I landed in Cal Nev Ari, between Vegas and Laughlin. It snowed all day New Year’s Eve, but sunny and melting on New Year’s day. Didn’t want to boondock at the lake or in a casino parking lot in a below freezing snow storm. It’s nice here, Toto gets to run!
I’m using the Thousand Trails Zone Camping Pass I got over the summer in Tahoe. This is a very nice park, super nice staff, secure and pleasant, neighbors OK. I guess compared to some cities, Vegas is nice, but it does have a pretty wide grunge zone, and I would prefer to be out in the boonies, or a nice small town.
I must have missed the email saying Millenicom was cancelling all the accounts because Verizon did not want to work with 3rd parties. It worked out, Verizon was having a sale on GBs, so I have 30 GBs for $40 more. Echo Canyon is beautiful, you could do some exploring here! Spring Valley campground is also about 10 miles away, but has no cell or wifi at all.
We checked out Spring Valley State Park, but stayed in Pioche, the RV park there is actually cheaper, and it has full hook ups and wifi. No Wifi or cell service at all up here, but the RV spaces are nice, as well as the landscape. Nevada state parks are generally $17 for nonresidents, $15 for residents, and a little more if there are hook ups. Toto needs to burn off some energy, and he is making himself a difficult dog on this trip!
Some locals tell me, this town used to be more booming before they created Great Basin National Park in 1986. When they created the park, they blocked off a lot of roads, so now you have to hike in like 20 miles to get to the cool spots. The hunting and fishing also died off. Not much left except scenery. Need to drive to Ely for any real groceries.
I broke my own rules, and didn’t pre-scout the location! Strawberry Creek is only appropriate for vans and truck campers, maybe a 20′ Class C, but not for any average motorhome. Mine is 26′, which is considered on the small side, and I almost thought I was going to get stuck! NO room to turn around.
You will fall in love with Nevada, especially if you are a rock hound. Nevada is well known for it’s rich deposits of precious metals, and semi-precious stones. There are huge treasures of turquoise and other minerals in and around it’s ghost towns and abandoned mines, and free for the taking. It is well known in its mineral and metal production all around the world, and is famous for producing the most brilliant semi-precious stones. One example, there is free BLM camping at Garnet Hill, near the town of Ely, with garnets scattered …
Brainstorming for a place to visit in Nevada? Look no further than the Valley of Fire State Park. Situated within an hour of Las Vegas, it’s an easy drive for those hoping to get away from all the people and lights of Sin City.
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