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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: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

Clark Park, Battle Mountain, Nevada

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Positive: very clean, convenient mid-Nevada stop. Verizon at 5 bars Negative: showers cost $1.50 for three minutes (water conservation) This is a typical side-by-side parking-lot style RV Park, but reasonably quiet location and quiet residents. Heard one train nearby. Freeway noise barely. Very flat. Crushed gravel parking and interior roads. Plenty of spaces. Doesn't take reservations. Convenient to freeway. Long-term residents in a dedicated area. Overnight spots clearly labeled. Power good and steady. We plan to stay here again on the return trip We camped at Clark Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

Canyonlands Needles Outpost and Campground (Concessionaire Operated), Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Positive: reservable and reasonably priced $21.20 Negative: no power, limited water This is a pretty basic RV and tent campground. You could camp on nearby BLM sites which aren't much different and cost less. However, it is reservable and well located, just at the edge of Canyonlands NP. Short road in is a little rough, and posted for 10 mph, which is about right. Campground roads are mostly gravel and heavily rutted in a few places. Pads are dirt. There's spot under the rocks for campers in tents, they also have two teepee spots. The rest are primarily RVs or Campers. They have a range of pull through and back in. Shower tokens are $3 for campers. Flush toilets. Bathrooms are old with a number of handyman patches, but still serviceable. Could be cleaner (I've seen NPS pit toilets in better shape.) There is a water spigot behind the bathroom - owners said it's non-potable, but there's no sign. They truck in water and it's expensive, so we chose to wait for a better source. No Verizon. WiFi option is $5 per day, works only at the store, not at the campsites, but works even when store is closed. There is some slope to the pads but our site was mostly flat, just not level. It gets very quiet at night although that obviously depends on what group of people your next to, but it got quiet at about 9 or 10pm. May temperature was a little warm in the early evening, but cold enough at night to use a blanket. Spacious view. Felt safe even though there wasn't any security. Overall OK for us for just a night. We camped at Canyonlands Needles Outpost and Campground (Concessionaire Operated) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
32
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Fill your water flasks at the Canyonlands visitor center, and use that for cooking and other basics to help save water. If you prefer total boondocking, there are multiple BLM sites between the Outpost and the main highway.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab, Utah

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Positive: electrical hookup, good location for Arches and Capitol Reef National Parks Negative: Bring Water! Load up on water before you arrive - there is no water for tanks (but you can wash dishes in the sink next to either of the two bathrooms with flush toilets. Dead Horse Pt Campground added a new loop this year (Wingate), so roads, bathrooms, etc. are all in great shape. Very long pull-throughs. Flat, asphalt. Dump station also easy to use. We camped at Dead Horse Point State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Water for fresh water tanks is available in Moab. City Market has a hose near the gas station. City Market was also the only true supermarket anywhere between Moab and Bryce -- had everything we needed, and more.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

Fruita Campground (NPS Campground), Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Positive: water! Excellent location. Negative: no electrical hookup, deer frequent campground This is a very pleasant NPS campground, better than many. Located in a flat meadow with a modest number of trees providing shade. Interior roads and pads are all blacktop. Pads are flat, level and squarish, with room for RV and tow vehicle side-by-side. There is a dump station with fresh water for tanks (not common in this part of Utah, especially on the mesas around Moab). No Verizon service, and while Torrey has other services, Verizon coverage there is 1-2 bars. We camped at Fruita Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A-11
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Pick up some pies and homemade ice cream at the nearby historic Gifford House, a short walk from the campground. (they have other interesting stuff, too) Pies are delivered at 8am, and popular varieties are sometimes gone by 10. We tried Apple and Mixed Berry - both were great. Picked up two for the road the day we left. There were already 10 people in line at 7:55.

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

Bryce Canyon Pines, Bryce Canyon, Utah

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

Positive: lots of trees, very close to Bryce Canyon NP. Negative: nothing notably negative. A bit pricey but an OK value for the price. General: The owners must have done some work on this in recent years, as our experience was not consistent with the descriptions in some of the older reviews. Or maybe we were just lucky. Yes, lots of trees so you have to be careful maneuvering, and longer rigs can have a problem. Yes, sites are not perfectly level, but are not not unreasonably so. All RV sites are now pull-through. Campground is located behind a Chevron station about 15 minutes from Bryce Canyon NP. Just off highway 12 but road noise not significant. Interior roads and pads are combination of gravel and dirt, well-maintained and no potholes. Pads are mostly flat and level, but you'll need leveling blocks if you plan to make this a base camp and stay for more than a day or two. All sites are pull-through. Lots of trees, so longer rigs need to be careful. Graduated pricing based on type of site -- $28 for camping, $39 for 30 amp, and $50 for 50 amp. Small store has miscellaneous food and various small items, from nightcrawlers to shampoo bottles to minor RV repair items. Bath and showers very clean. On the Men's side, two toilets and two showers, but no lights in the showers. Small seating area with tables at back of store. Pleasant staff. Verizon at 4G with 2 bars. Not all sites are satellite friendly because of the trees. We would have stayed longer, but they were fully booked. We camped at Bryce Canyon Pines in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C-4
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

Hotel Nipton, Nippeno Camp & Conference Center, Nipton, California

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Biggest negative was noise: very close to RR tracks. At least four trains between midnight and 6am. Postive: Good overnight location for us when headed from CA to Utah. Near NW edge of Mojave National Preserve. Verizon 4G with 3 bars. Located about 10 miles off I-15. Older blacktop road to the area was slightly rough. Interior roads and pads were flat and mostly level. Friendly staff, but new person at trading post sent us to the long-term RV area. We eventually found the 4 sites for overnight RV camping, near the teepees. Nothing really great about this other than a convenient distance for us. Trains were a big negative, but location was very quiet otherwise. Bathroom in a quonset hut with two unisex showers, two unisex toilets and a sauna. Low end construction: floor is a combination dirt, cement tiles and raised wood. Showers were very clean -- molded unibody. We camped at Hotel Nipton, Nippeno Camp & Conference Center in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
RV4
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
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: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A12
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
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: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
42

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite

Campground Details

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: 47
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
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

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