Sunday, January 29, 2023


The top 5 RV-friendly national parks

There are many great national parks to visit in an RV, but the best one for you will depend on your interests, the type of RV and the type of experience you’re looking for. Here are a few of the most popular options. My husband and I have visited all of the ones below and loved each one, all for different reasons.

RV size matters

While most of the national parks have campgrounds that accommodate RVs, there are various size restrictions, so before you book, make sure to read the size restrictions carefully. If your RV is over the size limit, you may be turned away or, even worse, find that you cannot make the tight turns necessary to get to the campground and have nowhere to turn around. (I had that experience once…)

Reserve early!

National parks are popular and usually have large crowds. Book campsites early. There are usually a number of campgrounds available just outside the national parks that can also accommodate RVs.

Popular national parks for RVers

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Photo Credit Nanci Dixon
Yosemite National Park. Photo credit: Nanci Dixon

Located in California, Yosemite is known for its stunning granite cliffs, waterfalls, and diverse plant and animal life. The park has several campgrounds that can accommodate smaller RVs.

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park Photo Credit Nanci Dixon
Grand Canyon National Park. Photo credit: Nanci Dixon

This iconic park in Arizona is home to one of the most famous natural wonders in the world. RVers can stay at the Mather Campground or the Trailer Village RV Park. Trailer village offers RV hookups.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Photo Credit Nanci Dixon
Yellowstone National Park. Photo credit: Nanci Dixon

Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, Yellowstone is home to geysers, hot springs, and a variety of wildlife. The park has several campgrounds that can accommodate large RVs. Fishing Bridge RV Park and the Madison Campground are two beautiful, popular campgrounds.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park Photo Credit Nanci Dixon
Arches National Park. Photo credit: Nanci Dixon

Located in Utah, Arches National Park is known for its red rock formations and more than 2,000 natural stone arches. The park has one campground that can accommodate small to medium RVs, the Devil’s Garden Campground.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park Photo Credit Nanci Dixon
Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo credit: Nanci Dixon

Located in Colorado, Rocky Mountain is known for its majestic peaks and diverse plant and animal life. The park has five campgrounds that can accommodate RVs.

More great national parks

These are just a few examples, but there are many other great national parks to visit in an RV as well. Check out the National Park Service website for more ideas and details about the amazing national parks.

What’s your favorite National Park? Have you visited it with your RV? Did you stay at the park’s campground? Tell me about it in the comments below.


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Donald Chamberlain
21 days ago

Acadia National Park the Schoodic side has a great campground with hook ups and plenty of space between sites. I highly recommend it. We have been to the ones you listed in our 31 ft class c and had no issues and liked them all, except we could not get a site at Yosemite and had to use a commercial site outside.

21 days ago

I’ve been to all five of the national parks and they are beautiful and unique. I worked for three seasons in Yellowstone for Xanterra , and seven months on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I also worked in Death Valley NP and Big Bend NP during the winter seasons. Wonderfull experiences. Lots of perks.

21 days ago

The information about RV friendly National Parks is incorrect for the Grand Canyon. Mather Campground can handle RVs up to 30 feet, but has no hookups of any kind, although there is a dump station. The Mather Campground also has flush toilets, but no showers. There are showers available, but they are run by a Concession and there is a charge.

If you want hookups, the only option in the park is Trailer Village.
21 days ago

My favorite park (or historic site or museum or whatever) is always the next one I get to visit!

21 days ago

Been there, done these and more. Yup they are nice, and now days very overcrowded; miss the old days in Grand Canyon before the darn busses, Love the North Rim! not yet crowded and much more peaceful. (Opps. Maybe I should not have mentioned that!)

Jim Prideaux
22 days ago

Been to all five. Yes reserve early but isn’t that the case everywhere. I’ve seen them at least once and am glad I did. Nothing beats stepping out of your rig and being in the midst of it. Would not want a steady diet of National Parks though. They are overcrowded. I prefer state parks for a more laid back camping experience.

Carl W
22 days ago

Only been to 4 of the 5, but I agree with comments on the 4 I have visited.

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