Three More Reasons to Visit Las Vegas by RV

RV travelers flock to Las Vegas year-round—for the gaming, for the shows and for the 24-hour glitter this desert gem displays like no place else. But there are three more important reasons to consider visiting Vegas by RV, and we’ve gathered them here just for you.

Reason #1: Las Vegas RV Parks—Luxury and Convenience

Anyone’s who’s visited Vegas knows the hotels, casinos and entertainment venues there are focused on delivering a first-class customer experience. But did you know the RV parks in Las Vegas also offer an impressive array of amenities?

Here are just a few examples of the lengths to which Vegas RV park owners go to make their visitors comfortable:

  • Oasis RV Resort, just south of the Las Vegas Strip, not only keeps RVers close to the action, it also offers two lagoon-style pools, grass putting greens, 24-hour check-in, Wi-Fi service and gated security in a Casablanca-themed setting.
  • Arizona Charlie’s-Boulder offers the chance to camp away from the crowds but still enjoy the excitement of Vegas gaming. This hotel/casino/RV park complex is about ten miles off the Strip on Boulder Highway and features a clubhouse, fitness and laundry facilities, four on-site restaurants and plenty of casino action steps from your campsite.
  • Las Vegas KOA at Sam’s Town puts RV travelers in the heart of an amazing range of entertainment possibilities. From the one-hundred-thousand-plus square feet casino to a theater complex, bowling alley, wide range of eateries and an RV park complete with dog parks, swimming pools, Wi-Fi and all the amenities Las Vegas RV campers have come to expect, you’ll find it all out at Sam’s Town on the ‘Boulder Strip’. 

These are just a few examples of the ways RV resorts in Las Vegas cater to RV travelers. Here’s a link to help you find the Las Vegas RV park that fits your vacation style.

Reason #2: Las Vegas RV Park Affordability

Another big plus while camping by RV in Vegas is the surprising affordability of campsites close to major attractions, especially in ‘off-season’. You won’t, of course, enjoy the extreme frugality of state park camping while staying near the Strip, but Vegas campgrounds almost always have some sort of special rate offer available, so be sure to ask when making your reservations.

You can also save big while camping in Las Vegas by taking advantage of your well-equipped RV kitchen to prepare some of your meals, saving your vacation dollars for special meals out. Combined with affordable laundry facilities, on-site Wi-Fi and phone connections, shuttle service to the Strip and special entertainment and gaming offers for campers, you can save big while staying and playing in Vegas.

Reason #3: Easy Access to Attractions Outside Las Vegas

If you’re driving by RV to Las Vegas, you’ve got a built-in way to reach attractions beyond the city. Whether you’re getting around with your towed vehicle or using your RV to visit sites like Hoover Dam, Lake Mead

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Lake Mead

or Valley of Fire State Park, having the freedom to travel when and where you please (and not having to depend on tour or shuttle schedules) is one more plus for Vegas RV travel.

There’s so much more to see, do and experience near Las Vegas than just the casinos and shows (as exciting as those are!) Immerse yourself in the red rock beauty and magnificent waterways that surround this desert oasis. Your RV is your ticket to travel wherever you’d like, right? Take full advantage of having Las Vegas as your starting point for a true outdoor adventure.

If you’ve wondered whether RV travel to Las Vegas is right for you, use these tips to jump start your imagination. Whether renting an RV or planning your next trip in your own vacation home on wheels, camping while in Las Vegas just makes sense. Enjoy the amenities and affordability of Las Vegas RV resorts and be sure to round out your trip by visiting the natural wonders close by. You’ll be so glad you did!

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Celebrate National Parks Week with an RV Camping Trip!

With America’s National Parks Week just around the corner, it’s time for RV camping fans to start planning for national park camping. For one hundred years, the National Park Service has managed our country’s most beautiful destinations. In honor of their centennial, from April 16-24, 2016 they’re waiving entrance fees for all national park visitors.

