Karen VanVliet 518 369-2738 and Pat Aiken 805 550-3677
Take on the Escape Room in Tacoma, visit the petting zoo at Old McDebbie’s Farm, ride the gondola at Gig Harbor, catch a performance at the Lakewood Playhouse, visit the Mandarin Stained Glass Gallery or wander through the Lakewold Gardens.
Puyallup Elks Lodge, 314 27th St NE, Puyallup, WA (253) 845-9515
Dry Camping, $10/night. Absolutely no early arrivals at this location on Saturday night, you will not be allowed to stay. May have to go into the hookup sites if you arrive early. Outdoor pool and showers for $3/day.
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Jane Mailloux (503) 703-1946 and Don Thull 925 437-8857
Ranger led hikes, talks and fireside programs
Cascade Peak RV Park, 11519 US Hwy 12, Randle, WA The majority of the group is moving to this new location to continue this gathering.
Dry Camping, $12. Dump is $8, laundry is available.
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Visit the Yakima Valley Museum, buy fresh fruit from Johnson’s Orchards, taste the latest brew at the Bale Breaker Brewing Co., bicycle the Cowiche Canyon Trail, attend a wine tasting at the Bonair Winery, go swimming at Lions Park, visit the Ahtanum Pioneer Church built in 1873, and visit the Yakima Area Arboretum. There is also hiking, bird watching and fishing in the Yakima Sportsman State Park.
Legends Casino, 580 Fort Rd, Toppenish, WA 98948 There will not be a host and no meetings at the Yakima gathering. Dry camping is free at the Casino. Due to the extreme heat, other parking options available include the Yakima Elks, 318 Golf Course Loop Rd, Selah, WA. Electric is $25. $30 for FHU. At a higher elevation and west of Yakima is dispersed camping at the Peninsula Area of Rimrock Lake at Naches, WA. The GPS for the Peninsula area is N46.633538, W121.146835. $8/night, Sr Pass is $4/night.
For those of you planning to go to Rim Rock, the recommendation is to go to the airstrip area as the road to the peninsula is rough and narrow.
Verizon reception is ok. Att is not working. $8/$4 with sr pass.
Dry camping is free.
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Claudia Ward (530) 906-1234 and Vicki Rains (909) 528-4610
Visit Sacajawea State Park; visit the Franklin County Historical Museum or one of the several other museums; kayak the Columbia and Snake Rivers; attend a wine tasting at the Bartholomew Winery; and visit the Ice Harbor Lock and Dam Visitor Center. There is hiking, swimming, kayaking, and fishing at Hood Park, as well as the McNary National Wildlife Refuge that is adjacent to the park.
Hood Park Campground (COE), (509) 547-2048, 2339 Ice Harbor Road, Burbank, WA 99323
This campground is 100% reservable, so reservations are recommended, and can be made up to 6 months in advance at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. Each site has a fire pit/grill and picnic table, sites 3-18 have 30 amp, and sites 2 & 19-69 have 50 amp. There are showers, trash dumpsters, potable water and a dump station. Alcohol is prohibited, and pets must be leashed. $24-$26/night, ½ price with senior pass.
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Charlie Savior 562 221-2000
Nez Perce Visitors Center, hike Hells Gate State Park, tour the Discovery Center, hike the pathways along the Snake River, take a walking tour of the amazing artwork in downtown Lewiston, and along the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, kayak the Clearwater River, take a Hells Canyon jet boat ride – reservations required. Check the entertainment schedule in the Elks Lodge.
Lewiston Elks Lodge #896, 3444 Country Club Dr. Lewiston, ID 83501, (208) 743-5591.
US-12 W, take Dike Bypass and Snake River Ave to Country Club Dr. The RV parking overlooks the beautiful Snake River. There are 10 parking spaces available with water and electricity only. Register at the office. $7/night for dry camping; $12/night for electricity. Free dump at Hells Gate State Park; and free dump at Nez Perce County Fairgrounds.
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Dana Alford 720 308-7407
Take your bicycles to downtown Coeur d’Alene for a scenic ride to Harris Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Hike Tubbs Hill. Kayak and hike at Hayden Lake (English Point Yellow Loop trail is highly recommended). Take a walking tour of Couer d’ Alene, including the floating boardwalk, and follow the trail of Mudgy the Moose. Visit the Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch. Be kids again at the Triple Play Family Fun Park Indoor Raptor Reef Water Park. For those with dogs McEuen Park and Dog Park is a lakeside park with recreation trails and an off-leash dog park for a fun romp. Listen to music in the evening at Hayden Lake City Park. Take a day trip to Farragut State Park to hike, swim in and around Lake Pend Orielle and visit the Naval Museum.
