Top 10 Campgrounds of 2014

Another really fun year is coming to a close, and yes, we still love life on the road. Our top 10 list this year has 6 free spots and 4 paid. 7 have water views and a few are close to some really cool places like Park City, UT, Ashland, OR, or national parks.

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10. Cieneguita Primitive Camp Area – Elgin, AZ
There are a couple boondocking spots in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area south of Tucson. We stayed for a few days in February and could have definitely stayed longer. Cost: $0

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9. Rocky Lake – Colville, WA
We spent 2 nights at Rocky Lake in Colville, WA. We had the entire lake to ourselves. Cost: $0 (with a Discover Pass)

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8. Lobster Bar – Gold Beach, OR
We LOVED this spot, but couldn’t stay because there wasn’t any cell service. Cost: $0

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7. Rincon Parkway – Ventura, CA
Even though this campsite is basically on the side of the road and doesn’t have much of a “front yard,” the crashing ocean waves and view are awesome. Cost: $29/night

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6. Telephone Cove – Searchlight, NV
Telephone Cove is a beautiful spot near Laughlin, NV. This spot hits all our requirements. It’s beautiful, we got cell and CBS in the Morning. Cost: $0

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5. Jordanelle State Park – Heber City, UT
We could overlook the fact the pavement was cracked and repaired with tar, because the park itself is beautiful and its proximity to Park City was a bonus. Cost: $28/night

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4. Cape Blanco – Sixes, OR
Cape Blanco is beautiful state park with great auditory atmosphere. It’s regularly windy there and the sound of the wind in the trees is incredible. Most of the spots are pretty private. Cost: $22/night

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3. The Point RV Park – Ashland, OR
This was our second time camping at The Point RV Park at Emigrant Lake. It’s a county run campground and with fantastic views of the lake. This year we had site #21 which, as you can see from the photo is pretty premium. We also really enjoy the town of Ashland. Cost: $30/night

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2. Cabin Hollow – Panguitch, UT
This spot almost didn’t work out for us, we barely had enough leveling blocks. Cabin Hollow doesn’t have the views that many of the other sites have, but it gave us a warm cozy feeling while we were there and it’s really close to Bryce Canyon National Park. Cost: $0

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1. Teton View – Moose, WY
I considered demoting this spot since we’d been here the year before, but truly it’s one of the most spectacular places we’ve ever camped. Cost: $0

2014 Cost of Camping:
174 night paid camping – $410 thru 12/31
190 nights free camping
364 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $4276.79
Daily average cost of camping: $12.88

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17 Comments

  • Reply Tiffani December 30, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Awesome list you two!

    • Reply Leigh December 30, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thanks Tiff! And thanks for your review of Tomoka State Park!! 🙂

  • Reply Pat December 30, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Great list, great descriptions! Thanks.

  • Reply Wheelingit December 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

    great roundup! Two of these have made my own top lists before. Several are new to me.

    Nina

  • Reply Ed @ Chasing Sunrises and Sunsets December 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    We’re just lov’n these lists. Thank you.

    Relating to Campendium, prior to its launch you provided me access. If you provided a password, I seem to have misplaced it. Can you send me an email? Thanks.

    • Reply Leigh December 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Ed,

      It seems like the reset password link isn’t behaving right now – we’ll try and get that fixed asap. Meanwhile, I’ll email you a password.

      Anyone else having reset password issues can email me at: leigh (AT) campendium (DOT) com, and I’ll hook you up!

  • Reply Kerri December 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    So many great freebies! Two great list in a row; thanks!

  • Reply Brian and Carolyn December 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    We now have Teton View on our must-do list!
    When we do it we’ll probably see other refers of this blog…

    • Reply Leigh December 31, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Hopefully it doesn’t become too popular! Here’s a backup spot for you down the road if you need Teton View gets too popular:

      https://www.campendium.com/shadow-mountain

      It’s a little hairy driving up the mountain, but the view is just as beautiful.

  • Reply Brian and Carolyn December 30, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Sorry, fat fingers. Readers not refers…

  • Reply Denise December 31, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I’m glad diesel is inexpensive right now, we’ll be burning a fair amount to get to all these beautiful places. Thanks for the list!

  • Reply Koos de Heer December 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for this great list. We obviously aren’t done yet 🙂 I love your statistics too.

  • Reply Bernie Gilles December 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

    great photos and recap, thanks!

  • Reply hector lopez January 4, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    We wholeheartedly agree with your choice for number 1! It was absolutely incredible. And so much fun.

    Thanks for the list, we look forward to scoping out some of the others. See you guys soon!

    • Reply Leigh January 5, 2015 at 9:46 am

      See you tomorrow! Can’t wait to catch up.

  • Reply Santa Barbara Mary and David January 5, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    We’re so thankful that you found the Rincon Parkway one of your favorites. Next time it’ll definitely be “chez Lawson RV site” when you’re visiting Santa Barbara!
    Meanwhile, big plans for this Spring: we’re going cross-country!
    David, Mary, Sweetie and Cooper

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