While many popular areas on tribal lands or reservations (such as Monument Valley) require permits or special guides, there are many Native areas around the country that cater to travelers.
Some of these areas have convenient campgrounds that tend to be away from the main crowds, yet are close to the nation’s beautiful natural areas. Whether you want to stay close to a canyon or a casino, check out these five campgrounds on your next RV trip.
1. Spider Rock Campground, Arizona
Located on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Arizona, Spider Rock Campground is right on the edge of the Canyon de Chelly National Monument. For over 5,000 years, the Navaho people have lived in or near the canyon and it’s now popular for hiking and guided Jeep tours.
In fact, the campground staff offers their own tours into the high-walled canyon where you can see cliff dwellings and rock art. The campground offers RV spots for only $16 a night with water and sewer service. If you want, you can also rent a traditional hogan. Each structure was hand-built by the campground owner with local materials.
2. Chewing Blackbones RV Park And Campground, Montana
If you have ever tried to get a campsite at Glacier National Park, you know how difficult it can be during high season. Just a few miles down the road from the park is Chewing Blackbones RV Park and Campground.
Owned by the Blackfeet Nation, this campground is right on the shore of St. Mary Lake and has great amenities such as a store, laundromat, and showers. The campground offers full-service RV sites, or you can rent a canvas tipi for the night with views of Glacier in your backyard.
3. Big Cypress RV Resort, Florida
Just a stone’s throw from the Florida Everglades, the Big Cypress RV Resort is owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This resort has it all with both grass and paved RV sites, full hook-ups, air-conditioned cabins, a heated pool, and clubhouse.
In addition, the resort features a mini golf course, bocce courts, and shuffleboard. RV sites run around $40 to $50 per night and are pet-friendly.
4. Wolf Campground, North Carolina
Since the 1800s the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have lived on their own land near the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Named the Qualla Boundary, the 57,000 acres are located next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The town of Cherokee is a centrally located hamlet very close to the entrance of the park and the Wolf Campground is a few miles from Cherokee. The family-run campground is close to the Oconaluftee River and has sites with electric and sewer, hot showers, and a camp store.
5. Grand River Casino and Resort, South Dakota
On the edge of the massive Missouri River, the Grand River Casino and Resort is owned by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Bay at Grand River is the resort’s campground and includes 70 RV sites, cabins, two boat ramps to Lake Oahe, and a camp store.
The campground is perfect for fishing enthusiasts with bait, tackle supplies, and a fish cleaning station. The Bay is only open during the summer, but RV sites are low-cost at $17 per night.