Randy Smischny 913 226-4550
Tour Washington DC Area, Baltimore Area, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ft McHenry National Monument, John Hopkins University, Annapolis State House, Annapolis National Cemetery, and the US Naval Academy.
Greenbelt National Park, 6565 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, MD
From I-95N/I-495N, take Exit 23 and turn left onto MD-201S/Kenilworth Ave. go .5mi and take Exit toward MD-193/Greenbelt Rd, arrive at destination on the right. $20/night; Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.
38.995840, -76.895172 – Click on link to see Google Map
Assateague is a 37mile long barrier island on the Atlantic Coast of Maryland and Virginia. The terrain is a mix of sand dunes, maritime forests and salt marshes. Two herds of wild horses inhabit the island. The horses are descended from late 17th century horses brought by colonists attempting to avoid livestock taxes. Activities are abundant on the island with crabbing and clamming and a long stretch of beach for swimming, kayaking and fishing. Tour the Island and Visitors Center, enjoy the quiet away from the city. Don’t pet the horses
Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD
From US-113N turn right onto Harrison Rd, go 2.6mi turn right onto MD-376E, go 2.8 mi turn right onto MD-611S, go 4.4 mi and turn right onto Campground Rd. $30/night for non-electric RV sites. Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.
38.237652, -75.138091 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit Chesapeake Arboretum, Big Woody’s-Great Bride, Clarke farms market, Whalers Wharf, Norfolk Naval Yard, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Mariners Museum, USS Monitor Center, US Army Transportation Museum, and Victory Arch. Bike/walk the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail.
Moose Lodge, 1400 George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake, VA
From US-158W, take Exit 2 and turn Left onto US-13/Military Hwy, go 2.8 mi turn right toward Canal Dr, go .9 mi turn right onto George Washington Hwy N, go .4 mi and arrive at the Moose Lodge on the left. Donations.
N36.79102, W76.33117 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit the Bodie Island and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Tour Kitty Hawk and the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Celebrate our Elizabethan Heritage with visits to the Lost Colony, Roanoke Island Festival Park. Travel to the village of Rodanthe to visits the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, one of the most complete sites of all remaining life-saving stations in the US.
Oregon Inlet Campground, Nags Head, NC
From US-64 Bypass E, take slight Right onto S Virginia Dare Trail, go .1mi turn Right onto NC 12 S/Cape Hatteras National Park Rd, go 8mi, turn Left to arrive at Oregon Inlet Campground. $28/night for non-electric RV sites, $35/night for electric. Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.
N35.79909, W75.54477 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit New Bern where the British Governor Tryon lived in the 1770’s and where Pepsi Cola was invented in 1898. Drive to Beaufort walk and/or sail the Bogue Sound and visit the NC Maritime Museum. Tour Ft. Macon, one of many old forts along the Atlantic Ocean dating back to 1794. Explore the Cedar Point Tideland Trail in the NF and enjoy the beaches and restaurants on nearby islands.
Cedar Point Campground, 391 VFW Rd, Cedar Point, NC
From NC-24E that the Exit toward Camp Lejeune/Morehead City, go 21mi and turn Left onto Old NC-58N, go .8mi and turn Left onto VFW Rd, go .5mi and turn Left onto Croatan Forest Rd, go .7mi and turn Left to stay on Croatan Forest Rd, then slight Left to continue on Croatan Forest Rd, then turn Right to stay on Croatan Forest Rd, arrive at Cedar Point Campground. All campsites have electric with a fee of $20/night and a $7/day electrical surcharge. Senior pass discount applies. RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AT RECREATION.GOV.
N34.69334, W77.08232 – Click on link to see Google Map
Greg Smith 928 846-5921
Take a trolley ride through the downtown Historic District, then explore the river walk along the Cape Fear River and the Saturday Market and the vibrant shopping streets. Visit the battleship USS North Carolina, a huge floating relic of World War II. Take a tour of Bellamy Mansion, built in 1861, a most spectacular example of antebellum architecture, and Poplar Grove, one of the country’s oldest peanut plantations. A boat tour of Cape Fear River offers a view of the city. Visit Fort Fisher and the pier at Carolina Beach.
