We don’t care how you do it, just Get Out and Camp!

Thousand Trails knows there are many different ways to get out and camp, so we provide options for various types of campers. We hope to give each camper the best experience possible and our variety of great lodging options make that possible. From tent camping to the more eclectic covered wagon, we have your preference covered.


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Verde Valley – Cottonwood, AZ

If your ideal camping trip involves your house on wheels, we have sites for you! Depending on the site chosen, hooking up at TT could include full water and electrical service, sewer access and possible cable service. Many campsites come with a grill and a picnic table. TT RV sites are first-come, first-served, so if you want a particular site, be one of the first to the park!


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Idyllwild – Idyllwild, CA

Tents are the most traditional way to camp. Sleeping under the stars, cooking dinner over an open fire, and crawling into sleeping bags are images most see when they think of camping. Thousand Trails is keeping that tradition alive! Our campsites vary from very simple, just your tent and the open sky, to coming equipped with water and electrical service. All the campsites are within close proximity to bathrooms and showers for guests’ convenience.

Travel Trailers

Our travel trailers sit on clean, spacious sites, and are outfitted with electrical service and water. Many have a picnic table and grill, but most amenities depend on the specific travel trailer booked and the preserve it resides on. They include a combination of queen beds, full beds, twin or full sized sleeper sofa, and bunk beds. Travel trailers hold up to four adults and are a great place to rest your head on your next family vacation!


Thousand Trails provides a variety of rental accommodations for the outdoor enthusiast. Our cabins and cottages, including Rancho Oso’s western cabins, are a great way to enjoy the comfort of home in the great outdoors. They range in size, from cabins comfortably holding four to six people. Depending on your rental selection, the sleeping arrangements may include a queen bed, double bed, bunk beds, a pull out queen couch, and/or a futon. Both cottages and cabins have personal bathrooms equipped with a shower. Many have separate sleeping areas, but some are a single large living area. All have their own kitchens, including everything except an oven. Please bring your own linens, unless otherwise specified.

Tired of the more common place forms of camping, or just looking for a new adventure? Thousand Trails has accommodations that will put a new spin on your next camping trip.

Covered Wagons

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Rancho Oso – Santa Barbara, CA

Thousand Trails’ Rancho Oso preserve offers a special form of lodging: covered wagons! These structures are stationary covered wagons, holding up to four campers per wagon.  Each camper should bring their own bedding, four cots are provided. The wagons circle around the bonfire and grilling area, with space for private food preparation. The covered wagons and western cabins provided at Rancho Oso were developed by John Staton, the manager at the site until 1995. He “wanted to offer something unique for campers, so they could wake up and experience the animals.” Rancho Oso’s Lil Rosen said, “The covered wagons are great for any large grouping of people because they hold up to 40 people all together. They’re especially attractive to scout troops.” The covered wagons capture the heart of Rancho Oso so completely. Staying in one is a different, exciting experience.


Yurts are another fantastic form of lodging offered at Thousand Trails’ Bend-Sunriver, Mt. Vernon, Yosemite Lakes, and Encore’s Mt. Hood. To learn more about these unique forms of lodging, check out our yurt post!

Safari Tents

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Morgan Hill – Morgan Hill, CA

Don’t own your own tent? Not a problem! Thousand Trails also offers the chance to stay in a luxury tent! These accommodations are available at Rancho Oso and Morgan Hill, and come complete with beds, windows, lighting, and ceiling fans. Safari tents hold from four to six people, and pet friendly sites are available. No private bathrooms, but the sites are in close proximity to bathrooms and showers.



Preserve & Local Events: August 2014

Theme Weekends

Theme Weekends

The Dog Days of Summer just mean more fun is on tap at our preserves. From luaus to county fairs, with some retro trips back to the decades of the past, the definition of fun is personified across our preserves. Check out our Theme Weekend Directory at trailblazermagazine.net to see what’s on tap at your favorite preserve.

Here are just a few highlights:

Bend Preserve (OR) hosts a Scavenger Hunt Weekend August 23-24 that will have everyone sc0uring the preserve for a whole laundry list of things. Chehalis (WA) goes all pirate during their “We Be Pirates” Weekend that will feature a pirate ship craft, slip ‘n slide fun and an outdoor pirate-themed movie. All that fun is set for August 22-24. More pirate fun is scheduled at Oakzanita (CA) during their Pirate Weekend August 23-24.