Coeur d’Alene Elks Lodge,1170 W Prairie Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815. (208) 772-4049
Dry camping in the overflow area is $5/night, electric hookups for $20/night. Thursday night is pizza and salad, all you can eat for $7 at the Lodge.
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Karen VanVliet 518 369-2738 co-host Arlene Teague 828 443-0279
Bike the Hiawatha Trail; a “rails to trails,” over trestles and through tunnels so bring a headlight or flashlight and a jacket, from Silver Valley, Crystal Gold Mine near Kellogg.
Lookout Pass Snow Park
Exit 0 off I-90, turn right toward Northern Pacific Trail, then right on Northern Pacific Trail for .2 miles to Snow Park.
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Cindy Argauer, (406) 381-4440, email@example.com Co-Host: Kathy Keenan, (262) 786-1903
Missoula has an incredible Farmers’ Market that is a must do. There is also a carousel, ice cream, the Aerial Fire Depot and the Smokejumper Center that you can’t miss. Missoula is also home to the Osprey, an AAA baseball team, whose games are fun to attend. Participate in the Fourth of July festivities in nearby Alberton.
Speeds Towing, 4805 US Hwy 93S.
$10/night for dry camping.
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Cindy Argauer (406) 381-4440 Co-Host: Kathy Keenan, (262) 786-1903
Visit the Old Montana Prison Museum open M-Th 10-5; visit the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and the Powell County Museum. And after all those museums, go to the Elk Ridge Brewing Company for a” taste of Montana.”
Parking lot at displayed locomotives next to Montana State Prison Museum.
No permission needed, but museum was contacted and caller received a “no problem, you are welcome to park there” response. No stay limit posted. This lot is next to and owned by the Montana State Prison Museum (406) 846-3111. Okay for large rigs. No facilities.
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Dana Alford (720) 308-7407
Visit the Museum of the Rockies for all things dinosaur, there is also the American Computer Museum where you can see how they began. Hike to Palisade Falls, take a walking tour of downtown Bozeman, visit the Montana Grizzly Encounter, go river rafting, hike the Grotto Falls Trail or any number of other trails in the area.
Langohr Campground, Hyalite Canyon Road, Bozeman, MT (406) 522-2520
From the 191, turn east on S. Cottonwood Road and follow it to 19th Avenue, turn east and follow 19th to Hyalite Canyon Road. Go 5.9 miles on Hyalite Canyon Road and the Langohr campground will be on your right. There are 19 sites, 4 are pull thrus, with tables, fire rings, water spigots, vault toilets, and trash pickup. $15/night, S/A Pass 1/2. The campground roads are paved, and the pads are paved or gravel. Most of the sites are in open meadows along Hyalite creek, some are shaded. Many sites are 45′. 1/2 of the sites are reservable. For reservations go to www.recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777. 6,200′ elevation. No cell service.
0.8 mi from the Langohr CG, Abbott Camp is on the right (W) side in an open area beside Hyalite Creek, between MM 6 & 7. GPS Coordinates: 45.52196, -111.01055. There are dispersed sites designated by signposts and fire rings. Free. Large rigs are OK. You will need blocking/jacks to get level.
Dump and rinse water free at Town Pump, 1871 Baxter Lane, (406) 404-1636. From I-90 take exit 205, go 1 mi south on 19th St, turn left on Baxter Lane. Large rig easy in/out. Dump and rinse water free at Town Pump, 29001 Norris Road, (406) 587-0163. 7 miles west of town on US-191, continue straight onto SR-84/Norris Rd. Dump and rinse water free w/fill-up at Conoco Convenience Store, 1417 N. 7th Ave., (406) 587-0651. From I-90 take exit 306, go 0.2 mile south on US-10/7th Ave. The Conoco is across from Walmart. Traffic can be heavy with difficult access, check before pulling rig in. Dump $5 at Sunrise RV Park near I-90 and exit 309, follow the frontage road east.
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Explore and enjoy all the wonders that Yellowstone has to offer; there are too many to name. Visit Earthquake Lake, kayak in Hebgen Lake and on the Madison River, and lots of hiking near the campground as well.
Bakers Hole Campground, (406)823-6961, West Yellowstone, MT
Three miles northwest of West Yellowstone on US 191. $16/night; some sites have electric (30 and 50 amp); senior discount applies. First come, first served.
Visit Facebook – Wins at YNP
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Vicki Rains (909) 528-4610 and Claudia Ward (530) 906-1234
Participate in Grand Teton National Park Ranger led hikes and talks, visit Jenny Lake, visit the Teton Village, and visit the National Elk Refuge. There are many hiking opportunities, many animals to see and many pictures to take. Father’s Day is June 16.
