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Hari Saya Berkuda dengan Anak Laki-Laki Newton, dia terkenal, Newton Boys, bermain buruk di bank dan kereta api selama Roaring Twenties. Jim dan Janetta Newton, orang tua pekerja keras dari Boys dan tujuh anak lainnya bekerja keras untuk menyimpan makanan di atas meja. Jim Newton, yang dikenal sebagai petani siklon, memindahkan keluarganya dari satu tempat ke tempat lain untuk selalu mencari sesuatu yang lebih baik. Dari kesebelas anak itu tampak bahwa hanya empat yang ternyata buruk, baik buruk di benak hukum. Saudara laki-laki melihat bank dan kereta merampok sedikit berbeda dari rakyat biasa. Mereka merampok bank dan kereta untuk menghasilkan uang dan menganggapnya hanya bisnis, sama seperti Anda atau saya pergi ke kantor dan menunggu cek. Mereka tidak pernah membunuh siapa pun dan tidak pernah menginginkan yang mereka inginkan hanyalah uangnya. Keempat buah apel yang buruk itu adalah Willis, Doc, Jess, dan Joe. Kembali pada tahun 1909, Willis dan Doc mengambil sebuah kapas kecil yang bukan milik mereka dan karena kejadian kecil ini, Lembaga Pemasyarakatan Texas menjadi rumah mereka selama dua tahun, sampai mereka melarikan diri. Mereka kemudian diampuni namun memutuskan bahwa jika semua orang mengira bahwa mereka adalah penjahat maka mereka akan menjadi penjahat. Willis menarik perampokan kereta pertama di sebelah barat Uvalde. Pada tanggal 31 Desember 1914, dia naik kereta api di Cline, Texas dan turun di Spofford, Texas di Kinney County. Ketika dia menurunkan kereta di Spofford, sakunya sedikit lebih berat, sekitar 4.700,00 lebih berat. Willis melanjutkan kehidupan kriminal. Brother Joe bergabung dengan Willis pada tahun 1920 dan pada tahun 1921 saudara laki-laki Jess dan Doc bergabung dalam bisnis keluarga bersama Willis, pemimpin ring kelompok tersebut. Dan tidakkah Anda tahu itu Newton Boys melakukan perampokan kereta terbesar dalam sejarah. Saat itu tanggal 12 Juni 1924 ketika mereka merampok kereta surat di Rondout, Illinois. Mengambil untuk petualangan bisnis kecil ini berjumlah lebih dari tiga juta dolar. Perampokan itu berhasil selama beberapa hari. Peluru nyasar memukul Doc di kaki yang memperlambat semuanya untuk sementara waktu. Undang-undang itu menyusul Doc, Willis dan Joe beberapa hari setelah perampokan tersebut. Jess melarikan diri ke Texas tapi tidak pernah menikmati 35.000 yang dia bawa. Sementara di San Antonio, Texas, Jess agak mabuk dan memutuskan bahwa agar aman dia mengubur uangnya. Dia menggali lubang di puncak bukit dan kemudian menjatuhkan uang di dalamnya untuk menutupi semuanya dengan batu datar khusus untuk menandai lokasi yang tepat. Dengan uangnya sekarang aman, dia memutuskan untuk berpisah ke Meksiko. Beberapa mil dari kota ia mengalami perubahan hati dan memutuskan bahwa uang itu akan lebih aman dengan dia sehingga dia kembali untuk mendapatkannya. Tapi di mana sih bukit itu. Jadi untuk semua pencari keberuntungan Anda, di suatu tempat di San Antonio di atas bukit di bawah batu karang khusus ada 35.000 lebih sedikit uang Jess Newtons. Hukum tidak pernah menemukan uangnya tapi mereka memang menemukan Jess Pensiunan ini menjadi petualangan bisnis terakhir mereka. Keempat, sekali lagi, menemukan rumah baru di Penjara Leavenworth. Doc berkeliaran di sana selama enam tahun sementara Willis memanggilnya pulang pukul empat. Joe bertugas satu tahun dan Jess bertugas sembilan bulan. The Twenties mengaum memudar ke matahari terbenam. Newton Boys agak agak berpikir untuk menjalani kehidupan yang bersih dan produktif. Willis pernah berkata, Joe malu dengan apa yang kita lakukan dan mungkin akan membuat seorang Baptis yang baik. Dan Joe memang berusaha mengubah hidupnya. Dia pindah ke Uvalde, Texas. Dia bekerja di sebuah peternakan, di sebuah toko daging, mengantarkan mobilnya dan dia melakukan perdagangan kuda kecil untuk menjalani kehidupan bersih. Sekitar akhir 1950-an ayahku memutuskan bahwa kami membutuhkan kuda peternakan lain dan itu perlu menjadi salah satu yang bisa saya tumpangi. Banyak kuda peternakan itu terlalu asin untuk ditangani seorang gadis berusia sepuluh tahun. Kami perlu menemukan yang lain yang bisa Anda ubah selama beberapa bulan dan kemudian menangkapnya, melempar beberapa sepatu dan memasukkan saya ke pelana, tanpa kekhawatiran bahwa saya dilempar ke tengah padang rumput. Ayah memeriksa beberapa pedagang kuda lokal. Dia akhirnya menemukan pedagang kuda ini di Uvalde yang memiliki garmen warna coklat besar yang bagus untuk dijual. Perjalanan ke Uvalde terasa sepi. Ayah tampak yakin bahwa ini akan menjadi kuda yang akan dia beli karena kami menyusuri trailer kuda. Kenangan seekor kuda baru selalu membuatku senang dan mungkin aku terpental dari dinding saat kami tiba di Uvalde. Lalu ayahku memulai ceramah untuk memikirkan tingkah lakuku dan tidak mengatakan apa-apa dan dia akan berbicara denganku dalam perjalanan pulang. Tampak bagi saya bahwa sebuah misteri mungkin ada di tangan. Kami melewati jalan di dekat halaman saham dan menarik sebuah rumah ke sana di pinggiran kota Uvalde. Ayah keluar dan aku mengikutinya. Pedagang kuda itu, seorang pria berambut putih tua, menjabat tangan Daddys dan menyapa saya. Kami berjalan berkeliling di belakang rumahnya dan di sana ada pena yang besar dengan ekor dan ekor flaxen. Saya segera tahu bahwa jika kita membeli kuda ini, saya harus memanjat pagar atau mendapat dorongan untuk menemuinya. Aku kembali ke pickup untuk pelana dan mencoba memikirkan nama untuk kuda baru itu. Setelah sadam, Ayah melempariku ke atas kapal. Aku berjalan mengelilingi raksasa yang lembut ini di sekeliling pena selama beberapa putaran lalu memindahkannya ke sebuah trot, membalikkan dan menghentikannya di sepanjang jalan. Lalu kami pindah ke sebuah canter yang lembut. Saya ingat pedagang kuda berkata, Gadis itu pasti bisa naik. Kami membeli cokelat kemerah-merahan itu. Kupikir dia terlihat seperti Trigger. Aku mulai memanggilnya tapi memutuskan Nugget cukup baik. Ayah diam-diam menuju rumah pickup dengan kuda baru di trailer. Tiba-tiba, dia bertanya apakah aku tahu apa-apa tentang pedagang kuda itu. Tentu saja saya tidak dan kemudian ceritanya mulai terungkap. Pedagang kuda itu tak lain adalah Joe Newton. Joe Newton, penjahat, narapidana, perampok kereta. Aku tidak percaya bahwa sekarang aku pemilik kuda yang menjadi milik penjahat yang nyata, hidup, dan bonafide. Aku mengendarai Nugget beberapa mil setelah itu dan aku selalu berpura-pura bahwa aku adalah bagian dari Gang Newton. Ketika semua dikatakan dan dilakukan, Anda mungkin mengatakan bahwa Newtons adalah geng yang sukses, setidaknya berhasil di mata mereka. Mereka merampok lebih dari delapan puluh bank dan enam kereta. Total jumlah mereka ditambahkan ke lebih dari Geng Dalton, Butch Cassidy dan gabungan James Brothers. Dalam pikiran mereka, mereka tidak pernah benar-benar melakukan kesalahan, itu hanya bisnis. Doc mencoba perampokan bank pada tahun 1968 pada usia 77. Dia meninggal pada tahun 1974. Jess meninggal pada tahun 1960. Joe meninggal pada usia 88 tahun 1989. Willis meninggal pada tahun 1979 pada usia 90. Anak laki-laki memanggil Uvalde pulang dan terus Ironis bahwa film kehidupan mereka membintangi native Uvalde, Matthew McConaughey. Saya yakin bahwa Matt mengira ini adalah bulu di topinya tapi dia tidak pernah bisa mengatakan bahwa dia benar-benar berkuda dengan Hak Cipta Newton Linda Kirkpatrick Di suatu tempat di Barat 5 Februari 2009 Kolom Referensi: legendsofamerica TSHA Online-Newton Boys Mencatat wawancara dengan Joe dan Willis The Newton Boys-film The Newton Boys: Potret Gang Penjahat Willis Joe Newton, Rumah Negara PressEAGLE PASS, Sejarah TEXAS dalam Nama Keripik Pecan. Nama Eagle Pass diberi nama setelah bermigrasi elang atau satu elang tertentu yang terbang ke dan dari sarangnya sementara militer memutuskan untuk memberi nama kamp pertama mereka. Kota ini didahului oleh perkemahan ini yang berjarak dua mil di hilir dari apa yang menjadi Fort Duncan. Maverick County dinamai Samuel Maverick, penandatangan Deklarasi Kemerdekaan Texas, legislator dan orang yang namanya identik dengan anak sapi tanpa keturunan. Garis waktu peristiwa sejarah penting di Eagle Pass 1845. Camp Eagle Pass didirikan pada masa Perang Meksiko 1849. Fort Duncan didirikan sebagai instalasi permanen (2 mil upsteam dari bekas kamp) 1850. Pos perdagangan dibuka oleh pedagang San Antonio dan Piedras Negras didirikan tahun 1851. Garis panggung ke San Antonio didirikan tahun 1855. Penjaga relawan mengejar orang India ke Meksiko dan membakar Piedras Negras 1856. Maverick County terbentuk tahun 1863. Renegades menyerang Konfederasi Fort Duncan dan penduduk kota mengantarkan mereka kembali ke Meksiko 1865. Jenderal Shelby mengubur sebuah bendera Konfederasi di Rio Grande - sebuah pemakaman simbolis Konfederasi. 1868. Pasukan federal mengundurkan diri dari benteng tersebut setelah digunakan oleh pasukan Konfederasi selama Perang Saudara. 1871. Maverick County diatur dan Eagle Pass menjadi county seat 1875. Populasi mencapai 1.500 - Penjahat John King Fisher secara tidak resmi mengendalikan area Eagle Pass 1882. Galveston, Harrisburg dan San Antonio Railway dibangun dari Spofford (Kinney County) 1884. Populasi mencapai 2.000 1.885. Gedung pengadilan dibangun tahun 1900. Populasi Eagle Pass adalah 2.729 1920. Populasi mencapai 5.765 tahun 1941. Eagle Pass Army Air Field dibangun dua belas mil sebelah utara Eagle Pass Eagle Pass adalah 94 persen Hispanik pada tahun 1980. Landmark Eagle Pass Atraksi Eagle Pass: Tidak ada Negara untuk Remaja Laki-Laki atau Mencari Coen Brothers Eagle Pass, Texas Forum Perihal: Teater Aztec Kenangan saya tentang Aztec tumbuh subur di resaca di lingkungan Jardin. Kami tidak pernah benar-benar punya uang saat itu, jadi untuk akhir pekan, kunjungilah perkemahan di taman tepat di seberang air dan tangkap ikan untuk makan malam. Saya ingat Nenek saya, Tuhan mengistirahatkan jiwanya, membawa saya membayar beberapa kali di atap rumah. Entah apa hak istimewa untuk melihatnya pada masa jayanya. Saya pikir ibu saya memiliki gambar arang yang saya lakukan saat berusia sekitar 15 tahun. Jika saya menemukannya, saya mencoba dan memindai dan mengirimkannya kepada kalian Terima kasih atas kenangannya - George L. Rodriguez, Jr. Chesapeake, Virginia, 31 Juli 2006 Perihal: Prada Marfa Sewaktu saya dan ibu saya sedang dalam perjalanan menuju Eagle Pass kami melewati shoestore Prada Marfa dan kami tidak yakin apakah itu yang kami lihat. Kami ingin membuat giliran U dan melihat apakah itu benar-benar ada. Nah, dalam perjalanan pulang, itu ada di sana. Kami berhenti dan memotretnya. Bagi kami itu adalah toko di antah berantah, tapi kami juga menikmatinya. Saya mengatakan kepada saudara laki-laki saya tentang hal itu dan dia tidak benar-benar ada di sana. - Marisa Flores, 11 Mei 2006 Ketika Anda berada di Eagle Pass apakah Anda melintasi perbatasan dan pergi ke Guerrero. Sekitar 25 mil menyusuri sungai dari Piedras Negras, untuk mengunjungi misi San Juan Baptista. Misi ini adalah misi asli dan markas dari mana ayah beroperasi dalam pembentukan dan pemerintahan misi mereka di Texas termasuk Alamo. Ini adalah kehancuran sekarang tapi pemerintah Meksiko telah melakukan beberapa upaya untuk menyelamatkannya. - Hormat kami, Bick Eubanks, 24 Juni 2002 quotNearby adalah lokasi Battle of Dove Creek, meskipun berada di lahan pribadi. Pertarungan ini berlangsung pada bulan Januari 1865 dan melibatkan Batalyon Perbatasan Konfederasi dan sejumlah besar orang Indian Kickapoo yang sedang dalam perjalanan ke Meksiko (di mana mereka tinggal hari ini) .quotI menemukan hal di atas dalam deskripsi Anda tentang Sherwood. Meskipun benar Kickapoo tinggal di dekat Nacimientos, Coahuila, Meksiko, mereka juga tinggal di dekat Eagle Pass, Texas dan di Kansas dan melakukan perjalanan di antara semua lokasi dengan bebas. Saya sangat menikmati Texas Escapes dan terima kasih atas dedikasi Anda terhadapnya. - Hormat, Bick Eubanks, 22 Juni 2002 Ucapan terima kasih khusus kami kepada sejarawan lokal Al Kinnsal dan Museum Fort Duncan karena telah menyediakan banyak foto di situs kota Eagle Pass kami. Texas lolos Dalam tujuan untuk melestarikan Texas yang bersejarah, terancam punah dan lenyap, meminta siapapun yang ingin berbagi sejarah lokal dan foto vintage mereka, silakan hubungi kami. Indian Amerika Sebuah cerita yang diceritakan selama ribuan tahun. Bagi penjelajah Eropa, Amerika Utara adalah dunia baru. Bagi orang Indian Amerika, itu adalah cerita kuno, sudah penuh dengan kisah kehidupan mereka. Dimulai pada abad ke-16, kedua versi dunia akan berubah selamanya. Cerita tentang Texas tidak dimulai dengan kedatangan penjelajah Spanyol di tahun 1500an. Ratusan kelompok masyarakat adat dengan berbagai bahasa, adat istiadat, dan kepercayaan tinggal