With more than four hundred destinations to choose from, finding the perfect national park for your April camping adventure might seem difficult. Never fear! We’ve gathered tools to help our readers locate national park campsites and attractions from Acadia NP in coastal Maine to California’s Joshua Tree National Park. Ready to plan?

How to Pick Your Next National Park Camping Destination

One of the things we like best about America’s National Park Service is their visitor-friendly attitude. Since 1916, they’ve been refining their outreach to national park visitors to make it easy for anyone to access information on NPS-managed locations.

Finding a park that suits your interests, travel schedule and camping style is simple, with several ways to search and access national park information. The first is through the FindYourPark.com website, a community-engagement resource where national park fans can share information, search for national park locations and learn about ways the NPS connects with communities.

National Park Service

National Park Service

Another excellent resource for national park RV campers is the National Park Service  website itself. You can search for NPS-managed locations, including national parks, heritage areas, historic sites and monuments, state by state, by using their easy-to-understand search tools. Once you’ve located one or more possible National Parks Week camping destinations, click on each park’s link to access information such as driving directions, things to do, places to see and campground amenities.

What to Expect RV Camping at a National Park

Never camped at a national park campground and wondering what to expect? National Park Service campgrounds run the gamut from no-hookups ‘dispersed camping’ to full-hookups, amenity-rich developed campsites. One note for those who plan to camp during National Parks Week—entrance fees are waived, but campground fees will still apply.

Here are some examples of national park campgrounds, to give you an idea of the range of amenities.

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area, that water sports wonderland on the Arizona/Nevada border, offers both developed campgrounds run by concessionaires and NPS-run campgrounds with water and dump stations but no hook-ups.
  • The campgrounds at Everglades National Park also offer a range of possibilities, from sites with electric hook-ups only on Florida Bay to ‘dry camping’ sites in a pine forest.
  • Yosemite National Park’s ten campgrounds are located amidst magnificent scenery, but plan ahead because hook-ups aren’t part of the camping amenities.
  • Maine’s vast and scenic Acadia National Park gives RV campers the choice of primitive campsites, electric sites and electric/water sites.
  • The large campground at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park is a beautiful spot without RV hookups but with easy access to the cave’s entrance and miles of above-ground hiking trails.

Ready to Go National Park Camping?

Keep in mind, no matter where you camp in America’s national parks, you can expect scenic wonders, outdoor adventures and interesting people you might never have met otherwise. Don’t those all sound like fantastic reasons to go RV camping during National Parks Week?

One more tool  for planning to camp in your RV at a national park—Recreation.gov offers a wealth of ideas and information on national park vacations, and for those campgrounds that allow reservations, this is the place to reserve your campsites before you go.

Let’s celebrate our country’s National Park Centennial by doing what we love best—camping in a motorhome or trailer.  And be sure to let us know about your national park camping experience in the Comments Section below!

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Five Day Trips for Las Vegas RV Travelers

You already know when you come RV camping to Las Vegas that you’ll find the casinos, the shows and the architecture like nowhere else in America. Easy access to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam make those two wonders natural side trips while visiting, as well.

But did you know this desert city is surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness, just waiting to be explored? If you’ve never seen Vegas beyond the lights, it’s time to find the best spots to hike, bike and  photograph just a short drive from the city limits.

Las Vegas Day Trip #1: Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Don’t miss the stunning red rock formations in this enormous park just west of Lake Mead and an hour northeast of Las Vegas on I-15. Stop by the visitor center first to get a feel for just how special Valley of Fire State Park really is, then choose a trail or scenic drive and get closer.

The stunning beauty of gigantic shapes formed by wind and water will capture the attention of everyone in your group. From Mouse’s Tank to the White Domes and Elephant Rock, there’s a trail that will get you there, if you’re willing to venture off the road. There’s even a full-service campground on-site, if you decide to stay another day in the Valley of Fire. 

