Moab in March is much nicer than Moab in May! Last year we visited Moab in May and it was a bit warm (hot), especially for boondocking. The weather is lovely this week, sunny and warm in the day with cooler sleeping temps at night!
We spent our first night at OK RV Park. After several days of boondocking we wanted some hook-ups and a long hot shower! This campground is on Passport America and a great deal at the PA rate. It is a well-maintained basic RV park with really clean bathrooms and good WiFi!
From there we spent some time boondocking on some great BLM and state trust land. We found the best cell reception at Klondike Bluff Road. Of course, cell reception varied greatly depending on location on Klondike Bluff Road or BLM 142. Some great views, too! Speaking of great views, we also enjoyed Willow Springs Trail. We found cell reception to be a bit more challenging there, plus it was more crowded.
And last, but certainly not least…we are enjoying a night at Portal RV Resort. We stayed here last year and are back again (we wrote a review on Campendium last year…it is even better this year!). Great place to get ready for some more boondocking! Tomorrow we’ll be attending Xscapers Moab Area Convergence! Seeing old friends and meeting new ones!
Favorite breakfast in Moab: Sweet Cravings ~ Organic coffee, locally sourced produce, baked goods from scratch…it is all good! They have lunch, too.
The other day we left the beautiful Grand Teton area to head towards Idaho to have an inverter installed and get some other things done to be able to upgrade our solar. Then the plan was to go back to the Grand Teton area. Long story short, “everything takes longer than expected!” The first night was supposed to take one hour, six hours later at 10:40 P.M. after a fuse blew, we all called it a night! Now the quick one night side trip has turned into three nights (perhaps longer?!). We are creating a “silver lining” to this adventure and getting our SUV an oil change, rotating tires, etc.
We also found this gem of a campground! Lakeside with water, electric, and excellent cell reception for $15 a night!
Jefferson County Lake Campground
Upper Teton View
This is one of best boondocking sites in the United States! The views are totally amazing!! Add to that meeting up with some fun friends we had met in Moab and many new friends and it all equals an incredible experience! Not to mention this camping area is right next to Grand Teton National Park with scenic wonders and wildlife that go on for miles and miles!! You can even use this site as a base camp to explore Yellowstone and the Jackson Hole area! Life is good!!
Oh, and this happened…
If you plan to boondock in this area, here are some things we found helpful…
Signal Mountain Campground inside of Grand Teton National Park has a dump station, water, public showers, recycle bins, and laundry. The shower rooms are clean and have some of the best water pressure we have experienced in months!
There are water filling stations throughout the park, look for the moose sign. At these you can refill water bottles and containers. The water filling station we went to was at the gas station/store on the way to Colter Bay.
We had a yummy breakfast at Buffalo Valley Cafe in Moran, which is probably the closest place to have breakfast in the area. Every morning about 7:30 (time may change depending on season) they let about 70 horses out…amazing to watch! Plus, if you drive further down Buffalo Valley Road you will find some amazing photo opportunities and even another place to dry camp.
The pizza is surprisingly good at Leek’s Pizza inside of Grand Teton National Park. It is located near Leek’s Marina, so you can eat outside and have a water and mountain view! Go around dusk, see wild life and eat pizza (they even have gluten-free)! They do also have salads, sandwiches, beer, wine, and ice cream.
There are many wonderful hikes around the camping area and in the park. We especially enjoyed hiking around Jenny Lake!
Be sure and enjoy the sunsets and fire rings at Upper Teton View!
We enjoyed our time there so much we are heading back in a couple days!!
Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake are both in beautiful Colorado state parks. The campgrounds at both are very nice! These state parks are only a few miles from each other and about 45 minutes north of Steamboat Springs, CO.
The campgrounds have non-electric and electric sites for RVs and tents. Both have amazing views. Steamboat Lake State Park has a much larger campground with far more sites, dump station, showers, laundry, and even a store. Pearl Lake State Park’s campground is a bit more cozy and many sites are close to the water. If you need cell reception to work, the signals are much stronger at Steamboat Lake State Park, we had up to 5 bars LTE on Verizon! Also, if you need WiFi (and good food), try out Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse.
We continued to be amazed by Colorado’s state parks! We are putting our annual park pass to good use!
Highlights and map of our Three Daughter Tour in June.
We are calling our June adventures the “Three Daughter Tour.” We are delighted to be able to visit all three of our daughters this month. Our travels this month include seven states: WA, MT, ID, WY, CO, UT, and AZ.
RV Parks we have been to so far:
Pioneer Trails RV Park in Anacortes, WA
Yakima River RV Park in Ellensburg, WA
River Edge in Alberton, MT
KOA in Red Lodge, MT
Platte River RV and Campground in Glenrock, WY
We are now at our daughter’s in Fort Collins this weekend. Next week more of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona!