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7 Beautiful Campgrounds for Your Bucket List

We have looked around the net, read user forums, comments, and reviews in search of best camping sites to go. The following seven parks raise to top among others all around the country.

1. The Grand Canyon is a true bucket list destination. The area’s most accessible campground features tent and RV camping. This is the kind of place you’ll still be talking about months perhaps years later.
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2. Jumbo Rocks Campground is just a short hike from some of the area’s coolest rock formations, located toward the western border of California’s renowned Joshua Tree National Park. Being only about 2 hours away from Los Angeles and with just only first-come-first-served sites you’ll want to arrive early.
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3. At Bartlett Cove Camp in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, you will be camping where a glacier once stood. With endless trails to hike and waterways to kayak this place is a quick reminder of why Alaska still remains as the Final Frontier.
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4. If your bucket list starts with Grand Canyon, it is not complete if it does not include the White River Campground located within Mount Rainier National Park of Washington State. This campground features tranquil campsites around the White River, a glacial river filled with salmon and trout. This site is ideal for fly fishermen and backpackers looking for a picturesque basecamp.
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5. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not a widely known outside Midwest for its top nature sites. Set among deep pine forests along the banks of the Little Beaver Lake campground is a rare beauty within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. For boaters, there’s a boat ramp to launch your watercraft towards adventure, and for land lovers, there are plenty of hiking trails too.
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6. The Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area covers well over 900,000 acres across both Montana and Wyoming, making it near impossible to pick just a single campsite among the endless possibilities sharing the view and the beauty of the surrounding nature. The area offers great hiking trails and alpine lakes nestled between mountain ranges. Just don’t forget to pack the Grizzly-strength bear spray.
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7. Acadia National Park is only one of many beautiful camping areas in Maine. Here you’ll find hiking trails where the hills meet the Ocean, calm seas to canoe, and historic towns to explore. The area is a hallmark of New England and the rest of the northeast cost of the country.
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White Wolf Campground Yosemite

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White Wolf Campground in Yosemite is one of my favorite campsites. It’s high elevation of 8000 feet means it’s only open between July and early September. The opening and closing times vary depending on the weather.

The White Wolf campground is around 30 miles north of Yosemite Village. It has 74 tent sites. The cost per night is $14 with a maximum of six people allowed per site. The campground can accommodate RVs up to 27 feet in length and trailers up to 24 feet. White Wolf frequently offers ranger campfires for kids and families, as well as ranger walks to nearby Indian grinding rocks.

There are two main trails leading from White Wolf to nearby lakes. One trail leads East over 4 miles to Lukens in his late. Another trail is approximately 5 miles long leading to Harden lake. There is also a trail that goes to the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne to the north which can reach in excess of 30 miles in length.

To get to White Wolf from Yosemite Village it’s about a 1 hour drive. To get there you turn on to big oak flat road and drive 9 miles until you reach the intersection of Tioga Pass Road which is also California Highway 120. Take Tioga Pass Road for approximately 14 miles and turn left onto the White Wolf campground access road. The campsite is 1 mile down.

The black bears have been very active at White Wolf in the past. I’ve sighted bears around camp numerous times. So if the thought of bears lurking around makes you squeamish, this may not be the place or you. With that said it is an exhilarating experience to be up close with wild bears.

Map of White Wolf Campground
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White Wolf Campground
Number of Campsites 74
Location: Off of Tioga Pass Road 1 hour to the North of Yosemite Valley
Elevation: 8000 ft.
Max People Per Site: 6
Facilities: Fire ring, picnic table, and bear locker
Bathrooms: Yes with flush toilets
Potable water: Yes
Dump station: No, nearest is at Tuolumne Meadows or Yosemite Valley
Grocery Store: Yes
Showers: No
Pets: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Call
Trailers and RV’s: RV’s up to 27 ft, trailers up to 24 ft
Open: Approx July through Early Sept (varies by weather)
Reservations: No
Cost: $14 a night

 

  • Take a hike to Lukens Lake – Trail is 4.6 miles round trip from White Wolf Lodge round trip. Trail difficulty 4/10. Time needed – 2-3 hours.
  • Take a hike to Harden Lake – Trail is approx 5.8 miles round trip and begins from White Wolf Lodge. Trail difficulty is moderate and is rated at 4/10. Time needed – 2-4 hours.

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Bridalveil Creek Campground Yosemite

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Bridalveil Creek Campground in Yosemite is located in a wooded area along the Bridalveil Creek. The campground itself accommodates 110 tent campsites, as well as three horse sites and two group sites. One of the main draws to the Bridalveil Creek Campground is its location to several excellent trails, as well as its closeness to the glacier point overlook.

One of the closest trails is the McGurk Meadow Trail. The trail begins a quarter of a mile west from the campground turnoff. It is an easy hike of approximately 2 miles that leads to an old log cabin belonging to one of the original pioneers.

The Meadow itself is beautiful and often covered in dozens of varieties of wild flowers. If you visit in June or July you’re likely to see a lush green meadow with tons of flowers. The hike itself should only take you 30 to 60 minutes.

Another popular hiking trip from Bridalveil Creek is Ostrander Lake Trail. This trail is approximately 12.7 miles round trip. The the trail begins approximately 1 1/2 miles east of the Campground. It leads to an alpine Lake with views of the Yosemite Valley Mountains.

Glacier point is about 6 miles north east of Bridalveil Creek Campground and is an excellent place to take in the beautiful views of Yosemite. From the Outlook you can see a panoramic view of many of Yosemite’s domes and a view of Yosemite Valley.

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Bridalveil Creek Campground
Number of Campsites: 110 tent, 2 group, and 3 horse sites
Location: From Wawona Road (Highway 41) drive approx 8 miles east on Glacier Point Road. It is about a 45 minute drive going south from Yosemite Valley
Elevation: 7200 ft
Max People Per Site: 6
Facilities: Picnic table, fire ring, and bear locker
Bathrooms: Yes
Potable Water Yes
Dump station: No, Nearest are in Wawona or Yosemite Valley
Grocery Store: No, Nearest are in Wawona or Yosemite Valley
Showers: No
Pets: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Call
Trailers and RV’s: Up to 35 ft
Open: July through early September (approx)
Reservations: No, site available first come, first served
Cost: $14 a night for tent, $25 horse, and $40 for group
Phone: 877/444-6777

 

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Bear River Campgrounds in Colfax CA

The Bear River Campgrounds is located in Colfax California and is a great place to go gold panning, hiking, swimming, fishing, whitewater paddling and hiking.

Location: 2500 Campground Rd. Colfax, California 95713
Contact Info: 530-346-8891

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Directions: Exit West Weimar Crossroads from Interstate 80 and drive north 1 1/2 miles. Then turn right on Placer Hills Road to Plum Tree Road 2 1/2 miles. Turn left on Plum Tree Road and follow it until you reach the Bear River Campground.

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