Las Vegas Day Trip #2: Mt Charleston (Spring Mountains National Recreation Area)

About an hour northwest of Las Vegas, with a scenic drive across Red Rock Canyon, RV travelers will find Mt Charleston, the highest point in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The mountains rise up from the Mojave and offer a startling contrast to surrounding desert life.

A nicely-planned visitor gateway informs and educates about the wildlife, waterways and geological formations you’ll encounter. Hike through pine forests for views that encompass three states. Take a rocky, streamside trail on a mountain bike. Follow a scenic drive through canyons and forests, in the shadow of limestone bluffs. There are campgrounds, as well, for those who choose to stay outside Vegas an extra day. 

Las Vegas Day Trip #3: Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

Imagine this: peace and quiet just a short drive south of Vegas, in the form of a pristine wilderness area. Sloan Canyon is an undeveloped dream of a place, where hikers can set out in search of mountain trails, desert flora and fauna and hundreds of petroglyphs waiting to be photographed.

Access the trails from the north by way of the Anthem trailhead in Henderson, NV. Bring what you need! This will be an authentic high desert, wilderness experience.

Las Vegas Day Trip #4: Lake Mead

It’s a quick forty minute drive southeast from Vegas to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming and taking scenic drives are just a few of the ways to spend a day trip.

The redrock landscape surrounding this waterway on the Arizona/Nevada border is full of secret canyons, rocky trails and Mojave Desert wildlife. Take the bikes along and follow marked trails past windy coves and wilderness landscapes. Drive a scenic loop along some of the lake’s more than eight hundred miles of shoreline. Or put on those hiking boots you’ve meant to use and discover why Lake Mead draws visitors year-round.

And when it’s time to rest, the lake itself beckons paddlers and boaters to explore the bright blue waters set against a brilliant landscape. It’s like no other lake you’ll visit on your US RV travels. 

Las Vegas Day Trip #5: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Those brilliant red cliffs you can see from your Las Vegas campground are waiting to be explored! Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, less than an hour west of the city, offers dozens of trails, excellent wildlife watching and a blazing palette of colors for photographers.

Follow trails through sandstone canyons, along the base of towering cliffs and through diverse landscapes teeming with plant and wildlife. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, fossils, petroglyphs and hidden pools. With so many trails to choose from, you may decide to plan several day trips to Red Rock Canyon, with Vegas as an easy base camp.

An RV camping trip to Las Vegas offers gaming, entertainment, fine dining and an amazing range of outdoor adventures. Book your Vegas RV rental now and start making plans to discover a different side of Vegas on your next vacation.

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Are You Camping at Burning Man 2015?

Seventy thousand people in the Black Rock Desert of Northwestern Nevada—that’s one way to describe the annual celebration of art and community known as Burning Man. You could also say this gathering that culminates every Labor Day Weekend is a festival of self-expression and self-reliance. The many facets of Burning Man are there to explore for anyone with a ticket and a vehicle pass, and RV and tent camping are the usual ways to attend.

If you’ve never investigated the Burning Man phenomenon, having a few basic facts can help start your journey.

  • When: August 30 to September 7, 2015
  • Where: One hundred twenty miles northeast of Reno, NV on the ‘playa’ in the Black Rock Desert.
  • Where to Buy Tickets: Tickets have been on sale since February, but never fear. You can still find tickets on the Secure Ticket Exchange Program from folks who purchased tickets and can’t attend. Another way to secure a late ticket is to register for the OMG ticket sale that will take place August 5, 2015. You’ll start by creating a Burner Profile. One thousand tickets are sold on August 5 on a first come, first served basis. Each Burner can purchase two tickets and one vehicle pass as available.
  • How Much Does it Cost? Tickets are $390 each (good for the entire week) and each vehicle requires a $50 pass. Tip: To save vehicle pass costs and travel expense, share the costs of renting an RV with another couple or a group of friends.

