Campgrounds

“It is good people who make good places.”
― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty 

Arizona- love the desert, sunsets, used book stores, cactus & national monuments

Gilbert Ray Campground in Tucson

  • great views
  • electric-only
  • $20.00 a night
  • good at&t & good direct tv

Organ Pipes Cactus National Monument in Ajo

  • no hook ups
  • good views
  • good hiking

Voyager RV Park in Tucson

  • great pool
  • tons of activities
  • good cafe at the campground
  • Saguaro National Park near
  • good at&t & good direct tv

Valley View RV Park in Benson

  • friendly staff
  • good location to explore the area
  • Tombstone

Verde Valley Thousand Trails

  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Tuligoot National Monument
  • Farmers Market in downtown Camp Verde on main street Saturday morning
  • Jerome Ghost Town
  • at&t poor internet reception for us

 

California- ocean, wildflowers, Yosemite’s rock formations & waterfalls, farmer markets & family

Guajome County Park in San Diego County

  • near Oceanside beach
  • farmers market in Oceanside

Russian River Thousand Trails

  • Cloverdale Farmers Market -Fri 5:30 – seasonal
  • Santa Rosa Farmers Market- Sat & Wed 8:30-1:00  http://thesantarosafarmersmarket.com/ – seasonal
  • Charles Shultz Museum in Santa Rosa
  • Historic Railroad Square in Santa Rosa – several peanuts statues at the square
  • Wineries
  • Bodega & Bodega Bay to see the places The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock was filmed-https://seizethedayrvadventure.com/2015/09/28/thousand-trails-russian-river-day-3/
  • Jack London State Historic Park
  • Disc Golf at Lake Sonoma – go to the visitor center for the map & parking
  • Fish Hatchery at Lake Sonoma
  • good at&t connection

Soledad Canyon Thousand Trails

  • Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley
  • Civic Honda Music Road in Lancaster (worth experiencing if you are in Lancaster for the day) – https://youtu.be/gOLmM-zXjpY
  • Vasquez Rock- site of several films
  • Hollywood – about 40 minute drive and is good for site-seeing
  • Venice Beach – about 90 minute drive and is a quirky beach
  • Paramount Ranch NPS

San BenitoThousand Trails

  • Pinnacle National Park
  • Gilroy – garlic world & garlic shoppe
  • Monterey – Fisherman’s Wharf, Point Pinos Lighthouse, Friday Farmers Market

Morgan Hills Thousand Trails

  • Bigfoot Discovery Museum in Felton, CA
  • Santa Cruz Boardwalk & Wharf
  • Santa Cruz Lighthouse- inside is the surfer museum/National Lighthouse society stamps are in the surfer museum
  • Lighthouse Field State Beach – unofficial dog beach
  • Walton Lighthouse at the Santa Cruz Harbor – the lighthouse isn’t open inside but you can walk to it. National Lighthouse Society stamps are in the harbormaster office
  • Morgan Hill has roadside fruit/veggies markets along the roads
  • CineLux Tennant Station Stadium 11- nice place to see a movie – if your on a budget go before 12 noon
  • Uvas County Park – $6.00 day parking fee -trails, picnic area, wildlife /waterfall loop nature trail-easy trail with some uphill

Ponderosa Thousand Trails

  • on the river
  • places to hike near by
  • wildflowers
  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park- geocaching, hiking & gold rush history
  • Cronan Ranch Regional Park-multi use hiking, birding
  • Dave Moore Nature Area- geocaching, small hike 
  • Placerville – Hangman’s Tree Tavern(closed), old town has some nice shops to explore
  • Kayaking & rafting down the river
  • fishing with a California fishing license
  • California Railroad Museum in Sacramento
  • Old Town Sacramento shops & museums
  • Sacramento Underground
  • Folsom Historic Farmers Market- Saturday morning, year-around-http://www.historicfolsom.org/events.cfm
  • good at&t and good direct tv

Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails

  • good pool & spa area
  • favorite 50 amps area
  • nice flat walking area around park
  • good verizon & at&t
  • good satellite reception

Emerald Cove RV Park in Earp

  • second row
  • great pool & spa area with some shade
  • friendly campers
  •  verizon & at&t reception
  • tiki bar happy hour
  • good internet connection both verizon & at&t
  • good direct tv

Yosemite Thousand Trails

  • within 1 hour of the park entrance
  • open area for satellite
  • no internet
  • Yosemite Waterfall, rock formations, hiking
  • Old Fashioned Meat Market – Kevin N Randi’s in Groveland
  • Ellie’s Cafe for breakfast in Groveland
  • Glacier Point for a view of Half Dome, Vernal & Nevada Falls on the way up or down is a view of El Capitan & Bridalveil Falls. Waterfalls are awesome in the Spring
  • Sonora Farmers Market- seasonal market May-Oct on Saturday mornings

Palm Springs Thousand Trails

  • Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
  • Salton Sea Wildlife Refuge
  • Coachella Valley Wildlife Refuge
  • FringeToad Preserve
  • Calcite Mine Trail
  • Borrego Springs Metal Sculptures
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Tram
  • Hiking Trails at Joshua Tree National Park
  • Farmers Market
  • good at&t & good verizon connection

