Searching for evidence of prehistoric hunters and gatherers

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, We’re headed to the deserts for the winter right after New Year’s Day and were told by another RVer that it was possible to find signs of the existence of prehistoric Native Americans in places not protected (such as in National Parks and monuments). We thought it would... Read More

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... Read More

National Parks announce free entrance days for 2018

  The National Park Service announced today that the public will be invited to experience all national parks, without entrance fees, on four days in 2018. The four entrance fee-free days for 2018 will be: January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day April 21 – First Day of National Park Week September 22 – National Public Lands Day November 11 – Veterans Day “National... Read More

Rusty’s RV Ranch will keep you in the dark – perfect for stargazing

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Visit a truly dark sky location in southwest New Mexico. If you own an RV, and a telescope, you must visit Rusty’s RV Ranch, a Bortle 2, “truly dark sky” location. This park is located in the boot heel of New Mexico, at GPS coordinates N 31*55’43.30 W 109*02’10.02, or address 854 State Highway... Read More

National parks: Did you make your reservation?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Some say America’s national parks are more than beloved – they’re being “loved to death.” The popularity of some parks makes for more than just irritable bears – irritable visitors have become the order of the day as parking spaces are scarce, and the so-called solitude of many parks gives way to shoulder-to-shoulder crowds... Read More

Heading to the desert? Read these tips

By Bob Difley If you are planning to head south to the deserts this winter for the first time, here are a few tips to help make your winter escape comfortable, safe and stress-free. • Add a few desert guidebooks to your library, such as Southwest Camping Destinations by Mike and Terri Church, an excellent guide to the RV resorts, campgrounds and... Read More

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... Read More

Apples, arts and autumn leaves – the beauty of Appalachia

  Fall is an extraordinary time to explore Appalachia’s Tennessee River Valley. When the hardwoods of the mountains produce the classic hues of autumn, and the skies take on a cerulean blue, the people of Appalachia know it is time to celebrate the harvest and the traditions of their agrarian heritage. Harvest traditions include picking apples and making cider. Apple trees... Read More

How well do you know Yosemite National Park?

Courtesy U.S. Department of Interior Waterfalls, towering granite monoliths, deep valleys and ancient giant sequoias – that’s Yosemite. On October 1, 1890, Yosemite became a national park, and more than 125 years later, it’s still wowing visitors. Here are a few facts you might not know. 1. Yosemite is the nation’s third national park, but it sparked the idea of... Read More

More venues for great outdoor photography

By Russ and Tiña De Maris When you’re home from your RV adventures, there’s nothing like looking back and pondering your travels with pleasure. And a great thing to increase your “ponder factor” is having good photos from your adventures. For many RVers, one thing leads to another – the RV adventure leads to the “photo” bug. Racking out your... Read More