing in the woods. Most of the sites have really a lot of space between each others. The property is so huge, I was not able to walk all of the streets and check out all the sites here. I especially liked Line Camp and Island Camp.

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Makoshika State Park Campground, MT
Site #8

The opposite of Bridge Bay: a really small campground with only 15 sites (only dry camping, no dump station). The views from each site are amazing, and it was really quiet and calm (if there wouldn’t have been the neighbor I had for two nights, who was running his generator all day long to run the AC…) and a really nice State Park (see here). All the sites are nice especially 1 to 10. My site had a little shade, which was great because it was really hot during the day.MakoshikaCG-3MakoshikaCG-1MakoshikaCG-2MakoshikaCG-4
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Yellowstone National Park, WY
Bridge Bay Campground, #182

This Campground is just huge: 450 sites. And it’s just one of so many campgrounds in and around Yellowstone. All the sites are dry camping, so no hookups. You can only choose the length of the site and make some comments, what you wish (sunny place for solar, trailer, away from restrooms, …) – so be sure, make some comments and hope for a nice site. There are plenty of nice sites, but also quite a lot pretty close to each other. There are a lot of tent campers, the RVers are not in the majority in this campground.BridgeBayCG-4BridgeBayCG-3BridgeBayCG-2BridgeBayCG-1
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Craters of the Moon, ID
Lava Flow Campground

This campground doesn’t take any reservations. I arrived 11 am and I had a lot of sites to choose from. This was necessary, because there are not too many sites, that have enough room for my 29 feet travel trailer… I found a nice spot (#14). This is a nice campground in the middle of the volcanic landscape. It is dry camping only and there is no dump-station. CratersCG-1CratersCG-2
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Bend, OR
Central Oregon KOA

I chose a pull-through water-electric site. There is a good amount of space between the sites – and from my site I even had mountain view. Most of the campers are tourists and people staying here for only a couple of nights. It is a good base camp to explore Smith Rock State Park and the Cove Palisades State Park.BendKOA-2BendKOA-1BendKOA-3
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Portland, OR:
Portland Fairview RV Park, site #76

A Huge Campground, just 20 min from downtown Portland. It is an RV-Park in the city, so quite a lot of noise (airplanes, train, street). And my site was right next to the main street of the campground with a speed bump right next to my rig. Almost all of the people living here had to drive past my site to get to their lot. And there are a lot of people living here, who have to go working and leave the campground 6 am…
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Tillamook, OR:
Tillamook Bay City RV Park, site #2

This is a clean, well maintained and decorated (with flowers) campground. But otherwise it’s just gravel-roads and gravel-sites with some grass between each other. So not the most stunning RV-Park I have ever seen. And you can hear the noise of Hwy 101 quite good.
Sites G, H, I are water-electric only sites – but they are shaded and have more privacy. I would probably choose one of those sites next time.TillamookRV-3TillamookRV-1TillamookRV-2TillamookRV-4
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Bandon, Oregon: 
Robins Nest RV Park, site #3

This is a cute quite little campground with only 20 sites, nothing special, but a good location with only a short drive to the beautiful Devils Kitchen Beach. You can hear the Hwy 101 – but it’s not too bad at night – and you could hear the sound of the ocean (not very romantic – it sounded like a distant freeway…).
The sites have a nice size and quite some space between each other. I would prefer the back-in sites, because they have a little more privacy.BandonCG-3BandonCG-1BandonCG-2BandonCG-4
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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon: 
Crater Lake Resort, site #17

This was a cozy little campground with only short term campers. The full hookup sites 12 – 17 have a nice view on the backside of the sites to the river, but they are quite short and close to each other. The partial hook-up sites 18 -23 are facing the highway, but have a little more space between each other. There is a nice little hiking trail along the river – great to walk your dog!

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Lassen Volcanic National Park, California: 
Manzanita Lake Campground, site #A45

Overall impression:
Another Campground with a great location. It’s the perfect place to explore the National Park. The Campground is nestled in the forest and a short walk away from the Manzanita Lake. Most of the sites have some privacy and space between each others.
Recommended Sites:
There are all kind of sites. Generally the pull-trough sites are bigger and have more privacy and more distance to your neighbors. I did like my site a lot, but C44, C41, C24, B20 are probably even a little better. The sites B20 to B34 are group sites. When I was there, there was a big group of children staying at these sites, so if you want to enjoy a quiet evening, you probably don’t want the site right next to those…

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Lake Tahoe, California: 
Fallen Leave Campground, site #179

