chongo Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
Maverick - Water

Free water fill up at the RV gas pumps at the Maverik on Sunset Blvd and Westridge. Across from the Home Depot.

Salina Maverik Pump 9/10

At pump 9 / 10 there is a red “Iowa” pump for free water fill up, though you’ll need your own hose. Please purchase something if you fill up.

Moab

This faucet was on and running just fine today. It must have a seasonal closure since last year it was marked as closed.

Exxon / 7 eleven next to Wendy’s

Red spigot with hose at Exxon/7-eleven next to Wendy’s. Please make sure and purchase something first and be respectful as the parking lot is small.

Express 24

This is Still closed and not functioning.

NF 439

The approach is a LONG winding narrow, pot hole-filled paved road. We drove in on a Tuesday evening and didn’t pass any cars on the way up (there would be nowhere to pull over). There are only a few low-hanging branches that hit my high roof Promaster.
The site: very dusty and right of a gravel road so each time a car passed our site became full of dust. Sadly there are shotgun shells, broken glass, and other pieces of garbage everywhere (I cleaned up a bunch of it). This was ok to stay at in a pinch and it is fairly level but it’s not an enjoyable place to hang out at camp.
Please practice leave no trace and leave our public lands better than when you got there.

NF 439

Large-ish clearing with people’s left-over trash. Once cleaned up it’d be a nice flat pit, though not shaded. Just off a dusty gravel road. Large enough for 2 vans. 2WD will make it. I didn’t camp here, just saw it while biking or I would have cleaned it up.

Upper Caribou Road NF 439

Nice little road-pullout off of the gravel road. Private with an east-facing view. Large enough for one van and a tent. 2WD will make it. Verizon 3 bars of LTE.

Love’s

Instead of filling your water at the NASTY dump station, just fill up at one of the many potable spigots that are at the fuel fill up stations.

Upper Salmon River, Sawtooth NRA

GPS WARNING: these coordinates will take you ACROSS the river from the camping. Don’t turn at the bridge as google maps directs you. Instead, from the 75, go south over the bridge and turn right (west) onto a dirt road at a mile marker. There are 2 small signs with camping rules, read them and continue straight.
Good flat spots next to river that sounds like a perfect babbling brook, not too loud but loud enough to drown out surrounding neighboring conversations and road noise. Some shade but not at every site. The ground is sandy loaded with river rocks. Bugs are abundant in the evening and impossible to control. I didn’t see too many mosquitos but I did get a few bites. Please no fires while there is a fire ban and don’t forget to leave it better than when you found it. LNT!
We stayed during the week after 4th of July and it was about half capacity each night. There are big rigs & small rigs here. Verizon 4 bars of LTE with Weboost. No ATT service.

Grand Tetons Meadow

THE WORST mosquitoes I have EVER encountered. Camper beware!

Wild Campground

This entire road felt unsafe and there was trash at every site and along the road. It looks like homeless people are living at several sites (and at trailhead). Several cars drive past while we were trying to find a site and almost all of the looked sketchy or questionable. We didn’t end up staying near Kerby and moved on to Crater Lake area instead.

No Camping Sign. Check other sites further down the road. Boardwalk Trailhead Parking (next to Jeffrey Pine Loop trail)

This entire road felt unsafe and there was trash at every site and along the road. It looks like homeless people are living at several sites (and at trailhead). Several cars drive past while we were trying to find a site and almost all of the looked sketchy or questionable. We didn’t end up staying near Kerby and moved on to Crater Lake area instead.

Near Josephine campgrounds and near Illinois river!

This entire road felt unsafe and there was trash at every site and along the road. It looks like homeless people are living at several sites (and at trailhead). Several cars drive past while we were trying to find a site and almost all of the looked sketchy or questionable. We didn’t end up staying near Kerby and moved on to Crater Lake area instead.

Dirt Bag Junction

This entire road felt unsafe and there was trash at every site and along the road. It looks like homeless people are living at several sites (and at trailhead). Several cars drive past while we were trying to find a site and almost all of the looked sketchy or questionable. We didn’t end up staying near Kerby and moved on to Crater Lake area instead.

