RV camping in state parks is a great, and less expensive, alternative to private RV parks. Like national parks, they may have sites with electric hookup, and sometimes even electric and water. Restroom facilities are available, and run the gamut from vault toilets, to flush toilets, to flush toilets and showers. Fresh water and an RV dump station are usually close by.
I spent quite a lot of time in New Mexico, which has one of the best deals out there for camping. I took advantage of their annual park permit in 2009. For $225, camping in state parks in NM was free, or I could pay $4/night for a site with electric. (That fee of $225 is still good in 2016.) And, their annual pass ran for a twelve-month period from the date of purchase. It was a very good deal for me, especially as New Mexico offers camping weather for a good part of the year - southern NM in the winter and head to higher elevations as it heats up. If you're a resident of NM, the annual fee is only $180.
Other states may offer a similar annual pass. I've just learned that Texas offers a 12-month pass for $70 which waives entrance fees at any park that requires them, and also gives you a small break on camping fees. If you plan to travel in one state for a good period of time, it is certainly worth checking out what deals might be available for camping in state parks.
The photo of the sunset above was taken at Brantley Lake, where I stayed for a few nights - it's near Carlsbad Caverns and Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area in Lincoln National Forest, both of which are well worth a visit. Photographs below are of Sumner Lake and City of Rocks. All three of these parks are in New Mexico.
Robert was from Minnesota; when we traveled together we camped in state parks across MN, both inland and on what they call the "north shore" along Lake Superior. I even waded across the mighty Mississippi River at its headwaters at Itasca Lake. If you enjoy fishing I can recommend any of the parks in MN - they are lovely and there are wonderful rivers and lakes all over the state.
Here are links for listings of parks in each state. The links to the individual parks have good information; some even have campers' reviews.
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So give this excellent alternative to private RV parks a try when you are traveling; I think you will be very glad you did. Please use the form below to tell us about some of your favorite state parks.