the dyrt
Colette K.
Las Vegas, NV
Joined September 2016
Long time camper, since I was a 10 yr old Girl Scout. Enjoy tenting, RVing, and now travel trailer camping. Life is good!!
Hemenway Harbor

Technically, there is no "campground" here at Hemenway Harbor, but you can camp overnight along the shoreline, within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  Primitive camping in areas accessible only by boat is allowed in all areas except for those marked with "no camping" signs.  There is a full service marina & store for all your needs.  Cell service too!

Boulder Campground Lake Mead RV Village

For camping at Lake Mead, this is as good as it gets!  Full hook-up sites with concrete slabs, picnic table, views of Lake Mead, and cell service too!  There are also manufactured/mobile homes with full-time residency, but the residents are very quiet and welcoming to visitors.  Lots to do in the area with biking/hiking trails and scenic overlooks in the near vicinity.

Las Vegas Bay Campground at Lake Mead Nat'l Recreation Area

The best parts of this campground is that there is cell service, restrooms, and an RV dump station. It's a very dry and sad campground, with no view of the lake as it has receded too far with the low lake levels. It used to be a convenient place to camp close to the Las Vegas Bay Marina. The marina is now closed to docking, but there is dry storage for watercraft. There are also day use facilities: Shaded picnic areas and public restroom. For a campground that doesn't remind you of a ghost town, try Boulder Beach Campground, just south of here.

Road Runner RV Park, Las Vegas, NV

Daily, weekly, monthly rates.  Allows older RVs. No shade structures or picnic tables.  Pool & spa, laundry, restrooms, and mail service.  Easy access to downtown Las Vegas and nearby major shopping centers, casinos, and restaurants.

Duck Creek RV Park & Resort

Very clean & popular with asphalt roadways, newer RVs, long-term & short-term stays, store, restrooms with showers, pool & spa, and dog park.  Easy access to downtown Las Vegas and nearby major shopping and casinos.

Desert Sands RV Resort

Many older RV's with long-term stays.  However, it is an interesting old place… with Pittman General Store & Café, pool with outside walls, full hook-ups, laundry, mail service, security, and adults only.  Easy access to downtown Las Vegas, with nearby shopping malls and casinos.

Arizona Charlie's on Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV

Full hook-up RV park, with no shade structures and no picnic tables.  Guests may use hotel amenities including pool.  Arizona Charlie's is a popular local hotel & casino, with easy access to downtown Las Vegas and nearby major thoroughfares.

Eagle Ridge Group Campground, Prescott, AZ

Eagle Ridge Group Campground is located within walking distance of Lynx Lake Recreation Area. At the lake, there is no swimming, but you may fish and use water craft. North Shore and South Shore areas each require a $5 per vehicle day use fee, but it is free to walk in.

There are two group sites: Osprey can accommodate 25-75 people; Peregrine can accommodate 15-25. There are covered picnic table areas, fire rings, areas for tents, vault restrooms, water on taps. Be sure to make a reservation for one or both sites, depending on your group's size.

Lynx Campground, Prescott, AZ

Very busy and popular US Forest Service campground, conveniently located near Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ. All sites are reserved, no first come first serve (only open if there's no reservation). A bit lower in elevation than nearby Hilltop Campground, with less tall pines. Clean sites, picnic tables, fire rings, water on taps, and cell service. Nearby Lynx Lake is a very popular day use recreation area. Shopping and restaurants are abundant and all within a few miles.

Hilltop Campground, Prescott, AZ

US Forest Service campground, conveniently located near Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ. Only Loop A is first come, first serve. Hosts are very busy in their golf carts, keeping their eye on everything and everyone. Restrooms are vault, but super smelly and disgusting (at least the one by our site #4). Sites are tidy, with picnic tables and fire rings. Campground has water on taps, and there is cell service. Nearby Lynx Lake is a very popular day use recreation area. Shopping and restaurants are abundant and all within a few miles.

Urban camping on Mission Bay, CA

This legendary campground is located on the shores of Mission Bay, in beautiful San Diego, CA. Children who came here in the 1960's with their families, later came with their children, who are now bringing their children! You'll hear many stories of how several generations have made lasting and cherished memories at this family-friendly guard-gated camping compound!

My first visit to Campland on the Bay was in 1993, and they have continually improved their facilities and amenities to stay modern and appealing to campers of all ages. As a parent, there is peace of mind that your child can explore, play, and make new friends all within the security of the park. As an active adult, there's never a dull moment with all there is to do…

Campland on the Bay has a general store, cafe/grill, park area with stage and fun scheduled events for all ages, pool, spa, playground, arcade, skateboard park, fitness room, laundry, bike rentals, restroom and shower facilities, bon fires on the beach, and marina with boat and water-craft rentals. I'm sure I am forgetting lots more!

Campland on the Bay is a one-stop family vacation destination! 5 stars + more!

Panguitch Lake Adventure Resort

Something for everyone with this resort campground! We were interested in it for its full hook-up RV area, but you can rent or buy cabins, ride horses, rent boats, off-road vehicles, go fishing, hiking, exporing, or just relax and enjoy the views of Panguitch Lake. There is even an area for special events, such as weddings, family reunions, or parties. Great place to visit if you don't mind spending the money.

Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town (at Boulder Hwy)

For a casino campground, you can't beat this one. It's greatest attraction is that you are within walking distance of Sam's Town Hotel & Casino, which is a great local place with movie theaters, large selection of dining options (sit down restaurants & fast food), gorgeous 10-story indoor atrium with the Mystic Falls Laser Light Show, and of course gaming. As for the KOA, there's a pool, showers, laundry facility, full hook-ups, propane refills, Wi-Fi, cable, clubhouse, general store, pet park with bench & shade, and a Wal-mart right across the street (with a fairly large RV supply section).

It should be noted that Sam's Town KOA has 2 locations:  5225 Boulder Highway (which is discussed in this review).  And… 4040 S. Nellis Blvd (which is very much inferior).  Beware of your location when booking reservations!!

First to Review
Panguitch Lake Campground, UT

Ranger Review: OOFOS Sandals at Panguitch Lake Campground (north side), UT


North side: We really enjoyed this area of the campground, with its paved camp road, clean sites, tall pines, dark night skies, and enjoyable/audible location near Panguitch Creek in the ravine below. Friendly hosts, clean and well-stocked restrooms, water on taps, fire pits, picnic tables, and plenty of space between sites. Because the campground was so nice, the campers were happy and neighborly too. Panguitch Lake is not close enough to walk to, but there are elevated lake views from the sites in the northeastern area of the campground. Panguitch Lake is fun for kayaking, boating, and fishing. 5 stars (north side only)

Here is a brief video of the area near our campsite:

South side: Better for tent camping; however, there were plenty of RV's squeezed into the tiny sites in this area of the campground. The south side campground road is packed dirt, the sites are uneven and crowded, and all are fairly close to the road (noisy). There are restrooms and water on taps. 2 stars (south side only)


As a ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time. While camping at Panguitch Lake Campground, we tested OOFOS Sandals (Women's OOLaLa & Men's OOriginal Sport)

I LOVE these sandals! I wore them around the house for about 3 weeks prior to camping, and I already was getting significant relief from plantar fasciitis and sore knees. To wear them camping, over rocky surfaces and all throughout the campground was a pure delight! Their design and shape are very unique… soft/thick foam (but not too bouncy), great arch support, dip in the heal (like 1970's Earth shoes), all of which give your feet and legs a wonderful, relieving experience. I've continued to wear them at home and will be adding more to my collection!! 5 stars, for sure!!

Here I am modeling them at the campground:

My fiance ditto'd everything I said, of course ;-)

In summary, this was one of our best camping trips (5 days, 4 nights). The campground was peaceful, weather was perfect, fishing was great, and our sandals made our feet very happy!!

Cedar Breaks / Point Supreme Campground

For a National Park Service Campground, this one leaves much to be desired. There are no views of Cedar Breaks; however, there are concrete (wheelchair-friendly) walking paths all over the area, in and out of the campground, across the street to the look-out views, and all along the rim. There are signs near Cedar Breaks that the area was developed in the 1930's by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), which may explain the funky campground. The actual campsites are strange, many are narrow, uneven, or just along side the campground road. Picnic tables, water on taps, and restrooms with showers.

First to Review
White Bridge, near Panguitch Lake, UT

The most attractive feature of this campground is the little white-railed "bridge" over Panguitch Creek that you must cross over when entering the campground. This is a US Forest Service campground in the Dixie National Forest, so accommodations are expected to be sparse. There are clean restrooms, water on taps, very convenient dump station, and very close-together & small sites along a narrow camp roadway. Lots of fun things to do in the area, fishing, boating, off-roading, hiking, and site seeing.

First to Review
Panguitch, UT KOA

This is a super family-friendly campground and with so many "camping" options! There are full hook-up RV sites, cabins, and pre-assembled tent structures in various sizes. Amenities include: Swimming pool, playground, dog park, laundry, restrooms with showers, and Wi-Fi. It's a little close to the main street of the town, but that makes it easy to find!

Closed, so it gets one star...

Cottonwood Cove Upper Campground is closed due to flood study.

Cottonwood Cove Lower Campground is open, and a full review has been provided:

Cottonwood Cove Lower Campground, near Lake Mohave, NV

Cottonwood Cove Lower Campground, near Lake Mohave, NV

Ranger Review: Midland X-Talker Two-way Radios at Cottonwood Cove Lower Campground, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, NV


Cottonwood Cove Lower Campground is located 14 miles east of Searchlight, NV, on the shores of Lake Mohave. The decent into Cottonwood Cove is quite dramatic (about 2900 ft), for which the roadside cactus can attest, as the types of cacti change even with the slightest elevation change.

The "lower" in Cottonwood Cove Lower Campground's name characterizes it's lower elevation compared to the "upper" campground, which naturally has higher elevation.

