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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Granite Rocx, LLC - Backpack and Cooler - Featured Sponsor

Granite Rocx LLC was founded in February of 2013 by Stephen Berei and Sophia Berman. We are determined to provide exceptional, versatile backpack & cooler products with a unique design.  Our products are great for any day trip whether it's to the beach, lake, mountains, event show, tailgate or any other day adventure.

Our first product, The Tahoe emerged from a need Steve had for a functional backpack that could carry his folding chair along with a cooler. He was biking to the beach one day and realized a design that could fulfill his needs while still being able to use the backpack & cooler as separate pieces.

We hope to encourage those who enjoy the outdoors as much as we do to purchase one of our packs and follow our company.

Hello, my name is Steve Berei originally from Trenton, New Jersey and I now live in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  I grew up skiing, camping, fishing and anything outdoors on the East Coast with my family.

Living in Lake Tahoe has been an amazing experience for me.  It’s a place of amazing beauty, with just about any type of outdoor activity you are looking for.  The opportunities to find that untouched backcountry powder, or those heroic hits off that boulder mountain biking, or if you’re just in it for a good hike or view at the beach, Tahoe can show you all of them in one day.  Lake Tahoe has been very inspirational to help us start our backpack & cooler product line.

See product demo on their website -

Watch Steve on Tahoe Today:

Steve introduces the Granite Rocx backpack and cooler:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Passport America App for Amazon Fire Phone (TM) now available! NEW

We are happy to announce our new app for Amazon Fire Phone(TM) is now available. You can download it for FREE now by going here (you can also use the same link to download our app for Kindle Fire tablets - see bottom of this article for differences between tablet and phone apps).

Need an app for another device? Go to our list of available Passport America Mobile Apps here.

Here is a list of features:
  • Location based campground search that allows you to specify the distance radius. 
  • View campgrounds in each state on a map or in a list.
  • Sorting features to make finding a Passport America Participating Campground even easier!
  • Search from anywhere in the app.
  • Campground Photos are available right on the campground page (no longer have to press a button to view photos).
  • Unlimited favorites! Favorites are now accessible from the side menu.  
  • Add notes to any campground and access them from the side menu.
  • Turn by turn navigation directly to any campground.
  • Call Park feature directly from any campground listing.

Here are some examples to help you to easily start taking advantage of our app's features. 

While you are in the main menu (in upper left hand corner on either phone or tablet), be sure to also check out the "more" section with additional features such as your campground notes, access new Passport America Participating parks, conveniently call Passport America customer support and much more!

Don't have the app? Click here to download it now.  

Please email your suggestions or any issues you experience with the app to: New fixes and features will be added as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.

NOTE: App is free, but you must be a Passport America Member to receive discounted rates. If you wish to join - go to our website or call (800) 283-7183 M-F 8AM-6PM CST and Sat 9AM-4PM. We are always very happy to help you!

Internet connection is required to use application. Campground data is updated daily.

Passport America App for Kindle Fire* is also available!

Free download available now on Amazon.

App is not compatible with Kindle Fire* 1st Gen.

There are a few differences between the Fire Phone and Kindle Fire tablet apps:

Turn by Turn Directions – located in the individual campground listing. You can select the option, but it will open Google Maps* in your web browser. Be sure to use “my location” as the starting point and then tap the arrow on the right to get turn by turn directions. 

*Android, Google Play and Google are trademarks of Google Inc.  

Amazon, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Amazon Fire, the Amazon Kindle logo and the Kindle Fire logo are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Aspen Ridge RV Park, South Fork, CO - New Passport America Participating Park

Fresh mountain air awaits you at Aspen Ridge RV Park.    Nestled between Rio Grande National Forest and the Weminuche Wilderness Aspen Ridge captures 360 degree mountain views. 

A multitude of outdoor activities provide ample opportunity to explore and experience the great outdoors to your liking.  Miles of trails lay out the paths to your next adventure whether you enjoy hiking, biking, 4X4, or ATV.  Not familiar with the surrounding area?  A local outdoor club provides group hikes and rides all week long.  

