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  • Published on Mar 02, 2016
    Texas Camping Guide

    Spring is right around the corner and In Texas alone there are thousands of campsites available to reserve at 54 different state parks alone. With that many campsites, there is sure to be a place for you to explore. We have created a small, but hopefully helpful camping guide to help get you started this season. They are just a few tips and tricks we have picked up along the way. 

    Reserve Early

    One of the many awesome features that Texas State Parks has to offer is online campsite reservations. This means that three months prior to any RV vacation you and your family can scout out and see what is available to rent in any of the state parks. To get you thinking about your reservation, here is a list of things you will need before making a reservation.

    • dates you want to reserve.
    • name of the park where you will be camping.
    • type of campsite needed (basic, electric, electric/water, sewer/electric/water)
    • type and size of camping unit you will be using (fifth wheel, travel trailer, etc.)

    In order to reserve your campsite today visit the texas parks reservation page

    Save Money Where you Can
    Camping and RVing is as economical vacation as you can get, but there are always ways to save more money. Here are a few tips that can help you save a dime or two, so you don’t have to wait so long for your next adventure. 

    • Stick close to home, aka Texas state parks.
    • Make up a nice lunch like sandwiches or wraps before hitting the road, then when the stomach growls you can stop for a nice picnic lunch, rather than pulling into a roadside restaurant of fast food place.
    • Avoid driving in high winds if at all possible.
    • Watch your speed, anything faster than 55 mph usually takes much more fuel for an RV.

    Create an Itinerary 

    Planning out your RV vacation is not only something fun to do with your family, it can also give you an insight on how much your trip will cost. You will be able to look at where you are over budget and adjust from there. If you are planning on renting boats, fishing, or doing other activities that cost money, you will want to figure out all the fees and costs associated with your trip.

    In addition to planning out costs, having an itinerary is also a great way to keep everyone on the same page. Too often on trips you hear, “I don’t want to do that, or “Do we have to?” With an itinerary planned before, everyone can be on the same page and know what to expect before the trip begins.

    • Be Realistic.
    • Useful Websites and Apps. Check out this list Top of 50 Camping Apps
    • The Best Laid Plans… Don’t worry if you can’t stick to it exactly. 

    Cliff Jones Recommendations

    There are more than 54 state parks scattered across the state, and many people, especially those new to Texas, aren’t even aware that these treasures exist. Here at Cliff Jones we love Texas camping. We think it is one of the more beautiful locations to go camping and we want to offer up our recommendations of where to take your crew this camping season!

    Big Bend national park and Big Bend state park
    As the largest expanse of public land in Texas, Big Bend is a hiker's paradise with more than 200 miles of trails offering everything from short, sweet day hikes to multi-week epics. Big Bend is a place of contrasts: hot in the summer and frigid in the winter, the terrain ranges from dry open desert to jagged mountains to the riparian river valley, a unique landscape that supports a diversity of plants and animals. Horseback riding is also popular. Don’t forget about fun float trips down the Rio Grande. 

    Caprock Canyons state park and Trailway
    Located in the Panhandle, 100 miles southeast of Amarillo, Caprock Canyons offers tent and RV camping, along with backcountry sites for overnight trips. Some activities that are really popular are boating, fishing and swimming are popular on 120-acre Lake Theo. Don’t forget about the 64-miles of trails for hiking, Mountain biking, and horseback riding. 

    For more about Texas State Parks: visit here.

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