America is often regarded as the birthplace of the national park idea. The U.S. is one of the best country’s in the world for RV travelers to experience natural wonders in all climates and at all times of the year. You could spend a lifetime road tripping back and forth across America and still not see all of the amazing natural and cultural wonders that our national park system has to offer.
The United States is home to 58 national parks in total, the largest of which is bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the country of Switzerland combined. Now, keep in mind that the number 58 doesn’t include national monuments, historic sites, and other important heritage areas. If you’re full-time or part-time RV travelers, be sure to add the best national parks for RV camping to your list of future destinations.
Rocky Mountain National Park
The park encompasses 415 square miles and includes some of the most spectacular mountain scenery the Rockies have to offer. Driving your RV on Trail Ridge Road, which crests over 12,000 feet, can be a challenge, but it boasts several incredible overlooks where you can let the engine cool while you take in the alpine and subalpine environments surrounding you. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to say you drove on the highest continuous paved road in the U.S.
The park offers more than 300 miles of hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife. RV campers can choose from four established campgrounds within the park. By name, the campgrounds are Aspenglen, Glacier Basin, Moraine Park, and Timber Creek. Aspiring visitors are encouraged to check on the dates that each campground opens for the summer season, and making a campground reservation in advance is strongly recommended.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park is home to more than 2,000 natural stone arches and hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks. The red rocks alone make the views in every direction breathtaking, especially when the sun starts to dip low in the sky. Delicate Arch and the Windows section are two of the most splendid natural phenomenon to take in during your visit.
RV camping in Arches is limited to the only campground in the park, at Devil’s Garden. The campground is located 18 miles into the park’s interior and is nestled among several gorgeous slickrock outcroppings. Sites can be reserved up to six months in advance, except for from November 1stthrough February 28th, when the campground becomes available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Yellowstone National Park
The world’s first national park is a truly unique location for RV camping. The park contains more than half of all the geysers that exist on our planet. While you’re there, you’ll be able to feel and witness the hidden power of the volcano rising up in the park’s colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. If you’ve never been, a trip to Yellowstone National Park isn’t complete without a visit to Old Faithful.
The park contains 12 different campgrounds with a total of 2,000 individual and group sites. Sites can be booked in advance for five of these campgrounds through Yellowstone National Park Lodges. The other seven campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All 12 campgrounds accommodate RVs, but each has specific length requirements. Check the National Park website to make sure your rig will be able to fit in a site at your desired campground.
Grand Teton National Park
Staying in the same region, Grand Teton National Park stands as a monument to the people that fought to protect it. The cultural history of the area dates back more than 10,000 years, to the time when the first paleo-Indians visited the valley. Today, the park is home to more than 200 miles of trails and the nurturing waters of the Snake River.
RV campers planning a visit to Grand Teton National Park should be aware that campground fees can fluctuate from year to year. The best place to go to stay abreast of updated fee information is the website of the specific campground you’re interested in. Colter Bay RV Park and Headwaters Campground & RV Sites are two of the more popular locations for RV campers to stay while in the park.
Glacier National Park
Affectionately known as the “Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park offers more than 700 miles of trails through pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and around spectacular lakes. It’s the perfect choice for national park lovers looking for amplitudes of wilderness and plenty of solitude. Visitors should be sure to check out the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. At its highest point, Logan Pass, the road offers a great place to take out the binoculars and look for bighorn sheep and mountain goats on the surrounding mountain faces.
Summer visitors to the park can enjoy RV camping at 7 of the park’s 13 campgrounds. The parks that accommodate RVs are Fish Creek, Apgar, Avalanche, Two Medicine, Many Glacier, Rising Sun, and St. Mary. Interested visitors should be careful to check the Park Service’s Campground Status page to learn the most current status of their desired campground, as well as information on fees, amenities, location, number of sites, RV length accommodated, and historic fill times.
If you set out to visit one national park every summer, it would take you 58 years to see them all. But these are the best national parks to start with if you haven’t visited them already. We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and we wish you the best of luck in all your future RV camping trips!