Did you say fishing is your passion?  14 lakes compliment the gold waters of the Rio Grande River which begins its journey a short drive up the road.  Fly fishing kicks off the summer season with the hatching of the Salmon Flies. Click here to learn more about fishing in the area.

In addition to all the outdoor activities, Aspen Ridge RV Park has a continuous list of activities throughout the summer months to compliment the many popular area events. Bean Bag tournaments, music artists, dominoes, along with the many potlucks, and afternoon coffee fill our calendar all summer.  

A unique feature to our park is the deck and patio area available to enjoy the views and maybe that hot cup of coffee.  Another convenience at Aspen Ridge is the access to  a large overflow area to accommodate trailers and outdoor storage if needed.  Many amenities have been refurbished.  For example, about half of our sites have completely new utilities and our recreation hall has been entirely redone on the outside while the inside showcases a newly remodeled kitchen.  Two fire pits cater to group gatherings and cookouts including an outdoor pavilion.  Our staff is always ready to answer questions or lend a hand.
Park Services: 44 (10 sites with patios, 32 standard sites, and 12 30-amp pull thrus) can accommodate any size RV, pull thrus, back-ins, 30/50amp, full hookups, dump station, Wi-Fi, showers, restrooms, laundry, recreation hall with full kitchen, game room, fish cleaning station, tent sites. 

Located within walking distance to: basketball court, community center, church services, visitor center, Rio Grande River, groceries, baseball/softball field. Located just across the road from Denver Rio Grande Railroad Stations and Coffee House.  

Area Attractions: Sand Dunes Swimming Pool (45 minutes away). 14 lakes in the surrounding area.

Local Events: Two spectacular events held in our area are the Mining State Championships during the July 4th holiday and the Loggers Day Festival the 3rd week in July. 

Only 3 weeks apart, both events showcase skill and raw talent in their respective fields.  Nowhere else will you witness people of great strength and experience compete for top prize money in towns within 20 miles of each other. What is more fun that to watch competition with a little danger involved.

Get our complete list of events here. Hope to see you soon!

Aspen Ridge RV Park
0700 Hwy 149
South Fork, CO 81154
(719) 873-2248

Regular Rate(s): $29.00 - $33.00*
Passport America Rate(s): $14.50 - $16.50*
NOTES: Open May 1st through October 1st. PA not valid June 16th through August 31st. Reservations and drive-ups welcome. No discounts on tent sites. Credit cards accepted. Pets welcome. *Rates: 30-amp $29, PA $14.50. 50-amp $33, PA $16.50. All rates are based on 2 people. $3 per additional person over 5 years old.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mesa Spirit, An Encore RV Resort, Mesa, AZ - Passport America Participating Park

Mesa Spirit is the newest addition to Encore's portfolio of RV Resorts!

Mesa Spirit RV Resort is an age qualified community located at 3020 E. Main St, Mesa, AZ 85213; on Main Street between Lindsey and Val Vista. The park boasts 1800 spaces and 88.1 acres from Main and University between Lindsey to Val Vista. 

The resort is rated a Good Sam 10/10*/10 Resort and is also a (AAA/CAA) Resort and Passport America Participating Park. Located just west of the beautiful Superstition Mountains, this hidden gem of Mesa is pet friendly has 1,800 sites housing Park Model Homes and RV’s (even big Rigs are welcomed). Fully furnished vacation rentals are also available. Brand new park models are arriving soon!

A full service resort with three Swimming Pools, five Heated Spas, Lighted Tennis Courts, Lighted Shuffleboard Courts, Indoor Golf Simulator, Putting Green, Driving Range Cage, Pickle Ball Courts, Putting Green, Indoor Golf Simulator, Horseshoe Pits, Billiard Tables, Library, Two Fitness Facilities, Picnic Areas with Gas Barbecue Grills, Ballroom, Arts and Crafts, Non-denominational church service each Sunday, Computer Lab, Woodworking, Dancing, Entertainment, Silversmithing, and Lapidary, Health and Wellness, Sports, Musical Groups, Tour Groups and Clubs for everyone’s hobby and interests. 