Overall impression:
The best thing about this campground is the location. It’s a great place to explore Lake Tahoe, since a lot of the great hikes and beaches are in the southern part. And if you walk a couple of minutes on a beautiful trail you come to the beach of the Fallen Leave lake – just gorgeous! And you can even take your dog to the beach! All sites are dry camping, and there is no dump station in the campground… and lots of the roads are in a bad condition and sometimes quite narrow. But it was possible with my 29 feet travel trailer.
Recommended Sites:
Most of the sites are quite beautiful and since it is an old campground, most sites have some space between each other and some privacy. My site #179 was not too bad. But I would prefer a site at the border of the campground such as 18-26, 35, 52 (the best), 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 89, 91, 94, 95, 96, 121, 123, 110, 113.

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Vacaville, California (kinda close to Napa and Sonoma): 
Vineyard RV Park, site #43

It was Memorial Day weekend – that’s why this campground actually was my 4thchoice to visit Napa and Sonoma… But it was better than expected. The strange thing about this RV-Park is, that there are nice lots but also quite ugly parking-lot style pull throughs. My lot #43 was really one of the best! But also #41, 55, E-1 to E-5, 201 to 348 (especially 336 to 348), 38 to 43, 55, 400 to 412 are nice.

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Half Moon Bay, California: 
Pelican Point RV Park, site #37

Overall impression:
It is really hard to find a place to park your RV in the Bay Area near San Francisco – and expensive! So the RV park we picked was not the worst choice. The best thing about it: in a couple of minutes you can walk to the dog-friendly beach, which is really beautiful – or you can walk the costal trail. The RV Park itself has about 80% long term RVers and a section for the ones who only stay a couple of days. The short term sites are in a bad condition, water, electric and sewer did work and the site was quite level, but the picnic-table was falling apart, and the grass around the site looked like was not mowed for the last couple of months. I had to tear out some grass to access the sewer…
Recommended Sites:
The short term sites are all in a bad shape… but if you are lucky you can see a glimpse of the pacific. The sites 22 to 33 are ocean view from the back windows.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California: 
Saddle Mountain Ranch, site #5

Overall impression:
This is a special Campground with lots of tent sites, some tiny houses and a couple of RV-Sites. The drive to the Campground was quite adventurous, since the road was small and the last part was very steep. Even with our 29 feet trailer it was a close fit. The landscaping and the huge pool area did look great. The RV-sites are quite small it there was no space to park your car in your site. So in the evening you always have to search for a parking spot.
Recommended Sites:
Our site was between two tiny houses with not much sun. There are some sites that have a little lawn but most of the sites are really small with no space in-between.

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Paso Robles, California: 
Vines RV Resort, site #5

Overall impression:
This RV resort was brand new. The restrooms and showers are the biggest and most luxurious we have ever seen on our trip. The buildings and the pool area were great. The only negative thing is the noise you hear from the Hwy 101. Without the noise it would be a fantastic RV-Resort just 10 minutes from downtown Paso Robles.
Recommended Sites:
Our site was a little further away from the Hwy, but you could still hear the street noise. The sites right next to the highway would have been much to noisy for our taste.

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Three Rivers, California (right next to Sequoia National Park): 
Sequoia RV Ranch, site #56

Overall impression:
The RV park has almost only Campers who stay a couple of days. We didn’t see any long term RVers in the Campground. The Campground was a little run down, the landscaping really needs some updates, but generally it was nice and clean. The great thing about the RV-Park is the river – Eyra did enjoy this a lot. And the Sequoia National Park Entrance was just 15 minutes away. Three River is a nice little town!
Recommended Sites:
This is the first time, we did have a dry-camping site in a privately owned campground. This was a little strange, but with our little solar panels and the clean restrooms with showers it was OK for us. The good thing about our site was the privacy. We really felt like home in this comfy site.

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Death Valley National Park, California: 
Furnace Creek Campground, site #41

Overall impression:
As we visited in Summer and this was off season this was a walk-in campground, so no reservations and first come first serve. We arrived 11 am and there were only about 3 full hook-up sites left – we picked lot 41 which was pretty nice with great views from our kitchen window. In the evening the campground was almost full – even if most of the sites are dry camping only.
Recommended Sites:
The back-in sites 39-53 and the pull through sites 67-77 are full hook ups. The rest are dry camping sites. 39-53 have a nice view from the back-window and are not too close to each other. We liked our site, because it had a little more privacy than the other back-ins.

