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Dead Horse Point is an absolutely spectacular place to stay in the Moab area. The views from the point (just a mile from the campground) are some of the best in the world. Having electric hookups is nice and since the campground in Canyonlands is first-come, first-served, getting a reservation at Dead Horse is a way to guarantee a campsite. The hiking in the park is wonderful and there are canyon overlooks just a short hike from the park. There are several pretty large sites and many small ones. Early reservations are a must as this is a very popular park.

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This campground is a typical national park facility. It is set in a beautiful setting, but is a LONG way from the park entrance and the town of Moab (though the drive is incredibly beautiful). The Devils Garden trailhead is nearby and some shorter trails leave right from the campground. The sites vary quite a bit, from tiny tent-only sites to pretty large sites for an RV. The "pull-through" sites are mostly just wide turnouts on the road, so before booking any site, it is a good idea to look at a satellite picture to make sure you can fit. This campground is very popular, so reservations well in advance are a must.

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Fruita is one of the nicest national park campgrounds we have ever visited. It is truly an oasis in the desert, with huge cottonwood trees all through it. There are several hiking trails that leave right from the campground and the park scenic drive starts right outside the campground entrance. The gift shop next door sells wonderful fresh-baked pies every day. Capitol Reef is a spectacular and under-appreciated park, though it has become more popular in recent years. Fruita campground is extremely popular and is first-come, first-served only. The campground fills up by late morning every day and people are driving around at 7 in the morning to find a campsite. Come early midweek to have a prayer of getting a site.

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Large park southeast of downtown, right near Sam's Town casino. The neighborhood isn't great, but it isn't awful either. The security in the park is good and there are always lots of staff around the grounds. Paved roads with gravel sites, mostly pull-throughs and some are quite large. There are not a lot of better choices in Vegas and this one is convenient for shopping or sightseeing. Several long-term or seasonal residents, but all very nice. Park is quiet, except for barking dogs around the dog areas, where the park tends to put campers with dogs. This is not a destination resort, but as a functional place to stay is is excellent.

     

Kanab RV Corral

Kanab, Utah

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Great location just a few blocks from the center of Kanab. The roads are gravel but very wide, making backing in quite easy. Lots of trees and some very narrow sites make backing a bit challenging, but not bad at all. Park WiFi seems to work better than Verizon. There is a small fenced doggie area near the front entrance. A great place for a stop on the way to the North Rim.

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This is a decent place to stay for a few days, but not what I would prefer for a longer stay. Just 10 sites in a row on gravel behind the motel. The view is of the Post Office back lot on one side and the motel grounds on the other. I felt that the motel ignores the RV park, as there was trash and dog poop all over our site when we moved in. The primary positive feature is its location--it is just a few blocks from the historic downtown, grocery shopping and a few restaurants. Use of the motel pool would be a nice feature in the summer. We found it quiet at night and the whole town felt safe and friendly.

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Excellent park as others have written. Great views, great hiking, lots of privacy in most of the sites. We were in site 11 and this loop has smaller sites and less privacy than some of the higher-numbered loops (as well as no hook-ups). The place is huge and could be a long walk to the bathroom for some areas. We have stayed here and at nearby Usery Mountain and the parks are very similar in their amenities, camping experience and closeness to services in town, but Lost Dutchman is quite a bit further from Phoenix. I would return to either park again without hesitation.

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Gilbert Ray is a fabulous campground. It is located in a beautiful scenic area, yet is pretty convenient to Tucson services and shopping. There are limitless things to do in the area, including several hiking trails, the adjacent National Park, the outstanding Sonoran Desert Museum and the Old Tucson theme park. The scenery is marvelous, with views from most every site. The roads are mostly one-way and easy to maneuver. The only downside is a lack of shower facilities, which makes it harder to conserve water when dry camping. Overall, I highly recommend this park when staying in the Tucson area.

