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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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