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Pahrump, Nevada: 
Nevada Treasure RV Resort, site #1-14

Overall impression:
This was one of the most comfy and luxurious privately owned RV-Resorts we have ever been. Our corner lot 1-14 was really a challenge to back in with our 29 feet travel trailer, but it was worth it. A lot of space with a maximum of privacy and beautiful gardening. A great pool and perfect weather. There was actually not much to do near Pahrump, but this gave us more time to relax and enjoy this 5-star hotel like resort.
Recommended Sites:
Our site 1-14 was great. But there are a lot more great sites. We did like the pool lots 9-2, 9-3, 9-6, 9-7 , 10-1, 10-3, 10-6, 10-15 and 5-1 to 5-10. Besides that the following lots did look great: 14-12, 13-14, 13-13, 12-14, 1-1, 1-27, 2-32, 4-14, 3-1, 3-4, 4-4, 8-1 to 8-4, 7-5 to 7-8, 6-1 to 6-6.

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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Arch Rock Campground, sites #28 and #29

Overall impression:
It is a fantastic State Park and the Arch Rock Campground was one of the nicest we have ever been. It has no hookups, so it can be a little hot during the day. Sometimes we did hear generator noise from our neighbors and on the weekend we had some loud party people on the site next to ours. But besides that it is a fantastic campground with a lot of beautiful sites nestled in-between the red rocks. Some of them (#29) have privacy AND a nice view. What else do you want? It is a first come first serve campground, that means no reservations and come early. We arrived at 11 am on a Friday and got lucky!
Recommended Sites:
There are two campgrounds (Arch Rock and Atlatl). In Atlatl you have a loop with hookups (water/electric) and one loop dry camping. In the dry camping section we liked 1 and 8. Arch Rock is dry camping only. There is one loop with sites nearer to each other (like in Atlatl) and then one loop around the hill with the sites which have lots of privacy. We did love #29 because of its privacy and the fantastic view. Very beautiful are also 18, 21, 22, 24, 28.

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Snow Canyon State Park, Utah
Snow Canyon Campground, site #8

Overall impression:
It is a nice state park with a lot of hiking and biking trails in a beautiful canyon near to a the city of St. George. The dry camping sites are beautiful. We booked a water/electric site, because no dry-camping sites have been available. This was one the worst S.P w/e campsites we have ever camped. It was a parking lot like a private park and so small, that we could barely fit with our 26 feet travel trailer. If there had been a rig with slides on the other side, it would not have been possible to open the slides. We could not even properly open our door, because the site was so small and one slide just ended at the vegetation!
Recommended Sites: Do not take a water/electric site (if you need to, take #1 or secondly 8), try to camp on a dry-camping site only (16A, 17, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27. Do not take 18, it’s adjoint the dump station)

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Freemont Indian State Park, Utah
Castle Rock Campground, site #3

Overall impression:
On our trip this was actually only an overnight stop, regretfully. This is a hidden gem: a beautiful, peaceful campground with no hookups, just minutes from the interstate. There were only a few other campers here. The S.P. itself doesn’t offer too much. 1-2 nice hikes, that’s it. But the campground is a relaxation. We enjoyed this peaceful place for just not enough nights…
Recommended Sites: There are really many nice sites. We did like sites 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 19 and 28. Watch out, there are two Campgrounds in this state park. The one without hookups (Castle Rock) is the way to go.

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Dead Horse Point State Park
Campground , “new loop”

Overall impression:
It is a great state park, some views are even more awesome than the Canyonlands National Park, which is right next to it. There are a lot of hikes you can do with your dog and tons of nice biking trails. If you are traveling with a dog, its a great homebase to visit Canyonlands National Park.
Recommended Sites: We had a site in the newly constructed loop. This campsites are so new, that there was not even a sign at the main road where this loop was nor a site number. The sites are nice, most of them have some privacy, although new, but we still would prefer the old loop, since there is more vegetation, privacy, a better view and a much better connection to all the hiking trails.

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Monument Valley, Utah
Goulding’s Monument Valley Camp Park , site #48

Overall impression: This is a great location for a base camp to visit Monument Valley. It’s our first campground where we found lots of international tourists (our neighbor is Swiss!). The Campground is nestled between scenic rocks and it even has some nice short hikes starting from the campground. It’s about 5 minutes by car to Monument Valley.
Recommended Sites: We liked our site #48, as it was at the corner and you could directly see into MV – but it was exposed directly to the wind and there’s lots of wind in this area. The row with the sites #37 to 45 are the best in our view, #34 and 12 are nice too, #60 to 66 are not as nice as we expected (and read in other blogs). Overall it’s a nice campground for a private one and it even has an indoor pool.

