Hayley K.

Pro

Denver, CO

Joined July 2016

Former outdoor guide who loves traveling and exploring new and quiet places. Year round camper.

Great for overnight stop but noisy

I drive by this stop and intended to stay here for a night but the sites were all full. I parked for a few hours and had lunch and then headed into Valley of Fire for a hike. 

There are 7 legit sites but there were a lot of people that were just boondocked all around so it was hard to decipher who was with who and where. 

There are picnic tables and fire rings with an awning at each site that seemed well taken care of and the sites were big enough for pull throughs and tents. It was rocky though so bring a hammer or mallet for the stakes. 

I was told not to come here during bird hunting season as it is PACKED. But it is close to town, just outside of Valley of Fire so the views are gorgeous. And on wet years, you can see the lake in the distance. 

It was very noisy and I was hoping that was just because it was during the day. There were lots of big trucks driving by and since it is BLM there were atv's all about. 

Little known spot is nearby that is totally worth a visit is Roger's Spring. It is a beautiful little spring that you wouldn't even know was there if you weren't looking for it specifically, which adds to it's charm! I missed it the first 4 times I drove this route. I added pictures so you could see it. It is only about 20 mins down the road!

Great simple get away hike but camping is permit only

This area is owned by Clear Creek Open Space and they are currently in negotiations to gain more of the surrounding area. It is great for a hiking and picnic destination. We wanted to stay overnight so I reached out and got a permit for an overnight stay. 

From the parking area you will need to head down a beautiful little columbine lined trail to the water. There are ample spaces to pitch a tent or have a picnic. 

While we were there it was almost like we were far away from the city even though we were just in the foothills. I didn't hear one car or person other than our group. 

There aren't bathrooms, trash, or water so you will need to be prepared for that.

Free but busy

We had a great time staying for free at Rollins pass. We had a large group of bikers so we all hammock camped since there isn't much space for tents (lots of trees but not enough space to set up a tent). We were there for mtn biking and a show in Winter Park and it was an easy ride to and from town from the pass. There are lots of campers along the road since the top of the pass is the start of all the single track trails heading down into the town. 

I also stayed an extra night so I could leave early in the morning to hike James Peak and St. Mary's Glacier. It is easy access from here too. You will need to drive to the trailhead but it is less than a mile to the glacier and only a couple more miles to the peak. 

Even in Summer it is cold so be away and prepare yourself accordingly.

Super busy but great for dogs

This is a location that you only camp if you literally don't have any worries about being around people. It is ALWAYS packed due to the tons of hiking trails, huge dog park, and water access. 

I taught kayaking to little ones here and it was always a fight to get into the park, get to the water, and not get run over by boats and unexperienced (or entitled) people. 

The campground is well maintained but it sit really worth being able to be basically in a metropolitan city? For me I'll go somewhere more nature friendly and less crowded. 

BUT it is excellent for dogs. We love taking out dogs here because they can play in water, run their hearts out, and hang out with other dogs. It is pricey to get into the park though. $80 for a year pass to the state parks and another $25 for the dog park fees.

Great for fishing and hanging out

We had a large group here for a fishing intro trip and we were basically solo. We were able to hang around the water and have a safe camping space with ample space. There are tent pads and RV pull ins too. 

The bathrooms were well taken care of and the trash was picked up. There is a season for this campground so make sure it is open and it slightly snowed on us when we were out there in October.

Excellent for Group Camping

We stayed here as an after party for a wedding so it was the perfect spot for us to have a large group of people and multiple tent spots. There are tent pads and groomed areas for camping. The group sites are large and there are bathrooms provided in the group camp area. They are pit toilets but they were really well taken care of and the location was gorgeous. 

We didn't see another group there and we were there on a popular weekend (labor day). We were only 15 mins at most from Blackhawk so it was fun to go into town for an eventing to hang out at the casinos and get dinner.

This is a permanent residence park

This is a park for people who live in trailers and RV's that want to stay stationary for a while. You are not allowed to stay if you are staying for less than 5 days. It is for longer stays and is in the middle of Englewood which is busy and crowded. There isn't a nature feel at all in the area. You are right off a main road.