Come see what all the fuss is about! Book your stay at Mesa Spirit today! Call (888) 318-1243 for reservations. 

Mesa Spirit RV Resort, An Encore Resort
3020 E Main St

Mesa, AZ 85213
(888) 318-1243

Regular Rate(s): $49.00 - $61.00*
Passport America Rate(s): $24.50 - $30.50* 

 NOTES: Reservations required. Must call (888) 318-1243 for reservations. PA is not valid December through March. PA is valid for 7 nights max, and is not valid during holidays and special events. PA discount is valid on Standard Sites only. *$4 addl per night resort fee (for all stays under 30 days).

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Quiet Texas RV Parks in Hondo and D'hanis, TX - Passport America Participating Parks

" Someplace quiet in the Shade"

Quiet Texas RV Park, Hondo TX

Quiet Texas RV Parks are located near Hondo and D'Hanis, Texas. The parks are located in a country atmosphere while still being close to the essentials like grocery shopping, medical care, post office and restaurants.

What sets our parks apart is the high level of attention given to conservation, landscaping and cleanliness.  In addition to regular mowing and weed eating around the parks, we also plant trees and plants that benefit the many species of songbirds that reside in the park. Wind powered electric turbines have been installed in the parks help produce clean renewable energy for our guest to use. We have also installed rainwater capture storage tanks which provide water for landscaping.

Quiet Texas RV Park, Hondo, TX:
Hondo isn't a large town by anyone's estimation but that is an advantage for RVers looking to enjoy a slower paced atmosphere with very little traffic to maneuver.

Quiet Texas RV, Hondo

Probably the best feature of Hondo is its location. Just 40 miles west of San Antonio, 30 miles south of Bandera, and 50 miles south of Kerrville, it is surrounded by interesting places to visit, fishing, boating, and lots of community activities, especially from late spring through fall. Kerrville is known for its many festivals and fishing in the Guadalupe River. Bandera is the “old west” center, and is close to lake activities on Lake Medina. San Antonio offers the Alamo, River Walk, excellent access to health care facilities, shopping and a long list of tourist attractions. If you travel up to Bandera, there are several interesting restaurants, gift shops and other cowboy themed attractions.

QTRVPARK Park is located on the south side of Hondo and is surrounded by huge farm fields. So, yes it lives up to the "Country Atmosphere".

The Hondo park offers 30 lots and the D'Hanis park offers 32 lots. Each lot has 20,30 & 50 amp connections as well as sewer and water. Wi-Fi service is also available to all lots.

Quiet Texas RV Park, Hondo, TX

Open year-round and offers overnight, weekly and monthly rates. Other amenities include a laundry room and free Wi-Fi. There is a large grassy play area in the center of the park. There are no cable TV, showers, bathrooms, pool, or rec room facilities

QTRV Park Hondo offers easy access with very good paved roads to entrance and excellent wide driveways within park make it easy to drive thru. Our claim to fame is the parks location which is far enough from the center of town that it is difficult to hear the train going thru Hondo.

Pets are welcome but please clean up after them. Manager lives in park so please call ahead if you will arrive after sundown.  Security gates close at 10:00 pm and open at 6:00 am.  Monthly rates do not include electricity and a deposit is required. Daily and weekly rates do include electricity and no deposit is required. No public showers or restrooms are available. Most residents in park are long term repeat visitors.
Quiet Texas RV Park 
3316 County Road 541
Hondo, TX 78861
(830) 931-5777

Regular Rate $40
Passport America Member Rate: $20

NOTES: P.A. discount is valid for 3 days. Pets welcome, but you must clean up after it. No loud noise and drive slowly through the park.
Cash, check with proper I.D., or credit cards. Mailing address: P.O. box 741, Hondo, TX 78861-0741  

