Campground Review – Barstow / Calico KOA, Yermo, California

Barstow / Calico KOA, Yermo, California - 2017Description

The Barstow / Calico KOA is a nice campground with the feel of a desert oasis and sweeping views of sandy plains and rugged hills of the California Mojave Desert. The park is conveniently located just off Interstate I-15, near Barstow, California, and makes for a good stop about half-way between Las Vegas, Nevada, and southern California destinations, such as Los Angeles, Palm Springs, or San Diego.

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Campground Review – Banning Stagecoach KOA – Banning, CA

Banning Stagecoach KOA, Banning, CADescription

The Banning Stagecoach KOA is conveniently located just a short distance from Interstate-10 along scenic highway CA-243. The park is nicely landscaped and features lovely views of the Mount San Jacinto foothills to the south and Mount San Gorgonio to the north. This KOA is a good place to stop over while passing through the area or to stay a few extra nights and explore nearby casinos, shopping outlet malls, golf courses, scenic mountain communities or Palm Springs.

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Start of a New Travel Season – Arizona

Wigwam Motel at Sunset, Holbrook, AZ

Needles, California

We kicked off our third travel season in late April, heading east for Arizona. We stopped for a short two night stay at the Needles KOA in Needles, California, before crossing into Arizona. Temperatures in Needles were much more bearable this early in the season, upper 80’s and low 90’s, as opposed to the triple-digit heat we endured here two years ago. We felt this was a nice short shake-down trip for the trucks & trailer after a winter with little travel.  Continue reading

Campground Review – Boulder Creek RV Resort – Lone Pine, CA

Boulder Creek RV Park, Lone Pine, CA


The Boulder Creek Mobile Home & RV is a small, family run, and family friendly RV resort set in the breathtaking scenery of the Owens Valley. The park is just four miles outside of Lone Pine and has sweeping views of the Eastern Sierra Nevada and Inyo mountains, Owens Lake, and the Alabama Hills. The park is a great stop-over when traveling U.S.-395 or as a base to explore the area. Continue reading

Campground Review – BLM – Horton Creek Campground – Bishop, CA

BLM Horton Creek CampgroundDescription

Horton Creek is a primitive campground with breathtaking views of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, Round Valley, the Volcanic Tableland and the White Mountains. Horton Creek itself flows beside the campground, providing a cheerful babble for the campsites situated closest to the creek. This is a stark and lovely park, not far from Bishop, California. Continue reading

Campground Review – Paradise Shores RV Park – Bridgeport, CA

Masonic Mine Sunset


The Paradise Shores RV Park is a small, well-maintained, privately owned park on the scenic shores of Bridgeport Reservoir. Nestled in sagebrush and grass-covered hills, the park has a breathtaking view of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range. Not far from historic Bodie ghost town and surreal Mono Lake, Paradise Shores is a great base from which to explore the area.

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Campground Review – Susanville RV Resort – Susanville, CA

Susanville RV Park


The Susanville RV Park is in a lovely area of Northern California near Lassen Volcanic National Park, an area with many opportunities for outdoors recreation. This large privately owned park is big rig RV friendly. The park is quiet and nicely landscaped, lending to a peaceful atmosphere. The crossroads siting of Susanville makes the park a convenient stopover on a long trip through the region. Continue reading

Moving On South

Crater Lake National Park

By mid-September, we were making our way south from Maryhill, Washington, to La Pine, Oregon. At La Pine we stayed for one week at the Cascade Meadows RV Resort, the last of the ROD resorts we planned to visit this travel season. Set in the scenic Lava Lands of Oregon, the resort is surrounded by grassy meadows and pine forests, with snow-capped mountains of the Cascade Range visible to the west and low forested volcanic craters to the east. At about 4,250 ft. elevation, nights were becoming quite cold, about 20º F, even this early in autumn.

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