Gros Ventre (pronounced Gro Vant) Forest Service Campground, 100 Gros Ventre Campground Road, Kelly, WY 83011, (307) 739-3300.
Go six miles north of Jackson, WY on WY-89/191; turn northeast on Gros Ventre Road, go 5 miles to campground. Try for last loop to left. Dump & water available. $29 or $14.50 with Senior Pass per night for dry camping. This campground is first come, first served, but fills early
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Donna Backus (734) 476-3788, co-host Kathy Keenan 908-884-4192
Check out the year round activities offered at the White Pine Ski Area, visit the Museum of the Mountain Man, Kayak at Sandy Beach, go swimming at the Pinedale Aquatic Center, soak in the Granite Hot Springs, visit Buckys Vintage Snowmobile Museum, or don a pair of skates and go ice skating at the Sublette County Ice Arena.
Warren Bridge Campground, (307) 367-5300, 1625 W. Pine Street, Pinedale, WY 82941
Water, dump station, 7,600’ elevation, 20 miles north of Pinedale off of US Hwy 191. 16 pull thru sites.
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Andy Heal (217) 273-0066
Fishing, kayaking in Sheep Creek, hiking in the Ashley National Forest
Lucerne Valley Campground, (435) 784-3445, $20/night, senior pass applies, $28 with electricity
From Manila follow Highway 43 forn2.6 miles to the state line, where Highway 43 becomes Wyoming Highway 530. Follow Wyoming 530 for 1.3 miles to Lucerne Valley Road/Forest Road 146. Continue on this road approximately 4 miles to the campground.
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Don Stier (928)205-8865 and Linda Shultz (810) 625-8095
Visit the Fossil Butte National Monument for hiking and ranger led geology talks, take the Pilot Butte Wild Horse Scenic Loop drive, visit the Natural History Museum or the City of Rock Springs Museum, take a drive to see the White Mountain Petroglyphs and on your way you will see the Boars Tusk, and visit Adobe Town to see strange rock formations.
Fontenelle Creek Recreation Area, free camping, water, dump station, garbage.
There is a public swimming pool at the Rock Springs Family Recreation Center.
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Bob Moser (619) 836-4451
Visit the Flaming Gorge Dam and take the dam tour. Hike or kayak down the Green River (Little Hole) where along the way you could see a Bald Eagle, herons and lots of fish as the water is crystal clear. Kayak the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
Dripping Springs Campground, Dutch John, UT, 435-784-3445
$18/night, Senior Access ½ price
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Paul Tracy (518)852-2445
Enjoy a Ranger guided tour of the Dinosaur Quarry, take a self-guided auto tour through the park, Cub Creek and Split Mountain offer hiking trails, ancient petroglyphs and pictographs, and homesteader cabins, drive up the Harpers Corner Road to explore the Colorado portion of this National Monument (4X4 only after Echo Park Road), or just sit in camp, relax and watch the Green River flow by. Memorial Day is May 27, 2019, and always a good reason to have a potluck.
Green River Campground, Dinosaur National Monument.
Take US 40 13.4 miles west from Vernal, then take SR 149 6.5 miles north from Jensen to Quarry Visitors Center, then go 5 mi east. $18/night, senior discount applies, sites in B loop can be reserved on recreation.gov; all other sites are first come, first serve. Reservations are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED You will find groceries, laundromats, propane and gas in nearby Vernal, UT. There is little to no Verizon service at the campground.
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Gwendolyn Toney, firstname.lastname@example.org Co-host: Linda Schultz, Lkschultz1958@gmail.com
Kayaking in Starvation Reservoir and hiking in the State Park.
Rabbit Gulch at Fred Hayes State Park If you made reservations at Indian Bay, call Ranger Dillion at 435-738-2326 and let him know you are a WIN. He will cancel your reservation and issue you a refund.
From the Sinclair Station in Duchesne go west on US-40 7.2 miles to 28000 West. Take two rights to Old Highway 40 and go straight at the fork, approximately 1.7 miles to the entry station. Once you pass the entry station at Rabbit Gulch and before the bathroom turn left and go down to the end of the road. The pay envelopes are located next to the Rabbit Gulch booth, pay with a check or cash, $13/night. There may be an attendant at the booth.
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Don Thull (925) 437-0857
Visit Capitol Reef National Park and discover the Waterpocket Fold, and other hidden treasures. There are fifteen day hiking trails, from easy strolls to strenuous hikes. Park Staff offer a variety of interpretive programs and hikes. Buy locally-baked fruit pies and homemade ice cream at The Gifford House store and museum, and if you get there early enough in the day they have killer cinnamon rolls.
1280 West Beas Lewis Flat Road, Torrey, UT
From Highway 24 turn right onto 1080 West Beas Lewis Flat Road. Follow the dirt road and turn right after the cattle guard, approximately .2 miles. Follow the signs. Free.