di tanah tersebut setidaknya 11.000 tahun sebelum kedatangan orang Eropa. Bagi orang Indian Amerika, Texas telah lama menjadi dunia mereka. Tanah, kehidupan, dan bahkan penduduk asli lainnya yang mereka temui sudah tidak asing lagi. Itu adalah penjelajah yang baru. Kita harus waspada. Naguatex Caddi Memulai Cerita Pada saat penjelajah tersebut sampai ke dunia baru, orang-orang Indian Amerika telah menciptakan banyak sejarah dan budaya di Texas. Dari Pantai Teluk ke Panhandle, dari hutan timur piney sampai dataran barat barat yang tandus, penduduk asli telah membentuk diri mereka sebagai pedagang, pemburu, pemulung makanan, perajin, dan penyembuh. Mereka telah menciptakan cara hidup berdasarkan apa yang dibutuhkan tanah. Mereka telah menempa dan menghancurkan aliansi, bersaing memperebutkan sumber daya, dan saling berdagang selama berabad-abad. Suku Indian Amerika seperti Karankawa, Caddo, Apache, Comanche, Wichita, Coahuiltecan, Neches, Tonkawa, dan banyak lainnya telah menulis bab-bab yang luas dalam kisah Texas pada abad ke-16. Salah satu dari mereka memberi judul itu judul, dan satu lagi, sebuah konflik. Kami telah melihat orang asing. Pria dengan penutup yang berkilau di bawah sinar matahari. Mengendarai binatang aneh setinggi pria cantik dan mengerikan. Naguatex Caddi Dalam bahasa Caddo, taysha berarti quotfriendquot atau quotally.quot Bahasa Spanyol mengeja tejas itu. Kami menyebutnya Texas. Pada saat penjelajah Eropa tiba, beberapa komunitas Caddo telah menetap di sepanjang Sungai Merah dan di East Texas dari tanah air mereka di Louisiana, Arkansas, dan Oklahoma. Ada sebanyak 25 kelompok Caddo terpisah yang dihubungkan oleh bahasa dan kebiasaan, termasuk aliansi Hasinai, yang tinggal di Texas Timur. Ketika penjelajah Spanyol dan penjelajah Prancis kemudian bertemu dengan Caddo, mereka mengalami secara langsung tren lama sejarah dan budaya Amerika Amerika yang sudah mapan. Kelompok Caddo tinggal di komunitas yang menetap dengan struktur sosial dan politik yang kompleks, praktik pertanian maju, dan upacara spiritual dan ritual yang terorganisir. Pada abad ke-16, Caddo telah mengembangkan reputasi sebagai prajurit sengit, perajin luar biasa, dan pedagang yang sangat terampil. Inilah kualitas terakhir yang paling menggelitik orang Eropa. Itu juga akan menghancurkan Caddo. Desa Caddo Gambar milik Texas Historical Commission. Dunia yang Berubah Pada akhir abad ke-17, penjelajah Spanyol dan Prancis terlibat dalam balapan yang hiruk pikuk untuk menanam bendera di Texas. Tanah di Amerika Utara berarti sumber daya baru, kekuatan baru, dan kekayaan baru bagi negara induk. Euopeans juga terlibat dalam lomba hiruk pikuk untuk mengklaim Caddo sebagai broker kesepakatan untuk tujuan penanaman bendera mereka. Seperti yang mereka lihat, Caddo menawarkan dua keuntungan yang berbeda: 1) Sungai Merah dan tanah air East Texas mereka berada di daerah perdagangan utama, dan 2) pemimpin Caddo dikenali oleh suku Indian Amerika lainnya dan meningkatnya jumlah orang Eropa yang ditransplantasikan sebagai Pedagang cerdas dan terampil. Caddo memang terbukti menjadi fasilitator yang berpengalaman, dan selama abad ke-17 dan ke-18, semakin banyak barang dan pemukim Eropa pindah ke Texas, bersamaan dengan kolera dan cacar air. Diperkirakan mungkin 95 populasi Caddo terbunuh dalam epidemi besar antara tahun 1691 dan 1816. Meskipun Hasinai terus tinggal di Texas Timur sampai tahun 1830-an, kelompok Caddo lainnya pindah ke Oklahoma dan Kansas saat ini untuk menghindari penyakit dan Serangan dari Indian Amerika lainnya. Hari ini, Caddo tinggal terutama di Caddo County, Oklahoma. Desa di danau menjadi tempat menangis. - Cecile Elkins Carter, sejarawan Caddo Apaches Mendominasi hampir seluruh Texas Barat adalah Apel Lipan dan Mescalaro. Nama Apache mungkin berasal dari kata Zuni apachu. Artinya musuh Atau dari nama Ute untuk Apaches, Awa39tehe. Apel adalah salah satu Indian Amerika pertama yang menunggang kuda. Hal ini memungkinkan mereka menjalani kehidupan nomaden setelah kawanan kerbau dari satu tempat ke tempat lainnya. Tanah selalu menguntit orang. Tanah membuat orang hidup benar. Tanah mengurus kita. Annie Peaches, 1977 Apache Narrative Life Sebagai Apache Untuk Apel Lipan dan Mescalero, dasar struktur sosial mereka adalah keluarga besar. Sementara para pemimpin suku selalu laki-laki, lifeways suku sering dibentuk oleh perempuan dan keluarga mereka. Misalnya, ketika seorang pria Apache menikah, ia pergi untuk tinggal bersama keluarga mempelai wanita. Dia diburu dan bekerja dengan sanak saudaranya. Jika istrinya meninggal, tradisi bahwa suami Apache akan tinggal bersama mertuanya, yang seringkali memberinya seorang pengantin baru. Apache dari Plains Panhandle diperdagangkan secara ekstensif melintasi Southwest, bertukar alat batu dari batu nisan, kulit dan daging dari bison dan rusa untuk jagung, tembikar, pirus, kulit pantai Pasifik, dan obsidian. Apache ditangani secara ekstensif dengan Pecos Pueblo, pusat perdagangan besar di New Mexico saat ini. Hanya kepada orang kulit putih alam adalah padang gurun dan hanya untuknya adalah tanah yang telah dicuri dengan 39 hewan dan 39savage39 orang. Bagi kami itu jinak, Bumi berlimpah dan kami dikelilingi dengan berkat Misteri Besar.quot - Black Elk. Pengeboman Oglala Lakota Sioux Buffalo adalah pendudukan utama Apache sebagai hewan yang menyediakan sebagian besar kebutuhan mereka untuk makanan, pakaian, dan sampul tipi. Sampai kuda datang ke Plains pada akhir 1600-an, Apache berburu dan berjalan kaki, menggunakan anjing sebagai hewan bungkus. Apache secara bertahap memperluas pengaruhnya ke wilayah yang luas, bergerak ke selatan ke Texas Tengah. Dikenal sebagai Apache Lipan pada akhir 1600-an, mereka didorong lebih jauh ke selatan oleh Comanche dan Kiowa yang hebat. Indian Amerika Texas telah membuat dan menghancurkan aliansi satu sama lain selama berabad-abad pada saat pemukim Spanyol tiba. Kolonel menyulitkan perpaduan tersebut, menggeser aliansi dengan berbagai kelompok Indian Amerika saat keadaan berubah. Misionaris Tiba, Apache Berangkat Pada 1757, para biarawan Spanyol mendirikan Mission Santa Cruz de San Sabaacute di utara San Antonio untuk Apache Lipan. Para misionaris berharap untuk mengubah Lipans Apache berharap para biarawan akan melindungi mereka dari Comanche dan musuh lainnya. Baik misionaris maupun Apaches tidak mengantisipasi permusuhan musuh Apache yang benar-benar menghancurkan misi tersebut pada tahun 1758 untuk menghancurkan aliansi Lipan-Spanyol. Beberapa Indian Amerika beralih ke iman Katolik. Sebagian besar umumnya tidak peduli dengan para misionaris, dan perbedaan dalam bahasa, kepercayaan, dan kebiasaan sehari-hari membuat banyak interaksi antara kedua kelompok itu hampir tidak mungkin. Namun, mereka terkait dengan saling ketergantungan mereka. Misionaris membutuhkan Lipans untuk membangun dan memelihara struktur misi dan untuk menanami tanah. Apel Lipan menemukan bahwa kehidupan dalam misi memberi mereka tempat yang aman dari musuh yang hebat. Namun, hubungan kedua kelompok itu sendiri tidak selalu mulus. Beberapa Lipans mempertahankan tradisi budaya mereka saat tinggal dalam misi, menyebabkan banyak frustrasi bagi para biarawan. Lipan sama-sama tidak senang dengan tuntutan kerja paksa dan persediaan makanan yang buruk. Pada 1767, Apaches telah pindah dari kehidupan misi Spanyol dan kembali ke lanskap Texas dan Meksiko. Potongan kayu abad ke-16 sekitar 12.000 SM. Selama masa sebelum penjelajah Eropa tiba di Amerika Utara, banyak kelompok Indian Amerika membuat rumah mereka di Texas yang sekarang berada. Empat wilayah budaya Indian Amerika yang umum dikembangkan di Texas: Teluk Barat, Tenggara, Pueblo, dan Dataran Tinggi. Budaya Indian Amerika mencerminkan lingkungan dan sumber daya mereka dan beragam seperti pemandangan Texas sendiri. Busur dan anak panah dikembangkan sekitar tahun 500 M. Sebelum waktu itu, kebanyakan Indian Amerika menggunakan tombak sebagai alat berburu atau senjata. Busur dan anak panah memiliki beberapa kelebihan. Busurnya lebih ringan dan membutuhkan lebih sedikit sumber daya untuk dibuat. Panah itu jauh lebih mematikan daripada tombak karena kecepatan, keheningan, dan keakuratannya. Texas berutang namanya kepada Caddo. Tejas adalah ejaan bahasa Spanyol dari kata Caddo yang berarti mereka yang berteman. Bukti arkeologi menunjukkan bahwa komunitas Caddo ada pada awal 800 M. Pada tahun 1542, penjelajah Spanyol menggambarkan tiga konfederasi orang Caddo: Hasinai di Texas Timur, Kadohadacho di daerah Great Bend, dan Natchitoches di Louisiana. Caddoes berbasis pertanian tinggal di pondok gantung dan merupakan perajin terampil yang terkenal dengan tembikar keramik mereka. Salah satu contoh terbaik Texass tentang pusat kesukuan Cadunda Cadunda dan kegiatan spiritual terletak di Cherokee County. Gambar milik Edward S. Curtis CollectionPerpustakaan Kongres, Washington, D.C. (neg.nomor LC-USZ62-118773). Sejarawan percaya bahwa Apache pindah dari wilayah asalnya di Kanada dan ke Amerika Utara sekitar 1000 dan 1.400 M. Dua kelompok menetap di Texas, Apache Lipan dan Mescalero. Mescalero akhirnya pindah ke New Mexico, sementara Apache Lipan tinggal terutama di Texas barat. Apache Lipan tinggal dan berburu bersama di band. Mereka adalah pembalap kuda yang sangat baik dan menggunakan busur dan panah mematikan mereka pada kerbau dan musuh. Ketika penjelajah Spanyol lvar Nez Cabeza de Vaca terdampar di pantai Galveston pada tahun 1528, dia bertemu dengan penduduk kepulauan Amerika Indian di Karankawa. Pertemuan ini, yang ditulis Cabeza de Vaca dalam buku hariannya, adalah pertemuan pertama yang tercatat orang Eropa dan Indian Amerika Texas. Pada tahun 1685, penjelajah Prancis Ren-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, juga bertemu dengan Karankawa saat mendirikan Fort St. Louis di dekat Teluk Matagorda. Karankawa secara historis adalah salah satu dari orang-orang Indian Amerika yang paling kuat di Texas awal, namun pada tahun 1850-an, jumlah mereka telah berkurang sehingga dianggap telah punah. Jumano mungkin adalah broker pertama di sejarah Texas. Jumano yang bermigrasi, wilayah massanya yang membentang dari Meksiko utara ke timur New Mexico sampai Texas barat, terkenal oleh orang Indian Amerika dan Eropa lainnya untuk keterampilan trading dan komunikasi mereka. Tengkulak ahli ini membantu mendirikan jalur perdagangan dan juga sebagai informasi dan hubungan diplomatik antara orang Indian Amerika Texass dan permukiman Spanyol dan Prancis di abad ke-17. Menggambar pria Jumano oleh Frank Weir. Tonkawa adalah sekelompok orang Indian Amerika yang bergabung bersama di abad ke-18 di daerah Texas tengah. Kata tonkawa adalah istilah Waco American Indian yang berarti mereka semua tetap bersama. Kelompok Tonkawa yang asli disebut Mayeye dan pertama kali disebutkan pada tahun 1687 dalam korespondensi Prancis tentang Fort St. Louis. Tonkawa sering berhubungan dengan penjelajah Spanyol dan ikut dalam misi Spanyol. Epidemi, kelangkaan kerbau, dan konflik dengan orang Indian Amerika lainnya serta Spanyol menurunkan populasi Tonkawa sepanjang abad ke-18. Menjelang akhir abad ke-19, sebagian besar Tonkawa yang tersisa telah pindah ke Wilayah India di Oklahoma sekarang. Sejarawan pada umumnya mengidentifikasi Coahuiltecans sebagai kelompok Indian Amerika yang dibentuk dari kelompok pengumpul pemburu Indian Amerika yang lebih kecil yang berbicara dalam bahasa-bahasa yang terkait dan memiliki budaya serupa. Di Texas, Coahuiltecans terletak di selatan sepanjang Gulf Coast. Kaktus pir pirang, kerbau, dan permainan merupakan makanan pokok dalam makanan mereka. Seperti banyak kelompok Indian Amerika awal, informasi tentang Coahuiltecans jarang terjadi. Sejarawan percaya bahwa pada abad ke-18, Coahuiltecans telah kehilangan identitas kelompok mereka melalui kematian, migrasi, dan pemindahan. Salah satu kelompok Indian Amerika yang paling dominan di Texas pada abad ke-18 adalah Comanche. Nama, dari kata Ute, berarti musuh. Comanche awalnya adalah kelompok pengumpul pemburu Great Plains, namun setelah mendapatkan beberapa kuda, sejarah mereka berubah. Comanche menjadi orang kuda yang luar biasa dan bermigrasi ke Texas untuk berburu bison dan menangkap kuda-kuda liar yang menjelajahi daratan. Mereka akhirnya mengklaim wilayah luas di utara, tengah, dan barat Texas. Referensi pertama Comanche di Texas datang pada tahun 1734, ketika sebuah band pemanduan kecil muncul di San Antonio mencari musuh mereka, Apache Lipan. Sejak saat itu, Comanche in Texas menjadi kekuatan yang harus diperhitungkan. Comanche Feats of Horsemanship oleh George Catlin, 1843. Atakapa tinggal di sekitar Pantai Teluk Texas dan berhasil dalam pertanian dan perburuan. Dimana tanahnya tidak berawa atau asin, mereka menanam jagung dan sayuran lainnya. Mereka