Lake Minden (CA) says farewell to summer during their End of the Summer Block Party Weekend scheduled for August 22-24. Potluck, bingo, and all kinds of Block Party fun are on the menu.  Lake Gaston (NC) has the same idea when they host their Grand Finale Weekend August 29-September 1 as they enjoy their last bash of the summer.

If you’re feeling tropical, don’t miss Bay Landing’s (TX) Hawaiian Luau scheduled during the weekend of August 29-31. Gateway to Cape Cod (MA) will also bring out the grass skirts during their Luau Weekend August 23-24.

And of course, Labor Day events scheduled for the last long weekend of summer are guaranteed to bring the perfect summer of camping to a perfect end. Labor Day weekend fun is set for August 29-September 1.


Big Time RV

Big Time RV

Big Time RV

If you can’t seem to get enough of the RVing lifestyle, consider tuning in to the Travel Channel’s Big Time RV. The show provides RV enthusiasts an all-access pass inside America’s largest and most prestigious RV dealership located in Tampa, FL. While touring and testing every make and model of RV available, the expert sales force and first-rate service center work together to satisfy the demands of RV lovers looking to buy or rent the biggest, most over-the-top RVs in the business.


Encore Property Spotlight: Lake George Escape

Lake George Escape - Lake George, NY

Lake George Escape – Lake George, NY

With temperatures that hover in the low 80s, August is a perfect time to visit the beautiful Adirondack region of New York.  That kind of weather is just what’s needed to enjoy the water sports that abound in this area. It also helps to make visits and excursions to all the historical sites, as well as hiking and biking trails, a wondrous summer experience.

Encore’s Lake George Escape is conveniently located to all things Adirondack. Located in the town of Lake George, on 176 acres of plush woods and meadows, this resort is surrounded by the six million acres that make up Adirondack Park.  On-site fun includes miniature golf, a fun house arcade, pedal carts, ping pong, pools and more. There’s even a special place for your four-legged friends – The Paw Park.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy all that Lake George Escape, and the Adirondacks, has to offer. Enjoy 40% off the daily rate (valid 9/1 through close/promo code TTNEMW14) or $399 per week (valid throughout 2014/promo code TTLGE399). For terms and conditions regarding this offer, see page 56 of the August TrailBlazer.


Photo Gallery: August 2014


TT Property Spotlight: Rancho Oso Hits the Big Time

Rancho Oso - Santa Barbara, CA

Rancho Oso – Santa Barbara, CA

We’ve always known Rancho Oso was something special. And now, millions of television viewers will be let in on our little secret. Rancho Oso was selected to be featured by Lifetime TV’s Designing Spaces. Air dates for the show are scheduled for August 14 and September 19. Check local listings for time.

Rancho Oso is one of a kind thanks to not only its beautiful Santa Barbara, California setting, but also the unique offerings the resort has. Have you ever camped in a covered wagon? Or attended a bucking bull demo? All this, and more, is possible when you stay at Rancho Oso. The preserve’s friendly horses, the backdrop of the Santa Ynez mountains, and the beautiful weather combine to make this a perfect camping retreat for the whole family.

It’s no wonder this preserve is a star!


Foodstuffs: August 2014



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TrailBlazer August 2014

Imagine a road trip that includes over 1,600 miles of coastal scenery, quaint beach towns and superb seafood. That dream becomes a reality in the August TrailBlazer as we chart a course down the Pacific Coast Highway travelling through, and taking in the sights, of coastal Washington, Oregon and California. This wonderful issue also takes a tour of artists’ colonies around the country, continues on the trek with Global Noble and brings you all the events happening in and around our preserves. To view past issues of TrailBlazer Magazine online visit the Archives section of the TrailBlazer website at  TrailBlazerMazazine.net. Not a subscriber? Call (877) 252-9320 or visit http://trailblazermagazine.net/subscribe.php.

