Palm Canyon Rd – Quartzite, AZLeft for quartzite for out fisrt day of full time rv living. We stayed in an amazing stop just down the road fron Palm Canyon, where the only natural growing palm trees frow in Arizona.
Site is about 15 minutes south of Quartzite. Boodocked here for 4 days as our very first spot. We were able to find a big, flat site not too far from the road. Beautiful views of the mountain, sunrises and sunsets were amazing. Lots of trails and off-roading nearby.
Stop 1Days 1 -4
Palm Desert, CAClose to town, shopping and groceries nearby. Many hiking trails just a short drive down the road in Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
Park was clean with many sites. Sites are close to each other and tons of palm trees within the park. If you have a larger rig, make sure to know how to park.
Stop 2Days 4 -8
Pine Creek Rd – Mt. Laguna, CAWhoa buddy. This one was a wild ride. Definitely do NOT recommend for big rigs. Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking area. Trails winding through the entire area.
Free to camp
Stop 3Days 8 – 12
San Deigo KOA, CAWonderful location, clean, decent sized sites. Very nice pool, large laundromat, decent food at the grill on site, kids LOVED the playgrounds and jumping pillow. Close to downtown San Diego, beaches, shopping, marina and many other destinations. Staying here was like a vacation, truly a resort feel staying here.
Stop 4Days 12 -19
Silver Strand State Beach, CAEven though this was just a parking lot with power and water, we still loved it. Right on the beach….no joke, just hop the sandbar and hello Pacific Ocean. Only downfall is it is also right next to the main highway.
Stop 5Days 19 – 25
Pio Pico Thousand Trails, CAWonderful little getaway in the mountains. Large location with many sites, clean and good sized. Could use some updating. Close to a nice lake for kayaking. Good trails nearby for hiking.
Stop 6Days 25 -29
North Joshua Tree BLM, CA Depending on the time of year this area could be a little iffy. It is technically a dried up lake bed so be aware of weather and flash floods! Lot’s of homeless nearby but it was pretty easy to find a flat area far enough from others to have privacy. Pretty close to north entrance to Joshua Tree.
Stop 7Days 29 – 34
Craggy Wash BLM -Lake Havasu, AZNice BLM site. Can get very busy on holiday weekends but lots of areas big enough for big rigs. About 25 minutes from Lake Havasu.
Stop 8Days 33 – 38
Hole-In-The-Wall Campground, CAWonderful campground with sites that ranged in size. Plenty that were large enough for big rigs. Absolutely beautiful desert views. Nice hiking nearby but come with a full tank of fuel, closest gas station is at least 30 miles away IF it isn’t closed which in our case it was.
Stop 9Days 38 – 43
Owl Canyon, CAGreat little hidden spot in the mountains. Have LOTS of patience to get here, about 2 miles of washboard roads but worth it! Quiet, big spots and kids loved having a playground. Make sure to take the drive aroound the corner (sans trailer) to Rainbow Basin Natural Area.
Stop 10Days 43 – 48
Rancho Jurupa Park, CACounty park, a little piece of quiet in the middle of a big city. Nice big sites, wonderful camp hosts. Great options for kids, lake nearby for fishing.
Stop 11Days 48 – 58
Soledad Canyon Thousand Trails, CAThis RV park is huge!!!! So many sites and while we were here they were doing upgrades to more than half of it. Sites are small and very close together in most of the park.
Stop 12Days 58 – 130
San Bonito Thousand Trails, CAFlat sites, close to your neighbors but hidden away in the mountains. SO MUCH WILDLIFE! Daily were able to see pigs, deer, quail, owls, bunnies, squirrels, vultures and more. Nice little hike on property and about a 30 minute drive to Pinnacles National Park entrance.
Stop 13Days 130 – 142
Russian River Thousand Trails, CABeautiful location, right on the Russian River but if you have a big rig make sure to call ahead and make sure they have room for you. Be very specific with your size. The original site they had set aside for us was too small and we almost ruined both the truck and trailer trying to make it fit!
Stop 14Days 142 – 156
Elk Valley Casino, CAOur original site fell through due to covid so this little casino came to our rescue. For free (just had to sign up for a free players card) we really couldn’t complain. Pretty quiet and had thier overflow parking lot mostly to ourselves. A couple construction rigs would come and go but didn’t have any problems.
Stop 15Days 156 – 158
South Jetty Thousand Trails, ORVery private sites, beautiful location surrounded by trees and just a hop skip down the road from the beach. Most sites do not have sewer but they do have grey water stations all throughout the park. We loved that the park had a compiled list to places to eat, hike and many other things to do that were close. Tons of edible wild berries on the property.
Stop 16Days 158 – 177
Mt Hood Village, OROne of our favorite parks, variety of sites, paved and in the open vs in the trees. Staff was very helpful and friendly here too. Tucked away near Mount Hood near lots of hiking and sightseeing.
Stop 17Days 177 – 191
Oceana Thousand Trails, WASmall little park with no privacy, very close sites. If you are a bigger rig, make sure you are good at parking. Even though this was the case we loved it here, just a 10 min walk to the beach which was mostly empty even on the weekends.
Stop 18Days 191 – 205
Seaside Thousand Trails, ORGreat location just minutes from the heart of Seaside. Lots of attractions to see that are within a 30 minute drive. Nice park with good sized sites.
Stop 19Days 205 – 219
Whalers Rest Thousand Trails, ORJust a quick 5 min walk from the beach. Beautiful park, semi-private sites with many trails throughout the park.
Stop 20Days 219 – 233
Bend-Sunriver Thousand Trails, ORLarge, semi-private sites, a big rigs dream! Plenty of hiking and exploring nearby. River runs through the property that you can float down as well.
Stop 21Days 233 – 251
Mt. Shasta KOA, CASmall sites and for the price paid we were disappointed. Close to town and Mt Shasta in Shasta-Trinity National Forest with lots of hiking nearby.
Stop 22Days 251 – 254
Manzanita Lake Campground – Lassen National Volcanic Monument, CAPerfect getaway from day to day craziness. Tucked away, very popular campground. Make sure to reserve ahead of time. If you have a big rig, pay attention to site descriptions when reserving online, they aren’t joking on sizes. Camp hosts were WONDERFUL and so helpful. Many lakes nearby and tons of hiking.
Stop 23Days 254 – 261
Tahoe Valley RV Resort, CAVery cool location, lots of wildlife viewing opportunities. They aren’t kidding when they say there are blackbears nearby. Decent sized sites, great playground and even a little BMX park. Roads were rough so thankful for the 5mph.
Stop 24Days 261 – 275
Scotty’s RV Park, NVVery small RV park behind the Napa & Sinclair in small town. Small sites pretty much a parking lot but full hookups with 50 amp which is necessary for the heat. Located right in town and only a short drive to Walker Lake.
Stop 25Days 275 – 282
Thousand Trails Las Vegas, NV
Stop 26Days 282 – 294
Thousand Trails Verde Valley, AZ
Stop 27Days 294 – 299
White Tank Regional Park, AZ
Stop 28Days 299 – 303
Mesa Spirit RV Resort
Stop 29Days 303 – 317
Leaf Verde RV Resort
Stop 30Days 317 – 325
Thousand Trails Verde Valley, AZ
Stop 31Days 325 – 344
Mesa Spirit RV Resort
Stop 32Days 344 – 358