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Medicare eligible. Generally look for campgrounds which have electricity, good cell phone connections, and woodsy or otherwise remote. High Value on national and state parks.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Pyramid Lake - Los Alamos Campground, Lebec, California

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Run by the recreation area. Seems designed for boaters using Pyramid Lake. Great location for travelers on I-5 at top of the Grapevine. Entry road was "swoopy" for about a mile (somewhere between a washboard and a roller coaster). Campground very open, with no trees. Most sites have no electricity. A few electrical sites at $45 before discounts. Very empty when we overnighted here for one night in early June. Likely more popular on weekends if the lake is full. We saw one non-poisonous snake in the road. Rattlesnakes possible in mid-summer. Verizon was 4G. We camped at Pyramid Lake - Los Alamos Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Canyon Rims Recreation Area, Windwhistle Campground, Monticello, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

BLM Campground. No electrical, but can run generator 8am to 8 pm. Remote location. Very quiet and clear skies at night. Great for stargazing. Short trees and scrub brush for minimal shade. Pad was even and with a very slight tilt. Cattle grates on the road in; no raccoons or bears. We stayed here the first week in June, warm but not hot. Likely much hotter at the height of summer. We camped at Canyon Rims Recreation Area, Windwhistle Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Aspenglen Campground - NPS, Estes Park, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Typical NPS campground. Beautiful area but no electrical. Very popular. Campground is located on the east side of Rocky Mtn National Park, near Estes Park, just past the entrance station. Asphalt road and pad, even pad but slightly sloped. Most pads seemed sloped or short or both. No Verizon connection. No dump station at the campground, but we were able to use the dump station at other campgrounds (e.g., Moraine CG, which is deeper inside the park but still accessible from the west side without going over the Trail Ridge Road). We camped at Aspenglen Campground - NPS in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Number
C30
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Very close to Estes Park. Parking lot in center of town, across from Starbucks, has about 3-4 large stalls dedicated for RVs in the back right corner. If you're planning to spend more than a few days in the area, consider also camping on the west side of the park. More wildlife, and several nice hikes (Adams Falls, Cascade Falls and more). The road around to the north is very pretty, through Walden and Ft. Collins via SR 14. Takes about 1/2 day, but worth the extra time.

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Stillwater Campground, Granby, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

This Forest Service campground is conveniently close to the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Great choice if you're visiting the park and would like electricity. The campground is on a ridge overlooking Granby Lake. Nice views but windy at times. The campground is virtually treeless, but there are a large number of younger trees scattered about, none higher than six feet, so it seems that the NFS is trying to restablish a more forested feel. Asphalt roads and gravel pads. Mixture of electric sites with water, non-electric, non-water sites, some short and some long. Flush toilets. Dump station is near the entrance. Electrical only at a few sites. Crowded on memorial day weekend, but plenty of open sites in the days before. We camped at Stillwater Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Site Number
A12
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Santa Fe Trail COE, Council Grove, Kansas

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Another great Corp of Engineers camping area. There are three campgrounds surrounding a man-made lake. Santa Fe Trail campground had more than one camping loop. Very nice sites with picnic table, BBQ, covered patio. Asphalt roads and asphalt pads. Most pads seemed slightly sloped but mostly even. Power at 20, 30, 50. Widely scattered trees but some shade at each site. Plenty of open spaces in May. Shower house near the group campground was mostly clean and usable. Due to heavy rains and high water in the reservoir, several sites were closed and the dump station was closed, but we were able to use the dump station at a campground on the other side of the lake. Awkward if you're dumping every day, but we were there only two nights and had no difficulty using the dump station on the way out. We camped at Santa Fe Trail COE in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Number
39
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is nearby and worth visiting for the tallgrass and the well-built ranch complex from the early 1900s. Scenic road to and from.