Moose Lodge, 4610 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC
From US-17 N/US-17 BUS N/US-76 E, take the Exit to State Port, go .2mi and take slight Right onto S Front St, go .8mi continue straight onto Carolina Beach Rd, go 4.3mi and arrive at Moose Lodge on the Right.
N34.15726, W77.91154 – Click on link to see Google Map
Jim Osterlund 316 519-4866
Murrell’s Inlet is just a short drive to Myrtle Beach, where you can take a stroll on the boardwalk and beach and have lunch at Duffy’s – where the house band for several years was Alabama. There is plenty of great shopping and activities at Broadway at the Beach, Tanger Outlets and the nearby Malls. Visit the Huntington Beach State Park and the nearby Brookgreen Gardens, a unique combination of botanical gardens with outdoor sculptures and exhibits of wild animals. Take a boat tour or kayak the intercostal waterways or salt marsh.
The Beaver Bar, 3534 US-17 BUS, Murrell’s Inlet, SC
From US-17N, turn right onto Carson Ave, go .3mi turn right onto US-17 BUS S, arrive at Beaver bar on the right.
N33.57151, W79.02675 – Click on link to see Google Map
Mary Kevin Welch 301 643-4453
Start with a trip to the Visitors Center for a movie on Charleston and pickup event brochures, then continue to the City Market. Take a tour of the Tea Planation and visit the Angel Oak tree, estimated to be 500 years old and stands 66 ft tall and 28 ft in circumference. Take a self-guided walking tour of the Battery District of Old Charleston, including Saint Michael’s Church (built 1752-1761), the Old Post Office (1896) and the seawall with a view of Fort Sumter at the mouth of the bay. Board the ferry at Patriots Point for a tour around the harbor on the way to the Fort Sumter, where the first shots were fired starting the Civil War.
Elks Lodge, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC
From I-95 N, take Exit 33 and keep Left follow signs for US-17N, go 56mi use the left 2 lanes to turn Left onto SC-7N/Sam Rittenberg Blvd, go 3.4mi, turn Right onto Gamecock Ave, turn Left onto Frontage Rd, arrive at Elks Lodge on the Right.
N32.82459, W79.98999 – Click on link to see Google Map
Sharon Lea 513 253-8186
Take either a trolley tour or free walking tour of the historical downtown area. Eat lunch at the several restaurants in the downtown area such as Mrs. Wiley’s. Spend the day on the beach at Tybee Island and climb the steps to the top of the lighthouse. Tour Fort Pulaski National Monument and Bonaventure Cemetery. Kayaking and bike trails are also available.
Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd, Savannah, GA
From I-95 N, take Exit 94 and turn Right onto GA-204 toward Savannah, go 8.2mi turn left onto Largo Dr, go .5mi turn right onto Wilshire Blvd, go .6mi and arrive at Elks Lodge on the right.
N31.98386, W81.13718 – Click on link to see Google Map
Arlene Teague; 828 443-0279 and co-host Jim Osterlund 316 519-4866
Visit Kingsley Plantation, the oldest(1790s) and best-preserved plantation site in Florida. Bike the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail and walk the Jacksonville Beach Pier. Many hiking options such as the Timucuan Preserve and Talbot Island State Park. Drive to St. Augustine to tour the Castillo De San Marco Fort (built by the Spanish in the 1600s), the lighthouse, and the Fountain of Youth.
Faith United Methodist Church, 4000 Spring Park Rd, Jacksonville, FL
Take Exit 347 form I-95 N. Turn Right onto US-1 Alt N/Emerson St, go .2 mi turn Right onto Spring Park Rd, go .6 mi and arrive at Faith United Methodist Church. Parking here is by special arrangements; therefore no early arrivals are permitted. $20/night for FHU and $5/night for dry camping.
