Camping near US national parks can be just as impressive as camping in the parks themselves. Just being near these national treasures is usually incredible and inspiring. Many campsites near the national parks offer a similar variety of amenities that can reinforce your personal connection with the park itself.
I have put together personal tips for you to help you get the most out of your stay at these campsites, some of which are only 30 minutes from the entrance to the national park. When you find a campsite with the comfort and convenience that are normally found in the vast areas of parks, your time there will be much more enjoyable and memorable.
Winding River Resort (near Rocky Mountain National Park)
Rocky Mountain National Park is a popular vacation destination for many families of all ages and interests. Visitors want to see the famous Trail Ridge Road and observe the myriad of wildlife that roam the parkland. Visit Estes Park or Grand Lake in your RV to explore the area. The Winding River Resort, a five minute drive from the western entrance to Rocky Mountain, is the perfect choice for your stay, with all the comforts of home. After all of the day’s activities and weather permitting, you can go horse riding, snowmobiling or simply enjoy the local hike to end an epic day exploring the national park and the surrounding area.
Every place within the campsite offers a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains in all weathers. Amenities like the shower house and toilets were clean and within walking distance of other campers. In the Grand Lake area, there is often a welcome rain shower every afternoon, which with a little luck can create a rainbow over the mountains and offer you an unforgettable sight. Winding River Resort is popular and I recommend reserving your campsite as soon as the season reservation window opens.
Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground (near Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park)
If you want to explore Arches National Park, I recommend booking a stay at Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground. A family favorite, this campsite is high on our list when we visit Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Due to the large number of visitors who want to visit The Big Five parks, I recommend that you book your campsite as soon as possible. More campers than ever are camping in Utah, and this selected location is 10 minutes from both park entrances. Disabled accessible sites are also available.
The campsites in the Moab Valley are not grassy sites. The terrain, like the surrounding area, is made of red dirt and the campsites are made of gravel. But the beauty of this area still shines through when you drive to the registration station, a few meters from the entrances to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The campsite offers incredible views of the surrounding parks. If you’d prefer to stay in a camping cabin rather than your motorhome, there are several available. There are also vintage Airstreams for hire at the campsite. The swimming pool and hot tub at this campsite are some of the best ways to end a long day in the parks. So take the time to jump in and enjoy it.
Boat campsite (near Theodore Roosevelt National Park)
Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the South Unit in the charming town of Medora, North Dakota. The Boots Campground is one mile outside of this historic town and offers RV parking and connectivity. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is home to bison, coyotes, prairie dogs, and wild horses. You can explore this national park at your leisure, because within two minutes you can settle down and relax on the Boots Campground.
Since this campground is more rustic than the above, it is ideal for RVs looking to get off the beaten path during their national park trip. They warn that they have no facilities or offices on site and they do not currently allow tent camping. However, with only 16 large RV sites, privacy and seclusion are abundant. The surrounding Badlands landscape provides the perfect setting to relax and unwind after exploring Roosevelt Park.
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The Sturgis Hideaway Campground (near Badlands National Park)
Badlands National Park in South Dakota is a sought-after destination for many. The park’s lush, red rocks are sure to attract you. The best part about visiting the Badlands is that there are several forests and parks nearby that are worth exploring, including Custer State Park, Black Hills National Forest, and Wind Cave National Park. The Sturgis Hideaway Campground has easy access to all of this! Although the Badlands are about an hour’s drive away, many people take the opportunity to drive through Black Hills en route. The campsite is on a 20 acre family farm that offers plenty of seclusion as well as family-friendly events and activities.
Plan to arrive at Badlands National Park early in the morning when the animals are very active. Hit the hiking trails before the day’s heat peaks and watch out for the signs along the trails as rattlesnakes are common residents. Return to your campsite for a picnic and relax during the hottest time of the day. After enjoying the tranquility of this campsite, head back to the park and watch the glorious sunset. This national park offers some of the most incredible sunsets I have ever seen. Before leaving the area, be sure to spend some time at the world-famous Wall Drug. This well-known street attraction is a must for anyone exploring Badlands National Park.
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The Outback Montana RV Park (near Glacier National Park)
The famous Going to The Sun Road is located in Glacier National Park. Many people dream of visiting and I want to encourage you to stop dreaming and start dreaming if you have never been. It’s time to start planning your trip to northwest Montana. Outback Montana RV Park is located in Bigfork, MT, nestled on Flathead Lake and a short 40-minute drive from West Glacier. This campsite is absolutely beautiful and has spaces for RV camping, tent camping and cabin rental.
If you’re into hiking, one of the best tips I can give you is to head to Glacier National Park on Avalanche Lake at 5am and start your day with a hike through the forest from the lake and enjoy the fresh scent inhale the jaw. After enjoying a morning of hiking and everyone else has arrived to visit, return to your campsite and relax nearby or in the stunning blue waters of Flathead. If you are looking for a cabin, you should definitely reserve it when you start planning your vacation, as it is often booked well in advance. However, the outback has an abundance of tented campsites for those who don’t mind.
River Run RV Resort (near Rocky Mountain National Park)
Another excellent camping option near Rocky Mountain National Park is the River Run RV Resort in Granby, Colorado. River Run is a huge campground with lots of amenities to keep the whole family entertained, including a mini golf course, large swimming pool, outdoor theater, and convenience store. Things range from cozy cabins to Airstream rentals to RV sites and basic tent camping, but the most unique place to lay your head is in one of their covered wagons, which come with a king-size bed and bunk beds.
Located south of Rocky Mountain National Park and north of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, the campground offers plenty of outdoor exploration in less than an hour’s drive. As the name suggests, River Run also provides easy access to Lake Granby and the Colorado River, both of which are great for summer boating or white water rafting.
Each of these campsites in the US National Park is an incredible experience. Plan ahead if you want to visit any of the national parks. National park vacations are popular with outdoor enthusiasts, so avoid disappointment, pack your patience, reserve your campsites in advance, and enjoy the great outdoors. Many national parks are located at higher elevations where the weather can be unpredictable, so plan your seasonal trip accordingly.
Your RV camping experience can be one of the most memorable vacations of your life. The beauty and excitement found at each of these campsites and US national parks will be with you for a lifetime.
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