Every May KOA hosts this great event and it's open to anyone and everyone. The purpose of the weekend is to raise awareness about the KOA Care Camps for kids with cancer - a week where they get to go have fun and try to forget their burden of their illness. Most importantly it's also a weekend to raise funds for these camps. As part of the fundraising when you stay Friday night at a KOA paying full price you get to stay Saturday night for only $10 and that money goes directly to help the camps. It's a win win for everyone!
Yesterday we talked about our Spring Break camping trip to the Ft. Collins/Lakeside KOA campground - we definitely enjoyed our stay and look forward to a summer visit so we may utilize more of the fabulous amenities they offer. We're suckers for paddle boats and ice cream! Not to mention seeing all those big trees in bloom. As promised, today we are going to talk about our cabin experience. Our family has stayed in KOA cabins previously so we knew when booking our trip to Lakeside that we were in for a great stay. For this trip we reserved a two bedroom camping cabin without a bathroom. We don't mind using the communal bathrooms, so we save money by not reserving the cabins with bathrooms. The off-season base rate was $80 for two people and then a charge of $5/additional person per night - the final charge was $95/night. However, we have a VKR card so we saved 10% and earned 2860 points.
Our family loves Ft. Collins, CO- it is a diverse and expanding college town about 40 minutes south of the Wyoming border. To the west, it's easy to fall in love with the picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains and to the east the vastly different, but beautiful, prairie lands stretch as far as the eye can see. Ft. Collins is within close distance toRocky Mountain National Park, Pawnee National Grasslands, Roosevelt National Forest, and the gorgeous Cache La Poudre River/Valley.
Yesterday, we shared some of our favorite ideas for saving money when planning your next camping trip. Today, we're going to continue on the same theme and explore money saving tips once you and your family have embarked on that trip! Just like yesterday, these are all ideas that we take into consideration for our family and we hope you can find what works for you.
Our love for the outdoors and the fun we have together is why our family loves camping. But the main reason we continue to camp is because of our budget limitations. Camping allows us to "vacation" more frequently and do more activities than a typical family vacation. Sure, we'd love to take the kids to Disneyland, but it would be a short trip and the only vacation for the whole year. With the same budget we can go on at least 5 camping trips throughout the summer and experience so much more.