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    The Comprehensive Car/Camper/RV Overnight Camping Locale Thread

    I ran a search and came up with tons of little threads but nothing comprehensive. As the newish proud owner of this $300 Craigslist Gem, I'm looking to create a list of RV/Camper friendly resorts for a trip this winter.

    Does your resort allow overnight parking in their parking lot? If not, anything close by?

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    BC

    Whistler--Yes but might become pay parking soon.

    California:

    Squaw Valley--No

    Kirkweed--did allow as long as you stayed away from the edges of the lot.

    Colorado

    Aspen--You might be able to get away with it at the Intercept commuter lot outside Aspen(just across from entrance to snowmass village), the buses into town pick-up right there. I don't think it is really legit but I know lots of people that have left cars there for days on end. There are also some random spots in town you can get away with if you are sly about it.

    Loveland Pass--base of the North side

    Mary Jane--Yes

    Keystone--Yes

    Loveland--Yes

    Copper--Corn lot when they're not trying to plow, usually works if you're DL

    Breck--W. up Blue Lakes Rd., just over the pass.

    Telluride--get pounced on by a cougar at the Buck.

    Vail/Beaver Creek--generally a PIA, but you can try your luck up past Minturn or do Safeway if your windows are sufficiently tinted

    Idaho

    Pebble Creek--Lower parking lot.

    Sun Valley--I believe it's okay on the parameter of the upper RR parking lot.

    Schweitzer -- yes, small fee


    Montana

    Bridger--Yes

    Lost Trail--Yes

    Big Sky--Yes

    Snow Bowl--The second parking lot ("L2") at Snowbowl (it's wide spot in the road just before the entrance).

    New Mexico

    Taos--yes

    New York

    Plattekill--Yes

    Oregon

    Ski Bowl (Oregon Mt Hood) - yes. Across the bridge at the Multorpor chair lift, there are travel trailers parked

    Mt Bachelor.....legit


    Utah

    Snowbasin--one of the upper lots


    Vermont

    Magic Mountain -- yes, free. As long as you move for the plows. If not, it could get expensive

    Sugarbush-- see a few rv's in the lower lot every year for a week or so. Someone just spent 4-5 days camping during the last week.

    Washington

    Alpental--lot 3 at alpental is where it goes down if you're car camping

    Baker -- Yes, upper upper lot, or the lower lot if you're tucked in the back. MORE: you can camp at that snowpark before the big uphill on the way to baker, and there are a few good spots by glacier too, lotsa people hitch.

    Stevens -- Yes, and they even have hookups.

    Crystal -- Yes, designated lots...

    Snoqualmie Pass -- lots of random places.

    Bluewood -- yes, free

    Wyoming

    JHMR--Yes
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    Baker -- Yes, upper upper lot, or the lower lot if you're tucked in the back.

    Stevens -- Yes, and they even have hookups.

    Crystal -- Yes, designated lots...

    Snoqualmie Pass -- lots of random places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BakerBoy View Post
    Baker -- Yes, upper upper lot, or the lower lot if you're tucked in the back.

    Stevens -- Yes, and they even have hookups.

    Crystal -- Yes, designated lots...

    Snoqualmie Pass -- lots of random places.
    nearly every base area the pass has one, but lot 3 at alpental is where it goes down if you're car camping

    whistler/blackcomb - I believe they have an rv/camper lot in the parking lot by whistler village base, but it is soon to be paved and(maybe???hope not) will be pay parking

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    Big Sky has a parking lot that you can crash at. (at least it did last time I was there.)

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    Bridger
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    The second parking lot ("L2") at Snowbowl (it's wide spot in the road just before the entrance). Unless they need to plow it, they never bother RVs that park there.
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    Crystal - yup I have friends that "sleep" up there.

    Stevens - I thought you had to pay there? Or maybe that's just for RVs and hookups.

    Ski Bowl (Oregon Mt Hood) - yes. Across the bridge at the Multorpor chair lift, there are travel trailers parked (mostly employees but it's cool). This also grants access to Timberline and the other overrated resort.

