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.
2225 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105,
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.
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.
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.
Bathrooms and Hot Showers (coin-operated)
Marina (sells bait, tackle, fuel and licenses)
General Store & Gas Station
See website for pricing and reservation information.
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.
The Visitor Center is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Route 191 in Chinle, AZ.
Cliff Palace 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 tour is strenuous and involves climbing five, 8-10ft ladders, on a 100ft vertical climb. Total walking distance is about 1/4-mile round-trip. Is not suitable for young children.
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 Tips: Try to purchase your tickets up to two days before tour day as they sell out fast. On the tour, bring water and use sunscreen!
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.
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 - 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)
Nature Walk around Lake Denny & Fishing Pier
3-Acre Dog Park
Check out their website for pricing information!
2016 & 2014 KOA President's Award & Founder's Award
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!
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!
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.
Boat Launch & Ramp
Dump Stations (Camping & Marine)
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.
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 - 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.
Hiking (borders Coconino National Forest)
Restaurant/Kamp Kitchen (Breakfast)
Check their website for pricing and reservation information!
2016 and 2014 KOA President's Award
2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Flying Flags RV Resort is a full-service resort in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country. It is also a great jumping off point for day trips to Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, or Paso Robles. Golf is nearby.
180 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, CA 93427
RV Sites/Services Available
Basic Site - No hook-ups
Premium - Full hookups 50/30 Amp, crushed granite RV pad, concrete patio
Super-Premium - Full hookups 50/30 Amp, end site, concrete RV pad & patio, firepit, & gas BBQ
Free Wi-Fi, free kids (under 9), free cable and free pets (2 max)!
Flying Flags cottages are fully furnished and include a wraparound deck complete with outdoor fireplace and gas BBQ. Each cottage has a bedroom with a queen size bed, a living room with sleeper sofa, bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen. Many of the cottages also have an upstairs loft perfect for the kids. There are at least 2 flat screen TVs in each cottage with cable connections. Wifi is also included at no extra fee. Cabins and Cottages can accommodate up to 6 people. Friendly pets are permitted with additional fee.
Luxury Tent Villas
Oversized tent on platform furnished with King bed, bunk bed, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. There is also a patio area fireplace and gas BBQ
Vintage Airstream Rentals
Flying Flags Airstream Alley offers fully furnished Airstream trailers! Each of the 10 vintage Airstreams have been completely renovated in custom styles and themes with modern touches that include wine refrigerator, iPad bar, flat screen TVs and much more! Airstreams vary in size and style but all have a queen size bed, bathroom with small shower and is furnished with a K-Cup coffee maker, microwave oven, BBQ grill & fire pit. Ask which ones have the bench sofas or twin beds for kids.
Large Heated swimming pool with snack bar/diner
State of the Art Playground
Clean restrooms and showers
On-site camp store, propane & dump station
Check their website for pricing information!
Located in downtown Birmingham, this is truly a "must do" while in town. Golden Flake's factory tour offers participates to see how potato chips and other snack products are made. The tour explains the process from farm-fresh potatoes all the way through to the packaging of the products. Many product samples are given along the way which keeps kids interested. The best part is the tour is free!!
Reservations must be made in advance and there is a minimum age of 5-years-old. There are quite a few Tour Rules so make sure to check them out before you make a reservation.
Tours are usually given at 9:30AM, 11AM, and 12:30PM
Hard to get to and hard to forget! Situated close to the border of Utah, this park rises from the desert floor to lush forest with lots of wildlife. The impressive Lehman Cave tour is a must. There is a Junior Ranger Program and the rangers offer other programs such as astronomy.
All Great Basin National Park Campsites are first come - first served. Reservations are not available for overnight camping. There is a choice of five campgrounds. We stayed at Wheeler Peak which is spectacular. To get to this campground, note that the road is closed to single vehicles or trailers in excess of 24 feet in length. The road is narrow, winding, and climbs an 8% grade in 12 miles.
Recommend the Alpine Lake Loop Trail (2.7 miles) which connects to the Bristlecone Trail that takes you to an ancient bristlecone pine grove.
Please note that having a pet with you will limit your activities in Great Basin National Park. Kennel services are not available in or around the park.
Honeyville is home of "Colorado Made" specialty honeys, honey jams, jellies and sauces. The indoor glass beehive is great for kids and sometimes, you can watch them bottle their products through windows in the store. Contact them for a catalog or you can order online!
33633 Hwy 550
Durango, CO 81301