9 Awesome National Parks for RVers

National Parks are great destinations to see some breathtaking scenery. However, many RVers are surprised upon arrival that not all National Park campsites are RV friendly. Sometimes, RVers need to stay in private campgrounds close to the park, instead of actually in the park. RVing is an experience like no other, but you do need to prepare before embarking on your journey. Check out our list of parks that are great for RVers, all with their own write up from our resident RV travel expert: Sue Bray. Sue Bray has worked in the RV industry for 35+ years. Over the summer, Sue, her husband Mel, and their boxer Harley took off to tour the country in their 31’ fifth wheel, with no exact plans except to have an adventure. She’s chronicled her trip to provide advice for RVers for many of the most popular parks.

Bryce Canyon National Park

A relative youngster in geologic time at only 60 million years old, Bryce Canyon National Park is a lacy combination of spires and pinnacles which form the most incredible breathtaking views. Of all the Utah parks we visited, I’d have to say it’s my favorite.

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Zion National Park

The breathtaking scenery we found driving through northern Arizona and southern Utah was overwhelming. I had recently asked a very well-traveled RVer (49 states in seven years) which was his favorite state to travel, and he immediately answered “Utah.” I was shocked, but now I see why. Fortunately, we live close enough to go back – many times, I’m sure. As we were visiting in the peak summer months, we elected to stay in a private campground just outside of Zion where we could get reservations.

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Arches National Park

True to its name, Arches National Park just outside of Moab, Utah, displays 2500 natural arches of amazing sizes, shapes, and colors. It’s easy to look at the arches and picture all sorts of shapes and figures in this magnificent masterpiece of nature. My imagination was definitely running wild in this park, and often found myself taking a second or even third look at these breathtaking arch formations.

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Yellowstone National Park

There are many publications and websites out there touting the glories of Yellowstone National Park, many with probably much more authoritative information than I can provide in this blog. But we spent a glorious week camped just outside of Yellowstone this summer, and I can share with you just some of the discoveries we made.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is 415 square miles of some of the highest terrain in the world. It encompasses the Continental Divide, and those mountain peaks are surrounded by alpine lakes, forested valleys, and a wide range of plants and animals. About 11,000 years ago, early man ventured into these valleys and mountains, hunting for food. Later, the Ute Indians and other tribes would travel through this area in summer months, with the Utes dominating the others in their hunts, fishing, and searches for food.

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Mesa Verde National Park

For decades, driving south from Durango, Colorado, I’d seen the somewhat innocuous signpost for Mesa Verde National Park. I’d always intended to stop, but never did… until this trip. First impressions can be deceiving – for Mesa Verde (which means “Green Table” in Spanish), turns out to have much, much more to do and see than I expected, offering a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for more than 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300.

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Grand Canyon National Park

Much has been written about the Grand Canyon – most of it far more eloquently than I could ever dream of putting into words. It’s awesome. It’s breathtaking. It’s inspiring. And it’s truly overwhelming. The Canyon just draws you in – every time you look into its mile-long depth colors and shadows change, or you notice something you never saw before.

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Glacier National Park

Often referred to as the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park offers visitors incredible views, 762 amazing lakes, 2865 miles of streams, 175 mountains, 700 hiking trails, and a variety of wildlife freely traversing through the Park’s more than one million acres. It’s a spectacular mountain landscape, and despite its name, to me the Park is really more about the land the existing 25 glaciers created, rather than the glaciers themselves. In fact, those glaciers are vanishing – in 1850, there were an estimated 150 in the Park.

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Olympic National Park

The crown of the Olympic Peninsula has got to be Olympic National Park, consisting of a million acres – including 73 miles of pristine Pacific Ocean beaches, rain forests, alpine meadows, clear mountain lakes, abundant wildlife, and of course that magnificent mountain range.

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Where’s your favorite place to travel in your RV? Let us know in the comments below!

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25 Responses to “9 Awesome National Parks for RVers”
  1. Michael

    RV Make: Fleetwood , RV Model: Jamboree , RV Year: 2004

    New to this site, looking for any information from current or past blogs.

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    • Roger Day

      RV Make: Airstream, RV Model: 35.5 LY Motor Home, RV Year: 1999

      Looking for advice on motoring to Alaska from Seattle late this summer.

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  2. Carol Dickinson

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

    Glacier National Park

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  3. Greg

    RV Make: Monaco, RV Model: Windsor, RV Year: 2002

    New to the RV thing so looking for places to travel and check out this fall!

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  4. Michael E.

    RV Make: Four Winds, RV Model: Infinity, RV Year: 1999

    I am just getting started on my journey. Can’t wait to visit Utah. Any other full time RVers?