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Cottonwood, Arizona
Dead Horse Ranch State Park , site #72

Overall impression: Not a bad Campground in a state park. But a lot of the sites are quite close together. Our site was the last one available – so not the best one, directly by the restrooms. There are some very nice sites too. The S.P. itself is very nice, has beautiful lakes to walk with a pet and nice hiking trails and is very near to Cottonwood and the area.
Recommended Sites: We liked #18, 19, 56 or 62. They have lots of privacy and great views.

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Phoenix, Arizona
KOA Mesa / Apache Junction , site #43

Overall impression: Our first KOA – compared to all the state parks we stayed the weeks before, this was kind of a parking lot with full hookups and only little landscaping again. We didn’t stay at a very nice site, but fortunately we had no neighbors, so it was not too bad. The campground was friendly and had some good sites too.
Recommended Sites: The back-in sites #5 to 15 are nice and have more space between each other.

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Phoenix, Arizona
Usery Monuntain State Park Campground , sites #54, 70, 74, 21

Overall impression: This is one of the most beautiful state park campgrounds we have been. We did stay 11 nights – and because it was quite full we had to move 3 times – so we lived in 4 different sites. It’s water/electric – so we could drive to the dump station every time we moved. It has beautiful trails, even a outdoor fitness center and just very nice sites and is 30min to reach Phoenix or Scottsdale or the nature around (Saguaro Lake).
Recommended Sites: A lot of sites are really beautiful with great views, lots of privacy and a lot of space for outdoor-living. The outer sites in the 20ies are especially nice. We did enjoy 21 the most.

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Tucson, Arizona 
Gilbert Ray Campground (State Park), site #A1

Overall impression: This is a first come first serve campground only. So during peak season it is not always easy to get in. We went there 9 am and could even choose a spot. Very beautiful park, but a lot of the sites are quite close to each other, but still beautifully landscaped. Very near to Saguaro National Park. About 30min into Downtown Tucson.
Recommended Sites: Site A1 was great: privacy, shade and and a lot of space for outdoor living! A Loop has a bit more space than other loops.

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Tucson, Arizona
Diamond Justin RV Park, site #8

Overall impression: One of the best private campgrounds we have been on our journey – when you stay at a Mountain View (MV) site. Huge Sites. Our site had a electrical thingy box which did hide the desert view a little and wich was quite noisy. So if there is another MV spot than Nr 8 available – take that one! About 25min into Downtown Tucson, near to Saguaro National Park and tons of trails going directly from the RV Park into the desert.
Recommended Sites: Mountain or Desert View sites. The designated sites for short term visitors are not the best, they have no privacy, but it’s still good to be in a good park though… but ask for MD or DV.

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Lake Holloman, New Mexico

Boondocking Spot

Overall impression: Our first Boondocking Spot. So, it is free and there are no hookups. This was a really nice place to stay for the night and visit the beautiful White Sands National Monument. The entrance was quite narrow and the street a little bumpy. But no problem with our setup.
Recommended Sites: No designated sites… but you can guess, where you can park.

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Hueco Tanks State Park, Texas
Campground in State Park, Site #13

Overall impression: This was one of the most beautiful, quiet, private and scenic spots we had ever been. The views are fantastic, the sites are not really level, but with a smaller Travel Trailer (ours is 26 feet) no problem. Our site was water only. The only negative thing are the many rules this park has (you have to be back at your site by 6 PM, if you want to hike in the park you need a permit, which is difficult to get, …
Recommended Sites: Site 13 was great. 1-7 and 15-20 have water electric, the rest water only. 15 and 16 are a little close to each other. But all other sites are beautiful.

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El Paso, Texas
Gaslight Square Mobile Home Park, #D14

Overall impression: This was a pure parking lot. Only seasonal working guests, only one or two spots for short time visitors. People were parking their cars everywhere, no landscaping… but it was ok to be out all day and visit El Paso (20min away).
Recommended Sites: all sites pretty much the same…

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Davis Mountain State Park, Texas
Campground in the State Park, Site #33

Overall impression: We did expect a lot from this campground since it is in the awesome Davis Mountain Area. We were  a little disappointed: not a lot of privacy, crowded, close to the highway. But beautiful hikes in the park with wonderful picnic places. Do the Skyline Drive Trail (hike or drive) and us the picnic places up on the peak for your break.
Recommended Sites: 36 to 38

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Alpine, Texas
Lost Alaskan RV Park, site #13

Overall impression: This was not our first choice because a lot of campgrounds have been full during spring break… but it was a good base to explore Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Band National Park (one hour away each). It’s a nice quiet base camp with full hook ups. There is not too much space/privacy between the lots, but it’s very clean and well managed.
Recommended Sites: Row A 1-7  are the best in our view.

