Beat the Late Summer Heat: RV Camping in Medicine Bow National Forest

There’s a place just three hours north of Denver that beckons RV travelers to escape late summer’s oppressive heat.  The deep-forest and lakeside campgrounds of Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest are ringed by snowcapped peaks, steeped in Native American lore and perfectly positioned for maximum outdoor recreation.

Medicine Bow National Forest

Medicine Bow National Forest

Sound like the kind of place you’d like to spend late summer experiencing? Don’t hesitate to make plans, as most campgrounds in this national forest are only open through mid-September.  But there’s still time to park the RV beneath the trees and absorb the cool, green wonders of Medicine Bow.

If that sounds too sedate for your active RV camping crew, never fear. There are so many different ways to experience Wyoming’s Snowy Range!  Here are just a few ideas for spending time while RV camping in Medicine Bow National Forest:

  • Camp at Vedauwoo Recreation Area, just twenty miles east of Laramie, WY on I-80. The campground is surrounded by enormous granite formations, with unforgettable views of the Snowy Range.  The National Park Service has taken great pains to create a comfortable campground that manages to seem wild and remote.

What to do while camping at Vedauwoo?  Go mountain biking on Turtle Rock Trail, hike the more than twenty miles of trails through high meadows and subalpine forests (not to mention taking in the rock formations all around you), or take a quick drive over to the Ames Monument “Pyramid” on the other side of I-80.

  • Did we mention that Medicine Bow NF stretches out for a million acres in southern Wyoming? That’s why it’s possible to camp at places like Silver Lake Campground, eighteen miles east of Centennial on WY-130 (also known as the Snowy Range Scenic Byway) and feel like you’ve left civilization behind. This small, well-planned campground at just over ten thousand feet elevation is only open July to September, making it the perfect late summer refuge.

If you choose Silver Lake as your Medicine Bow RV camping base, the sky’s the limit for outdoor recreation. Hikers will enjoy the short but awesomely scenic trail around the lake and trails to special places like Lake Marie Falls.  There’s also a trail up Medicine Bow Peak, where you can hike as far as your expertise allows (snow and ice even in mid-June, some scrambling across boulder fields near the summit), with magnificent views of the Smoky Range at every level.

Silver Lake itself is popular with ‘belly boat’ fishermen and kayakers, too, so bring the watercraft if that’s your passion.

  • Speaking of fishing, the small Sugarloaf campground tucked into the spruce and pine forests on Libby Lake offers campers the chance to fish two clear, snowmelt lakes—Libby Lake and Lewis Lake—for brook trout and splake.

Popular trailheads in the Sugarloaf area invite hikers to explore the forest or hike the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain. Great vacation photos guaranteed!

Whether escaping the late summer heat for you means relaxing in a quiet forest campground, hiking to a mountain summit or fishing and paddling your way across an alpine lake, Medicine Bow National Forest is the place to be.

Pick up a Denver RV rental and head north to Wyoming. The Smoky Range is waiting to fulfill your late summer, RV camping dreams.

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A Yellowstone Vacation with an RV

Picture of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

A vacation in an RV to Yellowstone National Park is a completely captivating experience. This park is a most unusual landscape, filled with geysers, mud pots and colorful geothermal features. Hot springs and pine forests attract wildlife, and the picturesque waterfalls and canyons intrigue millions of visitors from all over the world.

Drive your RV into the Yellowstone North Entrance at Mammoth. On the way you must stop at the famous Roosevelt Arch. This soaring basalt stone arch is a special symbol of Yellowstone, welcoming travelers to the most popular park in the U.S.

You will come to Mammoth Hot Springs as you move into the park from the North Entrance. The terraces are not to be missed, with the colorful formations amazing in their beauty as hot water and limestone work together to create this natural artwork.

To really get the most out of your visit to Mammoth Hot Springs, you should take the Lower Terrace Trail. You will hike an easy one-mile path and come to an overlook that gives you the best view. You can also access the Upper Terrace and witness how these hot springs are forever changing as the water flows every which way, leaving mineral deposits and making living sculptures.

Absorb some the history at the park by taking a walking tour of Fort Yellowstone. The buildings here were built in 1891, with quarters for officers, guards and enlisted men. At Albright Visitor Center and Museum you can get more history and study the early settlers, mountain men and Native Americans who made this area their home. Ensure you visit the Moran Gallery for amazing watercolor sketches by Thomas Moran.

