iloveitontop R.
Kirkwood , MO
Joined September 2016
First to Review
Pretty lake and Mountian views

Great spot on the East side of the lake, Not far from the town of Leadville where there is a Safeway, places to eat and places to shop. It was a bit windy the day we stayed but great views, lots of hiking trails and things to explore. Campground is located a high elevation.

Accessible Sites, Boating, Campfire Rings, Canoeing, Drinking Water, Firewood Vendor, FishingGrills, Hiking, HostLake AccessSailing, Self Pay Station, Tables, Vault Toilets, Waterfront Sites

Less Than 1 Mile: Boat Ramp, Interpretive Trails, Water Skiing

Fun Fact:

The campground was named after Elizabeth McCourt's nickname, Baby Doe. She made a name for herself in the Colorado mining community in the 19th century when she took on the rugged work of a miner, and was given her nickname.

Nice Place to get away

Not a huge campground but, Its a really simple beautiful place to enjoy Missouri's rolling hills. It is located 1 hour from St. Louis and 30 ish min from Elephant Rock State park. If your in the area check out the other amazing Missouri state parks while staying here. The Missouri Mines state park is maybe a 5 min drive and a neat place to see. Tent sites, Bathroom and some hammock spots.

Nice quite side to the park!

This is a great section of the park with a nice clean camp ground with bathrooms, water and close to hiking and climbing trails!

Amazing Views!

This was an epic camping trip!

  • If you go, please please pack out your trash, floats and items you brought in to the Caynon with you. ( broken, heavy or don't want anymore)

There are a lot of people that visit here and when you get lucky enough to get the $93.50 a person a day camping permit and go you will see why… Just all around a beautiful, tranquil, and humbling experience. After reading several travel blogs and reviews of others that had made the 11 mile each way trek and camped, I felt prepared. Well… I learned so much and will be better prepared and know what to expect for next time. The people of the Havasupai tribe are quite, helpful, nice, thankful and glad to have visitors as long as you follow the guide lines and rules that are set. You will see several dogs along the trail with the mule train and around the village and campground. They are friendly and funny!

You will need to move a bit off the trail/out of the way of the mule trains. The mules know the trail well and with a full load are ready to get back to the village to rest and eat. We were amazed at how strong these animals were, watching these mule trains make their way through the Grand Caynon (There have been several posts about the mules being mistreated or overworked) For more information check out https://havasupaihorses.org/ I was glad we did not see any abuse as I had my 15 and 12 year old with me. Horse and Mules are 1 of the 3 forms of transportation in and out of the Caynon for people, mail and supplies. If you want to use the Mule services or ride in or out via horseback you will need to do so 24 hours in advance.  NO NEED FOR GLAMPING HERE! ONLY BRING WHAT YOU NEED https://havasupaihorses.org/

  • I would just pack light and carry your own water and gear, We did!
  • There are guided tour groups of 15 + like REI and AOA Adventures that use the mules the most and bring down several coolers full of glamping (fancy camping) gear, large camping stoves with propane tanks, chairs, tents, the groups food and the clients clothing and other packed items. If you go with a group like this make sure to bring a few large trash bags to cover your items with to protect from the dust and sun on the trail.
  • It is dry, dirty and dusty on the trail!
  • There is NO water on the 11 mile trail!

You definitely need 2 days minimum in Supia to camp and see the falls. 3 days of you want to make it to the last of the falls, Beaver Falls and to see where Havasu creek meets the Colorado river. You will need sandals with straps like Keen/Teva/Chaco water shoes (NOT flip flops)

  • The campground is 2 miles from the village where the general store is located so try to grab what u need on your way through before you get to the campground.
  • There are NO campfires allowed so it's stove cooking only. We brought dried food and liked the beef stroganoff, chil mac and Jamaican chicken and rice the best.

At the front of the camp ground there is a tent that sells $2 sodas, $5 gatorade/ poweraid if frozen $6 dollars $2 candy bars, $2 chips and $5 fried bread, with a hotdog $7 and with chill it is $8 ( Cash Only ). It is open from 10:30am - sundown or whenever they run out of things to sell as it is brought down from the village via pack mule. Fried bread was YUMMY they had items to put on top, Nutella, cinnamon, sugar, powered sugar, and jelly.

