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 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.
The Lower Piedra Campground is just north of U.S. Highway 160 on the west side of the Piedra River, about 18 miles east of Bayfield and 25 miles west of Pagosa Springs. It is about a half mile up Forest Rd. 621 on the west side of the river (not to be confused with the First Fork Road [Forest Rd. 622] on the east side of the river). The campground offers 17 large, level sites with plenty of shade. Fishing opportunities are available.boundary).
This is one of the first campgrounds we hosted, along with Ute Camp. We remember our first ride down the forest service road leading to the campground. The one lane gravel road takes you up the side of the hill with the rushing Piedra River below. That view provided everything we thought Colorado would be - green forests, greener rivers, all surrounded by mountains. Wildflowers and birds are abundant as you travel toward the campground.
This is a small camp with five sites along the river and ten more sites in the loop. Each site has its own charm - one is in the midst of boulders at the foot of the mountain, another has a veil of spring flowering vines that make the site look like a wedding chapel. There are two large, clean vault toilets and a centrally located potable freshwater pump.
Lower Piedra is just a beautiful spot on earth with great diversity of plant and wildlife. Speaking of wildlife, you are likely to run across a rattlesnake or two in the grass. You may have a bear by the river. You may be treated to a rafter of turkeys marching their young slowly through the campground. Be one the lookout - for safety and for fun!
There is a mineral pond right behind the campground that is a favorite for swimming, paddle boarding, and practicing on the kayak. It's very shallow but has an odd soft clay bottom. There is no heat but the mineral content is high. The turquoise coloring makes it look like the waters off a Carribean Island.
The camping is a bit more close in to neighbors than in some of the other San Juan National Forest campgrounds but the beauty of the area, the Piedra River, the access to hiking and ATV trails, and its proximity to Chimney Rock make this an excellent choice in campgrounds!
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.
Located at the border of Mexico, the park exhibit hall and historic structures capture the history of the Pancho Villa Raid and historic Camp Furlong. The large campground offers utility hookups for campers with RVs, and a playground for the kids. From the campground you can see Pueto Palomas, the gateway to a small Mexican town.
We've only stayed here once as it is a rather "boring" campground. It is flat, there are stickers and thorns, and there isn't much scenery, especially important when you consider that Rockhound Park in the Little Florida Mountains and Leahsburg, Caballo, and Elephant Butte all lie within an hour of Pancho Villa. It does has its pluses though.
First, the hookups can be very hard to find at state campgrounds either because they've been reserved or because there are few in the camp. Pancho Villa had plenty of options. They also boasted some really new, clean bathrooms with showers at two locations in the park. There is a free museum at the front which also hosts a small gift/book shop. There are lovely covered picnic tables with rock walls at the reservation sites.
We had no reservation so we stayed near the showers at a four site picnic area. There weren't many other campers who didn't have reservations so we didn't have to share the spot. The best part of the camp is the location. In just a few short minutes you can be across the border to visit The Pink Store, a dentist, or a pharmacy. We were allowed in with our Driver's Licenses as we were walking across the border. That was in an easier time (2015) so plan on needing at minimum a passport card.
We had a great time shopping, dining, and even having a drink at The Pink Store. We met a man who was having a margarita and waiting for his wife to return from the dentist. We had no idea about the popularity and affordability of crossing the border for dental visits. Our eyes are open now!
All in all, it's a great place if you want to cross the border into Mexico at a very chill small town port of entry. If you are super into the Pancho Villa story, a night or two would probably be fun for you. Otherwise, it's a great campground with a lot of sites for when Rockhound and Leahsburg are full.
The nature enthusiast will appreciate the abundance of wildlife, birds, butterflies, and wildflowers among the lakes, creeks, forests, and meadows. Nearly all outdoor recreation activities are possible: Fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and camping.
The sad news for us is that when we were in this area, there were no sites available to camp. We rarely use the reservation systems as we figure only suckers pay that extra fee. But sometimes that means the joke is on us and we don't get a site. That is rare though and in this instance it was a real disappointment.
We did however, drive through, use the facilities, talk to one of the camp hosts, and walked Fearless Jaco. Right away we noticed the wealth of birdlife and wildflowers. The colors just burst from this area - photographers, birders, boaters, anglers, and hikers will LOVE this setting. The canyon and lake were beautiful.
