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Old 03-30-2016, 06:42 PM   #1
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My wife and I are going on our first long trip, leaving in May. We will be taking our two pups with us, a couple mini Australian Shepherds. My only real concern at this time is finding decent campsites to stay in. We are traveling from California to Kansas to visit family via southern U.S., and returning via northern U.S. Of course we will be making several stops at places such as Zion National Park, Mt Rushmore, etc.

We have Goodsam and just signed up for Passport America. I don't expect anyone to provide names of places to stay, but am looking for any advice on how to pick campgrounds that are friendly and clean (Goodsam book, website...)We will want either full hookups or at least W/E if only fo a night. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:14 PM   #2
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Zion River Resort is a MUST. It's our favorite.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:16 PM   #3
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My rv parks and reviews is a good place to start. I use them on a regular basis
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:20 PM   #4
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I'll look at both of those. Thanks!
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:16 AM   #5
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google and tripadvisor both have reviews for campsites that we have found really handy...
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:09 AM   #6
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During all my trips with a small dog finding a campground was not a problem. I used mostly the RV Parks review, Goodsam, and KOA to find a place to stay. The problem is going out to see the sites when the dogs are at home in the trailer. Some campers tie them up outside just to bark all day. Big NO NO at most places. I think it was only a couple who put is a pet area and in most cases it was close to a area where the dogs can run. Just be a good pet owner while walking the dogs (I hope I do not have to explain that) and you guys should have a great trip.
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Old 03-31-2016, 09:54 AM   #7
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Based on the number of campsites they have listed, I have used the following to locate, research and reserve.

recreation.gov and reserveamerica.com

I have been looking at additional resources but to date they seem to have the most info. My understanding is the reservation process is now run by active.com and some of their business policies irk me, and the cost per reservations is a $9 fee. They focus mostly on state and federal campgrounds. As you go through CO, plenty of weekdays that are open, weekends are generally already reserved for the timeframe you are looking at.

How far north are you going on your return trip? Northern CO (Rocky Mtn Park) or WYO (Yellowstone)?
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RVPARKY phone app. you can see what campgrounds are along your route. read reviews and call them for booking all while traveling.
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We took a trip in the fall of 2014 to the U.S. Southwest. We stayed in KOAs all the way and had no problems. Cannonville Utah KOA was very tight in terms of space. Cedar City Utah had just about the nicest KOA we have ever been in. We saw Zion NP from that location. Some things not to be missed on your trip: Bryce Canyon in Utah and Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona. Check out pictures of the latter to see why I refer to it as a bucket list place to see. Colorado is just stunning.
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