Many RVers hit the road to see all of the National Parks across the country, from Denali National Park in Alaska to the Everglades in Southern Florida. The only problem is, many of the NPS campgrounds do not offer full hookups, they often have smaller campsites to navigate, and they can be very crowded because of their close proximity to all the trails and park attractions.
Staying nearby is a great alternative if you’d rather have full hookups, more resort-style amenities, and more room to spread out. These are five great RV resorts where you can do just that near some of the most popular national parks across the US. You can also find all of the campgrounds in your local area easily on CampgroundReviews.com, the RV LIFE App With GPS, and RV LIFE Trip Wizard.
1. Grand Canyon Railway RV Park (near Grand Canyon National Park)
Yes, RV camping is allowed inside Grand Canyon National Park, but the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park makes a great alternative about an hour south of the South Rim entrance. Instead of trying to navigate your big motorhome through the Grand Canyon (along with everyone else trying to visit), park your RV here in Williams, AZ, walk over to the historic train depot, and take a train into the park.
Three types of RV sites are available, including pull-thrus, back-ins, and group sites. All spaces are big-rig friendly and equipped with 30/50-amp power, water and sewer hookups, and free WiFi. Visitors also have access to the indoor swimming pool and hot tub at the adjacent Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.
The park is open year-round and is the only all-paved RV park in the Williams area. They’re only two blocks from the historic Route 66 and a short drive from the many attractions around downtown Williams.
2. Rocky Mountain RV Park (near Yellowstone National Park)
Only ¼ mile (four blocks) from Yellowstone’s North Entrance is the highly-rated Rocky Mountain RV Park. Full hookup RV sites are available at the park as well as deluxe and rustic cabins.
Their amenities include camp-wide free WiFi, shower facilities, free mini-golf, coin-operated washers and dryers, a general store, and a campfire area.
Go fishing or hiking on the Yellowstone River or head inside the National Park to see iconic features like Old Faithful, Yellowstone Falls, or Mammoth Hot Springs. The RV park is also within a short walking distance of the restaurants and stores in downtown Gardiner, Montana.
3. Yosemite Ridge Resort (near Yosemite National Park)
Highway 120 runs west to east through Central California, all the way through Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Ridge Resort is conveniently located along the highway, only 12 miles from the park’s Big Oak Flat Entrance.
Their spacious pull-thru RV sites can accommodate any size rig and RVs with slideouts. Each site has full hookups and most spaces are also treated to a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. They also have eight different cabins and garden cottages that are fully furnished and equipped with heating and A/C.
Take a day trip into Yosemite to see the iconic waterfalls and granite cliffs from famous viewpoints like Tunnel View. There are miles of hiking trails to explore as well as great attractions like restaurants, a museum, and a gallery in Yosemite Village.
4. Spruce Lake RV Resort (near Rocky Mountain National Park)
Estes Park, Colorado is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park as it lies right outside of the eastern Beaver Meadows entrance. Spruce Lake RV Resort is just minutes away from downtown Estes Park as well as the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.
The resort, even with its easy access to the Rockies and attractions around town, still feels like a world of its own with a private crystal clear lake and access to the Big Thompson River. They offer 123 full-service and partial-service RV sites, along with four cabins and an Angler’s Cottage.
When you’re not hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, take some time to enjoy the many activities right here at the RV park. Fishing, mini-golf, horseshoes, yard games and more can be enjoyed at the park, as well as a heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub during the summer. They provide a daily trash pickup, and a bathhouse and laundry facility that are open 24/7.
5. Twin Creek RV Resort (near Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
Great Smoky Mountain National Park has three main entrances, including one easily accessible from Gatlinburg, TN. The closest RV park to downtown Gatlinburg, on their own wooded and private 30 acres, is Twin Creek RV Resort with spacious, paved pull-thru sites and full hookups. All of their sites have a fire ring and grill, as well as a cement patio with bench seating.
Take a dip in their pool or browse their boutique for new clothes and accessories. RV supplies can be purchased at their camp store, and if you need something fixed in your rig, there is also RV repair available on-site. Pet owners can enjoy the fenced-in pet area while their washers and dryers make it easy to catch up on laundry.
They will be open for the season soon beginning on March 28, 2020. You may want to go ahead and make your reservations now!