This is a permanent residence location

This is a mobile home park, which means that it is a stationary trailer park and some RV's have taken up permanent residence here and it isn't a location where you can pull into to camp for the night.

Only One Night Stay Allowed

This is an interesting spot to stay the night. It is right on the river and there are 1-5 sites with a playground, bathrooms, bbq pit, and a dump station. I'm not sure who takes care of this park but they have done a great job! 

It is not pet friendly so keep them on a leash and walk them off property.

It is a free site but you can only stay 1 night max. It is not for tents but it will fit RV's and campervans just fine. Maximum RV length is 35 feet.

The best thing about this site is that it is within walking distance of Three Barrel Brewing Company! Excellent beer and a legit pizza oven!

Easy access to sites and nice camp host

We stayed here on a trip between Pagosa Springs and Mesa Verde. It was a great stop as the campground is only $20 and it is only about 25 mins from Pagosa Springs so you can easily drive into the town and soak in the springs and then spend a semiquiet night in the trees. 

I say semi-quiet because it is right off the road but the sites go back deeper into the trees. 

But the bathrooms were super clean and the camp host is on top of people coming in a out and making sure the site is super clean.

It is right across from Chimney Rock National Monument so check that out too!

Ranger Review: Banner and Oak Hat at Bisti Badlands

This campground is more like a parking lot with extended canyons for camping. You can set up shop right on the outskirts of the parking lot on the flat ground or in the nearby canyons or turnoffs on the road to get the the parking lot. 

There is a pit toilet located there that is really well taken care of. There is also a picnic shelter for those super hot days when you are in need of shade. 

You can also backpack across the wilderness area as well. You will need to check the weather and supply extra water since there is not much shade and no water sources. 

For Hiking: We used Gaia GPS to pinpoint our coordinates to the "cool" spots and ended up getting detoured due to really cool formations all over the place. We were like moths to flames. It is such a cool spot and LOTS to see!

Gear review: Banner and Oak Freedom to Explore hat

Occasionally as a Ranger we get the opportunity to test out some gear from time to time. I got this hat for my partner and he wanted to test it out for a while before we reviewed it so we thought this was the perfect opportunity. You can find the hat here: https://bannerandoak.com/collections/hats/products/horizon-olive

This hat is extremely fashionable and comfortable. The color is a perfect Olive with black writing that says "Freedom To Explore". There is a mesh lining on the inner front of the hat that helps with sweat and heat. It also keeps you from getting a line across your forehead when removing the hat. He wore it all day and didn't take it off once for it being too loose or too tight. Even after a week fo wearing it everyday it didn't get that gross sweat smell that normal hats get. 

The back of the hat has a buckle closure instead of snaps so it lays nice on the back of your head and doesn't dig in.

Beautiful Campground and Scenery

Red Rock Canyon is absolutely stunning. There are vault toilets and some shaded areas but I would still to staying here in any season BUT Summer. 

There are individual sites and group sites and all reservations are done through reservations.org. 

The sites are rocky and surrounded with shrubs so there isn't much privacy. 

No sewage, electrical, or water hookups. But there is water at the visitor center just 2 miles up the road. There is a really cool exhibit about all the processes it took to create such a beautiful landscape that you should check out. 

There are ample hiking trails throughout the park. I was here on a weekday and it was still pretty busy so keep in mind that you will not be in solitude. Especially on the scenic road.

Ranger Review: Kuga Campervan at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

Campground Review: This lake is incredible! It is on the road to Cathedral Gorge State Park and filled with wildlife! We were there for the bird count and it took all day just to count the birds on the lake. 

There are fifteen lakeside campsites are available along Upper Pahranagat Lake. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They are free, but there is a donation box at the registration kiosk if you want to leave some support for the Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge reserved sites for our group participating in the bird count service project. So be aware that you might want to have a back up plan if the sites are full since there is no reservation channel.  Several of the sites can accommodate multiple tents, camping trailers, or RVs. No electrical, water or sewage facilities are available. There are vault toilets. 

