posted by Brandon Esparza @ 6:47pm, Wednesday 5 November 2014.
Florida is home to some of the best RV camping grounds within the U.S. The warm weather, hundreds of miles of sandy beaches and the amusement and theme parks in Florida attract more than 60 million visitors per year. The State parks of Florida offer more than 50-campgrounds throughout the state. Many of these campgrounds would offer all amenities to the deserving RVer. This article will highlight three of the best State parks in Florida where you could plan your RV camping trip this summer.
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1. Caverns State Park - Caverns park is an exotic state park in Florida. The view is breathtaking with dry air-filled caves and dazzling patterns of limestone soda straws, draperies, flowstones, stalagmites and stalactites. You are able to canoe, boat and fish near the Chipola River. There is also a freshwater spring available for these activities. This state park is extremely popular among RV campers, horseback riders and picnickers. Even though the park doesn't rent horses, there are stables available for equestrian campers. The Caverns State park also features a nine-hole golf course set on a exotic rolling terrain.
Guided tours of the caves are offered Thursday through Monday throughout the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The tour is a bit strenuous and takes about 40-minutes in total. Reservations for RV camping tours could be made by visiting the website of the Caverns State park. The RV camping fee is $20 plus taxes per night which includes electricity and water. Residents of Florida who are 65-years or older and holding a social security disability award certificate are eligible for a 50% discount.
2. Anastasia State Park - The Anastasia State Park features four miles or 1600 acres of pristine beaches, a maritime & upland hammock and a tidal salt marsh. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a famous archaeological site created by minding the coquina rock, is also located within the premises of the Anastasia State park. The park is ideal for RV camping, fishing, beach-combing, picnicking, swimming and windsurfing. The park is home to more than 139-campsites with all the amenities required for RVers. The site is open from 8.00 a.m. for 365-days a year. All campers should be setup before 11.00 p.m. The camping fee is stipulated as $28 plus taxes with water and electricity. Senior citizens who are over 65-years old or people with social security disability award certificates are eligible for 50% discount.
3. Myakka River State Park - This is one of Florida's most diverse and largest natural state parks. It is a wild and scenic river in Florida which flows through 57-square miles of wetlands, hammocks and pine land. The site is ideal for RV camping, hiking, canoeing and wildlife activities. There are volunteers who help to keep the bathrooms in the park clean and spotless. The campground is quite isolated and quiet. A 35-feet RV could be easily accommodated on the campsite. The camping fee is $26 plus taxes per night. It covers all amenities such as electricity and water.
The aforementioned are three of the best State Parks in Florida that are ideal for RV camping during summer holidays.
posted by Brandon Esparza @ 11:47am, Wednesday 29 October 2014.
There are many great ways to go camping and RVing on Bureau of Land Management or BLM areas is a great way to experience this. Camping on public land away from typical camping facilities is referred to as "dispersed camping" providing such camping doesn't conflict with authorized uses or happenings in such areas. There are also some areas that are posted "closed to camping" as this could affect the wildlife in the area or a natural resource.
Generally, dispersed camping is legal and allowed upon public lands for no more than 14 days during any 28 day period. This 28 day period is counted consecutively and will begin upon the moment the RVer occupies the campsite.
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The 14 days may be done consecutively or the visitor may visit the area off and on during the 28 day period. When the 14 days are up, the camper must move to at least a 25 mile radius of the prior location for the next 28 days.
This is to prevent any damage done to the specific area. It is also worthy of note that nothing may be left unattended for 10 days. The rule of "Pack it in pack it out" applies at all times and no gray water may be disposed of in any way, shape or form on this campsite.
Since BLM manages large amounts of land that are frequently unused they are the ideal spot for solitude and great outdoor recreation opportunities for those wishing to explore such areas.
Since they manage land in the Western United States there are ample opportunities to camp in this fashion and see the country. It is important to note however, that they do not have offices in all of the states.
To get started on the next RV camping trip to a BLM managed site, one need only go as far as their Internet and check out the map that will help them to find the right locations. There are many great developed campgrounds to choose from and the online guide is a valuable tool in selecting these sites.
Persons interested in such camping may follow the links and pre register (when allowed) for their camp area. Some RVs will do better at some sites than others so it is important to take note of the various options that are available and select accordingly for the needs of the specific RV being used.
Lastly, campers must keep in mind that most campsites are very primitive with only a campfire ring and perhaps a picnic table at the actual campsites. Water and food are not readily available at all campsites so it is imperative to plan accordingly. Some sites also include pit toilets and a trash bin as well.