N30.28441, W81.62125 – Click on link to see Google Map
Diana Tolerico 602-206-2441
Mount Whitney, Movie Museum, hikes to arches in Alabama Hills, Manzanar Internment Camp
Tuttle Creek Campground , $4 with senior pass
3 miles west of Lone Pine on Whitney Portal Road; 1.5 miles south on Horseshoe Meadow Road; west on winding dirt road. Tables, toilets, campfires, no drinking water, dump $5. Elev 5120’
36.56663, -118.12364 – Click on link to see Google Map
Diana Tolerico 602-206-2441
South Lake, Lake Sabrina, North Lake, petroglyphs, Bristlecone Pines, and no visit to Bishop is complete without a visit to Schat’s Bakery
Horton Creek Campground, $4 with senior pass
BLM, 8.5 miles NW of Bishop on US 395, west on Sawmill Road; and then 3 miles west on Round Valley Road. 49 sites with pull throughs, tables, pit toilets, campfires, no drinking water. Elev. 4975’
37.39403, -118.57437 – Click on link to see Google Map
Paul Tracy 518 852-2445 and Judy Mathews 586 536-0660
Visit Lake Tahoe for hiking, kayaking and sightseeing. Go swimming at Sand Harbor. Visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Nevada State Museum. Visit the Nevada State Capitol Building, the Bowers Mansion Museum and the Governor’s Museum. Take a tour of the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory. Side trips to Reno, Virginia City and Comstock
Minden/Tahoe Airport, 1146 Airport Road, Minden, NV 89423
Use address or GPS Coordinates. $10/night dry-camping. Public restroom available.
39.173466, -119.744102 – Click on link to see Google Map
Barb Soumis 715 460-2981 and Mike Flanagan 309 428-9821
Hike Biz Johnson Trail, visit Susanville Ranch Park, visit the Lassen Historical Museum, and catch a movie at the Sierra Theater.
Merrill Campground (Eagle Lake)
From Susanville head west out of town on Hwy 36, 4 miles out turn right onto County Road A1 (Eagle Lake Rd.),
From Old Station head east on Hwy 44 approximately 63 miles turn right on County Road A1 (Eagle Lake Rd.), follow this road for 12 miles and follow the signs to the campground. Sites 57-90 are designated dry camping, $10/night w/senior pass; sites 27-56 have water and electric for $20/night w/senior pass. Water is available free; dump $5.
40.548386, -120.812046 – Click on link to see Google Map
Pam Haberoth 817 999-6514 and co-host Kathy Bartkowski 602 501-7004
Visit Lassen Volcanic National Park for hiking, Ranger-led programs, kayaking, swimming.
Old Station: Bogard Trailhead Sno-Park (NF).
There are 22 paved level 70′ spaces with a pit toilet. There are facilities at the adjacent Recreation Area only a 100′ walk. The campground is located approximately 23 miles East of Old Station on SR-44 and approximately 29 miles West of Susanville. Head South at the turnoff to Bogard Recreation Area at MM 15, and proceed a short distance. The first right goes into the recreation area, the second right goes into the Sno-Park.
40.58487 -121.08974 – Click on link to see Google Map
Amy Marshall 775 537-5511; co-host Kathy Bartkowski 602 501-7004
Kayaking, hiking, living memorial sculpture garden, Mount Shasta
Ski Park Highway (NF), boondocking area.
No facilities. Free. 4 mi west of town on SR-89, turn north on Ski Park Hwy (paved rd for winter access to ski area. 1.5 mi ahead is a large parking area for the Mt. Shasta Nordic Center. This spot is level, and there is room for 6+ rigs. There is also a large level gravel storage area 2 miles in on the left. Good sun, open sky. Excellent Verizon. Frequent bear encounters. Great views of Mt. Shasta and the rolling blue hills in the other direction. Very quiet. Elev 5000′.
41.26902, -122.21494 – Click on link to see Google Map
Linda Schultz, 810 625-8095 and Don Stier, 928 205-8865
There is an 11-mile paved multi-use trail around Diamond Lake. There are many hiking trails, including a self-guided nature trail, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Mt. Thielsen Trail and Mt. Bailey Trail; and that doesn’t even take into consideration the Crater Lake National Park and all it has to offer. Go to the Steel Visitor Center and watch the park film, drive around the lake, attend a Ranger program, find the phantom ship, take lots of pictures, visit the Sinnott Overlook, swim, and fish or dangle your toes in some of the world’s purest water. There are several dog friendly trails in the park. Take the Ranger guided Trolley Tour around Crater Lake and the Ranger guided boat tour. Take a Ranger led hike.
Diamond Lake Campground, Idleyld Park, OR, (541) 498-2531
Drinking water, showers, garbage disposal, grey water waste sumps, dump station, picnic tables, fire rings. $16/night S/A ½ off; $22 for lakeshore sites; $21 for double site; $27 for double lakeshore.