The Grand Loop Road offers most of the major attractions of Yellowstone only a few hundred feet from the road. Easy access means you will use this as your main route through the park so you don’t miss anything. One place you don’t want to pass up is Mesa Falls, a spot at the headwaters of the Snake River and containing amazing views. Bird watching here is really fun, and you may see an eagle fly overhead.

A must-see is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, carved by great glaciers and the water of the Yellowstone River. Watch the gorgeous cascade of the Lower Falls just east of Canyon Village. The views are indescribable. This is the largest waterfall in the park, as well as the second most photographed attraction (after Old Faithful).

Stopping at Lake Village is a wonderful respite in your RV trip through the park. You’ll find all the supplies you need to continue your travels. At the Fishing Bridge you will see a log bridge built in 1902 that was a favorite of fishermen to go for a trophy catch. You can stand on the bridge and watch the fish swimming below you. Don’t forget to stop at the Fishing Bridge Museum to learn more about this area. The Fishing Bridge RV Park is the perfect place to park your RV for a while and explore the surrounding wonders of Yellowstone.

Now it is time to get yourself over to Old Faithful and watch the impressive display of Mother Nature. As the spray flies sky-high you will find it hard to believe that a geyser can have that much power. Afterwards, explore the Upper Geyser Basin for a wealth of sights such as hot springs, mud pots, more geysers and pools. Walk around Geyser Hill and enjoy the eruptions of Amemone and Beehive Geysers.

Lower Geyser Basin also offers plentiful thermal features to delight and inspire the whole family. You can see massive displays of water shooting up to 150 feet in the air. The multi-colored mud pots bubble and gurgle, making you curious as to what is below your feet in this amazing Yellowstone National Park.

Head north to Madison and see all the sights there are here. From natural highlights like Gibbon Falls to the Madison Museum, you will want to take it all in. Drive towards Norris and stop at Terrace Springs to walk the short boardwalk through this thermal area. Further on you will come to the Artists Paintpots. There is a one-mile trail that will take you to hot springs and large mud pots as well as some backcountry geothermal areas to explore.

Your RV trip does not have to end here. There is always more to do in Yellowstone. You may want to stay a week or two so you can enjoy this famous park to the max. Whatever you decide, you are sure to have a great time no matter how long you stay.

Picture credits: The picture of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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See Wyoming from the Centennial Scenic Byway

Picture of a Winding River Along the Centennial Scenic Byway in Wymoing

Beautiful Scenery Abounds Along the Byway

The Centennial Scenic Byway crosses a stretch of 162 miles, from Dubois to Pinedale, Wyoming.

Recreational Vehicle accommodations are available in Dubois at The Longhorn Ranch, Lodge and RV Park. Make sure to call in advance – the outstanding beauty and recreational opportunities in this region can make peak season quite busy.

An ideal starting point for this part of your motorhome vacation would be the Wind River Historical Centre in Dubois. Here you can learn about the Mountain Shoshone people who were the first inhabitants of the area, the European settlers who came in the 1880s, and the Scandinavian loggers, called “Tie Hacks” who came to work and provide lumber to build the nations railroads.

Setting out on US 26, the route will take you to the Northwest past the eastern flank of the Wind River Range, up through Togwotee Pass. Be ready for the extensive wildlife viewing opportunities along the highway, as the area is heavily populated by moose, elk, and bears. Look upward, as well, as there’s a good chance there’ll be eagles and hawks hunting overhead. You’ll drive across the lush flood plains of the Buffalo Fork River on your way into Grand Teton National Park.

At Moran Junction, the Centennial Scenic Byway turns south across gently rolling terrain toward the Snake River Overlook, which affords a great opportunity to see Grand Teton, standing nearly 14,000 feet high. You’ll pass through the valley of Jackson Hole on your way to Jackson, Wyoming, a bustling town with approximately 9,500 occupants. Jackson is home to many ski resorts, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and some very interesting arches that are constructed from antlers shed by the large elk population in the region. South of Jackson, at Hoback Junction, the road bears east onto US 189. You’ll drive up the Hoback Canyon, and descend into the Green River Valley. The Wind River Range will again be in view up ahead. Take US 191 to the end of the Byway, in Pinedale Wyoming. If you’ve taken your time, the day should be just about at its end. RV Camping is available at Lakeside Lodge, on the shores of Lake Fremont. Featured activities here are swimming, boating, and fishing.

