Steve & Ashley G.
Austin, TX
Joined May 2019
We love to travel in our 4x4 Sprinter Van and explore new places. We have travelled all over the world and love trekking, mountain biking, and kayaking. Great to be part of the Dyrt Community.
Hidden gem near Austin

Nice park and campground very near Georgetown, Texas. Berry Springs is a local county park and preserve. The Park is located just north of Georgetown Texas about 1 mile off Interstate 35 the main highway between Dallas and Austin. It’s a Great location with loads of open space. They have basic sites with covered picnic tables, fire rings, and hooks for hanging items. The former ranch has a lot of history dating back to the Texas Pioneer days. The park is located next to clear spring fed river for swimming and fishing. This may be a great option for those looking for a location close to Austin or a local family weekend. The camp was nearly empty in October this year which is the peak season for camping in Texas. The sites are best suited for tent camper, vans, and smaller trailers.

Great Roadside Camping

This is a NFS site along State highway 160 near South Fork Colorado. They have basic camps with fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilets. The also have food lockers to protect from bears. The wooden site is beautiful in the Fall surrounded by the golden leaves of aspen trees and ponderosa pines. The highlight is the river side location and the beautiful views of the mountains. The site has a fairly high elevation which can provide cool summer temps and early frost even in September. Surprisingly, the site was half full in September. I would stay here again.

Great River Campsite

The site is a high elevation site along the highway 160 between Durango and Del Monte in South Central Colorado. The site is like many NFS sites with basic facilities. They have about 10 sites located along the small river equipped with picnic tables, fire rings and and bear lockers. The highlight here is camping in a wooden site along a beautiful mountain stream. We camped here in October before the closure and had the place to ourselves. I would highly recommend if you are in the Wolf Creek area and traveling across Colorado.

Great State Park

We stayed on Piñon for one night this fall. This area has gravel rods and less facilities than the Yucca campground. However, you have large pull in space and more rustic camping. This camp is closer to the entrance and lake for fishing and boating. The sites are basic with electrical and water. The restrooms are basic and no showers. The camp is in a good location to local towns and the highway. This is definitely worth a try.

Great State Park

We stayed here for two nights this October. This is an expansive state park with hundreds of sites and awesome facilities. The views to the west looking at the Spanish peaks are awesome. They have hot showers and clean restrooms as well as RV dump station. The sites have electrical hookups and fresh water with hose hookup is available in the campground. The lake is popular for fishing and boating. They have a boat inspection station as the entrance for ballast water. The park is near the highway and close to the Spanish Peaks area and the popular of La Veda, CO.

Nice Utah State Park with Fishing

We stayed here during our fall trip to Utah this year. We find the state parks offer more services and don’t tend to have the large crowds like the National Parks, especially in Utah. This park is next to a nice reservoir that provides boating and fishing options for campers. The camp itself is just off the main highway and can be accessed by both large trailers and RVs. This park has a wonderful view to the west over the lake with hillside to the east. The park staff were really customer friendly. Our site had some privacy even during the busy fall period. They have all the facilities you need including showers, water, power, and a dump station. While this may note have the natural beauty of the nearby parks, it’s situated between Zion and Arches National Park and makes for a nice stop over. The hikes in the park are terrific and you can see a number of examples of petrified wood and other interesting geological rock areas.

Kodachrome State Park RV Area

Kodachrome State Park has two main campgrounds which include Basin and Bryce View. Bryce View is located closer to the main entrance just after the visitors center. While Basin campground caters to tent camper and smaller trailers and vans with paved roads and pull ins, Bryce View has electrical and water hookups with gravel roads and can accommodate larger campers and RVs. We did not rate this as high due to the dusty roads and lack of facilities compared to the Basin Campground. Bryce View is however closer the better hikes and provides a quieter more private setting. The also have Arches Group site for those looking to host a larger numbers.

The Best Utah State Park Campground

Kodachrome Basin was a very nice surprise for our grand camping tour of Utah this Fall. This place is truly a Kodak moment. The rock structures throughout the park are incredible. The campground is about 10 minutes drive to Cannonville the nearest town and about 30 minutes from Tropic Utah. Tropic has a nice coffee shop with free WiFi, a grocery store, cafe, and a new large gas station. The State Park has just about everything you need they have a 24 hour laundry, dump station, water, and wash stations. The bathrooms and showers are the best we have ever seen at a campsite and look like something out of a modern show home. The staff are very friendly and helpful and each site is meticulously cleaned. Each campsite had a fire ring and a picnic table. We stayed in site 12 which had privacy and plenty of space. They have some great hiking paths as well as horse trails. This park sets the standard for State Parks and was the hidden gem from our trip.