Cottonwood Cove Lower Campground is included in Lake Mead National Recreation Area campgrounds, and keeping with their custom, all sites are first come first serve. The Cottonwood Cove area has low elevation, at about 650 feet above sea level, which means it gets very hot during the late spring, summer, and early fall months.

Only a few of the 45 sites have shady cottonwood trees, and there are only uncovered picnic tables, so come prepared with a shade canopy for much needed relief! There are beautiful views of Lake Mohave, three very clean restroom buildings (no showers), water on taps, and fire rings at every site. There is an RV dump station located near the entrance to the Upper Campground (although the Upper Campground is closed).

The Lower Campground is situated behind a hill, which obstructs cell service. Walking only a short distance to the marina area, you'll find a strong 4G signal. The park service provides fee-based internet at the campground, but we didn't try it.

Cottonwood Cove has a full service boat marina, gas, motel, RV resort (with full hook-ups), watercraft rentals/supplies, sandy beach, and shaded picnic tables with BBQs.

Here's a drive-along tour of Cottonwood Cove Lower Campground:

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at this campground. It was a peaceful place, with jackrabbits, a couple of hungry ducks, many songbirds, and the stars at night were bright & beautiful. 4 stars (not 5 stars due to lack of provided shade).


As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time. While camping at Cottonwood Cove Lower Campground, we tested Midland X-Talker Two-way Radios (model T51).

Camping in an isolated area behind a large hill was the perfect place to review these radios. However, with the hill as an obstruction our range was limited. [Note: We also tried these radios at home, and our maximum range was 3 small neighborhood blocks. Perhaps to achieve the maximum range of "28 miles," you'd need to be on the open ocean on a calm day or out on a very flat prairie.]

Here's a video demonstration of the Midland X-Talker Two-way Radios:

As you can see in our review video, we compared the Midland radios with a very inexpensive set. Midland's quality is far superior.

The Midland's instruction booklet is easy to follow, buttons are easy to operate, radio is comfortable to hold, and the belt clip is very tight (exercise care unlatching to prevent breaking). And… the NOAA Weather Radio scan was our biggest surprise, as you'll see in this video:

The radios can be charged while positioned on the charging stand or via a charging cord plugged directly into the radio and to an electrical source (such as a portable power bank).

Overall, we are very impressed with the clear reception and convenience of the Midland X-Talker Two-way Radios. We are looking forward to using these radios during our future no-cell service camping, fishing, and hiking adventures. 5 stars

Virgin River Canyon Campground, Mohave County, AZ

Ranger Review: Renogy Tactical Water Microfilter at Virgin River Canyon Campground, Mohave County, AZ


Virgin River Canyon Campground is included in the Virgin River Recreational Area, located in Mohave County, AZ between Mesquite, NV and St George, UT. This is a low-budget BLM campground, with low-budget fees: $8.00/night and only $90/month. There is one bathroom facility, serving 77 campsites (all first-come, first-served). There is no electrical or waste dump hook ups, but the sites are level & paved, with fire rings, BBQ grills, and some shaded picnic tables. Drinking water is available, but inconveniently accessible.

At the Virgin River:

Views are very nice, and the area is notoriously windy, but luckily we had a wind-free morning for our product review! 3 Stars


As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time. While camping at Virgin River Canyon Campground, we tested the Renogy Tactical Water Microfilter (aka Renogy Outdoor Portable Water Filter).

Camping near the Virgin River was the perfect place to review this super handy, and potentially life-saving, piece of outdoor equipment. At first glance, the Virgin River looks like a swift current of muddy brown muck! With a closer look, that's exactly what it is! It's so thick with silt, it's hard to imagine any living creature drinking from this river. However…with a few quick pumps on the Renogy Tactical Water Microfilter, that's just what we did, lol!

We came prepared with a container for collecting the river water, and an empty bottle for filtered water collection. The container of river water was ladened with silt, but we could see in time the silt would settle. However, for the purposes of testing, we didn't wait!

With the weighted-end hose dipping into the brown river water, we immediately pumped CLEAN & CLEAR water into the water bottle. Astonished doesn't begin to describe our surprise! Then… we drank it! No boiling, no purifying tablets, no chemicals, no waiting, just straight from the Tactical Water Microfilter to our bellies. Believe it or not, the filtered river water tasted surprisingly pure! We are happy to report that hours later we felt great, with absolutely no gastrointestinal issues whatsoever!

We trust the Renogy brand, and we trusted its claim to remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (colibacilus & legionella) and 99.99% of protozosn cysts (such as Giadia and Cryptosporidium). It also filters particles and microorganisms down to a 0.1 micron level, and has a capacity of up to 792 gallons (3000 liters) with a fast flow rate of 600 ml per minute.

The Renogy Tactical Water Microfilter is made with durable aluminum, with a metal pumping shaft. It's compact (about 5.5"), lightweight (about .5 lb). The carbon filter is easy to remove, easy to back flush (to remove silt & dirt), and easy to replace when needed. A drawstring bag made of soft material is provided for good ventiventilation.

Here's a video of our review:

Overall, we are very impressed with Renogy's Tactical Water Microfilter. We are llooking forward to using it in the future! 5 Stars