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Dear campers,

We gonna travel the west by car and tent. Can you please recommend us favorable camp sites in the west of the USA for stays in a tent? What about camp sites close to / directly in LA, nearby the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone NP, Las Vegas, Seattle, SF,...?

Thank you so much for your help!

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I think one of my all time favorites is "Red Canyon" campground in the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area (Northeastern Utah). Camping within a few feet of a 1000 foot drop down to the reservoir and the scenery and wildlife are fantastic.
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For Grand Canyon, we used to tent-camp inside the park, and also in the National Forest just outside the south entrance. It's near the airport, but we were never bothered by any noise.

In Yellowstone, the Slough Creek camp up near Tower Junction is for tents only, (or used to be).

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We enjoyed Two Medicine in Glacier NP.

But do be aware that tent camping in bear country requires that you take precautions seriously--NEVER have food in your tent. ALWAYS put all food, coolers, water, etc in a closed, locked, hardside vehicle or in a bear box when not in use.


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Stayed at Curt Gowdey State park in Cheyenne, WY about 35 years ago, and loved it......BIG SKY country.

http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/Site/SiteInfo.aspx?siteID=4


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If you go to Grand Teton National Park, which is just south of Yellowstone, the campground at Jenny Lake is tents only and is located right at the base of the mountains.


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We tent camp in the West for several weeks each summer. Biggest problem we have is the wind. Better have good equipment...


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Wow...

Thanks a lot for your recommendations!

An other question:
Can anyone recommend a reliable camping guide for the western region? Is there a camping-ground-directory you would recommend?

Thanks a lot!

All the best!

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Wind in Wyoming? Yesterday we were having 80 MPH winds up here around Cody.

Check out this web site for Natl Forest Camp Grounds.

http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/list/nflist.htm

http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72DTUE8TAwjQL8h2VAQAMtzFUw!!/?nav

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For LA, try Leo Carillo in Malibu, or Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas (but it can be hot in the summer and cold in the winter, but nice in between, it will remind you of Korea, because MASH was filmed there) There are also some federal CGs in the hills above Pasadena. Most of the best CGs in the LA area can be found along the beaches. Any particular area?

For the National Parks, you will have the best experience if you stay in their CGs. Check out their websites.

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