There are really 3 areas to camp front (above Havasu Creek), middle (along Havasu creek ) back (among Havasu creek closest to Mooney Falls) all are pretty but each offers different styles of camping and tempures are cooler closer to the falls. Dump tolites are located in all 3 areas. If you tent camp think about a light self inflating mattress as the caynon floor is hard and rocky. If you are going to hammock camp make sure to bring a bug cover, an extra strap and maybe an underquilt (it gets cool in the evening in the middle and back area, we went at the end of May) there is a water source in the front camping area, Fern spring. We didn't treat or filter the water out of the spring but some people did. You will definitely need to bring a hat, it is the desert and is warm and sunny till almost 7:30-8 PM, after sundown the bugs come out, we used the ultrathon insect repellent 12 HR time releases lotion and only needed to apply once to exposed areas. Bring a decent (Ravpower 22000mAh/83.6Wh power bank) to charge cameras or phones. We brought with us a solar charger and it worked so so at powering the power bank back to 100%. There is no power supply at the campground or cell service (put your phone on airplane mode to save power) some people had Verizon and could use their devices at times, but still iffy. If you should decide that you don't want to carry your camping pack out of the caynon their are option available but you need to request services the day before from the village. If you can't hike out there is a helicopter option ( depending on weather) for $83.50 per person there is a line/list that starts early at 5-6 AM with people trying to get a lift out. The tribe goes before the visitors and it could be almost 3 pm or later before you pay and get out. They water the dirt road near the hella pad in the morning so if you set your pack down make sure you pay attention. It gets dusty.

Mooney Falls- Bring water and a snack with you. You also could bring your hammock as there is a ton of nice places to put one up among the cascading water. We wore our hiking boots to climb/hike down the at times wet slippery terrain with ladders, chains and through caves to get to the bottom of the falls and then changed into our water shoes.

Hope this was helpful.

Feel free to see more about this location and the trip to Supai, AZ on my site.

http://iloveitontop.com

Other helpful links and Info:

The Havasupai Tribe's website is located here:

http://theofficialhavasupaitribe.com/

*Due to overwhelming campground reservation requests, online reservations are not available at this time. The campground is mostly full for the 2017 season. To see if there have been any cancellations, you can call the Tourist Office at 928-448-2121, and continue to check their website for updates.

Can hear the ocean and watch a good sunset!

Good spot for camping near the beach with clean bathrooms with quarter slot showers, picnic tables, fire pits and food lockers.

Great view with central location in the Park!!!!!!!!!

What a great place to stay and enjoy this magnificent National Park. Reservation fill up quickly and you can see why, as the (closest town) [Mariposa, CA](http://Mariposa, CA https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mariposa,+CA+95338/@37.6138031,-119.9096238,11z/data=!4m21!1m15!4m14!1m6!1m2!1s0x8096b0aac3ff60c5:0xb0ab002eb339644e!2sMariposa,+CA!2m2!1d-119.9662843!2d37.4849377!1m6!1m2!1s0x8096f24a1bc3a93d:0xbda9e022a9515b5a!2sUpper+Pines+Campground,+Yosemite+National+Park,+9024+Southside+Dr,+YOSEMITE+NATIONAL+PARK,+CA+95389!2m2!1d-119.56555!2d37.7391319!3m4!1s0x8096b0aac3ff60c5:0xb0ab002eb339644e!8m2!3d37.4849377!4d-119.9662843) is about an 1.5 hours away. You can reserve camping up to 5 months in advance for $26. This camp ground is close to the (general store) Yosemite Village, Half dome trail head and a river runs along side. The sites are small with 2 parking spaces, the bathroom were well maintained.

I really enjoyed staying here. The view you wake up to is priceless. If you get a chance to dine in the park the [The Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room](http://The Majestic Yosemite Hotelhttp://www.travelyosemite.com/lodging/the-majestic-yosemite-hotel/ Dining Room) has delicious but $$ food.

[Valley Camp ground Map](http://Valley Camp ground Maphttps://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/pinescombined.pdf)

Each campsite contains a fire ring, picnic table, and a food locker and is near a bathroom with drinking water and flushing toilets.

What an AMAZING place to stay in the park!

Great place if your heading for a day of climbing. These are walk-in sites for tents only and are on a per person basis ( It fills up really fast ) parking is available adjacent to the campground, you will need a parking permit. It is close to the general store and showers.

Each campsite contains a fire pit (no grill), picnic table, and four shared food lockers and is near a bathroom with drinking water and flushing toilets.

MAP

Its ok, Little close to the city for me.

Its a little to commercialized for my liking. I stayed in a wilderness site it was $25.oo bucks. Here you can rent sites, cabins & golf carts. Its is super close to Six Flags and right off HWY 44 Close are most fast food or grocery places. You can get a band allowing your kids to do games of mini-golf, free train rides on the Yogi Bear Express Train, two arcade tokens, and a discount on Pizza at the Snack Shack.