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Donna Backus (734) 476-3788, co-host Bob Moser 619-836-4451
Leave your car in the public parking area across from Ruby’s Inn and ride the free shuttle into the park. They stop at a number of locations about every ½ hour or so; so you can get off and hike a trail and then get back on the shuttle and go to another location. You can also take the free three-hour Rainbow Point narrated bus tour that is much easier and more informative than driving and parking throughout the park; reservations are required. There are too many hiking opportunities to list, as well as a 6.2 mile shared use trail, that accommodates bicycles, pedestrians, dogs, etc. There are also a number of hiking trails in the nearby and beautiful Red Canyon. Four wheeling opportunities abound in this area, as well as scenic drives. Take a stargazing tour with a Dark Ranger. Go horseback riding. Mother’s Day is May 12.
Paradise RV Park, 2153 US 89, Panguitch, UT (435) 676-8348 (John-contact person)
Dump, water, laundry. $16.95+tax/night for 30 amp; $18.95+tax/night for 50 amp; $12/night dry. Registration forms and envelopes are located at office door, fill out and deposit in slot, cash or check only – no credit cards.
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Dave Bloom (805) 708-4870
Dining and dancing at Silly Al’s, hiking, bicycling
Hi Jolly Campground, Road 244, Quartzsite, AZ
North on the 95 (towards Parker), Road 244 will be on your right just after the Fire Station. Check in with the camp host. 14 day limit.
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Visit Jasper National Park for hiking, white water rafting, wildlife viewing, the Columbia Ice Fields and Athabasca Falls, and get a thrill walking on a glass bottomed platform at the Glacier Skywalk. Ride the Jasper SkyTram for views of the Canadian Rockies like you wouldn’t believe. Take a side trip to Maligne Lake and soak in the Miette Hot Springs.
Wapiti Campground, Jasper National Park, BC, (780) 852-6176. You are responsible for making your own reservation.
This campground is on the shore of the Athabasca River. The cost is $27.40 to $32.30 CAN/night for electric. Reservations can be made starting January 8, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. MST, online at reservation.pc.gc.ca or by phone at 877.737.3783.
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White water rafting, exploring the Willmore Wilderness Park, kayaking, visit Labyrinth Park, go swimming at the Grande Cache Recreation Center.
Between Grand Cache and Grand Prairie.
There are 6-15 free campsites at this location. The road leads into the area and then splits into three segments. There is a roadside food truck.
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Take your picture at Mile 0 on the Alaskan Highway, and visit the Alaska Highway House to learn the story of the highway’s construction. Visit the Historic Kiskatinaw River Curved Bridge built in 1942, mile 21 of the Old Alaskan Highway. Dawson Creek Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9-2.
Walmart Dawson Creek #5776, (250) 719-0128, 600 Highway 2, Dawson Creek, BC
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No hosts necessary, overnight stop only
Fort Nelson Heritage Museum and Fort Nelson Information Centre. And get your picture with the albino moose on display at the museum.
Prophet River Provincial Park, MP 349.3 on Highway 97, 0.4 miles in on a firm gravel road. This location will hold 6-15 rigs, but not in same grouping.
Dump and water free at Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, on the north end of town, across the street from the Visitor Centre.
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Soak in the hot springs.
Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park, 75100-81198 Alaska Hwy, Northern Rockies, BC, (250) 776-7000, 53 sites, reservations are accepted, but there are also first come first served sites. Make reservations at www.discovercamping.ca. $26/night. If this campground is full there is overflow boondocking across the street for the same price.
Dump station at Wye Lake Park, 8 St. N., Watson Lake, YT. Petro Canada, (867) 536-2515, Hwy 1, 137 Frank Trail, Watson Lake, YT
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No host necessary as this is just an overnight stop.
Visit the Sign Post Forest which was started in 1942 by a homesick GI who was working on the Alaska Highway, and the Northern Lights Centre.
Free dry camping by the airport. There is room for 6-15 rigs.
Dump station at Wye Lake Park, 8 St. N., Watson Lake, YT. Petro Canada, (867) 536-2515, Hwy 1, 137 Frank Trail, Watson Lake, YT
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Check out the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Center to see carved totem poles, ornamental clan regalia and other interpretative displays. Stop in the picturesque village of Carcross on your way to Skagway. The route via the White Pass is beautiful
Teslin Lake Campground, (867) 667-5648, 27 sites, $12/night, non-potable (must be boiled) water, dump station, free firewood, restrooms
There may be a restaurant/truck stop where you could park free, or possibly on either side of the river, and that would be free as well. This information will need to be checked out in advance.