Great National Park Campground

Sunset is one of two campgrounds in Bryce Canyon National Park in Southwest Utah. Bryce is a beautiful canyon and a must see if you are touring southern Utah. The canyon top drive extends over twenty miles with numerous lookouts points. The campgrounds are close to the main entrance and provide a great option for all levels of campers. The sites are occupied by primarily tent campers as well as smaller trailers and vans. The campground is in a nice wooded ponderosa pine area within walking and biking distance of the canyon. The campground roads were recently repaved and the sites were well maintained. Each site had a fire ring and picnic table as well as close access to fresh drinking water. The campground is a great launching point for riding bikes and going on hikes throughout the park. Bryce does not get the same number of visitors as Zion but you will need to make a reservation during the peak season to secure a campsite. We visited in October and the campground was full and had been for the previous two weeks. The temps got down to the low 20s at night in October. So you will need to pack a warm sleeping bag and winter ready gear. While we preferred Zion and Arches Park, Bryce is with the visit.

Incredible Mountain Valley

Watchman is located just inside the main southern entrance for Zion National Park. It’s a large national park site with multiple loops and hundreds of campsites. The sites are best suited for tent campers and small trailers or vans. They also have park and walk in tent sites. The campground is along the creek which runs through the park. The views from the camp are simply breathtaking and remind me of Yosemite. The hiking trails are world class and shuttle buses system runs within the campground. The sites are very clean and well maintained as well as the other facilities which are first rate including the restrooms, showers, and information centers. The park staff are truly amazing and have to deal with huge crowds throughout the year. They have guard gate at the camp entrance of the camp for passes and traffic control. The park has visitors from around the globe and its proximity to Las Vegas and St George makes for a great day trip. Some of the sites have privacy with small trees and brush depending on your spot. You will have access to fresh water and supplies. You will need a reservation to camp here given the popularity. Zion is an absolute must see and highly recommended. We plan on coming back in the Spring.

Roadside RV campsite

This is average private roadside RV campground located on the main highway heading into Zion National Park from the east. The site has decent facilities with a gas station and cafe located across the street. If you are planning to stage and enter Zion early in the morning this may be a good one night stay for you. The site was a bit busty and noisy from the highway traffic. The setup is an open parking lot with electrical and water hookups. If you are out of options and want to camp close to the National Park this may be a last resort for some. The main attraction here is the proximity to the east entrance of Zion.

Incredible Site

Zion National Park lives up to its rating. This has to be one of the beautiful places in Western United States. The drive in from the Eastern entrance is simply incredible and full of epic photo ops. Zion reminds me of Yosemite Valley in some ways. The park is located near some large population areas in Southwest Utah and Nevada. So it can get very crowded at times, especially give the limited capacity of the roadways and parking. So you will need to plan your visit carefully.

The campground is easily accessible and located along the shuttle routes. The campground views are some of the best we have seen during our travels. The facilities are very good and hiking trails runs through the camp. Like many National Parks, you will not have much privacy at your site but the views and the hikes more than make up for it. The focus here is tent camping but you can park a small van or camper in many of the sites. The visitor center and park staff were outstanding. We also enjoyed the diversity of visitors from around the world. It’s clear Zion and Southern Utah is on a lot of bucket lists. This camp is very popular and full most of the year. So you will need reservations and a plan to beat the traffic coming into the park. We are planning to come back and spend more time in this beautiful place.

Nice State Park Campground

Honey Flat is located within Caprock Canyon State Park about one hour south of Amarillo Texas. The park has great facilities and it’s own heard of bison. The canyon is at the end of the Honey Flat Campground. Although smaller than Palo Duro Canyon it’s a beautiful red canyon photo op. The park also has popular well stocked fishing lake. Honey Flat Campground can host guests from tent camper to large 5th wheels and RVs. Depending on the location each site has some degree of privacy along with electrical and water hookups. They also have picnic tables with shelter, fire rings, and poles to hang shower bags and camp gear. They have a nearby dump station as well. The restrooms are located just north of the campgrounds along with a great playground for the kids. Homely flats is usually crowded on weekends especially during the fall and spring. I would recommend making a reservation a few months in advance. The park staff are very friendly and efficient. We like to stop over at Caprock during our trips up to Colorado and the Utah.

ATV Dispersed Camping

This site is on Marshall Pass Road off of highway 285. The dispersed sites are near the intersection of Marshall Pass Road and Forest Service Rod 200. This intersection at the base off the access road up to Ohaver Lake Campground. The primitive sites are spread along the creek just off the Forest Service Road. Like many dispersed camps, the sites only have flat cleared areas with fire pits and no other amenities. The area is a great spot for ATV Riders to trailer into area as well as horse trailers to park and access the mountain roads and trails. The location is not the best for scenery and can get busy in the summer especially on weekends since it’s so close to the highway and Salida, Colorado.

