Emma A.


Seattle, WA

Joined November 2020

Incredible scenery on the Strait of Juan the Fuca

This campground is truly amazing!  The park sits on the Strait of Juan de Fuca with expansive views of the water, a rocky headlands, beautiful little coves, a long beach (near Salt Creek) and hiking trails as well.

We stayed in the more forested section by the water, a loop with several water-front sites with various degrees of tree coverage. Our site #53 had nice opening through the trees and great water views and was right above a lovely little cove. The three sites after 54-55-56 also had very nice views especially at sunrise. 

The shower house was closed for winter but there was one pit toilet on our loop and more bathrooms and showers on the larger open area where the big RVs stay.  Most sites at this campground have some water view. Just check the map to pick one when you reserve. I would say that even being the end of February the place was pretty busy with perhaps 70% occupancy. I hear is almost impossible to find a site in summer and people reserve many months ahead. Lots more information at http://www.clallam.net/Parks/SaltCreek.html

Camping on the beach!

Fort Flagler State Park is located at the northernmost end of Marrowstone Island and has some amazing beach camping sites. We were lucky to snatch one of the last waterfront sites for our van, site 107  a standard (no- hookups) one at the end of the beach front row which had a couple of trees nearby and offered some privacy but also had still nice water views and even its own little path to the beach. It was also pretty close to the bathroom but not too close. Sites 107-116 are beach front with various height of bushes in front of the water. The most open is 116.  Sites 116-108 are hook-up sites. Cell reception was good on AT&T

Bathrooms were cleaned but we did not see showers. I think there is a separate bathhouse that may be closed in the winter. We did not look for it.

Beautiful beaches on both sides of the long spit. We saw kite surfers and wind-surfers doing amazing stunts in the sunset. Breathtaking. You can also see the lights of Port Townsend, ferries passing by and the Olympics. Truly a spectacular place to camp!

Dispersed camping at Snopark on Forest Road 52 off Goat Creek Road

The name of this site should be corrected to Goat Creek. This is not a campground but rather a dispersed camping option near Mazama, WA on Forest Service Road. There is a large snopark (snopark permit with groomer sticker required) to park on the snopark but one can also pull out on the Forest Road. In summer lots of options. In Winter it depends on your vehicle when snow is present.

We had a Snopark permit and parked in the lot. Only another two campers and during the day snowmobile users park there for day use.

There is a USFS bathroom that was open, pretty clean and well stocked with TP. I think the MVTA must maintain it during the winter as a sign by USFS service said it was not maintained Oct-May.

No cell phone reception but lovely free camping option in the Methow close to Mazama.

Aproximate coordinates: 48.5806,-120.3726

Great winter camping option in the Leavenworth area!

We stayed here in February and used the campground as a home base for a XC ski trip. The winter camping area is in the South Campground in what is the summer-time day use area. Tents can set-up near the water in the trees. Vans and RV have to stay in the parking lot. We only had two other groups camping on a Thursday night. Apparently it gets busy even in winter during the week-end.  There was an open heated bathroom with shower and a warming hut with a woodstove (not on and no firewood) used by skiers. Views are awesome and access to groomed ski trail network was also right off your steps.  Decent AT&T cell reception.

Hard to beat the ski-out-of door experience!

This is a review for the Mount Baker Ski Area overnight parking area. The name above is less clear but could not change it. The ski are has set aside the area of the Bagley Lake trail head parking lot adjacent to the East Rock Bank for RVs and other vehicles to park overnight. A spot can be reserved online at https://www.roverpass.com/c/mt-baker-ski-area-bellingham-wa/ (25$ for occupied vehicles and $15 for un-occupied)

There are no hook-ups and recreational vehicles must be self-contained. No other overnight parking is allowed anywhere in the vicinities of the ski area (at least in winter).

Fires are allowed only in own fire-pits. Only facility is the forest service maintained outhouse on the south end of the parking lot. The lot itself will fill on week-end with resort skiers and other recreationists (back-country skiers, snowshoers heading to the Mount Baker backcountry. The views are amazing and access to resort and backcountry  skiing cannot be matched (there are no hotels at the resort).

