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RVing and Zion National Park: A Perfect Vacation Combination

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 3:01pm, Wednesday 22 October 2014.

America has some awe inspiring national parks, and none more so than the colorful Zion National Park. Winding rivers combined with the richly painted mountain-scape make this park a must see. But to really make it an experience not to be forgotten, see it with an RV.

There are several RV parks in the area of Zion National Park. One in particular is beyond a campground or RV park; it is a resort in every sense of the word. Zion River Resort RV Park and Campground offers the opportunity to experience Zion's beauty while enjoying resort level comfort.

The national park itself is free, as is the two-hour tram tour offered, with a park ranger acting as your tour guide. Campsites range from $45-$60 a night depending on what amenities you choose and the type of RV you bring with you.

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Amenities


The RV Park offers many extras, including a camper kitchen located in a gazebo. There you can fire up one of the available grills while enjoying some interaction with other campers. There is also a dog park for your family pet. There is a game room
offering satellite T.V., billiards and game tables, as well as free coffee every morning. The camp store is equipped to accommodate your every need and you may find the laundromat useful as well.

Your campsite offers full hook-ups under your own shade tree, plus a fire ring and picnic table. Behind you flows the Virgin River. And you need not worry about Internet withdrawal symptoms, as free Wi-Fi is also available as well as cable television.

What To Do At Zion National Park

It takes little imagination to figure out how to spend your days. Hiking and climbing in the painted hills and desert rank highest among possible activities.

There is a social hall with a large screen TV so you can socialize with other RVers and campers. While you read or watch a movie, the kids can play board games. They'll also enjoy the large swimming pool onsite.

A guided tour of the park is a must, and while you're at it, you might want to take a detour to Salt Lake City. There you can visit such historic sites as the Brigham Young home or the Mormon Temple. You might also enjoy seeing the Human History Museum which covers the area when inhabited primarily by native Americans and later by pioneers passing through in their covered wagons.

Outdoor Activities


Tubing is very popular, especially after a long, hot hike. Rent a tube at one of several stores in town and have a relaxing float down river. Also enjoy canoeing, rafting, fishing or just relaxing and letting the days pass by as you read or doze in a hammock.

Yes, Zion National Park has so much to offer. Being in an RV allows you to be front and center to everything that is going on in and around the park. You do literally become one with nature living beneath the canopy of trees and painted hills. By the time you're trip is over, you will not be wanting to leave!

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RVing in Rocky Mountain National Park

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 2:47pm, Wednesday 22 October 2014.

The Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most favorite camping destinations for RVers. You will be able to experience true wilderness within these pristine lands. It would help to make you feel one with nature no matter how you decide to camp in the Rocky Mountain National park. The park encompasses 415 square miles, which contain spectacular mountainous environments within this space. There are over 300-miles of hiking trails, exotic flora and fauna, starry nights and great fun times. RVing in Rocky Mountain National Park could be an experience that would linger throughout the lifetime of any RVer.

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The unique community-meets-wilderness experience within the campgrounds would definitely offer a never forgetting experience for families, groups and couples. The camping charges would range from $20 plus taxes per night during the summer. This rate will be lowered to $14 during the winter. There are discounts offered to senior citizens over 65-years of age. Disabled citizens are also offered discounts up to 50% of the normal charges. RVers are advised to check-in after 1.00 p.m. and check-out by noon. All campers are advised to abide by the quiet hours within the camp premises posted by the management. Some of the most popular campgrounds for RVers are listed below.

Glacier Basin - The Glacier Basin is located on the Bear Lake road. It is approximately 6 miles south of the Beaver Meadows visitor center. There are 150-camp sites within the campground. It provides easy access to many areas of the east side of the park. The campground offers shuttle stops, tent and RV spots (35-feet) and ranger-led evening programs in trekking the park. Book in advance since there are many RVers flocking to this campground during summer time.

Longs Peak - This campground is located in the Wild Basin area. It is located off Highway 7 and south of Estes Park. The campground offers year-around tent-only campsites. The site features flush-toilets, firewood and summer water access.

Timber Creek
- This is the only campground located on the west side of the park. It is considered the best place for those who are seeking an open spot on first-come basis. The 98-sites on this campground could accommodate RVs of up to 30-feet. It consists of water-hookups and a dump station too. This campground is open year-around.

Moraine Park - This is another year-around campground which is preferred by campers and hikers alike. Easy access is available through the Bear Lake road. The ground features 244 campsites. All of these campsites permit up to 40-feet long RVs. Water hookups and dump stations are available to service these RVs. Group sites are available on request.

Aspenglen - This is another campground located just inside the park originating from the Fall River entrance. This 54-campsite ground is open only during the summer months. The campground is able to accommodate RVs of up to 30-feet, but it doesn't have water hook-up facilities and a dump station.

In conclusion, the Rocky Mountain National park is one of the best camping grounds for the avid RVer in Colorado.

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RVing: The Best Way To See Grand Canyon National Park

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 2:53pm, Tuesday 14 October 2014.

The Grand Canyon is considered one of the wonders of the world. And there is no better way to see it than while camping. If you enjoy RVing or pulling a travel trailer, there are three great campgrounds operated by the National Park Service, and a fourth that, while privately owned, is located within the Park.

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Let's take a look at each of these campgrounds and the camping facilities they provide:

NORTH RIM CAMPGROUND

The North Rim Campground is open seasonally from the middle of May through the middle of October. This campground is located on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, near the North Rim Lodge and Cabins. It offers 78 campsites plus an additional 12 tent-only sites. None come with RV hook ups.