What's Inside - August 2014 TrailBlazer

What’s Inside – August 2014 TrailBlazer


RV Trader



Thousand Trails recently partnered with RVTrader.com, the country’s largest online site for buying and selling RVs, to begin offering free listings to our members who are in the market to sell their RVs. With a dedicated fraud department and experienced customer service professionals, RVTrader.com is the most trusted resource to sell your travel trailer, motorhome, fifth wheel or pop up! The free offer allows you to place your RV for sale for 2 weeks and include 4 photos of your unit (a $19.95 value). More details coming soon – visit RVTrader.com today!


August 10: Celebrate National S’more Day!

August 10th is National S’mores day! This longtime camping tradition allegedly popped up in the 1927 publication of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts and the delicious dessert spread like wildfire. If you’re tired of the traditional s’more, we have five new spins on the classic campfire snack for you to try.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup S’more       

S'mores - Reese's



Graham Crackers

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Just like the traditional s’more, roast your marshmallow over a campfire or open flame. Once the marshmallow has been roasted to your liking, place one Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on half of a graham cracker. Use the other half to sandwich your marshmallow and peanut butter cup, and enjoy!

This tasty spin on the traditional s’more will have everyone wanting more!

[Source: Keep it simple, Keep it fresh]


Nutella S’mores Dessert Pizza

S'more - Nutella Pizza


1 cup warm water, 110 degrees F.

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gold Medal Flour, plus up to 1 cup

3/4 cup finely crushed graham crackers, 6 full sheets

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Topping Ingredients

1 cup Nutella

2 cups (mini) marshmallows

To begin, place warm water and yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook attached. Let yeast sit for 5 minutes; it won’t quite double in size.

Add 2 1/2 cups of flour, finely crushed graham crackers, sugar, salt, and olive oil. Turn mixer on medium speed and let mix for a few minutes. Sprinkle in additional flour until sides of bowl are nearly clean (dough shouldn’t stick to sides too much). Mix for another minute, then transfer to a floured countertop. With floured hands, form into a tight ball. Roll dough into a 12” circle.

Once dough is rolled out, spread the Nutella evenly over the dough then top with the mini marshmallows. Bake at 350 degrees F, for 18-20 minutes, until crust is baked through and marshmallows are puffed and golden.

Let cool, then cut and enjoy!

[Source: Picky Palate]


Gourmet S’more (Peach and White Chocolate)S'more - Peaches


Graham Crackers


White chocolate bars (Any type will do)


Have your peaches sliced and pitted on a plate. After roasting your marshmallow to personal perfection, lay a peach slice on half of a graham cracker, and top with the amount of chocolate preferred. Sandwich your marshmallow between the topped graham cracker and its opposite half, and enjoy. This tasty spin on the s’more adds a new elegance to the campfire!

[Source: Betsy Life]


Marshmallow Stuffed S’more Cookies

Ingredients S'more - Cookie

2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed

2 tablespoons honey

2 large eggs

½ cup milk chocolate chips

½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

¾ cup hand-crushed graham crackers, NOT fine crumbs

10-11 large marshmallows, cut in half

In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

Cream the butter for a minute or two, then pour in the sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Mix in the honey, and then beat in the eggs.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips, and then gently fold in the graham cracker pieces.

Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Scoop up 1 tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball, flatten, and set down on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Set the marshmallow right in the middle. Top with another tablespoon of flattened dough and press together. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake for 10-13 minutes, until the sides are golden. Let sit on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

[Source: Veggie and the Beast Feast]


S’mores Milkshake

S'more - Milkshake


3 cups vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup Hershey’s chocolate spread (or other chocolate syrup)

1/2 cup marshmallow cream

3 full graham cracker sheets

1/2 cup chopped Hershey’s chocolate bars

4 large marshmallows

4 tbsp Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits (crunchy mini marshmallows)

4 tbsp graham cracker crumbs

4 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Toast 4 marshmallows and set them aside. (You can toast them over a stove burner.)

Next, mix together vanilla ice cream, Hershey’s chocolate spread, marshmallow cream, graham crackers and chopped Hershey’s bars.

Divide between glasses and top with mini chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs and a toasted marshmallow.

[Source: The Gunny Sack]

On August 10th, honor the s’more! Whether you’re camping or at home, this delicious dessert is one that deserves a proper celebration.