43.15930, -122.13309 – Click on link to see Google Map
Jeannie Fox 610 360-4138
Hiking, kayaking, mountain road trips, four-wheeling, concerts, theater, farmers’ market, dancing, white water rafting. There are bazaars and bakeries and it’s a beautiful area to explore.
Wanoga Snow Play Area, Cascade Lake Highway, Bend, OR 97703
Cascade Lake Highway mile marker 14.6 on the south side. Vault toilets, large paved area, free.
43.98486 -121.54082 – Click on link to see Google Map
Lyndajoy Storer 828-808-3808 and Kathy Bartkowski 602-501-7004
This town provides easy access to the Willamette National Forest, the South Santiam River and a system of crystalline lakes. Hike lush trails to hidden waterfalls and drive along scenic byways past covered bridges and farms. Take in the cute little downtown of Sweet Home, catch a movie at the vintage cinema, and visit the living history museum. Take a day trip and a picnic lunch to Foster Lake; while you’re there do some hiking.
Elks Lodge #1972 Campground, 440 Osage St., Sweet Home, OR 97386, (541) 367-3559 (ask for Donna).
Be cautious upon arrival from the direction of West Hwy 20 to Osage St. The entrance on Osage is a very steep incline that could be hazardous with an overhang of over 2’. It’s best to take a right on First Ave. then turn right onto Nandina, then right onto Westwood St, then left back to Osage to avoid the steep incline. There are six sites with full hookups for $15/night, as well as ample space for dry camping at $10/night. This campground is only open to Elk members. The lodge is closed on Tuesdays. They offer an evening meal Wednesday through Saturday, as well as bar food. There is also an exercise room and sauna for our use. The host should contact the lodge a couple of weeks prior to arrival with an estimated number of campers.
44.400546, -122.746341 – Click on link to see Google Map
Dave Bloom, 805 708-4870 and Don Thull, 925 437-8857
Tillamook Cheese Factory, Blue Heron Cheese Factory, train ride to Bay City, scenic tour of lighthouses, Air Museum, kayak Nestucca River, farmers market in town, dancing and food at local bars, textile museum, Munsen Creek Water Falls, Forest Vendor.
Elks RV Park, 9105 Hwy. 101, Tillamook, OR
It is recommended that you make reservations as soon as possible. Call Park Hosts, Dixie & Harvey Reeves, for reservations at (503) 842-4200 or (503) 812-0354, after April 1 ask for Pat Burke. $10 dry, $25 full H/U. $10 dump. Showers and bathrooms available. Useable rec hall. Hwy 101, 5 miles South of Tillamook. 3/10 mile south of milepost 71 or 7/10 mile north of milepost 72, on east side of Hwy, Directional sign on west side of highway.
45.39034, -123.80297 – Click on link to see Google Map
Jeannie Fox 610 360-4138
Rent scooters in town and ride on beach, wonderful walking paths and beaches, sunset supper and breakfast specials in Casino dining room, often music in Casino bar, dances and meals at local Elks in town (check schedule upon arrival)
Quinault Casino, 78 Washington 115, Ocean Shores, WA 98569.
Go south on US 101 to Hoqiam, then right onto WA-109 for 18 miles. Then turn left onto SR-115. The Casino entrance is on the right in approximately 1 mile. When you reach the Casino, go to the very back of the parking lot to the left side for the entrance to the RV area. Check in at the Casino office.
Charlie Savior 562 221-2000
Take a day trip to Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the contiguous US, or the Hoh Rain Forest. The beaches near La Push are great for walking.
Elks Lodge#2524, Clyde Hampton Memorial RV Park, 941 Merchant Rd, Forks, WA 98331 (360) 374-2524
From the north on Hwy 101, turn left on Calawah Blvd. Turn left on Merchant Rd. Boondock in the large grassy field next to the Lodge. $10 dry camp, $20 with hookups. The host will need to contact Dean at the Elk’s Lodge a couple of weeks prior to our stay to let him know approximately how many RV’s there will be. The Clyde Hampton Memorial RV Park features 6 hook-ups that serve 12 “back-in” spaces. Each has water/power and there is a sewer dump on site. They do not take reservations; sites are “first-come first-serve” with self-registration near the front door.
47.961838, -124.372775 – Click on link to see Google Map
Leda Coughlin (248) 895-3706
Explore Olympic National Park; visit the Lavender Gardens, Port Angeles, Salt Creek Recreation Area, tidal pools and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Take a day trip on ferry to Victoria, BC. There is dancing on Sunday at the 21st Grange. There is a lot to see and do in this area.
Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Rd., Sequim, WA 98382 (360) 683-2763
101 West to Sequim or 101 north then east into Sequim.
The host needs to contact the lodge two weeks in advance with numbers.
48.095206, -123.098883 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
47.19441, -122.25911 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
46.53601, -121.77963 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
46.37295, -120.34127 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
46.211350, -119.011241 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
46.382104, -117.041910 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
47.74409, -116.80284 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
47.453260, -115.695519 – Click on link to see Google Map
Cindy Argauer, (406) 381-4440, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
46.8267907, -114.0723200 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
46.3911, -112.73654 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
45.5336374 -111.0150486 – Click on link to see Google Map
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
44.70629, -111.10081 – Click on link to see Google Map
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
43.619576, -110.668838 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
43.01763, -110.118261 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
40.984000, -109.591000 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
42.077686, -110.154307 – Click on link to see Google Map
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, email@example.com 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.
40.1797596, -110.4947430 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
37.860719, -112.439008 – Click on link to see Google Map
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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(ON YOUR WAY TO LETHBRIDGE, STOP IN NANTON AT THE BOMBER COMMAND MUSEUM, (403) 646-2270, OPEN 10-4 DAILY, $12)
Visit Fort Whoop-Up a replica of an original fur trading fort built in the late 1800s, where you can explore the history, cultures, and traditions of the communities that lived in the region in the time the original Fort Whoop-Up was built and operated. Get a small group (6) together and see if you can beat an Escape Room, there are several to choose from in Lethbridge. Take a side trip to Fort Macleod, the fort museum of the North West Mounted Police. And just 18 km north of Lethbridge you will find the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that interprets 6,000 years of buffalo-hunting practices of the Plains People.
Lethbridge Casino, free parking, 3756 2 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB
The casino has a mostly level parking lot. You need to check in at the Security desk with your vehicle license number, type of RV, phone number and how long you plan to stay. There is ample paved parking in the East lot, big rig friendly and pull through. Verizon signal is good here. There is a FasGas service station and convenience store at a nearby Tim Horton’s.
From Hwy 4 turn North on 43 Street, then left on 4th Ave. From Hwy 3 turn South on 43rd St, then right on 4th Ave.
Before you cross the border back into the good ole US of A, stop at the Milk River, AB Rest Area and Interpretive Center where you can temporarily park and take cars to the Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to see North America’s largest concentration of aboriginal rock art, pictographs and petroglyphs.
September 3, 2019 Border Crossing into U.S. at Coutts, AB
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Visit the Calgary Zoo, tickets start at $17. Eat dinner and enjoy the views at the top of the Calgary Tower, view the artworks and learn the local history at the Glenbow Museum, visit the Heritage Park Historical Village $10/general admission, walk the trails at Prince’s Island Park, visit Calgary’s first building at Fort Calgary. Walk or bicycle within the city. Get a group together and see if you can beat the deadline in an Escape Room – lots of fun, approximately $25/per person. Take a side trip to Cochrane to grab an ice cream cone at MacKay’s Ice Cream while meandering along the footpaths that line the Bow River as it passes through town.
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, free parking, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr., Calgary, AB
There is a 3 night limit at the casino. The Host should contact the casino in advance to confirm.
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Hiking, white water rafting, kayaking, scenery from glaciers to waterfalls, and unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities are what you can expect from Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Take the Icefields Parkway 144 mile driving tour, soak in a hot springs, and ride in a gondola. Take a side trip to the Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.
From junction PH-93 and TCH-1, go 5 mile southeast on TCH-1 to “Overflow Camping” sign on right.
Large level gravel lot (some paved). Boon docking. Pit toilet, trash bin. $10.80/night, self-register/pay kiosk. No posted stay limit. Easy access. Some highway noise at night and noise early am from trucks pulling out. Room for many RVs any size, good solar, good Verizon signal.
You will need to purchase a Canada National Parks Pass for $45 (US) when entering Banff National Park.
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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.
54.637373, -118.683261 – Click on link to see Google Map