No matter if you’re a California resident or you live across the country, if you are into UTVs, side-by-sides, ATVs, dune buggies, or running sand tires on dirt bikes, you’ve likely heard of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA), or as it most often referred to, Glamis.  Glamis is renowned for its expansive and exciting sand dunes.

However, for those outside of California you may not realize that in southern California there is a sand season. It is basically the time of year when the temperatures cool down enough to make the desert region that encompasses the ISDRA bearable.

The Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area is geographically known as the Algodones Dunes. It is the largest sand dune mass in California and the largest OHV recreation area for sand dunes in the country. The dunes stretch out about 40-miles long, are around 5 miles wide, reach up to 300 feet tall, encompass approximately 118,000 acres that are open to OHV recreation. This is a lot of space for family fun – racing your off-road bikes, trikes and all kinds of vehicles on the vast desert sand.

The season starts now. Between Halloween and mid-April, things cool down on the sand enough so you can touch it without it melting through your skin. Thanksgiving Weekend is quickly approaching and for many RVers, celebrating the Day of Thanks feels most comfortable on the road.

The Imperial Sand Dunes offers a unique hot spot for getting out in nature. The dunes bring in over 100,000 visitors every Thanksgiving weekend. The area is known as an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise and often times for its role in Star Wars, Return of the Jedi. The rolling dunes act as a playground for off-roaders and visitors bring everything from ATV’s and buggies to funky, one-of-a-kind contraptions.

There are many camping areas scattered throughout the dunes. The majority of people camp in RVs, toy haulers, or 5th wheels and some even tent camp. It is the desert so be aware that facilities are extremely limited, with mostly only vaulted toilets available. Other than that you have to be self-sufficient for fresh water, electricity, showers, etc.

Some estimate that more than a million people visit Glamis every year. People travel from all over the state of California as well from across the country and beyond to experience the infamous Glamis sand dunes.

Glamis Dunes RV Vacation

Glamis Dunes RV Vacation

Glamis has virtually no permanent structures aside from the “Glamis Store” and “Boardmanville Trading Post”. Both offer supplies; fuel is not available for some hundreds of thousands of recreational visitors each year who pass through the Algodones Dunes and the associated Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, located in the southern portion of the dune system. Located in the southeast corner of California, the Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest mass of sand dunes in the state.

With most of the off-road action taking place in the recreation area south of Highway 78, the open areas allow all types of vehicle recreation. Limited areas surround the dunes require vehicles to travel on designated routes. Closed areas prohibit motorized vehicle use entirely. The northern areas are off-limits to wheeled vehicles, keeping a portion of the area pristine for hiking and enjoying the scenery.

Information and maps for all of these areas are available at the ranger stations.

Camping, hill climbing, exploring, sand drag racing, partying, spending time with family and friends and relaxing are just a few of the reasons why people go to Glamis.

Permits are required from October 1 through April 15 each year. Permits are $35 per week in advance and $50 per week if purchased onsite. Season permits are $150. You can buy your weekly or season permits online.

An upcoming Fee Free Date:

January 18-21, 2019
(Fri-Mon) to support the MLK volunteer clean up weekend

Rent an RV for your trip:

For this unique off-roading experience, you can rent an RV from one of our 4 nearby El Monte RV California rental locations.  Click here to see all of the California locations and perhaps get some other ideas for your California RV vacation.

Whatever you decide for your next RV trip, we hope you enjoy yourself while creating great RV adventuring memories.

As the season’s remarkable color changes paint the landscape, fall is an ideal time to get out and enjoy nature. What better way to do so than to take an RV camping trip in our National parks. Every fall, especially in the State of Pennsylvania, fall colors resonate in the beauty of our National Parks.

A Sampling of Pennsylvania’s National Parks

There are over 200 miles of scenic roadways to explore in the Delaware Water Gap. Several historic villages along the way provide a window into the past. For more historic adventures Independence National Historic Park has many monuments and sites representing our country’s colorful history.

Autumn trail in the Delaware Water Gap

Autumn trail in the Delaware Water Gap

History buffs will also want to visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic SiteGettysburg National Military ParkEisenhower National Historic Site and Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Take advantage of the many campsites along the way.

Gettysburg is particularly accessible as you can drive the battlefield on a self-guided tour, stopping to view the restored visitor center. The center features a hand painted Cyclorama, a breathtaking canvas that measures 377 feet in circumference and 42 feet high. Longer than a football field and as tall as a four-story structure, the Gettysburg Cyclorama oil painting, along with light and sound effects, immerses visitors in the fury of Pickett’s Charge during the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit this and other remarkable histories of momentous Civil War battles at the National Park’s Museum and Visitor Center.