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    God, I can't wait to hit the road this wintahhhhh. See all you fools out there! Always welcome for a post-skiing beer at my new(used) RV! Cheers!
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    top lot of berthoud pass in Colorado- i dont think anyone will bother you if your there but dont quote me on that

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    Add:

    Idaho:
    Schweitzer -- yes, small fee

    Washington:

    Bluewood -- yes, free

    Note re Snoq. Pass: Alpy Lot 3 often fills up on weekends, becomes Appalachian slum; Camper parking also at Central, in the lot under the patrol shed, i.e., near Central Express

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    Lovin' this thread, as I'm gearing up the Winnie for the winter... Been putting in a bunch of work to the interior, she's looking good... Now WILL SOME EC MAGS CHIME IN PLEASE!?!?? I'd have to sell my other car just to pay for gas to get 'er to the other resorts on the list.



    Vermont:

    Magic Mountain -- yes, free. As long as you move for the plows. If not, it could get expensive.
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    I don't think you can park at Bridger because they plow the lots in the early morning. Big Sky allows it in the free lot near the tennis courts, year-round. Lost Trail allows it but ask at the maintenance shed if you can, they'll work with you and let you know about plowing schedules.

    I always thought that camping on top of the south-side paragliding launch at Point Of The Mountain would be a great place here in SLC. There's a shitter up there and no one will bother you, and it's free. I've seen paragliders camped there, so why not ski bums? (Remember it's SOUTH side, not North side launch..although it may be an option too.)

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    Oregon: Willamette Pass: Free parking in designated areas. Electric hookup available for $

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    I've parked overnight at the base of the North side of Loveland Pass a time or two. The parking lot everyone thumbs rides from when riding the pass. No danger of slides, and I was never bothered.

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    Appreciate this thread...

    ...but are we talking about legitimate, no issues places or more gray area/poachable spots?

    I'm happy to share some of the latter that have worked for me around CO and which I don't think are any big secret, but I'm not sure that's good etiquette, especially since I'm a lurker/low count poster. If that seems acceptable, I'll throw in a few options...

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    lets hear 'em daft!

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    Colorado
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    Loveland but security will check that you are indeed a skier

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    flame away...

    Copper, especially Corn lot when they're not trying to plow, usually works if you're DL.

    Loveland Pass/Abasin/Breck/Keystone: Peru Creek lot @ Montezuma Rd. Works for a night or two as long as you're not too settled in.

    Breck/Lincoln Group: W. up Blue Lakes Rd., just over the pass.

    Glenwood area (nice if heading west from Aspen): S. Canyon Creek road (first exit W after town), ~1-2 miles to the hot springs on right.

    Telluride: get pounced on by a cougar at the Buck.

    Vail/Beaver Creek is generally a PIA, but you can try your luck up past Minturn or do Safeway if your windows are sufficiently tinted (YRMV).


    Just about anywhere for BC...

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    exit 218 on I 70 WB is a trailhead. pit toilets and such. but the plows have been known to close the on ramp to 70 from there. bring a shovel.
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    squaw......i think not

    at least there are big nasty "we will bust your ass" no parking signs by the dozen

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    baker detail*
    you can camp at that snowpark before the big uphill on the way to baker, and there are a few good spots by glacier too, lotsa people hitch
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    You Betcha at Mt Bachelor.....legit

    plus in the spring huge mudpuddles for skimmin w the RV or whatever
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyboy View Post
    baker detail*
    you can camp at that snowpark before the big uphill on the way to baker,
    Yeah, but why? You can park your rig in the Chando lot -- that's where everybody in Glacier hitches from. Or you can just sleep in your rig outside the bar, and hitch there too. Or you can park at the mountain and ski to the lift.
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    Vermont :Sugarbush, see a few rv's in the lower lot every year for a week or so. Someone just spent 4-5 days camping during the last week.
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