juga memancing dan berburu buaya dan bison. Bukti historis menunjukkan bahwa beberapa Indian Amerika Cabeza de Vaca yang ditemui pada tahun 1528 mungkin adalah Atakapas. Meskipun Spanyol membangun San Ildefonso Mission di Milam County saat ini dengan harapan bisa mengubah Atakapas, usaha tersebut gagal dan misi tersebut telah ditinggalkan pada tahun 1755. TAMAN RV FAVORIT. Daftar berikut mencakup taman nasional, negara bagian dan provinsi, perkemahan pribadi dan RV quotResortsquot. Beberapa akan dianggap sebagai quotdestinationsquot, sementara yang lain hanya berhenti berjalan dalam perjalanan. Preferensi kami adalah untuk tempat-tempat di mana situsnya luas, pemandangannya menarik, fasilitasnya bersih dan memadai, dengan manajemen yang ramah dan profesional. Tidak terlalu tertarik pada lokasi perkotaan, kereta api atau kebisingan jalan raya, atau arcade video. Hookups tentu saja merupakan kenyamanan, namun beberapa lokasi primitif bisa sangat hebat tanpa mereka. Jadi dalam daftar berikut, Anda akan menemukan taman RV yang sesuai dengan hampir semua kategori. Kami menetapkannya berdasarkan Negara Bagian atau Provinsi, yang menunjukkan di antara rekomendasi-rekomendasi ini yang saat ini dinilai sebagai taman Sherling Lake (Greenville City) kami yang benar-benar quotTOP PICKSquot Park sekitar empat mil di sebelah barat kota Greenville, dan telah memperoleh peringkat kuotil untuk lingkungan sekitar. Situs-situs tersebut tersebar melalui area berhutan yang terawat baik yang berdekatan dengan danau kecil. Pohon, semak, dan halaman rumput dijaga dengan cermat. Situs-situs tersebut dipikirkan dengan serius dalam kontur daerah perbukitan ini. Sebagian besar terpisah satu sama lain, dan semuanya memiliki keterpaparan yang luar biasa menyenangkan terhadap daerah yang sangat menarik ini. Memancing dan bermain golf berlimpah-limpah. (0300) Haines Hitch Up RV Park terletak dalam jarak berjalan kaki dari area quotdowntownquot di desa menawan Haines. Ini adalah pelabuhan yang paling logis dari disembarkasi jika Anda membawa Alaska Ferry ke utara dan pelabuhan embarkasi paling logis jika Anda mengambil feri ke selatan. Ada koneksi feri yang mudah ke Skagway, sekitar 15 mil dengan air - tapi sekitar 350 mil di sekitar melalui jalan raya. Kota kuno ini adalah salah satu pelabuhan yang benar-benar mempesona di pantai Alaska yang panjang. Taman menawarkan luas kembali dan menarik melalui situs, menampung rig terbesar dengan ruang dan layanan 50 amp. TV kabel ada di setiap situs. Dengan alasan kuota outquot dengan perawatan yang luar biasa, pemandangan dari taman menakjubkan dan orang-orang yang mengelola taman memiliki kuotometri khusus yang membuat setiap tamu merasa langsung di rumah. Toko yang baik stocked dengan menarik aritcles, dan WiFi gratis bekerja dengan baik. Sebenarnya, nikmati - karena Anda tidak dapat memiliki akses mudah ke internet ini untuk sebagian besar perjalanan utara Anda yang ditempuh Weve secara ekstensif di Alaska, dan sampai ada sesuatu yang berhasil meyakinkan kita jika tidak, ini adalah kandidat untuk taman RV terbaik. Di negara bagian Lihat situs web (0616) Anchorage RV Park lebih terkenal dengan model resor RV kelas atas yang ditemukan di bagian bawah 48. Situs-situs tersebut menawarkan semua ameneties, termasuk beberapa dengan kabel dan telepon - satu-satunya yang terlihat di Alaska. Rig besar pasti diingat saat taman ini dirancang. Area kantor, toko dan lobi yang menarik dikelilingi oleh lanskap yang luas yang menampilkan bunga berwarna-warni di musim ini. Situs-situs tersebut berada di area pepohonan dan semak belukar yang telah ditinggalkan dalam keadaan alami - begitu banyak sehingga rusa masih berkeliaran sesekali. Meskipun taman ini berada dalam lingkungan yang sangat tidak biasa untuk taman RV Park dalam batas kota dari area metropolitan utama, hotel ini sangat dekat dengan jenis peluang belanja utama yang kebanyakan dibutuhkan RVers saat bepergian di Alaska. Setelah menghabiskan waktu di berbagai setting yang jauh lebih kasar typcial dari perjalanan Alakan, taman ini akan nampak sangat atraktif. Jumlah yang sangat sederhana dari kebisingan jalan raya diperhatikan di malam hari. Lihat situs web (0602) Bear Paw RV Park adalah salah satu dari beberapa taman komersial di kota pelabuhan Valdez. Ini sebenarnya dua taman, dipisahkan oleh beberapa blok. Sementara kita biasanya tidak menemukan daya tarik untuk quotadult parksquot, kami menemukan bagian taman dewasa Bear Paw sangat baik terletak tepat di atas air, dalam pengaturan terpencil dan tenang dari pusat komersial di mana sebagian besar taman berada. Toilet dan kamar mandi adalah pemandangan yang sangat disambut di Alaska dan pada tingkat kedua bangunan di mana toilet terletak adalah ruang tamu quotfamily besar dengan TV, sofa, dan fasilitas lainnya - yang paling diterima untuk kami pada kunjungan kami adalah Saluran telepon khusus untuk laptop. (0602) River View RV Park sebenarnya dekat dengan Fairbanks seperti di daerah pusat Kutub Utara, di mana tercantum dalam direktori. Sebagian besar RVers menuju Fairbanks akan melewatkan yang satu ini, dan tetap tinggal di taman yang lebih baik diiklankan di Fairbanks. Kami tinggal di kedua, dan menemukan River View RV Park jauh lebih cocok untuk kita. Kamar ini dapat menampung semua ukuran, memiliki fasilitas shower, toilet, dan binatu yang terawat dengan baik, dan memiliki dua sambungan modem di area binatu. Mungkin karena tidak terdaftar di bawah quotFairbanksquot, kami menemukan taman ini kurang tegang oleh populasi RVer musim yang tinggi. Dan kami daftar di sini terutama sebagai taman pilihan kami untuk wilayah Fairbanks. (0602) Unnamed City Park di Seward termasuk di sini, bukan karena fasilitasnya, tapi karena kita berpikir tempat quotheenya untuk dikunjungi saat mengunjungi desa pelabuhan Seward yang menawan. Ini adalah tempat lain yang paling cocok untuk rig mandiri. Taman ini terdiri dari apa yang sebenarnya merupakan lokasi tepi laut utama di pusat kota Seward. Hal ini berlaku untuk beberapa quotblocksquot, dengan situs tepat di pantai (benar-benar sebuah jalan umum di sepanjang pantai), dengan sekitar 3 situs lain yang dapat dikelompokkan lebih jauh dari pantai. Ada sejumlah terbatas listrik dan air hookup situs di bagian tengah taman. Dalam memilih tempat di sini, dan tergantung pada cuaca, ada baiknya untuk memeriksa arah angin dan memilih lokasi yang relatif terlindung jika ada banyak angin. Pesona tempat ini lebih dalam kutipan di mana isquot tindakan - tepat di sepanjang pantai dengan semua memancing dan tamasya tamasya lewat. Juga semacam pusat sosial untuk RVers mengunjungi Semenanjung Kenai. Karena itu hampir kuota townquot, tapi berjalan kaki singkat ke tempat-tempat wisata utama (termasuk pusat kehidupan baru quotSea Life Centerquot yang bagus. (0602) Alamo Lake State Park (AZ) Ini sering terjadi bahwa kami akan merekomendasikan perjalanan sepanjang 80 mil ke tempat terpencil. and otherwise inaccessible part of the Arizona desert. However, if you ever find yourself en route between Phoenix and the California border, check this one out. Located literally at the dead end of a 40 mile paved narrow road, this State Park has several sections of campgrounds near the shores of Alamo Lake, formed by the construction of a dam across the Bill Williams River for flood control in 1968. The lake is reputed to be among the most productive for warm water fishing. Campsites vary from primitive to a few full service pull throughs. But by far the best bet is the water amp electric hookup sites at quotCampground Cquot, located on a side road about a 1.4 miles before one reaches the Ranger Station and store. Here you are nestled among the palo verde trees, saguaro cactus, and green desert plant life. The sites are all paved, and beautifully landscaped out of a desert alive with a wide variety of birds and animals. These sites are much like the spacious, well designed and landscaped sites at McDowell Mountain Park -- but happily there has been no fire here as there was at McDowell. This is probably Arizonas most remote, and in many respects most beautiful, State Park. (0399) Gilbert Ray Campground . Tucson, Arizona is located near the Saguaro Cactus National Monument, quotOldquot Tucsonquot, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Old Tucson is a great place to take the kids. The nearby Desert Museum (entry fee) is our favorite desert museum anywhere and the spectacular visitor center at Saguaro Cactus NM is probably the best designed, in term of architecture, weve found yet. Gil Rays landscaped sites, most with 30A electric hookups (water and sewer available in park), look out on the Ajo valley stretching to the west of Tucson. In the distance is Kitt Mountain, with its interesting observatory. The road in to Gil Ray is a bit narrow and winding, but with care any size rig can navigate it. Many sites will accommodate large rigs.(211) Catalina State Park . Tucson, Arizona, is located about 10 miles northeast of Tucson, and is a competitor with Gil Ray for the best non-private campground in the Tucson area. Unlike Gil Ray, which looks quotdownquot on a valley desert below, Catalina looks quotupquot at the rugged Catalina mountains immediately adjacent to it. A number of trails, ranging from easy to very much otherwise, begin at a trailhead within this expansive State Park. The flora on this side of Tucson is not predominately cacti, but rather a quotforestquot of mesquite trees -- not the brushy shrubs types, but the full sized trees. There are approximately 75 sites here, about half with electricity, and half with no hookups. A dump station and water are available. The sites are generously spaced, with lots of trees around and between the sites. It is definitely quotbig rig friendlyquot. (1197) Islanders RV Resort . Lake Havasu City, Arizona. We visited this large park in the quotoff seasonquot -- March -- or we would probably not have been able to find an unreserved spot. It is located on the lake and has nicely landscaped sites with full hookups. There are 2 swimming pools, one for family use and one for adult lap swim. There are also game rooms, craft rooms, and, in high season, the usual quotplanned activitiesquot for families and adults. (303) Patagonia Lakes State Park . Located 18 miles Northeast of Nogales AZ, this interesting park is located on a lake with a very narrow neck, making one lake appear to be 2. The campsites are well designed into the natural landscape most of them with hookups and water views. Except for the weekends, this State Park appears to be quite uncrowded. Kino Springs Golf Course (which we enjoyed) is a mere 10 minutes away. The former home of Stewart Granger and wife Jean Simmons has been tastefully preserved. It is now a beautiful clubhouse with an outstanding restaurant. Memorabilia of quotmovie daysquot are everywhere. And of course Mexico is only a short drive beyond. Picacho Peak State Park . (N 32 39.265 x W 111 25.295) Another delightful Arizona State Park quotfindquot, located some 15 miles SE of Casa Grande (between Phoenix and Tucson), off exit 219 on Interstate 10. While there are a limited number of hookup sites here, we dont recommend you come here to use them (parking lot style). Instead, opt for the landscaped and spacious non-hookup area which is another mile into this desert scenic area. Its about a 45 minute drive to Saguaro National Monument, and the Desert Museum -- both being west of Tucson and quotmust seesquot when visiting this area. While the sites are within sight of both I-10 and a main rail route, the distance is so substantial that there is no audible distraction. (297) Ajo Heights RV Park: (N32 23.609 x W 112 52.303) in Ajo has become a secret winter destination. Park is owned by full-time RVers, has no park models, and does not cater to permanent residents. Thats due in part to the fact that the owners have chosen to keep this quotpurely RVquot park open only seasonally -- October through April. Small (circa 40 sites), reasonably priced, superior WiFi, digital cable, small but clean washrooms, friendly neighbors, and helpful on-site owners. Concrete pads, full hookups, and gravel areas that are manicured to perfection daily. Its amazing to see how the creative owners have been able to turn what is essentially a gravel parking lot into a thoughtfully landscaped and impeccably maintained RV park. (1114) Usery Mountain Park (Top Pick) (N 33 28.641 x W 111 37.214) Part of the growing Maricopa County Park System, this park seems to have avoided the notice of the throngs of RVers who invade the nearby MesaApache Junction complex annually. Yet its a mere 8-10 minutes from downtown Mesa The park is situated several hundred feet above the east valley floor, and seems worlds away from the