National Forests Provide Outdoor Adventure and Year-Round Recreation

With over 600 campsites, many miles of trails for you to hike, ride all-terrain vehicles or bikes, boat launches, and beautiful wilderness for you to explore, you will definitely want to visit the Allegheny National Forest. The forest is also open during winter months so visitors can enjoy snowmobiling or snowshoeing. 

State Parks / Major Lakes, Rivers and Beaches

The whole family can enjoy Pennsylvania state parks. There are plenty of campsites, lakes and rivers for fishing, boating, canoeing or swimming, trails for hiking, and unlimited places for solitude if that’s what you are seeking. A few favorites are Round Valley, Voorhees, Spruce Run, Pymatuning, Hickory Run and Jacobsburg State Parks. You will probably enjoy yourself so much you’ll want to return and see Tobyhanna, Lackawanna, Ricketts Glen and Nockamixon State Parks.

There are so many reasons to go out and enjoy nature, but go soon as winter is quickly approaching. Take the time to drive an RV in the second state to ratify our country’s Declaration of Independence and be treated to fall colors against the beautiful backdrop of the mountains and valleys that defined this nation nearly 250 years ago.   

Four Reasons to Go Camping

In case you need a little help to get started, here are just a few of many reasons you may want to organize your next RV camping trip without delay.

  • Reconnect with nature: There is nothing as soothing as a walk in the woods to calm the spirit as you respect the beauty of the natural world. Ah, as you breathe in the smell of fall leaves. It is indeed refreshing to the soul, allowing you to recharge your batteries and be ready to face a hectic world.
  • Get off the grid: Want to unplug and get away from all those electronics? Go off-grid and allow camping to force a return to simpler things.
  • Get some outdoor exercise: Tired of the weekly or daily treks to the gym? Go outside for some exercise! Walk, hike or bike in the gorgeous natural workout room of the outdoors. Notice the beauty of changing leaves around you while you burn calories. So much more uplifting than just a routine workout at the gym.
  • Find your quiet place: Allow yourself to take time to unwind and clear your mind of everyday worries. Listen to the breeze rustle the leaves in the trees; the crickets chirping at night, or an occasional hoot of an owl. This is living – the stillness around you can help quiet your mind so you can relax in ways you may never do in your day-to-day life. Camping allows you to enjoy the peace that is in you.

You can rent an El Monte RV at our Kingston, PA location or at our Baltimore rv rental location, and take your time driving through Pennsylvania, enjoying the changing leaves along the way.

And remember our November special: For rentals with pickup dates between November 1 and November 30, rent for 4 or more nights and get double the miles free! That’s 100 free miles per night!

NASCAR racing culminates in November with racing locations in the west as well as three championships in one weekend in Florida. Check out these upcoming NASCAR weekends: the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2nd-4th.  The next weekend, on the 9th-11th, the Can-Am 500 NASCAR Race will be happening at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The following weekend, in Homestead, Florida, the Homestead-Miami Speedway is host to the championship weekend including the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR race on the 18th of November and the championship races of the NASCAR Camping World Truck series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Texas Motor Speedway and the AAA Texas 500:

The green flag flies on a triple-header NASCAR Playoff weekend with Camping World Truck Series Practice on Thursday, November 1st, followed up on Friday, November 2nd by Salute to Veterans Qualifying Fueled by Texas Lottery for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the Camping World Truck Series, leading up to the JAG Metals 350. Saturday, November 3rd includes Salute to Veterans Qualifying Fueled by Texas Lottery for the XFINITY Series plus the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY race. Sunday, November 4th features the weekend’s main event the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Don’t miss this exciting weekend of NASCAR fun.

Camping at Texas Motor Speedway:

There are many options for camping at the Texas Motor Speedway. Check out their website for more details on the seven campground options they offer. You can even rent an RV from our nearby El Monte RV location in McKinney, Texas.

Phoenix International/ISM Raceway for the Can-Am 500 NASCAR Race:

First of all, to avoid confusion, the Phoenix International Raceway is known as ISM Raceway due to a first-ever naming-rights sponsorship by Ingenuity Sun Media. ISM’s Connect network will provide digital display screens, interactive fan experiences, a mobile app and social-media integrations throughout the facility, including in the new pedestrian tunnel connecting the infield and grandstands.

