Ryan Robinson takes you for a ride in the passenger seat of his RV, off the grid, deep among the dramatic rock formations of the Utah Desert. Robinson and friends chill by the fire, tell stories, and of course, rig a one of a kind highline over the Looking Glass Arch in Moab, UT.
The National Park Service is requiring travelers to obtain timed entry permits to control traffic in the most popular parks during the summer season. So, it’s worthwhile to check the websites of the national parks of interest to you as well as Recreation.gov to determine whether a timed entry permit will be required during the time of your intended visit.
Of course, it’s challenging to reserve a campsite inside the most popular national parks because they often sell out months in advance. Fortunately for RVers, there are plenty of independently owned and operated campgrounds just outside many national park boundaries.
— Wild Acadia Camping Resort in Bar Harbor: This campground complements its RV sites and rental accommodations with a rock climbing wall, a swimming pool and a waterzone with a dumping bucket and interactive spray features as well as Maine’s largest waterslides. This campground also has a Water Wars game, a Jump Shot game and a miniature golf course.
— Moab KOA Holiday in Moab:this campground offers RV and tent sites and cabin rentals. Amenities include a hot tub and sauna, a new playground and a bike wash and repair station.
— Portal RV Resort in Moab: Located on the south side of the Colorado River, Portal is only a few minutes from downtown Moab and a 5-minute drive to Arches National Park. Portal has two RV sections to choose from. Its North Side is open to all registered RV’s and the South Side offers premium sites and ownership sites.
— Crater Lake Resort in Fort Klamath: This resort, roughly 30 miles from Crater Lake, features RV and tent sites as well as park model rentals and other accommodations. Nearby attractions include the Crater Lake Zipline, the longest in Oregon with over 8,000 feet of cable, and Train Mountain Museum, which features the world’s largest private caboose collection and the world’s largest model railroad.
— Lemolo Lake / Crater Lake North KOA Holiday in idleyld Park, Oregon: This campground is next to a 540-acre lake and features a boat launch as well as kayak, canoe, fishing and pontoon boat rentals. The campground also has access to a recently completed 10-mile-long hiking and biking trail that goes around the lake. The campground is 30 miles from Crater Lake.
—West Glacier KOA Resort in West Glacier: This campground features RV and tent sites and furnished park models. Amenities include the Lazy Bear Cafe, which provides hot breakfasts, pastries and an espresso bar, and the Fireside Grill, which has a dinner menu and bar. The campground also has an ice cream shop.
— Flagstaff KOA Holiday in Flagstaff: This campground offers RV and tent sites as well as park model rentals. Amenities include barrel train rides, banana bicycle rentals and an onsite breakfast cafe. This campground is about a 1.5-hour drive from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
— Village Camp Outdoor Resort in Flagstaff: This brand new campground offers RV sites and park model rentals. New amenities are being added this year, including a swimming pool and spa, a bar and a bistro.
— Williams / Circle Pines KOA in Williams: This campground, which is open all year, is about an hour’s drive from Mather Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The campground has RV and tent sites and park model RV rentals. Onsite amenities include bike rentals and an indoor swimming pool and spa.
—Snake River Cabins and RV Village in Jackson:In addition to providing RV and tent sites and park model accommodations, this campground can arrange horseback rides and river rafting trips on the Snake River. The park is 17 miles from Grand Teton National Park.
—Pigeon Forge Landing RV Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: This new RVC Outdoor Destinations resort opened in March of 2021 with 149 sites and 10 riverside tent camping sites. An additional 100 RV sites, five park models and two pickleball courts are expected to become available this summer. Amenities include a pool, hot tub, fitness room and sundry store. The campground is 32 miles from Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
—Townsend / Great Smokies KOA Holiday in Townsend, Tennessee: This campground, which is open all year, features RV and tent sites and park model rentals. Activities include wagon rides, an outdoor movie cinema and planned family activities. The campground is only 14 miles from Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
— Burney Falls / Hat Creek KOA Holiday in Hat Creek: This campground complements its RV and rental accommodations with craft activities, including wooden art. A Christmas in July event is also scheduled for July 22, 2023 with a Christmas-themed campsite decorating contest, kids crafts and an ice cream social.
— The View Hotel and Campground in Monument Valley: This venue features a hotel, elegantly furnished park model cabins as well as a campground with dry RV sites with excellent views of the rock formations of Monument Valley. Guests can also enjoy an onsite restaurant that serves both American and traditional Navajo cuisine. Guided tours of Monument Valley are also available.
— Packwood RV Park and Campground in Randle: This campground not only serves as a base camp for trips to Mountain Rainier National Park, but is close to other nearby activities, including horseback riding, golf and swimming.
—Endless Caverns in New Market: This campground features a cave that guests can explore. Other amenities include a zero-entry swimming pool and a catch-and-release fishing pond. The campground is a 40-minute drive from Shenandoah National Park.
— Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Luray: This campground is only five miles from Shenandoah National Park and features RV and tent sites as well as park model rentals. Attractions include swimming pools, waterslides and splashpads as well as a zipline, miniature golf and laser tag. The park also offers organized family activities and theme weekends with Yogi Bear.
— Red Rock RV Park in Island Park, Idaho: This campground is located in a scenic location 30 minutes from West Yellowstone, Montana, and the northwest entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Amenities include foosball and pickleball courts.
— Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes in Groveland:
This campground features RV sites, park models and other rental accommodations. The campground is open year-round and is about 10 minutes from the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park and about an hour’s drive from Yosemite Valley, depending on traffic and weather conditions. The campground has frontage on the South Fork of the Tuolumne River. The campground is also next to a YARTS bus stop. So you can leave your camping equipment at the campground and make day trips into Yosemite Valley. Advance reservations through the YARTS website at https://yarts.com are recommended.
—Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging in Groveland: This campground not only has RV and tent sites, but retro brand Silver Beach and White Water travel trailers, which are manufactured to look like vintage trailers. The rental units typically come with refrigerators, microwave ovens, coffee pots and fresh linens. The campground is about an hour and 15 minutes from Yosemite Valley, depending on traffic and weather conditions.
— Zion River Resort in Virgin: This campground, located 20 minutes from Zion National Park, features RV and tent sites and rental cabins. Amenities include a swimming pool and playground. Educational programs and organized activities are also available.
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