crowded tangles of RVs which populate the popular Mesa and Apache Junction areas. The park now accepts reservations, and in season they are essential. The sites are large and nicely landscaped, often with as much as 20 - 40 yards between some sites. Each site has (50A) power and water, a table, a barbeque, and a fire ring -- plus its own private selection of desert flora (including very large Saguaros). There are numerous hiking trails of varying difficulty within the park which are especially popular with day users on weekends. (1214) Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Located only five minutes from the border with Mexico just north of Lukeville, this desert wonderland was initially included in our list, but for a while removed because of safety concerns (illegal immigration). The park and the Border Patrol have taken positive steps to assuage safety concerns, and the parks newly enlightened attitude will accommodate any RV that they are told is quot40 feetquot -- and theyve apparently thrown away their measuring tape as well. The sites here range to about 60 feet, are well spaced, and each has its own private landscaping of the lush natural desert flora -- many including towering saguaro cactus specimens. Birds are plentiful and varied. There are no hookups, and generator hours are restricted to certain daytime hours. There is both water and a dump station in the park. For those who enjoy true seclusion, this is a must visit campground. Easy day trips down and back to Rocky Point can be made while staying here, though any travel to Mexico as of this point in time requires some consideration. (1114) Wahweap RV Resort and Marina is located near Page in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. This park is extremely well laid out, offering spacious sites for rigs of any size -- all with full hookups. The park sits on a sloping hillside overlooking Lake Powell. There are many wonderful and scenic day trips to take from here. Dont miss the trip over though Marble Canyon to Lees Ferry. (0307) Butterfield RV Resort . located in Benson, has attracted our attention when passing through this area because of its nicely designed pull-through sites generally available for overnight guests. Some would complain that the park is too close to the mainline Southern Pacific tracks, and if train noise is a major factor, this may not be your spot. However the common facilities are extremely well done, and there is a definite spirit of comaraderie among the folks that choose to stay here. Regretably WiFi is provided only on a fee basis. (0211) Boya Lake Provincial Park . Located roughly 50 miles south of Watson Lake, British Columbia, on the Cassiar Highway, this Park was such a delightful surprise that we ended our driving day mid-morning -- it was just too pretty to pass up. The sites were immaculate, raked after each departure. The hike around the lake was a delight and the scenery breathtaking. We saw mountain sheep as we explored this area. Special mention must also be made of Kiniscan Lake Provincial Park, and Meziadin Lake Provincial Parks, both to the south on the Cassiar Highway, and both very similar in all respects to Boya Lake. One caveat when visiting any of these parks: bring plenty of mosquito repellant (602) Daves RV Park in Vanderhoof was a surprise quotfindquot we made while looking for overnight accommodations in this charming lake country community. Located about a half mile off the Yellowhead Highway, we ventured out that way seeking a comfortable, friendly place for a nights stay. What we found was a park that can handle any size big rig with long, level pull through spaces with full hookups. The clean restrooms were exceptional in this country of typcially more rustic facilities. And a special surprise was finding a dedicated modem line to facilitate internet connections. (0603) Anahim Lake Resort . located just off of BCs Highway 20 is on that fabulous quotsoft adventurequot route between Williams Lake and Bella Coola. Located in the heart of a fishing paradise, this park is unique for its warm hospitality and rustic but serene lake setting. The sites are simply randomly spaced grassy locations, some with shade, that offer water and 20 amp service. A sani dump is available. If you insist on level paved sites with 50 amp service and cable TV, youll not be happy here. Nor will you anywhere else for a couple of hundred miles, because this is a true quotback countryquot location. Come here for the quotgetting away from it allquot sensation -- and bring a small boat or rent one here. Any well behaved pet will be welcome here without a leash -- and will have two instant friends in the person of the resident brown and black labs. (0708) Ripple Rock RV Park is about 15 minutes north of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Its 3 miles east of the main highway (19) that leads to Port Hardy. The 5 KM access road is gravel, a bit dusty, and steep in places. This is a very special find, especially for big rigs that will find few parks in British Columbia as accommodating to larger RVs. The setting is on the Inland Passage, just north of Seymour Narrows, and the views are spectacular. The cruise ships to Alaska pass within a few hundred feet of your RV, and after dark are a truly amazing sight. Fish from their pier, launch your boat, or take a 10 minute walk to the local floating restaurant. The grounds are neatly landscaped and well maintained. Free WiFi is provided throughout the park. (0708) (TOP PICK) Durango RV Resort is a relatively new RV resort in Red Bluff, CA. It first opened in 2008, and surely rates as among the top RV properties in the United States. With more than 170 generously sized fully paved pads and landscaped sites, this park offers virtually every amenity weve ever found at a resort property -- and then some. Pet friendly Not only two fully enclosed dog runs, but even a a professional dog washing facility No need to list all the amenities -- just know theyre all here and all first class. The quotstandardquot sites are delux by any measure and the premium sites along the Sacramento River, fountains, and even quotbuddy sitesquot offer further upgrade options. The clubhouse is the finest weve seen for a park this size anywhere, and are perfect for groups looking for facilities that could handle large numbers of rigs. Free WiF, which is generally good but can become dicey as the park fills, and good TV cable. Superb park layout and design by Rich Stockwell, RV Park Design Consultant. This is one RV resort youll have to see to fully appreciate. (1214) Betabel RV Resort is located six miles south of Gilroy, and near the small village of San Juan Bautista. This first class park has niceely landscaped sites with well trimmed shrubs separating each of the spaces. This is a one of Californias most pleasant climates, with easy access to many nearby attractions including Monterey, Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, and the pristine Elkhorn Slough. In addition to very nicely maintained facilities, we give extra credit to this one for its friendly atmostphere and personable managers. (0109) Anza Borrego Palm Canyon State Park (N 33 16.193 x W 116 24.550) is located in Borrego Springs California, about 90 miles east of San Diego in the Anza Borrego Desert. There is a 52 site full hookup section plus a separately developed dry camp section, complete with tables, fire rings, barbeques, restrooms and shelters. Many of the sites have their own palm trees or other desert flora. Its wise to have reservations for this park, especially on the weekends and holidays throughout the winter months. On years when there has been sufficient rain, the flower displays are spectacular. The park has its own desert museum at the park headquarters building, and is a must see for new arrivals. There are numerous trails both for hiking and for vehciles, and during winter months a full schedule of educational programs and instructional hiking events. Internet service requires access to ones one cell service. (1014) Doran Beach Regional Park . located in Bodega Bay (on Highway 1 about 2 hours north of San Francisco) is a real quotmustquot for RVers who are fully self-contained, and enjoy visiting ocean beaches. While there are no hookups, youll find this this RV destination among the best natural settings anywhere along the Pacific coast. There are a total of 128 RV spaces, with additional sites for tent camping or groups. The entire park is located on a sandy spit which separates the very protected Bodega Harbor from the open Pacific Ocean. On one side is a placid bay, literally filled with sea life of every type and descripton. On the other side is the sandy beach, complete with those wonderful breakers which ensure a wonderful nights sleep. Most of the sites are designed in quotcirclesquot, each containing about 10 sites, with the quotcirclequot design guaranteeing easy back ins with unobstructed views. And the views are fabulous in every direction. This is purely a first-come-first-served park, and we suspect the summer season and weekends through the shoulder season are busy, since there is a designated quotwaiting areaquot for RVers who want to get in. If theres a bird watcher in your group, you will find this among the top finds anywhere in the country. Its big rig friendly, though the design of both the park exit and RV dump area creates an unneeded challenge for extra long units. (0105) Marina Dunes RV Park . Marina, California. Its often difficult to find a really quotnicequot RV park near major tourist attractions. This one, located some 10 miles north of Monterey, is a great find for those visiting the MontereyCarmel areas. In addition to offering very privately landscaped sites with full ameneties, the park is situated across the street from public access to some of Californias most spectacular beach front. It goes for miles in either direction, and is notably uncrowded. This is what Carmel USED to be like, some 30 or more years ago. A great place for kids, and an easy drive to the MontereyCarmel area. Highway noise will be a drawback for some. Pricey. (502) Orange Grove RV Park, Bakersfield, Ca. Bakersfield often on the route of RVers traveling to southern California or the southwest desert areas. The park is situated in an actual orange grove. During the quotpicking seasonquot -- mid-December through early March -- campers are invited to pick as many oranges as they can personally use, and even loaned the appropriate picking implements. Take a bag along with you when you leave, because youll never find these in a grocery store A 2003 addition provided many new very large pull through sites, and the park now offers complimentary WiFi service. A delightful stopover, and on a route that for many involves using Hwy 58 as an alternate to going through the Los Angeles basin area. (1214) Premier RV Resorts, Redding: This parked was transformed from an unimpressive KOA to an upscale big rig friendly RV park that reflects the superb qualities of Premiers other locations in Coburg (Eugene area) and Lebannon (Mallard Creek). Sites were rebuilt and relandscaped the office complex was completely redesigned to provide the usual attractive indoor ameneties that are common to Premier propertiies and friendly hospitality is of course the hallmark of these commonly owned parks. To the included daily newspaper and morning continental breakfast they now add free wireless. The daily rates have been increasing to a point that might soon challenge the notion of quotreasonablequot. (0205) The Springs at Borrego RV and Golf Resort : This award-winning park offers approximately 140 sites in the first two phase of its development. More are in process. The physical layout of the sites are outstanding, with both 70 and 90 pull throughs, well placed utilities, and concrete pads and patios. The sites are encircled by an inviting lush green golf course, which provides a scenic contrast to the towering desert mountains that surround Borrego Springs. This is clearly among the top RV resorts anywhere, and is priced accordingly. The attractive clubhouse area offers a nicely equipped exercise room, and a kitchen with two public rooms Theres also a swimming pool and several different sized spas in the courtyard. With increased expansion additional common areas will become even more needed. Free internet access is offered, but with a disclaimer about its speed or reliability. Recently some concerns have arisen when three park models were seen ready for placement somewhere in the park. (1014). (TOP PICK) Topsail RV Resort, Santa Rosa Beach (east of Pensacola), is the flagship of the Florida State Park system. This is one of the top handful of parks, in terms