Visitors may stay for a maximum of fourteen days within a 31 day period. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 7am. Generators are allowed, but if the generator is noisy it should be shut down overnight to respect other campers. Fires are allowed only in provided grills and fire pits. 

Non-motorized boats or boats with electric motors are permitted on Middle Marsh Unit and Lower Lake throughout the year, and on Upper Lake from February 1 through September 30. Upper Lake is closed to boating October 1-January 30. Due to fragile habitats, the use of boats, rubber rafts, or other flotation devices is not permitted on the North Marsh at any time. Watercraft must be in compliance with all applicable state and federal rules. Trailer launching is not permitted. To prevent the spread of invasive species, only car-top watercraft are permitted. 

Gear Review: Kuga Campervan from Travellers Audobon

While out volunteering over a week for the Audubon Bird Counts, I was able to evaluate the AWESOME Kuga campervan. Since I was gone for 7 days, I broke my evaluation up into sections where the most important features of the van were utilized. If you want to see the rest, check out my reviews for Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Desert Wildlife Refuge, and Big Dune Recreation Area. 

This company is awesome, they come from Australia and New Zealand and we are super excited to have a truly affordable rental camper van in the United States! You can rent out different sizes and get an array of gear with them. This is perfect for music festivals, road trips, and for camping in extreme weather. 

Check them out here: https://www.travellers-autobarnrv.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrp64rZuB6AIVB7zACh0xqAEwEAAYAiAAEgKC7PD_BwE

  • *Recommend Gear included package* For only $45 you get the bonus of having the gear come with the rental. With the bonus of the gear the van comes fully loaded. This is great for someone who doesn’t exactly want to travel long distances with a full kitchen and sleeping gear set through the airport. Kitchen Gear: There was a pot(with lid), pan, tea kettle, coffee cups, all the silverware and utensils I could possibly need, plates, mugs, and even travel mugs. Enough gear for 2-3 people. Sleeping Gear: It also came with 3 sleeping bags, pillows, and full sheet sets. The sleeping bags were 30 degree Coleman bags and kept me nice and toasty in 30ish degree nights. They did mention that they were getting new bags soon and those would then be kept for back up. But I preferred them since they were non mummy bags so I used them as comforters. 
  • Cleaning Gear: There is also dish soap and matches in the utensil bin. There were a couple tea towels and a bucket with a broom and dustpan too. I did need to get a sponge and I brought some clorox wipes for cleaning. 
  • Other Gear: Two Camp chairs come with the gear package too which was nice for sitting by the campfire. There are also shower towels and hand towels. There is a USB charging port that is run off the solar panels on top. If you want to use the inside outlets or the microwave you will need to connect to an outside source of power(like an RV spot). The cables are provided and in one of the storage bins.
Ranger Review: Kuga Campervan at Ash Meadows

Camping review: Dispersed camping just South of the refuge. There are lots of dirt roads off the main road outside of the refuge that you can camp on. There are little turn offs and cut outs for you to pull up in. Ideal for car camping or RV's. The main road heading into the park on the South side of the refuge so you can easily get into the park by foot or via the dirt roads. 

You will need to look at maps to make sure you aren't on private property. The road going into the refuge is fine to for overnight stays, but if you want extended stays, you can go to Funeral Mountains Wilderness, which is across the main road on the way into Death Valley and stay up to 14 days for free. 

Ash Meadows is a BEAUTIFUL refuge filled with wonder. A literal Oasis In the Desert. In this refuge you will find many endangered pupfish swimming along in the many warm springs in the refuge. They are federally protected so you will need to keep your distance. You can also see Crystal Spring. Crystal Spring pumps out over 2800 gallons of water a minute form an underground warm aquifer. It is also cerulean blue due to the limestone breakdown in the water. 

There is also the incredible Devil's Hole located in the refuge. This is a geologic wonder of the world. It is a hole int he base of a mountain that is filled with the clearest water and the famous Devil's Hole Pupfish. These guys are incredibly close to extinction and live in a crazy environment. The Devil's hole is known the world over as a dangerous diving spot. Many divers have been lost in the underwater maze and no one even knows how deep it is. Some divers have even died trying to find out. Anywhere in the world if there is a large scale geologic shift (earthquake), it registers in this hole and the water will splash about like a wave pool. 