So, don’t miss this exciting venue for the weekend of November 9th-11th. Here’s the lineup of NASCAR races coming up. On Friday, start your weekend with the Lucas Oil 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Semi-Final Playoff Race under the lights. Prior to the Lucas Oil 150, don’t miss practice sessions for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series before the starting line-up is set for the Can-Am 500 during Gatorade Qualifying. Then, watch the future stars of NASCAR battle during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Semi-Final Playoff Race on Saturday, November 10. The crowning event on Sunday is the Can-Am 500, where eight drivers will compete for a Championship 4 spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Camping at ISM Raceway:

There are nine options for camping at ISM Raceway’s Zoomtown, U.S.A.® Check out all of their options and camping reservations at this link. To rent an RV nearby, visit our El Monte RV location in Peoria, Arizona.

Homestead-Miami Speedway – Ford EcoBoost 400: Three Championship Races

On Friday, November 16th, the Ford Championship Weekend will begin with the Ford EcoBoost 200 race – which tops off the playoffs for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, as four drivers will battle for the division crown.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series race on November 17th will decide the champ of the top up-and-coming driver in the Ford EcoBoost 300.

Last year, the sold-out crowd on hand for the Ford EcoBoost 400 saw Martin Truex, Jr. cap his historic 2017 season by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. With the championship being decided at Homestead-Miami Speedway once again in 2018, can Truex, Jr. defend his title? Or will someone dethrone the champ? That question will be answered on November 18.

Camping at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

There are three campgrounds to park your RV at this Speedway, as well as a number of camping options nearby. To rent an RV, you can get one from our El Monte RV Miami location which is only 30 minutes away.

With all these races, it will certainly be a NASCAR November to remember!  Get your final fix now, as it’s a long time until next year’s season begins!

And remember our November special: For rentals with pickup dates between November 1 and November 30, rent for 4 nights or more and get double the miles free! That’s 100 free miles per night!

What a way to spend the long Thanksgiving weekend! You can take in the sights and sounds of San Diego, one of the most beautiful cities in America, while enjoying this 4 day jazz festival from November 21 – 25. This year’s lineup of musicians includes a wide variety of traditional jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles. This 39th year of the Festival offers something for every taste in classic jazz. The schedule of entertainment begins on Wednesday evening, November 21st and runs through Sunday evening at 6 pm.

The San Diego Jazz Festival: Discerning fans call this festival the “crown jewel of jazz festivals.” It is held at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. With five ballrooms and several terrace salons, there is music coming from every corner of the venue. Check out the Dave Bennett Quartet or the Dick Williams Jazzsea Jam. Or you may prefer a swing dance class or other active and  participatory activities. Check out the full schedule here.

San Diego Sights to See: If you happen to want a little outdoor recreation during this long weekend, there is an almost infinite variety of sights to see in San Diego. The most famous is the San Diego Zoo, but if time doesn’t permit, you should still go and see the huge park that houses the Zoo. Balboa Park was the site of the Panama California Exposition of 1915 (to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal) and the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935. Most of the old structures are still there, restored to their early 20th century glory. There are museums, restaurants and lots of places to just sit and enjoy the view of a huge Italian style fountain or beautiful trees.

Japanese garden, San Diego

Japanese garden, San Diego

There is even a Japanese garden to stroll through and observe the meticulously planted trees and shrubs.

The original and world’s largest outdoor pipe organ is in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, right in the center of the park. Every Sunday at 2 pm, there is a free organ concert there, put on by the Spreckels Organ Society, who maintain the organ and provide the organists. Balboa Park is a gem right in the city of San Diego. Don’t miss it.

Each neighborhood in San Diego has its own character and is marked by unique entry signs or lights and placards and banners on street lamps. The flavor of the city is as diverse as its people and you can find places to dine on any cuisine from authentic Indian Curry or Mexican Tacos to traditional American fare.

Places to camp nearby:

There are lots of options for nearby camping in San Diego. Try Campland on the Bay- RV and Tent Camping Resort, or Paradise by the Sea RV Resort. You can check out the San Diego RV Resort or Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. To see more options, see this website.

Rent an RV from one of our 4 nearby El Monte RV California rental locations. And remember to take advantage of our November Special for Thanksgiving – pick up your RV between November 1 and 30th and rent for 4 nights or more to get 100 miles per night free!

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RV Camping at the Music Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

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Telluride, Colorado will welcome RV campers to their 25th Annual Blues and Brews Festival from September 14th to 16th. What a great way to end your summer and move into fall! For early arrivals, music starts with a free sunset …