Only cons for us was noise from other campers (we had a very rowdy group camped next to our van) and at 5:30 AM the groomer tractors started parading in the parking lot headed for the slopes so there was no sleep after that. Definitely not the wilderness camping experience but again the ski out of your door experience cannot be matched here!

A hidden gem in Idaho!

Bruneau Dunes State Park is a hidden gem in Idaho just 20 min off I-84 in Idaho not far from Boise. There is a small field of sand dunes in the park and the largest dune is the largest active dune structure in NorthAmerica. A couple of lakes and ponds are also found at the base of the dunes. There are 3 campgrounds in the park, one is an equestrian one. Only the outhouses are open in the winter and water and showers are turned off in winter but electrical hook ups are still available. Great views of the sand dunes from the campgrounds as well. Marginal cell reception with Verizon. Signal too weak for AT&T.

Pretty spot, minimal services

The goblin Valley Campground is located within goblin Valley State Park in Utah. This is pretty much in the middle of nowhere between Hanksville and Green River on a 12 miles off detour off Highway 24. The park itself provides access to a rare and bizarre landscape of rock formation some assembling goblins mushrooms and other spires which is pretty unique to the area. The campground is nestled on the edge of some of these rock for atto a in a really scenic location. Covered picnic tables fire rings we’re also provided and a paved driveway and tent pads were also provided. No water, electric hook-ups. However, despite a fairly steep price for a standard non-electric site ( $30) minimal facilities were offered. The bathrooms and showers were closed for the season (it was late December) ang there was only access to a pit toilet near the yurts a little walk away from the campsites. There were flushing toilets a couple of miles away at the visitor center and a at the major view point over the valley of goblins. no cell reception on either Verizon or AT&T.

Great location, minimal services

As many national Park campgrounds, the Freda campground in Capitol reef national Park was in a very scenic location. And historic settlement in the heart of the park with dears roaming around an incredible views of the stunning rock for missions of the park all around it. However being winter, the water was turned off except for the restrooms which were heated not had only cold water. No showers and the gray water disposal area for washing stages was also closed. Sewage drain was open near the dumpsters but the water was turned off.

Beautiful spot, difficult access in winter

We were planning on staying at this campground the night before but a ranger at the BLM visitor center in Escalante told us that the access road to the campground was likely not plowed and since we just had a major snowstorm we decided to stay in Escalante instead. The next day as the roads improved we drove by it and in fact the access road was not plowed and there was a steep downhill section to get into the campground. Didn’t really see the facilities, but saw it was a beautiful area in a canyon and it might be a really great spot to stay in the better weather. Noticed there was no cell reception for either Verizon or AT&T.

Great spot just 30 min away from Bryce Canyon NP

We stopped here on our way out of the Bryce area moving on to Escalante. This was one of the few open State Park campgrounds at this time of the year (December 2020). We did not stay here but paid the day use fee to see the park and use the facilities. It was snowing pretty heavily and visibility was low and colors pretty muted but still very pretty. The campground at the end of the road was open and so were very nice and clean bathrooms with flushing water and power. We used the restrooms to do some washing up and filling water dumpster to get rid of our trash. The water hose spigot was closed so had to fill from the bathroom sink. We also took a nice little hike on the Angel’s Palace trail. It would be really much more scenic with sunshine on the red rocks. No cell reception on either Verizon or AT&T

Great spot in Escalante town

We arrived here in a winter storm and were very happy to find an open RV park as most campgrounds and other RV parks were closed for the season. We did not need full-hook ups but we were asked to use the RV sites anyways (just not use the power, sewage connections) as the regular sites were not plowed. Lots of snow fell during the afternoon/evening but maintenance person plowed in the morning. Nice hot showers with nice hot pressure in laundry room. Wifi and excellent cell coverage on Verizon, spotty on AT&T. The little town of Escalante has several restaurants, a brew pub, a natural market and a general store. All restaurants were closed though except for Nemo drive-through which had good burgers food to go. A great place to anchor down in a winter storm.

