Originally Posted by Bobbie Mayer
That happened to me in 1983 and I haven't been back.
However, having said that: the choice for a state is pay for parks from tax money and keep camping fees low, or let campers pay more of what it really costs to run the parks. Parks rarely have out of state fees, for example, even though residents are already paying for the parks. Which do we want to see? As campers, we want low fees. But as a non-camper, someone else doesn't want to pay for parks that they see as serving the elite few who can afford to use them, especially for those parks that are not near large population centers.
Our State Parks aren't just used by campers. You think now that they've raised the price they'll ever reduce it. Ha ha ha!!! Not likely.
Well, I'm not one of the elite few who uses them because I'm not going to pay any price, for that matter, because most of our SP's are dry camping
, have no hook ups, you get a dirty dusty campsite and a dispursed water spigot. Our State Parks are, as far camping goes, a disgrace and have been for a long long time. I marvel at the nice SP's in other states.
Say there is a State Park here in California that I would use. Anza Borrego. You can camp for free out in the desert. I carry my own toilet, water and sink so all I'm missing from staying in "their" campground would be a shower. Pretty pricey shower $30 to $40. I got couple pots and can get just a clean in my little trailer as I would staying in their campground.