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RE: America the Beautiful Senior Pass

Concessionaires in the National Parks are not required to give the 50% discount. They may give a discount to Senior pass holders if they choose. A few years ago when we were at the Coulter Bay RV Village, they gave a discount to Senior Pass holders in the off season, but it was not 50%. I believe that the Forest Service concession run campgrounds still give the Senior Pass discount.
trailertraveler 01/14/19 04:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip from Delaware to Utah National Parks and Grand Tetons

Lots of choices. Do you want to take interstates or the "Blue Highways"? You will most likely want to start by picking up I-70 from I-95. We prefer taking I-68 to I-79 to I-64 rather than staying on I-70. In the Saint Louis area, you have some choices. I-70 will take you West through Colorado to Utah. You could also pickup either US-50 or US-36 to travel through the heartland of the country. Another choice is to take I-44 to I-40. Amarillo would likely be the warmest spot along this route. I-40 follows Historic Route 66 through New Mexico and Arizona. There is a lot to see along I-40. In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66. In New Mexico, Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions. Santa Rosa is another Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. In Albuquerque, the Pueblo Cultural Center, the Turquoise Trail, the Sandia Crest Highway and Petroglyph National Monument are worth visiting in my opinion. In Grants, there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 going West from Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino. Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest National Park are not far from the Arizona/New Mexico border. Homolovi Ruins State Park is near Winslow where you can stand on the corner. In the Flagstaff area are Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Sedona/Camp Verde/Cottonwood are about an hour South of Flagstaff with Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well National Monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument, Palatki and Honaki Ruins, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Verde Canyon Railroad, Fort Verde State Park, Cathedral Rock, Gold King Mine, Jerome State Historic Park in the area. Grand Canyon National Park is not far North Of I-40. From there, it is not far to many of the Utah National Parks and other great places. US-89 can take you all the way to Grand Teton National Park with many great places along the way.
trailertraveler 01/12/19 07:54am Roads and Routes
RE: KOA Membership

......... KOA= Keep on Adding. I still don’t know where this comes from. As many times as we have stayed at a KOA I have never paid more than the price quoted when making reservations on line, or pulling in and getting a site in person.This slur started decades ago. Before the internet, KOA had a printed directory. The directory usually stated something like rates starting at. The starting rate was usually for a tent site with no utilities. Of course human nature being what it is, many expected to get that starting rate for any site in the campground. KOAs often have more choices in sites with varying amenities than many campgrounds where every site is the same. So, when folks found out that a water and electric site cost more than a no utilities site and a water/electric/sewer site was even more; the Keep On Adding moniker was born and has been repeated ever since.
trailertraveler 01/09/19 05:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: KOA Membership

In my experience (over 40 years with RVs) their prices continue to go up but most of their parks are going down. Of course, there are exceptions. They like to charge extra for everything. I avoid them if I can. KOA= Keep on Adding.This is a very old and common slur on KOAs. Many campgrounds/RV parks charge different rates for different services and amenities. A dry site (if available) will almost always be the cheapest. Water/electric sites are usually less than full hookups. Sites with 50 amp service are often more than sites with 30 amp service. Many parks charge extra for sites that have cable or charge for access to Wifi. A pull through may be more than a backin. KOA is no different in this regard and their website is very good at showing the types of sites available, the amenities available and the cost. There is of course no guarantee that the cheapest site is available or that your RV will fit in it. Like most RV Parks/campgrounds, KOAs generally charge for what is available at the site not what you say you want to or will not use.
trailertraveler 01/09/19 01:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: KOA Membership

In my opinion any membership is only worth it if you use it. In addition to the camping discounts, some of the discounts offered to members by other companies like Allstate RV Help roadside assistance can make the membership worth while. As mentioned KOA campgrounds generally tend to be at the high end of the price point for their local area. However, they are generally decent campgrounds. Also as mentioned, points are accumulated based on each stay and can add up to an additional discount. What they call "hot deals" can be system wide or park specific and often include stay one night get one free or at a big discount. Both the Passport America and Good Sam systems have more participating campgrounds than KOA, but they run the gambit from terrible to excellent. Passport America parks often have time of year and length of stay conditions for the steepest discount. But, it pnly takes a few nights to break even. Good Sam membership includes a discount at Camping World, Gander Mountain and Overtons. The Good Sam Action Line's intervention in two warranty disputes on my behalf saved me over $1000. That's more than I will spend in membership fees for a long time. The America the Beautiful Senior Pass is one of the best deals going. It provides free entry and camping discounts at many federal facilities. Many states also have camping passes and entrance passes that can be worth it if you will use it enough.
trailertraveler 01/09/19 01:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: NJ to Vegas, Best route to take?

