National Parks are one of the most popular destinations for RVers all across North America. Seasoned road warriors and rookie RVers alike take to the highways to stay at America’s best idea, but, unfortunately, many of these rookie RVers head into National Parks underprepared. To help you out we’ve crafted a beginner’s guide to RVing to National Parks.
National Park Tips for RVers
Let’s make this first subject clear, the majority of National Parks across the United States have minimal RV amenities and services. That doesn’t mean they lack basic services, most National Parks will come with RV lots, dump stations and restrooms and several do have utility hookups but for many National Parks limited amenities are the norm.
Dry camping means that you are camping in your RV without any type of utility hookup (electric, water and sewer). Many of America’s National Parks lack utility hookups so you will need to be prepared to dry camp. This could include proper attire, proper supplies, and the proper attitude. If you plan on staying at National Parks, dry camping is a skill that you must learn to master.
Many National Parks can be several miles from basic services such as groceries and gas. Before heading to a National Park, it will be in your best interest to plan for this and stock up on supplies unless you want to haul yourself to the nearest town after a day-long hike. Research where basic services are in relations to the park before heading out so you know where you stand.
You may be in a world of trouble if you try jamming your Class A diesel pusher down a tiny dirt road only to find that the National Park RV campground won’t support your ride. Many National Parks have set limitations on the types and sizes of RVs they can accommodate so make sure your ride fits within these criteria before booking your space. Luckily, National Parks list these size specifications and limitations on their website. If you aren’t sure, make sure you call before booking.
Know the Rules
Every National Park will have its own rules and regulations. This could have to do with quiet hours, generator use and even firewood. Make sure you know the park’s guidelines before even parking your ride so you stay a great park neighbor and respect others.
Many RVers love to take their four-legged friends on their excursions and we think that’s great, but you may need to know what you’re doing in National Parks. Every park will have their own regulations when it comes to pets, these could be simple leash laws or not allowing pets of any type. Make sure you know if Fido is welcome before getting turned away at the park entrance.
You should always follow park etiquette when RVing and National Parks are no different. Observe quiet hours, don’t walk through others’ campsites and try to generally be a great neighbor. Observing park etiquette will make sure both you and your neighbors have a pleasant National Park experience.
Get Your Passes
Many National Park visitors don’t take advantage of National Park discounts and passes. This includes military, senior and government discounts. Research your options before booking to nab these discounts and if you are a frequent National Park flyer, we suggest getting your hands on an annual National Park pass.
The best way to learn about RVing to National Parks is to actually do it. These basic rules and suggestions can get you a head start. So get you and your ride out to National Parks to enjoy some of these great natural treasures.