What should you expect at Burning Man? That’s a big question! You can expect to not see any type of advertising or commercial enterprises. You will see people gathered in camping groups, sharing facilities, food and tasks. Visually stunning, Burning Man is filled with tens of thousands of costumed participants, epic outdoor art forms and bicycles, bicycles, bicycles (the best mode of transportation.) From the ‘big burns’ where spectacular art installations go up in flames to the comradery and communal strength of the ‘City’, there’s something remarkable about being there.

What will be unforgettable for most campers at Burning Man will be the construction of ‘Black Rock City’ in the middle of the desert, complete with streets and medical facilities. That same temporary city is completely removed from the playa (including outdoor art) when Burning Man is over, following the festival’s core value of ‘Leave No Trace.’

If this sound like the place for you to be this Labor Day Weekend, take steps now:

  1. Set up a Burner Profile so you’ll be in line for OMG tickets
  2. Check out the STEP ticket exchange, too
  3. Rent your RV now if you don’t own one, or pack up your tent gear
  4. Start packing for life in Black Rock City—costumes, hot weather clothes and supplies, bicycles. Here’s a list of Black Rock City essentials.
  5. Launch your 2015 journey to Burning Man!

Attending Burning Man is unlike any camping experience you’ll ever have. It’s sharing a week in the desert with thousands of free thinking, art and nature loving temporary citizens of Black Rock City, creating art and community.

Are you RV or tent camping at Burning Man 2015? There’s still time to make it happen!

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Winter RV Holiday Getaways

Have you ever dreamed of saying, “we’ll be away for the holidays,” but haven’t managed to make that happen? RV travel offers real value for families hoping to hit the road for the holidays.

We’re always looking for ways to help our readers plan the perfect vacations, and this holiday season is no exception. Here are five memorable ways to enjoy the winter holidays even more, thanks to the convenience of RV camping.

Amelia Island Florida

Amelia Island Florida

Winter RV Camping Getaway #1 – Amelia Island, Florida

An RV trip to the northeast coast of Florida should always include a stop at Amelia Island. This gem shines with historical and architectural charm, thanks to spots like Fernandina Beach, where entire blocks are on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll also want to tour Fort Clinch, where the battle over ownership has been waged for more than four hundred years. Beautiful winter weather means highs in the sixties and lows in the upper forties; the perfect holiday RV getaway for snowbound families!

Winter RV Camping Getaway #2 – Boulder City, Nevada

There’s an RV camping haven just thirty miles south of Las Vegas that’s a fantastic family-oriented destination. Boulder City, Nevada is not only the gateway to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, it’s also a winter wonderland of wildlife viewing, outdoor recreation and historical sites. Take the kids to the city’s Hemenway Valley Park to watch the bighorn sheep graze around the playground equipment! By all means visit Lake Mead and Hoover Dam—they’re both unforgettable—and while you’re there, hike the 3.7 mile Railroad Tunnel Trail, carved through solid rock for the railroad to use to build the Dam.

Winter RV Camping Getaway #3 – Port St Lucie, Florida

Love to paddle a scenic river trail one vacation day and play on a white sand beach the next? Port St Lucie is the place for you to get away for the winter holidays. The Indian and St. Lucie Rivers that run through this scenic southeast Florida city offer hiking, paddling and fishing opportunities to die for. You’ll also be within easy reach of Florida’s Treasure Coast, where spectacular beaches await.

Winter RV Camping Getaway #4 – Newport Beach, California

Winter break is the best time of all to hit the beach, and Newport Beach, California is a beach lover’s paradise. Park the RV at one of the many scenic campgrounds in the area and then soak up the sun on beaches like Corona del Mar State Beach and Crystal Cove State Park. Don’t miss the winter grey whale watching excursions and book your campground reservation in time to see the city’s annual five-day Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

Winter RV Camping Getaway #5 – Fountain Hills, Arizona

Want to camp where there’s scenic beauty all around, but big city attractions close by? Fountain Hills, Arizona, thirty quick minutes east of Scottsdale, is your perfect winter holiday location. Next door to McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s miles and miles of hiking and biking trails, this desert town will charm your family into coming back year after year. Hit the shops in Scottsdale, explore the attractions of Phoenix and then get out into the Sonoran Desert for hours of outdoor recreation. Have a golfer in the family? One more reason to stay in Fountain Hills! The Sonoran Desert Golf Trail will lead your golf enthusiast to some of the best public courses in the country.