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Kickapoo Cavern State Park, Texas
Kickapoo Cavern SP Campground, Site #4

Overall impression: Very small and quiet campground in the remote State Park. 4 Sites with full hook ups, rest dry camping. No trash dumpsters. Good hiking trails in the park. Outside in the nowhere (no cell phone service), but beautifully quiet.
Recommended Sites: Only 4 sites have full hook ups, 3 and 7 have less privacy but still very good, 4 and 5 are the best.

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Lost Maples Nature Park, Texas:
Lost Maples RV Park, Site #17

Overall impression: Very small RV park in a lovely small state park. Good hiking trails in the park. Water-/Electric only. Outside in the nowhere (no cell phone service), but beautifully quiet. Sites/Roads are concrete, but not all places are level.
Recommended Sites: Only three sites have some privacy and are big (site 17, 16, 15), the rest is relatively close together for State Park Standard, but still nicely made.

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Fredericksburg, Texas:
Fredericksburg RV Park, Site #6

Overall impression: It’s more of a parking lot, but with a very short distance into downtown of Fredericksburg (Walkable in 10 minutes or by car in 2 minutes). Lots of permanent residents. Good amenities. Sites gravel, but level. Very convenient RV park to visit Fredericksburg, but will not win any beauty-contest.
Recommended Sites: Only the first two rows were available to short terms and there all sites are the same.

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San Antonio, Texas:
Traveller’s World RV Park, Site #120

Overall impression: It’s more of a nice parking lot, but with very good amenities and short distance into downtown San Antonio. Pull-Throughs are actually nicer than the back-ins and have more space between the spots. Sites gravel but level. Bus stop just outside the park. Direct access to River Walk. Very convenient RV park to visit San Antonio.
Recommended Sites: Pull-through sites.

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Corpus Christi, Texas:
Sea Breeze RV Park, Portland, Site #66

Overall impression: It’s a nice RV Park with some beautiful views of the sea. Lots of permanent residents, mainly “Winter-Texans”. Very strongly regulated park. Pull-Throughs at the entry are good and the places which they usually give to short timers. 25min drive to downtown or 35min to Padre Island.
Recommended Sites: Site 39A. Site 70 and 65 to 69.

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Houston Space Center, Texas:
Space Center RV Park, Site #106

Overall impression: It’s just a parking lot, a real over-nighter. Due to heavy rains, we had lots of mud. Very friendly personell. Lots of permanent working residents. Very loud due to the highway just next to the campground.
Recommended Sites: No special site recommendation. If you do not need to be near to the Space Center, we would probably recommend you to take another campground.

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Natchez, Mississippi:
River View RV Park and Resort, Site #99

Overall impression: Simple campground directly at the Mississippi River (small damn in between). 5min to Downtown Natchez. Well sized spaces. Not a lot of direct view on the river. Some concrete, some grass, relatively level. Nice Riverwalk. No wildlife besides squirrels.
Recommended Sites: No special site recommendation, first row.

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Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas:
Loyd Park, Site #56

Overall impression: Extremely beautiful and big campground directly at the lake Joe Pool. 25min to Downtown Dallas and Fort Worth. Hugely sized spaces. Beautiful views on the lake. All paved, very level. Some wildlife (rabbits, squirrels, birds etc.).
Recommended Sites: Merely all sites first row lake side or within the woods are very nice. You may not really go wrong in the outer circles/first rows.

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Waco, Texas:
Airport Park Campground, Site #20

Overall impression: Wonderful campground directly at the lake Waco. 15min to Downtown. Hugely sized spaces. Beautiful views on the lake and small gravel beaches. All paved, very level. Some wildlife (Deers, birds etc.). Noise from Airport is minimal.
Recommended Sites: All lake sites are beautiful, the ones we liked most are 9, 10, 12, 14, 22, 24, 60.