Great place to stay with access to close by trails.

This campground is located along the Middle Fork of the scenic Snoqualmie River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest with towering Douglas fir, cedar and Western hemlock, and located near several hiking trails within a short driving distance, this campground is a perfect site for both individual and small group camping excursions. There are Picnic tables, vault toilets and drinking water. *A Recreation Pass is required for each vehicle parked at the trail heads. There are a few first-come, first-serve sites Camp ground opening date dependent on snow melt.

Nice Place for family fun

Camping here is great. Friendly hosts and it has a on a scale of 1-10 grade 6 Bathroom/shower houses. There are a plenty of different style camp sites, some with trees a perfect distance for Hammock camping. There are fire rings and the ground has a playground, boat ramps, a beach, store. The North end of the North to south (LBL) hiking trail is very pretty this trail runs the entire length of the (LBL). We always go to Turkey Bay ORV Area, it is the Land Between The Lakes' designated area for off-highway vehicles. They have rentals available and it is a Blast.

Nice Forest camping

This is a wonderful camp ground to stay at while Exploring the Olympic National Park

Great place if you are boating or ORV.

Nice park with a large camp sites with premiere off-road vehicle area. The park also features four lakes, two swimming beaches, equestrian trails, a hiking and bicycling trail and picnic sites, as well as two campgrounds capable of accommodating campers with ORV or horse trailers.

Very nice, clean and fun place to explore and camp

The Shut-Ins is one of my kids favorite state parks to visit, very nice, clean and fun place to explore and camp. The visitor center has lots of information and maps available. The Camp sites are large for tents and there are trees for a hammock. The camp ground is clean with showers, bathrooms and fire rings. Water shoes are a must and or swim suite if you plan on exploring the shut-ins * ROCKS CAN BE SLIPPERY. There is a long decked walk way to get to the shut-Ins, They are really a site to see, the white water runs through a maze of outcroppings and dumps in to a large pool at the bottom. Can be busy during peak summer season.

Love getting away from the city

We live Missouri and love getting away from the city and out to the forest and farmland, When we visit the Ozark's for camping we generally choose Onondaga, Clean large sites for tents and trees for Hammock camping. Bathrooms, showers, nice general store/gift shop with thing you may have forgot. Bringing water shoes is a must! Depending on when you come bug spray or a bug deterrent makes being in the outdoors in the Midwest more pleasant. Summers are sticky and warm, by September the mornings and evening are cool with a high of 76-81. There is a ton to experience here go for a float on the river or bring a chair to sit and watch floaters go by, caves, hikes, there is a zip line close, horse back riding, fishing, and great places to take a photo of the day.

The PNW Rocks

I really enjoyed the it there and the view of the beach is beautiful. Camping was great was only there to set up a hammock and get back on the road. Lots of lighthouses around to check out and hiking. The outcroppings in the ocean are so neat, the water was a bit chilly and it was misty in the mornings and evening down by the beach. This part of the country is so interesting, Never a dull minute.

Words can't describe

Gold Bluffs Beach campgrounds is close to anything you want to do within the park. I enjoyed the smell of the redwoods and amazing views. There are ferns everywhere and you can start to feel like your in the PNW. It is cool in the evening so you will need some warm items. The drive and hiking trails are AMAZING! I cant wait to go back!

Great family place

Lots of thing to do. Camp ground has lots of trees for hammock camping and large sites for tents. *Note- only two tents or lodging items per site. Free showers and clean facilities. There is a cave tour that is a lot of fun. Tons of great hikes with some that take you to caves. Access to the river for lounging or floating.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BI1OsuchfISOmrCJn1Fjwmm2DmtYOfm69xchAU0/?taken-by=abbysitzer My daughter and her friend made a fun video.

Very Pretty

sites are on a First come bias the National park is just across the street. Great hiking and ocean views.

Loved waking up here!

This camp site is easy to get to , there is porta potty a raised fire ring, breathtaking morning and evening views. you can hear some of the traffic on the PCH behind you but the crashing waves drown in out. There is firewood available from the campground host for $5 dollars a bundle. Little windy at sundown. Make sure to have your tent set back as the tide comes in and will wash all your camping items out to sea. The nearest store is about 10 mins away.

Nice Forest Camping

The campground is located in the Mark Twain National Forest. The fire rings are a plus and there are lots of trees for a hammock set up or tent. Lake is very pretty with a 1 mile hiking trail with some great views. In the evening it is dark enough to enjoy the stars.