The North Rim Campground is booked solid every day it is open so you must make your reservations month in advance. Note, though, that even though the campground is always fully booked, the number of people visiting the North Rim is a fraction of those who travel to the south rim.  So crowds are not a problem.

You can drive from Flagstaff to the North Rim in bout 5 hours pulling a trailer.  Once you cross the Lee's Ferry Bridge in Marble Canyon, however, beware that you are facing about 30 miles of constant climbing. Many stretches are long and steep will push your transmission temperatures to the limit.

The campground offers a waist dump station and restrooms.  There are also coin operated laundry and shower facilities at the entrance. Wood and charcoal fires are permitted within the campsite grills.

MATHER CAMPGROUND

Mather Campground is on the South Rim and is located in Grand Canyon Village. This facility is open 12 months out of the year and reservations are a must.

Mather is situated in a high elevation and caution should be used by those traveling from lower elevations. It is not unusual for the campground to experience thunderstorms during the summer months of June, July, August and September.

The terrain in  Mather campground is rocky and hard  and sleeping pads are suggested. Also, if you are coming in with an RV, leveling equipment is strongly recommended. The facility has no hook-ups but coin operated showers and laundry facilities are available on the campground.

Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring, however the collecting firewood is not permitted. Fire wood may be purchased in the general store

There is only space for five fifth-wheels trailers in Mather at any one time.  

DESERT VIEW CAMPGROUND (NPS)

The NPS Desert View Campground is also located on the South Rim, but about 25 miles east of the Village. That makes it about a 30 minute drive to the main entrance. Don't let that deter you, however, because many people love the remoteness of this campground.

The campground offers no RV hook ups, but there are available bathrooms and sinks where you can wash dishes. There is no external lighting, so don't forget your flashlights.

Each campsite is allowed 2 vehicles, maximum. No more than six people are allowed at each campsite with a maximum of three tents. Any vehicle pulling a trailer or pop up camper is counted as two vehicles, including a motor home is towing a car.

No reservations are accepted and spaces are available strictly on a first-come basis. The campground is open from mid May through mid October.

TRAILER VILLAGE

Trailer Village is privately operated and the only campground inside the park that offers full RV hook-ups. Trailer Village provides pull-through paved sites for RVs up to 50 feet in length. It is conveniently located near the Canyon Village Market Place and Camper Services, which are a short half mile from the canyon rim.

Each campsite offers a picnic table along with a barbecue grill. There are 30 and 50 amp electrical services, water and sewage hook-ups and cable TV.

Nearby Camper Services offers coin-operated laundry facilities, showers, a dump station and potable water. There are also available telephones and vending machines. The campground is open all year.

If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, RVing is definitely the way to go! It is a family vacation you will never forget. Just make sure to do the necessary planning ahead of time and make those reservations!

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Planning For RV Camping at Glacier National Park?

posted by Brandon Esparza @ 2:47pm, Tuesday 14 October 2014.

Nothing compares to the Glacier National Park where outdoor activities are concerned. Glacier National Park encompasses more than one million acres of pristine Montana wilderness and consists of thirteen separate campgrounds. Seven of these campgrounds are equipped with all the amenities to accommodate RVers. The seven campgrounds include Fish Creek, Rising Sun, Avalanche, Many Glacier, St. Mary, Two Medicine and Apgar. Although, accommodation on these camping grounds are not expensive as the neighboring Wyoming sites, RV campers with fairly large rigs would require advanced planning, in order to secure a campsite within this park. This article will highlight some important tips for RVers who are planning to camp at the Glacier National Park.

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The Glacier National Park will not require campground reservations to be made months or years in advance similar to some other sites such as Yellowstone and Grand Canyon. Glacier is one of the few sites in the U.S. which offer reserved campgrounds as well as first-come, first-served campgrounds for RVers. You will not require to plan your RVing trip months in advance if you don't own a big rig.

The Glacier National Park is home to crystal clear lakes, breathtaking views and miles and miles of rugged trails. Whether you plan to bike, boat or hike on your RV camping trip, the Glacier National Park is the best place for such outdoor activities. You will come across 10,000-year-old archaeological finds and other historical attractions on your camping trip. The pleasant memories of a RV camping trip to the Glacier National Park are sure to linger with you for life. You could plan your RV camping trip to the Glacier National Park during any day of the year. It is open every day of the year. Most RVers would prefer the summer months for camping.

There are some important things to remember when planning a RV camping trip to the Glacier National Park. Even though there are seven campgrounds that accommodate RVers, some of these grounds have limited space for RVers. For example, the Rising Sun campground has 83 campsites, but only 10 of these are open to RVers. These 10 sites are the ones that are equipped with all the amenities required by RVers. The maximum size of the RV accepted into these grounds would vary. Rising Sun can accept 25-feet RV's the maximum. Apgar could accommodate the largest RV's, with a maximum of 40-feet. The average RV size is limited to 35-feet. The campgrounds in the park are not equipped with utility hook-ups. You should be prepared for this.

Since there are no electrical hook-ups in the park, many campers use generators in order to meet their electrical requirements. There are specific times permitted for using generators within the camp site. 8.00 to 10.00 a.m., 12.00 to 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 to 7.00 p.m. are the times allocated to operate generators in the park. Cutting or gathering firewood is prohibited within the camping site. There are fire grates designated for cooking purposes. Waste water should be disposed in a proper way by using a utility sink or at a dump station.

The aforementioned tips will help avid RVers to enjoy their outdoor activities in the Glacier National Park during this summer.

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