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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.

Elkhart Co. 4-H & Agriculture Exposition, Inc.
(574) 533-3247
Goshen, IN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables

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Eby's Pines RV Park & Campground
(574) 848-4583
Bristol, IN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, River Fishing, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Shipshewana Campground-South
(260) 768-4669
Shipshewana, IN
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Shipshewana Campground-North
(260) 768-7770
Shipshewana, IN
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 30-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Elkhart Co/Middlebury Exit KOA
(800) 421-7116, (574) 825-5932
52867 State Road 13
Middlebury, IN
Campground Availability
105 Total Camp/RV Sites, 105 Electric and Water, 42 Full Hookups, 80 Max RV Length, 47 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cabin Rentals,

Elkhart County, Middlebury Exit KOA
(800) 562-5892
Middlebury, IN
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Elkhart Campground*
(574) 264-2914
25608 CR 4 E
Elkhart, IN
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 01
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Shipshewana Trading Place RV Park
(260) 768-4129
Shipshewana, IN
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Nov
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Pets OK

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Elkhart County 4H Fair
(800) 421-7116, (219) 533-3247
17746 CR 34
Goshen, IN
Campground Availability
220 Total Camp/RV Sites, 56 30 Amp Service, 94 50 Amp Service, 220 Electric and Water, 170 Full Hookups, 70 Max RV Length, 100 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Dump Station, Group Area, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Internet Access at Specific Locations in Park, WiFi,

Eby''s Pines Campground
(800) 421-7116, (574) 848-4583
14583 State Road 120
Bristol, IN
Campground Availability
330 Total Camp/RV Sites, 30 20 Amp Service, 230 30 Amp Service, 30 50 Amp Service, 330 Electric and Water, 35 Full Hookups, 30 Group Sites, 42 Max RV Length, 15 No Hookups, 50 Pull-Thru Sites, 100 Seasonal, 50 Sideouts, 50 Tent Sites,
Services
Cabin Rentals,
Recreation
Arcade/Game room, Biking Trails, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Nature Trails, Playground, 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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