Quiet Texas RV Park, D'Hanis, TX

Quiet Texas RV Park, D'Hanis, TX:
New in 2012 - 32 total RV sites (1/2 pull thrus, 1/2 back-ins), 20/30/50 amp, all full hookups, big and wide roads for easy acces, FREE Wi-Fi, located only a block from Old Historic Downtown D'Hanis with two steak houses, saloon, laundry, Post Office, Bank and grocery store.
New in 2012 - 32 total RV sites (1/2 pull thrus, 1/2 back-ins), 20/30/50 amp, all full hookups, big and wide roads for easy access, FREE Wi-Fi, located only a block from Historic Downtown D'Hanis with two steak houses, saloon, laundry, Post Office, Bank and grocery store. 

Quiet Texas RV Park, D'Hanis, TX
Quiet Texas RV Park - D'Hanis
7620 Cr 429
D Hanis, TX 78850
(830) 931-5777

Regular Rate $40.00
Passport America Member Rate: $20.00

NOTES: There is no office/clubhouse, so please be sure to call manager before arrival at (830) 931-5777 (Kevin or Tina). No restrooms or showers on premises. Cash or check only.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tecopa Hot Springs Campground & Pools, Tecopa, CA - New Passport America Participating Park

Imagine a place where the cares and trappings of urban life relinquish their hold, where the melodious songs of coyotes sing a lullaby, where the air is fresh and the Milky Way dances overhead in a jet black sky, and where the aches and pains of daily life melt away in ancient geo-thermal waters.  These imaginings are the very heart and soul of Tecopa Hot Springs Campground and Pools.

Providing 100+ campsites for RVs, Campers and Tents, THSC welcomes short- and long-term visitors who soon become part of a unique family or tribe of individuals who love the desert as much as we do.

Located in the quirky hamlet of Tecopa, California (90 miles from the Las Vegas Strip), we offer a unique alternative to the every-day camping experience.  With Death Valley National Park as our sunset boundary and world-class hiking and geology footsteps away, THSC is an outdoor recreationists paradise.

Campground Facilities: 150 total RV sites, can accomm RV's up to 75ft. Free hot springs for guests! Partial hookups, pull-thrus, back-ins,15/30 amp, dump station, tents, Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers, laundry facility, picnic tables, fire rings, heated pool, hot tub, store, ice, ATV, biking, hiking, playground, handicap Accessible.

 And though at the moment, our facilities are rustically-rough around the edges, we have several short- and long-term dreams and hopes for this unique destination jewel, such as:
  • Stage with lighting and sound for live musical and theatrical performances
  • Large shade structure with fans (powered by solar panels), misters, hammocks and picnic tables
  • Glamping Cabins, Themed Vintage Trailers and Family-Size Wall Tents (all with evaporative cooling and/or air conditioning powered by solar panels)
  • Weekly communal campfire located centrally on the property surrounded by seating, perfect for storytelling and acoustic music
  • Regularly-scheduled activities and tours for guests and the local community, including informative talks, guided hikes, photography field-trips, star parties, art classes, bird walks and so much more.
  • Coffee & internet cafe and juice bar for refreshing nourishment during your stay
  • Personal rentable hot tubs for enjoying our waters closer to your campsite
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Family-friendly outdoor swimming pool