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Wakonda State Park, La Grange, Missouri

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Pleasant park, conveniently located if you're visiting NE Missouri and Hannibal. Plenty of open spaces when we visited in May. There are two campground loops. Sites 100-108 are in an oval loop on a small peninsula. Trees around the outside and open grass in the middle. The other loop is much larger -- a relatively open area with enough trees for shade. Gravel pads and asphalt roads with gravel pads, which were slightly uneven and slightly unlevel. Bathrooms and bathrooms were old and worn, but clean. Simple cement floors and basic shower heads. We camped at Wakonda State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Turkey Run State Park, Marshall, Indiana

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Very popular park, and as a result quite crowded and facilities stressed. (We were there on a weekend.) Bathrooms & showers well-used; out of four toilets in our loop, only one was working. Benches & modern fixtures in shower, randomly different shower heads; generally clean. Nightly rate of $36 includes a one-time $9 park entry fee. Sites 7-87 in open area, trees around outside edge, except site 33-36 in a heavily forested loop. Sites 157-183 also in a forested loop; 184-211 and 266-270 have road noise We camped at Turkey Run State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Number
42

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, Illinois

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Grassy, pleasant park. Sites are open with no privacy, but well-spaced and mostly shaded. Many sites slope or are uneven. No water at sites, but spigots scattered throughout the campground. 29 reservable sites (2 for disabled), 60 sites first come, first served. We camped at Pere Marquette State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Grafton has touristy stuff. There is a Walmart and Laundromat in Jerseyville.

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Wallace State Park, Cameron, Missouri

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

Good: convenient location and good bathrooms Bad: no water or sewer hookups at site, but available near exit. This is very nice state park conveniently close to I-35 but no freeway noise. Campground roads are asphalt, some pads are asphalt and others are gravel. Sites are mostly flat and mostly level, with a mixture of pull-throughs and back-ins. Electric only, but fresh water and a dump station behind the showerhouse. Bathrooms and showers were very nice. Slightly wavy tile floor was not slippery but also not uncomfortable. Showers had individual dressing areas with multiple hooks, a large bench and large shelf, and there was a small shelf in the shower for shampoo and soap. Scattered trees for shade. Verizon was 3 bars, 4G. Would camp here again. We camped at Wallace State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
59
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, Indiana

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the nicest and most popular Indiana State Parks, with a variety of hikes and things to do in the adjoining Indiana Dunes National Seashore. The 140 sites are all grouped together, with only about 25 on the perimeter. At the rest you'll have another camper or a road behind you. Roads and pads are asphalt and sites are even and level. Sites are electric only, with central fresh water and a dump station. Sites are open, and with enough scattered trees to provide some shade but no real privacy. Central bathroom and showers are modern, clean and slightly heated. There are also two pit toilets, at the far ends of the camping area. Fees include a $5 registration fee on line, sales tax, and a one-time $9 per vehicle entrance fee collected at the gate. We paid a total $78 for two nights. A one-night stay would cost about $46. Verizon service was good: 2bars, 4G. Would stay here again. We camped at Indiana Dunes State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

"Scavenger hunt" was a lot of fun. "Century of Progress" homes were interesting. If you're looking for a break from camping food, AJ's Pizza in Valparaiso is very good and popular with the locals. There is also a commuter train station nearby, so the park could be used as a base station for trips into Chicago on the South Shore line. (about 1.5 hours each way)

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area, Kinmundy, Illinois

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Good: Inexpensive, well-shaded Bad: electric only at the sites, and power posts are one per two sites. This campground seems targeted to serve boaters, hunters and fishers. General condition was good but not stellar. The campground is heavily forested, and generally quiet except for the powerboats on the nearby lake. Camp roads are asphalt and sites are gravel, generally flat and even, with electric but no water or sewer. Because power posts serve two adjacent sites, you'll need extension cords to connect if you're on the wrong side of the power post. (On our loop the power posts were on the correct (left) side for backing into the even-numbered sites.) 54 reservable RV sites, 61 first come, first served, and another 4 cabins/shelters. Mid-week in May, there was no problem getting a site without a reservation. Verizon service was good. We camped at Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Most road signs and Google maps say "Forbes State Park", but reserve America and Illinois DNR lists it as "Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area". Of the two roads in, the best is clearly Omega Rd from the south. The road from exit 127 on I-57 is washboardy, curvy and narrow in spots.

