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National Parks Glastonbury CT

Far from being the desolate wastelands many imagine as they speed through them on the Interstate going to somewhere else, America’s deserts are thriving ecological communities.

Nelson's Family Campground
(860) 267-5300
East Hampton, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Devil's Hopyard State Park
(860) 526-2336
East Haddam, CT
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Memorial Day Weekend
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Stream Fishing, Horseshoes, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Camp Niantic-By-The-Atlantic
(800) 421-7116, 045-2121, (860) 739-9308
271 West Main Street
Manchester, CT
Campground Availability
135 Total Camp/RV Sites, 135 Electric and Water, 40 Max RV Length, 75 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake,

Markham Meadows Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 267-9738
7 Markham Road
East Hampton, CT
Campground Availability
105 Total Camp/RV Sites, 105 Electric and Water, 113 Electric Only, 45 Full Hookups, 36 Max RV Length, 2 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake,

GrandView Camp Resort
(800) 421-7116, 860-873-3332
89 North Moodus Road
Moodus, CT
Campground Availability
50 Total Camp/RV Sites, 50 Electric and Water,

Water's Edge Campground
(860) 642-7470
Lebanon, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Wolf's Den Family Campground
(860) 873-9681
East Haddam, CT
Campground Availability
First weekend in May thru Last weekend in Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Nelson''s Family Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 267-5300
71 Mott Hill Road
E. Hampton, CT
Campground Availability
324 Total Camp/RV Sites, 200 30 Amp Service, 100 50 Amp Service, 324 Electric and Water, 317 Electric Only, 42 Max RV Length, 3 Total Rental Units, 200 Seasonal,
Services
Cable TV, Dump Station, Firewood, Ice, Charge for Internet Access, Laundry, Pavilion, Pets Welcome, Propane, RV Service/Repair, Showers, Snack Bar, Store,
Recreation
Basket Ball, Fishing, Horse Shoes, Mini Golf, Pedal Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Playground, Recreation Hall, Sports Field, Swimming Pool, Swimming - Lake, Theme Weekends, recreation huts,

Del-Aire Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 875-8325
704 Shenipsit Lake Road
Tolland, CT
Campground Availability
122 Total Camp/RV Sites, 122 Electric and Water, 90 Full Hookups, 3 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake, Swimming Pool,

Little City Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 345-4886
741 Little City Road
Higganum, CT
Campground Availability
50 Total Camp/RV Sites, 50 Electric and Water,
Services
Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake, Swimming Pool,

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Traveling the American Deserts

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February 9, 2010 by Camping Life Magazine ·  

Far from being the desolate wastelands many imagine as they speed through them on the Interstate going to somewhere else, America’s deserts are thriving ecological communities.

Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine , Written by Stuart Bourdon.

Tumble weeds and blowing sand. That’s the image most often used to portray the American deserts, but the truth is these arid ecosystems offer a diverse plant and animal life, intriguing geological formations, starkly dramatic scenery, and fascinating history lessons. Best of all, the winter and spring are perfect seasons to visit.

Four distinct desert biomes, each with its own unique ecosystem, exist either entirely or partially in the United States: the Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan. Because of its elevation (largely above 4000 feet) and northerly latitudes, much of the Great Basin region can be darn cold in the winter months, so for this story, we’ll stick primarily to the generally lower, more southerly and warmer climes of the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts.

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Three of the prominent desert ecosystems—Great Basin, Mojave and Sonoran—converge near Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Covering 2000 square miles, Lake Mead NRA offers year-round camping, but watersports is what the place is all about. Bring your boat. If you don’t have one, rent one, you’ll want one here. Eight campgrounds exist in Lake Mead NRA. Most convenient: Boulder Beach, it’s close to town (Boulder City, Nevada) for groceries, near Hoover Dam, yet on the water and far enough away to be quiet. Really want to get out there? Go to Temple Bar, it’s where Mead begins to meet the Grand Canyon. Our favorites: Valley of Fire State Park an hour north of Vegas with quiet red rock scenery and the lake 25 miles away, or Echo Bay right on the lake with full amenities and a marina.

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Mojave Desert

Mojave Desert

One of our all-time favorite Mojave Desert hangouts is Death Valley National Park, because aside from taking in the remarkable scenery, you can say you have been to the lowest point—282 feet below sea level at Badwater—in the Western Hemisphere. Before the National Park Service, Death Valley was, well, deadly, with almost no water and temperatures that exceed 130 degrees F during the summer. This Mojave biome locale is less forbidding today, and can be quite nice in the cooler months.

Stay at Stove Pipe Wells, it has everything, when you want to be pampered. Check out the colorful and bizarre geology of the valley at Artists Palette and Devil’s Golf Course, see Ubehebe Crater, and visit the numerous mines and borax works. If your rig is under 25-feet long, explore Emigrant Canyon Road; then camp at Wildrose if you want to get away and weather permits. If you have a good four-wheel-drive vehicle, a full tank of gas and gallons of extra water, visit the Racetrack, a normally dry lakebed where when the conditions are just right, rocks ...

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