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Balcony House Guided Tour – Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Tour Basics
Balcony House may only be accessed by guided tour. Cliff dwelling tours are offered from April 1 to November 1st. Park rangers lead all tours, explaining the history of the Ancient Puebloan people and the cliff dwellings.

This one-hour, ranger-guided tour involves climbing a 32 ft. ladder, crawling through a 12ft-long tunnel, and climbing up a 60ft open rock face with two 10ft ladders to exit the site. Not suitable for young children.

See website for current pricing.

Where to buy tickets: Colorado Welcome Center (I recommend here), Mesa Verde Visitor Research Center (right outside park), Morefield Ranger Station, and Chapin Mesa Archeological Center.

Tour Tip: Purchase tickets up to two days before tour day as tours tend to sell out in peak seasons. Bring sunscreen and water on your tour.

Barstow/Calico KOA – Yermo, CA
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Barstow Calico KOA is conveniently located midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, alongside Interstate 15. A great overnight spot or better yet, stay awhile. Off-Road trails just 3 miles from the campground.  This is a popular area for hiking and rock hounding.  They also offer free shuttle service to the nearby Calico Ghost Town attraction.

Address

35250 Outer Hwy. 15 N., Yermo, CA 92398

RV Sites/Services

Pull-Thru - Full hook-ups, 50/30 amp, Free Wi-Fi

Pull-Thru - Full hook-ups, 30 amp, Free Wi-Fi

Pull-Thru - Water/Electric  30 amp, Free Wi-Fi

Back-in - Water/Electric 50/30 amp, Free Wi-Fi

Back-in Water/Electric 30 amp, Free Wi-Fi

Cabin Rentals

Cabins have a main room w/bath, perfect for small families! Double bed plus 3 bunk beds; microwave/TV, small fridge. Don't forget to bring linens! No pets (Sleeps 5)

Safari Tent

Comfortable tent that sleeps up to 8 people.  Includes Wi-Fi, Charging Station Onsite and Switchable On/Off Light.  Close to restrooms!

Campground Amenities

Archery Range
Club Room with HD Big Screen TV
Convenience Store and Snack Bar
Free shuttle to Calico Ghost Town
Game Room
Giant Jumping Pad
Playground
Horseshoes
Hot Showers
Huge Pet Walk
Laundry
Linens for cabins (with charge)
Newly Remodeled Restrooms
Swimming Pool (March thru October)
Bike Rentals

Pricing

Check their website for pricing information!

Awards

2016 KOA President's Award

Bodensee Restaurant – Helen, GA
64 Munich Strasse, Helen Georgia
30545

Bodensee Restaurant is perfect for a quick delicious lunch or a relaxing dinner with the family. Located in the center of Helen, they offer a wide variety of German foods for any taste.   They offer dining specials and kids menu.  Don't forget to ask about their Bavarian pretzel that is a special item not on the menu!

http://www.bodenseerestaurant.com/
706-878-1026
Cachuma Lake Campground – Santa Barbara, CA
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Set amidst acres of wilderness flanked by the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains, lies glimmering Cachuma Lake. Here you will find practically everything you need for a relaxing getaway in the great outdoors. Mild temperatures, typically sunny skies, and celebrated fishing conditions.
Note: There is no swimming of any kind in the lake.
Located off scenic Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley, Cachuma Lake is midway between Santa Barbara and the Danish Community of Solvang.
Address

2225 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105,

RV Sites

Cachuma Lake campground offers more than 400 campsites with 100 full electrical, water, and sewer hookup sites, and 30 electrical and water with no sewer (there is a dump station on-site).  There are restrooms and coin operated showers available.  There is a 2-night minimum stay for weekends (Friday and Saturday), and a 3-night minimum stay for holiday weekends.

Cabins

There are four cabins available.  Three six sleepers and one four sleeper (ADA).  The three 6 sleeper cabins are located near the marina and offer views of the lake. These cabins are all equipped with electricity, full bathrooms, kitchenettes, living rooms, private porches, picnic tables and fire pits. Simply pack your sleeping bags/bedding, pillows, towels/toiletries and groceries.

Yurts
There are 7 yurts (cross between a tent and tepee) which feature platform beds to sleep up to 6.  There is a lockable door, lighting, heating and screened windows in the wood and fabric siding. Yurts are set on a bluff with access to the lake shore.  There is a 2-night minimum stay for weekends (Friday and Saturday), and a 3-night minimum stay for holiday weekends.
Campground Amenities

Bathrooms and Hot Showers (coin-operated)
Playground
Lake Cruises
Nature Center
Fishing Pier
Hiking Trails
Marina (sells bait, tackle, fuel and licenses)
General Store & Gas Station
Dog Park
Boat Launch

 

See website for pricing and reservation information.

