June 2012 is Great Outdoors Month

Did you know that President Obama has declared June 2012 to be Great Outdoors Month? From the official release he includes “I … do hereby proclaim June 2012 as Great Outdoors Month. I urge all Americans to explore the great outdoors and to uphold our Nation’s legacy of conserving our lands and waters for future generations.” He is encouraging America to be outdoors enjoying camping, fishing, hiking, visiting a neighborhood park and so much more.

America does have beautiful national treasures in our parks and unique landscapes. Why not take time during the month of June to visit a nearby National Park for a camping trip? Don’t have an RV for your trip? Find your local RV dealers, stop in and look around at all of the new and used fifth wheels that they have available. The sales people are very knowledgeable on all of the different options available today in RVs. Have your list of would likes, must haves and can’t live withouts ready, and they can help you find the right RV for your adventures.

Hit the road on an RV vacation to enjoy Great Outdoors Month!

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Winter RV Camping

austinMild winter temperatures and easy access to outdoor adventures make Austin the place to be for winter RV camping. Mix in some Hill Country barbecue and exciting nightlife venues, and there’s just no reason to stay away from Austin, Texas.

So, what do you like to do on winter RV camping trips? Austin’s just down the road from popular Lake Travis, where lighted fishing docks make winter fishing a nighttime treat, according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Austin also has nearly two hundred miles of trails throughout the metro area for bikers, hikers and runners. When you’ve explored Texas’ capital city to your heart’s content, you can travel through the beautiful Hill Country.

Austin is also know for its real Texas barbeque. There are so many barbeque restaurants in the city, you won’t know which to visit first!

One more reason RV campers go to Austin in winter is this Texas city’s thriving music scene.  You won’t want to leave Austin without venturing downtown, where clubs with live shows line the streets in every direction.

There are plenty of places to stay in Austin. Some of the top rated places are: La Hacienda RV Resort, adjacent to Lake Travis;  Austin Lone Star RV Resort; and Camper Resort on Hudson Bend at Lake Travis.

Have you been on a Winter RV Vacation and have suggestions on other places to RV camp or other fun RV Vacation Activities? If so, share your experience by pressing leave a comment below. Don’t have a RV to enjoy? Take a look at these available RVs through RV Buyers Guide.

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Utah RV Vacation to Zion National Park

Angles Landing Zion National Park in Utah

Zion National Park – Utah’s oldest and largest national park with nearly three million visitors a year. The park is located in southern Utah east of St. George and Hurricane. The park in well known for its beautiful canyons, hiking trails, breathe taking views, and State Route 9 (Zion Road) a state scenic byway looking to become a National Scenic Byway. State Route 9 is a 44 mile route from I-15 at Hurricane that passes through Zion National Park including its 1.1 mile tunnel cut through rock. Much of the 44 mile road in Zion National Park is boarded by the beautiful redrock formations that southern Utah is known for.

RV Campgrounds in the Zion Area– Watchman Campground is open year around, South Campground is open March through October, Lava Point Campground is open June through October, and other Campgrounds near Zion National Park

Activities: Auto Touring, Hiking, Climbing, Canyoneering, Camping, Biking, Backcountry, Off-Road, Horseback Riding, and More.

Places to visit in Zion National Park: Zion Canyon, Kolob Canyons, Kolob Terrance, Highway 9 (Zion Road/State Scenic Byway)

Helpful Links

Utah Zion National Park Website http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion.htm

National Parks Website http://www.nps.gov/zion/

Wiki Website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_National_Park

When visiting Zion National Park, why not stay and enjoy all the sights of Zion National Park in an RV. Start your trip down State Route 9 in Hurricane in an Utah RV Rental or find a great deal on a Used RV in Utah from Nielson RV.

GPS Coordinates: 37.21283151445594, -112.92971134185791

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RV Vacation to the Blue Ridge Mountains

blue_ridge_mountainsBlue Ridge Mountains (North Carolina) – For hiking, camping, and beautiful views, it is hard to beat the Blue Ridge Mountains for an RV vacation.  Between the foliage, wildlife, and waterfalls visitors hardly know where to look next.  Stop at the Linville Falls parking lot and set off for the falls.   In North Carolina, there’s a portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains that’s lush, lovely and liberally laced with hiking trails. Waterfalls cascade down rocky slopes and panoramas offer seemingly endless views of hazy bluish mountains.

Summer Activities:
Ranger Programs, Nature Viewing, Fall Color Tours,  Photography, Historical and Cultural Demonstrations,  Ranger Guided Walks, Evening Programs, Horseback Riding, Birdwatching, Hiking , Walking, Camping, Picnicking, Photography, Wildlife Viewing.