of layout and landscaping, weve seen anywhere. The sites all have the feeling of privacy and seclusion, due to the superb landscaping. Trees, shrubs, flowers and lawn -- all meticulously maintained, with even an occasional fountain or other quotart objectquot tossed in to complete the picture. Several small lakes (one with resident alligator) complete this idyllic picture. From the camping area its about a 15 minute walk through dense forest to what some have called the most beautiful beach in Florida. Stretching for perhaps a mile, this fine white sand almost demands sunglasses to look at it. And given the sheer size of the beach, it is not teeming with tourists. While its price reflects all these amenities, the value is still there. However, the word is out, and getting a reservation can be a challenge. (0300). Coeur dAlene RV Resort . offers 200 fully serviced sites in Post Falls, Idaho, just off Interstate 90 at exit 7. Spread over 20 acres are not only RV sites, but an indoor swimming pool with two spas a tennis court a putting green a fascinating kids play area an outdoor shelter suitable for large events a spacious and well appointed TV lounge, separate picnic areas with tables and grills and more. All in all, a nice physcial facility. While some might prefer a bit more distance between an RV park and an Interstate highway, and others may be disinclined towards the higher daily fare which a true RV resort will typically charge, this is definitely a place to plan a night around during a visit to the wonderful Idaho Panhandle area. (503) Glacier View Campground . Redfish Lake, Idaho. The Redfish Lake area has many campgrounds, but this is our favorite. Again, the sites are most spacious, very level and the views of the Sawtooth Mountains are nothing short of spectatular. Although there are no hookups available, Redfish Lake is a favorite destination for families reservations should be made for weekends or holidays. The elevation here is more than 6000 feet, but summers are warm in these mountains, and the mountain breezes are pleasant. The rustic old (but very well maintained) Redfish lodge serves meals, and there is a small grocery, stables, and a Visitor Center. (706) Blackwell Island RV Park is on the Spokane River in Couer dAlene, and will be a welcome sight for big rigs, and for all RVers who delight at a park rule that says quotplease feel free to wash your rigs at the sitequot. The sites have fulll (50 amp) hookups. The park offers free in-park wireless high speed internet connections. Bring your boat and rent a slip here as well, and youre ready for a perfect boating vacation. The riverfront docks are but a short cruise to the beautiful waters of Lake Coeur dAlene. Kids of all ages will love the beach and protected swimming area. This is a place to be discovered by RVers who want a great central location for summer travels. We seldom mention highway noise, such as exists at this parks primary competitor. However, the world is imperfect, and the sound of traffic is replaced here to a certain extent by a fairly busy lumber mill just across the river. It is surely not enough to keep us coming back for more visits in the future. See website. 0706) McCall RV Resort This park features excellent layouts and common facilitie. Situated on a charming wooded 55 acre parcel with extensive frontage on the Payette River, there are a variety of site settings to choose from. We tabbed this park as a quotTop Pickquot when it opened in 2006. However it was subsequently sold and became a KOA. We withdrew our rating pending a return visit. However, the park was once again sold, this time to the quotG7quot group, that owns other parks in Idaho and Arizona. Chris, one of the owners, was on site when we visited, and is a delightful and friendly person. Upon our return in August 2011 we were delighted to find the park restored to its original well-landscaped and maintained condition. This is now once again one of the true RV resort quotgemsquot that it once was. And we welcome its return (0811) Wagonhammer RV Park is one of those rare and delightful finds in a spectacular mountain setting along the banks of the Salmon River two miles south of North Fork. This is recreation paradise, with fishing, wildlife viewing, white water rafting, hiking, and just enjoying the scenery. The large office and adjacent gift shop and club room are as tastefully done as anything weve ever seen in our RV travels -- anywhere. If you should simply pass by on Highway 93, at least stop to say hello and see this amazing interior. But plan to stay, because youll find an incredibly friendly environment here. Two eithernet connections in the lounge area provide high speed internet access for your laptop -- something you usually dont find in an area this remote. We suspect this park will be discovered by RVers that are looking for a truly special place to spend a month or more during the season. (0706) Bear Den RV Resort . in Grangeville, is a small 22 site park with full amenities, excellent design and landscaping, and friendly managers. Free cable and WiFi are provided, and the rate is reasonable. This is a wonderful place to quotbase campquot and explore the surrounding area. There really are lots of places to explore around Grangeville, and the small town is friendly and delightful. (0614) Powell Junction Campground: This Forest Service campground is located on Highway 12 -- the route over Lolo Pass -- and is just 12 miles west of the Montana border. One loop is dry camping, and the other offers 50A electric service. Most sites are very well shaded, offering a cool setting during warm summer months. The elevation here is approximately 3,400 feet. The sites are mostly well spaced, and offer a fabulous forest setting along the Lochsa River. As an added bonus, a 10 minute walk takes you to the only commercial establishment along the entire route -- the Lochsa Lodge. The Lodge offers cabins plus a beautiful Lodge building with restaurant. Its a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. To top it off, the Lodge also has complimentary WiFi. (0714) Bettys RV Park is unlike any place weve ever taken an RV before. Its located in Abbeville, arguably the epicenter of Acadiana, and approximately a dozen (count em) spaces -- by far the smallest park youll find in our quotFavoritesquot listings. Each has full hookups, including 50 amp power and cable TV. There is also space for 2-3 rigs to dry camp. Bettys attractive home is on the adjacent parcel, and her screened back patio reaches to the edge of the park. Here on the patio is where youll enjoy some time with your neighbors in the park. Flash your SKP card, and the tariff is very reasonable. This park makes our list not because it is in any way quotfancyquot (though big rigs will find it easy here), but mostly because of the quotBettyquot part. You will not only feel truly quothomequot, but youll have the best possible source of information about the local area. And a wonderful area it is. We highly recommend this unique and friendly home town RV park as your quotRV Parkingquot base camp for exploring the wonderful Cajun country. WiFi friendly (0213) Chicot State Park . perhaps the keystone in the Louisiana state park system, is located some 7 miles from Ville Platte, in Evangeline parish. It is a favorite place for in-state visitors, but provides the out of state guest with a wonderful opportunity to experience the rich flora and fauna of this densely wooded lake area. The campsites offer water and electric hookups, and many are suitable for big rigs. Surrounded by thousands of acres of near-wilderness, the park offers a variety of recreational opportunities from hikingbiking to fishing. (199) Grand Casino RV Parks . in both Marksville and Kinder, are extremely similar parks which are operated in conjunction with major casino facilities. Both are at sufficient distance from the Casino to be truly quotseparatequot facilities. And both well deserve the quot9quot and quot10quot ratings theyre awarded by Trailer Life. The sites (they call them quotslipsquot) are large enough for the longest and widest RVs, provide both 30 and 50 amp power, plus water, sewer and cable, and have thoroughly modern restroom and main office facilities. Whats really remarkable is the relatively low cost of an overnight stay. Obviously theyre counting on RVers to take one of the free shuttles that come through the park periodically, and leave an additional payment at the game tables. (199) Cherry Hill RV Park is in College Park just east of quotThe Beltwayquot around Washington DC. We include it here primarily because of its convenience when visiting the nations capitol. Were aware that finding a full amenity park near major metropolitan areas can be difficult. Here youll find rigs of all sizes and descriptions, plus quite a number of tents. Located directly on a busy Interstate, noise is a factor. But the facilities are clean, the staff helpful and friendly, and most of all its location is well suited for visiting Washington DC using public transportation. WiFi is offered for a daily fee. (0400) Americas Best Campground RV Park was our choice when visiting Branson, a virtual Mecca for RVers who enjoy country music. Sue and Jim Alkire, the owners, are ever present to ensure everything is running smoothly. And with such a friendly staff, it does just that. The park is located in a very quiet area in Branson, away from the hustle and bustle of the quotmostly tastefully touristyquot town. To say its big rig friendly is an understatement, given the fact there was a rally of more than 50 quotBus and Bikequot rigs while we were there. These were all 45 foot Prevosts toting matching 20 enclosed trailers carrying their big Harleys. And they all fit easily into the park. Some sites include phone hookups, and a separate modem facility is available in the office. A fine headquarters while enjoying Branson. (0500) Yellowstone Grizzly RV Resort: Not all RV parks called quotresortsquot earn that descriptor -- but this one definitely does. Many long big rig pull through sites, all with newly planted trees, and full amenities. Our preference runs to the somewhat shorter perimeter back-in sites, many of which border on the adjacent forest. Modem hookups are available, and most recently the park introduced WiFi through Nomad ISP at rates that are more reasonable than most fee-based services. The park is located on the south edge of West Yellowstone, near the entrance to the park. The view extends in all directions to snow capped peaks, visible above the surrounding forest lands. A comfortable conference area and complimentary morning coffee round out the amenities here. This is an incredibly beautiful park, thoughtfully designed, and well managed. (0610) Mountain Meadow RV Park amp Campground: This beautiful park near the entrance to Glacier National Park in Hungry Horse has an ad which says quotwatch for our flowersquot. Sure enough, rounding the bend going east on Highway 2 from Hungry Horse, we spotted a spectacular display of summer blossoms marking the entry to this neatly landscaped hillside retreat. Across from the attractive office and store is a small lake for catch and release fishing. But what really commands attention are the mountains which seem to surround this area. Its as if one were already in Glacier National Park. The terraced hillside has large, spacious sites cut out from this alpine type forest. We found this an exceptional respite in an area which can during the peak season feel crowded. But not here What a grand quotbase campquot to see what may be the most scenic part of Montanas fabled Big Sky country. On our most recent visit we were please to see the park now offers free WiFi to a good portion of the park. Ask for a site in the quotWiFi areaquot. See website (0715) Spring Creek Campground amp Trout Ranch: If youre looking for a quotrealquot Montana experience, we know of no better destination than this family owned peaceful and scenic retreat located near Big Timber. Its about three miles south of the Interstate, with easy access and quiet quotreal Montanaquot surroundings. Part of the business here is raising large trout, which are sold to ranches in the surrounding area. If you have a young person along wanting to experience the thrill of catching a good size trout, for the reasonable price of a trout dinner you can do it here. And if your preference runs to trying your luck in the stream that runs right though the property, you may have the good luck we experienced in catching (for free) a good sized wild trout within a few steps of our own RV. This would make a superb base location for exploring all parts of this spectacular portion of Montana. Now offering