(805) 686-5054
Camp ‘n Style Trailer Rentals – San Diego Area, CA

Camp 'n Style provides travel trailer delivery to a campsite you have reserved and pick up trailer from said campsite at the end of your vacation.

Areas Serviced in California:

Glamis Sand Dunes

Ocotillo Wells

Gordons Well

Buttercup Sand Dunes

Campland on the Bay, San Diego

Mission Bay RV Park, San Diego

Lake Jennings

Alpine/Julian area

San Diego County

Imperial County

What do they rent?

Camp 'n Style offers both traditional trailers (larger units have super slides for more room) and Toy Haulers ( trailer with garage area to bring your own toys).  They rent units from 26' to 40' in length.  Trailers can sleep up to 9 people.

What is included in the trailer?

TV/DVD, basic set of dishes and eating utensils  for 6, pots and pans (3), coffee maker with cups, cooking utensils,  can opener, paper towels,  RV  toilet paper, dish soap, cleaning supplies, trash can/bag and matches.

All units come with a standard generator to be used when dry camping

Check their website for current pricing and delivery fee information

Minimum Stay Requirement

2-nights non-holiday weekends

3-night holiday weekends

Need to Bring?

Bedding, towels, BBQ, specialty cooking items, and outdoor chairs

Pets OK

http://campnstyle.com/
877-965-RENT
Camping Adventures – Malibu/Ventura County, CA

Camping Adventures provides travel trailer delivery to a campsite you have reserved, and pick up, from said campsite at the end of your vacation.

Areas Serviced:

Lake Casitas Recreation Area

Leo Carillo State Park - Malibu

Point Magu State Park - Malibu

Ventura Beach RV Resort

Ventura Ranch KOA

Other Ventura County Campgrounds

What do they rent?

Newer model travel trailers (some with slides) that sleep 4-8 people. Trailers available are 25' - 30' in length.  Some have bunk beds!

What is included in the trailer?

TV/DVD,  skillet, pan, strainer, wine opener, few cooking utensils, ice cube tray, coffee maker,  (1)  paper towels,  (1) RV  toilet paper, broom and dust pan

Generator provided for State Parks and other dry camping locations

Pricing

All pricing includes delivery, set-up, break-down and Sales Tax.   Please check website for most current pricing and specials.

Minimum Stay Requirement

2-nights non-holiday weekends

3-night holiday weekends

Need to Bring?

Kitchen items such as plates, cups, eating utensils and other necessities as well as bedding, towels, BBQ, specialty cooking items, and outdoor chairs

Pets OK

http://campingadventuresrentals.com/
(805) 797-7460
Canyon de Chelly National Monument – Chinle, AZ
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Canyon de Chelly (d'SHAY) is a labyrinth of canyons where red rock walls range in height from 30' to over 1,000'. On the canyon floor there are streams, cottonwoods and small farms. It is a sacred place, inhabited for nearly 5,000 years. It's silence beckons you to stop and enjoy it's beauty.

The National Monument is comprised of two scenic drives: North Rim (good for morning photos and South Rim (good for afternoon photos). There are overlooks along both roads giving the visitor different perspectives and views. Look for ruins of civilizations past built within the eroded walls.

There is only one hike that is open to visitors without a guide: White House Ruin. It is a 2.5 mile round-trip hike. Allow two hours as you will be descending 600 feet to the canyon floor. Bring sunscreen, hat, and plenty of water.

NOTE: The best way to really appreciate the beauty of this place is to take a Navajo-guided tour. We were going to do this but honestly, I didn't think my kids were old enough to appreciate and understand the history and stories of the guide. After research, I had wanted to choose Beauty Way Jeep Tours, a family run operation that has been around for 60 years. If you are interested in a guided tour, please check out their website at: http://canyondechellybeautywayjeeptours.com/

Year round park hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
**Note: Navajo Nation observes Mountain DAYLIGHT SAVING Time from March through the end of October while the rest of Arizona observes Mountain STANDARD Time. When it is 1 p.m. in Flagstaff, Arizona it is 2 p.m. at Hubbell Trading Post.**

There is no entrance fee.