Ready yet to plan this year’s winter holiday RV trip? We’re here to help! Let us book your RV rental and offer plenty of information on local attractions. This is the year to make your family’s best-ever holiday vacation memories.

Photo Credits: Amelia Island FL by Michael Kappel;
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Travel over the High Sierra from San Francisco to Reno in an RV

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

Begin a real RV adventure from the west coast of California and travel into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to experience some beauty and history like you wouldn’t believe. Starting out in San Francisco, you will take Interstate 80 all the way. But before embarking on your journey, be sure to enjoy the City by the Bay to the max. You can visit the zoo, wander the Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and attend a symphony in the evening.

One of the best ways to see all San Francisco has to offer is to take the historic Barbary Coast Trail. This walking tour will bring you to all of the city’s most famous sights, including Fisherman’s Wharf, Telegraph Hill, Union Square, Chinatown and much more. You will also get to see the Coit Tower and Ghirardelli Square, where you can buy exquisite chocolates.

California's State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA

California’s State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA

Okay, ready or not, we begin our trip. Drive to Sacramento, our wonderful California State Capital. A tour is in order before you browse the shops, eat in a fine restaurant or view Gold Rush attractions. Don’t miss Old Town, where history prevails and friendly people wander happily taking it all in.

While in Sacramento, stop at the Sacramento Zoo, a great place to take the kids but a wonderful experience for adults too! All sorts of animals, reptiles and birds! Certainly you will have fun watching the giraffes watching you. Another treat is to see the new Sumatran tiger cub that was just born in March. You will only see this baby if you are here in June, though. But the recently born Wolf’s Guenon is on exhibit now with its mom and dad.

Now head into the foothills and make your next stop Auburn, California. This is one place you won’t want to miss on your trip over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A true Gold Rush town, Auburn offers an intriguing Saturday morning Farmer’s Market where you can stock up on some fresh fruits and veggies. Camp out at the Auburn Gold Country RV Park. The air is fresh in this foothills town and there is a lot to see. You simply must drive over the Foresthill Bridge on the east side of town. This is reportedly the tallest bridge in California. See wonderful views of the American River.

Now as you head east on Interstate 80, you will go higher and higher into the Sierra Nevada, overcome with the spectacular views as you go over Donner Pass. Then you will come to Donner Memorial State Park. Stop here and have a picnic by the lake, and bask in the sunshine while you watch the boats and water skiers. Check out the museum for some fascinating historical facts about this region.

Reno, Nevada

Reno, Nevada

Finally you will reach exciting Reno, with its amazing nightlife, entertainment and gambling. Festivals happen all during the year and you are bound to find one going when you arrive. Even if you don’t, there is plenty to do to keep you busy. What a great trip! San Francisco to Reno! You’ll have to do it again sometime.

Picture credits: the picture of San Francisco is from the Wikimedia Commons. The picture of California’s State Capitol Building is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. It is in the public domain. The picture of the Reno sign is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is in the public domain.
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Find Adventure in an RV Vacation to Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Picture of Lake Mead from the Hoover Dam

Picture of Lake Mead from the Hoover Dam

A vacation in an RV offers such great opportunities for families to enjoy the sights and activities at any destination. Nevada and its mountains, vast plateaus and dry desert basins are one getaway destination that many head to so they can enjoy some outdoor fun and a little adventure.