Winter Activities:
Driving Tours, Hiking, Cross-Country skiing, Photography, Year-round facilities include:  Peaks of Otter Lodge, Museum of North Carolina Minerals, Folk Art Center, and Parkway Visitors Center.

Places to Stay at Blue Ridge Mountains

Julian Price Park Campground (877-444-6777), near the Moses Cone Estate and the towns of Boone and Blowing Rock.

Helpful Links

Article about the Blue Ridge Mountains: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

Blue Ridge Mountains Website: http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm

WIKI Website:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ridge_Mountains

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GPS Coordinates: 35.764722, -82.265278

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Big Bend National Park- Texas RV Vacation

big_bend_national_parkBig Bend National Park’s Chihuahuan Desert, Chisos Mountains (Texas) – Big Bend National Park has national significance as the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States, which includes more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals.  This makes it the perfect RV vacation destination winter, summer, fall, or spring.  Window View Trail, which makes a 1/3-mile loop starting at the Chisos Basin Trailhead and is the most popular and easily hiked trail. For a more challenging hike, the Window Trail provides a 4-mile roundtrip trek that descends 800 feet from the trailhead and leads to the “window,” the pour-off that drains the entire Chisos Basin.

Summer Activities:
Backcountry Hiking, Day Hiking, Multi-Day Hiking, Rafting, Rock Climbing, Night Time Viewing, Walking, Back Country Camping, Biking, Horseback Riding, Llama Packing, Picnicking, Photography, Wildlife Viewing.

Winter Activities:
Driving Tours, Day Hiking,  Biking, Bird Watching, Ranger Led Activities, Evening Programs, Walking, Educational Programs.


Places to Stay at Big Bend National Park

The National Park Service maintains three campgrounds within the park; generators are allowed at two of them during certain hours. A concessionaire also operates a full hook-up campground at Rio Grande Village (432-477-2293).

Helpful Links

Article about the Big Bend National Park: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

Big Bend National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm

WIKI Website:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bend_National_Park

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GPS Coordinates: 29.25, -103.25

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RV Vacation in Yellowstone- The Nation’s Original National Park

Yellowstone_National_ParkYellowstone National Park – Than Nation’s first National Park, Yellowstone National Park is known for it’s wildlife and geothermal features. Old Faithful is the most well-known geothermal feature in the park and if you hike the Upper Geyser Basin trails, you go right past this major landmark. Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either threatened or endangered. Grizzlies, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk live in the park. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468 square miles (8,980 km2) and features lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges.

Summer Activities:
Backcountry Hiking, Backcountry Camping, Biking, Boating, Day Hikes, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Llama Packing, Picnicking, Ranger Programs, Photography, Bus Tours, Ranger Programs, Historic Points of Interest Viewing, Wildlife Viewing.

Winter Activities:
Snowmobiling, Snowcoach, Cross Country Skiing, Ranger Programs, Educational Programs.


Places to Stay at Yellowstone National Park

The only campground that offers full hookups is Fishing Bridge RV Park (307-344-7901 same-day reservations; 307-344-7311 future reservations). If the park’s campground is full, you should consider staying at Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park (406-646-4466, www.grizzlyrv.com) or the KOA at the west entrance (800-562-7591, www.yellowstonekoa.com).

Helpful Links

Article about the Yellowstone National Park: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

Yellowstone National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/yell/

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

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GPS Coordinates: 44.6, -110.5

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Glacier National Park – Prairies and Mountains

glacier_national_parkGlacier National Park (Montana) – Located in Montana, Glacier National Park borders Canada and contains two mountain ranges which are sometimes referred to as an extension of the Canadian Rockies. The park encompasses over 1 million acres, with 300 lakes (130 of which are definitively named), more than 1,100 different species of vascular plants, 400 species of moss and hundreds of species of animals. Nowhere on the North American continent are the prairies of the Great Plains so proximal to the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest. In 1932, Glacier National Park and it’s National park neighbor to the north in Canada were designated as the world’s first International Peace Park.

Summer Activities:
Fishing, Fly Fishing, Hiking, White Water Rafting, Going-to-the-Sun-Road Drive, Camping, Biking, Horseback Riding, Geology Talks, Star Gazing, Picnics, Biking, Bird-Watching, Photography, Backpacking, Bus Tours, Boat Tours.

Winter Activities:
Skiing, Skate Skiing, Snowshoeing, Dog Skijoring, Snowmobiling, Indoor Live Music, Warming Cabins, Ice Skating, Sleigh Rides, Sightseeing, Hiking.