free WiFi. (0805) Glacier Meadows RV Park is situated in a picturesque mountain meadow approximately 17 miles west of East Glacier on Highway 2. The park offers both grassy quotmeadowquot sites with power and water and shaded sites scattered through the adjacent pine forest. The latter are electric only sites. The charm of this park is both in its setting, and in the warm hospitality of Roy and Connie Levi -- the parks friendly hand helpful managers. There is a 5day WiFi access that offers a strong signal, but guests are welcome to use a dedicated computer in the office to check their email using the Starband connection at no cost. The quotred touring carsquot make a daily stop here, so RVers can choose to leave their rig at the park and take a full days tour of Glacier NP in style. Optionally, since RVs are precluded from traveling the main route through the park, this is an excellent place to leave your rig for the day while you tour the parks main route via your own tow car or towing vehicle. (0715) Yellowstones Edge RV Park is so named because it occupies more than a quarter mile of riverfront along the famed Yellowstone River. Its located 18 miles south of Livingston, and 35 miles north of the North entrance to Yellowstone National Park. This is an area that offers tons of outdoor activities -- fishing, hiking, rafting, horseback adventures, back country exploring, and of course day trips to Yellowstone NP. Plenty of big rig sites here, and all with full hookups. Many of them are right along the river. The office and related buildings are nicely landscaped with bright flowers, and maintenance here is taken very seriously. The free wireless signal reached our site easily. Add in the warm hospitality of the friendly staff, and quoteveryones invitedquot campfires every night, and you have the formula for staying here much longer than you might have anticipated. Thanks to Leo Everitt for steering us in this direction. (0710) Jim and Marys RV Park in Missoula is an excellent choice when visiting this charming city. The park design and landscaping are excellent, amenities are complete, and the management is extremely professional and friendly. (0813) RV Village in Ennis has one of the most attractive quotsettingsquot weve found anywhere. Ennis is in the Madison valley, and claims to be the fly fishing captital of the world. Judging from the number of float boats and fly shops in the area, it probably has a fair claim. The full service sites come in 90, 60, and 30 foot lengths. Each has its own patio area and is carefully landscaped with grass, shrubs and trees. The common areas are clean and inviting, and the WiFi is among the fastest weve found at an RV park. The website shows availability information, but does not offer online reservations. Many guests have chosen this scenic park for the full summer season -- and obviously theyre into Montana fishing. (0713). Eagles Rest RV Park in Polson is one of those friendly and well-maintained smaller parks that seems to attract return visitors each summer season. Summer can bring warm days, and perhaps the greatest quotamenityquot during the hot weather is the comfort of a shade tree. There are the usual full amenities as well, but the bueautifully landscaped grounds with mature trees is a perfect setting, and it has attracted one of the friendliest groups of RVers youll find everywhere. Pull up a lawn chair at 4:30, and bring a beverage of your choice, because many of the folks there will want to meet the new arrivals, and chat about all the things theyve done that day. (0712) Atlatl Campground is one of two extraordinary campgrounds in the Valley of Fire State Park. This is an excellent example of why one needs to read the Trailer Life Directory about public (versus private) campgrounds with quotunderstandingquot. There youll find a statement that the sites are 20 x 50, and the park offers only quotfairquot interior roads. That conjures up a rather bleak picture. But in reality one finds that while the developed parking sites may average 20 x 50, many of the sites are as much as 100 apart from one another. Lots of choices for big rigs here. The interior roads are gravel, but more easily navigable than many highly rated private parks. Moreover, the setting is in an astonishingly beatiful area of huge colorful sandstone rocks that make this among the most scenic campgrounds weve ever found. The sites have water, but not electric hookups. Within the State Park there are numerous hiking trails, petroglyphs, petrified logs, and and a Visitor Center which depicts both the geological and anthropological history of this unique part of Nevada. (1001) Hacientda RV Park is a very upscale park located at Exit 140 off of Interstate 10. It was built by RVers who know what RVers are looking for -- especially the big rigs. With full service (including instant phone hookups) at each site, and landscaping between sites, this park is poplular both with those traveling through this scenic part of the country, and with winter snowbirds. The meeting rooms, special purpose rooms and reception area all all done with a tasteful Southwestern flair. Here you will sense a management philosophy that seeks to take the quotcustomer servicequot aspect of the RVing experience to a new level. As any park located within easy distance of the freeway, some highway noise is unavoidable here. WiFi is now included in the daily rate. This is clearly our stopover of choice when traveling through (or staying in) this part of the country. Groups looking for a rally site in this area need look no further. (0211) Rose Valley RV Ranch is located in the charming mountain town of Silver City. In addition to tours of the quotold townquot, which offers numerous quint galleries, day trips to fascinating places in the Gila National Forest (e.g. Cliff Dwellings and quotCatwalkquot) make this a perfect central location. The WiFi is free, but at this point a bit iffy. Very friendly ownermanager couple that can help you find your way around. Elevation 5900 means visits in the winter need to be planned with a weather forecast in hand. Large dirtgravel sites with full utilities, and a decided quotranch themequot make this an attractive destination for RVers. Note -- this is a particularly quotdog friendlyquot place, with perhaps 20 acres available for letting your pup get a bit of an off-leash run. (0307). Rustys RV Ranch is located in New Mexico, but virtually on the border with Arizona. It is an exceptionally unusual park, with very large sites averaging a quarter acre each. Although there are side-by-side hookups, theyve been designed in such a way that you will have no sense of another RV being anywhere close to you. Extremely pet friendly, and with free WiFi for short term guests, this is a fabulous place for a quothome basequot while visiting the Chiricahua mountains. Be sure to see the quottownsquot of Portal and Paradise. This is truly the land of the starry nights, owing to it repuation as one of the top six places in the country for for astronomy buffs. Full hookups, fabulous scenery, and friendly folks. Its a bit out of the way for most quottourist routesquot, but well worth venturing out to this part of the country. (0109) Rutledge Lake Travel Park (N 35 26.470 x W 82 31.291) is situated well off the highway in Fletcher, a few miles from Asheville. Like some of the more enjoyable places weve stayed, this spacious park is enhanced by the warmth and hospitality of its owners, Sandy and Mike Tinsley -- who live here too. We visited just as the park was nearing completion, with only the clubhouse not yet quite completed. Most of the landscaping was in, and we were impressed by the extraordinary size of most of them -- capable of handling the largest of rigs with ease and comfort. The park, which is located in a charming, forested neighborhood, is situated on a small lake that offers fishing for kids of all ages. This is the heartland of the North Carolina quotMountain Countryquot, with the Blue Ridge Parkway passing within only a few miles of the park. Sandy and Mile will ensure your stay here will be a memorable one. (0400). Seven Feathers RV Resort (TOP PICK) is located near Canyonville, and is accesed from Exit 99 on Interstate 5. This is among the very nicest of RV parks in the country. It has virtually every imaginably amenity, including free WiFi, an indoor swimming pool and spa, and beautifully landscaped sites with quotdesignerquot patios and tables. Moreover, since it is part of a casino resort complex, the daily rates are reasonable -- and take another 10 off your discounted rate if you choose to get a free quotmembershipquot at the casino, which is located on the opposite site of I-5. This is also an ideal location for club outings. (1114) Junipers Reservoir RV Resort . This special place is located on an 8000 acre working cattle ranch about 10 miles west of Lakeview, Oregon. The setting is spectacular -- too far from the nearest road to even hear the sound of vehicles. Animal life abounds, as this is a wildlife preserve. Expect to see antelope, deer and porcupine on a drive through this private perseve. The park is more than a mile off the highway via a gravel ranch road (the tradeoff for the sound of silence youll find here), and is in a completely private and serene setting. With nothing but fields and mountains in view, this destination park, with all amenities, is one of the most remote and beautiful locations one could ever find. An outdoor pavillion offers everything that a visiting RV club or caravan could wish for. All this -- and modem friendly too We go there not as an quotRV resortquot, but as a true quotoutdoor experiencequot. Its an unusual park that expects and gets respectful conduct from its guests without presenting them with a list of rules, or putting up signs about things you cant do. If golf is your game, theres a pleasant 9 hole course just a few minutes back towards town. (0905) Blue Ox RV Park. At exit 233 on I-5 in Albany, Oregon, youll find a nicely laid out park which will accommodate from the smallest to the largest RVs with ease. Of recent vintage, this park is laid out with long, wide concrete pads (and interior roads) which are especially welcome during Oregons rainy days. Free WiFi. The landscaping at each individual site is nicely done. This park makes an attractive stopover option when traveling the I-5 corridor. (0713) The Burns RV Park in Burns earns a place here because we think it qualifies as a pleasant small town quotfindquot in a vast and sparsely populated area of east central Oregon that offers an ideal overnight stopping point. The park is relatively small, with 30 sites -- many of which are under towering old shade trees. While not quotfancyquot, there is charm and character here. The grass between the spacious sites is well manicured, and barrels of flowers add a pleasant splash of fresh color to the surroundings. This may well be the quail capital of the world, as these little critters are everywhere. There are several pull through spots here, though most of the choice spots were back in sites that can accommodate big rigs with easy ingress and egress. The town of Burns is a bit of a quotfindquot in its own right -- friendly to tourists but retaining much of its true quotWestern townquot character. A pleasant nine hole golf course is nearby. We suspect many who pull in here for an overnight stay end up staying several days. (0509) Driftwood RV Park is tucked away in a quiet canyon, yet just steps to both a wonderful beach and the inner harbor in Brookings. Its location provides a bit of welcome shelter from the prevailing winds. We investigated a number of RV park options in the Brookings area, and found many nice parks -- but this one is our choice. The sites are neatly maintained, and are surfaced in a manner that would be welcome in the event of damp weather. Big rigs are easily accommodated, and smaller ones will feel at home here as well. The amenities include both instant site phone hookups, plus an available computer with internet connection so that guests without laptops can get their email here as well. Free WiFi has been extended throughout most of the park. (0110) Premier RV Resort - Eugene is located at Exit 199 on the east side of I-5 in Coburg -- just north of Eugene. Like all Premier properties, this one has first class facilities, and is based on the quotoutdoor hospitalityquot theme which characterize this family of parks (Redding, Eugene, Lebanon, and Salem). Youll enjoy a morning paper delivered to your site, and a continental breakfast served in attractive surroundings. WiFi is offered, but is woefully inadequate to the point of being useless during peak hours. This park, while nice, has also