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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
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Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground, Fruita, Colorado

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $20.00
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This was my first stop on a road trip that started in Denver. The views from the campground across the valley were terrific. The campground was empty and quiet in October. I think there were about 3-4 other campers scattered around the place. Wonderful wandering around the area in the evening to watch the sunset, then drove to some overlook hikes to watch the sunrise the next morning. Beautiful and quiet. Saw mountain goats! The staff in the park was SO friendly and kind. We camped at Colorado National Monument - Saddlehorn Campground in a Tent.

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Dirt, Sand
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Picnic Table

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Spacious
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Sunny Open
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My uncle says to stop in the valley for stone fruit products like fresh and dried fruit and jams. Supposedly amazing. I didnt get to try it. But I'll be back!

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States Visited: 4
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Gerstle Cove Campground, Jenner, California

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $25.00
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The campsites are located within the trees. At first I selected a more isolated private site but then moved to a more open site because it was insanely stormy and I was concerned about trees and branches falling on me. The campground was pretty deserted due to the storm. In the morning I explored down by the shoreline. Beautiful scenery, and due to the rain lots of waterfalls going into the sea. Gorgeous! We camped at Gerstle Cove Campground in a Tent.

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Dirt
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Nearby
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Covered Forested
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States Visited: 4
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Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $10.00
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I loved this campground! So beautiful, and generally quiet. The campground was about 1/3 full when I stayed in November. The only thing that I found negative was the local yahoos that went out shooting at signs or something in the middle of the night on the roads. It was very loud and extremely disconcerting being out in a tent in the dark while people are shooting guns into the desert. But all was fine. Tent campers are allowed to stay in the electrical sites or in special tent only sites. I stayed in the electrical one because it had an awesome view with wilderness behind me and no other campers nearby. From my spot I had an amazing view of the mountains for sunrises, moonrises and sunsets. Magical. It's close to town if you need to resupply. And best of all it is next to Saguaro National Park which is an amazing park with great hikes. I saw and heard coyotes here. Very cool. Can't wait to go back. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Tent.

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Sand
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Picnic Table

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Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
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Lees Ferry Campground - USFS, Lees Ferry, Arizona

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $20.00
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This was an interesting campground. There are not really plants or any kind of natural cover. The sites do have windbreaks and picnic tables. It is located on a mesa and therefore has amazing views. Something about the openness of the site made me uneasy. I felt my neighbors could watch me as there was really nothing between my site and the next. People pulling in in the middle of the night and driving around also freaked me out a little. However it seemed most of the other campers in November were retired RVers who seemed to be socializing together and having a good time. The RVs seemed to mostly park in the center island part of the campground that had longer pull through sites. A short drive or walk from the campsite is the river, and further on is the marina where groups launch into the Colorado River for rafting trips. Past the marina is a cool little interpretive hike to old ruins - very interesting. I was hiking around by myself early in the morning and some people up on the high trail on the cliff were yelling or whistling making noises at me. I think they were just goofing around but it was strange. Then I spoke to another man briefly in the marina who said some disturbing racist things out of the blue. All in all I found the area super beautiful and interesting but with creepy strange people that left me uneasy. I only stayed one night. But I would go back if I was not alone. We camped at Lees Ferry Campground - USFS in a Tent.

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Concrete
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Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
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Devils Garden Campground (NPS Campground), Arches National Park, Utah

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $20.00
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This is one of the prettiest campgrounds I have ever stayed at. I loved it! Beautiful red rock formations, trails just outside your tent. It is always full and very crowded but the sites are well separated and you get some privacy. I switched sites 4 times in 5 days to check out different views. The first night I arrived they were full but the hosts let me park in the group area along with several other tent campers. It was noisy, but the next few nights in my own spots were quiet. Get up early and hike the trails branching out from the campground for quiet desert sunrise (and sunset) views. Magical. As others have mentioned it is quite a drive to the campground from the entrance to the park. So if, like me, you arrive at sunset and find the campground full, you are not going to be happy. Camp hosts are nice and will try to accommodate but there is only so much they can do I am sure. So.. that being said, do your shopping etc before heading into the park so that you dont have to make a 40 mile round trip to Moab because you forgot to buy milk or propane. We camped at Devils Garden Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

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Dirt, Sand
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Picnic Table

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Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Moab is a great little town with shopping and food and gas and all that you could want. I think it is about 20+ miles from the campground, but I could be wrong. Plan to stop there for a look around on your way in or out of the park. The visitor center is quite far from the campground so if you have questions or want a map then be sure to stop on your way into the park. Also be sure to read Desert Solitaire before or during your visit.

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