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Small-town campgrounds - are they out there?


Since Saskatchewan is not exactly a winter RVing Mecca, what large-scale campgrounds we have tend to be 200-250 sites, and operated by the provincial government. These are well-advertised and widely-known. However, there are also hundreds of small campgrounds scattered across the province, along lakes, rivers and golf courses, and beautiful in their location, offerings, and peace and quiet. Often the only way to learn of them is through personal travel experience, word-of-mouth, or in-depth research on the Internet, town by town.

My question is, are there such small-town places, and little-known campgrounds, to be found in southern Louisiana/Texas/Arizona/Nevada/California? Or because these States are such popular snowbird destinations, are the campgrounds more the large-scale RV parks with many amenities? While we will enjoy spending a month or two in such locations, we are also looking for the 'off-the-beaten-path', small-town, Saskatchewan-style campgrounds in which to stay.

Can anyone speak to if these can be located, and how/where we might go about finding them? Any recommendations? Thanks for any and all advice and feedback!



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Without hook ups...lots of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management campsites on both sides of the Sierra Nevadas in California. Come enjoy then with us! Look online.

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Try Freecampsites.net

 

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We use http://www.uscampgrounds.info/ Lots of small town and county parks listed.

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Thanks for the ideas, everyone, and for the reassurement that those campgrounds are out there to be found, with a little digging!

Does anyone have a place they would specific recommend? There's nothing like the first-hand knowledge and feedback from the people on this site!

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We have used this with success www.ultimatecampgrounds.com/


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We'll put in a second for UltimateCampgrounds.com.  It only covers public campgrounds, but it is really helpful to locate some of the smaller city and county campgrounds that aren't publicized very much.



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Thanks for the excellent tips - I will start my research! Absolutely cannot wait to hit the road late this fall. A two-year dream turned plan, coming to fruition!

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Don't rule out Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Most snowbirds head to Florida and pass up many small town campgrounds in these southern states. Nice folks, reasonable prices, and great food. Sherling Lake Park in Greenville, AL and Emerald Lake RV Resort near Colquitt, GA are hidden gems.

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We have found that in the small towns around most tourist destinations there are small campgrounds both with full hooks and without. One of our favorites is outside of Sequoia Nat'l Park.... it's the Sequoia RV Ranch is Kaweah which is near Three Rivers California. There are several small campgrounds in the area.

Along the coast of California you will find many RV Parks with under 100 spaces... many with less than 50 spaces.

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AllStays.com has listings for free campgrounds, as well as paid!

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There's a very small RV Park up in Junction, Utah, called the Junction RV Park. If your looking for small country town right in the middle of some of the friendliest people in Utah. If you want small, this park has only 10 sites, and the camp host is in one of them. It's right on hwy 89, other wise known as the Nat park Highway in Utah.

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All your tips are very welcome - thanks everyone. We have a lot of research to do before heading south.

Our plan is to start around Rockport, Texas, then Castroville, TX, before heading west into Arizona country, and eventually landing at Parker before heading back to Saskatchewan by mid April.

I think Utah will be too cold for either end of our season - late October, and late April. So much of northern and mid-USA will be off limits for our winter getaways. Frustrating to have so much countryside to our south, and not enough months to see it all!

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Don't write off all of Utah for April, we've been in southern Utah both of the past 2 Aprils. Where you can go will be very dependent on elevation, for example, Zion NP is at a lower elevation than Bryce so is definitely available in April.

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Late October or Late April is perfect for Moab area of Utah. Much latter and it is too hot. It is all about elevation in those areas.


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In Laymans Terms wrote:

All your tips are very welcome - thanks everyone. We have a lot of research to do before heading south.

Our plan is to start around Rockport, Texas, then Castroville, TX, before heading west into Arizona country, and eventually landing at Parker before heading back to Saskatchewan by mid April.

I think Utah will be too cold for either end of our season - late October, and late April. So much of northern and mid-USA will be off limits for our winter getaways. Frustrating to have so much countryside to our south, and not enough months to see it all!

Nicole


 When you leave Castroville headed to AZ you will be on I-10.  You will pass through Junction TX 100 west of San Antonio.  Jucntion has a free city park with no hookups, it's a nice stop.

 

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Great to hear about Utah being in range, temperature-wise. Another thing we have much to learn about: where we can camp in those 'shoulder' months. Being from Saskatchewan, we certainly are not afraid of temps in the low to mid-teens (Celcius, that is). We just don't really want to worry about freezing at night - literally, I mean. As in below zero. We do supposedly have heated lines, but I know the only way to learn if they work is putting them to the test!

Thanks for the tip about Junction, Red. Free is always good in my (pocket)book!

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