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Visit Jewel Gardens and Garden City Glassblowers. Hike to Yakutania Point and Smuggler’s Cove. Yakutania Point and Smuggler’s Cove are both short, easy hikes that end at a picturesque point perfect for a picnic lunch or some “scenic drinking.” Visit the Gold Rush Cemetery. Watch the Days of ’98 theatrical performance, but watch out you might get included, $20 daytime performance, $22 evening. Tour the city museum and sculpture garden. The Skagway town museum and the sculpture garden are located right next to each other on 8th and Spring. The museum concentrates on the illustrious history of the town, with an emphasis on Soapy Smith, the local con man. The sculpture garden contains nearly 50 different sculptures from local, regional and renowned artisans. Cost: $2 for the museum, $5 for the sculpture garden. Visit the National Park museums and Moore Homestead. Take a ride on the narrow-gauge White Pass & Yukon Route railroad built in 1898
There is free parking at the Skagway Overflow Camping area which is also a brush dump and good for 1-2 nights. However, in order to park at this location all main campgrounds must be full. Contact the Skagway Police Department for a permit, 17th Ave. and State St., if the door is locked use the intercom button or call (907) 983-2232.
Note: Customs are at approximately mile 8 for US and approximately mile 20 for Canada and are closed part of the night. If you boon dock between them you cannot travel east or west until they open.
(FERRY FROM SKAGWAY TO HAINES, ALL VEHICLES OVER 30 FEET LONG OR 8 FEET WIDE ARE CONSIDERED OVERSIZED AND MUST BE BOOKED BY AN AGENT IN A TERMINAL OR AT THE CALL CENTER, (800) 642-0066. THE SMALLER FERRYS REQUIRE YOU TO BACK ONTO THE SHIP, SO ASK WHICH DAYS THE LARGER FERRY RUNS.)
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Haines offers great hiking and kayaking, view Bald Eagles at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in October, visit the Kroschel Films Wildlife Center, raft or kayak the Chilkoot River, and kayak Chilkoot Lake. Drive to Chilkat State Park for a view of the glaciers. There is an abundance of wildlife to view in this area including bears. Visit Fort Seward, one of the last military bases built in Alaska during the Gold Rush. Also visit the Haines’ historic cemetery with headstones dating to the late 1800’s. And a Haines, Alaska must see is the Hammer Museum.
Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site, (907) 269-8400, Haines, AK, 32 sites, tables, fire rings. $20/night. 14% grade gravel park entrance. Gravel sites, some pull thrus. 35’ max. No cell coverage. Nice view of glaciers from camp host cabin.
From Haines go 11 miles north on Chilkoot Lake Road to Lutak Road.
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Visit Kluane National Park and Reserve to see bears and eagles. Commemorate your visit with a photo in front of the Haines Junction Village Monument, “the muffin.” .” Go fishing and kayaking in Kluane Lake
Congdon Creek Campground, Yukon 1, Destruction Bay, YT (867) 667-5648.
Water, picnic tables, and restrooms. Campfires are allowed.
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No hosts needed, overnight stop only.
Relax and refresh.
Young’s Chevron Service, (907) 883-5835, Alaska Highway and East 4th Street, off AK2. 25 spaces, dump station, propane, travel store, water and dump free with fill up. Park behind station. Plenty of room for large rigs. Verizon service is marginal. Car/RV wash $3/10 minutes. Northern Energy Tesoro, boon docking, water, dump, and do-it-yourself car/RV wash all free with fill-up. No stay limit. West of junction SR-1 & SR-2. Small parking lot. Propane available. Good ATT. Laundry & showers at Tundra RV Park next door.
Border Crossing at Port Alcan
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Visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park via Nabesna
Porcupine Creek State Recreation Site (907) 822-3973, Glennallen, AK,
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Glacier cruise in the fjords. Canada Day is July 1. Bald Eagle feeding at Bayside Campground before the Salmon run. . Go hiking in the Chugach National Forest.
Allison Point Campground, (907) 835-2282 or (907) 255-0737 or(907) 835 2531 for current information, (email@example.com), Dayville Road, 15 miles south of Valdez, AK, 51 sites with great views scattered along Dayville Road, max RV length 45’, $20/night dry, potable water on site, no dump. Valdez Glacier Campground, Glacier Lake Campground Road, offers boon docking under the Valdez Glacier.
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Stop at the Copper Center Visitor Center Complex located on the Richardson Highway between Glennallen and Copper Center. There are Ranger-led programs at the visitor centers daily during the summer. Plan a day trip to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, including Kennicott and McCarthy, via the Kennicott Shuttle. Celebrate the 4th of July Alaskan style.
