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Offline psemler

Southern Tier Camping
« on: December 02, 2009, 12:06:02 pm »
I am planning to ride from Austin to San Diego leaving at the end of March. I prefer to camp. How is the camping on the route?

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Southern Tier Camping
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 09:57:21 am »
If you read ST rides on CGOAB.com it appears camping can be had for a price at RV parks and designated campgrounds. That is on ACA's specifically mapped out route. If you are winging it, you have to catch as catch can; there are free camping sites available, not official sites, just land you can use for going horizontal for a night's sleep.

Offline ericfoltz

Re: Southern Tier Camping
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2009, 05:41:59 pm »
I can give you from Globe to San Diego.

West of Globe: Free CG in Queen Creek Canyon

Apache Junction: Lost Dutchman SP - $10

Phoenix: Stayed with warmshowers hosts

Wickenburg: City CG at Rodeo Grounds - $5

Aguilla: RV CG - $10

Quartzite: BLM Land - Free

Blythe: McIntyre CG (south of town) - $10

Palo Verde: County CG - $10

Glamis: BLM lands before town - Free
           Gecko Road - Fee (avoid on weekends unless you like OHV noise)

El Centro: Free Camping west of town

Boulder Oaks - NF CG - Free

Alpine: Stealth along side of road

San Diego: San Elijo CG - $6

Hope this helps.


Offline psemler

Re: Southern Tier Camping
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2009, 09:26:43 pm »
this quite helpful. I sent for the AC maps and should have shortly. I will note these spots and see how it fits with my daily riding.
thanks! most helpful

Offline Jason

Re: Southern Tier Camping
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2009, 11:04:16 pm »
Just finished the southern Tier last week - east to west.

The suggestions above are spot on.  A few more to consider, which will be outlined in the maps.

1. Del Rio - Elks lodge is free, call ahead and you're golden.

2.  Arrey - man, what to say about the Arrey RV park.  Dick, who owns it, is one of the best people I've met.  $6.00 afte he asks you the following:  "you want to camp on gravel, or stay in the kitchen..."  the kitchen has couches, heat, tv, etc...

3.  Octillio - Check with the local fire department - you can stay at the community center just to the left of it.  nothing special, but the fire department offered me a shower.

4.  West of wickenburg there are plenty of places to camp on the side of the road.

5.  San Carlos Res is decent - $6.00 for a shower and a plot of land.

6.  Campwood - Wes Cooksey is really nice $6.00 your own electric outlet, near the river, etc...  people who own it flat out rock

7.  Three way - definite suggest the option to stay at the Ranger station - beautiful scenery, nice people, etc.


Honestly, you'll have no trouble staying anywhere west of Austin.  Word of caution - Vanderpool.  There's an RV park/lodge listed on the map - it's neither really, more like a resort.  I think it's called Heaven on earth, or something.  Long story short, they market it like it's a campsite, but after you ride 2 miles up a rode better suited for heading to hell, you find that they have "either primitive (no water) or these cabins which go for $120.00 a night..."  I was able to bargin down to I think about $70.00.  If you opt for the state park in Vanderpool - there is one - make sure you call ahead a least two days before arriving, otherwise you'll be out of luck.

If you have specific questions after reading over the map, let me know.  Most everything listed checks out really well.
singlespeed touring - life generally requires just one speed.
Southern Tier, TransAm, tons of places in between.

Offline Jason

Re: Southern Tier Camping
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2009, 11:16:44 pm »
Just happened to think of another in Palo Verde.

This one is kind of hit or miss, but it worked so I'll mention it.

I got stuck with no place to stay in palo Verde, and asked around at the burrito place there - only one.  The lady who runs it suggested i check with the lady who runs the conv. store.  She directed me to the trailer park directly across the street - through an iron arch-way.  Seriously, it worked.  Huge tree at the back of the place.  Even had a shower.  If you're en route to Palo Verde anytime after say 4pm i would suggest it as the Choc. Mtn area is plenty rough.  Also, the trailer park closes after 4pm - I spoke with a few people who lived there full time - seems bicyclist have been staying there - for free - for years.  Like I said, it was last resort, but worked out extremely well.

cheers
singlespeed touring - life generally requires just one speed.
Southern Tier, TransAm, tons of places in between.

Offline psemler

Re: Southern Tier Camping
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2009, 05:48:20 pm »
Thanks so  much for these suggestions. I will duly note including the various call-aheads, etc. Looks like camping is great on southern route and within my budget.
I did the Trans-Am 2 summers ago and really enjoyed the camping on the route, much of it free in the midwest at the city parks which included the shower at the swimming pools.
thanks so much you guys!