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Camping Ames IA

Camping is an American pastime that brings family and friends together in a natural setting. It’s important to bring all the essential camping equipment and supplies before you hit the campgrounds. A backpacking checklist will help you get your hiking gear in order. Please scroll down for more RV camping information and access to the sporting goods stores in Ames, IA listed below that will have what you need for your camping trip.

Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center
(563) 933-4394
35124 Highway 13
Strawberry Pt, IA
Langwood Education Center
(319) 729-4353
14001 H Ave
Wapello, IA
Ewalu Bible Camp
(563) 933-4700
37776 Alpha Ave
Strawberry Pt, IA
Willowbrook Bible Camp
(515) 262-5026
4375 NE 38th St
Des Moines, IA
Inspiration Acres Church of God Campgrounds
(515) 795-3653
1952 Ql Ln
Madrid, IA
Boys & Girls Clubs of Omaha
(712) 347-6273
4101 N 17th St
Carter Lake, IA
Cedar River Baptist Camp
(319) 728-8477
2798 Casey Ave
Letts, IA
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
(515) 243-0100
1192 166th Dr
Boone, IA
Marble Beach State Park Campground
(712) 336-4437
12320 240th Ave
Spirit Lake, IA
Raccoon River Bible Conference
(712) 667-3916
875 B Ave
Scranton, IA


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Finding a Campground

Beyond boondocking

While parking overnight at a Wal-Mart might be a saving grace, with a little planning you can find a good place that will meet your needs .

Count More Than Klicks

Even though your trip looks quick on paper, you need to take more than driving time into consideration. Don't try to pack too many miles into a day unless you have another driver to spell you off. Remember, even professional truckers are limited to the number of hours they're allowed behind the wheel in a day.

In general, you should stop every two hours for a stretch and bathroom break. If you're traveling with young children, pets or someone with a disability, more frequent stops might be in order. And don't forget to factor in meals. Even if you whip up a sandwich in your RV's kitchen, it will still take time.

Where to Stay

Sometimes, a motel is your best bet after a full day of driving. Even though you're toting your own beds, if it's past midnight and you haven't reached your campground , a motel might be worth the added costs. No set-up, take-down or clean-up. And campground neighbors will appreciate you not disturbing their sleep.

Where you spend the night will depend on many factors. KOA sites are a great for quick set-ups and take-downs. Even if the scenery is a bit lacking, these campgrounds are fully-equipped for hook-ups, are pet-friendly and offer laundry facilities. If you're going stay one night, arrive late, leave early or need an adventu...

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