The entire location is hike in only. You will need a map and check for permits at the visitor's center. 

Travellers Autobarn Kuga Campervan Gear Review(Driving) 

While out volunteering over a week for the Audubon Bird Counts, I was able to evaluate the AWESOME Kuga campervan. Since I was gone for 7 days, I broke my evaluation up into sections where the most important features of the van were utilized. If you want to see the rest, check out my reviews for Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Desert Wildlife Refuge, and Big Dune Recreation Area. 

This company is awesome, they come from Australia and New Zealand and we are super excited to have a truly affordable rental camper van in the United States! You can rent out different sizes and get an array of gear with them. This is perfect for music festivals, road trips, and for camping in extreme weather. 

Check them out here: https://www.travellers-autobarnrv.com/campervan-rv-rentals/kuga-campervan/

  • Driving ability: This van is a pretty smooth drive for being such a big lug of a van. If you drive smart it gets about 500 miles to a 31 gallon tank which means I only spent about$250 total for a 7 day trip across Nevada and Death Valley Region. You have quite a few blind spots but if you leave the curtains open in the back window you can still use your rearview mirror in addition to the side mirrors. I kept the speed no higher than 55-60 so I could keep good gas mileage. 
  • Dirt Road Considerations: Even though this entire Refuge is dirt roads, do not take this on dirt roads if at all possible. They request that you keep to main roads that are paved with the exception of driving up to about 200 yards for campgrounds that are packed dirt. I saw why driving into this refuge when this hunk of a van was rattling and making me nervous. Mostly nervous because it wasn’t mine, but also because I didn’t put all my gear in safe places so I would occasionally hear a cup or book fall off the counter. They were smart and had little door button locks to keep the cabinets closed during drives too, which was handy!
Ranger Review: Kuga Campervan at Desert Wildlife Refuge

Campground Review: So this place is an incredible enigma. It has cacti, ponderosa pines, endangered fish, and joshua trees. It is literally less than an hour north of Vegas proper but it is the largest wildlife refuge South of Alaska but it only has 1 paid employee and the rest are local volunteers that are retired folks and vets. So please clean up after yourself and take care of the area you are camping in. 

Once you turn off to visit the Corn Creek visitor’s center you can take a leisurely stroll on the property and visit the endangered poolfish exhibit, the reservoir, and some old railroad tie buildings. 

The location for camping is beautiful. It is dispersed camping so just make sure that you are staying off the plants and on previously established sites as best as you can. There are lots of backroads so make sure you also have good tires in order to get over the initial pass. 

There are bathrooms at the visitor’s center that are open all night so you have those if you need them. 

Nearby is the brand new Tule Springs Fossil Bed National Monument. It is so new that it only has a small sign. It is sprawled out in multiple locations so you will need to ask for specific directions to get to the location of the main hiking area. 

Gear Review: Travellers Autobarn Kuga Campervan(Pickup and Drop off) 

While out volunteering over a week for the Audubon Bird Counts, I was able to evaluate the AWESOME Kuga campervan. Since I was gone for 7 days, I broke my evaluation up into sections where the most important features of the van were utilized. If you want to see the rest, check out my reviews for Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Desert Wildlife Refuge, and Big Dune Recreation Area. 

This company is awesome, they come from Australia and New Zealand and we are super excited to have a truly affordable rental camper van in the United States! You can rent out different sizes and get an array of gear with them. This is perfect for music festivals, road trips, and for camping in extreme weather. 

