With frequent usage of my memberships at Elks Lodges and Thousand Trails, it has been only recently that I have had to use campgrounds available to the public.
Calico Regional Park, Barstow, CA – Electricity and water and old age discount of $5 resulted in $25 a day. In addition, this allows access the Calico Ghost Town. Developed for the tourist trade in the 1950s, Calico is the typical mining the pockets of tourists experience. For the mining history, some of the original buildings and stone constructed hovels exist for to see what it was really like around 1900.
Cattam's RV CG, Hurricane, UT – Full hookups for 33.46 a day. Twenty miles to Zion NP. With hot weather, I opted for the electricity to power A/C. The alternate choice without amenities was to stay in Zion NP for considerably less money. Cattam's is a very well kept campground with large spaces and many shaded spaces.
DeMott CG, Jacob Lake, AZ – a forest service campground about 20 miles from the north rim of the Grand Canyon NP. $9 a night with the geezer card for dry camping. Spaced well with pine trees. Cool nights at 8000 feet.
Wahweap CG, Page, AZ – a public campground at the Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell run by a concessionaire. Full hookups were about $45 a night. My option was the dry camping version at $11.50 a night with the geezer card. The geezer card is not honored for full hookups.
La Mesa RV CG, Cortez, CO – One night stay at this Passport America campground at $16 a night. Needed water and gray and black water dump after a week long stay dry camping at Elks.
Pagosa Riverside CG, Pagosa Springs, CO – This one time KOA campground is on the river. Quiet park with most spaces shaded. $199 for a one week stay with electricity and water.
Navaho Campground, Arboles, CO – on the shore of Navaho Reservoir. A quiet place with open views – at least during the middle of the week. Considering the reservoir, no doubt weekends are much busier. Solar usage allowed dry camping at $14 a night plus a $6 per day park access fee.