Post by absarokanaut on Aug 17, 2022 7:44:53 GMT -8
SHOWERS: Been boondocking almost all summer so some updates. Lava Mountain Lodge just East of Togwotee Pass, Wyoming still offers coin fed showers and have a sink. The showers at the Laundromat in Dubois, WY are also coin fed but not very good and there is no sink, dirtiest I've had all summer. Pinedale Aquatic Center was great and there is an area advertising coupon book that gets you 2 dollars off, no time limit. Grand Teton Climbers Ranch again allows walk-in showers without Ranch stay, 5 bucks, no time limit but please conserve. Teton County Rec Center in Jackson similar to Pinedale Aquatic Center. showers are available for 5$ at Colter Bay in Grand teton NP and apparently also available at Signal Mountain and Headwaters [Flagg Ranch]
So many of us seem to look for quick and easy shower possibilities, it appears this is a service we can provide. Outside of KOAs, campgrounds, and truck stops, Where have you found showers available?
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When traveling, since I almost exclusively camp, I find getting a shower one of the most challenging aspects of it. All the above are great suggestions and I have taken advantage of similar situations. In the summer, I’ve found public swimming pools, especially in small towns, are a good option. They are usually just $1-$3 3 bucks to use and you have the option of just showering or additionally using the pool.
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The Pinedale Aquatic Center (PAC) was a great addition!! Before that was built it was camp showers only. Dubois Laundromat is pretty run down. Even the car wash next to it. Usually stay at the Longhorn so have showers included.
I tend to just get a KOA/RV park when showers are needed, but also know about showers at Coyote Crossing in Joshua Tree (town of, by the park). Last time used was several years ago, $7, but I think it was 7 or 8 minutes and you could take 2 people in. Look for community rec centers, but in some places they can be more pricey, since you are buying all-day access to everything. OTOH, if a swim is wanted, it’s great.
Last summer we got showers for $5, no time limit, at Camp High Sierra in Mammoth.
Some years ago (2013?), I camped at RMNP in the Moraine campground for a night, and found that the campground had outdoor shower stalls with concrete floors and a floor drain, and privacy walls but otherwise open air showers with a twist-it was “bring your own shower”. They had a rope and pulley system for you to hang up your own solar shower, and having the dedicated facility protected the environment by capturing the grey water and preventing mud holes at individual campsites. I thought it was great!
I’ve occasionally left the solar shower on the hood of my car at the trailhead, if it’s a low-traffic trailhead. Nothing like an immediate shower if privacy decorum allows for it. I like the idea of stalls for “provide your own shower” at a campground. Usually at car campgrounds, I have to just solar shower in a swimsuit in order to be a decent neighbor.