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Old 01-29-2016, 11:25 AM   #11
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It actually worked out. The first place was just for a single overnight, so cheap worked. That was Desert Willow in Van Horn, TX. $13.50.

The next stop was 2 nights and we checked out the Caverns of Sonora. Only about $25/night for those (so still cheaper than the SP for the 4 of us).

And then the next 2 stops covered a week but we picked location over anything else in order to visit friends in Austin (Oak Forest) and Houston (Rayford Crossing).
If you're ever back down this way let me know and maybe we can hit a state park with y'all. My brother lives in Houston and we visited him over Christmas. His driveway was free, so I can be enticed to venture out of the woods if the price is right.
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Old 01-29-2016, 12:24 PM   #12
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If you're ever back down this way let me know and maybe we can hit a state park with y'all. My brother lives in Houston and we visited him over Christmas. His driveway was free, so I can be enticed to venture out of the woods if the price is right.

Sounds good! We alphabet reservations at the Alberquerque Balloon Festival in October. We'll be coming from the east- either PA/MD or from Florida. So I don't know exact route just yet.

PM me with where you are.
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I love state parks! I love camping at them 10x more than COE parks! The park pass is well worth it if you live in Texas! My only problem with state parks is not being able to reserve specific camp sites!

A normal camping weekend for my family and I is Friday night till Sunday. Friday at work I am chewing my finger nails off hoping that the good sights are still available when we get there! Normally I bug my wife enough she will drive her car to where we are camping and claim the site (if they let her, sometimes they say if your not staying you can't reserve a site).
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:22 PM   #14
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I enjoy Texas state parks also ,but their policy of charging for a camp site then charging $7.00 per person in the camper kinda make me only camp in Texas when I have to.


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When we came across Texas, we ended up excluding the Texas state parks because of that and opted for private parks.
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All Texas state parks do charge a per person fee, but it is not always $7. Some are as low as $2. Combine that with a camping fee of around $20 for a total of $24 per day for 2 people, and that will still beat most private parks.
Here is the website for Texas State Parks. Generally, $4.00 per person a day. BUT, if you intend to use the park system frequently, purchase the Texas State Park pass for $70.00 a year. You will recover the $70.00 in a short period of time and have the remainder of the year to save additional fee's. "Do the math"! Four coupons for one day of half price on a campsite and NO entrance fee's throughout your stay, whether camping or not! The coupons are usable only for the second night of camping and one coupon per visit. TPWD: Campsites
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I enjoy Texas state parks also ,but their policy of charging for a camp site then charging $7.00 per person in the camper kinda make me only camp in Texas when I have to.




Here is the website for Texas State Parks. Generally, $4.00 per person a day. BUT, if you intend to use the park system frequently, purchase the Texas State Park pass for $70.00 a year. You will recover the $70.00 in a short period of time and have the remainder of the year to save additional fee's. "Do the math"! Four coupons for one day of half price on a campsite and NO entrance fee's throughout your stay, whether camping or not! The coupons are usable only for the second night of camping and one coupon per visit. TPWD: Campsites
Here is the Texas State Park Pass website!
Park Passes — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
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