Lake of Springs

  • Mennonite Bake Shop in Bangor
  • Fishing
  • Rent a boat by the lake
  • Geocaching just outside the campground
  • Farmers market in the Summer
  • at&t cell Service not good for us

Oregon- love the lighthouses, clam chowder, fish & chips, volksmarches, waterfalls, ocean & farmer markets

Bend Thousand Trails

  • enjoyed the rural setting
  • Cascade Scenic Highway
  • Newberry Volcanic National Monument
  • Farmers Market

Harris Beach State Park in Brookings, Oregon

  • A Loop for satellite reception
  • A Loop is nearest to beach

South Jetty Thousand Trails in Florence, Oregon

  • A section only
  • enjoyed the boardwalk
  • watch for mosquitos in woodsy areas
  • some noise from dunes if your near them
  • Umpqua River Lighthouse – tour of the lighthouse for a small fee, the tour gets you almost to the top of the len room.
  • Heceta Head Lighthouse – tour of the keeper house for a $1.00, gift shop, tour of the lighthouse, parking fee
  • Walk the Boardwalk to see the coastal shops & seasonal local artist vendors
  • Sea Lion Cave for a fee
  • geocaching at the boardwalk & surrounding area
  • See Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse on milepost 166, 1.8 miles south of Yachats on the way to Whalers Rest

Tillamook Elks RV Park

  • great rv park
  • good meals at the lodge
  • friendly folks
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory
  • Military Exhibit

Whaler Rest Thousand Trails in Newport, Oregon

  •  North Section on Lighthouse dr only because we had some satellite reception here
  • Yaquina Head Lighthouse-make reservations for the tour on recreation.gov or go to the interpretive center to reserve a spot- good birdwatching area
  • Yaquina Bay Lighthouse- self-guided tour, small gift shop, great views
  • Newport Historic Volksmarch –https://seizethedayrvadventure.com/2016/07/07/newport-oregon-historic-walk/
  • Newport Farmers Market on Saturday mornings http://www.newportfarmersmarket.org/
  • Historic Bay Front is filled with quaint shops, seafood restaurants, fish shops, tourist museums, view of the bay
  • We saw people using crab pots on the fishing pier across from the historic bayfront. People were looking for clams near the fishing pier also. It was interesting.

Seaside Thousand Trails

  • North Side is open for satellite reception
  • only a few miles from the beach
  • Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach see Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from here & Tufted Puffin April-Summer
  • Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
  • Lewis & Clark Historical Park
  • Lewis & Clark Salt Works in Seaside
  • Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
  • Astoria Farmers Market on Sunday 10-3
  • North Head Lighthouse
  • Hammond Warren/Waterfront & Nature Trail
  • Volksmarch- https://seizethedayrvadventure.com/2016/07/19/volkssporting-in-oregon/
  • Seaside Waterfront Walk
  • Geocaching in Seaside
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria- fee $14.00 adult
  • Cape Meares Lighthouse & birdwatching
  • Octopus Tree at Cape Meares

South Dakota-  patriotic moments at mt rushmore, bison, farmers market in sioux falls 

Custer State Park Campground

  • Game Lodge or North Stockade Campground
  • great wildlife spotting

 

Texas- not done yet

Medina Lake Thousand Trails

  • Rural Campground Setting
  • Birding
  • Alamo & San Antonio River Walk Loop
  • plenty of deer
  • Jim’s Restaurant – good biscuits

Colorado River Thousand Trails

  • Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge near
  • Birding
  • clean park
  • wildflowers
  • deer

Lake Conroe thousand Trails

  • great pool area, good spa with shade available
  • Livingston city within 2 hrs
  • Bush Presidential Library
  • Johnson Space Center
  • clean park
  • Joel Olsteen Church in Houston
  • wildflowers

Bay Landing Thousand Trails in Bridgeport

  • deer
  • wildflowers
  • good cafe in clubhouse
  • Whistle Stop Cafe in Decatur- southern biscuits
  • Brandi’s Country Kitchen in Bridgeport- great southern biscuits

 

Wyoming- wildlife, natural wonders

Devils Tower National Monument

  • Loop A
  • no hook ups
  • good view of Devils tower

 

Washington- greenery, Forks, farmer markets, berries, volksmarches & Seattle Pikes Place Market, First Starbucks

Mt Vernon Thousand Trails

  • Mukilteo Lighthouse- lighthouse tours Sat & Sun afternoons.
  • Mt Vernon Farmers Market- Wed & Sat in the Summer
  • La Conner has some nice shops
  • Skagit Farmhouse Restaurant for breakfast

Birch Bay Thousand Trails in Blaine

  • Phase 2 only
  • Volksmarches
  • good home base to explore Canada

Grandy Creek Thousand Trails

  • Cascade National Park

Little Diamond in Spokane

  • Pull Thru or Lower Meadow View

Paradise Thousand Trails

  • Open Area
  • Mt Saint Helen trip
  • Mt Rainer National Park

Tall Chief RV Park – RPI park

  • good homebase to explore Seattle