Places to Stay at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has a number of RV campgrounds sprinkled throughout the park, with the biggest being Apgar (first-come, first-served), Fish Creek and St. Mary (877-444-6777 for reservations). Probably the best bet is to decide what part of the park you are wanting to go to and then book the campground that’s the most convenient. For more RV camping ideas in Glacier National Park, please check the National Park Service link in the “helpful links” section below.

Helpful Links

Article about the Glacier National Park: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glacier_Canyon_National_Park

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GPS Coordinates: 48.52887, -113.99390

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Bryce Canyon RV Vacation- Hoodoos and Red Walls

winter_Bryce_CanyonBryce Canyon (Utah) – Bryce Canyon is perfect for those on a RV vacation. The Canyon is remotely located and this offers RV Vacationers less visitors to wade through and more time to enjoy the Canyon’s natural beauty. Bryce Canyon is distinctive due to its geological structures, called hoodoos, formed from wind, water, and ice erosion of the river and lakebed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange and white colors of the rocks are spectacular views to visitors.

The area around Bryce Canyon became a U.S. National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a national park in 1928. The park covers 56 square miles and 50 miles of hiking trails in Bryce, ranging in elevation from 6,500 to 9,100 feet. The Queen’s Garden/Navajo Loop is a moderately strenuous trail beginning at Sunrise Point and includes Wall Street, where hikers are dwarfed by soaring red walls and some enormous Douglas fir trees.

Summer Activities:
Hiking, Ranger Programs, Horseback Riding, Mule Riding, Geology Talks, Star Gazing, Picnics, Biking, Bird-Watching, Photography, Backpacking.

Winter Activities:
Visitor Center Film, Auto Tours, Sightseeing, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Geology Talks.


Places to Stay at Bryce Canyon National Park

Ruby’s Inn and RV Park and Campground (866-866-6616, www.brycecanyoncampgrounds.com) has just about anything you could want and is less than a mile from the park. For more RV camping ideas in Bryce Canyon National Park, please check the National Park Service link in the “helpful links” section below.

Helpful Links

Article about the Bryce Canyon National Park: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryce_Canyon_National_Park

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GPS Coordinates: 37.64, -112.17

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Grand Canyon National Park – Take a closer look

grand_canyon_vacationGrand Canyon (Arizona) – Whether you use your RV to get to the North Rim or the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, there is sure to be something for everyone and something to do in every season. Don’t just look at the Grand Canyon through designated viewing areas, get to the heart of the area with a hike. Hikers in the canyon have three options: they can hike on maintained trails, non-maintained trails or routes, which provide myriad options for hikers of all abilities. Spring and fall offer the best hiking conditions as the inner canyon is very hot during the summer. Most visitors come to the Grand Canyon by the south rim, but the north rim is equally impressive although wilder and less traveled.

Summer Activities:
Day Hiking, Backpacking, River Rafting, Cycling, Camping, IMAX Theater, Walking, Fishing, Helicopter/Air Tours, Bicycling, Sightseeing Tours, Ranger Programs, Photography.

Winter Activities:
National Park Programs, Mule Trips, Christmas Eve Festivities, New Year’s Eve Festivities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, IMAX Theater, Sightseeing Tours.


Places to Stay at Grand Canyon National Park

RV Camping: Mather Campground (877-444-6777 for reservations) has RV sites (maximum length 30 feet), but no hookups, while the adjacent Trailer Village (888-297-2757) has sites with hook-ups. Desert View Campground (no reservations accepted), 26 miles from Grand Canyon Village, is more remote and primitive, offering only dry sites. For more RV camping ideas in Grand Canyon National Park, please check the National Park Service link in the “helpful links” section below.

Helpful Links

Article about the Grand Canyon National Park: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_National_Park

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GPS Coordinates: 36.054,-112.138

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Olympic National Park- Protecting wild Pacific coast

Olympic National Park protects 73 miles of wild Pacific coast. Tidepools, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs can all be found here along with a wide range of climate conditions. This makes Olympic National Park perfect for outdoor adventure in any season and the perfect place to take your next RV Vacation.

Olympic_national_parkThings to do at Olympic National Park

Summer Activities:
Day Hiking, Beach Backpacking, Nature Walks, Fishing, Cycling, Camping, Rafting, Site Seeing, Bird Watching, Photography, and Local Activities

Winter Activities:
Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Photography, Winter Camping, and Local Activities


Places to Stay at Olympic National Park

RV Camping includes Forks 101 RV Park which you can reach through 800-962-9964, www.forks-101-rv-park.com. For more RV camping ideas in Olympic National Park, please check the National Park Service link in the “helpful links” section below.

Helpful Links

Article about Olympic National Park: http://www.trailerlife.com/output.cfm?id=2262241

National Park Website: http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm

WIKI Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_National_Park

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GPS Coordinates: 47.81523,-124.033928

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