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This is a wonderful park for hiking, solitude, quiet and experiencing the Sonoran desert. The sites are generally very large and fairly private, most are pull-throughs. Many good hiking trials leave right from the campground and the rangers offer free hiker shuttles to trail heads that allow you to hike back to the campground and experience real desert solitude. My only complaint is that when we arrived, we asked for a perimeter site, but were told there weren't any available that would fit our 31-foot RV. When we arrived at our site, it was not that great and there were plenty of large perimeter sites empty around us. I didn't bother to go ask for a change, but I felt that they could have accommodated us better. My advice is to arrive after 4 and pick your own site.

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Santee Lakes is a spectacular park in a suburb of San Diego (about 25 minutes away). It has seven lakes that are part of a water reclamation project and in spite of the drought in California, the landscaping is well-watered. This place is huge with very well-laid-out sites, many of which have lake views or creek views. We were up in the newer section of the park on the creek, but next time I would try to get a lakeside site, even though they are not as spacious or private. The bird life in this park is spectacular and the lakes, though artificial, are very beautiful. Security is great, with a code needed to enter, and services are very good (mail, packages, fax, printing, copying, store, propane). Long-term stays are allowed here and we met many people who basically live here, leaving every six months for two weeks to comply with the laws. There are a few activities like potlucks and coffee get-togethers, but they were not well-attended when we were there. This is not a park if you want a lot of activities, but it is very family-friendly, quiet and convenient to every type of store or service you could ask for. A great place to stay near San Diego and quite reasonably-priced. Note: our section had very weak cell coverage (Verizon), but the free wifi service from the park was pretty good.

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This is not a destination park, but a convenient place to stay when visiting the Santa Rosa area. The neighborhood is a bit sketchy, but we never felt unsafe here and the location is very good for freeway access to all surrounding areas and downtown Santa Rosa. There was lots of room so we never felt crowded and it was very easy to access with our fifth wheel. More like a parking lot than a campground, but for what it was it was great. I would likely consider it if in the Santa Rosa area again.

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This is a very nice campground and the closest to Pt. Reyes National Seashore. There was plenty of room between sites, it was easy to navigate and pull into the site, the store was reasonably well-stocked and there were no negative issues like noise. There was no view to speak of and not much in the way of amenities, but I would definitely stay here again when visiting the area.

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We loved staying at Jalama Beach. We had reservations for a week, but decided to move into a first-come site for an additional week because we liked it so much. First the negatives: our site was up on the top tier and it was challenging to back into, the park gets a fair amount of day users and there is almost nothing out there but the beach, the store and the grill. That being said, it is one of our favorite parks because of the beach, the grill and the activity around the park. It felt like a little village, with friendly people and the local post office/store/restaurant as a hang out place. The beach was gorgeous and you could walk in either direction for miles and very quickly get as much solitude as you wanted. The sunsets were spectacular and our site had a great view. It was fun watching the surfers and kite surfers play. The nearby (30 minutes) town of Lompoc had a great farmer's market and one of the most beautiful missions we have every visited. The weather was delightful, if windy some days. We would most certainly come back here.

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Morro Bay is a great little town with beautiful beaches and lots to do in the area. This state park is older, as most are, but decently kept up and located in a great area. Just across the street is the marina and a wetlands trail. The town of Morro Bay is about a mile away. We stayed in the front section of the park, which is three rows of pull-throughs with electric and water hookups, which are long but kind of narrow. There is no view to speak of, but the vegetation provides a decent amount of privacy. The roads are easy to navigate and the sites are pretty level. Overall a great place to stay in the area.

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San Simeon State Park is a large campground with three separate areas, two are more developed with paved sites closer to the highway and the ranger kiosk and one is up on the hill with better views and more primitive (also cheaper). We had reservations for one of the primitive sites, but we opted to move down to the more developed campground because it was less dusty and more landscaped. Wifi/cell service is an issue here. We had no Verizon service, but the park did have wifi service, unfortunately we couldn't get a good connection at our site and had to walk a short way to connect to wifi. Still, we liked the campground and loved the area and would recommend it as a good base for exploring Cambira/San Simeon/Hearst Castle.