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Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 9 months ago #4302

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I don't know if this is appropriate for this particular area, but here goes. If inexpensive is what you may be looking for; I have found that NPS, COE, NWR, BLM, NFS and others offer 1/2 off with the new America the Beautiful Senior Access Pass (Formerly the Golden Age Pass)on any of the federally managed properties. This amounts to about $6 - $17 per night depending on amenities. This is about the same for MWR and FAMCAMP sites. This Senior Access Pass costs only $10, and is good for a lifetime. For me, it is a God-send for affordable camping.

Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 9 months ago #4403

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We are 56 and intend to hit the road following the sale of our home next Spring (April). We are interested in low cost places to stay so we are learning all we can about low cost places. I don't believe we qualify as a senior yet, but purchase the yearly membership does that qualify us?

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Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 9 months ago #4404

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Here's the NPS web site describing the various passes. www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm

The annual pass does not get you the half-price camping discount. For that you must be 62 -or- be drawing a disability payment from someone. As little as 10% from the VA will get you the Access Pass for free. State parks, for the most part, have a higher bar for granting a disability pass and you will have to check all of them on an individual basis to see if you qualify. Most, but not all, require you to be a resident of their state to qualify for a pass.

Here's another resource for free/low-cost camping: www.freecampgrounds.com/
Some of the sites listed may no longer be active, but we have checked out several places on this list and found it to be a pretty good resource.
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Thanks for the info. We will have to check it out!

Randy
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Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 8 months ago #4565

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go to freecampgrounds.com listing from all states of cheap or free campgrounds

Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 7 months ago #4787

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Maryland State Parks also offer 1/2 price for oldsters..



http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/goldenage.html

Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 7 months ago #4801

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We always look for city parks while traveling about the mid-west, and have stayed at more than thirty. Some are free; some charge a nominal fee (as low as $2.00/night). Some of our most enjoyable stays have been in Douglas WY (dry camping) - three day stays are permitted and FREE – both water and dump station are available, as are pay showers: Huron South Dakota (full hook-ups with both 30 and 50 amp) at the edge of a beautiful park and golf course and is located less than one hundred yards from the James River $17/day - $105/week.

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Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 7 months ago #4802

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What would be the best way to find those city parks that allow camping?  I have tried several times but not had much luck. 

Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 7 months ago #4803

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go to freecampgrounds.com, they have a listing by states of free or all under $17.00

Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 7 months ago #4829

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If we have the time (we know we will be in a specific area for a short period) we always look up the town/city on the internet – i.e.; Huron, South Dakota, campgrounds. However, we have just arrived in a small town and asked at the library, a policeman, even a convenience store. We stopped in Oakley, KS once and asked about camping in the area and the policeman we asked told us to just pull around the back of the park and stay there. “freecamping.com” is a good site, but there are others as well. Also, do not forget the casino parking lots!! Most are free, although not all and many often have limited hook-ups. Those that are not free, seldom charge too much, although that is beginning to change. Good luck

Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 6 months ago #4986

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Big John> Yes, the Senior Access Pass is a bargain even for the $10 fee. But, it is free if one can validate a disability. There is no specific criteria for that disability. A VA disability or confirmation from a personal doctor will suffice.

Most people do not know that a Volunteer Pass -which carries similar benefits- can be acquired by volunteering a certain amount of hours at a National Park or Forest Service facility.

Either pass will provide the holder with a substantial reduction in camping and admission fees to federal facilities. And I do mean substantial!

As mentioned in this thread, use of the card at other than federal sites is on a case-by-case basis.

As for other bargain camping, it's just a matter of being willing to use the power of "self-contained." The Wal-Mat parking lot fits nicely into that scenario.

Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 6 months ago #4988

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Either pass will provide the holder with a substantial reduction in camping and admission fees to federal facilities. And I do mean substantial!


On the above note... this is true ONLY if the federal facility is operated by the government. MOST concessionaires (contracted management) DO NOT give discounts for the "Volunteer Pass" - usually only the "Senior Pass" or "Access Pass" qualify for discounts at facilities operated by a concession (even though the facility is owned by the government).
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Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 6 months ago #5015

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(Skyking8) Thanks for info, Personally, I don't have a disability that is service connected. Reckon I'm fortunate in that regard. Still the pass is a great investment for a lifetime of benefits/discounts for just $10 bucks.I'd pay disability or not.....

Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 9 years 6 months ago #5017

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Larry Quote: "...usually only the "Senior Pass" or "Access Pass" qualify for discounts at facilities operated by a concession."

Even those are often denied discounts too -- as more and more of the "govt operations" are contracted out, more of the discounts we once had are eroding away. Soon as a contractor takes it, in the contract the new operator states "no special passes" screams "no profit" and there goes the discount -- and interestingly enough, most of the operations are entry fees (that equals walking around fees) and in fact costs the contractor nothing.

Re:Inexpensive Campgrounds 8 years 7 months ago #6874

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We are at the Walter Johnson City Park in Coffeyville, KS. Full hookup is $15/day and W/E is $9/day with dump onsite. Maximum stay is 2 weeks except special circumstances and/or agreements.

Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 6 years 6 months ago #9325

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can't pull up this website...

Re: Inexpensive Campgrounds 6 years 6 months ago #9335

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Which website are you trying to get to Sha?
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