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The U.S. National Forest Campgrounds Guide web pages are loaded with tons of information about some 2,400 developed Forest Service campgrounds but there is more to experience than just the trees. The following articles provided here cover a little of what isn’t said. Most of the articles answer questions asked and fall into broad categories. These articles are intended to make the best of your time in a national forest and grassland memorable, safe, and great.

Please check back on a periodic basis as new articles will be added periodically (to the top of the list).



Forest Guardians

Visitors, just like you, to our national forests and grasslands are the forest’s most important guardians. With you watching over the forest’s plants, animals, waterways, and historic and archeological sites imagine how well protected our national forests and grasslands would be! During your visit to a national forest or grassland be aware that there are   Read More >>

Why travel in a motorhome?

The largest and probably best reason to camp in an a recreational vehicle (RV), whether van, travel trailer, or motorhome, is because it provides us with a hassle-free way to see America, particularly in our line of work. Another reason we prefer our RV as it comes with a kitchen, bathroom, livingroom and bedroom. Okay,   Read More >>

Want a travel-loving pup

I often tease Fred by telling others he would be more likely to leave me behind than our puppies, Maybe or Ralf, when he wants to go camping. Maybe, recused from a Livingston, MT shelter last year, seems to have been born to travel. But it was all new to Ralf. We were told he   Read More >>

Stretching eases the stiffness

There is, however, one lingering problem. My muscles seem to tighten up quicker now. This is especially true after a long drive in the motorhome. After sitting for a couple of hours everything hurts when I first start moving around. To combat this I’ve started stretching more often. If you share this problem with me,   Read More >>

Picture taking tips from Olympus camera

I love to take photographs of the places we visit and the things we see.  However, I am still not very good.  This year I’m going to tryto apply these photo tips from Olympus camera folks in the hopes of improving.  (I’ll post some on this blog to show you my progress.) * When photographing landscapes,   Read More >>

Best NF Campgrounds in Arizona

After more than twenty years of crisscrossing this magnificent country, visiting 156 national forests and 20 grasslands, Fred and Suzi Dow have come to appreciate the diversity of recreational opportunities found in national forests and grasslands. When asked, “What is the best campground?,” their answer often is “Depends on what you want to do.” This   Read More >>

Guide to dealing with wildlife

Summer has definitely arrived in southeast Arizona. Hope your spring lasts longer than ours. One hundred degree days are predicted by the end of the week – three weeks early! For most, summer brings not only May flowers but wildlife wanders down from the hillsides looking for water and an easy meal. Soon javelina and   Read More >>

Biscuit recipe

How can you have a campfire and not make S’mores? How can you have meat sauce smothered spaghetti pasta without garlic bread? And how can you eat beef stew without biscuits? At least, that is how it is in my house, or motorhome. The S’mores and garlic bread are easy on a campfire but biscuits   Read More >>

The humble earthworm

One of the more enduring national forest images I’ve carried in my mind for years is of a Grandpa teaching his granddaughter to fish. The pond small and not very clear but there on the bank was grandpa, wearing coveralls, kneeling next to a little girl with pigtails and dirty sneakers. Their heads were close   Read More >>


We have a huge database.  Searching for an answers to questions our readers ask can be a challenge except for the following two methods we use: Dedicated Google Search – One every page, left side, we have a little bright yellow box labeled “Google” with a rectangle under it. Looking for a specific campground,   Read More >>

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