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Cinderella Motel & Campsite, Grand Island, New York

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Great location and price for visiting Niagara Falls. We paid $70 for a 30amp site for two nights, with the Passport America discount. Not a "destination park" with a lot of activities, but great if you're looking for a place to stay while touring the area. Campground is located behind a small motel. Sites are laid out in a semi-circle, with a central grassy area and a pavilion. Heavily forested around the perimeter for a park-like feel, and a scattering of trees in the center area to provide shade. Asphalt roads with gravel pads. The pads are narrow, but level and even. Staff was friendly and courteous. Bathrooms are old, but well maintained and very clean. One washer and dryer in each bathroom (men and women), which means doing one load at a time, or your spouse has to do laundry, too. Central dump station instead of individual hookups. Water at the sites. We were at the back of the campground, and experienced some freeway noise from the nearby interstate. Would stay here again on my next visit to Niagara Falls. We camped at Cinderella Motel & Campsite in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

It's possible to drive your RV to Niagara. -- There is RV parking on Goat Island, within walking distance of the main falls, or you can take the trolley.

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

West Branch State Park, Ravenna, Ohio

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Good: Sites nicely spaced; bathrooms clean; great Verizon coverage Bad: some noise from powerboats on the lake Overall reasonably well maintained. Would be a good destination for fishers and boaters, but also worked for us for a two-night base station to visit Cuyahoga N.P. Nice Bathrooms: modern fixtures, separate showers, mostly clean. Downsides were lack of heating, low water pressure, mold on shower curtain. Several washer/dryer pairs in each bathroom. Asphalt roads and pads. Sites reasonably separated, but some pads are visibly sloped, and most pads looked very narrow. We paid $26 + $8 res fee for electrical only (no water or sewer at site). Full hookups cost $35. Many sites are open and no trees, but others are among moderately wooded areas. Sites 4-10 close to kids play area and very open - ok for parents who want to stay at the site but still keep and eye on the kids. Sites 21, 35 and 51-69 seem most private. Verizon very good: 3bars, 4G We camped at West Branch State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Asphalt
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood, Missouri

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the better state parks. Good: nice pads and clean bathrooms Bad: The Missouri on-line reservation system has a two-night minimum. Convenient place if on your way into or out of St. Louis - about 30 minutes SE of town center. This is a clean, well-groomed and well-maintained park. Sites are well-spaced, and configured along a single road with trees along the outside and grass in the middle, so you don't have people behind you. There are also plenty of trees scattered through the campsites to provide shade. Asphalt roads and cement pads, very even and level. 75 reservable sites along three separate roads, of which 50 are electrical. No water or sewer at the individual sites, which can be inconvenient for long stays. Very quiet and peaceful. Verizon was 4G, 3 bars. One bathroom on our loop. Very clean and well-maintained. No heater or AC that I could tell. The bathroom was at the entry, so if you are at the end of the loop, a bit of a walk, which could be annoying in rain or summer heat. Our loop was about 50% occupied, mid-week in May. No laundry. Price averaged in at $25 for two nights -- $21 per night plus $8.50 reservation fee. We were at site 19, and I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There is an outlet mall about 20 minutes away in Chesterton, if you're looking for a break from camping.

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Letchworth State Park, Castile, New York

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

It's easy to see why this park is rated #1 among state parks. Facilities were very good and the gorge and waterfalls are great. Friendly staff, well-maintained facilities, nice trails. Our bathroom in the 700 loop was modern, well-maintained and very clean. Also slightly heated. RV sites are well separated, lots of trees, and have electrical (ours only 30 amp). Minor downside was that water spigots were scattered around the campground, not at each site, so occasionally an RV would block the camp road while filling up with fresh water. Three dump stations on the exit road from the campground - might be a little crowded during rush periods. Verizon signal was barely evident at 2 bars - enough for phone calls but not for fast internet. Gravel sites and asphalt roads. More than half the sites in our loop looked like they were on a slight slope or uneven, and would require some leveling blocks. 743 was swampy due to recent heavy rain. Total cost for two nights averaged in at $40 -- $35 per night plus $9 reserve america fee. Would definitely stay here again, in dryer weather, to do more hiking. We camped at Letchworth State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
704
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Fill up your fresh water tank before you back into your site. Water spigots are scattered throughout the campground and not specific to each site. (Though we noticed one of the spigots very accessible to site 705, so if you stay there it would be easy to refill without moving your rig. There may be other sites with similar configurations.)