As it lies in Northern New Mexico bordering Colorado, it is quite a popular spot. We might actually break down and make that reservation - and recommend you do too. We are definitely heading back up there and hoping to score several days camping in this gorgeous mountain campground!
P.S. We still don't have a clue as to whether the pronunciation of the end of this name is "ITE" or "EET". Any help on resolving that would be great.
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.
Trinidad Lake holds a special place in our hearts. We had finally made it to Colorado and it was absolutely spectacular! Even the Walmart parking lot had a view of snow capped mountains - a breathtaking site for a couple of Midwesterners. The State Park is just a few miles outside the town so we were able to find groceries, gas, and yes, even a Chinese Buffet.
Camping in Colorado is just more expensive than many other places. It is clearly worth it, however, it is a good idea to budget wisely. We purchased the Colorado State Park Pass that first year (2016) so that we didn't have to pay a daily per person fee of $7.00 on top of the camping fee. We received value as we returned again to the State Park later in the summer.
The lake itself is set deep in a ravine. Campers can hike down the rather steep rocky slope to fish the banks or head to the boat ramp and put in their fishing boat. The trails around the campground are excellent and you can find many trailheads from the park. There is an active bear community so the Ranger will check in with you on your site set up.
The staff was friendly and the sites were all in great condition. Most had shaded areas and many back right up to a view of the lake that will leave you fascinated. Fishers Peak looms over the small city of Trinidad. IN the distance you can see the Spanish Peaks. If you head West on Colorado 12 from the park, you can make a loop that will take you to other camps, historic sites, mines, and a scenic drive.
There is a ton of outdoor recreation to be had here in Trinidad and the surrounding area. It's just about 15 miles north of the New Mexico border through the Raton Pass. It's a bit of a climb. We learned a little bit about our first reactions to high altitude as well. Oh yeah - bring quarters for the showers! Experienced the terror of worrying about running out of quarters with fully lathered shampoo heads...
The Ute Campground is 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs on U.S. Highway 160 and campground is on north side of the highway. Ute Campground has 26 campsites on a gentle, south-facing slope. Ponderosa pines give shade, but the area gets very warm in summer.
The hillside above the campground offers excellent views of the pinnacles of Chimney Rock Archaeological Area.
When one pulls into Ute Campground for the first time, it might be easy to underestimate this lovely and unique campground and habitat. We had the pleasure of camp hosting here for a season, along with a neaby waterfront campground at Lower Piedra.
The camp is set on a gentle slope and has 26 campsites, four of which are tent only. The tent sites are a bit more secluded, and while they are under the amazing Ponderosas that cover the grounds with a green canopy, the sites border a gorgeous, flower-filled mountain meadow. From that meadow campers get night sky views that just don't quit. Just across the highway in the Southern Ute Nation, campers can see Chimney Rock framed against the vast Colorado skyline.
The sites are large, shaded, mostly level, and well spaced so campers can have privacy. There are two old school vault toilets on the grounds, garbage service, and potable water. The caveat here is that while you can drink the water, it does have a strong sulfer smell. We cautioned campers about putting the water into tanks and water jugs.
The wildlife was abundant here throughout the season. We saw our first Mountain Lion here - talk about developing some respect for our surroundings! In May, the grounds were covered in Mule Deer and Elk. Hummingbirds, Nuthatches (they sound like a tree full of squeaker toys), and Magpies fill the trees. A squirrel we had never seen before, the Aberts Squirrel, would chase along with the cart, little tufted ears making it the cutest thing. Much cuter than the baby rattlesnakes we say and heard. Yes, there are rattlesnakes. Nothing we could do about that except use an abundance of caution. We also had a bull snake, Benny, who lived in our host camp site and he was a friendly looking, very chill snake. We think he kept the nasty rattlesnake out of our area. As fall approached, the meadow filled with wild turkeys and skunks that gently marched through the flowers.
Ute Campground is a great launching ground for hiking, ATV/off-roading, river sports, Chimney Rock, hunting, and much more. Durango and Pagosa Springs are both beautiful San Juan Mountain towns with great food, beverages, historic downtowns, trains, hot springs, and shopping. Make sure you stop in at Ute Campground, even if it is just for a picnic - truly an amazing camping experience!
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