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National Parks Marion IA

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.

Morgan Creek Campground (Linn County Park)
(319) 892-3505
Cedar Rapids, IA
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Pleasant Creek SRA
(319) 436-7716
Palo, IA
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Lazy Acres RV Park*
(319) 443-4000
5486 32 nd Ave
Center Point, IA
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Oct 30
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, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Wapsipinicon SP
(319) 462-2761
Anamosa, IA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Stream Fishing, Playground, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Massey Marina (Dubuque County Park)
(563) 556-6745
Dubuque, IA
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Stream Fishing, Playground

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Pinicon Ridge Flying Squirrel Campground (Linn county Park)
(319) 892-6450
Central City, IA
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Non Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Boating, Float Trips, Canoeing, River Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Palisades-Kepler SP
(319) 895-6039
Mount Vernon, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Boating, River Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Lake Macbride SP
(319) 624-2200
Solon, IA
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Sandy Beach (COE - Coralville Lake)
(319) 338-3543
Shueyville, IA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 29-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground

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The Grotto of the Redemption RV Park
(800) 868-3641
West Bend, IA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Playground, Basketball, Sports Field, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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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.

START BIG

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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