Sleep Somewhere On I-5 But Maybe NOT At Valley Of The Rogue Campground
As you zoom along I-5 in southern Oregon nearish to the California border, there are few campgrounds that are easy-on-easy off from the interstate, and only one or two of the public variety. The one campground that looms into view is at Valley of the Rogue Campground—an Oregon State Park—half way between Grants Pass and Medford. It’s smack on the interstate.
Prices at Valley of the Rogue Campground
Let’s address the budget issue right off the bat before dark settles in and you look longingly at the conspicuous sign posts beckoning you for the night. Overnight stays are steep for seniors compared with federal campgrounds. To get the lowdown on public campground pricing and perks, check out Location, Location: Public Campground Savvy For Adventuring Seniors.
There are no right-near-the-road public campgrounds on I-5 until you’re perhaps an hour north at Canyonville or 40 minutes down to Ashland or even further, some 90 minutes away on into California.
And you’ll definitely not want to go over the Siskiyou Pass after nightfall, since you will miss the spectacular Mount Shasta. Besides, a potential option is substantially less attractive than Rogue Valley State Park. See here: Heaven It Ain’t: Sleep Somewhere But NOT Here, Tree Of Heaven CA. No No NO: Muddy Boots is emphatic about this one.
If you’re looking for precise locations and details for public campgrounds in that region (and all over the US), try the Ultimate Public Campground App.
Bottom line on Valley of the Rogue Campground? You might have to wince if you’re protective of your wallet and just go ahead and pull right in. Sometimes you gotta do what you’ve gotta do.
So, you exit
There are some appealing qualities to this campground. At the top of the list: showers. Then, there’s the Greenway bike/walking path if you’d like to reassert your forward and upright position after a day on the road. You can also rent a yurt. And you can get hookups if you need them. So far, so good.
You do the loops…
Yowza! Valley of the Rogue State Park makes a sardine can look roomy. Motorhomes are practically stacked on top of one another in whirly-gigs down a slope. Look here:
What about tents, vans, and boondockers? There are exactly 14 sites. And, since reservations are permitted, if you don’t have one, the pickings will be slim.
Groan. Several of the spots are sandwiched between the interstate and the road that accesses the entire campground, all 200+ spots and the group campers. Hate being swept by motorhome brights when you’ve just dozed off? Truck brakes 50 yards from your head?
Not possible, you say? Ha! Look closely at the lush little the-neighbor-is-snoring-in-my-ears camp spot at the top of this post. See the strip of road in front? That’s the access road for everyone. See the hedgerow? The shrubbery disguises a tall bank with the interstate on top. Slap bang right there. Muddy Boots knows….
Moral? Sleep in your van with the windows closed.
One more thing…
If it’s winter, fall, or spring, it’s gonna rain. So maybe Valley of the Rogue State Park is not a great overnight. Not great, but maybe convenient. And at least you get a shower.
Valley of the Rogue Campground Photo credits. Featured image, Valley of the Rogue campsite: CC BY-SA 4.0 by Bobjgalindo via Wikimedia. I-5 traffic near Valley of the Rogue State Park: CC BY 2.0 by Doug Kerr via Flickr. New dollar bill: CC BY-SA 2.0 by Reuben Ingber via Flickr. Greenway Trail, Valley of the Rogue: State of Oregon. Camping loops map: Screen shot; Oregon State Parks. Valley of the Rogue campsite: CC BY-SA 4.0 by Bobjgalindo via Wikimedia.