Check them out here: https://www.travellers-autobarnrv.com/campervan-rv-rentals/kuga-campervan/

  • Pickup: Picking up my camper van from Vegas could not have been easier. I showed up a little early for pick up and the guy was organizing and switching over the van gear. Apparently the original van I was going to be getting had a small crack in the windshield and he didn’t want me to drive away with any doubt about the windshield. I didn’t want him to waste his time worrying about it and the crack wasn’t even in my eye line so I let him know it wasn’t necessary to switch the vans. The fact that he really cared about my trip so much to take that extra effort for a small crack was lovely. The pick up location is about a 15 min drive from the airport so it only cost me about $15 for an Uber ride. I would suggest not taking a taxi, that cost about $45. When I pulled into the lot the first thing that stood out to me was the large array of vans and brightly colored inspirational posts. We headed into the office to go over the paperwork and sign the rest of the forms and the whole process took about 10 mins. Then we took an ipad out to the van so I could take pictures of anything that I might be worried about being charged for afterwards. The van was in great shape so I simply took pictures of all the sides of the van and then that was it. It was time to move in. I brought a large travel bag since it was winter and I was going to be doing a lot of hiking and outdoor activities and the bag fit perfectly under the table benches.
  • Drop off: When I said that pick up couldn't have been easier…drop off decided to kick it up a notch for ease. I pulled into the lot and unpacked my gear and tossed out my trash. I had some left over food and booze, so I left it in the fridge in the lobby of the rental shop for the next campers to take with them. The rest was simply the manager coming out, checking the tank and mileage and then taking pictures. That was it. I was able to keep my van pretty clean on the trip despite my desert dwellings I was playing in, so it wasn't hard to clean out. Whole process took me about 20 mins.
Ranger Review: Kuga Campervan at Big Dune Recreation Area

Campground Review: This was a pleasant surprise on the way back to Vegas from Death Valley. The description is pretty obvious, it is a LARGE sand dune with plenty of space to play on 4 wheelers and plenty of beautiful desert to set up tents or RV's. 

Since it is a recreation area you will have to deal with generators and motors and lots of people from nearby towns coming out to play after work. It isn't far from Beatty which has amenities if you want to be close-ish to a town. 

No services on site so make sure you are set up properly. The road to get out there is washboard dirt as well, so make sure you have good tires.*Not advised in Travellers Campervan* 

The Dune itself is beautiful and a gorgeous spot for sunset or sunrise. It was cloudy when I was there so i didn't get that opportunity. 

Travellers Autobarn Kuga Campervan Review(Sleeping and hanging out):

While out volunteering over a week for the Audubon Bird Counts, I was able to evaluate the AWESOME Kuga campervan. Since I was gone for 7 days, I broke my evaluation up into sections where the most important features of the van were utilized. If you want to see the rest, check out my reviews for Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Desert Wildlife Refuge, and Big Dune Recreation Area. 

This company is awesome, they come from Australia and New Zealand and we are super excited to have a truly affordable rental camper van in the United States! You can rent out different sizes and get an array of gear with them. This is perfect for music festivals, road trips, and for camping in extreme weather. Check them out here: https://www.travellers-autobarnrv.com/campervan-rv-rentals/kuga-campervan/