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area has been the favorite of travelers for many years. With recreational opportunities abundant, outdoor lovers always find time to make their way to this region. No matter your preference, whether it is fishing, boating, hiking or sightseeing, Lake Mead National Recreation Area has it all. It is open all year through, every day, all day.

Scenic driving around Lake Mead couldn’t be better. There are several roads that take you places most tourists never discover. Lakeshore Scenic Drive is an 11-mile drive with incredible views, inviting you to break out your camera equipment and start shooting. Stop at the scenic viewpoints to absorb the best this recreation area has to offer. Another popular drive is Northshore Road which gives you the chance to enjoy the bright colors of the rock formations. Before embarking, however, always check road conditions.

There is no shortage of RV campgrounds around Lake Mead. Each provides plenty of amenities for RV campers. Boulder Beach Campground is a great place to camp and you are right close to a boat launch so you can get your boat into the water. You are able to step right outside your door and begin your explorations for the day.

Fishing at Lake Mead provides a catch that you may not be able to find elsewhere. Of course, trout is popular, but you may also hook a green sunfish, largemouth bass or blue gill. Some of these you will find more prevalent in the upper arm of the lake. Don’t forget to get your fishing license for the state you are in, Nevada or Arizona.

Lake Mead Marina is the perfect place to launch your boat, or rent one if you didn’t bring your own. Maybe you would like to rent a fishing boat to get out on the lake and try your luck. You can also find cruises that will take you to Hoover Dam. This is a fun trip and scenic too!

While here, be sure you do make your way to Hoover Dam, preferably driving there. The dam is open all year. Tours are available and you wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunity to see the workings of this engineering marvel. This is what created Lake Mead and made all this fun possible!

Take your time to enjoy all the sights and sounds of Lake Mead Recreation Area. There is no place quite like it anywhere else. Go hiking, watch the wildlife and breathe air that is fresh and clear and healthy. This is bound to be one of the best vacations ever, and a convenient one, too, when you take an RV.

Picture credits: The picture of Lake Mead is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
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New RV Rental Location in Las Vegas, Nevada

El Monte RV is pleased to announce that we have opened a new RV rental location in Las Vegas, NV. This brings to two the number of RV Rental Locations that El Monte RV has in the Las Vegas area to better serve your motorhome rental needs. The two locations are:

El Monte RV Rentals & Sales (the new location)
3800 Boulder Hwy
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Phone: (702)269-8000
Toll Free: (888) 337-2214

El Monte RV Rentals & Sales
13001 Las Vegas Blvd So
Henderson, NV 89044
Phone: (702)269-0704
Toll Free: (888) 337-2214

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An RV Trip to Lake Tahoe is a Sierra Nevada Adventure

Lake Tahoe from the East Shore

Lake Tahoe from the East Shore

An adventure in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is really fun to plan, particularly when taking an RV trip for your time away from home. Of course, Lake Tahoe is one of the premier destinations in the Sierras, and no matter the time of year, this is the place people go for a wealth of activities and events.

Lake Tahoe is split down the middle by the Nevada and California border, and has two areas to accommodate the traveler. One is the North Lake Tahoe area with all sorts of activities, attractions and events throughout the year. The other is South Lake Tahoe, with outdoor activities galore, such as biking, hiking, boating and more. Play all day and play all night at Tahoe. RV camping is abundant. One place you may like to stay is at the Lake Tahoe KOA, a great home base while you explore the beauty of Lake Tahoe.

On the South shore, you should be sure to stop in to see Vikingsholm, a castle at the head of Emerald Bay. Originally built as a summer home in 1929, it is an architectural beauty. There are plenty of hiking trails here, the favorite being one where you can hike to Lower Eagle Falls. Another South shore attraction is Pope Beach with a mile-long stretch of sand. Perfect for families!

When you want to add a little excitement to your vacation, it is suggested you try a balloon trip. At Balloons Over Lake Tahoe you’ll find a thrilling balloon ride awaits, taking you over the tops of the trees with a bird’s eye view of the lake. Soaring more than 3,000 feet high, you will be overwhelmed with the experience, but at the same time you will be perfectly safe. All the pilots are experienced and certified.

