Check-Ins

When? Who? Comment Place Location
stingyfacsimile80

Huge park, absolutely beautiful. Cleanest bathrooms I’ve ever camped at. This place felt like luxury after a spell of dispersed camping. Free wifi in front of the visitors center. Cell service is spotty or non existent otherwise but the rangers will tell you where to go to get decent service. I did a video call at the top of the hill before you enter and had 5 bars.

Lake Ouachita State Park 34.62098, -93.17484
emilyrachelmccollum

Stayed here in March and again in April. No issues with 2WD mid clearance promaster. Lots of spaces, beautiful views, but can get windy.

Sand Mine Rd. BLM 36.47152, -114.43877
maximumflight67

Nice homestay cheap price to stay. Homemade food, Laundry service.
Old house in front of Chilexpress office, Parking on the street, very safe place

Pension Nancy Rivera -38.98295, -72.63731
la.vikinga.viajera

Quiet and safe, in front of gendarmeria nacional. Not wind 👍🏻

In front of gendarmeria -50.34012, -72.27289
zuzWEITweg

As said before, probably the best place for cyclists in this climb. Really nice views and easy to find a flat spot for the tent.

Between the cacti - for cyclists -21.23049, -65.80662
isabelvillegasjaramillo

Perfect place to sleep, they charge you like 2 reales per hour. There is water and electricity.

Perfecto, seguro, estacionamiento rotativo.

Public parking. -23.21658, -44.71276
compactcandle47

$40 a night for pull through with electrical hookup. One bathroom but the door locks so anyone can use it. Laundry machines. Lots of RVs but quiet. Call the number for Jackson RV sites (google map) and make a reservation. Can pay over phone or cash in the night drop box.

Joy-O RV Park 35.59615, -89.05220
BigTinyTravel

Park over by the garden center not the rest of the parking lot. There were other trucks and car campers but I was the only RV van this time. I’ve stayed here before without any problems. It’s kind of loud and settles down after about 11-12pm.

Meijer Southport 39.66335, -86.07940
LazyBones

A safe spot by the lake to stay. its a bit expensive if you're out of state at around 29 dollars for a tent site (at time of writing). Its technically still in the winter season so there was no water or showers while we were there. Felt a bit like camping on a golf course. Very clean, well maintained site with minimal brush or trees.

Stayed in an AWD crossover & a tent.

Branched Oak State REC Area 40.97018, -96.89032
[email protected]

This place absolutely open. Bathrooms are very well kept and clean. Vending machines are on and operational. Maintenance man was cleaning and taking out trash in the am. Lots of road noise, but a great stop for a single night!

I-79 NorthBpund Rest Stop 41.07019, -80.12381
substantialpocketbook01

Sign saying „no overnight parking" still at entrance of parking lot, but lot is full of RVs, nobody seems to care.

Walmart. Fort Stockton 30.89508, -102.90729
SlowVanGo

Definitely not a spot you should stay at overnight. There is a housing community being built nearby so the area is quite busy. It's also VERY close to the road.

Pull off spot 37.66263, -121.46879
homelycow12

Incredible sight, a place to never forget. Why go on a tour when you can just camp next to one?

wild camp at rock painting -21.09767, 14.69174
wearybadge75

This spot rules! As others have said, you don't go through any gates, just follow the dirt road to the right and most spots will be on your left hand side. Be careful as there are a few rough and rocky spots on the road further down that will test your suspension. Very quiet and felt very safe here, would definitely recommend this spot. Sunset and sunrise are both incredible!

Spot off I 10. 31.18589, -105.68686
largecesspool47

Awesome place to overnight. They have RV/Semi parking lot, but I like to leave those spots for the semi’s. There were a number of RV’s parked on the outer fringe of their big lot. No problems, no issues. Will definitely use this casino next time I pass through and need a place to overnite

Prairie Meadows Casino 41.65397, -93.48893
CarterR

Still a great spot. Ordered the club sandwich and it was so big I couldn’t finish it. The fries were great too.

Also, they have these chocolate covered peanut butter balls for 2pen - so good.

Cafe Obsession -7.15804, -78.51627
CarterR

Good pizza spot located in the corner of the park. Tons of options for 15-20pen. Some of the pizzas are absolutely loaded with toppings.

Bambino Pizza -7.15942, -78.51667
karrer.benschi

This is one of our favorite spots in south america so far. After staying a while in Altiplano you can enjoy warm night temperatures and shades of trees. There is a flat spot for a tent behind the wall, a fireplace and enough wood to make a fire. Some trash, but collected and piled. Pls keep it clean and bury your poop!
As a bonus there are tons of beautifully patterned small stones lying around. It is hard not to take some with you.

To get there:
At the bridge follow the gravel road until you come to the ruins. A farmer might use the street to reach the crops nearby. So finding a flat spot for a car could be challenging.

