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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. 




M RV Resort, Moore Haven, FL - Passport America Participating Park


Enjoy the best of both worlds – the Florida Sunshine and the peaceful, natural setting of south central Florida.  On Site Fishing Ponds for our Patrons and Guests. A little bit of paradise in the middle of our state.  “M” is a family owned and operated resort located 6 miles north of Moore Haven on Hwy 27. The Management rumors 10 pound bass out of these ponds. Guess you'll have to come and see for yourself.  


Moore Haven is located on the southwest shoreline of Lake Okeechobee. Locally referred to as The Lake or The Big O, it is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida. It is the seventh largest freshwater lake in the United States and the second largest freshwater lake contained entirely within the lower 48 states. Okeechobee covers 1,900 square kilometers (730 sq mi), approximately half the size of the state of Rhode Island, and is exceptionally shallow for a lake of its size, with an average depth of only 3 meters (9 feet). The lake is divided between Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry counties. All five counties meet at one point near the center of the lake.



Lake Okeechobee is nationally recognized as supporting high quality large mouth bass and black crappie fisheries. The lake also supports a commercial fishery dominated by catfish species. However, the commercial fishery is also nationally unique in that a limited entry fishery (ten nets) exists for haul seine gear which is permitted to legally harvest and sell bluegill and redear sunfish.  



Mother Nature has blessed the Lake Okeechobee area with spectacular fishing and endangered species of birds. The country side is spacious, uncongested, lined with ranches, orange groves, antique shops and offers a small town feeling you'll want to come back to again and again.  You’ll feel welcome at our 75 acre ranch where you can relax on a spacious site and enjoy our amenities.
 
M RV Resort Amenities include - 243 total RV sites, can accommodate any size RV, full hook-ups, 50-amp service, back-ins, Heated Swimming Pool, Horse Shoes, Shuffle Board Court, Basketball Court, Petanque Courts, Live Music, Snack Bar, Full Service Kitchen, Skeet Shooting, Bingo, Updated Laundry Facilities with all new washers and dryers, Restrooms and showers, Wi-Fi and mail service available.



Sites are available within close proximity to the heated swimming pool and community center or in more secluded areas for privacy or for the convenience of campers with pets.  Leisure or tournament fishing and golfing is only minutes away.  For a day of shopping or sitting on the beach, a one hour drive will take you to Ft. Myers or drive east to Palm Beach


Area Attractions:


M RV Resort is conveniently located in south central Florida.  From our location, you can access all that Florida has to offer.  You can take day trips to Orlando for Sea World, Universal Studios, Disney World, Islands of Adventure, or go on a tour of the Kennedy Space Center.  If you want to go southeast, we are located only 110 miles from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida which offers some of the finest beaches, boating and world class sport fishing. Tampa is just as close.



From the dramatic design of the minarets at the historic Tampa Bay Hotel to the brilliant sunsets that electrify the night sky, this West Coast community is tropical and always alluring. Miami is less than a two hour drive and has always been a popular winter destination for adults and people of all ages. 



At M RV you can have the city life and enjoy a ton of relaxation   We offer secluded living for what we consider the best destination price in Florida.  That's what we're about.  It's a place that you can enjoy some true relaxation and take advantage of some of our immediate surroundings.  Our residents have some great things to say about us.  Please give us a chance to show you some old fashioned hospitality.

The Weather in Glades County Makes M RV One Of The Top Choices for Extended Stay Resorts


M RV Resort
17192 Hwy 27
Moore Haven, Fl 33471
Phone: 863-946-6616


Regular Rate: $37.50*
Passport America Member Rate: $18.75*

NOTES: Adult park. Reservations required. P.A. discount is valid for 14 days max. Dogs under 40lbs allowed (no vicious breeds). Limit 2 pets. No dirt bikes allowed. *Plus tax. $3.00 daily energy surcharge.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Roca Azul RV and Resort, Jocotepec, JAL Mexico - New Passport America Participating Park


Roca Azul RV and Resort is located in the Roca Azul Club, a luxury resort and sports park on the west side of beautiful Lake Chapala, in the middle of a bird sanctuary. The Club has been in operation since 1968. Roca Azul is close to Jocotepec, a small town with many amenities including shops, markets, medical and other important services. We are less than an hour from downtown Guadalajara, either by truck or by car.


65 total RV sites, can accommodate RV’s up to 65ft, 30-amp, pull-thrus, back-ins, full hookups, partial hookups, dump station, Cable TV, tent sites, laundry, fire rings, BBQ, heated swimming pool, steam room, hot spring, lake view, pool table, game room, clubhouse, security, boating, canoeing, biking, ping pong, nature watching, picnic tables, propane, 3 set of bathrooms, 2 sets of shower facilities as well as 5 Internet modems positioned throughout the park. 


The park manager speaks excellent English and the staff maintains the grounds, which includes free trash removal. One of the many desirable features of the park is its regional geographic location. There is no other facility this complete and  accommodating in the Lake Chapala area.


Park Events: New Years Eve, San Valentine’s dinner at the lighthouse at the shore of the lake, National Reunion of Combis in México, Independence Day Celebration, Halloween for the children outside the RV Park, Christmas Posada for our RV visitors and Park Staff, Annual Traditional Parade of "El Señor del Monte"- Big celebration at Jocotepec Plaza (please call for details).


Area Attractions: From Roca Azul one can quickly access a new, safe, and scenic highway leading to tourist locations in Guadalajara as well as local roads that traverse the Lakeside villages of Jocotepec, San Juan Cosola, Ajijic, and Chapala. All these villages have newly developed shoreline parks. 


There is easy access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats in nearby Jocotepec, as well as a Walmart, locally known as The Bodega. There is a Green Cross clinic located only 5 minutes from the park in case of emergencies. If needed, there are automotive parts, service and tire stores in Jocotepec. Domestic supplies are readily available as well as hardware, plumbing and refrigeration services. Propane, fresh water and taxis can be arranged for delivery to the park with the assistance of the club manager. 


It is the goal of Club Roca Azul to provide all the services and facilities to enjoy your visit with hopes that you will return many times in your travels to central Mexico.

Roca Azul RV & Resort
KM 53 Carretera Guadalajara - Morelia
Avenida Roca Azul
Jocotepec, JAL 45800 Mexico
Phone: +52 3310431768


Regular Rate : $300.00 MXN Pesos (Approx $20.50 USD)*

Passport America Rate : $150.00 MXN Pesos  (Approx $10.25 USD)*
 
NOTES: PA discount applies to daily rate only. PA cannot be combined with any other discount. Credit cards accepted. Pets welcome. Pet owners must be with their pets at all times. *Rates are in Mexican Pesos. 2 people per tent or RV. Additional charge for each extra person.

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193 Blue Ravine Road ▪ Suite 255 ▪ Folsom, CA  95630
Phone: (855)4CRUTCH ▪ Fax: (916)353-1085
 


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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!