Rifle Gap State Park

5 06 2017

Rifle Gap State Park Aerial

We’re parked in site #27 and #28 at Rifle Gap State Park.  These are beautiful full hookup sites on one of the upper terraces of the Lakeview campground.  Full concrete pads with asphalt roads through the campground, rock areas surrounding the water, sewer ports and electric connections, covered picnic tables, fire rings and meticulously raked gravel tent pads make these sites some of the cleanest, most appealing we’ve stayed in.

Along with great shower house facilities and the gorgeous lake views – this park has it all – except cellular signal. Located only 6 miles from the city limits of Rifle, but literally through “the gap”, no TV or cellular signals seem to make it to the campground.  Even with our booster and antenna, the return to town is required for any type of email or work access.

Tomorrow we’ll pack up and make the final leg of the 2017 Grand Canyon trip.  Indeed a grand trip!


Good Morning from Silt, CO!

9 09 2016

wp_20160909_001After a fairly early departure from Vernal, we’ve arrived at this new KOA along the Colorado River by about 1PM.  We’ll have park WiFi and good cellular access here allowing us to get caught up on at least the most critical work.  We last visited this KOA about 2 years ago – with brand new trees, grass and gravel pads, and after an unusual amount of rain the entire park was left a muddy mess.  Deep tire ruts were everywhere, it must have taken the grounds crew some time to fix broken sprinkler heads and fill in the ruts.  Today you’d never know of these growing pains – the trees are healthy, the grass is lush and green, and the back-in sites along the river offer some of the best views of any RV Park.  KOA’s are always a bit pricey, these premium sites are nearly $50 with applicable taxes.  But, the amenities are many, a beautiful pool and spa area, a sparkling clean laundry room, equally clean and tidy showers and a great kids playground.  Sites are long and level and provide a fire pit and picnic table.  And the park provided WiFi isn’t bad, especially in non-peak times.

This is our last stop of the 2016 Olympic Peninsula trip.  We’ve traveled nearly 4000 miles, parked at 18 different RV sites and spent 29 nights on the road.  In all, a great trip, and one with many places we want to return to.  Among those would be the Oregon Coast, Sequim and the Port Angeles/Port Townsend areas and Jordanelle SP near Park City, UT.  We’d also like to spend more time along the Columbia River from Ft. Stevens SP/Astoria eastward.

Rifle Gap State Park

29 06 2016
Rifle Gap State Park

Rifle Gap State Park

After a camping lull due to a European trip in mid-June, we’re now back on the road, this time headed to Bryce Canyon National Park for the July 4th weekend.  Our first stop is at Rifle Gap State park just north of Rifle, CO.  Having never visited this park before, we’re pleasantly surprised to find excellent camping areas, most with a beautiful view over the reservoir and the surrounding mountains.  PARK MAP

We’re parked at full hookup site #12 in the Lakeview Campground. This is the upper campground, with some of the best views.  There is also Cottonwood, at water’s edge providing electric only sites.   Cedar campground is also along the water and provides electric sites. Both Sage and Pinyon campgrounds offer dry camping sites.  In Lakeside, sites provide full hookups including water, sewer and electric.  They also provide a gravel area for a covered picnic table, fire pit and tent space.  Other optimal sites at Lakeview include #28 & #27, on the upper loop with an even better view.  For water access, site #6 at Cottonwood would work well, and provides some natural shade.  There’s also a nice campers services building at Lakeview providing hot showers and restrooms.