René M. Agredano
Any RVer whoâ€™s traveled to Colorado will agree that itâ€™s one of the most spectacular places to go RVing. The new Colorado State Parks reservations requirement wants to make the experience even better for campers.
Colorado State Parks Reservations Requirement Goes Live
Colorado RVing Near Rifle. Image; iRV2 Forums Member JiminJersey
Itâ€™s so relaxing to wander at your own pace when youâ€™re traveling through beautiful Colorado. Thereâ€™s so much to see, from the epic Colorado Monument in the west, to Denverâ€™s Cherry Creek State Park in the east (itâ€™s one of the best urban camping experiences around!).
The problem is that getting into a Colorado state park campground has always been tricky. Most parks had limited first-come, first-served campsites available. If you arrived at a park without reservations, you could be out of luck. Not anymore. Starting in 2020, a new Colorado state parks reservations requirement makes sure we all have a campsite.
Book a Campsite on Arrival, or Up to Six Months Earlier
The end of first come, first served campsites is a phenomena thatâ€™s slowly taken over large park systems across the country. Even the National Park System is slowly moving toward reservations only at its most popular destinations like Yellowstone and Yosemite.
Visitors have always been able to book campgrounds online at some Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) parks. But now all of Coloradoâ€™s state parks require campers to have a reservation before setting up camp. According to CPW, now you can book any campsite, cabin, yurt, picnic area, or other facilities at all of Coloradoâ€™s 41 state parks.
Campers have the choice to go online and book at cpwshop.com, or call 800-244-5613. The online booking portal is referred to as â€œthe Colorado Parks and Wildlife purchasing system.â€� It allows you to book your preferred spot starting six months from your arrival date. You can
There’s no doubt about it: the shiny silver bullets are beautiful. But what’s it like to camp in one? If you’ve ever wanted to find out, the AutoCamp Airstream experience is one way to try before buying.
AutoCamp Russin River Valley, California. Image: Johnie Gall
Their elegance and style is reminiscent of something that Steve Jobs might have designed. But to those of us who’ve never owned one, it’s natural to question the Airstream trailers’ high ticket price. Is it really worth the cost? Now there’s a way to find out, without the expense of actually buying one.
The AutoCamp Airstream Experience Goes National
All of the fun of Airstream camping, without the hassles. Image: Johnie Gall
AutoCamp wants to make it easy for people to experience the outdoors–and get the ultimate Airstream experience in the process. In California and now, Cape Cod, the company has built high end, stylish “outdoor hotels” with Airstream suites, luxury camping tents and swanky clubhouses.
You’ll find AutoCamp in prime outdoorsy destinations like Santa Barbara, California’s Russian River Valley, Yosemite National Park and most recently, Cape Cod. A surge of investment money late last year is positioning the company to expand to more locations across North America and eventually, the world.
Tin Can Tourists Inspire a Luxury Brand
Watch for more Airstream experience destinations in the future. Image: AutoCamp
AutoCamp Santa Barbara is the company’s first location. It’s located on an iconic piece of California coastline real estate, originally developed in 1915 when the Santa Barbara city council was convinced the earliest tin can tourists would stop for a night in their town. They were right. In 1922 automobile driving tourists with handmade camper car caravans started flocking to the campground in droves. Today, the modern AutoCamp Santa Barbara experience sits on the exact same property where it all began.
What Makes AutoCamp So
The van life movement is a phenomena that goes beyond Millenials’ infatuation with all things retro. It’s such a popular concept that vintage VW bus rental companies are popping up in the west. Now it’s easier than ever to bring out the hippie in all of us.
Hit the Road in Vintage VW Camper Van Rentals (without the hassles of owning one!)
“My 1968 VW Westfalia. My RV for the spots my Class C can’t fit into,” says iRV2 Forums member 68westfalia.
Whether you’re a Boomer who experienced the hippie heyday of the 1960s or a young ‘un who wishes they did, everyone seems to love the classic VW Westfalia van.
Volkswagen camper vans first hit Germany’s highways in 1951, when the Westfalia-Werke company created the first Volkswagen camper van conversions. Later when the pop-top roof tents were added from 1968 to 1979, the “Westie” van’s popularity exploded here in the states too.
With cooking, sleeping and sometimes toilet facilities on-board, the vans had everything a wandering hippie needed for a weekend joy ride or an open-ended road trip.
Sadly, DaimlerChrysler’s 1999 acquisition of the Westfalia-Werke’s van conversion division spelled the end of the beloved Volkswagen camper.
One of retroVWs camper van’s interior. Image: retroVWs.
But Westie devotees have kept the machines alive and humming through the years. With the van life popularity at an all-time high, a core group of private vintage VW bus rental companies are riding the wave. Licensed drivers with a heart full of wanderlust (and a knack for manual transmissions) can now hop into vintage VW camper van rentals.
If you’ve ever wanted to hit the road in one of these classic Volkswagen vintage camper vans, but without the hassles of actually owning one, now’s your chance.
Where to get VW camper van rentals (mechanical aptitude not necessary)
As the former owner of a 1973 Westfalia
When a town is so nice it gets named twice, you know itâ€™s something special. Thatâ€™s why you shouldnâ€™t let the off-the-beaten-path location of this special agricultural town fool you: RVing to wonderful Walla Walla, Washington, is always worth the drive.
If you are able-bodied, you don’t notice how tough it is to find accessible campgrounds and other fun destinations until you travel with a person who has mobility impairments. A new smartphone app called iAccess Life wants to change that.
How to Find Accessible Campgrounds (and help others do the same!)
A new app wants to help people with mobility impairments find accessible campgrounds. Image: iAccessLife.com
In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act is supposedly the law. But when you travel, it doesn’t take long to see that America’s beautiful outdoor destinations often lack the accessibility features for a person with mobility impairments.
The National Park System is one of the few outdoor destinations where you can be confident that handicapped ramps and facilities exist. In some places you can even rent off-road track chairs for wheelchair users. But aside from these few destinations, finding accessible campgrounds, trails and other outdoor activities is a crapshoot. That’s where iAccess Life comes in.
iAccess Life is a user-driven lifestyle app.
The lifestyle mobile application was founded by Brandon Winfield, a wheelchair user since the age of fourteen, when a motocross accident left him paralyzed from the mid-chest down. In an article for Abilities.com, he explains why he wants to become the Yelp.com for people with mobility impairments.
“What if you could know before you go? Would you take more chances, would you try something new? I personally feel that every day as a wheelchair user can be a test of your comfort zone. For some (even myself at times), I feel that this can be a hindrance on how we go through life. Sometimes it’s easier to have a plan and to know what you are getting yourself into before you show up somewhere.
Winfiled (left) with co-founder Sayeed Mehrjerdian.
Users Make iAccess Life a Reality
iAccess Life is a