becme quite pricey given the option of reasonably priced Lane Country Parks nearby. Caseys RV Park is just west of Oakridge on the side road to Westfir, and just off of Highway 58 -- a popular connection between I-5 and Highway 97. This park is on the middle for of the Willamette River -- and thats RIGHT on the river for most of the sites. Most of the sites are pull throughs, and weve seen 45 foot buses with a towed vehicle comfortably situated on some of them. Youll immediately notice the very attractive landscaping and flowers -- and the hammocks hung from the trees along the rivers bank inviting a catnap next to the rapids. Free WiFi. (0913). Crown Villa RV Resort (Top Pick) We think Bend, Oregon, is among the very best RV destinations in the country. This park was a pleasant destination when originally constructed. But subsequently it was completely redesigned and rebuilt to become one of the most upscale RV resorts one will ever hope to visit. The lots are all extra long and extra wide, and are made with decorative pavers that include unique designs. The grounds are meticulously maintained, with lots of grass and many full grown pines throughout the park, creating a true quotforest likequot setting. The staff is highly professional, and well tuned to the finer points of outdoor hospitality. The facility has outstanding common areas for groups and clubs, and offers wireless internet access at all sites. (0908) Sumpter Pines RV Park is one mile east of the fabulous old town of Sumpter. It is a relatively small park (about 18 sites) offering both pull through and back-in sites, most of which can accommodate rigs of any size. The setting is about as serene as it gets, with towering pines providing welcome shade and cool sites. Full hookups (including 30 and 50A cable TV) are at all but the four available tent sites. Sumpter is on the Elkhorn Loop, an Oregon scenic byway that offers a 110 mile scenic drive that is one of the best loop trips weve found anywhere. Heres a place you may intend only to overnight, only to discover theres so much to explore here youll stay longer -- as we did. The park now offers free WiFi, which reaches some of the sites in the park. Under new ownership as of summer 2006 -- Venita and Red will be missed. (0706) The Narrows RV Park is approximately 25 miles south of Burns, on Highway 205. It is a perfect quotbase campquot to explore the vast adjacent areas that include the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and the Steens Mountain Recreation Area -- both quotwild and scenicquot discoveries that are relatively unknown to RV travelers. The park offers full amenities plus free WiFi, can accommodate rigs of any size, and offers a peaceful setting in one of the last remaining portions of the true quotwild Westquot. You know youre in that country when you see the first of the posted park rules is quotno shootingquot. Despite its remote location, youll find more than RV accomodations here. Youll also find a well-stocked convenience store, a charming full service restaurant, and a saloon. Linda and Ron Gainer, who own the park, are most hospitable -- as youll see confirmed when all the locals stop by to enjoy a folksy breakfast, lunch or dinner. This has to be one of the least known quotspecial findsquot for RVers touring the western states. (0908) Big Bend National Park, Texas. Our favorite campground here (there are three in the park), is Rio Grande Village. There are two sections one allows generator use, one does not. You camp under spreading cottonwood trees or in an area surrounded by, and carved into, thickets indigenous to this area. There are nature walks, hikes into the surrounding areas, and of course, the rest of this vast park to explore. Watch for javalinas, the wild pigs of Texas and dont be surprised when coyotes stroll through the campgrouund looking for a handout. There is a separate quothookupquot area, but it resembles a parking lot in an urban area, and has none of the character of the non-hookup areas which we greatly prefer. (0202) Buckhorn Lake Resort is an outstanding new addition to the RV park options available in the Kerrville area. This park is truly a paradise for the big rig enthusiast, as the sites are truly quotTexas sizequot. Not only are there full hookups including site phones, but the park offers free high speed wireless service. Its proximity to I-10 (about a quarter mile) results in slight highway noise, but in our view less than in many other top rated parks that weve visited. There are untold acres of hiking and exploring here lots of wildlife (the birding is wonderful), the park has both a swimming pool and spa and the oversized modern quotred barnquot will host the largest of RV groups. The friendly owners will provide you with a good dose of old fashioned Texas hospitality and there is even more here than space allows us to describe. Its a quotmust seequot. As expected this new park is now being quotdiscoveredquot by the snowbirds, as this would make an outstanding place to enjoy the Texas winters. (0203) Lazy Longhorn RV Park is among the friendliest stops youll find as you cross the always friendly State of Texas. Located in Victoria, it provides easy access for day trips to a variety of places, including such interesting side trips as the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Full service hookups include availability of instant telephones at several sites, and more recently free WiFi. Big rigs are easily accommodated, and popcorn and mixers are available at the afternoon social gatherings. A number of winter Texans have claimed this as their favored stopover for the entire winter season. (0210) Lost Alaskan RV Park in Alpine, TX is a wonderful quotfindquot in a charming small Texas town in the highlands of the Southwestern part of the State. Huge quotTexas sizequot sites with full hookups will accommodate the biggest of big rigs. And the bathroom facilities deserve (and get) their top rating of quot10quot from TL. Lots and lots of space to walk the pets, and just far enough out of town to be quiet and peaceful. Theres lots to do and see in and around Alpine. Alpine is a natural stopover to or from Big Bend but its really worth a stay here as well. The manager, Susan Lassiter, is wonderfully accommodating. The park continues to make landscaping improvements to enhance the scenic quality of the camping experience, and most recently nine new premium sites with added landscaping and amenities are now available as well. Free WiFi. One heads up: theyve installed some pretty mean speed bumps -- and offset to guarantee you cant get over them without tossing everything in the rig around even at slow speeds. (0211) Quail Springs RV Resort is just at the east end of town in Uvalde. A new park, this offers spacious sites scattered artistically under a canopy of old oak trees. Trailer Life gives this a well deserved top rating. The sites are mostly very spacious, and almost all would accommodate a big rig. Very friendly staff. Visitors to this area will find it a surprisingly pleasant stopover -- or place to spend some time in a beautiful part of Texas. (0207) Triple R RV Resort . located approximately 3 miles east of Crystal City on Highway 65, is one of those really quotout of the way findsquot that makes RVing so much fun. Many of the sites are under shaded and back onto the Neuces river. This is both a working cattle ranch and a pristine piece of the quotWest Texas Badlandsquot that is alive with wildlife. A nature trail leads through forests, along the river, and around small lakes that invite a variety of waterfoul. Birding is superb here. An enclosed off-leash dog run is the better part of an acre. The staff is friendly and helpful. There is vitually no highway noise, train noise, or any other sound to detract from the many competing bird calls. All sites are full hookup, and a ranch-wide WiFi signal is available free. This is a must see park for those visiting the part of West Texas, where it borders on the Hill Country. (0109) Choke Canyon State Park . about an hour north of Corpus Christie, has a well-deserved reputation for spacious, attractive sites and is a prime destination for seasoned birders. Many of the visitors bring boats to fish the adjacent waters, but just wandering the grounds of the State Park can provide a very pleasant experience of the natural beauty of this part of the country. Armadillos are easily spotted, and there are signs alerting visitors to the local aligators. (0109) Zion River RV Resort Virgin is fifteen minutes from the west entrance of Zion National Park. Built to comfortably accommodate rigs of any size, each site is meticulously landscaped with grass, gravel, and shrubbery and offers full hookups including telephone. The park design is features curving contoured curbs that makes each site feel unique and artistic use is made of the indigenous red rock that graces the Zion area. A pool, spa, and comfortable clubhouse are available, as is a shuttle bus to the Park Visitor Center. The use of a coin shower sytem here, fees and time limitation on site phone calls, and most recently a WiFi offering that requires a daily fee, all seem out of synch with a quality park that collects hefty daily rates and then looks for more dimes and quarters on a variety of specific services. It gives new meaning to the phrase quotdrawn and quartered quot. But for all these extra fees this would likely rate as one of our Top Picks. (0307) Watchman Camprgound is located just within the western entrance of Zion National Park, and offers large, well spaced sites with fabulous views of the canyon walls. Each site has a 30 amp electric hookup, and there is a common dump station and fresh water supply located in the park. This quiet and tranquil setting is only a short walk from the Park Visitor Center, which is also the departure point for the outstanding free bus shuttle service that ferries passengers to all points in Zion Canyon (in season). Its also a short walk to the the quaint village of Sprindale, just outside the park entrance, which offers access to shopping and restaurants. Reservations can be made here, and surely would be advisable during the peak season. For those carrying a Golden Age pass, not only is entrance to the park free, but youll pay only 9 per night to stay at this pleasant facility. (0307) Beebe Bridge County Park: Along the shores of the Columbia River near Chelan is one of the best kept secrets in Washington. There are a number of excellent Washington State Parks, some of which are located along the Columbia. This one is special. Imagine a carefully manicured lawn sloping down to the river, with paved interior roads and sites. Each site has its own spacious patio, firepitgrill, and quality picnic table. The sites can all accommodate big rigs, and offer power and water. Best of all, theyre spaced so far apart that the sheer distance between sites provides privacy. Surrounding and adjacent are additional huge lawns for soccer, baseball, or whatever -- and for the most part they are virtually unused. Although its not located within any town, the quaint resort town of Chelan is only a five minute drive up the hill. (605) Brookhollow RV Park in Kelso is about a mile east of Interstate 5 at the milepost 39 exit offers 133 sites which are spacious and well manicured. Big rigs will especially appreciate all the extra space to set up here. The park offers full hookups, including cable TV. Its location is particularly attractive, as is set just behind a berm which controls the Coweeman River. At the top of the berm is a specatular walking trail which traverses stretches of open country and offers sightings for birds and wildlife. Free WiFi. Many visitors to Washington ask where to stay when visiting Mt. St. Helens. We think this is a good choice, even though on our last visit we found the staff a bit less friendly than on previous visits. (031-) Maryhill State Park is located on the Washington side of the Biggs Rapids Bridge, and directly across from Biggs, OR. We invariably stop for a night or two here when traveling north or south on Highway 97. Located in the famed Columbia River Gorge area, this is a spacious park with full hookups (limited in winter). Many of the sites are directly on the river. There are many acres of grassy area here, with abundant trees for shade -- and some sites that offer good dish orientation. Reservations have become essential in season. (0514) Granite Lake Premier RV Resort is a relatively new destination park located in Clarkston. With 75 well manicured full service sites located on the banks of the Snake River, this is one of the best laid out new parks weve seen. A miles long walkingbiking trail skirts the shoreline