Colorado, Arizona and the San Juan Mountains are noted for their great camping areas from the BLM as well as the Mojave Desert of California. So go ahead and make plans to get out and enjoy some of the great outdoors. It's inexpensive and fun.
posted by Brandon Esparza @ 11:45am, Wednesday 29 October 2014.
There are a lot of people that like to use their RVs off the grid. This is called boondocking, and it can really be an enjoyable experience. Here are a couple of facts about what you can expect when you go for this kind of experience so you know whether or not it's good for you.
Basically, this type of RVing is when you go out to a spot on public land and live there without water, electricity, or sewer hookups. You'll be living off of the grid and will only be able to survive with what you know about how to live without those things. It can go on and on over a long period of time if you're good at living off of the land, or you can just do it for a day or two and then restock in a city.
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People enjoy this that are out in their RV to enjoy nature more. There are people that go out to experience the various sights and sounds of being outside in the world, and that's why you may enjoy this quite a bit more than camping in your RV with all of the amenities places have hookups for. It's going to be a little more rough, so you'll probably want to plan just for a couple of days when you first give it a try. After that you'll be able to know what to expect so you know how to get by for longer next time.
These days, people love to go green because the world is slowly becoming different due to all of the energy being used. When you are able to go boondocking, you're not making that big of an imprint on the planet and can be proud that you're doing your part to live without doing too much to the environment. When you think about how much energy your RV uses when it's hooked up to everything, it's pretty alarming if you care about the environment and the way it's being destroyed these days.
A big benefit of this off the grid style of RVing is that you can save a lot of money. When you don't have to pay to get hookups and the space you're on then you'll realize that this is saving you a lot in the long run. If you're really into this then you can prepare to live without all of the amenities that are out there for an extended period of time, but eventually you'll need to find some hookups or stay somewhere that you can get cleaned up at. Stock up before you go and that way you don't have to get out of there prematurely.
Once you realize how much fun it is to go boondocking so you're off the grid for a while, you can see about setting up your own trip. It's always interesting to get out there without much so you can enjoy nature. Get into it soon and you'll be glad you did!
posted by Brandon Esparza @ 3:01pm, Wednesday 22 October 2014.
America has some awe inspiring national parks, and none more so than the colorful Zion National Park. Winding rivers combined with the richly painted mountain-scape make this park a must see. But to really make it an experience not to be forgotten, see it with an RV.
There are several RV parks in the area of Zion National Park. One in particular is beyond a campground or RV park; it is a resort in every sense of the word. Zion River Resort RV Park and Campground offers the opportunity to experience Zion's beauty while enjoying resort level comfort.
The national park itself is free, as is the two-hour tram tour offered, with a park ranger acting as your tour guide. Campsites range from $45-$60 a night depending on what amenities you choose and the type of RV you bring with you.
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The RV Park offers many extras, including a camper kitchen located in a gazebo. There you can fire up one of the available grills while enjoying some interaction with other campers. There is also a dog park for your family pet. There is a game room
offering satellite T.V., billiards and game tables, as well as free coffee every morning. The camp store is equipped to accommodate your every need and you may find the laundromat useful as well.
Your campsite offers full hook-ups under your own shade tree, plus a fire ring and picnic table. Behind you flows the Virgin River. And you need not worry about Internet withdrawal symptoms, as free Wi-Fi is also available as well as cable television.
What To Do At Zion National Park
It takes little imagination to figure out how to spend your days. Hiking and climbing in the painted hills and desert rank highest among possible activities.
There is a social hall with a large screen TV so you can socialize with other RVers and campers. While you read or watch a movie, the kids can play board games. They'll also enjoy the large swimming pool onsite.
A guided tour of the park is a must, and while you're at it, you might want to take a detour to Salt Lake City. There you can visit such historic sites as the Brigham Young home or the Mormon Temple. You might also enjoy seeing the Human History Museum which covers the area when inhabited primarily by native Americans and later by pioneers passing through in their covered wagons.
Tubing is very popular, especially after a long, hot hike. Rent a tube at one of several stores in town and have a relaxing float down river. Also enjoy canoeing, rafting, fishing or just relaxing and letting the days pass by as you read or doze in a hammock.
Yes, Zion National Park has so much to offer. Being in an RV allows you to be front and center to everything that is going on in and around the park. You do literally become one with nature living beneath the canopy of trees and painted hills. By the time you're trip is over, you will not be wanting to leave!