Ingrid E

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Laredo 5th wheel
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3 States Visited

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One hot park!

Since our son lives in Phoenix, Arizona, we find ourselves camped somewhere in the Phoenix valley several times throughout the year. Our favorite campground in the Phoenix area is Cave Creek Regional Park. Maricopa County has done an amazing job with all their regional parks and we would recommend any one of them for camping or for day use, but this one is at the top of our list.

Cave Creek Regional Park has 38 sites, all with electric and water hook-up. Some sites are back in and some pull-thru. The pull-thru sites are actually more like pull 'outs' along the road. At first we didn’t think we would like this but it turns out to work very well. The majority of sites are all pretty level with the exception of a couple of the back-in ones.

There’s a dump station on site. The 3 restroom buildings all have flush toilets and private large showers. All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. After each camper departs, the camp hosts are quick to tidy up the site including raking the gravel. This park is impeccably maintained and very clean. We’ve stayed at this park numerous times and have never encountered any problems; not with another camper, trash, or cleanliness.

There’s fantastic multi-use trails accessible from the campground for every level of hiker or biker…..amazing sunsets, wildlife, and scenery. Shopping is nearby. January, February, and March may be difficult to score a site without a reservation. Very popular spot with snowbirders. They do have an overflow gravel parking lot for dry camping until a site becomes available. Big rig friendly. Bonus; it’s not uncommon for the sky to be dotted with hot air balloons in the early morning or evening. Hot desert air, hot air balloons, and popular to hot park.

Date of Stay:
 February, 2014


Living on the Edge

Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah, just may be our newest ‘favorite’ campground and definitely an all around favorite State Park. Although we’ve visited Moab previously, April 2014 was our first time staying at Dead Horse Point State Park’s campground. We knew this was a small remote campground with only 21 sites and only a few that would comfortably accommodate our 31 foot fifth wheel thus, we made reservations for our stay 4 months in advance. This campground is almost always booked. Well, maybe not in the winter and yes it is open year around.
My reason for staying at this campground was to be near the scenic viewpoints within the park for sunrise and sunset photography. Canyonlands National Park and its stunning scenery are also located just a few miles up the road. Both parks are loaded with great hiking trails and some of the best biking trails around. As a matter of fact, cyclists from around the world come to this part of Utah specifically for the trails. Many of these trails are accessible from the campground and a beautiful visitor center is within an easy walk.
Each of the 21 campsites at the Kayenta Campground at Dead Horse Point State Park is equipped with electric, a tent pad, sheltered table, and charcoal grill…no campfires allowed. The sites are narrow, nestled among pinion trees, and most are NOT level. Larger RV’s, especially those with opposing slides may have difficulty at this campground.
The campground is located on a large mesa 2,000 feet above the Colorado River valley and water is a precious commodity. All campers need to come equipped with their own supply of water and remember this is an arid - desert environment; dehydration can occur quickly. There is NON-potable water at the dump station and a deep sink of fresh water at the restrooms. No showers onsite. We had good Verizon cell phone reception but weak internet connection. We recommend your tow vehicle be in tip top shape and leave your A/C off as you climb in elevation on highway 313.
The day-use facilities are scattered throughout the park and offer stunning, unbelievable views with covered picnic tables, restrooms, and water. Whether it’s a day trip or an overnight camping trip, no visit to Moab, Utah, would be complete without experiencing Dead Horse Point State Park…. a definite favorite of ours.

Date of Stay:
 April, 2014


One of our Favorites!

One of our favorite places to camp is Steamboat Lake State Park in Colorado. This pristine park offers stunning mountain and lake views in all directions. It is a rather rustic and somewhat remote campground located 25 miles north of the town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The park offers electric and non-electric sites as well as a bunch of walk-in tent sites. There are vault toilets and water hydrants scattered throughout the campgrounds. The Camper Services Building offers flush toilets, coin operated showers (most CO SP showers require coins), and a laundry facility.

There are three different camping areas. We stay at the Dutch Hill Campground and opt for a non-electric site on Bridge Island whenever possible. We manage to fit our 31 foot fifth wheel into site #176. Larger RV’s would have trouble with the majority of the sites in this section of the park. Bridge Island is geared toward smaller trailers and tents but there are a few sites that would accommodate larger RV’s. The electric hook-up sites are more big rig friendly.

Each campsite throughout the park is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. There are also camper cabins available for rent. 2014 prices - electric sites; $22 non-electric $18 Camper Cabins $80 AND remember, Colorado charges a daily admittance into their state parks in addition to the nightly camping fee. We always get the yearly pass which is a vehicle window sticker allowing us access to all CO state parks for an entire year.

What makes this place one my favorites is the abundant wildlife, available boating, a full service marina, tons of hiking trails, other pristine lakes nearby, and fantastic scenery. Just remember, this park sits at an elevation of 8,000 feet and weather can vary greatly adding to the overall ambiance. There’s nothing like enjoying Colorado’s star filled skies at night around a blazing campfire or boating under a brilliant blue sky during the day.

Date of Stay:
 August, 2013

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