All summer you can experience Valhalla at Lake Tahoe Arts, Theater & Music Festival. Get involved in the arts and enjoy the music in the best setting imaginable. It is held at the Tallac Historic Site, another must-see. You can explore this site and really get the feel of what it was like living in the mountains in the 1900s.

Before leaving the South shore, go to Tahoe Keys Marina for some water fun. You can rent boats or water equipment. Take a private charter or do some sport fishing. The activities are plentiful, like scuba diving, jet skiing, sailing or tubing. The fun never stops. Then head for the North shore for more! Hopefully you arrive while the Lake Tahoe SummerFest is being held. Discover the music, arts and theater celebration that is an eye-opening experience to young and old alike.

Also on the North shore, you will find the Ehrman Mansion where guided tours are captivating. The Gatekeeper’s Cabin Museum is where you really find out all about Tahoe history. There is so much to see and do at Lake Tahoe, but if you are ready to head home, be sure to first stop in Truckee for some shopping, and at Donner Lake for some more boating and perhaps water skiing. This will be the perfect ending to a perfect RV vacation.

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

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A Scenic Journey to Nevada’s Ruby Mountains on an RV Vacation

The Jewel of the Ruby Mountains is a trip not to be missed. Nevada is an enticing spot for an RV vacation, with its glacier-carved canyons, tall peaks and flowered meadows. This scenic journey will start in Elko, Nevada and take you into Lamoille Canyon to your final destination – Road’s End and a picnic to remember.

If coming from the East, you will take Interstate 80 West, through Salt Lake City and to Elko. Stop in Elko, Nevada for a meal in a nice restaurant before beginning your adventure into the wild outdoors. When you begin your RV trip, take Lamoille Highway (Route 227) south, passing through Spring Creek. Before you reach Lamoille, Nevada, you’ll see signs for Lamoille Canyon Recreation Area, and you’ll turn on Forest Service Road 660, which is Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway.

Now you are entering the canyon area of the beautiful Ruby Mountains. You can follow the interpretative signs for your own self-guided tour. The Ruby Mountain Wilderness encompasses more than 90,000 acres and here you’ll find many outdoor activities to keep you and your loved ones busy the whole day through. Don’t fail to stop at the many overlook spots along the route. You’ll marvel at the spectacular views.

Lamoille Canyon contains sights much like Yosemite National Park, with hanging valleys, towering mountain peaks, lakes and meadows. You will no doubt look in awe at Ruby Dome, where climbing and mountaineering are popular. Wildlife consists of mountain lion, elk, bighorn sheep, coyote and mule deer. You can fish the lakes and streams to catch rainbow and brook trout.

Those who love to get out and stretch those driving-weary muscles will enjoy the many trails that take you into the backcountry. You’ll discover your favorite trail among the 100 miles of trails in this region. When far enough along Lamoille Canyon Road, you’ll be in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest with a long list of day hikes to enjoy within the Ruby Mountains Ranger District. Hike part of the Ruby Crest Trail or the whole 40 miles if you feel up to it.

Camping is available, with the Thomas Canyon Campground offering RV camping for vehicles up to 45 feet. Picnic on the natural terraces, fish in Lamoille Creek, and relax in the shade of the cottonwood and aspen. A trail from the campground will take you past a couple of lovely waterfalls and through an alpine meadow.

When you come to Road’s End at the very end of the byway, you can spread a picnic lunch while contemplating all the fun you’ve had so far in the great outdoors. If you head back to State Route 227 and continue south, you’ll come to Lamoille, Nevada, another charming stop to put on your itinerary. As long as you are so close, it is well worth the few extra miles. In the winter this little town is alive with skiers hitting the Ruby Mountain slopes for some fun. In the summer, it’s a great place to visit as a gentle re-entry point to day-to-day life.

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