Campgrounds – So Calif en route to Yellowstone-Part 1

Whenever planning a road trip, it’s not too difficult to find a place to stay at our ultimate destination (like a National Park), but finding a campground along our route is often “look at a map, close your eyes, and point!”  I thought it might be helpful to share a few places we stayed along our route from Southern California, to Bryce Canyon NP, Yellowstone, and back home.

1st Night: Riverside Adventure Trails, Bullhead City (also called Ft. Mohave), AZ

This was our second time staying at Riverside Adventure Trails. It’s conveniently located for our route, full hookups (essential in the summer as it was 108!), and only $25 a night! After setting up we immediately hit the pool and we were the only ones taking a dip. The RV park also has Wifi, a jacuzzi, a rec room with a pool table, showers, laundry, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and is very conveniently located. There’s not a lot of shade; some sites have trees, some do not.

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Site 43

It’s right next to a CVS, fast food, grocery store, gas, Walmart, and the Colorado River which is just 2 miles away. All of the sites are big! 35’ wide and 65’ long!  For dinner we went to the family-owned Correa’s Mexican restaurant. Really good food and just about a mile down the road.

Correa's Restaurant
Highly Recommended!

If you go, GPS can be a little wonky right at the end. Instead of turning at the intersection (Aztec Road), turn into the CVS entrance and proceed to what would be the back of the store where you will find the entrance to the RV park. If it’s after hours and office is closed, there will be a security guard at the gate and you can pay the guard.

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Enter HERE, at the entrance right after the sign
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Beautiful AZ Sunset

Next Stop! Ruby’s RV Park & Campground, Bryce Canyon National Park 

While the campground is not IN the park, it is less than a mile from the entrance. All sites are pull-through and spacious. Some sites all full hookups, and some are just electric and water which is what we had ($42 per night for RVs 20-35 ft). There is also tent camping, cabins, and even tipis. All the usual amenities: Pool, showers, laundry, general store, and a nearby Lake (not really for swimming I dont think, but picturesque). There are lots of shops nearby. For directions, they recommend you use Bryce Canyon National Park, but we used their address and didn’t have any problems finding it.

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More about the location: The Park’s Shuttle includes a stop at Ruby’s! Also, there’s a kiosk at the shuttle stop on property where you can buy your Park Pass. This really saved time for us so we didn’t have to do it in the morning.

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Site 130 – electric and water, no sewer

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Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill has a great country music show. It’s about a ¼ mile away and just across the street from Ruby’s. Excellent talent! They played a lot of older country music, and great food, all for around $40. It’s best to make reservations in advance on their website, but you can make reservations upon arrival (at the Ruby’s office) if they still have availability.

 

Next Stop: Century RV Park, 1483 W 2100 S. Ogden, UT (use this address for GPS)

As you’re approaching it really doesn’t look like much. It’s right next to an RV storage place and frankly, kind of ugly, but once you’re inside it’s pretty nice. It’s also right next to the highway but that didn’t bother us. After we got set up we walked around the park to explore, and right over the back fence was a meadow where we saw a deer! 08Definitely made it feel like we weren’t right in the middle of the city! It looked like a lot of long term people there, even some permanent mobile homes in the back. Check out the pic with the GIANT propane tank!05

There are lots of grassy areas, a group picnic area, shuffleboard, horseshoes, basketball, pool. It was around 80 degrees so we went for a swim. Nice pool and jacuzzi.

We were going to sit outside for dinner but started getting attacked by little gnats and tiny red spiders!  They didn’t bother us anywhere else in the park so we think they were in the tree on our site. My husband mentioned it to the gardener and he was going to check it out. The staff was very friendly, and they even had free popcorn in the office lobby/general store.

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Right before we ran inside to escape the BUGS!

Being right in town made it convenient for a quick trip to Walmart, which was great because I had forgotten something. That’s where I saw this odd sight!

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Cooking burgers on the grill? Ah yes, Walmart.

They tell you to use the address above for GPS rather than their mailing address. It was super easy to find and we didn’t have any problems. Here are a few more details that might be helpful (click on pics to enlarge):

Next blog, our stay at TWO campgrounds in West Yellowstone!  Click hereIMG_5230

Let me know if you have any questions, and Happy Exploring!

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