Wrangell View RV Park, (907) 823-2255, Chitina, AK; water, electric, 50 amp, $ Squirrel Creek State Recreation Area, (907) 822-5932, Glennallen, AK, $20/night. There may also be boondocking at the airport, but it will need to be checked out in advance.
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Visit the Matanuska Glacier, visit the Musk Ox Farm and the Reindeer Farm, tour Independence Mine State Historical Park.
Moose Center #793 (907) 745-4982, 1136 S. Cobb St., Palmer, AK, $10, nice views
Dump station at the Palmer Chevron, 439 W. Evergreen Ave., Palmer, AK. Wasilla Walmart Supercenter, (907) 376-9780, 1350 S. Seward Meridian Parkway, Wasilla, AK. Wash Day Laundry & Dry Cleaning (and dump station), (907) 376-4141, 754 E. Westpoint Dr., Wasilla, AK. There is also a dump station at the MAPCO Express, 225 N. Boundary St., Wasilla, AK
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Visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, the Kenai Fjords National Park and Exit Glacier. Hike the Harding Icefield Trail. Take a Kenai Fjords boat tour. In Cooper Landing there is fishing, hiking, river rafting and tubing, kayaking, or even panning for gold. Take a day trip to Whittier, AK.
The City allows camping along the entire waterfront. The campgrounds are named differently, but they all run together. You may not all be able to park in the same campground. (907) 224-4055, $20/night, no reservations.
There is a public dump station on Ballaine Blvd.
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Walk to the end of Homer Spit for dozens of local businesses and restaurants that cater to visitors. Go fishing, tour the many museums and art galleries; take a ferry ride to Halibut Cove for dinner and a visit to a community with no roads. Take a ferry ride to Kodiak Island to visit Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center; eat lunch at the Kodiak Island Brewing Company; and visit the Kodiak Laboratory Aquarium and Touch Tank. Fly to Katmai National Park out of Homer to watch grizzlies at Brooks Falls, $400/person.
Fishing Hole Campground (907) 235-6090, on the Homer Spit, $24/night dry, is a level gravel lot with killer views. Cityofhomer-ak.gov. Potable water, flush toilets, dumpster, fish cleaning station, large rigs OK, dump $5. Close to boat launch, harbor, and shops.
Free Wi-Fi at Washboard Laundromat on Ocean Dr (also has pay showers). Dump and potable water across from the Post Office on way to Homer Spit, N59.64236 W151.5287, entrance on South end, $5. Two Sisters Bakery is worth a visit.
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Celebrate the 4th of July Alaskan style. Visit the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Fishing, river rafting, take a tour of the Soldotna Homestead Museum and Soldotna Historical Society and Museum, visit the K’beq’ Interpretative site, and swim at Stormy Lake Beach. Go to the Soldotna and Kenai Visitors’ Centers and pick up visitor guides to the area to find more to do. Take a side trip to Whittier for a glacier cruise.
Soldotna Elks Lodge #2706 Campground, (907) 262-2706, 8 sites with electric and water, $20. Kenai Elks Lodge, (907) 283-7776, 6 sites, $15/electric
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60.55759, -151.24642 (Kenai)
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Since Anchorage is really Alaska’s only city, this is an opportunity to stock up on food, gas and propane, catch a movie, etc. But also take a 1-hour trolley ride tour of Anchorage. Drive along the scenic byway to Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet along the Seward Highway. The tides here are among the highest in the world. Watch as rushing water ebbs and flows. It’s even possible to spot a Dall sheep, an eagle or even a Beluga whale. This drive is along one of only a handful of roads designated as an All-American Road and one of 150 designated as a National Scenic Byway. There are a number of trails for hiking and biking around the city. Visit the many heritage museums, view the flood plains, and take your bicycle out for a spin. Take a side trip to Talkeetna.
Anchorage Moose Center #1534, (907) 563-3502, 4211 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage
Dump stations: Alaska Super Service (907) 727-7528, 2756 Commercial Drive, Anchorage; Big Corner Texaco, 1501 West Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage.
Costco, (907) 349-2335, 330 W Dimond Blvd, Anchorage; Walmart Supercenter (907) 563-5900, 3101 A St., Anchorage.
The Muldoon Road/Tudor Road bypass connects Glenn Hwy with Seward Hwy. The two roads connect seamlessly making a loop around the East and South sides of town, avoiding downtown traffic. There are a few traffic lights but traffic generally flows well. There are many restaurants in the first 1.2 miles South of Glenn Hwy on Muldoon. The A’ Laundromat is located approximately 1 block South of Glenn on Muldoon, West side. Small load $3.50, 25c/5 min to dry. There is a Fred Meyer (Kroger) approximately 1 mi South of Glenn Hwy on Muldoon, West side. Free Wi-Fi at the library at the Northeast Community Center, east side of Muldoon across from Fred Meyer. The Wi-Fi is on 24/7, with a strong signal in the parking lot. There is propane for sale at the U-Haul, go 1 block West from Seward Hwy on Tudor, turn left (south) on Old Seward Hwy, go 1 block, on left (east) side. Go in 1st entrance, the tank is immediately on right. The exit route is often congested, if you are in a motorhome try to avoid towing. To get back to Seward Hwy south bound, continue south on Old Seward, turn left on Dowling, and it is 1 block back to the Seward Hwy entrance.