  • Sleeping(bottom bed): Sleeping in this campervan was a true luxury. It rained (and snowed) overnight and I stayed nice and comfortable. The Double bed (bottom) was incredibly large, I would say it was as big as my queen bed at home at least. I was able to lay in almost every direction comfortably (i’m 5’6). It was really easy to set up too. Take the table and pole out of the slot and lay the table down between the benches and take the extra boards out from under one of the bench storage spaces to fill in the rest. The rest of the cushions are your back rests for the benches so you just lay those in the middle. It took me about 5 mins to set up my bed fully each night. The cushions were the perfect blend of firm and soft so I was able to toss and turn and stayed sleeping comfortably on all sides. 
  • Sleeping(top): This bed packs away and can be used for storage of sleeping gear when not in use too. I kept my bag up there since I didn’t use it much since it was just me. This extra bed is perfect for traveling with 3 people but I lasted up here for about 20 mins before I became claustrophobic. I toss and turn at night so sleeping where I could touch the ceiling when I turn over on the bed wouldn’t work great for me. For kids, or smaller adults or people that don’t move in their sleep, this would be just fine. The cushions were the same as below so they were comfortable. But there isn’t a stopper at the end so I could see myself losing part of my cushions to falling below in the middle of the night. It was also a little awkward to get up there too, you have to climb up from the counter and if the bed is already in place, you will need to be a little acrobatic(or nimble) to make it happen easily. 
  • Warmth: I will say that the van is not insulated so I did use a small space heater for one night while camping when it got below 20 degrees but otherwise I didn’t use it much unless I was spoiling myself to warm up in the morning or before bed.*If you use a space heater, you have to open the top vent or a window for ventilation. The heater in the front cab was quite warm as well, although the heat seemed to come from under the dash instead of the normal air vents. Easy of access: You will need to be going in and out of the van often as there is no bathroom in the van. I found that going out of the back of the van was easier(and faster) than going out of the side door. The handle for the side door to open and close it from the inside was behind the cabinet so it was a bit awkward to reach. 
  • Bonus features: There is an LED light for the outside of the side doors if you need some outside lighting. I used it when we were building our fire pit so we could see what we were doing. You can totally leave the bottom bed down for the entirety of the trip if you want. I would recommend putting the pole up in the loft so it isn’t clanging back and forth on the floorboard.The curtains make it impossible to want to wake up. They are blackout curtains so on my day off when I wasn’t hiking for sunrise, I slept till almost 10 on accident. They help keep the heat in and the sun out. It also offers perfect privacy for changing or being solo in the middle of BLM land.
Ranger Review: Kuga Campervan at Cathedral Gorge State Park

Campground Review: Cathedral Gorge State Park is a beautiful spot of geologic mystery. When you are driving in, you will wonder what the appeal is initially and then BAM! The first small cathedral formation shows up on your right and you are awestruck. You head off to the campground where you are greeted with a large pile of firewood for sale, an intro sign and pay kiosk, and plenty of campsites. Granted it was late December in the middle of the week but I was basically the only person in the entire campground. There was one other RV there but it was very quiet and calm at the site. The sites were mostly level but were rocky dirt so tent camping would have been a bit tricky. Each site has a picnic table, fire pit, and shelter over the table. There were free hot showers on the main campground side and the water was very hot and the bathrooms were heated too. Flushing toilets and sinks were well maintained. 

The amphitheater is right next to the bathroom and in between sites so if there is an event happening there it might be loud for the closest sites. The group sites are across the road from the main campground so they are easily accessed by the other site. In the group site there are single stall bathrooms and more showers but they took money. I didn’t see a sign for how much they cost. 

There is also a handicap campsite next to the bathrooms on level paved ground so it would be best for van or RV camping. 

There is a trail that you can take straight to the main attraction of the park, the caves. They were absolutely stunning. It was so much fun to play in all the slots and explore on your own. They aren’t super long so it would take a lot to get lost. But be careful, it is crumbly and slippery in snow. I ended up hiking from the campground all the way up to Miller’s Point lookout and back in about an hour. It was a great spot to check out for sunset. I was solo out there so I was able to really appreciate the beauty of the park and the creation of the formations. You can see the rock formations in all stages of life. It’s a great spot to hike, bike, and play. 

Travellers Autobarn Kuga Campervan Review(Cooking): While out volunteering over a week for the Audubon Bird Counts, I was able to evaluate the AWESOME Kuga campervan. Check it out: https://www.travellers-autobarnrv.com/campervan-rv-rentals/kuga-campervan/

Since I was gone for 7 days, I broke my evaluation up into sections where the most important features of the van were utilized. If you want to see the rest, check out my reviews for Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Desert Wildlife Refuge, and Big Dune Recreation Area

This company is awesome, they come from Australia and New Zealand and we are super excited to have a truly affordable rental camper van in the United States! You can rent out different sizes and get an array of gear with them. This is perfect for music festivals, road trips, and for camping in extreme weather. 

