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RVWest Awards logoFrom RV destinations to RV dealerships, events to attractions, this list is  a great starting point if you’re wanting ideas for future travels.

According to RVWest Magazine, Arizona, California and Nevada are perennially popular snowbirding spots, but a number of new destinations showed up on the 2015 list.

Our readers have made suggestions for choice places to point your RV in states as far north as Alaska and as far south as Georgia. Montana, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming also make an appearance on this year’s list.

In Canada, Yukon in the north and the western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba all attract avid RVers.”

The following private RV parks and campgrounds were singled out by the magazine’s readers:

British Columbia

  • Platinum: Radium Valley Vacation Resort in Radium Hot Springs
  • Gold: Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV Park in Nanaimo
  • Silver: Holiday Park Resort Community in Kelowna
  • Bronze: Camperland RV Resort – Holiday Trails in Rosedale

  • Platinum: Dinosaur Trail RV Resort – Holiday Trails in Drumheller
  • Gold: Bridgeview RV Resort – Holiday Trails in Lethbridge
  • Silver: Gas City Campground in Medicine Hat
  • Bronze: Lost Lemon Campground in Crowsnest Pass

  • Platinum: Manitou & District Regional Park & Campground in Watrous
  • Gold: Prairie Oasis Tourist Complex in Moose Jaw
  • Silver: Northern Meadows Golf Club & RV Park in Goodsoil
  • Bronze: Lampland RV Resort in Saskatoon

  • Platinum: Rubber Ducky Resort & Campground in Warren
  • Gold: Traveller’s RV Resort & Campground in Winnipeg
  • Silver: Meadowlark Campground & RV Park in Brandon
  • Bronze: Green Acres Campground in Swan River

  • Platinum: Sunscape RV Resort in Casa Grande
  • Gold: Meridian RV Resort in Apache junction
  • Silver: Orangewood Shadows RV Resort in Mesa

  • Platinum: Orange Grove RV Park in Bakersfield
  • Gold: Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet
  • Silver: Anaheim Resort RV Park in Anaheim
  • Bronze: Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort in El Centro

  • Platinum: Nevada Treasure RV Resort in Pahrump
  • Gold: The Las Vegas KOA at Sam’s Town in Henderson

  • Platinum: Rocky Mountain “Hi” RV Park in Kalispell, Mont.
    Gold: Hailstone Campground in Heber City, Utah
  • Silver: Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost in Chicken, Alaska
  • Bronze: Seven Feathers RV Resort/Casino in Canyonville, Ore.

For the full list of award winners and for a link to previous award winners, click here.

campfireThe Rim Fire has burned nearly 190,000 acres in California’s Tuolumne and Mariposa counties since it began Aug. 17. Many areas remain under evacuation orders and the entire southern part of Sequoia National Forest (the Groveland Ranger District) is under a temporary closure. Highway 120 remains closed outside of Yosemite’s western boundary.

Because of this year’s extreme danger, fire restrictions have been put into effect throughout the state. Here’s a summary of current restrictions for national forest lands in the Sierra Nevada:

• Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument: Campfires are prohibited in this southernmost part of the Sierra. Gas stoves and lanterns may be operated with a California Campfire Permit in established recreation areas only.

• Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Campfires are prohibited below the 6,000 foot elevation level. Above this elevation they are allowed in campgrounds, but not outside of them.

• Sierra, Inyo, El Dorado, Tahoe, and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests, and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Area: Campfires are allowed in developed campgrounds only. Portable stoves and lanterns may be operated in other areas with a California Campfire Permit.

• Yosemite National Park: Campfires are allowed in developed campgrounds.

• Stanislaus National Forest: Although the Groveland Ranger District and part of the MiWok Ranger District are currently closed to the public, other parts of the forest are open. Because the Rim fire is burning in this forest and evacuation orders have been extended as far as Pinecrest, it’s probably not a good camping choice until the fire is out. If you plan a trip there, call for current campfire/stove/lantern regulations and for recommended destinations.

Fifth Wheel Mountain Camping cartoonThe unseasonably dry winter in the High Sierra means some tough times this summer in some campgrounds at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California.

For instance:

* Due to limited snowfall this past winter, Dorst Creek Campground in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park is expected to run out of water this camping season. Therefore, no new reservations are being taken for this campground for the 2013 camping season. If the campground is closed, existing reservations will be honored at a different campground in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at no additional cost.

Several campgrounds are temporarily closed:

* Crystal Springs Campground in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park will reopen on July 1;

* Sentinel Campground in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park will open on July 1;

At the South Fork Campground in Sequoia:

* No drinking water available year-round; bring your own.

* Non-potable (non-drinking) water available from May 22 until October 12;

* No water available (dry camping only) after October 12 until May 2014.

Bottom line: It’s suggested you visit the parks’ website or call 559-565-3341 BEFORE you plan to visit the parks to check on the status of facilities and services.

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There are Fourteen Campgrounds in the Parks. Most are first-come, first-served. Lodgepole, Dorst and certain group campsites are open to reservations.

Campgrounds often fill up on Saturday nights in July and August. Sunday through Friday afternoons offer the best chance of finding a campsite, with the exception of Lodgepole which usually has limited sites even midweek.

Campsite Ammenities: Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring with grill and a metal bear box for food storage. There are no hookups in the parks. Dump stations are located at Potwisha, Lodgepole, and Dorst campgrounds. There is also a dump station located in Princess Campground in the Sequoia National Forest on Hwy 180 near the Hume Lake junction.

Campground checkout time is 12:00 p.m. (noon). Select a campground below to learn more.


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