Friday, May 4, 2007

RV Camping - Central City Colorado

On May 6, 1859, a fellow named John Gregory discovered gold in what soon would be called the "Richest Square Mile on Earth". This find occurred near the site of current day Central City and Blackhawk Colorado which are located west of Denver about 40 miles.

This area is rich in mining history, with mine shafts, mills, and assorted mining equipment scattered around the mountains surrounding town. Central City was considered for Colorado's capitol, and the town has endured a boom and bust economic history from mining, to current day gambling.

There is free camping available in the area, but the Columbine Campground (with location maps) is a popular public forest service facility with vault toilets, picnic tables, water, and trash. This campground has a host, reservations are accepted, and most campsites have large Pine trees for shade throughout the day. Our 36' motor home with toad fits into most of the back-in spaces. There are no pull through sites. $12 per night. Maximum length 55'.

Located at around 9200 feet, this campground offers cool summer camping close to some of Colorado's extensive mining history. The towns of Central City and Blackhawk offer casino gambling, and streams and trails are abundant. Mountain biking, and 4x4 exploring via 1800's mining roads are popular activities.

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Free RV Camping - North Dakota

Let us introduce you to North Dakota's boating access sites on the Missouri River System. Almost all sites have a boat ramp, courtesy dock, and restrooms. Low water may make boat access unavailable.

Game and Fish Department's web site lists 57 access areas, many allow primitive camping. These developed areas are funded in part by sportsman license purchase, but you can enjoy many of them for free unless you want to engage in activities that require a license.

Here are just the first two listings...

  1. Sundheim Park - 2 miles west of Cartwright on ND Highway 200, west side of Yellowstone River and on he south side of ND Highway 200. (No courtesy docks, paved access road, primitive camping, security lights, picnic shelter - McKenzie County Park Board).
  2. Confluence Area - 1 1/2 miles souh of Buford on ND Highway 1804. (Paved access road, primitive camping, security lights, picnic shelter, trash receptacles - Williams County WRD)

Not everyone will enjoy these boat launch areas as an RV camping location, but travelers may think these are perfect overnight locations off the beaten path. There are more free camping ideas available at North Dakota Camping Resources. Links to Wildlife Management Areas, federal and state parks, grasslands and more.

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Thursday, May 3, 2007

RV Camping Information - How Current?

We spend a lot of time every week fixing links from our RV camping website to various official information web sites. The Internet is in a constant state of change, and we are keeping up with the information changes as quickly as we can to make searching for campground information a no surprise experience.

Today was Nebraska and North Dakota's turn to slow down our expansion of the camping resource pages. Nebraska made a major change to it's tourism site that we link to for city and county campground information throughout the state. North Dakota made changes to how they present their WMA's (Wildlife Management Areas) and boat launch areas and campgrounds that required link corrections to our web site.

Finding camping locations is tough enough without hitting bad information links. We feel that the only way to provide the most current information is to provide links to many official public web sites that provide the most current camping status and information available. If that means that we have to deal with changing some links on our web pages, we'll gladly do it. You see, we really built as our own personal research tool. We hope it works for you too!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Camping Season and Checklists

Well, It's the first of May, and camping season is upon us. I know this because I've seen video of people camping in the Colorado mountains just this weekend. Camping in the Colorado high country this early in the year is "iffy" at best. We've been camping in a full blizzard on the 4th of July in past years in Colorado's mountains, so you have to be prepared.

Being prepared is different for everyone. Even if you never leave a hard surfaced road with your RV, you need to have certain things with you to make your trip enjoyable. Personal items such as spare light bulbs, groceries, paper towels, eating utensils etc. can help make your RV camping experience trouble free.

RV Camping offers a wide range of item checklists that you should customize for your own use. From tools, glue, and bailing wire, to salt, pepper, and sugar, you will find things that you will want to have along in your RV. Forgetting something important like cooking utensils can make for an "interesting" weekend.

Use your checklists. Write down what you use up and replace it. You'll be rewarded with trouble free camping trips.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Camping and Dogs

An article in the local paper today reported the results of a survey about dogs on public lands. The public lands were open space areas where dogs were allowed to run off leash, and people were asked if they were bothered by the fact dogs were allowed off leash. 83% responded that dogs off leash is no problem in the area.

The thing is, most people love dogs. Dogs love to run and play and explore and visit other people. Unfortunately, about 1 person in 10 is afraid of dogs, and I don't appreciate strange dogs exploring my campsite either.

One reason we boondock is so we don't feel the need to have our dog on a leash all the time, and not have to worry about other dogs off leash. My dog loves people, but not everybody has been receptive to his 80 pound advances. (really, my dog is the friendliest Golden Retriever ever!)

What's my point? Just to try and remember about 1 out of 10 people you see are afraid your dog, no matter if your dog is the friendliest dog ever.