Winner of the El Monte RV Summer 2012 Photo Contest

We ran a photo contest from June through August. People voted for their favorite pictures on our Facebook account by liking their favorite pictures. This week we declared our winner!

1st Place Photo

Cows in a Pasture in New Jersery

A cow pasture in Bedminister, New Jersey on Interstate 78

Second Place Photo

Picture of a Motorhome in Monument Valley

Monument Valley

Third Place Photo

Two Girls Jumping in a Field in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

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Travels with Casey (the Dog)

Picture of Benoit Denizet-Lewis with His Dog in an El Monte RV

Benoit Denizet-Lewis and His Dog – We Typically Don’t Recommend Letting the Dog Drive…

Benoit Denizet-Lewis, a writer with The New York Times Magazine, is traveling around the country for four months in an El Monte RV with his dog, Casey, for a book he’s researching about dogs in America. He’s driving some 15,000 miles and meeting interesting dogs and dog people in some 35 states, including sled dogs, bomb-sniffing dogs, shelter dogs, famous dogs, a pet psychic, a man who raises wolves in his backyard, a dog-catcher who won the lottery, and dog-loving RVers.

We encourage you to follow Benoit and Casey’s journey at Travels With Casey, and be sure to let him know if you know of any great dogs—or great dog people—he should meet on his voyage.

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Ten Places RV Travelers Like in Salt Lake City

  1. Antelope Island State Park, located on the Great Salt Lake, is beloved by RV campers for its sandy beaches, salt water swimming, wildlife viewing and excellent hiking trails. Dry camping at the island’s campsites allows you a ringside seat to watch for bison and antelope.
  2. Heber Valley Railroad, about an hour south in Heber City, skirts scenic Deer Creek Reservoir and offers a day of fun for RV campers. Take advantage of activity packages for adventures such as “ride and raft”, the zip line adventure, “reins and trains” and whole host of other possibilities for outdoor fun.
  3. Jordanelle State Park – An excellent place to camp, fish or hike less than an hour from Salt Lake City. Bring the boat to this bright blue lake near Heber, UT. Surrounded by the Wasatch Range, it’s the perfect place to spend an extended outdoor vacation.
  4. A visit to Park City Utah will remind you why the Olympics were once held here! Miles of biking and hiking trails, an ice center, golf courses and just about any kind of outdoor activity you desire can be found in Park City.
  5. Rockport State Park – A quick forty-five minute drive from Salt Lake City on I-80 and you’re in angler’s heaven! Fish for bass and rainbow trout and take advantage of comfortable camping at Juniper Campground.
  6. Southern Utah National Parks! When you go RV camping in Salt Lake City, don’t miss the chance to visit Southern Utah’s outstanding national parks. A half day’s drive from SLC, you’ll find Capitol Reef National Park, where scenery, outdoor recreation and historic sites are more than worth the drive. Close by you’ll also find Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, where hundreds of miles of turquoise blue water winds through rocky canyons and invites visitors to boat, fish and explore. Two more extraordinary national parks are well within easy driving range of Salt Lake City. Canyonlands National Park offers not only breathtaking redrock canyon scenery, but also the Green and Colorado Rivers for rafting, fishing and riverside trail hiking. Arches National Park near Moab, UT will have your camera shutters clicking as you hike and drive a landscape that reveals two thousand sandstone arches.
  7. Temple Square – RV travelers will definitely want to spend a day at Temple Square, where the world headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is located. The magnificent Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle, the historic Beehive House and a whole host of other significant structures are open for guided tours.
  8. This is the Place Heritage Farm is the perfect place to take the kids on your Salt Lake City RV camping trip. Watch demonstrations and join in as farm chores are done. Tour Heritage Village and Native American Village for an excellent view of early Utah history.
  9. Utah Governor’s Mansion, located in Salt Lake City, is an exquisite example of turn-of-the-century architecture. Learn how the people of Utah and some world-class restoration experts brought this beautiful home back to life after a major fire in 1993.
  10. Wendover, UT on the Nevada border is home to several exciting casinos. One hour west of Salt Lake City you’ll find the Wendover Nugget Casino and the Wendover Resorts, including the Peppermill, Rainbow and Montego Bay Hotels and Casinos.
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How About Traveling by RV to Help with Dietary Restrictions?

It turns out that traveling by RV can be a great way to go for people with dietary restrictions. Not only does your hotel (the RV) go with you, but a kitchen comes along for the ride where you can cook your own meals that meet your dietary needs.

Check out our the new page on this on the El Monte RV Rentals website: Dietary Restrictions.

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Summer RV Availability Getting Scarce

We are barely into the summer season and already we are close to being fully booked for many locations in many sizes at El Monte RV. We guess people have come to realize that in these tough economic times an RV vacation is a very fun and inexpensive alternative to the traditional vacation.

As we stand right now, July is almost fully reserved. However, there is still some availability for August – but it is going fast…

If you are also planning an RV vacation adventure you had better book soon. We anticipate being fully rented out through Labor Day within the next couple of weeks.

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You Can Even RV to PGA Tournaments

Yes, among the many events that you can RV to, PGA tour events would be included. Check out these posts from golf writer Jack McCallum who rented a Class A motor home from El Monte RV to attend the U.S. Open in Bethpage, New York. See:

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