Location / Name: Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach, 268 Lakeshore Road, Boulder City, Nevada 89005 http://www.lakemeadrvvillage.com/boulder-beach (702) 293-2540
Date: 10/09 – 10/10/2016 (2 nights)
Lake Mead was not our initial destination after leaving Lee Vining, CA for our Yosemite visit. I had planned on staying west of Las Vegas at Fletcher View Campground, a USFS campground which has some electric sites. However, I didn’t get around to making reservations soon enough, and there was no room when I tried to reserve a site. I looked around for other places near Las Vegas, which was an appropriate travel distance distance for the day, and where my wife needed to pick up a prescription at CVS Pharmacy. I checked out a few commercial campgrounds in Vegas online, and didn’t really like anything I saw. When I expanded my search to east of Las Vegas, Lake Mead National Recreation Area showed up. It looked good, and although it made our day from California longer, it shortened the trip to Grand Canyon – a good thing since I needed to make sure we got to the walk-up-only campground on the Grand Canyon South Rim early. I called for reservations, and our destination was set. My reservation timing error for Fletcher View turned out to be a good thing. There was a CVS and an Albertson’s just a few miles from the RV park at Lake Mead, the park was nice, and the views from the site were awesome.
Lake Mead from Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach
Location / Name: Mono Vista RV Park, Lee Vining, CA
Date: 10/06-08/2016 (3 nights)
Yosemite National Park was one of the few items on my bucket list, especially after a few of my grandchildren visited it this past summer. Campsites within Yosemite are notoriously difficult to get. I had tried for some reservations earlier this year for when my grandchildren were going to be there, and all reservable sites within Yosemite Valley were gone within seconds of them opening up on the reservation system. Amazing. I was coming in from the northeast, so the Tioga Pass entrance was the logical choice, and Mono Vista RV Park was the only game at that end of the park which had electric. So Lee Vining, California became our destination for the three nights we had available to spend in the Yosemite vicinity.
California State Line – start of California State Route 182
Location / Name: Winnemucca RV Park, 5255 E Winnemucca Blvd, Winnemucca, NV 89445 775-623-4458 or 877-787-2755
Date: 10/05/2016 (1 night)
Winnemucca is a town in Nevada that just happened to be on the route from Boise to Yosemite National Park, and the right distance from Boise for an overnight stop.
Pull thru sites at Winnemucca RV Park
Ever since we before we got our first RV (a 36.5′ motorhome) and especially after we got our T@b travel trailer in late 2014 I had wanted to do a “big trip” out west, including basing at our daughter’s family’s home in Boise, ID. My wife was reluctant, and so far all the trips to see the “family out west” had been via airplane. This time it changed.
Yeah, I wanted to spend time like this, taking our accommodation with us. Rocky Mountain National Park at about 11,000′.
Location / Name: Cottonwood Campground, Willard Bay State Park, Perry, UT
Date: 08/30-31//2016 (2 nights)
The Cottonwood Campground, Willard Bay State Park, Perry, UT is a bit under 300 miles from Moab, so it was our next stop on our August 2016 trip to Boise. It was in the right location and had power for our air conditioning, so that became my target. I didn’t make reservations. When I checked on our last night in Moab I discovered that I couldn’t make next-day reservations, but checking the following day, 31 of 35 sites were available, so I figured a walk-up would be a safe bet. En route we decided to stay 2 nights instead of one so we’d have a chance to check out the neighborhood (40 miles north of Salt Lake City.) A check-in with our daughter, who was expecting us on Wednesday, cleared us to stay that extra day.
Sunset over Willard Bay at Willard Bay State Park
Location / Name: OK RV Park, 3310 Spanish Valley Trail, Moab, UT
Date: 08/27-29/2016 (3 nights)
Moab, UT is a town I wanted to visit on our trip so we could see Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and it was around my 300 mile travel day target from our prior stop in Granby, CO. I Googled for some campgrounds, and the location, price, and reviews for OK RV Park were on target. I didn’t make reservations before the start of our journey (although I had a reserved night that I didn’t use in Arches National Park – it was too hot to do without air conditioning), but I called from Stillwater Campground in Granby, CO on the 26th, and reserved 2 nights. My wife and I had decided we’d go for a bit longer day than originally planned and not move one day anyway – I was ready for a layover, and my wife was a bit under the weather. When we spent the first night and then the 28th in Canyonlands National Park, we decided to drop the Arches reservation. OK was able to accommodate us for an extra day, so we were here for 3 nights.,
Sunset at OK RV Park, Moab, UT
Location / Name: Stillwater Campground (USFS), Granby, CO
Date: 08/26/2016 (1 night)
Stillwater Campground is a US Forestry Service campground on Lake Granby, after you exit the Rocky Mountains National Park on US 34, our planned route. I wasn’t sure how far I’d travel the next day, but this positioned us nicely for a push on toward Moab, and made for a reasonable travel distance through the park so we could take our time enjoying the views. This was one of only 2 reservations I made prior to starting on our trip. A good thing, the campground was full when we arrived; not unexpected for the start of a weekend. This was our favorite campground, not only because it is a nice campground (which it is) but also because of the majestic surroundings.
T@b at Stillwater Campground, Grandby CO
Location / Name: The Prospect RV Park, Wheat Ridge, CO
Date: 08/25/2016 (1 night)
The Prospect RV Park, Wheat Ridge, CO showed up on a Google search for campgrounds in the vicinity of about 300 miles (328) from my prior stop on our August 2016 trip to Boise; prior stop being in Ellis, KS. It had good reviews, and was on the west side of Denver where I wanted to be, wasn’t too expensive, so that became my target. In retrospect I’m not sure I would do it again since I like more space than the parking-lot style commercial campground this turned out to be, but for an overnighter in the Denver area, it isn’t bad – clean bathrooms and friendly staff.
Apologies (again) – I didn’t get photos of this campground. Here’s a “morning after” picture of Colorado.
We reached an altitude of 12,090′ towing our T@b over US34 in Rocky Mountain National Park
Location / Name: Ellis Lakeside Campground, Ellis KS
Date: 08/24//2016 (1 night)
Ellis Lakeside Campground showed up on a Google search for campgrounds in the vicinity of about 300 miles from my prior stop on our August 2016 trip to Boise; prior stop being outside of Kansas City in Missouri. It had good reviews, so I decided to check it out. (Apologies, but I didn’t get any photos of this campground, so I’ll use a couple of “Kansas” photos until I can see what photos my wife may have.)
I discovered as I wrote this report that I had no photos of the campground, so I’ll put a couple of “Typical Kansas” photos instead.
Location / Name: Lake Jacomo Campground, Lee’s Summit, MO
Date: 08/23/2016 (1 night)
Lake Jacomo Campground was located by looking at Google Maps in an area around 300 miles from my prior planned stop, which was Rend Lake, IL. Reviews and price were OK, and additionally there was a relatively close CVS pharmacy where my wife could pick up a prescription she needed (our local CVS pharmacist forwarded it for us,) so we spent one night on our trip from Georgia to Boise.
Lake Jacomo Campground T@b at site #37