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Austin, Texas:
Mc Kinney Falls State Park Campground, Site #72

Overall impression: Beautiful campground in a very nice State Park, with lots of hike and bike trails and of course the water falls. 20min to Downtown. Hugely sized spaces. Merely within the woods, gravel or paved, quite level. Some wildlife (Deers, birds etc.).
Recommended Sites: Site 3, 27, 45, 46, 53, 55, 56, 63

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Houston, Texas:
Fallbrook RV Park, Site #124

Overall impression: Clean RV Park. Normally to small sized concrete spaces. No landscaping, besides some litte lawn between the sites. 20-30min to Downtown. Lots of longterm RVers.
Recommended Sites: Sites around the lake (121 – 145 and 147).

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Palmetto State Park, (near Abbeville, Louisiana):
Palmetto State Park Campground, Site #18

Overall impression: Very lovey campground within a beautiful state park, with several lakes, hike trails and canoe trails. Hugely sized spaces. Within the woods, all gravel, quite level. Lots of wildlife (wild pigs, armadillos, black bear, alligators, birds etc.). Far from everything – pure nature.
Recommended Sites: Quite all sites are beautiful, we especially liked 7, 9, 14 (most privacy and nicely landscaped). Around the numbers 31-38, there is less shade and they are more closely together.

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New Orleans, Louisiana:
Pontchartrain Landing RV Park, Site #26

Overall impression: Very good RV Park with views on Marina/Yacht Repair. Normal sized spaces. Nicely landscaped, all gravel. Restaurant/Bar. Very friendly personnel. Nice Pool. Shuttle to New Orleans available by RV Park. Well situated in a short drive to New Orleans French Quarter.
Recommended Sites: All lake front sites, but also second row pull-through’s are nice. Avoid the sites 128 to 153. You cannot choose the slot when you book, only the category (see legend).

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Meaher State Park (near Mobile, Alabama):
Meaher State Park Campground, Site #33

Overall impression: Small unimportant State Park with beautiful views on Mobile Bay and nice spacious concrete level sites. Well situated in a very short drive to Mobile.
Recommended Sites: All bay front sites, especially 25-33 but also second row is nice (6-34). You’ll hear the traffic from the interstate and the highway slightly, depending on the wind.

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Navarre, Florida (near Pensacola, Florida):
Navarre Beach RV Resort, Site #D174

Overall impression: Key West-style RV park. Not a real beach. Sites very small, merely not landscaped and close to each other. All gravel. Narrow streets within the park.
Recommended Sites: D167-D178 were the most shaded and spacious sites. B50/C51 and A2-A10 are not as fancy as they seem.

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Carrabelle, Florida (near Apalachicola and Gulf Breeze):
Carrabelle Beach RV Resort, Site #52

Overall impression: Slightly landscaped, spaces ok-sized, but close to each other. Situated in a 30min drive to Apalachicola. Very nice pool area. People come here because of the beach, not because of the RV Park. You do not see the beach from your site, but it’s just a 1 minute walk across the street and it’s absolutely gorgeous and very dog friendly.
Recommended Sites: None is perfect, none on the left side of Beacon Street is really bad, but 20, 21, 53, 54 are probably the best sites. Avoid The New Haven Retreat.

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Lake Manatee State Park, Florida:
Lake Manatee State Park Campground, Site #028

Overall impression: Beautiful State Park, nice trails and huge common picnic areas. Very big sites, all packed in nature, you’ll sometimes do not even see your neighbor. All with fire pit. Gravel.
Recommended Sites:  You may choose all sites, they are all beautiful, but: 4, 14,16 and the ones in the 40/50ies outbound are especially nice for us.

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Bradenton Beach, Florida:
Holiday Cove RV Resort, Site #76

Overall impression: Well maintained RV Park, nicely landscaped, but relatively small sites. Pool good. Well situated in a short drive location to Bradenton Beach (and Tampa). Tight streets within RV Park.
Recommended Sites: The Marina front sites 37-18. 82 -85, 97 and 11-15 are good too. You’ll hear the traffic from the road, but it’s bearable.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida:
Gulf Waters RV Resort, Site #925

Overall impression: Very luxurious RV Park, nicely landscaped and huge sites. Well situated in a short drive location to Fort Myers Beach.
Recommended Sites: All lake front sites, especially 902-930 and 642 -678. Due to the landscaping all sites of the park are very nice. 733-659 you’ll  hear some traffic from the street.

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We hope, this helps you choosing these RV parks if you are traveling in the area.
Happy Camping 🙂

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  1. Just looked at these pics from your RV sites–some of the views are amazing, from just outside your RV. Great trip, Ulla & I wish you many further interesting, safe, sites and road trips for you & Dominik.

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