10 Best National Parks and Destinations for RV Camping

There are so many different places to visit in the United States it’s sometimes hard to know how to start picking a destination. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list of places we recommend RVers to visit! RV Repair Club contributor Sue Bray has visited all of these parks and has given us a highlight reel of some of her favorite spots.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is home to 415 square miles of some of the highest terrain in the world. The beautiful mountains are flanked by sparkling lakes, forested valleys, and lush wildlife. There are tons of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails available here, and you’re likely to see elk wandering around all aspects of the park. You can also go boating on Lake Estes and enjoy the beautiful view of the ponderosa pine forests. However, it is not advisable to visit Rocky Mountain National Park in a large RV. Campgrounds are limited to rigs no longer than 30-40 feet (depending on which site you choose).

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park is… surprise! Full of Arches! With roughly 2500 natural arches scattered around the park, it is truly a geological masterpiece. There are 18 miles of paved trail to explore around the park, and you can probably cover all of it in one day. There is only one campground in the park, Devil’s Garden, but there are no hook ups available there. Luckily, there are a number of RV parks in the surrounding area of Moab.

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is one of those “bucket list” campgrounds. It’s HUGE, spanning three states and 3,472 square miles. It is, of course, home to the famous geyser Old Faithful, but there is a lot of other stuff to do in the park. Full of wide open prairies, mountain streams, waterfalls, and enormous lakes, there is a vast amount of trails to explore. Not to mention, the wildlife (bison, elk, wolves, and grizzly bears) wanders through the park for some great sightseeing. The park offers 12 campgrounds, and your best option is Fishing Bridge RV Park. It is made for RVers and has full hookups.

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Devil’s Tower

Located in the Black Hills, Devil’s Tower is the United States’ first national monument, established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906. The tower is an incredible site, and is one of the best rock climbing destinations in the country, with 200+ climbing routes up its walls. Staying in the park is limited to RVs up to 35 feet and there are no hookups. However, Devil’s Tower is definitely worth the stop for its history and grandeur.

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The Black Hills & Badlands

There is a plethora of activities to do around the Black Hills and Badlands. As previously mentioned, there is Devil’s Tower. But there is also Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, Spearfish Canyon, and Deadwood. The surrounding area here has tons of private campgrounds, but larger rigs should check out Blue Bell campground for better accommodations. The Black Hills and Badlands area is a great destination for RVers looking to find a wide variety of things to do. You won’t get bored there and the scenery is beautiful.

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Durango Silverton Railroad

The Durango area is great for river rafting, hiking, skiing, and other winter sports. However, the biggest attraction here is the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway. The railway is a National Historic Landmark, and offers summer train rides for tourists (there are limited routes available in the winter). You can learn some great information about the mining days of the West here, and the charming train rides pass through gorgeous Coloradoan canyons. If you choose to visit, you’ll have to stay in one of the surrounding RV Parks. But book early! As it is true of most parks, the summer months are super busy, so make sure to make your reservations right away.

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is a great park to check out if you’re looking for some history. It is home to 5,000 known archeological sites of the Pueblo people, who lived there in 600 AD. Visiting here is unlike visiting any other National Park. Instead of hiking, most people drive along 23 miles of road to visit the various ancient dwellings. You can get a closer look by taking guided tours, but be warned, they are quite strenuous! RV camping is available nearby at Morefield Campground, and there are hiking trails that lead from Morefield to Mesa Verde.

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is full of beautiful rock formations. Lacy combinations of spires and pinnacles create this scenic canyon overlook. There are a number of hiking trails, with varying difficultly, that allow you to walk through the many corridors of rock into the bottom of the canyon. You can camp either right in Bryce Canyon, or find one of the surrounding parks. Wherever you stay, once you visit you are sure to be mesmerized by the striking colors and patterns of the rocks.

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Zion National Park

Now here’s a popular RV destination! Zion National Park is famous for its beauty, and for good reason. Because of this, the park is often crowded. But Zion does a great job of handling this, and they have many amenities in place to make your stay run smoothly. For one, vehicles are no longer allowed on the side roads. The park offers a shuttle service that brings you to all the attractions and trail heads. This kind of experience isn’t for everyone, but the sights you’ll see will be worth it. They offer river trips, ranger-led hikes, canyoneering, and all the usual hiking and biking.

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Missoula, Montana

Missoula is described as the “hub of five valleys” due to the convergence of many mountain ranges there. The Clark Fork River that runs through it is great for swimming and water sports, especially on hot summer days! You can find many campgrounds in the outskirts of the city, and enjoy the many attractions Missoula has to offer. The city is filled with interesting breweries, coffee shops, and public parks/trails. However, the hidden gem of Missoula is the carousel. Located next to Caras Park, the carousel is entirely hand carved and is home to the largest band organ in the United States. It is a must see if you are visiting Missoula!

