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azdryheat

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Posted: 02/21/19 09:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm sure this will draw a lot of flake but here goes. We had friends over last night and were talking how we locals in living in Arizona have a hard time camping this time of year due to the overcrowding of campsites by snowbirds. Seems when we have some free time to camp the campsites are full. Is it just us or do snowbirds get in the way of your camping plans, too?


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Time to head for the boondocks on public land. AZ has lots of it.

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Posted: 02/21/19 09:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey, at least you only deal with it part of the year. It's 365 around here.


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Yeah it's worse during the winter but the summer is bad too. At least Florida is adding many new parks, I think they are up to 125+ now. And they don't charge a fortune to camp either like California.


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Posted: 02/21/19 09:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In high season, it's best to plan ahead and make reservations. Sounds like winter is high season in your area.

I've never had a problem getting a campsite off season (Labor Day to Memorial Day). Of course, I choose public campgrounds without hookups for the most part.


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When we camped, it was in the summertime - I didn't blame the "sunbirds" (aka the seasonals) from the southern states for the full campgrounds. I'm aware there are a lot more snowbirds than sunbirds.

Just something you have to plan for. (shrug)

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The opposite is true in WI. In summer it's hard for the "locals" to get sites. It's high season, plan ahead.


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Posted: 02/21/19 10:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't know. We have no snowbirds up our way but often find campgrounds are filled when we want to go out. Easy to blame snowbirds but seems to me its just bad planning on your part.


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It's pretty hard to find camping this time of year in Vermont, too, albeit for different reasons.

That's actually not quite true; camping off-season is allowed in the state parks (for free, with a no-charge permit) but the roads are not plowed, the gates are often locked, and the showerhouses are closed down for the season. If you are willing to hike in and pitch a tent, though, it's very available.





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