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  5. bonfieldmoshers

    RV Make: Golden Falcon, RV Model: 5th Wheel, RV Year: 1996

    My 5th wheel trailer is plumbed for a washer and dryer, but we have never opted to have one. Now that we are retired and plan to travel farther from home, it is something that we have talked about. Just wondering what there is out there for our unit. It is the 34 foot Presidential model with slide outs in the dining/living area as well as the front bedroom. Was also wondering the average price.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      Without the model and year, I am not sure what space you have for a washer/dryer as there are combination units that are only about 4’ tall, or stackables that go up to about 6’. Either way, there are several models that are popular such as Dometic, Splendide, and others. Most are going to be around $100-1200 MSRP. No matter what brand you get, make sure it has an external vent otherwise it will take a long time to dry clothes and you will have a “sauna” inside your rig!

      Thanks,

      David
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  6. Ken Richardson

    RV Make: Winnebago , RV Model: Brave D18, RV Year: 1972

    Good choices on those parks.

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  7. Lisa Cantrell

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Voyage, RV Year: 2008

    Sue, we stayed in a boondocking site just to the west of the Capitol Reef NP west entrance and it made for a perfect visit to this wonderful park. The park CG s hard to get into but this site (and there is another a bit west of it) even with the lack of amenities was perfect and had some good hiking itself.

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  8. Harlin and Andrea Cheatwood

    RV Make: Itasca, RV Model: 33V, RV Year: 2005

    One of the parks in Utah had a tunnel too low for Class A Motorhomes and I saw no by pass road do you know which this was?

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    • Randy Peterson

      RV Make: Georgetown, RV Model: 36DS, RV Year: 2011

      The park near a low tunnel is Zion.

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    • Betsy

      RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Travato, RV Year: 2018

      Pretty sure that’s Zion National Park that has the tunnel

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  9. Bob Dawson

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Vectra, RV Year: 2008

    Looking for any information

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  10. Jim huta

    RV Make: Triple E, RV Model: Commander limited, RV Year: 1995

    Excellent choice of parks.going to go to Grande canyon

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  11. Judy

    RV Make: HEARTLAND, RV Model: LANDMARK, RV Year: 2013

    WHAT NATIONAL PARKS WILL ACCOMODATE MY 39′ RV? WE ARE NOT FULL TIME YET BUT MAYBE SOON!! WE WANT TO SEE MORE OF OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. WE ARE NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN FOREIGN OR OVERSEAS TRAVEL. WHY BOTHER WHEN WE HAVE SOME OF THE WORLDS MOST BEAUTIFUL LANDS IN OUR BACK YARD??

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  12. Rick

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: Laredo 5th wheel, RV Year: 2011

    Traveled to many of the National Parks and love them all.

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  13. Elmer Hoelscher

    RV Make: Georgieboy, RV Model: Cruise master , RV Year: 1996

    Having a problem with the wood looking paper peeling off the walls

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Elmer,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information on your paneling issue we need the make, model, and year of your rig. Most interior walls are a 1/8” inch panel with a decorative wallpaper similar to what you would find at a home improvement store. If the paper is peeling off, you most likely have a moisture issue that is affecting the adhesive. The best thing you can do is pull off the wall paper, check to see what type of moisture damage there is, and either paint or wallpaper the board.

      Thanks,

      David
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  14. jwjlwallis4

    RV Make: Fleetwood , RV Model: American tradition , RV Year: 2004, Brand: Fleetwood , Model Number: American tradition

    New member. Planning our 6wk RV trip from Brownsville,Texas heading west to the coast and north to Washington and east bound to Minneapolis and south back to Brownsville. Any suggestions on must see places we should include in our travel is appreciated. I’m a long time RVer.

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  15. Gery

    RV Make: Heartland, RV Model: Sundan e, RV Year: 2015, Brand: Dometic, Model Number: 9100

    My awning wont come in.

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  16. hobarter

    RV Make: Coachmen, RV Model: Catalina Sport, RV Year: 1996

    Just bought a 1996 Coachmen class C Catalina Sport 25 foot motorhome –

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  17. Gregory

    RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: 36FBTS, RV Year: 2017

    Planning on a Grand Canyon trip w/40 ft. fiver.

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  18. Connie Berly

    RV Make: Keystone Cougar, RV Model: 22RBS, RV Year: 2019

    Where is the hot water heater bypass located?
    Where is the water pump located?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Connie,

      Can you please confirm the year, make, and model of your RV and we will look further into your question for you.

      Thanks,

      Becky
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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