US FS road 25

SUPER trashy, garbage was everywhere, filling the campsite. It looked fresh. Could not enjoy the camping here and it felt a little sketch. Moved on and didn’t spend the night but it’s probably fine just for a night if you stay in your vehicle.

Small Lagoon/Ocean Overlook pullout

Beautiful little “rain forest” feel. Big enough for our small 136” wheel base Promaster to back into and our mid-sized truck (Ford ranger) to pull over. It was rainy but the birds still sang for us. Good partially obstructed view of the lagoon and ocean. Can still hear highway noise but we were far enough that it doesn’t bother us. No one passed down the road at night and just a few during the day. This lagoon area fills up fast so get here early if you can and please remember to leave it better than when you found it. Don’t leave trash. Don’t leave TP.

Steelbridge Campground

I agree with the description but would like to add that IMO this place is awesome! I counted 10 sites (2 are handicapped). We stayed at site #7 next to the river. No big rigs here, the parking spots aren’t big enough. The sites are spaced spry enough that it doesn’t feel like you’re camping with your neighbor. Half of the sites have walk-downs to the beautiful river. The trees are wonderful here (unaffected by the California fires). Bathrooms are your typical Forest service pit toilets. Each site includes: paved (though not all are level) parking, tent pad/area, cement picnic table, fire ring, beautiful trees. For $5/night you can’t beat it ($2.50 for interagency pass)

Sawmill Cutoff

This place is permanently closed.

Sawmill Cutoff

Camping is closed here but open 2 miles down the road

Maverik’s (Gas station, free RV water)

Water is at pump 26. Need your own hose.

Old Highway 4 near Ganns

This place is permanently closed.

Super K Water Pump

Shell Super K water pump in Raley’s Market parking lot. Free potable water, need your own hose.

Bee’s Marketplace DogPark with Potable water

Potable water is located inside the fenced dog park under the “Bee’s Marketplace” sign. It has a thread for the hose but you must drape the hose over the fence. Brand new grocery store opened March 3021.

Another Spot

2 bars LTE Verizon, clean site, no need for 4WD, though the road was bumpy and if there has been any recent rain I wouldn’t feel comfortable driving my van through the soft mud. Very quiet and neighbors were far away. Would stay again!
No amenities, but there was a fire ring.

Burros - Signal Rd

Level ground with a little more than half a dozen spots to park/camp right off signal road (gravel road that didn’t get any noticeable traffic after dark). Cell service decent with weboost. Would stay again.

Very nice spot near highway to Vegas

MUCH nicer than Red Rocks Campground (RRC is $20/night and still 10-15 minutes from the park). Quiet with good views and fairly level-ish ground. The road is gravel but easy in our 2WD Promaster 136”. Cell reception was full-bars for both Verizon and ATT.
We did see a lot of trash, so PLEASE be mindful of our beautiful land and clean up after yourselves. Don’t leave your pee toilet paper in the bushes, garbage in fire rings, or poop bags. Leave it better than when you found it.

Heritage Park Aquatic Complex

Lots of showers (open during covid). Water was cold for about 2-3 minutes until it got comfortably warm and the time wasn’t limited. I was super impressed with the facility for only $4. Must register online and take a covid questionnaire. Great place if you want to swim laps or get a gym workout in too. $4!

Side Road

MUCH nicer camping here than at the Red Rocks Campground (which is about 10 minutes from the park anyway). We thoroughly enjoyed this spot, even though it was about 30 minutes to Red Rock. It was worth the drive and the road was fine in our 2WD Promaster 136”

Red Rocks Campground

Will not stay at this site again and I definitely don’t recommend it. It’s a misnomer (it’s NOT in the park) and the sites are lousy. We reserved an RV site (136” Promaster Van) and the ground was not level. Our reserved site was actually shared and it didn’t say this on the website when we reserved. Save your money and find somewhere else to stay.
Pros: it was quiet.


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