America's Best RV Parks
Traveling the country in an RV? Experience the best RV parks in the US by staying at some of our picks for the top RV parks and campgrounds in the country.
Dark Sky RV Campground, Kanab, UT
This family-owned RV park offers spectacular views of “stars for miles,” with 18 pull-through sites that have full hookups. Each site also has a shade structure with an outdoor dining table and low cocktail table. At night, warm your hands by a propane fire pit as you watch the skies. Catch a shuttle into town to shop, or ride an e-bike to explore Kanab when the shuttle stops for the season. To get into the backcountry, rent a Roxor, a 4x4 off-road utility vehicle, and visit the area’s hidden lakes, dinosaur tracks, petroglyphs and breathtaking views. (These Roxors are legal for street use, too.)
Dark Sky Campground
The lure of the open road and the comforts of home come together when you're traveling in a recreational vehicle, or RV. But before you go, there are a few things to know.
Not all RV parks are created equal. Campers can find RV parks in state and national parks as well as privately owned campgrounds. The quality ranges from budget to swanky. Chain campgrounds like KOA operate around the country and offer some continuity from site to site.
Rustic campgrounds may offer little more than a parking spot, while others have such amenities as water and electric hook-ups. On the high end, luxurious sites feature pools, restaurants, free Wi-Fi and business facilities. Some of the parks below are recommended by Yelp.
Due to COVID-19, some facilities and areas in national, state and RV parks may be closed or restricted, and some operate seasonally. Visit the websites before you go.
Durango RV Resort, Red Bluff, CA
Durango RV Resort is a high-end escape with 174 sites on the Sacramento River. All sites are paved with full hook-ups, Wi-Fi and patios. Meet fellow travelers at the pool, spa, hot tub or in the lodge room. For a little exercise, hit the putting green or basketball, tennis or bocce ball court. Pamper your pooch at the dog run and dog-washing station.
Boyd's Key West Campground, Key West, FL
Boyd's Key West Campground and RV Park
Family-owned Boyd's Campground, the southernmost campground in the continental United States, has tropical waterfront sites for RV and tents.
With oceanfront RV and tent sites located just a few minutes from the action of Key West, Boyd's makes a great base camp for experiencing this Florida hot spot. Boyd's boasts a pool and beach area as well as conveniences including a laundry facility, bathhouses, a boat ramp, moorage and kayak and paddleboard rentals. Play cornhole and bingo or do a little line-dancing at the pavilion. You can't beat the location, which is near busy Duval Street.
Horse Thief Campground and RV Resort, Hill City, SD
Bring your RV or tent or reserve a stay in a sleep-cabin at Horse Thief Campground and RV Resort. Its central location is ideal for visiting Mount Rushmore, Sylvan Lake and other attractions. Buffalo roam in nearby Custer State Park and herds of wild mustangs run through the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. The campground has fire rings at each site, a general store, playground, heated pool and a sluice where you and the kids can pan for gemstones and fossils.
River's Edge Resort RV Park, Fairbanks, AK
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Big rigs like this 42.7-foot Keystone Fusion sleep up to eight for trips to places like Fairbanks, Alaska.
Sleep under the midnight sun in River's Edge Resort RV Park in Fairbanks. Located on the banks of the Chena River, it offers 167 sites with full or basic hook-ups as well as tent sites and riverfront cottages, but there's a peaceful vibe with room for guests to spread out. When you're ready to explore Fairbanks, the park can help you with ticketing and transportation to nearby attractions, including the historic downtown area. (Some transportation may be limited during the COVID-19 pandemic.) This pet-friendly park has free Wi-Fi and cell coverage and television service at many sites.
Zion River Resort RV Park and Campground, Virgin, UT
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RV parks near national parks, like Utah's Canyonlands National Park, shown here, are ideal for hiking, wildlife watching and star gazing.
Just minutes from an entrance to Zion National Park, the Zion River Resort makes a great jumping-off point for visiting the Grand Canyon North Rim, Bryce Canyon National Park and other popular destinations. This resort by the peaceful Virgin River also hosts snowbirds who escape their wintry homes to join in senior-focused activities like wine and cheese events and cookouts and games. Let the kids romp on the playground, work in the business center, let your dog play in the off-leash area, swim in the heated pool or catch new movies on the big-screen TV.
Yosemite Pines RV Park and Family Lodging, Yosemite, CA
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In this image, a vintage Airstream approaches the famous rock formation, El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park.
While there's RV camping available inside Yosemite National Park, the campgrounds are primitive. If you're looking for more amenities, the best option is to set up camp outside the park. Yosemite Pines RV Park is just 22 miles from the western entrance and offers pull-through or back-in RV sites with full or partial hook-ups, tent sites, cabins and glamping in Conestoga wagons, yurts or retro trailers. This family-friendly campground offers guided hiking, fishing, rafting and more. Look for the petting farm with alpacas.
