The 10 Best National Parks For RVers

It just doesn't get any better than RVing, camping, hiking, biking, exploring, and enjoying the scenery in the National Parks. Since President Wilson signed an act to create the National Park Service on August 25, 1916, we now have 58 national parks to enjoy across the United States. Texas is home to two National Parks - Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park - make sure you make plans to visit both. Thanks to COVID-19, some of the the National Parks may still be closed or have restrictions, so check first before you head out. The list below was compiled by Motorhome Magazine.

The 10 Best National Parks For RVers

Acadia National Park

Maine

Arcadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the highest mountain along the eastern seaboard at 1,530 feet. The park's 45 miles of carriage roads thread throughout the park and are eagerly sought out by cyclists and they provide access to the park's natural features including incredible tidal zones and ocean settings. There are two campgrounds in the Acadia National Park with a total of 520 sites.

Big Bend National Park

Texas

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend is best known for it's diversity and size - 801,000 acres of silence, scenic vistas, a variety of habitat, desert to towering peaks, canoeing and rafting, hiking and biking, hot springs, and the Rio Grande River bordering Mexico. Big Bend National Park has four campgrounds, ranging from along the river to high in the mountains. There is also a lodge and restaurant. See Texas Outside's Big Bend Page to find trails, articles, and more fun things to see and do in and nearby Big Bend.

Death Valley National Park

California/Nevada

Death Valley Nation Park

Death Valley National Park is the driest, hottest, and only park below sea level. It's a land of extremes with steady drought and record summer heat but it's towering peaks with winter snow, huge sprawling sand dunes, rare rainstorms that bring vast fields of wildflowers,and lush oases that harbor tiny fish and provide a refuge for wildlife and humans. There are seven campgrounds in the Park that are appropriate for RVs.

Glacier National Park

Alaska

Glacier National Park

On the more than one million acres of Glacier National Park you'll discover pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. This park is a hiker's paradise with over 700 miles of trails and it's also home to one of America's "Most Beautiful Highways" thanks to the 50 mile Going-to-the-Sun Road. Glacier National Park is a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Glacier has six campgrounds that are good for RVs and the largest, Apgar, has a visitor center, gift shops, camp store, restaurant, horseback riding, boat rentals, and shuttle service.

Joshua Tree National Park

California

Joshua Tree National Park

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in the 800,000 acre Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals roam Joshua Tree National Park and immense fields of granite boulders, lost mines, mountain biking and hiking trails, rock climbing, backpacking, and more can keep you busy for several days. The are nine campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park but there are no hook-ups (a couple campgrounds have dump stations) and two campgrounds don't allow motorhomes that exceed 25 feet.

Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde is the world's most extensive, notable, and best preserved archaeological site in the world. Mesa Verde is where Ancestral Pueblo people made their home for over 700 years and the Park protects over 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. The Morefield Campground inside the Park has 435 sites but only 15 are full hook-up RV sites.

Redwood National Park

California

Redwoods National Park

Home to the world's tallest trees, Redwood National Park also has over 131,000 acres of prairies, oak woodlands, wild river-ways, and nearly 40-miles of rugged coastline! There are no RV campgrounds within Redwoods National Park but the National Park surrounds two California State Parks (Jedediah Smith Redwoods and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park) for RV camping and both are well positioned for exploring Redwood National Park.

Shenandoah National Park

Virginia

Shenandoah National Park

The 200,000 acre Shenandoah National Park is a hikers delight and home to a portion of the 2,193 mile long Appalachian Trail. In addition to excellent hiking, you can enjoy 15 major cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, fields of wildflowers, quiet wooded hollows, and lots of deer, songbirds, and black bear. There are five campgrounds with spacious sites that are located along the Appalachian Trail.

Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho

Yellowstone National Park

Everybody knows about Yellowstone's unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders like Old Faithful and other geysers and cascading waterfalls but the Park is also famous for the diverse wildlife - herds of antelope and elk, lots of bears, buffalo, wolves, and more. There are 12 different campgrounds in Yellowstone but there are a limited number of sites over 30 feet that are available.

Zion National Park

Utah

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a spectacular network of colorful canyons, forested mesas, striking deserts, and massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Hiking is superb with astonishing rock formations, slot canyons, river-carved canyons, slickrock, and graceful arches. A shuttle system eliminates traffic and parking problems, protects vegetation, and restores tranquility to Zion Canyon. Zion has three campgrounds - South and Watchman Campgrounds are in Zion Canyon and Lava Point Campground is about an hour drive from Zion Canyon on the Kolob Terrace Road.

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