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Bring the bike, bring the fun

There’s no better way to increase your kid’s enthusiasm for camping than to add bike riding to the mix. When you head out in your camper, don’t forget to pack the family bikes – especially if you’re staying at a campground with bike trails nearby. Bikes can give kids a sense of independence and fun around the campground. Not to mention, a bike ride is a great way to burn some extra energy – while adults can enjoy a bit of quiet and conversation. However, if your kids are biking around a campground there are a few safety rules to remember.

Have the right equipment

When we’re on vacation, we sometimes become a bit more lax about the rules we insist on following at home and on city streets. However, [...]

RV Camping Etiquette Be a good neighbor

It’s important to be a good neighbor not just when you’re at home, but also when you’re on the road. If you’re spending your summer at campgrounds, there are some general rules of etiquette to follow if you want to be a good neighbor. Heed these rules of campground etiquette and you’re sure to maintain good relations with those around you.

Respect others’ space

While we have for the most part escaped the days of social distancing, people still appreciate their space being respected. That means that even if the shortest way to the lake or the bathroom is through someone’s occupied camping space, you take the long way around. This also means that you shouldn’t let your dogs or your kids wander through other people’s camping spots.

Leash your dogs [...]

There is nothing like congregating around the campfire on a chilly fall night. Enjoy the heat from the fire, and cozy food to fill your bellies. Try out these fall campfire recipes on your next camping trip!

Baked Apples

This Baked Apples recipes is reminiscent of apple pie, but super simple to cook over the fire. Simply core an apple and then fill the center with a mixture of raisins, nuts, a spoonful of brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Place a small pat of butter on each end and then wrap the apple in foil. Roast the apples on a bed of coals for about 15 minutes, or until it’s soft enough to eat with a fork.

Sausage & Wild Rice filled Pumpkins

4 cups Wild Rice, cooked
1 lb ground sausage
2 medium apples, diced
1 cup [...]

New interest in the great outdoors

One of the positives to come out of the pandemic is an increased interest in the great outdoors. Outdoor gear and RV sales are booming, and many people are flocking to the state parks to camp for the first time. If you’re new to state park camping, read on for some helpful tips.

Reservations & Check-in

Reservations are an absolute must – hopefully you already got those secured! For popular destinations, you will want to make reservations as soon as they open. Check in procedures will vary by campground, but typically campsite check-in opens at 2:30pm and check-out is at 1pm. Early arrival is generally not encouraged. Staff and volunteers need time to clean and prepare your campsite. If you’re early, a discover pass will allow you to park in [...]

RV Camping finds a Pandemic Surge Living the RV life in Washington State Parks: Travelers find a pandemic-era bubble in nature

As 2020 unrolled with all its restrictions, many travelers scrapped traditional vacation plans. Many people looked to nature and camping for the first time. Most sought to salvage their summer while staying safe from COVID-19.

Enter the recreational vehicle.

In 2020 RV sales increased by 7.1% over 2019 – even with COVID-related factory closures – with more than 80% being first-time buyers. Rentals also skyrocketed – 650% over 2019! Due to this surge, RV sites at many Washington state parks stayed full all summer.

State Park RV Camping Tips from a Veteran

Dave Helgeson belongs to a five-generation RV family. He reminds RVers to book state parks in advance, as utility sites fill fast.

“With state [...]

Fall RV Camping Tips The most wonderful time for RV camping

The fall can be one of the best seasons of the year for RV camping. Campgrounds tend not to be as crowded. The surrounding areas are overflowing with color. The temperatures are often very comfortable for hiking and exploring. However, if you’ve never taken your RV out for a fall camping trip, there are a few tips to heed.

Watch the weather

Weather can make or break a fall camping trip. If there’s a particularly cold snap in the weather or a lot of rain, you may find yourself quite uncomfortable. However, because campgrounds are not as busy in the fall you can usually make plans last minute. Keep a close eye on the forecast. If the weather looks good for the week ahead, you can [...]

Campground Etiquette

It’s important to be a good neighbor not just when you’re at home, but also when you’re on the road. If you’re spending your summer at campgrounds, there are some general rules of etiquette to follow if you want to be a good neighbor. Heeds these rules of campground etiquette and you’re sure to maintain good relations with those around you.

Respect others’ space

Especially during this season of coronavirus and social distancing, it is important to respect others’ space. This means that even if the shortest way to the lake or the bathroom is through someone’s occupied camping space, you take the long way around. This also means that you shouldn’t let your dogs or your kids wander through other people’s camping spots.

Leash your dogs

While many people do love furry friends, you [...]

Campfire Dessert Recipes

There is nothing like gathering around the campground fire in the evening. The crackle of the flames, the crickets in the distance, and the stars up above. One of the only things that can improve the evening is something sweet to cook up over the flames. There is always the classic s’more – but this summer consider trying some new campfire dessert recipes.

Campfire Eclairs

Campfire eclairs are fun and simple to cook up. You just need to make up some vanilla pudding in your RV or before your trip to stash in your cooler. Take a long stick and wrap foil around the end of it. Coat the foil with non-stick cooking spray or butter. Open a can of crescent roll dough and wrap the dough from one roll around the end of [...]

Summer Camping Reservations

Think it’s too early to start thinking about that summer camping itinerary? Think again! Many of the most popular state park camping locations can be reserved now – and will fill up quick.

Beacon Rock State Park

Beacon Rock State Park is one park that just recently opened its campsites for reservations. Formerly only a first come first serve park, Beacon Rock State park is a popular destination located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Beacon Rock itself is the core of an ancient volcano. The park includes 9,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River and more than 26 miles of roads and trails open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.

Reservations at Beacon Rock

If you’re counting on nabbing a first come, first serve spot [...]

Become a State Park Campground Host

Are you starting to plan your summer travels yet? Would you like to spend an extended time at a State Park this summer? Looking for a way to use your RV to give back? Did you know that you could become a State Park Campground Host?

What is a campground host?

Many camp hosts are living the dream. They sign on for one to three months each at a lineup of parks, and they work 28 hours a week for their campsite. Camp host duties could mean cleaning campsites, assisting park aides, gardening, answering questions, doing handiwork, running educational programs and recommending activities.

How do you become a campground host?

Camp hosts must have a background check. The application process, which includes fingerprinting, takes up to two months. Otherwise, all that’s [...]

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