BTW any sights to see along these?There a lot to see along I-40. In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66. In New Mexico, Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions. Santa Rosa is another Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. In Albuquerque, the Pueblo Cultural Center and Petroglyph National Monument, the Turquoise Trail and the Sandia Crest Highway are worth visiting in my opinion. In Grants, there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 going West from Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino. Homolovi Ruins State Park is near Winslow where you can stand on the corner. Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest National Park are not far from the Arizona/New Mexico border. In the Flagstaff area are Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Sedona/Camp Verde/Cottonwood are about an hour South of Flagstaff with Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well National Monuments, Tuzigoot National Monument, Palatki and Honaki Ruins, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Verde Canyon Railroad, Fort Verde State Park, Cathedral Rock, Gold King Mine, Jerome State Historic Park in the area. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is not far North of I-40.
trailertraveler 01/05/19 07:53am Roads and Routes
RE: Southern Utah

...My hiking ability is not what it used to be, so any particular drives would be appreciated... Kane Creek Road Potash Lower Colorado Byway Upper Colorado River UT-128 Scenic Byway
trailertraveler 10/02/18 04:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Showlow, Pinetop Arizona RV parks?

We have stayed at K Bar RV Resort and Fools Hollow Lake in Show Low. In Springerville we have stayed at Casa Malpais Campground. In Big Lake, Apache Trout Campground. For more than a night I would choose Fool Hollow or Apache Trout if sites are available.
trailertraveler 09/16/18 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Balloon Fiesta in October in Albuquerque?

If you do stop in Tucumcari check out the murals located around town and the Dinosaur Museum.
trailertraveler 09/09/18 08:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Balloon Fiesta in October in Albuquerque?

At least 5 days prior and 5 days after the Balloon Festival the RV parks will be full and their prices will be jacked up.... all the way to Santa Fe. Cochiti Corp of Engineers will also be full but prices as usual. I'd recommend reservations during this time for this whole area. You could head straight for Grand Canyon and do Santa Fe/Albuquerque on your way back.The past couple of years it has been difficult to get a site with electric from Santa Fe South. Cochiti Campground has always had some dry camping sites available. Take a look at the Tetilla Peak COE campground. It has 35 electric sites. At this time of year it is first come first serve. It closes October 16. It is an older park located on the East side of Cochiti Lake. The Casino in San Felipe is a bare bones parking lot setup with electric at the sites. Water and a dump station is available. We stayed there when passing through the area mid-week of the balloon fiesta last year and it was about half full.
trailertraveler 09/08/18 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ruidoso, NM RV Parks

The Ruidoso River is a trout stream and is also stocked at times. Check the NM weekly fishing and stocking reports. With the changes in the laws regarding access to private property, you will have to do some research to find areas where there is public access.
trailertraveler 09/06/18 05:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Albuquerque and Santa Fe?

...Also convenient for day trips to Santa Fe is Rianna Lake COE...I think they mean Riana Campground at Abiquiu Lake. It is a very nice campground, but like Cochiti often very busy. Half the electric sites are on the reservation system half first come first serve. There have always been dry campsites available when we have been there.
trailertraveler 09/06/18 11:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Albuquerque and Santa Fe?

If you really want to stay in the Cochiti area, take a look at the Tetilla Peak COE campground. It has 35 electric sites. At this time of year it is first come first serve. It closes October 16. It is an older park.
trailertraveler 09/06/18 08:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Albuquerque and Santa Fe?

We would like to visit both. Better to stay in one area, then move to other area? I saw a cg on Turquoise Trail that said only 15 miles to Albuquerque and wondered if we could base camp here to both places instead of relocating. Also, read lots of reviews stating safety concerns in cgs near Albuquerque. Is it safer east or west of Albuquerque? 0It has been a number of years, but we enjoyed our stay at the Turquoise Trail Campground. We enjoyed the drive (about 55 miles) to Santa Fe on NM-14 stopping in Madrid (where the movie Wild Hogs was made) and Cerillos. We have stayed at Cochiti Lake COE a number of times. It is 35 miles from Santa Fe and 50 miles from Albuquerque. The electric sites will be pretty full continuously from 2 weeks before until 2 weeks after the Balloon Fiesta. There have always been dry camping sites available when we were there. The Tetilla Peaks Campground on the East side of the lake is more likely to have electric sites available. I believe it usually closes right after the Balloon Fiesta. If you are just looking for a place to spend the night while touring during the day, the Casino in San Felipe has sites with electric. Water and a dump station is available.
trailertraveler 09/04/18 09:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Long Trip Considerations

