Category: State Parks

Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, Arizona

Traveling Interstate 40 Eastbound Towards Flagstaff, AZ At the beginning of December we spent 6 days in Cottonwood, Arizona at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. This was our first time at this park and from what we experienced, it won’t be our last. First of all, it was pretty easy to get to with our 45 foot motor home and tow. The sites themselves are very large and well spaced apart and the loop that we stayed in had water and 50 amp electric at every site. A dump station was located towards the entrance to the park. Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ Dead Horse Ranch State Park In Cottonwood, AZ As you can see, we were pretty alone at this park this time of year. The weekend had a few more people but no where near at capacity. Sites are reserved online and the nice thing is if you hover over the site number on the map, it will pop up a window showing you what the site looks like, what accommodations are at the site and what length vehicle it can support. So this really takes the guessing out of booking. Google Maps is also a great tool to get a nice overhead shot of the park and figure out which way you want to face or if there are any trees or such...

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Valley Of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley Of Fire State Park is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, just an hour north of Las Vegas and close to Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. A great get away if you find yourself in the area. While we had been to Valley Of Fire State Park before back in 2011, and you can read our previous posts here, here and here, we had to go back. As a matter of fact, it was high on our list of places to visit again. And we are so glad we did.  First of all, Valley Of Fire State Park does have a great campground for big rigs. The downside is that it is a no reservation, first come, first serve campground. So while you may find yourself in need/want of a campsite, you may be disappointed. We luckily were not and found a great site.  We arrived on a Wednesday, which I firmly believe helped in the matter of finding an open site, we also arrived before 10am. There is a separate RV only area in the campground that has large sites with water and electric (50amp). So they are not full hook-up, they will do for a while before you have to go to the dump station, which is right at the beginning of the campground road. While all the sites, whether they are in the rv...

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40+ Foot Motorhome Too Big? Our Thoughts On It!

OK…So now that camping season has officially been started, here’s a post that is long in the making. And we will start by jumping to the end…Buy What You Want. Don’t worry about if you will fit. When you have been traveling as long as we have, you’re bound to get the same questions over and over again. One big question on people’s minds is if they buy a 40+ foot motorhome will they have issues finding places to park it or may fit into our National, State or County parks? Well…The answer is yes and no as to getting into parks. We started out our travels in a 2008 Gulf Stream Tour Master that was a 43-foot diesel pusher and tow vehicle. Well, you know the saying….Location, Location, Location. It really is going to depend on a few factors like where you may want to go. First off, remember that our highway system across the US is made for big rigs. As such, you will NOT have an issue traveling on interstates, highways, expressways, nor most roads for that matter. Sure, you can come across a bridge that can be to low, but that will be on side roads, parkways, town roads, etc. We personally have not yet run into any issues with not being able to go somewhere we wanted based on size.  Ok, wait, there was one….State HWY 1 in California. It...

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Picacho Peak State Park: One Of Our Favorite State Parks

  One of our favorite state parks is Picacho Peak State Park in Arizona. It’s the first state park that we stopped at and camped at when we first came out west many years ago. It has a special place in our heart. It’s located between Tucson and Phoenix. The closest shopping is about 20-30 minutes away. It’s right at the exit so it’s super easy to get to. There is an rv resort, ostrich farm (yes you heard me right), gas/diesel, a souvenir shop, Subway and a Dairy Queen at the exit but not much else. We actually happened upon this state park by mistake the first time. You see when we stopped at the rv resort to see about staying the night, as we were just passing through, they would not let us in. Come to find out, they are a 55 and older park and we are not of age yet. In hindsight I now know that 55 and older parks do need to let a certain percentage of non-55 years olds into the park. However, we did not know that at the time. And quite honestly, with that attitude, we did not want to stay there. It ended up being a blessing because the only other place to stay was Picacho Peak State Park. We had never stayed at a state park before so we did not even know...

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Exploring Vermont – Part Two

With close to two weeks in Vermont, I felt we had seen a lot and done a lot. I did not feel rushed nor did I feel deprived of seeing anything. One of the excursions that was interesting and informative was Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, Vermont. One of the premier dairy farms in Vermont, it’s been around since the 1800’s. George Perkins Marsh, Frederick Billings, and Laurance S. Rockefeller, successive residents of the estate were some of the earliest advocates of land stewardship, conservation and ultimately served to start our National Parks System. If it were not for these individuals, we would not have the great National Parks we all enjoy today. The grounds are immaculately kept; you can tour the barns where they still house the descendants of the Jersey Cows that Frederick Billings imported centuries ago. Just down the street is the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park where you can enjoy more of what these great men left to us. There were lots to see and do on this still working farm and museum. This still working farm and museum are located in the town of Woodstock, Vermont. Vermont is full of these quaint little towns. We had a great time exploring a bunch of these small towns. Woodstock, Quechee, Stowe, Waterbury, Randolph, just to name a few. All have their own uniqueness and charm. In Quechee they...

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