We hope you’ve gotten some inspiration for your next getaway. If you’ve ever been to one of these parks, let us know your experience in the comments. Or if you are planning to visit one now, tell us all about it when you get back!



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33 Responses to “10 Best National Parks and Destinations for RV Camping”
  1. Roger

    RV Make: Thor, RV Model: Freedom Elite 22FE, RV Year: 2017

    Looking for suggestions on how to keep bugs from wintering over in the water heater, furnace, or refrigerator access on the out side. They get in through the vent openings.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Roger. Thank you for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to assist with your bug issue. This is a common problem especially in the water heater and furnace as spiders and “mud daubers” like the heat and smell of propane and can block the openings. There is an aftermarket screen that can cover the furnace vents which has a small spring and hook attached to the cross grate. This is a permanent mounted item, however the water heater and refrigerator are a little more complex. If you are storing the unit, you can tape some plastic over the vents or get a sheet larger than the cover and just place it over the opening and shut the cover. Otherwise get some screen or mesh and cover the vents. Make sure it’s not a fine mesh that will restrict air flow.

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  2. Mary

    RV Make: Grand Design, RV Model: Momentum 376TH, RV Year: 2017

    Looking for other Momentum 376th owners

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  3. Kenny Hyder

    RV Make: Coachmen, RV Model: Leprechaun, RV Year: 2000

    Best product for keeping rv skin clean and protected

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  4. Bob Ernst

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Travel Trailer, RV Year: 2014

    Travelers should know that there is a KOA campground with all amenities located just outside the gate to Devil’s Tower. The campground inside the Monument grounds is the one that has no hookups. We’ve stayed in both, both are great!

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    • Chad

      RV Make: Forest River, RV Model: Sunseeker 3270, RV Year: 2011

      Second that! They show Close Encounters of the Third Kind every night with Devil’s Tower in the background…

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  5. Stan

    RV Make: Jaco, RV Model: Redhawk, RV Year: 2017, Brand: Equilzer Levelers, Model Number: RL13

    Does anyone have any experience with this system? I am getting lever system installed end of November.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Stan. Thank you for visiting the RV Repair Club site. Your question does not refer to an actual make or model of the system you are looking for information on? Please provide the make, model, year, and type of rig it’s going on and we should be able to help.

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  6. FRED

    RV Make: HOLIDAY RAMBLER, RV Model: VACATIONER, RV Year: 1997, Brand: REAR LADDER

    THE ladder mountings rusted off is just hanging

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Fred. Thank you for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to assist with your ladder issue. To provide more specific information we need the make, model, and year of your rig as some ladders are mounted to steel plates embedded into the back cap and others are supported by the top plates and weight on the bumper.

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  7. Silvana King

    RV Make: Coachman, RV Model: Freelander, RV Year: 2013

    Wish you had some winter destinations as well. My family and I loved Pictured Rock National Lakeshore. We stay at twelvemile beach (no hook ups) on a lake front spot. It was amazing!

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  8. Paul Tracy

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: travel trailer, RV Year: 2005, Brand: Keystone, Model Number: zeppelin

    27 foot Keystone Zeppelin. They replace the AC with a different brand and now the heater won’t work. I have the remote for the heater, but it won’t work, The remote is for the old AC and heater. I wonder if I can go out side and start the heater?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Paul. Thank you for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to assist with your heat and AC issue. Without the make and model of the new AC and the make and model of the old heater, we can not provide specific information on the problem? When you refer to “the remote for the heater” are you talking about the thermostat or is it an actual remote? Typically you will find either Suburban, Duotherm, or HydraFlame furnaces in rigs and most are controlled by a t/stat on the wall. Some have individual t/stats for the heater as the AC unit has controls on the face of the AC. Otherwise they are both controlled by the t/stat and it seems whoever installed the brand X AC unit somehow messed up the wiring to the heater? You need to take it back and have them restore it to operating condition.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Sergio. Thank you for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the welcome to the wonderful world of RVing! “How are they” is a very generic question as you will find as many answers to this as there are RV owners I would believe! In my opinion they are wonderful, they allow you to stay right next to the activity you want, eat in a familiar kitchen, sleep in your own bed, and use your own toilet and other amenities. They allow you bring your dogs and cats, kids, and a ton of personal items with you and you can stay as long as you like. Now for the other side of the coin, you will need to maintain them and that is what this site is all about. We will show you how to inspect, maintain, troubleshoot, and upgrade as well as some wonderful places to visit. As long as you know what to look for and spend a little time being proactive in maintenance, you should have a wonderful time. Keep us posted in your adventures!

