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Feb 22nd
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As part of Kampgrounds of America's 10th Anniversary KOA Care Camps "Big Weekend," the Cheyenne KOA Campground in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is offering a free night of camping on Saturday, May 11, 2013 to all campers who stay at the campground as paying guests on Friday, May 10.

Thousands of North American and Western states camping families will be headed to their favorite KOA locations for this very special weekend, the official start of the 2013 summer camping season.
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The entire Bonita Canyon Campground at Chiricahua National Monument near Willcox, Ariz. has reopened following repairs due to mid-July damage from flash flooding and an easing of concerns over additional significant flash flooding during the monsoon.

The National Weather Service defines Sept. 30 as the official end to the monsoon; however, current conditions in the monument, including low soil moisture levels and low probability for precipitation, have allowed managers to reopen the campground.

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Even with fall almost upon us, there's still plenty of time to explore the big sky of Southwest Montana. camping and camping around the vast wilderness of the historic region.

Also known to many visitors as the Gold West Country, Southwest Montana is a large swath of mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes and hearty communities.
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Californians normally think of river rafting and kayaking in the springtime, when the rivers are running high with snowmelt from the Sierra. But while fast water is fine and good, Vince Ybarra thinks novices may be more comfortable testing the waters over Labor Day weekend.

"When the water is moving slower, it's easier to learn and you won't get scared," said Ybarra, 63, a kayaking enthusiast who has frequently camped at Frandy Park Campground in Kernville for the past 27 years.
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Desiree Harrison has one of the most unusual jobs in California.

As a guide at Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables in Oceano, California, she leads horseback riding trips through a lushly forested area that includes a creek that's inhabited by beavers and frequented by deer, before reaching one of the only beaches in California where people can go horseback riding.
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Gold Bluffs Beach Campground in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in northern California is again open for overnight camping.

The seasonal campground, located along the coast roughly 325 miles north of San Francisco, opened on April 1, 2012, and should close for the season in mid-September.
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Ridgway State Park in southwestern Colorado will open its boat ramp to vessels on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

The boat ramp is currently ice-free, rangers said. However, there is still ice on the reservoir in certain locations, so boaters should use caution when operating in early spring.
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Most people know they can keep their vacation costs to a minimum by staying in campgrounds and cooking their own food. But travelers are also discovering that some campgrounds and RV parks have on-site restaurants where the food is so good it's worth the drive just to eat there.

"The campground industry is clearly evolving when it comes to food service," said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (
www.gocampingamerica.com). "Some parks offer coffee and donuts or pancakes in the morning, while others offer basic food service items in the afternoons and evenings, such as hamburgers and hot dogs.
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When winter snows blanket the Sierra Nevada, most campgrounds and RV parks shut down, but there are a handful of California parks that stay open in an effort to accommodate cross-country skiers, snowshoers, downhill skiers, snowboarders and snowmobile enthusiasts.
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More and more these days, campgrounds aren't just a place to pitch a tent or backup your RV. Visitors are finding plenty of entertainment to keep the family busy.

And if you find that hard to believe, all you have to do is look at some of the camgrounds in California to see an array of fun things to do.
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Just because Labor Day weekend 2009 is now history, there's no reason to put the camping gear back in storage. There's still plenty of fall camping activities and special events available to campers at campgrounds and RV parks in the West, even into early November.

"There are scores of family oriented activities and themed weekends stretching well into fall," Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds said. The organization hosts an online booking Web site at
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