Donna Backus (734) 476-3788
Adrienne Leibowitz (805) 458-2206
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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Jane Mailloux (503)703-1946
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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Andy Heal (217) 273-0066
Fishing, kayaking in Sheep Creek, hiking in the Ashley National Forest
Manns Campground, (435) 784-3445, $12/night. Willows Campground, (435) 784-3445, $12/night
From Flaming Gorge go south on the Hwy 191, then turn west on highway 44 to the Manns Campground entrance. Willows Campground is just up the road a bit.
40.923387, -109.714093 Manns
40.92333333, -109.7133333 Willows
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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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Dave Bloom, (805) 708-4870
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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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 the 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.
Hayden Lake Eagles Aerie, 1520 W. Wyoming Ave., Hayden Lake 83835.
Turn left from US 95 onto Wyoming Ave. and drive .7 mile to the lodge on your left. The parking is behind the lodge so continue to the stop sign and turn left, then left again through the gate and into the parking area. The camp host will direct you.
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Gwendolyn Toney, firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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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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.
Yakima Elks Lodge #318 Campground, (509) 697-6161, Selah, WA
Water, electric, 50 amp, dump station. There is a dress code at this Elks Lodge, collared shirts are required.
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Ranger led hikes, talks and fireside programs
Ohanapecosh Campground (360)569-2211, Mt. Rainier National Park.
Water, dump station, $20/night, SA pass applies. First come, first served, but you can reserve sites at www.recreation.gov.
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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.
Lakewood Elks Lodge #2388 Campground, (253) 588-2388, 6313 75th St W Lakewood, WA 98499
Some sites with hookups, some boondocking, dump station on site, $20/night.
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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
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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.
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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.
Ellen Rebitzke 916-316-3753
Fort Clatsop National Park offers guided kayak trips on the river, call (503) 861-4425 to make reservations and for more information. There are also interpretative events at the Fort; movies; a guided river walk; visitors center; and, surrounding area to learn how The Corps of Discovery lived in 1805-6. Fort Stevens: wreck of the Peter Iredale, beach walks, wild life viewing, WWII military installation, views of the mouth of the Columbia. Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center has the only items from The Corps of Discovery in this area; view of the mouth of the Columbia from the Washington side; north of Cape Disappointment is North Head Lighthouse open to public for tours; ship wreck. Seaside and Return of the Salt Makers: first person reenactment of the production of salt for The Corps of Discovery return trip. Astoria: farmers market on Sunday; Astoria Column; Columbia River Maritime Museum; Liberty Theater; Flavel House.
Public parking lot, 298-282 36th St., Astoria, OR
Turn North at the intersection of 36th Street and Highway 30 (Leif Erickson Dr.), then turn left into the parking lot. The lot is located next to Sea Lions of Astoria. There is a public restroom, but no other services. This parking lot is on the Columbia River with the Astoria Riverwalk and a train depot nearby.
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Pat Schumacher (503)660-5945
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.
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Co-host Pat Schumacher (503) 660-5945
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.
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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.
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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.
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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′.
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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.
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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.
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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
Gold Dust West Carson City Casino and RV Park, (877) 519-5567, 2171 East William Street.
At the south end of new US-395 (US 580) take US-50 west. Turn at the first left behind the casino follow road around the casino, a very large free lot on the east side. Follow semi signs for free pkg. Also a nice RV Park $23 full Hookups. Water, electric (50 amp), sewer, Wi-Fi, cable, laundry and showers.
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Visit Mono Lake State Park, Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, June Lake Loop, and Lundy Lake.
Free lot north of town
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Diana Tolerico 602-206-2441
Little Lakes Valley hike, Devil’s Postpile, Mammoth Lake, lots of natural hot springs, Convict Lake
Crowley Lake Campground, $4 with senior pass
37.57142, -118.76931 – 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’
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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’
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No hosts are necessary for this location.
Visit the local museums, and stock up on groceries before heading to Niland for the WINS Dance Rally. This is the last stop on the West/Northwest Circuit. We hope you have enjoyed your time on this circuit. Please address any comments or questions regarding this circuit to Lu Anne Frost (928) 205-0006, email@example.com. See you at the Dance Rally.Apple Valley Moose Lodge or Victorville Elks Lodge, or the Adelante City Park Campground; and there is also parking on the dirt road next to the Moose Lodge.
Apple Valley Moose Lodge or Victorville Elks Lodge (see directions & other information for GPS coordinates)
Apple Valley Moose Lodge: 34.499372, -117.184380
Victorville Elks Lodge: 34.506670, -117.296022
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