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Visit Denali National Park – hike the established trails or bushwhack your own way as visitors are allowed to hike almost anywhere in the park, bike all 90+ miles of the park road or as little as you desire, view wildlife, take the bus tour from the Wilderness Access Center near the Park entrance that covers all 90+ miles of the park road, and/or charter a flight to view the Park by air. Enjoy Ranger talks in the campground and Ranger led discovery hikes. Watch a sled dog demonstration. Ride the Denali Park Zipline (907) 683-2ZIP, denalizipline.com. Take a white water raft adventure on the Nenana River.
Savage River Campground, (907) 683-2294, mile 13 on the Denali Park Road.
Camping information: (907) 683-2294, nps.gov/dena; Reservations: (866) 761-6629, reservedenali.com. Savage River Campground will accommodate RV’s up to 40’. No campground in Denali has electrical or water hookups for RVs. There is a mercantile near the park entrance which features camping supplies, food, a shower house and laundry facilities. The mercantile also has a dump/fill station for RV use. $24-$30/night, ½ price for SA pass. Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended, and without them you may find the campground full. There are other campgrounds in the park and outside the park.
Denali Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 437, Healy, AK 99743; (907) 683-4636; denalichamber.com
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On your way to Fairbanks make sure to stop at the North Pole! Take a side trip up the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse and the Arctic Ocean (495 miles one way), soak in the nearby Chena Hot Springs, or take a side trip to Circle Hot Springs, and Manley Hot Springs. Visit the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. Take a tour of the Running Reindeer Ranch. Hike, kayak, or take a stern-wheeler ride to view wildlife on the Chena River. Hike the Angel Rocks Trail. Visit Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Catch a production at The Palace Theater. Visit the Georgeson Botanical Garden and the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary. Visit Gold Dredge No. 8, a National Engineering Landmark that once extracted millions of ounces of gold from the frozen ground. And no Alaskan circuit would be complete without a visit to the North Pole enroute to Delta Junction.
Elks Lodge #1551 Campground located on the scenic Chena River (907) 456-1551, 1003 Pioneer Road, for members only. $25 for electric with some non-electric sites too, laundry, showers, and Wi-Fi, no water.
Dump and rinse water free at Airport Way Sourdough (gas, diesel, propane), 1688 Airport Way, at Lathrop St. at rear corner of bldg. N64 50 14.64 W147 45 1.72. Easy access for large rigs towing.
Dump and rinse water and potable water $5, free w/ gas or propane purchase, at Alaska Chevron, 333 Illinois St. Go North from Airport Way on Cushman St (becomes Illinois St), on Right, or go West on Illinois St from College Rd and it will be on the left. N64 50 56 W147 43 8.5. The potable water is at the building. (907) 452-3488.
Propane at U-Haul, College Rd at Johansen Expressway, Southwest corner. Entry from South bound on College only; go past front of building to tank, exit in circle around building and storage rooms. A little tight but doable with a large rig if no other vehicles or equipment in area. Can be congested. Fair price and practices.
Free Wi-Fi at Noel Wien Library, 1215 Cowles St, 1 block North of Airport Way. Closed Sunday (907) 459-1020. fnsblibrary.org
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Father’s Day is June 16. Visit the Moose Pond via the 1.5 mile Lost Lake Trail, and bring your camera. The best time to view moose, water fowl, beavers and other wildlife is early morning and about an hour before sunset. Hike Best Mountain Trail and Quartz Lake Loop Trail. Visit the Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum and Rika’s Roadhouse at Big Delta State Historical Park. Take a tour of the Alaska Interior Game Ranch. This is the end of the Alaska Highway, so be sure to get a picture of the “End of the Alaska Highway” sign and a certificate at the visitors center.
Quartz Lake Campground, $15, Delta, AK.
From Alaska 2 (Richardson Highway) turn East on the Quartz Lake Access Road, keep right at the junction of Quartz Lake Access Road and Lost Lake Access Road, and follow to the campground.Free dump, potable water, air & Wi-Fi at Delta Petro-Wash. From Junction SR-2/Alaska Hwy and SR-4/Richardson Hwy go South on SR-4 approximately 0.5 mile and turn right. The dump and water are on the left side of the building next to the fence. There are also fuel pumps, a car/RV wash, laundromat, restaurant and convenience store.
