Government Run but Still Fun

The kids are back in school, but you can all still sneak away for a quick, cheap vacation on weekends at a national, federal or state camping ground. And many camps have activities tailored to kids. To reserve a spot in one of up to 2,000 state parks, log on to For a site at a national park, try Here are some fall-friendly options.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colo.

Cost: $18 a night

Kid activities: Horseback riding, night hike, rock climbing

Ranger tip: "Though the peak season is June to August, September through...

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