Nearby Attractions: 
  • Death Valley National Park: Death Valley National Park is open year round. Modern well-maintained and air-conditioned vehicles usually have little trouble with desert travel, but summer trips do require extra planning and extra care. Temperatures begin to moderate, dropping below the 100 degree mark, in mid October and the peak visitor season runs through the cool winter and spring months into the middle of April when temperatures again climb above 100.
  • Wild & Scenic Amargosa River: One of the jewels of the southern Death Valley region is the Amargosa River Canyon. Federally designated as a Wild & Scenic River, the Amargosa most certainly lives up to its title. Majestic and imposing cliffs buttress the striking lowlands as the river meanders through badland geology that reveals millions of years of natural history. Home to bobcat, coyote, fox and fowl, the Amargosa is a hiker’s dream. From slot canyons to waterfalls, much of the trail follows the historic Tonopah & Tidewater railroad bed from the Tecopa Post Office deep into Sperry Wash. A visit to China Ranch Date Farm also provides scenic access to the Amargosa River.
  • China Ranch Date Farm: When traveling through the Death Valley area consider visiting beautiful China Ranch, near Tecopa California. China Ranch is a family owned and operated small farm, a lush piece of greenery amidst the forbidding Mojave Desert near Southern Death Valley.
  • Dumont Dunes: The Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Area, also referred to as an Open Area, is an exciting and remote area for off-highway vehicle recreation. Bordered by steep volcanic hills and the slow running Amargosa River, the region is easily recognized from a distance by its distinctive sand dunes. The elevation here varies from 700 feet, at the river, to 1200 feet at the top of Competition Hill, the tallest of the dunes.
  • Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge:  Its the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert. Nearly 30 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anyplace else on earth (referred to as endemic species). Ash Meadows has the highest concentration of endemic species in the United States. See relict species of desert fish that have existed here since mammoths drank from these very springs. Click here to read more.

Come, stay … become a part of our past, present and future.

Tecopa Hot Springs Campground & Pools
400 Tecopa Hot Springs Rd
Tecopa, CA 92389
(760) 852-4377

Regular Rate: $22
PA Member Rate: $11

NOTES: Campground is located in a geothermal hot springs area with no potable ground water. Drinking water must be brought in by campers or purchased from campground. Open year round! PA is valid for 3 nights. PA not valid during holidays and special events. Credit Cards accepted. Pets welcome. *$2 additional for electricity per day. Rate is for 2 people, $2 for each additional person. 

Article and photos by Nancy Good

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stagecoach Trails Resort, Julian, CA - Passport America Participating Park

We all love some good relaxation time, don't we?  Fire up that RV sitting in your driveway and head to the eastern high desert for a few nights away from the busy life.  

Located just east of historic Julian CA, Stagecoach Trails is as good as it gets!  You can even bring a tent and camp under the vast night sky, just be sure to bring some bug spray to keep away all the desert critters!

Isn't it time to get away? Sometimes you just need to slow life down and breathe in good country air, take a walk in the high desert and enjoy the night sky. City-life seems about as far away as the moon at Stagecoach Trails RV & Horse Camp.  Whether you are camping, bringing your RV or enjoying one of our many rental cabins & shelters, you'll feel connected once again to our beautiful desert and limitless skies.

Bring your horses & bring your friends. A beautiful sunrise over Stagecoach Trails Resort is best when shared in the peaceful quiet beside a good friend, furry or otherwise! 

High Desert camping is all about enjoying the scenery, taking long walks and reveling in the night sky (and the occasional campfire!).  But sometimes we want a little more, so we're always working on fun things to do around the park.  This list will keep growing as your suggestions pour in!

Pool and Lounging Area: What hits the spot better than a dip in the pool on a hot summers day? Yeah, pretty much nothing is better than that! Bring your towels and get ready for refreshment!  Swing by the general store and pick up some cool drinks & snacks and you have the recipe for a perfect afternoon.  Who says camping can't be a little refreshing?

Horseshoe Pits:
What kind of campground resort would we be if we didn't have horseshoes? Well of course we have horseshoes! The old section of our park is just waiting for you and your friends to come throw the shoes in this timeless camping & picnic tradition. 

Anza Borrego State Park: Want to hit the trail and do some hiking or take a ride on your horse?  The Anza Borrego State Park is literally on the other side of our fences!  Enjoy the beauty of protected trails and even nearby Native American petroglyphs!  Trail lovers rejoice!  We have all the land you could ever want to enjoy with those two feet.  

Amenities: 286 full hook-up sites, group lodge, 30/50-amp, back-ins, pull thrus, water, dump station, Wi-Fi, 3 clean restroom and shower buildings, full service grocery store, propane, swimming pool, laundry, fire rings, picnic tables, BBQ, ice, phone, RV storage, corrals available for horses, 75 tent camping sites, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, basketball, biking, nature watching, hiking, volleyball and fax machines. 