Directions

The Visitor Center is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Route 191 in Chinle, AZ.

http://www.nps.gov/cach/index.htm
928-674-5500
Cortez-Mesa Verde KOA – Cortez, CO
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Cortez-Mesa Verde KOA is conveniently located on the east end of Cortez on Hwy 160 and provides the perfect locale for trips to Mesa Verde National Park, Anasazi Heritage Center, Escalante Ruins and Hovenweep N.M. to name a few.  This campground is set back from the hwy and provides nicely spaced sites with the ones on the outer ring with shade trees.   Facilities are clean and well maintained.

Address

27432 E. Hwy 160, Cortez, CO 81321

RV Sites/Services Available

All RV Sites are pull-thru:

Water/Electric 30amp Wi-Fi

Full Hookups 50amp Wi-Fi

Full Hookups 30amp Wi-Fi

Tent sites available as well.

Cabins/TeePee's

Cabins - There are only one room cabins without bathroom.  Cabins  includes a fire pit, BBQ pit, and table outside and inside sleeps 4, heat/lights/outlets/ceiling fan/air condition/TV.  You will need to bring your own linens

Tee Pee - small gravel floor inside with floor mat, two cots, light.... water/electric/picnic table and firepit (up to 6 people)

Campground Amenities

Restrooms/Showers/Laundry

Nature Walk around Lake Denny & Fishing Pier

3-Acre Dog Park

Pool

Check out their website for pricing information!

Awards
2016 & 2014 KOA President's Award & Founder's Award

http://koa.com/campgrounds/cortez/
970-565-9301
Dreher Island State Park – Prosperity, SC
3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC
29127
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Located a half hour northwest of Columbia, SC, Dreher Island State Park is spectacular!   First, it's location cannot be beat.  The park consists of three islands that jut out into beautiful Lake Murray.  This provides excellent lake views just about any place you are hanging out.  There are two camping loops, both with many lakefront sites that can accommodate rigs up to 45 feet (trailers 30 feet).  Sites are roomy, scenic and the campground is well-maintained.  Lake Murray is one of the best-known largemouth and striped bass fishing destinations in the South.  Fish from shore. bring your boat from home or r rent one.  Boat delivery to your campsite is available from outside vendors.  Don't have an RV or tent?  Beautiful Island Villas are available for rent too.  Either way you decide to stay, there will be plenty of things to do or you can choose my favorite activity.... do nothing but relax!

Campground:

Ninety-Seven paved sites located on two loops may be used by both RVs and tents, while 15 sites are for tent campers only.  Each site has water and electrical hook-ups and a picnic table. Many sites accommodate RVs up to 45 feet, others up to 30 feet. There is a dump station available as well.   All sites are convenient to hot showers and restrooms.  Leashed pets are allowed!

Cabins:

Five lakeside villas include linens, basic cooking and eating utensils, heat, air conditioning, gas fire logs, microwave, satellite television, complimentary wi-fi, automatic coffee maker, screened porch, outside grill and picnic table.   A three-bedroom villa is user friendly for the physically impaired.

Pets are not permitted in villas or villa areas.

Please visit website for pricing, reservation information and more details.

Available Activities:

Bicycle Riding
Boat Launch & Ramp
Dump Stations (Camping & Marine)
Fuel (marine)
Hiking
Marina
Photography
Playground
Recreation Programs
Retail Store
Swimming

803-364-4152
Flagstaff KOA – Flagstaff, AZ
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Flagstaff KOA is conveniently located on US-89 and provides a great jumping off point for Northern Arizona adventures including Grand Canyon National Park. Even though this campground is in a more urban area, once you pull in the driveway you will see that it sits within a forest of Ponderosa Pines. This campground provides nicely spaced sites to fit everyone's needs and is clean and maintained.

Address

5803 N. US Hwy 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

RV Sites/Services Available

They offer the following types of RV Sites:

50 amp Water/Sewer/Cable, Water/Cable Only, Water/Sewer Only, Water/Sewer/Patio, Water/Sewer/Cable/Patio
20/30 amp Water/Sewer, Water

Tent sites available as well.

Cabins/TeePee's

Cabins - There are 2 cabins and each sleeps 4 - includes a full size bed, bunk beds and partial kitchen. There is a microwave and refrigerator in each. One cabin also has cable. You will need to bring your own bedding.

TeePee's - Tee-Pee's ave sand/rug floors and 2 full size adjustable beds. Can sleep up to 6 set up for 4.

Campground Amenities

Restrooms/Showers/Laundry
Playground
Nature Walk
Hiking (borders Coconino National Forest)
Free Wi-Fi
Mini Golf
Restaurant/Kamp Kitchen (Breakfast)
Banana Bikes

Check their website for pricing and reservation information!

Awards
2016 and 2014 KOA President's Award

2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

http://www.flagstaffkoa.com/
928-526-9926

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