Located on the sunny shores of Lake Michigan. Swim or relax on our beautiful sandy beach and stop by our beach house for lunch or maybe just a snack.
We offer: developed campsites, semi-developed campsites, boardwalks, camping, cabins, observation decks, hot showers, picnic areas, clean bathrooms, outdoor grills, dump station, play ground, large lots, and a concession stand.
This is an outstanding hidden gem located on the softest white sand dunes you can imagine. There is a full beach lifestyle here with a small launch, an ice cream & snack shack, water toy rentals, and trails through the dunes. This park is located just north of the more famous Warren Dunes which is a terrific day trip. The town boasts of shopping, restaurants, antiquing, breweries, and the wineries lie in the surrounding area. There is even a real life Forest Primeval with a lovely trail.
Visitors are attracted by the extensive beachfront in Michigan, but there are special events galore. Weko Beach hosts an annual festival in celebration of the area's wineries. In the fall, there is the Apple Cider Century bike race throughout SW Michigan.
Rates are reasonable for the area and the campground has added new cabins that are available for rental.
You will not find a more beautiful spot to camp than in the San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado. Bridge Campground is situated at an elevation of around 8,000 feet. The developed sites (no electric or water) all have access to Williams Creek waterfront.
The campground is a bit deceptive as you drive in as it is difficult to see just how big the sites are and how much privacy most of the sites provide.
The area has several of the NFS Campgrounds on the same road. Bridge is the first on the road up to Williams Reservoir heading north. The views are breathtaking. There is plenty of wildlife - as a matter of fact, a few marmots have entertained campers for years as they scamper up and down the rocks on the other side of the creek. In the spring, the trees take on an ornamented appearance as migrating birds show their full colors. There are eagle, hawks, and osprey that live and hunt along the waterway.
Many of the Bridge campers come to make use of the extensive trail system. Hiking trails are well maintained and the easier ones are very popular. You can connect up to the entire Continental Divide Trail which runs from Mexico to Canada. There are ample routes available for off-road vehicles such as ATVs and dirt bikes.
We love the Pagosa Springs and Durango area and highly recommend Bridge - or any of the other Forest Service campgrounds!
This is one of our favorite places and we make at least a short stop at Riverside (Caballo Lake State Park). It lies just below the Caballo Dam along the Rio Grande - it is not listed separately from Caballo Lake State Park, however, it is a bit further down the road.
This campground offers green grass, a low number of goathead thorns (always an issue in this area of the country), and the ability to boondock along the river without giving up things like showers and electricity.
The campground has a nice variety of hook up sites, either back in or pull through, tent or boondocking sites, and a rally site for larger groups. There are two bath/shower houses. The park is open year round.
The photo was one taken just south of our campsite early in the morning. Lovely to site this family of deer!
Here are links to campgrounds we have spent time at and some of our thoughts.
Coyote Creek State Park, about an hour southeast of Taos, is nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains along a meandering stream. Enclosed by a forest of spruce and pine, the small valley displays abundant wildflowers and beautiful fall foliage. The park is ideal for fly fishing, camping, hiking and birding.
This is one of the first New Mexico State Parks we set up camp in as full timers in the SW. It's out there - on a nicely improved road the camp lies between Eagle's Nest/Angel Fire and Mora/Las Vegas New Mexico. The roads are remote but easily accessible by any vehicle.
Perhaps it is because we were so new to this or perhaps the place is magical, this park enchants the Fearless crew to this day. Coyote Creek was being fished for cutthroat trout by campers and locals alike. The birding was the best we've ever experienced, from the hummingbird who flew up to greet us to the successful predator dangling a snake far above our heads (this is not okay by the way - never been to a place where snakes are being flown above out heads). All in all, the bird life resembled a scene from Disney, full color spectrum on display! This gentleman is a Steller's Jay. He was noisy, fearless, and quite frankly a bit arrogant. But gorgeous.This park lies in the Sangre Di Cristo mountain range which is one of the longest ranges on earth. The range has 10 "14ers" and more than two dozen peaks that top out at 13,000 feet or more. Hiking, ATV rides, fishing, birding, skiing, and wildlife tracking are all activities to be enjoyed at Coyote Creek. The meadow wildflowers are beyond compare, particularly in early summer. In the fall a rafter of turkeys would wake everyone in the camp loop early in the morning as they foraged along the creek. You may catch a bird of prey carrying a prize snake in its talons. Right above your head. Three years later and this is still not okay.
The sites are really varied. In the elctric hook up loop, there are a couple of sites with shelter and shade covering. Then there is the row lined up along the creek which are exposed to the sun all day and are a bit closer together. The developed camping sites without hookups offer mostly shaded spots, some with shelters, some without. The roads aren't perfect, however, we had no trouble on the rutted roads in the bus. The cherry on top for us? The free WiFi that actually works!
We see some great fires! This is our neighbor at Lake Dallas on Lewisville Lake (a bit confusing but I guess the lake changed its name but the town did not). We love a good fire but often find ourselves in places where fire is prohibited. We didn't remember how much of a workout fire - and fire cooking - can be.
We have used this as our home base for landing in TorC for 3 year now. Great park, lots of hiking, big water for a desert, and with the New Mexico camping pass comes out to only $4 a night for an electric and water site.
Three large camp loops along with many boondocking sites, including the beachfront, make this a great choice for both reservation and walk in campers!
Elephant Butte Lake is the largest recreational lake in New Mexico and plenty of people love to swim, boat, fish, and sail here. There is a large crowd that comes from Albuquerque, El Paso, and Las Cruces. There are many campers passing through on their way to winter in Arizona. And there are plenty of people who love the area for a winter retreat.
There are several shower and bathroom buildings located around the grounds - two in camping loops and two closer to the beach. They are older, however, they are mostly clean and have hot-ish water.
We mentioned the New Mexico State Park pass. This is an affordable way to spend time in the state, particularly if you are a full-timer. With the pass, hook up sites with sheltered picnic tables are $4 per night. Entry to the park and first come, first serve rustic sites are free. Campers can stay for up to 14 contiguous day.
Elephant Butte is just minutes from Truth or Consequences, NM where campers can find a camper friendly Wal-Mart, several chain food and local restaurant choices, and a few package good/convenience stores. The historic downtown boasts many hot springs spas with some of the best prices on mineral water soaks we've ever seen.
Come out for a weekend or stay for a full vacation, there's plenty to do and see at the Butte!
He's our Mascot and butt warmer in the middile of the night. He's also had so many photos taken of him over the year let's just say he has an attitude. Check out some of the best of his road experience.
Well this week sees us back in one of our very favorite states - New Mexico - and absolutely one of our favorite mountain ranges, the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Taos. Although we can barely breath up here it still feels like a load is lifted when you step out and gasp for that first deep breath of mountain air. Gorgeous.
This Saturday, our last day at Coyote Creek and Halloween weekend, we were comfortable that we had a neighbor staying over. It was after 1:00 p.m. and they were still there. We had discussed how it would be a bit fun and spooky if we were left alone on our last night.
Coming back to one of the coolest state parks in New Mexico, Elephant Butte State Park, I found myself looking forward to getting reacquainted with the quail and that terrific view of the beautiful night sky.
Trinidad Lake is a wonderful place to escape the crowds and establish a basecamp from which to explore the great outdoors. Miles of trails winding through ancient and interesting local history, and spectacular scenery provide visitors and nature enthusiasts with great outdoor exploration opportunities.
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