64.197800, -145.828130 – Click on link to see Google Map
Stop by the Mainstreet Visitor’s Center, 1314 Alaska Highway,(907) 883-5775, to find out how Tok really got its name and to get lots of information, including a flyer titled “The Last Great Road Trip” which offers a 10c/gallon discount at Young’s Chevron across the street. Try your hand at panning for gold. Take a walk or ride your bike on the many nature trails and paved bike paths. Relax and get ready for the next leg of this journey.
Young’s Chevron Service, (907) 883-5835, Alaska Highway and East 4th Street, off AK2. 25 spaces, dump station, propane, travel store, water and dump free with fill up. N63 20.0796 W142 59.1292. Park behind station. Plenty of room for large rigs. Verizon service is marginal. Car/RV wash $3/10 minutes. This is a good place to get your RV serviced and your oil changed. Northern Energy Tesoro, boon docking, water, dump, and do-it-yourself car/RV wash all free with fill-up. No stay limit. West of junction SR-1 & SR-2. Small parking lot. Propane available. Good ATT. Laundry & showers at Tundra RV Park next door.
Free Wi-Fi and coffee at All Alaska Gifts and Crafts (turn right at main junction after Visitor Center, go 1 block, on left). Free coffee at Three Bears Market (south side of road, before junction). Verizon 3G.
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Pan for Gold, hike the Mosquito Fork Dredge Overlook Trail, and check out the Pedro Gold Dredge.
Chicken Gold Camp and Outpost (520) 413-1480, Electric, Wi-Fi, Coin Showers, free fresh water, dump station ($6/black), $20/night dry camping, $ /electric, discount to SKPs for dry camping only. Reservations for hookups only.
From SR-5/Taylor Hwy MM 66.3, turn South at airport sign, go past “Downtown Chicken” on right, turn left into Gold Camp. Easy in/out. Any size RV. Plenty of room. Level, clean, gift store, good coffee, free gold panning, and free Wi-Fi for campers (time and bandwidth may be limited and slow).
64.069546, -141.941187 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit the SS Keno, a preserved steamship with exhibits. Visit the Jack London Museum and the Dawson City Museum, as well as the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. Drive to the top of Dome Road to take in a view of the city and the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers.
Gold Rush Campground, (867) 993-5247, 1207 5th Ave – downtown Dawson City. $22.88 US for dry camping; $35.63 US for 15 amp and water; free dump. Reserve your spot ASAP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian and US Customs offices open 9 am to 9 pm (pacific time) when ferry is in operation (see above note). The best time to catch the ferry is mid morning. Time Zone change – Time Zone change – Alaska is one hour earlier.
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Visit the SS Klondike National Historic Site, a vintage sternwheeler ship on the Yukon River. Kayak or hike the Miles Canyon Basalts. Visit the MacBride Museum of Yukon History. Soak in the Takhini Hot Springs. View the wildlife at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Visit the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.
Wolf Creek Campground, Whitehorse, YT, water, restroom, free firewood, $12/night, several pull thrus, shady.
Dump stations at Shell, Quartz Rd and Chilkoot Way; and Yukon Tire (867) 667-6110, 107 Industrial Rd. Walmart #3191, (867) 667-2652, 9021 Quartz Rd.
60.607163, -134.944185 – Click on link to see Google Map
No hosts needed for this site, just a stop to hook up and clean up.
Visit the Sign Post Forest which was started in 1942 by a homesick GI who was working on the Alaska Highway, and the Northern Lights Centre.Visit the Sign Post Forest which was started in 1942 by a homesick GI who was working on the Alaska Highway, and the Northern Lights Centre.
Baby Nugget RV Park, (867) 536-2307, Watson Lake, Yukon
Water, electric, 50 and 30 amp, sewer, Wi-Fi(?), laundry, showers, dump station, RV wash, $$/night – BUT – if you don’t need to hook up or clean up there is free dry camping near the airport with room for 6-15 rigs.
60.027820, -129.078827 – Click on link to see Google Map
Linda Scott (414) 331-1749
Day trip to Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK
Meziadin Provincial Park Campground, Meziadin Junction, BC (866) 500-7302
$27/night w/electric; $22/night dry. 66 gravel dry sites. Water at rear of office building. 2 loops, one to left has sites along water. Some sites are 60′. Beautiful lake.
N56.08971 W129.3039 – Click on link to see Google Map
No hosts needed as this is just an overnight stop.
Hiking, swimming, nature viewing
Faith Reformed Church of Telkwa, 1170 Hwy 16, Smithers, BC
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