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 the [...]
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.
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 make [...]
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 need [...]
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 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 the [...]
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 at [...]
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 required [...]
Use the checklist below to help you prep your rig for your next winter adventure, or have one of the professionals at All Seasons RV do it for you.
While many RV owners around the Pacific Northwest have already buttoned up and winterized their RVs for the season, some adventurous families and retirees alike are just getting ready to head south for the winter. If you’re not quite ready to put your RV into hibernation but are unable to take a lengthier trip like your snow birding kin, you can still enjoy a winter “getaway” in your RV right here at home.
With year-round outdoor recreation opportunities across the state, many area RV parks and resorts stay open during the winter months, providing local RV [...]
Let’s be honest, there are many of us that cringe at the thought of trudging out in the snow to go tent camping in the dead of winter. However, with the right gear and the right smarts, winter camping can actually provide an incredibly peaceful and rejuvenating experience. Here are 10 winter camping tips to take into consideration before packing your bags.
Pack the snow
Wherever you decide to set up camp, it’s crucial to pack down the snow first. If you have snow shoes or skis along this can make the job quicker. A good pair of boots will assist you as well, although it may take you a bit longer. Packing down the snow ensures you don’t puncture a hole in your tent when accidentally stepping [...]
Washington State Parks have announced the 2019-2020 winter schedule, with more than 100 parks remaining open for camping or day-use activities. The winter schedule is now available online. More than 100 parks will remain open during the winter, while about 19 parks are closed until dates in March, April or May, due to weather and other circumstances.
Each year, Washington State Parks identifies which parks will remain open and which will offer limited or partial services, such as fewer camping sites and restrooms. Specific areas within a park may be closed, and some parks are open only on weekends and holidays. Campers should be aware that some state parks may shut off water systems, even if the park is open. Some boat launches are closed, and some docks are removed for the winter. State [...]