traveling is not cheap. The cost of gas is a killer. Prices are all over the places. What we discovered-Costco and Safeway (a grocery store that, in many states, sold gas) had the best prices for gas. You need a Costco membership to pump Costco gas, but anyone can use Safeway. I also downloaded Gas Buddy, an app that was a bit of a help locating cheaper gas prices.The Kroger family of grocery stores (Kroger, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, City Market, Fred Meyer and others) have a rewards card that builds discounts on fuel based on store purchases. The card works at any/all brands of their stores. There is also often a 3 cent per gallon discount on any fuel purchase regardless of reward points. The Kroger savings can be had even when using a credit card that will give 5% cashback on fuel purchases all the time or at selected times.
trailertraveler 09/03/18 06:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Long Trip Considerations

We prefer the Blue Highways to the interstates other than around larger cities. We will have a few major destinations in mind when we head out. On travel days, we will go 200-250 miles (4-5 hrs) or less. I use a mapping program to find the general area where we will likely land at the end of a travel day. Using the mapping program and internet sites like RV Park Reviews, RV Parky, Allstays, Passport America, and the Ultimate Public Campgrounds Project; I compile a short list of 2-4 potential stops. About noon, I will call to check on availability. I will usually not rely on just pulling into a campground. Once we arrive; I will ask staff what there is to see and do in the area, look at any brochures they might have and do an internet search for things to do. We have on a couple of occasions stopped for a night and ended up staying a week. I also use these websites to find attractions and places of interest: National Parks National Wildlife Refuges State Parks Scenic Byways Legends of America Roadside America Ghost Towns Slot Canyons Factory Tours National Historic Trails Civil War Trails State Tourism Websites
trailertraveler 09/02/18 05:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camping in Red River, Angel Fire, or Ruidoso in Oct

Some of the RV Parks and Campgrounds in Angel Fire, Eagle Nest and Red River close in early to mid-October. Some of the Forest Service campgrounds along the Red River on Highway 38 close after Labor Day. I think most close by the end of September. Eagle Nest Lake State Park should be open. The Balloon Fiesta is Oct. 6-14. Many of the RV Parks from Santa Fe South including Cochiti will be full or nearly so for the 2 weeks before and after. Some raise their rates during this period. There are usually dry camping sites available at Cochiti. There are usually sites available at the Tetilla Peak campground on the East side of Cochiti Lake. Looks like it closes on October 16 this year.
trailertraveler 08/28/18 12:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reservations-KY to Grand Canyon on route 40

Be traveling mid September to mid October. Do you believe we will need reservations along the way and at the Grand Canyon. Willing to stay in public or private parks.We spent the last 3 Septembers and Octobers in New Mexico. Be aware that the Balloon Fiesta is Oct. 6-14. RV parks and campgrounds from Santa Fe to Truth or Consequences may be full for the 2 weeks before and after. Many raise their prices during this time. In my experience over the past few years, it has become more difficult to get sites with at least electric without reservations. New Mexico is no exception. Parks like Chochiti Lake, Rhiana at Abuqui Lake, and Oliver Lee State Park that get mentioned often on this and other forums can be difficult to get into or get a spot for more than a day or two. If you do not need electric, you will have a better chance at some of the larger public campgrounds. Even if you don't make reservations, checking the date availability page on Recreation dot Gov and Reserve America a couple of days before arrival will give you a good idea of what to expect. Some of the Forest Service campgrounds will close after Labor Day or by the end of September.
trailertraveler 08/28/18 07:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Heading West from SC

Schools are in so generally no problem with CGs unless there is an event on. See that Albuquerque is on the list. Hot air Balloon Fiesta? We wanted to but decided to postpone to a later trip. From what I read on that it seems to be best if you are on the site.The balloon fiesta is Oct. 6-14. Even if you do not plan on attending, recognize that RV Parks and campgrounds from Santa Fe to Truth or Consequences may be very busy for the 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the event. Some also raise their rates considerably during this period.
trailertraveler 08/19/18 07:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Heading West from SC

...The rest of the stops: Amarillo, TX, use that as a place holder on the calendar but we're really going to be taking side trips to Route 66 on our way toAlbuquerque, not sure if we're going to detour up to Santa Fe... There is a lot to see along I-40. In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66. In New Mexico, Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66 and numerous murals painted on buildings plus other attractions. Santa Rosa is another Route 66 town and has the The Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. In Albuquerque there is Petroglyph National Monument, the Pueblo Cultural Center, the Turquoise Trail and the Sandia Crest Highway that are worth visiting in my opinion. In Grants, there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 going West from Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Malpais National Conservation Area, El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino.
trailertraveler 08/15/18 02:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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