Written on 25 January 2015 and published on 4 November 2016
- WORK CAMPING
- NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL RECREATION LANDS CAMPING
- COLORADO, NEW MEXICO, AND NEVADA STATE PARKS CAMPING
- FREE CAMPGROUNDS ACROSS AMERICA
I just read an article in “AARP the Magazine,” Dec/Jan 2015, called “Mixing Work and Pleasure on the Long, Winding Road.” This is about ‘work camping’, which I thought might be of interest to some of us as we go through the Ascension process. Reason being, a competitive career lifestyle is not always compatible for all of us as the process unfolds. Work camping offers a chance to ratchet down on housing cost … by living in a trailer … and at the same time work for minimum wage at a low key job, and garner enough money to pay for food and gas. With some employers, part time work is available.
I could not find the AARP article online; It looks like you have to become a member to get it. However, in the article they mention Amazon.com has a CamperForce program, providing free campsites and about $10 an hour, plus overtime, for seasonal work in its warehouses all across the US …
Link: “Amazon Camperforce” … http://www.amazondelivers.jobs/about/camperforce/ ..
Some campers do seasonal work for KOA; you have to be willing to clean bathrooms and empty trash.
Link: “Live the Life You Love: Become a KOA Work Kamper” … https://workatkoa.com/ ..
When I was camping at Mesa Verde last summer, I found out that Aramark offers seasonal jobs at National Parks and elsewhere. This sometimes includes a campsite, minimum wage, and part time or full time work in a laundry or gift shop or snack shop, etc …
Link: “Hourly Job Opportunities,” by Aramark … https://hourly-aramark.icims.com/jobs/intro ..
NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL RECREATION LANDS CAMPING
For those that do not need to work, passes are available to National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands …
Link: “America the Beautiful Passes,” by National Park Service … https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm ..
However, and this is pretty important, passes do not include camping costs, which can be hefty at National Parks.
Typical camping costs for National Forests, which tend to offer less developed campsites, vary from free to $12 a night …
Link: “Seasons, Rates (Fees) and Forest Information” in “U.S. National Forest Campground Guide” … https://www.forestcamping.com/dow/intro/introduc.htm#fees ..
COLORADO, NEW MEXICO, AND NEVADA STATE PARKS CAMPING
State Parks sometimes offer great opportunities for campers. I noticed on both the Colorado and the New Mexico banks of beautiful Navajo Lake State Park, sites with amenities and an incredible view are offered.
On the New Mexico side, annual camping permits are $180 a year for New Mexico residents, $100 a year for New Mexico resident seniors and disabled, $225 a year for out of state residents. More information here …
LInk: “Navajo Lake State Parks” by New Mexico State Parks … http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/navajolakestatepark.html ..
On the Colorado side of the lake, camping is apparently just $70 a year for one vehicle. For more on the amenities there, see …
Link: “Navajo State Park,” by Colorado State Parks and Wildlife … https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Navajo ..
Looks like that fee will get you the right to camp in other Colorado State Parks as well …
Link: “Annual Pass Information,” by Colorado Parks and Wildlife … https://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/AnnualPassInfo.aspx ..
I gather from this chart that Nevada State Parks offer seasonal low entrance fees with free camping. Annual permits for camping in all Nevada State Parks are $200 a year ..
LInk: “Annual Permits,” by Nevada State Parks … http://parks.nv.gov/fees/annual-permits ..
And maybe other state parks have good camping opportunities too.
FREE CAMPGROUNDS ACROSS AMERICA
Here is a map of free campgrounds across America …
Link: “Free Campsites” … https://freecampsites.net/ ..
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