The Shady Dell RV Park, Bisbee, AZ
Shady Dell is an RV Park with a twist. If you can't bring your own RV to this corner of southern Arizona, you can rent one here. The resort is home to 13 lovingly restored antique trailers. These charming stationary models include a 1949 Chris Craft yacht, a 1947 Tiki bus and a swanky 1950s Hollywood trailer in art deco style. Cowboy-up in the 1955 Airstream with Western-themed touches or spin some vinyl on the record player in the turquoise and pink Kenskill. The on-site Dot's Diner, open limited hours on Fridays through Sundays, serves homemade breakfasts and lunches in a classic "greasy spoon" setting.
Paradise Shores Camp, Bridgeport, CA
From Paradise Shores Camp, you can see the surrounding Sierra Mountains and drive to spectacular nearby attractions such as Yosemite National Park and Bodie State Historic Park, home to a gold-mining ghost town. Fully furnished trailers are available to rent or you can connect your own RV to power, water, Wi-Fi and a septic facility. If you’re not into backpacking, hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing, go easy on yourself. Nap in a hammock or relax around a campfire.
Mountain Home RV Park, Mountain Home, ID
A member of the Grapevine 7 Resorts family, Mountain Home RV Park boasts 213 full hook-up sites with large concrete patios, a playground, basketball court, exercise room and area for off-leash pets. Bruneau Dunes State Park is fun to visit while you're there. About 26 miles away, it features a sand dune that towers 470 feet above the surrounding desert; rent a sandboard to slip and slide on it. Back at Mountain Home, take a dip in the refreshing pool.
Splashway Water Park and Campground, Sheridan, TX
Play in the wave pool, float on the lazy river or slip down an award-winning water slide at Splashway Water Park and Campground. Its sites accommodate most RVs, motorhomes, pop-ups and fifth wheels, and all have full hookups with pull-through or back-in options. This is the state’s highest-rated waterpark, but you don’t have to get wet to have fun. Try your hand at putt-putt or laser tag, rent a pedal cart or join in one of the special events. Complimentary balls for basketball and volleyball are available in the camp store.
Big Pine Campground, Custer, SD
Peaceful Big Pine Campground sits in the heart of South Dakota's Black Hills. It's fun to rent one of the campground's retro trailers, or you can pitch a tent or park your own RV. Primitive sites and sites with basic hook-ups are available. There’s plenty to see and do in this area: Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park and the Crazy Horse Memorial, among other attractions. Kids of all ages can play horseshoes and volleyball at the campground or hike and bike the scenic trails.
The Views RV Park and Campground, Dolores, CO
The Views is a 42-acre RV park and campground located near the McPhee Reservoir, Colorado's fifth largest lake, so it's easy to go boating, paddle boarding and fishing here. If you’re into hunting, venture into the mountains or desert. Choose a glamping tent or bring your big rig; the park's rustic, quiet RV sites are generously sized and have full hookups. Try the mountain bike and hiking trails, grill hamburgers at the pavilion or catch up on business or your favorite online games with the free Wi-Fi.
Dark Sky RV Campground, Kanab, UT
Utah's Dark Sky RV Park and Campground has 18 pull-through sites with full hookups. Each site also has a shade structure with an outdoor dining table and low cocktail table. At night, warm your hands by a propane fire pit as you watch the stars come out. During the day, catch a shuttle into town to shop, or ride an e-bike to Kanab when the shuttle stops running for the season. To reach the backcountry, rent one of the park's Roxors, 4x4 off-road utility vehicles, to see the area’s hidden lakes, dinosaur tracks, petroglyphs and breathtaking views. (The upgraded Roxors are legal for street use, too.)
Lazy Day Campground, Danville, MO
The owners of Lazy Day Campground like to say it’s in the middle of nowhere (it’s actually 1.5 miles from 1-70 between St. Louis and Kansas City). That's a plus because it's ideal for stargazing or hiking, birdwatching, swimming and catch-and-release fishing. The roomy parking pads are graveled and most are pull-throughs. Each site has a fire pit and picnic table. Want more adventures? Eco Adventures Ziplining is about eleven miles away in New Florence; the campground is just 3 miles from Graham Cave State Park, where hunter-gathers may have lived some 8000 to 10000 years ago.
All About Relaxing RV Park, Theodore, AL
All About Relaxing RV Park, near Mobile, Alabama, lives up to its name. You can kick back and relax after you pull through or back into one of the 41 RV sites with full hook-ups. Experience Southern hospitality as you lounge by the pool, sit and chat in the covered pavilion, grill fish or steaks for dinner or walk your pup in the on-site dog park. Dauphin Island Park and Beach is about 30 minutes away. Another short drive takes you to the beautiful Bellingrath Gardens and Home.
Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, various locations
Book early to reserve a spot at one of the Yogi Bear Jellystone Parks across America (they're in Canada, too). Rent an RV — some are pet-friendly — or bring your own. Most campsites offer water, electric and sewer hook-ups, private fire rings and picnic tables. Deluxe pull-through sites have extra room for slide-outs. At each park, you'll find fun activities and events that range from wagon rides to jumping pillows. Don’t leave before you snap a few family pix with Yogi, Boo Boo and Cindy Bear.