Don’t let Death Valley be the death of you

By Bob Difley When I was in the RV rental business a majority of our summer rental business came from Europe – Germany and England primarily. The Germans were especially interested in traveling to Death Valley and no amount of persuasion could dissuade them from visiting – even advising them that travel in Death Valley voided their insurance because of... Read More

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... Read More

Visit one of the West’s earliest buildings still in use

Mission San Xavier del Bac By Bob Difley If you are a history buff, you know that in the Western states, unlike along the eastern seaboard or New England, you don’t see many historic sites chronicling European exploration with dates in the early 1500s, 1600s and early 1700s, when the Europeans were settling what would eventually become the United States... Read More

Heading “Out West”? Don’t miss these BLM gems!

Russ and Tiña De Maris The Weather Channel once published a photo-heavy feature called, “Most Amazing Hidden Gems in Every State.” Included in the lot were four “gems” under the watch-care of the Bureau of Land Management, all of them Out West. California: Black Sands Beach (Humbolt County) Here’s an amazing “off the beaten track” feature you’ll want to visit.... Read More

A visit to Annie Oakley’s grave

Old West sharpshooter Annie Oakley was born just north of Greenville, Ohio, and lived her final days there. She’s buried alongside her husband Frank Butler in Brock cemetery, a short drive north of town just off U.S. route 127. RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury visited there and recorded this video, revealing his special “connection” with Annie. Besides her fame as a... Read More

It’s a great time to visit “the Grand Canyon of the Mojave”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Looking for a place that’s off the beaten track, offers amazing desert wildlife views, yet still has a year-round river? Before summer (and the heat) arrives, consider a trip to California’s Afton Canyon. East of Barstow, the Bureau of Land Management oversees an amazing chunk of public land that offers a little bit of... Read More

Boondock near the highest summit in the Lower 48

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It’s a mountain with an interesting history – and a debatable altitude. The first recorded ascent of this highest peak in the contiguous United States was made by a group – not of mountain climbers – but fishermen. Charles Begole, A.H. Johnson and John Lucas tossed away their fishing poles, made the climb and... Read More

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... Read More