immediately in front of the park. Make this your headquarters for doing one of the famed quotHells Canyon Adventurequot jet boat or float trips, which can be arranged through the park -- and the departure point is only steps away from the park. Ask them to make you a tee time at one of several local golf courses and youll enjoy a special rate. Under new ownership the rates here have increased to levels that some might find a bit pricey. (0606) Icicle River RV Resort is located a short 3 miles south of the Leavenworth, WA. The park is situated along the banks of the Icicle River, and is beautifully landscaped and maintained. Pots, baskets, and barrels of flowers provide a kaleidescope of color during the summer months. The sites are all paved, and have individual patios of concrete or wood decking. A picnic table and grill are at each site. Allen and Virginia Gayken are the friendly managers, and add to the pleasure of a stopover here. This park is best suited to small to mid-size RVs. There are a limited number of sites that can accommodate big rigs, and the interior roads are quite narrow. The current managers are working to accommodate a higher percentage of larger rigs. Free WiFi is also available to some sites. Wash your RV at your site with in-season irrigation water which is so pure your rig will dry spot-free. Leavenworth, located on the east slopes of the Cascade mountains, is a popular tourist destination because the entire town resembles a quaint Tyrolean village and there are events here virtually year-round. (0608) Fort Worden State Park, located in Port Townsend, is located on the inland waters of the Pacific Ocean. In earlier days a defensive bastion guarding against invasion by foreign warships seeking entry into Puget Sound, this remarkable piece of oceanside real estate is now dedicated for public uses. The buildings have been preserved for new, less hostile uses, such as restaurants, meeting facilities, and even an aquatic museum displaying the local denizens of the deep. The RV sites are in two separate areas. One is on a bluff, and away from the water. By far the more popular area is only a few feet above high tide, and is well designed into the reeds and sand dunes which are characteristic of this part of the coastline. As with most Washington State Parks, the sites are well spaced. Wed strongly recommend a reservation, as this is a popular spot in all but the most quotoffquot of seasons. (06045) Fort Flagler State Park . is on Marrowstone Island, and within sight of Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. This park is located in a pristine area of deep forests and sandy beaches at the north end of and Island accessible by bridge near Port Hadlock. There are a limited number of hookup sites, with most being quotstandardquot (i.e. no hookups). The sites near the beachfront 97-116), while mostly quotopenquot, are more spacious and better suited for larger rigs. Sites 1-47 tend to be a bit quotdarkquot for this climate, and seemed mostly designed for smaller rigs or tents. Sites 48-96 offer a few sites suitable for bigger rigs, and are generally quotsunnierquot than sites 1-47. A popular place for family outings in summer months, its wise during this period to book a reservation in advance -- particularly on weekends and holidays. Very friendly and helpful park staff when we last visited. (0605) Riverfront RV Park -- A common name perhaps, but this uncommon city park is located in Sedro Wooley, near the western end of the scenic North Cascades highway, and nestled along the banks of the Skagit River. This park convinced us to look more carefully in some of the smaller towns we visit because this one youll not find listed in any of the major RV Park directories. But its a little jewel. For a very modest fee it offers approximately 50 sites, approximately half of which are pull throughs. Big rigs will encounter no problems here -- unless your heart is set on sewer hookups or showers. Each site has water and (30 amp) electric. But dont look for the electric near the ground. Look instead about 8 feet off the ground, at the top of a 6 x 6 pole. But not to worry, each post is serviced by three wooden steps to get you up there. The reason That marks the 100 year flood level Elsewhere youll find lots of trees, well manicured grass, and in season a carefully maintained micro garden -- at each site If youve not ever tried a municipal park, this might be the ideal place to start (0801) Lake Pleasant RV Park is our choice for where to stay when visiting the Seattle area. Located in the nearby suburb of Bothell, its only a mile west of Interstate 405 at exit 26. This secluded park completely encircles two small lakes that are teaming with all types of waterfowl. Those who want to avoid locations where the abundance of waterfowl leave constant traces of their presence may be less happy here. Veteran RVers recognize how difficult it sometimes is to find a true quotRV atmospherequot in and near large metropolitan areas. Wed recommend calling ahead for reservations here, as the secret is out among frequent visitors to the Seattle area. (0701) Alderwood RV Resort is a highly rated destination park in Spokane. Youll find professionally landscaped sites, separated by carefully maintained trees and shrubs that provide privacy and shade -- without creating overhead or lateral obstructions. The garden-like setting creates an illusion of being parked inside a very large nursery. The park lives up to its high ratings despite the fact its sites are a bit narrow and closely spaced, and access from I-90 requires negotiating several miles of Spokane city streets -- best done at non-peak traffic hours. Some sites have phone hookups. This park would possibly rank even higher with us but for the relative difficulty of accessing through Spokane. (0703) Friends Landing is a special find located near the town of Montesano -- some 20 miles east of Aberdeen and just far enough inland to provide fair weather when the coast is cool and foggy. A bit of a trick to find, its about 3 circuitous miles from the town -- but easily within a mile of it as the crow flies. This park was originally established for the purpose, among others, of providing outstanding facilities for disabled persons. But its become a favorite for all who have discovered these 19 sites with 30 amp power and water, set spaciaously apart from one another, and with blacktop pads that measure as big as 16 by 100. The park is now owned by Trout Unlimited. Its situated on one mile of the Chehalis River, and has a 1.7 mile blacktop and boardwalk hiking and biking trail that encircles a small lake within the park boundary. (0703) Hoquiam River RV Park is a new park (2003) that offers a wonderful new quotbig rigquot option for RVers who are touring the Olympic Peninsula. The Aberdeen-Hoquiam area had previously not offered many options for RVers looking for an upscale RV destination. On our first visit in the summer of 2003, it was only partailly completed, but we were confident that if the park was completed to the same standards as we first saw, it would indeed deserve a place in this listing. Now nicely finished and landscaped, this park offers a riverside setting in a quiet area with easy access to and from Highway 101. Carefully manicured sites offer full hookups and can accommodate the largest of rigs. This is an excellent quotbase campquot location to explore the vast expanse of Washingtons coastal areas -- both north and south of here. (0410) Bayshore RV Park is located in Tokeland, about 20 miles south of the better known coastal town of Westport. Most visitors to this area will bypass Tokeland -- and never know what an attractive area theyve missed. This rustic park is set just behind a low berm that separates the RV park from the sandy beach. Much of the first 500 yards beyond the initial waterway is tidal, providing a labyrinth of islands and waterways at different tide levels. The town is slightly inland from the mouth of Willapa bay, and tends to be both warmer and sunnier than areas exposed directly to the incoming surf. Well behaved and carefully managed canine friends can be granted a waiver of the quotpets-on-a-leashquot rule here while theyre romping around on the acres of nearby beach and tidelands. Across the street is the historic Tokeland Hotel, which is a must for a meal out when staying in this area. Regretably this is out of range for most practical cell uses, and the local WiFi is not workable for most purposes. (0712) Bridgeview RV Park . Located just across the Columbia River from Hood River Oregon, this park is on the Whie Salmon (WA) side, and only a few hundred feet east of the bridge. The grounds here are immaculate, and the public facilites very clean and tidy. Full hookups are complemented by one of the best in-park WiFi setups weve found. This is a perfect spot from which to explore the extraordinary scenery of the Columbia River Gorge or to partake of the local water sports which are world famous. While it is adjacent to one of the two rail lines that travers the entire shoreline on both sides of the river, it is actually well above the tracks and well-shielded from excessive noise. Most guests that come here will consider this a special find, and no doubt return to this as the RV destination of choice in the Gorge. (0308) Howard Miller Steelhead Park is a Skagit County Park located near the Cascade foothills near Rockport. This is one of those magnificent little quotfindsquot. The park as approximately 45 paved sites, most of which are widely spaced with acres of neatly mowed grass and mature trees. The biggest rigs have no problem fitting here. Some sites offer 50 amp service, while others have 30 amps. This is the type of park you think youll just be staying for a night, but ending up staying much longer. (0712) Gros Ventre -- Grand Teton National Park . Here is a quiet and panoramic oasis in what can be a very busy summer tourist season. The sites are large and shaded. And if you dont see moose or elk you arent looking. Since it is well out of town, sites are usually available here when in-town parks are full. There is hiking and fishing along the river, and the quaint (but busy) town of Jackson Hole is only 10 miles distant. Its also fewer than 5 miles from an extremely attractive golf course and restaurant at the base of Grand Teton mountain. Takhini Hot Springs is located about 15 minutes northeast of Whitehorse, in a very quite, forested area with wonderful mountain views. While modest in terms of ameneties (some electric only sites), the spaces are large and generously spaced -- uncommon along the Alaska Highway route. This is a favorite place for Whitehorse residents because of the natural hot springs, which are captured into a large outdoor year round pool (extra fee). (599) Kathleen Lake: Driving north from Haines to Haines Junction is one of the most scenic highways in all of the north country. Youll find few camping spots along this lesser used but well maintained road. But one that stands out is the Yukon Government campground at Kathleen Lake. If youre driving the Alaska Highway, youll miss it, unless you divert south about 20 minutes on the Haines Highway. And the diversion is well worth the time if you value a clean and well maintained campground. No hookups here, but the price is right -- and for an extra 2 (Canadian) youll have all the firewood you can use at your disposal. The campsites are above the lake, and about a quarter mile away. The mountain views are spectacular. (0603) White River Crossing Trading Post . At milepost 1169 on the Alaska Highway, this is situated in an area that some will find convenient for an overnight stop. We include it not because of any pretense of being a quotfancyquot campground, but rather because it struck as as being a quintessential example of the typical quotroadhousequot style campground found along the Alaska Highway -- and best for fully self-contained units. But this offers some special features. We were impressed that many of the sites could easily handle big rigs. And the owner, Robert Beatty, is an excellent host. In the late afternoon he built and ignited a large, centrally located bonfire for all to enjoy. In the early evening he came by once to lead a tour of interested RVer guests across his small landing strip for a visit to one of the accessible perma-frost sites further north youll pay for a tour to bus you to such a site. And he came by once again to point out a large moose dining in the tall grass at the end of his landing strip. Youll sense a real spirit of the north in this rustic stopover. (0602). 1996-2016, RVers Online. Made with recycled pixels
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