In continuing to celebrate Let's Go Camping month - I've asked five bloggers to share their favorite campsite and a little bit about why they love to go camping. Enjoy!
The Blogger: Lisette of Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary
The Campsite: Watchman Campground in Zion National Park in Utah
Cameron and I love camping because it brings us closer to the trailheads, encourages us to rise early, and gives us spectacular views at the fraction of the cost.
In the process of planning our Southwest adventure we knew we wanted to include Zion National Park. We are familiar with the National Park Service and know they offer easy to navigate websites, helpful rangers and well kept facilities. We chose Watchman Campground because it was located within the park, was located close to the park's shuttle system and offered some tent only walk up sites. In general, we prefer not to pitch our tent right next to our car or someone else's motor home, so we selected the tent only, walk up sites in Loop F. Each site had a picnic table, flat area for your tent and an enormous bear box (large enough to hold two large backpacks, plus additional food).
With a view like this and price point of $16.00 per night, we knew we had scored ourselves not only a deal, but a killer view. Within minutes from leaving our campsite we were boarded onto one of the park's shuttles and heading to the trailhead to begin our hiking adventure for the day.
Location is more important to us than amenities, but there was a bathroom and running water located right next to the Watchman Campground.
The Blogger: Marissa of Bourbon & Goose
By now everyone knows the epic Corona commercial of sitting on the beach and skipping rocks. Well, Point Mugu's Thornhill Broome Beach is just that. A quiet beach camping retreat, situated just north of Malibu, this camping site favors RVs but has a small amount of tent camping spots—definitely worth scheduling out 3-6 months in advance depending upon the season. Once you are there, it's heavenly looking out to the Pacific and listening to the Southern California waves. The stars at night seal the deal and nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. Be sure to bring stakes to anchor your tent to avoid any winds from gusting you away and a rake to dust off your site before anchoring down. It will save your back from sleeping on rocks. Hiking is close to the campsite and steps away is the water; perfect for kayaking or fishing. My activity of choice: sitting in the beach chair and daydreaming away.
The Campsite: Eleven Mile State Park in Colorado
When I was a kid, my aunt & uncle would take me and my cousins camping at a Yogi Bear campground in Illinois. When I moved to Colorado and married an outdoorsy type, I developed a very different understanding of camping, and fell in love with it even more.
There's something very magical about escaping cell phone reception and internet connections and rediscovering just how many stars are actually up there in the sky.
Eleven Mile State Park, about 90 minutes west of Colorado Springs, is one campground that has come to hold special significance for my husband and I. We first camped here the weekend after our wedding, and since then we've returned every September for a mini anniversary getaway. We've camped in several areas around the reservoir, and next on our list are the hike-in/boat-in spots pictured above!
The Blogger: Kam of Campfire Chic
When it comes to car camping, I can’t help but love Indian Cove Campground in Joshua Tree National Park, located in Southern California. The campsites are snuggled up against these amazing rock formations and the glow of evening campfires dance on the rock walls. It’s really magical. The campsites feel really exposed because there aren’t any trees, but after spending the day scrambling up the rocks, bouldering in the surrounding area, and hiking through the living desert, these campsites are perfect. I love being able to sleep where adventure surrounds me – that’s why I love to camp!
The Blogger: Ashley of Modernette
The Campsite: Pacheedaht Campground in British Columbia, Canada
My all-time favorite local camping spot is about two hours away from where I live - on the coast in Port Renfrew, BC. The campsite is almost a perfect half-and-half of forest and beach, and is an absolutely incredible camp ground to spend a couple days on. I mean, really - sun, sand, trees, and waking up to the sound of the ocean? Don't mind if I do!