Ruins and trees at dead end -21.59479, -65.58229
Rick Nugteren

We loved this place. So serene and beautiful! Campsite is 11500 kwacha pppn. They offer food, but it's a little pricey (if I remember correctly around 13500 kwacha pp for dinner). There is no shop or anything around, so unless you come stocked up you'll have to make use of their options. Food is absolutely delicious though and the portions are large.

You can also organise activities with them, such as guided hikes, making your own coffee, massages, and more. These are all pretty decently priced and the money goes straight to the community.

Be aware, the road on the east from Khondowe is really difficult. If there's been any rain in the last few days, it's pretty much undoable, even with a large 4x4. We did it the way up, about 1,5 hours for 9 kilometres, but don't think we could've made it back down, even if it's dry. The road south has about 2 kilometres of tricky terrain, also difficult when wet, but a lot easier and the rest of the road to Mzuzu is one of the best we've driven in Africa, both in terms of quality and scenic. Would stay again!

The Mushroom Farm -10.58661, 34.13448
civicfir34

Great location for east entrance to Grand Canyon. Decent Restaurant with awesome Navajo Tacos and a trading post and hotel across street. Campsites are dusty and seemed like some campers are live ins. Laundry is somewhere and electric at sites. No internet but campers can sit in garden of hotel across street and use internet. Need password from front desk where campers also check in. Internet unstable so I ended up using my hotspot for a zoom meeting. Ok for overnight. $42.

Cameron Trading Post 35.87451, -111.41141
lorriam

It's not actually open right now but it is possible to dump but there is no water for rinsing yet.

dump station bromont 45.33353, -72.64984
anoukoepfer

Still a very nice and calm place to spend a few days. Access a bit difficult due to low hanging branches and definitely 4x4 needed for the soft sand. Big rigs have no chance!

abandoned beach hotel 15.98155, -16.51280
Ruteandoconhugo

Acá trabajan Segundo que es mecánico y Jorge que es eléctrico. Nosotros tenemos experiencia con segundo, nos reparo la dirección y la homocinética de la Kombi, aún sin conseguir repuestos. El trabajo fue excelente y a un precio bárbaro. Nos dejó dormír adentro del taller. Es una excelente persona.
Lo recomendamos mucho

Taller mecánico de Segundo 4.80476, -75.68661
gentleaddiction49

Brand new small hotel 2,5 km from the plaza of Ocongate. The hotel is beautiful and back from the street making it quiet. Lots of parking space and a gate. Secure, very nice owner named Ermelinda. Just Spanish. +51 942 696 922

Rooms were super clean, ACTUAL HOT SHOWERS, fast wifi and even Netflix on the TV's. Many rooms have balconies. Private bath were ~70 soles, shared bath were ~50 soles. Well worth it. Lots of open space to work if you need to do this too. Breakfast 10. Look for a small sign outside that says HOSTAL. Also listed on Google.

Hostal Phallcha -13.64039, -71.37838
monetarygoal24

Camping recommended if you need to go to the nearby embassies.

Auberge Camping Africa Escale 18.10508, -15.99216
JuiceTmagoosty

Best Surf Spot on the east cape. This place has everything you need to have an amazing surf vacation just outside of San Jose del Cabo. There is a handful of awesome surf breaks located just a walk down the hill, a small store near by and some nice restaurants too. The place has a scenic view as its located on the top of the arroyo, hot shower, hangout area, tenting an RV accommodations. During my stay we made an deadly seafood paella with home grown tomatoes. Thanks Mel and Jaime for the hospitality; you made me feel welcomed and ill definitely come back.

ALAIA Surf Lodge 23.14818, -109.50514
Christopher

If you’re looking for more info on this area (as I was), including confirmation of need for “Limited Use Permit”, see discussion here:

https://bigbendchat.com/permits-for-camping-black-gap-wma-on-the-river-202-t17301.html

Black Gap WMA 29.57135, -102.94686
youtube.com

Spent one night here. Calm location on a weekday. Police passes often. We asked if the place was safe and they said it is (although no place is 100% safe of course). Beware that there is 1 alligator in the lake. You probably can see him if you walk around. His is Celso. He’s an internet celebrity!

Next to Parque de Aguas -15.56544, -56.07987
Hans Rack

We checked in with our Iveco 4x4 motorhome. This place is certainly not geared for anything bigger than a camper van, the gate is narrow. It is a nice spot with green grass and a gate to the beach in front of you. I say most of the grassy ground is not very level. An open shared toilet and shower next to the main house, not very private. No braai facilities and no demarcated camp spots, park where and how you like. Paid R150 pppn. I’d say this place is more geared for groups of young surfers so that’s great.

Umzumbe Surf Camp -30.61932, 30.54617
Hans Rack

An absolute winner of a beautiful camp site. Extremely well equipped shop at reception, very friendly staff. Level and mostly grassy sites with electricity and drinkable tap water, plenty ablutions. 200 m to the beach. Pretty sheltered with braai spots, kiddy play grounds, trampoline and lovely swimming pools! This place is a real gem! Went for endless cycles in the sugar cane fields. Stayed for 8 days!

Mac Nicols Caravan Park -30.45315, 30.65126

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