Amenities for your Horses: Horses are people too!  Well, okay.  Horses are horses.  But that doesn't mean they should'nt have a comfortable place to rest their heads, a place to shower up, and plenty of fun places to enjoy their time in the great outdoors as well!  We love your horses and your horses will certainly love their time at Stagecoach Trails! We offer Horse Corrals, Riding Arena and Round Pen, and miles and miles of trail!


Things to do: Hey, we have a whole lot of great things to do and see right at Stagecoach Trails Resort, but we'd be crazy not to bring to your attention all the other great places to visit within a short drive!

Historic Julian, CA: A quick 20 minute drive away, Historic Julian is a classic mining town ready for exploration and shopping! Lovely restaurants and famous apple pie is on the menu for your visit to Julian. You're not going to want to miss this! 

Lake Henshaw : Ready for some fishing?  Just another short drive away is the lovely Lake Henshaw.  Known for its crappie, this is probably one of the most underrated lakes in San Diego county! Dust off that fishing tackle and head on out.

Lake Cuyamaca: Stocked with over 38,000 pounds of trout every year, this is the fishing hole you've been waiting for!  Just 45 minutes from Stagecoach Trails, Lake Cuyamaca is an anglers paradise nestled in the high eastern mountains of San Diego County.

de Anza Golf: Golf is equal parts enjoyable and frustrating.  But that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a go!  30 minutes away is the beautiful de Anza Country Club and you are not going to want to miss the scenic desert views you'll find while enjoying 18 holes. 

Pala Casino: Just 30 minutes from Stagecoach Trails awaits all the excitement of Vegas and more!  Pala Casino is one of San Diego's premier gaming playgrounds that you are not going to want to miss. Win big and camp even bigger!

Passport America Member Testimonials:

"We've camped here a few times and it's always quiet and serene. We went on a few hikes that start right at the campground and head up into the canyons. There is always so much to see, and the view from the top of the hills is amazing! It's a fun place to camp or stay in your RV with their western cowboy themed decorations. The night sky is amazing too! They even have a telescope pad if you're really into it. It gets a little windy sometimes, so don't forget your tent stakes. We hope we can come back soon!" Landon C 5/23/2014

"Located between Julian and Anza Borrego. 150 Lazy Daze motorhomes were having a caravan here. Camped us by ourselves on other side of park. Very quiet. Great night sky! Owners were very pleasant and helpful. We camped here in a Travel Trailer. It is too far out of the way for an overnighter, but we stayed for a week and enjoyed it. We used it as a home base to go between Julian and 4x4ing and hiking in Anza Borrego." Brian Hunt 12/7/2010

We are San Diegos best kept secret!  Life is just better at Stagecoach Trails.

Stagecoach Trails Campground
7878 Great Southern Overland Stage
Julian, CA 92036 
Phone: (760) 765-3765
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RV Site Rate: $37.00
PA Member Rate: $18.50*

Tent Site Rate: $27.00
PA Member Rate: $13.50*

NOTES: P.A. discount is valid for two night min with a seven night maximum. P.A. discount is not valid during holidays or special events. P.A. discount is not valid with any other discounts. Credit cards accepted. Pets welcome. Horses welcome. *Rates are for up to 4 people. $3.00 for each additional person (6 people max. per site). $4.00 additional charge per night for electric. $9.00 additional charge per night for each Horse. 

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Since 1992, Passport America is the original 50% Discount Camping Club. With our Discount Travel Card, members of our club receive 50% Discounts on nightly camping fees for campsites at over 1,800 participating campgrounds, RV Parks and RV Resorts in the US, Canada, and Mexico! Membership is only $44.00 USD for 1 year and pays for itself with just a few nights stay. Please contact us (800) 283-7183 M-F 8AM-6PM CST SAT 9AM-4PM if you have any questions regarding our services. We are always very happy to help you!