Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds

June 7, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds


Elmo and Murray with a National Park Service Ranger. Photo courtesy of the park service.

From The Associated Press:

“Sesame Street” wants kids to take a break from parking it indoors, and head out to a park instead.

A new project has recruited Muppet monsters Elmo and Murray to visit national parks in six short videos that encourage children ages 3-5 to experience the great outdoors, wherever it might be, and to apply scientific skills of inquiry to learn about these natural settings.

The product of a partnership between Sesame Workshop, the U.S. National Park Service and its philanthropic offshoot, the National Park Foundation, “Sesame Street Explores National Parks” aims to promote science learning by kids through their experiences in national parks as well as local parks and their own backyards.


From the Brownwood Bulletin:

Sgt. Steven Means,  who responded to a triple-fatality shooting last July 29 at what was then known as the Peach House RV Park near Early, Texas, is one of 21 officers in Texas who will receive the 2012 State of Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Award for Valor on June 13.

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE), the licensing agency for Texas peace officers, nominated Means for the award. “It’s a very prestigious award — the highest award you can get in law enforcement in Texas,” TCLEOSE public information officer Laura Le Blanc said.

A summary of the July 29 shooting is on the TCLEOSE website:

“On July 29, 2012, Sergeant Steven Means responded to a call from a RV Park where a tenant, earlier that day, had gotten into an argument with a couple over their dogs being in his yard. The angry suspect later shot the two dogs, and then shot and killed the male and female dog owners. Sergeant Means observed the man immediately as he pulled into the trailer park. The suspect pointed his scope rifle at Sergeant Means as he exited his unit. The suspect was then shot in the leg by a bystander. This gave Sergeant Means the needed time to retreat to the rear of his unit and position himself to return fire, killing the suspect. Sergeant Steven C. Means of the Early Police Department is awarded the Law Enforcement Achievement for Valor, for his bravery and protecting others from harm.”


From a news release:

Despite warnings, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests personnel found over 70 illegal campfires while patrolling Memorial Day weekend.

“In most cases, campers complied with our request to put out their campfires, however, citations were issued, according to Mark Empey, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ fire management officer.

Each spring as the weather warms, the winds increase, and vegetation dries out, fire danger across the state creeps upward. Most Arizona campers are used to the almost annual need for restrictions on having campfires. Those Stage 1 restrictions, prohibiting campfires outside of developed campgrounds, went into place two weeks ago across public lands in Arizona.

“We are experiencing severe drought across the forest. Arizona experienced several mega fires in 2011 and this year’s drought conditions and moisture emulate the blue print from 2011,” said Empey. “The Forest would like to enlist the public’s help in reporting abandoned fires or people who build campfires outside of developed campgrounds.”

The fire restrictions will remain in place until national forests service lands within Apache, Greenlee and Navajo Counties receive significant precipitation.

White Mountain visitors are reminded that some campfire restrictions are always in effect, such as in forested areas within city limits of most northern Arizona communities. Additionally, fireworks are never allowed on national forests.


From The Associated Press:

The drought is taking its toll on Conchas Lake.

Officials with New Mexico State Parks have decided to close the Cove and Central recreation areas at the lake, including the boat ramps, until further notice. They say the lake is now at its lowest level since 1940.

Every corner of New Mexico is dealing with some form of drought. The latest map compiled by federal forecasters shows exceptional drought – the worst category – is covering nearly half of the state.

State Parks Director Tommy Mutz says circumstances are demanding that the agency protect park visitors from hazards associated with low water levels.

He also says the resources and options for improving boating access at state parks is limited because the drought is increasing the number and scale of these types of projects.


Military discounts at Sturgis, S.D., campground.


From a news release:

The Broken Spoke Campground, located in Sturgis, will be giving military personnel and veterans a 25% credit back on camping and individual concert purchases at the Broken Spoke Campground & Resort.

Credit will be given in Broken Spoke Bucks, a form of currency that visitors can use to pay for food and beverages at any of the Broken Spoke bars located at the pool, near the stage, or inside the 30,000-foot-drive-thru Broken Spoke Saloon. To receive credit, military personnel and veterans must present their receipts and a military ID card or veteran ID card at the campground’s general store.

Camping reservations for the Broken Spoke Campground are available now.


From The Associated Press:

The state of Ohio is officially turning over a string of Lake Erie parks to the city of Cleveland.

Gov. John Kasich joined Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other officials Thursday (June 6) to sign documents that sealed the transfer of the waterfront recreational areas.

State lawmakers this year decided to let the city take over Cleveland Lakefront State Park, a string of six parks along the lakeshore beset with maintenance and crime problems. Cleveland Metroparks will now manage the properties.

The bill in the Ohio Legislature terminated a 50-year lease between Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It also authorized the state to spend $14 million as part of the agreement.


From a news release:

Silver Palms, a Sunland RV Resort property, is kicking summer into gear by giving away a free stay and sunset cruise to one lucky winner, the resort has announced. To be eligible, guests must be staying at Silver Palms during summer’s first official weekend — Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23.

The winner will be chosen at random to receive a free weekend at Silver Palms and a sunset cruise on Lake Okeechobee. The winner will be selected and announced on June 21, the first day of summer.

Sunland’s Summer Kick-Off is also taking place at each of the five San Diego area resorts. Guests of San Diego RV Resort, Escondido RV Resort, Oak Creek RV Resort, Circle RV Resort, and Vacationer RV Park are eligible to win a free weekend at Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert, Calif.

For more information about Silver Palms RV Resort, visit


From the Sacramento Bee:

Tom Stienstra, the longtime San Francisco Chronicle outdoors writer, has written “California Camping: The Complete Guide to More than 1,400 Tent and RV Campgrounds.”

Stienstra has probably been to many of the 1,400 campgrounds. The 920-page guide is chock-full of basic information, such as RV hookups and reservation guidelines. But it also rates each site by its scenic splendor and provides detailed maps.

The book is available from Avalon Travel for $24.99.




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