  • Cooking: In order to cook in the van you will need to get out of the van and turn on the propane tank. It’s a good idea to leave the door to the tank open too for extra ventilation. This makes it a bit frustrating when you have to keep going in and out to open and shut the door/turn it on and off but that is campervan life. You will also need to open the top vent(and maybe even the fan) when you are cooking. When you get ready to take off, you will need to shut all the open doors and top vent so it doesn’t get caught on anything or taken in the wind. You will need to pay for the propane tank to be refilled or prepay for the tank before you leave. 
  • Water: There is a 14 gallon tank on board and I didn’t even come close to using it all on my 7 day trip. There is a switch you will need to turn on in order to activate the pump. Make sure you turn it off at night so the pump doesn’t freeze! There is not a garbage disposal in the sink so make sure your plates are scraped off before you wash them. Don’t put garbage down the sink. It is only cold water for dishes so you will need to boil some water and fill the sink in order to scrub dishes properly. I used the sink for storage of clean and drying dishes when I was travelling too. You will need to empty the tank when you are done. It is easy flip open of a toggle underneath the edge of the van. 
  • Food storage: There is plenty of counter space but no way to keep the food from moving around so with the cabinets filled with gear, I had to do some rearranging to get food stored in there too. The fridge was totally big enough for what I needed for my trip(lunch meat, cheese, dips, condiments, beer, and veggies). I even had some ice cream and whiskey in the freezer. It stayed nice and cold due to being run by the solar panels. The microwave is run off external power so you will need to be connected to an electrical outlet in order to use it. The cables are supplied in the van.
Easy access but close to town

For a lot of people, close to town might be a good thing. For us it meant that we could hear the main road all night but we were in a scenic spot. It says there is a toilet but we didn’t find it.

We are here for camping because we wanted to go to town for a real meal (sorry mountain house!) and didn’t want to drive back to Bisti but there were no campsites found online near Shiprock.

We pulled into the first site and it was full of garbage. Like a dumpster exploded.

We drove father down and found a spot in the wash. We know it’s not ideal in most camping scenarios to be in a wash. But there was 0 chance of precipitation.

Our site ended up great as long as you don’t mind sunset sounds of people heading back towards their camps for the night. The size of the area makes it seem more secluded that it is. The site was large and there are many places to pull off and camp at night out here.

Great for RV stopovers but that's it

We were trying to find something before the sun went down and stopped here, but ended up moving on as they didn't have tent sites that we were interested in and we wanted a bit more seclusion. I was able to grab some info though. This campground is sort of between building of the fairgrounds.

About the park: This is a large RV park along the San Juan River between Farmington and Bloomfield. There are over 100 dry camping sites. 574 RV spaces with electric and water hookups.The sites don't have tables or fires pits. Each of these sites is 21’ by 41’. There is a dump station on site.  There are a lot of sites on the river.

Security patrols the area frequently.

Lots of activities happening at the fair and close to town. 

Showers and restrooms are by fair buildings so they are a little walk away from the sites, hence the "prefect for RV's".

Perfect Hidden Gem when visiting Bisti Badlands

Access to the Angel Peak Scenic Area is off US Highway 550, 15 miles south of Bloomfield on County Road 7175. Follow the gravel road along the canyon rim for approximately six miles to reach the campground. It is important to note the gravel road may become dangerous in bad weather. 

First of picnic areas is a mile down a gravel road. Many RV's seem to be using this for boondocking. I don't blame them, but try and keep them open for day trippers if possible. The Picnic areas are on the rim of the canyon. The campground is 6 miles down the same road.

 Three picnic areas and a campground are located along the canyon rim overlooking Angel Peak and the Kutz Canyon badlands. Three picnic areas(Sage, Castle Rock, and Cliffs). In total there are seven developed sites located along the rim road. Each site has a shelter, tables on a concrete slab, a gravel pathway, and a fire grate. Trash cans are located in all three picnic areas. There are vault toilets available at both Sage and Cliffs picnic areas. These are BLM sites and are incredibly well maintained in the Winter. No electrical hookups or water is available.

Angel Peak Campground has nine sites available for tent camping. They each have picnic tables on a concrete underfoot, gravel pathways, and fire grates. Picnic shelters are located at three campsites; two with single shelters and one with a double shelter that seems to be a great spot for larger groups. Two accessible vault toilets and trash receptacles are in the campground. 

There is a nature trail that heads though light brush and along the rim to a beautiful bench that overlooks the incredible canyon.