While in Pinedale, consider visiting the Museum of the Mountain Man to learn about how the fur trade opened up the American west to commerce.

The Centennial Scenic Byway is open year-round, but is subject to local closure due to weather conditions. Make sure to check the status before journeying out in questionable weather. There are recreational opportunities available in all seasons, with excellent skiing at the famous resorts in the valley of Jackson Hole. Also of interest is the National Elk Refuge, also located near Jackson. Every winter it becomes home to 10,000 elk, which can be viewed by a sleigh ride taken from the refuge headquarters.

If you’re visiting Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Parks, the Centennial Scenic Byway affords excellent opportunities for RV Campers to experience the beauty of the West. Don’t miss it!

Picture credits: The picture in this post is from the National Scenic Byways website. Use is allowed if the user displays the copyright and credits with the item. The image is copyright © 1997 The Wagner Perspective.

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RV Camping – The Hunter’s Best Lodging Option

Whether you spend hunting season up a tree in a deer stand or tucked into a duck blind sipping coffee, a comfortable place to call home at night is essential. If you’re planning to travel in search of game this year, why not consider comfortable, affordable RV camping close to the action? Let’s see what RV campgrounds around the US are offering hunters this year:

Twin Creeks Campground in Buffalo, Wyoming features game racks, a hunters’ lounge and quality campsites close to Big Horn National Forest. That’s where hunters will find pronghorn antelope, wild turkey, elk, moose and deer in abundance. If you’re heading for the Big Horn Mountains this year to hunt, reserve your campsite in Buffalo before you go.

Hunting in Colorado this season? Mt Princeton RV Park in Buena Vista really caters to hunters, with space to process and hang game and affordable campsites every hunting season. A couple of hours south of El Monte RV Rentals in Denver, it’s a prime spot to set up camp while hunting elk and mountain goats in the Buena Vista area.

Picture of the Lincoln National Forest

The Lincoln National Forest from Crest Trail

Big game hunters will find state-managed hunting right next door to the RV campsites at Gillespie Ranch RV Park in Mayhill, NM. Elk, deer and wild hogs are just three of the big game species found regularly near the campground. You’ll find this first-rate hunters’ campground four hours south of Albuquerque in the heart of Lincoln National Forest.

If you’re headed for Oklahoma’s Kiamichi Mountains this hunting season, book your campsite now at Honobia Creek Store and RV Park. About three hours north of McKinney, TX El Monte RV Rentals, this RV campground hits the bulls eye for excellent wilderness hunting accommodations. Wild hog hunting is popular in this southwestern Oklahoma region, so ask the RV park owners to schedule a guided hunt. Keep an eye out for Bigfoot!

One more premier hunting and RV camping experience can be found on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at Sherman’s Resort on South Manistique Lake. Not only do they offer first-rate RV camping amenities, they also have a guide service for hunters hoping to find black bear or white-tail deer. Duck hunting is another star attraction for this area, so be sure to reserve your campsite early.

Haven’t hit your style of hunting with our suggestions? No worries – any style hunting expedition is made easier with deluxe RV accommodations. Pick your favorite hunting spot this season and then contact us to book your RV rental. We look forward to helping make your hunting trips memorable!

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Casper, Wyoming – A Magical RV Camping Destination

A wild Western river running right through downtown and beautiful Casper Mountain as a backdrop… sounds like the perfect place to spend a vacation, doesn’t it? Where’s this magical RV camping destination? It’s Casper, Wyoming, and we’re going to tell you how to get the most from your RV trip there.Where to Camp in Casper, Wyoming

Just four hours north of Denver, Casper sits in the Laramie Range of the Rockies, intersected by the North Platte River. Casper campgrounds are numerous, so choose the one most suited to your style of RV camping. Fort Casper Campground, for example, is tucked into a bend in the North Platte River and offers an on-site opportunity to hike the river trail or fish in a private pond.

Casper KOA, on the other hand, is in the nearby town of Bar Nunn, and advertises a chance to see the area’s abundant antelope on-site. For an upscale motorhome camping experience in Casper, try River’s Edge RV Resort, also on the North Platte River.

Once you’ve settled on a Casper area campground, it’s time to plan the kind of adventures you’ll talk about for years.Historic Adventures in Casper, Wyoming

Casper’s roots are in ranching and oil and the town has nicely evolved into a center of finance. What that means for you, RV traveler, is that there are not only historic attractions to discover, but also nice amenities like galleries and museums.

