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Old 12-01-2014, 09:19 PM   #1
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Suggested Campgrounds out West

We are going from Florida out west. We are looking at campgrounds in these areas.
Around Mt. Rushmore
Little Big Horn
Yellowstone
Salt Lake City, Ut
Grand Canyon
The Four Corners
Around Albuquerque, NM
Dallas, TX

I'm trying to wing it. I know where we want to go but I want to be flexible. I'm looking for nice campgrounds with at least water and electric. Also I'm trying to figure out how important reservations are in these areas.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:35 AM   #2
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We toured the U.S. South west recently. We stayed at the Cortez, CO KOA and found it to be very nice. It is spacious and the Internet is very good. This is not far from the four corners. We also drove to Telluride from there as a day trip and was it ever beautiful!

As for Yellowstone, we ere there two years ago and stayed in the park at Fishing Bridge. Talk about being shoe-horned in! We could not open our awning as the neighbouring unit was too close!

I hope this helps.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:48 AM   #3
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We make the run from Dallas Eastward a lot, so I can help that way... we've stayed at all these, so can recommend them.. they are wife-approved!

What are you looking for,
on I-10 or I-20 ?
just "sleep stopovers and go" with just basics?
or stay a day or two in a nice park ?

I use all manner of look ups when going to a new area,
google, google maps, but have found a few users that match our values on http://www.campgroundreviews.com/ I saw how they rated parks we've been to and they matched

North of Nawlins is a nice state park -->
http://www.reserveamerica.com/campin...&parkId=240011

On I-10 in 'Losing-Annie' --> http://www.cajunpalms.com/ (will be there 12-11 thru 12-14!)

For stopover just west of Shreveport http://www.campingfriend.com/misselliesrvpark/ can be loud right off I-20 on the service road, but easy on and off for a quick getaway

nicer - Tall Pines in Shreveport - now KOA --> https://www.google.com/search?q=koa+...3925ad1606c0,1

even nicer in canton, tx --> http://millcreekranchresort.com/

even nicer in grapevine, tx --> http://www.vineyardscampground.com/ (staying there Christmas week)

good luck and jealous of your trip !

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On our trip to hilton head and back used their trip planner which list all kinds of campgrounds around your trip path... gave mileage and time between them which really helped when we were hustling along...
but usually just called on the day of for that nights stay... and even found a nice little family run park South of Atlanta Georgia that had like 20 sites, but it was on their farm and just gee-or-geous !!!

http://www.goodsamclub.com/travel/freetriprouting/
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:07 AM   #4
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Beaver Lake Campground in Custer South Dakota was real nice. close to the state park, MT Rushmoor, and Crazy Horse
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:36 PM   #5
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What ever you do , do not take the trailer with you thru the needles highway, south of mt rushmore..alot of very small tunnels. a must to do by truck only. we stayed at a small private site just south of rushmore kinda on the way to crazy horse . do not remember the name. Koa's were way over priced.
Only place we found a bit full was fishing bridge in yellowstone. close sites but you are only sleeping there as the days are for touring. Alot of sites there are water only and maybe sewer , cause of the very old electrical system but if you have a good battery , you won't need power for just a few days.
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In Dallas, or just outside of Dallas in Grapevine, there is a nice City owned park: www.vineyardscampground.com

We stayed there for a week while visiting our son and enjoyed it totally.

Good luck with your trip.

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Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park just outside the West entrance is a great park, very clean and well kept; walking distance to a few restaurants and downtown shopping.
Rafter J Bar Ranch in Hill City, SD is one of the best around Mt Rushmore and the Black Hills (be sure to drive Needles Highway..just not with the camper)
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I took a picture of the Good Sam Map I'm using to route the trip. I like the map because I can set warnings for low bridges and tunnels.
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The trip will be a mix between staying over and passing through. The idea is to hit the major places I listed and cruise through the rest. I don't want to rush, if we like a place we stay if not we hit the road. I'm hoping to keep the driving days down to 8 hours max. I will have at least 30 days to make the trip possibly a little more.
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Dang - I'm even MORE jealous now seeing the map and 30 days !!!!
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