The National Parks of America are full of mountains, deserts, valleys, and everything else in between. All offer natural beauty and spectacular views so it’s no wonder that they’re extremely popular with RVers. While all of them will make for a remarkable vacation, there are three that are a fantastic place to start for anyone. The one thing they all have in common (besides the beauty) is RV hookups. While you don’t need hookups to enjoy an RV vacation, they sure make life easier.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park has a total of 12 campsites, only one has hookups and that is the Fishing Bridge Campground. The campground has a total of 340 sites, electrical, water, and sewage, a general store, shower and laundry facilities, and a dump station. And it’s perfectly located right next to the mouth of the Yellowstone River.
Because Yellowstone is so large (3,472 square miles to be exact), there’s a lot to be seen and done. It’s not a spot where you can spend just one day. From Old Faithful, wide open prairies, mountain streams, to endless amounts of trails, you will never grow bored. Which is why having a campsite with hookups is ideal!
Grand Teton is home outdoor fun and plenty of serene views. Popular activities include hiking, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, bouldering, mountaineering, and biking. If you’re brave enough to face the weather conditions, Jackson Hole is famous for its snowboarding and skiing.
Luckily, they kept RVers in mind when creating campsites. Colter Bay RV Park is located near Jackson Hole and is home to 112 sites complete with water, sewer, and electric. Headwaters Campground is located 5-miles north of the Grand Teton park boundaries and has electric, water, and sewer. This makes Grand Teton one of the most RV-friendly national parks in the US.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is a true desert oasis. If you’re looking for a desert getaway, the Grand Canyon is a great place to start. Not only is it close to other national parks (Glen Canyon, Monument Valley, Joshua Tree, Petrified Forest, etc.), but it’s also RV friendly. The South Rim is open to RVs as large as 50-feet and the North Rim is open to RVs up to 27-feet long.
While there are many campsites throughout the park, there is only one with hookups and that is Trailer Village, on the South Rim. It does book up quickly so if you decide on the Grand Canyon for your next adventure, you will want to book in advance.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option and you aren’t too picky about having hookups, you can do a bit of boondocking just south of the Grand Canyon. Dispersed camping is allowed in the area and there are many rustic RV sites that you can stay at for free is you take a look at websites like freecampsites.net or by asking locals in the area.
While having hookups is a luxury many people love, don’t let the thought of going without hookups keep you from exploring America’s great national parks. These three national parks are just a glimpse of the natural wilderness that the US has to offer. But they are a great starting point for those who are overwhelmed by all of the options!
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