Great dispersed camping spot near Bryce Canyon

We found this on The Dirt app and it was a great option. It is just a few minutes outside Bryce and there are a lot of pullouts off the main forest road 117. We saw some people camped when we scouted the place in the morning but by the time we came back after visiting Bryce in the late afternoon there was no one else anywhere around us. It may have had something to do with the fact that it was snowing heavily and a winter storm was on its way. We camped in our van and stayed cozy and warm until morning. There is an outhouse directly across from FR 117 highway on highway 12 that was open. Great cell signal for both AT&T and Verizon. Once again, great spot for dispersed van camping found on the app. Thanks!

Fantastic site on the shores of Lake Powell

We chose this site for the rare opportunity to camp right by the shores of Lake Powell. This is a large dispersed camping area managed by the national park system within the Glen Canyon national recreation area. There is a ton of space for vans RVs, vans, tents and many Outhouses spread out further back from the shore. Wide open beach to walk, hang out and have a campfire. Decent AT&T and Verizon cell reception. Stunning views at sunset and sunrise. Fantastic find!

Great option for shower and laubdry

We just stopped here to get a shower and laundry. The laundry room is open 24/7 with washers and driers teaming quarters and a machine that gives tokens for showers. $2 gives you two tokens for a 8 min shower. Seemed to last even longer. Clean and single family units. The campground store was closed because it was Christmas Day. Campground looked pretty nice and full hook-up as well as tent sites options but we moved on to a more scenic site further north on the shore of the lake.

Expensive parking lot!

This was the only place we could reserve and stay within Grand Canyon so we were thrilled to be able to get a reservation around Christmas time. The other campground (Mather) was first-come first-serve and we did not want to take our chances. This is truly an RV park. We did not need full-hook ups for our van but that was all that was available. 53 dollars plus taxes. No showers, no laundry. The services are normally available in the nearby market plaza village but all shut due to COVID presumably, despite restaurants and gift shops in the same area were open. This is a place for big rigs staying a while. Very few vans, massive RVs with big noisy generators so it may not be your cup of tea if you have a small van and seeking a more quiet experience. Nevertheless you can stay a few minutes walk from the rim of Grand Canyon. Can’t really beat the location while camping.

Awesome area for dispersed camping near Sedona

Took our van up the 525 forest road to a high point with great views towards the west Sedona mountains and the mountains on the SW near Cottonwood. Stayed two nights in the same site, just leaving our camp chairs to mark our spot. There were fire pit so we had a fire one night in an unseasonably warm evening in December. Great sunrises and sunsets. Cell reception was marginal on both Verizon and AT&T.

Nice option off I-40

This state park offers tent sites, RV with electrical/water and pull-through sites. In winter water was turned off at campsites but bathroom and showers were open. Trash and sewage dump also available. Just a couple of miles off I-40 which is both convenient and not very scenic. Great sunset though looking fish at the interstate. Homolovi archeological site to visit if you have time. Great cell reception both Verizon and AT&T

Scenic campsite on The Alcove Loop

The sand flats recreation area has nine loops. We stayed at the first one, called the Alcove which I believe is the highest elevation one and has the best views of all. We stayed at campsite number 7 which overlooked the sand flats area and it was very close to sandstone hill from which you could see Moab, the La Sal mountains and all the surrounding area. The campsite had picnic table and there is an open air toilet in the loop. Stunning views from the top of the hill all around.

Perfect place for R&R after it backpacking trip.

We spent one night here after a three day bikepacking trip and enjoyed all the amenities. Electricity, heated bathrooms and hot showers, laundry, Wi-Fi. Pretty much had it all. The RV sites were close to each other but due to Covid guests were spaced out. Being the middle of winter that was not really an issue. Plenty of space. Due to the winter season, camper sinks and bike washing station were closed. Still possible to get fill propane tanks and dump sewage.

Very scenic camp right outside canyonlands

We spent two nights here before a bikepacking trip in canyonlands. The sites were well developed with picnic tables and an open air toilet but at least at this time of the year there was no garbage collection and no water. The views were stunning at sunset and the location was great.