But let’s talk about Casper’s history. Four historic pioneer trails crisscrossed in the Casper area, prompting the development of the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center. Read actual journal pages from some of the half million immigrants who traveled west through Wyoming from 1840 to 1870. Look out over the North Platte at a prairie landscape almost unchanged since those days. This center is a gold mine of information for RV travelers hoping to learn more about America’s Western Expansion.

And to learn even more about Casper’s early history, take a trip to Fort Casper Museum. First a military outpost to protect early travelers, Casper’s military history is well-displayed in this reconstructed fort. And here’s a fun way to enjoy Casper’s Old West flavor – check the schedule of events for the Bessemer Vigilance Committee! These creative folks dress in costumes and hold shooting competitions based on actual historical events.Adventures in Casper, Wyoming

There’s no way to avoid being caught up in the beauty of Casper, where the western plains meet the Rockies. Scenic sites abound for outdoor recreation; here are just a few ideas to get your trip started:

It’s all there in Casper, Wyoming – mountain trails, Wild West history and comfortable accommodations. Why not add Casper to your “must see” list when you’re planning this year’s RV adventures?

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An RV Vacation to Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Bighorn Canyon NRADo you enjoy boating as well as camping on your RV vacations? If you do, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, located in both Wyoming and Montana, is the perfect place to do both. Few places offer the chance to glide through pristine blue waters surrounded by rock cliffs hundreds of feet high. Add that to scenic RV campgrounds, and an RV vacation to Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is one you’ll want to repeat.

What’s so special about the lake that gives this vast protected area its name? For one thing, the waters of Bighorn Lake are prime trout fishing territory, drawing thousands of fishermen hoping to land the big one each year. There’s also nothing quite like the view at Bighorn Lake – rugged, multi-colored canyons, sudden bursts of pine trees interrupted by tall rock spires, and dozens of interesting coves to explore by kayak or canoe. Whether you’re there to water ski, paddle or drop a line in the water, experiencing the Bighorn by boat will give you plenty of stories to tell back home.

And the camping! On the Montana side, near Fort Smith, RV campers will enjoy the shaded campsites at Afterbay Campground. If you’re planning to stay in Wyoming, the Horseshoe Bend Campground and Marina is nicely shaded with both water and mountain views from the campsites. You should know in advance that campsites at Bighorn NRA are almost all free of charge, and on a first-come-first-served basis, so plan your schedule to arrive near the check out times posted on the NPS site.

But what about RV campers who don’t plan to boat or fish? There’s still a vacation-full of activities available to you! The NRA’s scenic drives, historic ranches and visitor centers alone will have you wondering how many pictures your camera will hold.

Park favorites: Devil Canyon Overlook on the Wyoming side, with a dizzying view of the lake down the sides of the canyon, and Yellow Tail Dam Visitor Center near Fort Smith, MT, with its fascinating exhibits about local Native American history, ancient geology and the construction of the lake. If you prefer getting out into nature a bit more, there are twenty-five miles of hiking trails through desert canyon habitat, with plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Don’t miss the chance to visit Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area this year! There are things for every member of your RV camping party to enjoy, whether they like their outdoor exploration from the water, on the trails or in an air conditioned visitor center. Visit the National Park Service site soon for more information on planning your own RV trip.

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RV Camping Trip – Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National ParkTake an RV camping trip this summer to experience Grand Teton National Park. Why? Because no one should miss the chance to wake up to crisp mountain air in the Tetons. Come along as we tour the possibilities of an RV camping trip to Northwestern Wyoming.

About six hours northeast of Salt Lake City and due south of Yellowstone, this National Park encompasses popular getaways like Jackson Hole and Teton Village, Wyoming. Not only will you find spectacular scenery at every turn, you’ll also find two RV campgrounds with all the modern conveniences within easy driving distance of Park attractions.

Flagg Ranch Campground is situated near the boundary between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Colter Bay Campground is near Jackson Lake, north of Moose, Wyoming. There are several other campgrounds with RV dump stations only, if you’d like a more remote setting. A private RV campground to consider is Grand Teton RV Resort, situated between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

No matter what outdoor activity you choose to pursue once your RV is parked among the Tetons, you’ll find a place to do it! Mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, boating and horseback riding are just a sampling of the things Park visitors indulge in every summer.

A number of commercial outfitters lead excursions of all kinds, so be sure to check the NPS website for current listings. You’ll also find well-staffed visitor centers throughout the Park to enhance your education and serve as home base for Ranged-guided tours.