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  9. Bobby

    RV Make: Gulfstream, RV Model: Conquest , RV Year: 2009

    nice that you put campsites etc, but it always seems like the majority of what you talk about is West of the Mississippi, very west coast, what about those that live on the east coast

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  10. ROGELIO

    wife and I are just planning on obtaining a class A unit with wheelchair lift: we plan on spending 6 mo RVing; Newmar is the only mfg who makes a wheelchair unit, so there is not much choices. all we need is the lift installed in a class A but here in south texas no one will touch or is capable of the job; I am told that such an add on is pricy jet they have no experience doing one and my guess is that they will have someone else do the job. since wife is a parapligic and needs 24/7 care

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  11. Jean

    RV Make: holiday rambler, RV Model: Navigator, RV Year: 2006, Brand: aqua hot, Model Number: ahe-100-4s

    The unit leaks when domestic water is pressurize if you turn off the pump the leak diminishishe a lot
    does it sound like a coil’s leak to you if so where can you get it repaired apparently aqua hot says to replace the unit wicht make no sense to me

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Jean. Thank you for visiting the RV Repair Club site and the opportunity to assist with your Aqua Hot issue. This question has come up several times in the first year of this site and after researching it, seems to be a fairly common topic in forums as well. The Aqua Hot system has a “boiler” and series of tubes going through the flooring and other parts of the rig and if a leak develops in the main assembly it seems to be a complete replacement of the unit. It does seem odd that you have a leak when connected to city water as the Aqua Hot system is a closed system, not pressurized by either the water pump or city pressure? I would first install a pressure regulator on the city fill which limits it to 40 psi, similar to your onboard pump. Then find out exactly where the leak is and identify if it’s your fresh water system, or Aqua Hot system?

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  12. Jon

    RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: Melbourne, RV Year: 2017

    Looking for other Mercedes sprinter motor home chassis owners and their service issues

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    • Bob

      RV Make: Thor, RV Model: Synergy, RV Year: 2017

      I just bought this unit and made two short trips so far. Not sure that I will be much help, but I will be happy to try.

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  13. Louis Lucas

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Aspect, RV Year: 2007, Brand: winnebago, Model Number: 2015

    none

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  14. Dianne

    RV Make: Forest Rive, RV Model: FR3 32DS, RV Year: 2016

    I also tow a Honda CRV….What is the best product to purchase for keeping track of all of your tire pressure while traveling?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Dianne. Even though most cars have a Tire Pressure Monitor System, it does not provide the pressure to the inside of your RV. I recommend Tire Minder which you can install on your RV and add several more monitors for your towed vehicle. This provides on display inside for both the RV and the towed showing pressure and temperature.

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  15. Gary

    RV Make: Tiffin, RV Model: Allegro Bus, RV Year: 2007

    Have a propane system. Is it possible to convert to a aquahot ?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Gary. I spoke with Aqua Hot directly and it depends on the type of unit you have. If it’s a gasoline powered chassis or a trailer with a propane heater and water heater, it can not be upgraded as the “trunk” line of those propane systems are too small to supply the Aqua Hot with anything else on such as the stove top, oven, or refrigerator and it will starve the unit and malfunction. If you have a diesel powered rig, then you can install an aftermarket diesel powered Aqua Hot in the rig which would draw from the diesel fuel tank.

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  16. John

    RV Make: Country Coach, RV Model: Intrigue, RV Year: 2007

    I want to tow my 2008 Suburban behind my MH. The total length is about 23 feet. I have a Cat C-13 525 hp engine so I have the power but am interested in people’s experience pulling that big of a rig cross country.

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  17. Larry Turner

    RV Make: Thor, RV Model: Tuscany , RV Year: 2011, Model Number: 4051

    Very first rv. Looking forward to seeing some of you on the road.

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  18. Andy Roppolo

    RV Make: Fleetwood, RV Model: AmericanTradition, RV Year: 2002

    Just looking for 10 Best National Parks And Destinations For RV Camping

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  19. Ed

    RV Make: Zinger, RV Model: ZT19RDSE, RV Year: 2011

    We stayed at the Goose Island Campground ,a Bureau of Land Management property, in Moab, UT, when we visited Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Nice campground with a nice view of the Colorado River.

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  20. Sam DiBenedetto

    RV Make: Monaco , RV Model: Simba, RV Year: 2006

    How could you leave out Yosemite?

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