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Date Place Comment
Belknap Hot Springs Campground

Great place to camp and soak! Sites 1-11 are right on the river, 12 and up are up the hill by the other pool. No kids under 5 now.

Rouge Private Waterfall Wild Camp

Exceptional free camping right on the river with a stone fire pit. This one at the end of the 304 road. 2 other sites near by as well, possibly more. No amenities and no cell service, but I could stay awhile at this place, beautiful!

River Access Madrona (National Forest)

3 spots with table, fire ring and a pit toilet (clean with tp). Stayed in space 3 closest to the bridge, some highway noise, but loud river definitely helps. Thought spot 3 was the best, open, fairly level spot for our teardrop. But if you have anything bigger spot 1 is probably the best as it would be hard to turn around past there. Not great for big rigs. No Verizon service. Free 99 tho!

KOA Campground

One of the nicer koa campgrounds we’ve stayed at. Nice warm heated pool and hot tub, all other amenities as well except WiFi. For the price I feel it should come for free, but is an additional charge. Very little Verizon service.

Sandy Hill/ Keyesville

Beautiful spots all along the river, reasonable pit toilets, dumpsters. Free! Many people there, but many spots! Good Verizon signal, would stay again.

Buckskin Mountain SP

Nice campground, showers were very hot with no temp control. Hiking trails, swimming in the river. Lots of boat traffic/noise during the day. People across the river like to party with loud music as well. 100 degrees in April!

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Nice state park centrally located to Sedona, cottonwood, Jerome area. Hiking, fishing, paddling the verde river. Great spot, would definitely come back. Great cell service along with all normal amenities.

Windy Hill Recreation Site

Sprawling camp area with many loops and boat ramps. I think odd numbered sites are reservable and even sites are first come first serve. Felt like summer, nice scenery. Would hate to see the place at capacity, I think there’s almost 350 sites! Peaceful this time of year though.

Show low lake campground

Established campground across the street from show low lake and boat ramp. Has bathrooms, hot showers 6:30-6:30 only. Water and garbage. Also small playground for kids. Small store with ice, firewood, propane etc. think they have some sites with hookups, but dry camping with picnic table and fire ring was $18. Good cell service too.

Cottonwood Campground

Reasonable camping near canyon de chelly, bathrooms, water spigot’s here and there. Scenery at the campground just ok. Cash only!

Sand Island

Stayed here for a couple nights before a river trip. There are a few sites right along the river that are nice. Cool petroglyphs. Toilet, trash, water spigot. Some road noise, but not bad.$15.

Hovenweep National Monument

Beautiful location, super quiet at night with incredible stars. No large rvs. Good cell service with Verizon. Great hiking as well.

El Morro National Monument Campground

Nice free camping in el morro monument. Table, fire pit, pit toilets, and garbage. Very quiet at night. No Verizon service. Water shut off this time of year, but can get some at the visitor center thurs-mon when open.

Joe Skeens - El Malpais NCA (free)

Got lucky and got a spot after people eating lunch at a spot left as we were driving through. Many others drove through after us, some opting to camp in the overflow lot by the entrance. Nice free camping in el maipais. Seems very popular, so arriving early is recommended to secure a spot. 1 bar Verizon service. No water.

Vista Linda

Great camp with beautiful views along the Jemez river. Pit toilets, water, garbage. $10 a nite. No Verizon service. Sat in the river with chairs and a cocktail on a hot day! Perfect.

Juniper Campground (Bandelier Nat. Mon.)

Beautiful setting, lots to do nearby, water, toilet, garbage. $12 a nite. Sites are not made for big rigs, tents, small trailers and vans ok.1-2 bars Verizon service in the coyote loop at the top. Stayed 3 wonderful days!

Cochiti Lake Campground

Nice campground with views of the lake and mountains. No wood fires allowed when we were there, they only have elevated grills. Good price and cell coverage. Nice bathrooms and showers. Tent rocks closed at this time.

Villanueva Statepark

First off, I would say we had an abnormal experience here. Upon showing up, we pulled into our site to find the driveway littered with broken glass and sharp metal fragments and screws.looking around, we saw the trees and signs had been burned. Upon talking to the ranger many hours after arriving because no one was around when we got there, he told us that a trailer had exploded in this spot a few weeks earlier and we were the first ones to stay since then. It had not been cleaned up, and no one gave us notice at all. It is in a beautiful canyon, and we saw people catching trout. But likely a place I won’t be back to unfortunately.

Valley of Fires, BLM campground

Got here on a Saturday afternoon and ended up getting spot 19, which has a huge turnaround and totally level, unlike some other spots. Best views of all the camps in my opinion, but also the windiest spot. Good hiking, nice hot showers, great cell signal. $12 a nite for non hookups $18 with. First come, first served til mid April, then you can reserve spots. Would stay again!

Bottomless Lakes State Park, Near Roswell

We stayed in D5 of the non reservation spots, and it was great! Right at the bottom of a little canyon to explore, clean pit toilets, covered picnic table, water nearby. $10 a nite, great cell service on Verizon, quiet at night.

Palo Duro State Park

Very large state park with all kinds of camping and hiking and mountain biking. Beautiful scenery throughout, the sunsets and sunrises are amazing. No service on Verizon below the rim. Would love to stay longer.

Garner State park

Great state park with tons of hiking, biking, paddling on the frio river. Stayed in the rio frio loop, could walk to the river from our site. They have dancing each nite at the pavilion. Awesome spot except…. The water is absolutely disgusting tasting, almost undrinkable in my opinion and they had one bathroom completely closed while trying to clean one of two open at 9am when everyone was trying to use it. Bad timing I would say. Overall would stay again, but would bring water from elsewhere. No cell service on Verizon.

McKinney Falls State Park

Stayed in the grapevine loop, plenty of privacy, cool trails along the creek, 15 min drive to brewery with live outdoor music! Great place to stay in Austin.

Hickory creek park campground COE

Decent camping on lake Lewisville, water and electric at sites, dump station. Primitive tent sites also, but closed at this time. Bathrooms in strange locations that aren’t convenient to all sites. Showers, but no soap in any bathrooms. Good cell signal. $30 a nite.

Crater of Diamonds State Park Campground

Nice campground with amenities, showers stayed hot for us when we stayed unlike some other reviews. Not great cell service. Next to the diamond hunting grounds.

Ozark Campground

Camped for three nights while kayaking on the buffalo river, beautiful spot close to the river, nice pit toilet and trash service. Awesome stars at night! Would definitely return. Free, no Verizon service, but works at the top of the road in. Some car noise from the highway in the distance.

Meriwether Lewis

Great free camping with flush toilets and garbage service. Decent cell signal. Hiking all around. Would stay here again for sure.


Got site 10, in little brook loop close to the bathrooms. Lots of activity’s and hiking. Power water site more expensive on weekends than weekdays. Great place plus free washers and dryers in the laundry room! Verizon signal was good.

Long Bottom Ford Campground

Small pull ins off dead end dirt road by the river. maybe 5-6 sites, with clean pit toilet and garbage cans for free. Tents fire pits and small trailers only due to short pull ins. Peaceful and quiet unless you have loud neighbors. Couldn’t not think about the movie deliverance unfortunately while here. No cell service until you get near Clayton.

Smokemont np campsite

Was dead when we showed up, maybe like 4-5 other campers. Bathrooms decent, only water seemed to be there, other faucets shut off for the winter I’m assuming. Being on the river was its best quality, stayed one very rainy night and left.$25, no cell reception, just ok I’d say.


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