As much as I would like to explore some of the areas mentioned, right now I am thinking for the first one, we should stick to one of the areas I am very familiar with. I have some priorities to make the first one a success, so I am jotting down some guidelines:
1. open area
- ability to accommodate 3-300 campers/vehicles, regardless of size
2. relatively close to resources
- water, food, fuel, or hotels if needed
3. easy access for rigs
- roads should be accommodating for all sizes
4. little or no regulation
- the more rules on-site, the less people
5. free or cheap camping fees
- I feel your biggest expense should be fuel, beer, food ( in that order)
Since I spent several weeks in Southern AZ, (Yuma-Quartzsite area) I know EXACTLY what we can get away with, at least in the SW side of the state. The spots I am most familiar with will accommodate 3-300 rigs, no matter the size, and all are close to resources, all have little regs, and most are free.
There is also a great spot outside Joshua Tree California, with almost identical settings.
I will entertain more options, but right now, for the 1st time, I think it might be best to go with what I know, which appears this thing will be west of the Rockies, and maybe east for the 2nd one?
I think making it open is the most important thing, and my experience with "campgrounds" is very poor, and I would NEVER plan anything around a campground, unless it was an open field.
So open is my priority at this point.
What do yall think?