Ghost town camping

This site includes about 4 small dispersed camping areas near the town of Hancock Colorado. They old town is just some foundations and ruins in a grass clearing. This have some good signage telling about the history of the town and railroad. This sites are across the road from the grass meadow closer to the creek. Unlike the Alpine Tunnel dispersed area about 1/2 mile up the road, this site can be access by a small RV or camper if you can make it the steep gravel road to this area. The site was not occupied on the weekend we visited the area in July. The site is at 11,027 feet. So you will need to prepare for bad weather even in the summer. This area would only be accessed by tracked snow mobiles in the winter. It’s about 5 miles up hill from St Elmo which is well worth the visit despite the summer crowds. The dispersed campsite is very primitive and only provides a flat gravel area with fire rings. The area could accommodate 4 or 5 vans or small trailers. You will need pack in and out your food, waste, and trash. The mountain vistas are worth the drive and the Alpine Tunnel Trail is hard to beat.

Incredible Alpine Site

This is a USDA Forest Service dispersed camping site at the start of the Alpine Tunnel Trailhead. The camp is about 5 miles northwest of St Elmo Colorado near the ghost town of Hancock Colorado. The siteS are very primitive and can only be accessed by 4x4 vehicles or hikers. The sites are flat areas with rock fire pits and no other amenities. The conditions here are not for the beginner. The site is at 11,027 elevation and the weather can be extreme even in the summer. The road is inaccessible in the winter except by snow mobile. The site has 360 views of the mountains and has to be one of the most beautiful places we have visited in Colorado. The drive up from Nathrop takes about 1 hour along a dirt and gravel road. This would be a great spot for hikers traveling along the Alpine Tunnel trail. A mountain stream runs near the camp. So hikers can filter their water. However, you will need to pack in everything else including food, waste, and trash.

Large Municipal Texas Park

This is a large City Park locates in San Patricio County in Sinton, Texas. The park contains hundreds of acres of property that include a public golf course, baseball, basketball, and soccer facilities. The park also includes a full service RV Park. The sites include full hookup for large and small RVs and vans. The sites has showers and toilet facilities. It’s location is north of Corpus Christi about an hour from the coast. This could serve as a nice stopover for folks traveling along the Texas coast or heading to Padre Island. RV sites do not have privacy and some of the sites are occupied by full timers. We have this a lower rating based on the location and overall condition of the park.

Historical Park

This Texas State Park is located in Goliad Texas. This is in the south central area of the state between Victoria and Austin on Highway 183. The park has some great historical sites including a 16th century Spanish mission. The campground is situated along the San Antonio River. You can kayak along the 6 mile long kayak paddle trail or try your luck at fishing. The campground is well maintained and offers a nice range of sites from tent to RVs and small cabins. The sites are located along the river with no privacy. They have some walk in tent sites as well. The town of Goliad is a hidden gem with a rich history and some cool antique shops and cafes. We plan to stop again here on our next trip to the coast.

Great Canyon Campsite

The campsite is west of Nathrop Colorado in the Chalk Canyon. It’s one of three National Forest Service campgrounds in the canyon. The other sites at Chalk Canyon and Cascade are each a mile or so along the same canyon highway. Princeton has a camp host and and great facilities like the other camps. Each sites has a picnic table and fire ring. The sites have some privacy depending on the location. The creek runs along the sites on the south side of the camp. The sites are best suited for tent campers or small vans. The views from Princeton are incredible. The camp was full in the summer peak. So, reservations are highly recommended at this site.

Nice Canyon Campground

We stayed here for 3 nights in July. The campground is one of three National Forest Service campgrounds in Chalk Canyon. The canyon is a west of Northrop Co. The base of the canyon has a couple of hot springs resorts with swimming pools and hotel rooms. The 3 NFS campgrounds are about half way up the canyon near Chalk Lake. You can continue up the canyon to St Elmo and the Alpine Pass which over 11,000 ft altitude. Chalk Lake Campground has about 18 sites. Most of the sites are situated along a fast running canyon creek. The sites are very close to each other and lack privacy. The camp host was very helpful and had plenty of firewood for sale. Many of the campers came either for the hiking or the fishing at Chalk Lake. We had site 16 which had some privacy and a nice view of the mountains. The sites are best suited for tent campers but will accommodate vans and small trailers. The Mountain View’s here are incredible and the hummingbirds are all over the camp. The camp is very popular and reservations are a must. We plan to come back in the Fall.