Be sure to make plans to spend time on the water once you settle in. An endlessly blue sky is reflected in the pure mountain lakes of Grand Teton, inviting RV campers to launch a canoe, paddle a kayak or fish for trout. Elk, otter and beaver are just three of the abundant species of wildlife that share watering holes with the trout.

And we haven’t even talked about the scenic drives that await your viewing pleasure! Climb to the top of Signal Mountain Summit Road for a panoramic view of the Park. Loop around through extraordinary scenery on Jenny Lake Road, keeping a close watch for bison, elk and moose along the way. Teton Park Road winds through the Park at the base of the Teton Range, offering unforgettable views of those jagged peaks.

Come on, this is the year to take that dream vacation to Grand Teton National Park! Let us know if we can help with an RV rental. We have a great staff in our Salt Lake City RV rentals location just waiting to assist. The Teton Range is like no other mountain range in America. Don’t miss the chance to experience it for yourself.

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Buffalo, Rainbows, and Dragons Breath

I recently led an RV Rental caravan from Las Vegas through Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole Wyoming, and into Yellowstone.

The trip itself was a blast and I hope to be able to post details about each major tour area here.

There was one day that made the whole adventure come together for me. We had just left Artists Point in Yellowstone headed back to camp and a brief rainstorm came and went. My wife and baby were seated in the back of the motorhome and she was still talking about the waterfall we had just seen.

Suddenly we saw coming toward the side of the motorhome what looked like a small wooly mammoth. Snorting and stomping as he came, the buffalo

Picture of a Bison in the National Bison Range

Bison in the National Bison Range

didn’t seem to mind cars, trucks, or motorhomes as he pushed across the road and stopped traffic.  The big fellow joined a herd on the other side of the street. The sun came out of the clouds and above the herd a rainbow grew.

We later came to one of the many geological features of Yellowstone, a hot springs area with a particular feature called Dragons Breath.  This feature actually puffed steam and made noise that made it seem like a dragon might really live at the bottom of this cave and be puffing steam up to warn us to stay away.

I suppose there are many memories I could keep in my head to remember this trip. I remember early mornings and coffee with friends, and the late nights with campfires and smores and songs and jokes. However, I suppose the lifetime memory I’ll take with me from this trip is sitting in a motorhome with my family after a rainstorm with buffalos, rainbows, and dragons breath.

If you want to go to Yellowstone or another national park and see these things for yourself check out the El Monte RV Rentals National Parks page.

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Camping, Chuck Wagon Dinner Show, Trail Ride and Rodeo in Dubois, Wyoming

Come to Dubois, Wyoming (Where Real Cowboys Work and Play), on a Thursday, June 18 – August 20, and camp at the Dubois Wind River KOA, enjoying all the scenery of the wilderness while camping on the Wind River in the heart of a small old West town.

Thursday night dinner is served at the Circle Up Chuck Wagon Dinner Show where Cowgirl Catering cooks up a full Dutch Oven meal like the cowboys enjoyed after a day on the trail. Then listen and laugh to the music of The Prickly Pair and the Cactus Chorale as they entertain you in the old West and Celtic way. Just $22.00 for adults and $6.00 for kids 11 and under. Saunter back to your campsite for a good night’s rest.

The next day take a 2 hour horse ride on MacKenzie Highland Ranch’s trails into the Shoshone Forest. Rides are $20.00/ hour per person. Longer rides are available for an added charge. They also have ATV’s for rent if you have no spurs.

Upon returning to your campsite, get ready to Cowboy Up at the Dubois Rodeo. Enjoy Sally’s burgers and Angus dogs before heading to the stands to experience a local rodeo where the competition is friendly but the cowgirls and cowboys are serious. Kids enter the mutton bustin’ or race for the ribbons on the calves’ tails. Dudes from the quest ranches compete for ribbons on the steers’ tails. Tickets are available at the gate for $7.00/ adults and children under 5 free.

It’s a late night of fun.

Then it’s back to your campsite for one more night of camping along the Wind River. $43.00/ night for full hookups with TV and WiFi. The Dubois Wind River KOA is located 50 minutes east of Grand Teton National Park and 90 minutes east of Yellowstone National Park.

Thanks to our friends at Dubois Wind River KOA for providing us with this description of what sounds like a very good time. Other RV Campgrounds should feel free to share with us the wonders that may be found in and around their campground. Please send your article submissions to monty@elmonterv.com.

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