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Our Favorite Campsites of 2014

We are heading to what will be our last campsite of 2014 to join the Amazon Camperforce team and tackle the holiday season rush.  We covered a few less miles this year, but still made it across the country and back.  We volunteered/workamped nearly half of the year, stayed put for about a month without working a couple of times, and actively traveled the rest.  Below is a list of our favorite campsites this year.

Gilbert Ray Campground, AZ – this county park, just south of Saguaro National Park, is the best campground we have found to experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.  It is a bargain at $20 per night for electric hookups, and camping among the giant Saguaros is a one-of-a-kind experience.  It is a 20 minute scenic drive to Tucson and there is GREAT hiking nearby.

Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, SD (boondocking) – The Badlands of South Dakota truly are something to behold, almost other-worldly.  Camping on the edge of “The Table,” a cliff overlooking them is a remarkable experience.   This free spot is 6.5 miles south of Wall, SD.  Look for the large antenna and turn left on the service road, drive anywhere you want and park.

North Shore Bay Campground, Buffalo Bill State Park, WY – This campground is unbelievably picturesque.  It overlooks the turquoise Buffalo Bill Lake with the snow covered Absaroka mountain range in the background and is surrounded by hoodoos and buttes.  It’s about 10 minutes to Cody, WY and 45 minutes to the Eastern slopes of Yellowstone National Park.

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Top Ten Campgrounds of 2013

In 2013 we crossed the country, staying at more than three dozen campgrounds along the way. Below is list of our favorites.  These are, of course, subjective to our tastes and preferences.  We prefer scenery and proximity to cool stuff above all.  We enjoy the luxuries of a full service campground from time to time, and when stationary for extended periods,  but we are happy to rough it a little for a great trail or view.  We also appreciate a good value, expensive campsites really have to be something special to impress us.

Campgrounds with excellent scenery from the site:

Valley of Fires Recreation Area

This New Mexico Park is enchanting.  It has sweeping vistas of the “wild west” and is surrounded by an ancient lava flow. The park has a nice hiking trail through the flow so visitors can get a closer look at the unique fauna. Camping here is a memorable experience. New Mexico parks have nice amenities, well maintained and inexpensive, less than $20.  Each site has water and electric, concrete pad and a shade pavilion with picnic table.

Moonrise in NM
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