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padredw

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Posted: 02/27/22 07:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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padredw wrote:

If you boondock you can stay up at the Taos Ski Valley for free--on the parking lot.

Not any more. It's now $25/night plus tax with no hookups or showers, in designated sites that have a 36' maximum length. They want you to make reservation.


I may have been one of the last to stay there without cost or reservations. There is one small ray of hope: Maybe this applies to ski season ? ? ? and not to Summer ? ? ? Well it was great while it lasted.





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padredw wrote:

I may have been one of the last to stay there without cost or reservations. There is one small ray of hope: Maybe this applies to ski season ? ? ? and not to Summer ? ? ?

I thought of that as well. Their reservation site shows nothing available after closing date for the ski area. We'll have to see whether that means it goes back to being FCFS free, or they're going to have a different structure for the summer that isn't incorporated in the website yet, or you can't do it at all.

What I find weird about the whole thing is this statement: "Overnight stays are limited to a seven (7) night stay in our lots. National Forest rules expressly forbid living/residing in the National Forest which includes the Taos Ski Valley parking lots."

If the rules expressly prohibit it, how are they allowing it?

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RoyF wrote:

Flagstaff: while there is a lot of carping on the forum about KOA, I have found the Flagstaff KOA a satisfactory place to spend a few days.

Yep it was a great camp site as long as you don't mind falling apart utilities, unlevel sites, and almost enough room to open a slide. I travel a lot and this is by far the worst I have been in. I just checked reviews, 86 camps in 20 states if that means anything.

Try this for something around Santa Fe Santa Fe

KOA Flag almost enough room to open slide as long as the tables not in use. Note table tilt don't try and use it.
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Power box Flag KOA
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Sewer Cap Flag KOA
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Lots of block for unlevel Flag KOA check the table!
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* This post was edited 03/01/22 08:32pm by Edd505 *


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Rice wrote:

What I find weird about the whole thing is this statement: "Overnight stays are limited to a seven (7) night stay in our lots. National Forest rules expressly forbid living/residing in the National Forest which includes the Taos Ski Valley parking lots."

If the rules expressly prohibit it, how are they allowing it?
This language has been included in the rules for most National Forests to prevent homesteading by fulltime RVers that moved from one campsite to another, often within the same Forest every 7, 14 or 21 days depending on the length of stay requirements. This issue started several years ago and came to ahead in Arizona National Forests where there were groups of RVers moving from one encampment to another for long periods of time. The practice was championed by the advocates of cheap RV living.


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I guess an "overnight stay," even for 7 nights in a row, isn't the same as "living/residing." It seems to me that staying in an RV site is the same as residing in the RV site, but I guess not.

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Rice wrote:

I guess an "overnight stay," even for 7 nights in a row, isn't the same as "living/residing." It seems to me that staying in an RV site is the same as residing in the RV site, but I guess not.
Words often have different meanings to different people in different contexts. This is why most laws, rules and regulations include definitions of the words they use in the descriptions of what is permitted and what is not. Many states have criteria which determine when you become a resident of their state or are required to become a resident. Length of stay is one common criteria used.

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padredw wrote:

I may have been one of the last to stay there without cost or reservations. There is one small ray of hope: Maybe this applies to ski season ? ? ? and not to Summer ? ? ? Well it was great while it lasted.
I just checked and it's for the summer, too.

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Posted: 05/14/22 01:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We didn't care for the Flag KOA but for 1 night fine. Betsy.


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