New system helps you snag popular campground spots

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Plenty of RVtravel.com readers have complained about the scarcity of overnight camping spaces, even in established RV parks. How about a show of hands of those of you who’ve had trouble getting a spot in something a little more “America the Beautiful,” say a campsite in Zion National Park? When the reservation site opens,…

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(Mis)Adventures with pull-throughs

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Is a pull-through site better than a back-in? Friends of ours asked us to stop in for a visit as we were migrating between the Pacific Northwest and Arizona. They must really like us a lot, as our thought was to stop and “do lunch” on the way through. Next thing we knew, they’d…

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Reader’s Digest list of the top RV parks in every state

by Deanna Tolliver Do you have a favorite RV park in the different states you travel through? What makes that a favorite park? You can compare notes with a recent article in Reader’s Digest. “The Best RV Parks in Every State” is in the online version of the magazine. The article doesn’t list the qualifications that earned a campground to…

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Web page makes finding British Columbia camping a snap

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many U.S. boondockers are familiar enough with some of the alternative sources of finding boondocking sites in the Lower 48. Forest Service maps and BLM-provided information can yield a wealth of spots to check out. But if you’re traveling north of the border and into Canada, things can get a little sketchy. If your…

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Nevada Highway 93 boondock jewel: Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge

By Russ and Tiña De Maris There are plenty of long and lonely stretches of road Out West. Traveling north out of Las Vegas on the 2-lane blacktop of US-93, things get pretty scary for an RVer. The voices on our tape dramas begin to loll one into a (dangerous) trance-like state. Oh, it’s time to be off the road and resting…

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Holiday weekends are coming – Plan ahead!

By Bob Difley Although we may quibble about the definitions of boondocking, blacktop boondocking, Walmart boondocking, and dry-camping, we’re talking about essentially the same thing – camping without hook-ups. It is where we do it that alters the definition. But wherever you do your boondocking, you most likely don’t look too far ahead, preferring to camp where your RV leads…

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Zion National Park campground opens as “reservations only”

In another sign of our crowded times, Zion National Park’s South Campground will open tomorrow (March 1, 2018) as a reservations-only campground. The Utah park previously kept some spaces available as first-come, first-served. But even then, in the busy season, RVers and other campers were in line at 5 a.m. hoping for a campsite. Zion is currently considering a policy…

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Wildlife Refuges – often National Park next-door neighbors

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers spend plenty of time on America’s public lands. National Parks are a natural. National Forests get plenty of visits. Many have discovered the Out West treasures managed by the Bureau of Land Management. But one part of your public lands sometimes gets neglected – Wildlife Refuges, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

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Couple “out of sync” for volunteer time commitment at NPS

Dear RV Shrink: My wife and I felt we needed to change things up a bit in our travel routine so we decided to try volunteering at the National Parks. I don’t really want to be a campground host and find some of the citizen science projects or trail maintenance more appealing. My wife likes to participate in the visitor…

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Mile-long lines at National Parks aren’t stopping visitors

Lines of cars more than a mile long with a wait time more than an hour greeted visitors to Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park last weekend. In 2017, Joshua Tree had 2.6 million visitors and this year that number is expected to climb. If you’ve recently visited a national park, you’re probably aware of how overcrowded they’ve become. Campgrounds are…

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RVing to the stars – McDonald Observatory, West Texas

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory RVing to the stars – Visiting an astronomical destination: McDonald Observatory I am starting another recurring theme with this article, so buckle up, buttercup. We are about to hit the road. All around this great country there are many wonderful destinations that include interesting astronomical-related features. Telescopes, Dark Sky sites, planetariums, museums and historical…

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