24 Best National Parks For Large RV Camping (40+ Feet)
It’s common for campers to shy away from purchasing a large motorhome because they’re worried about navigation and finding great campsites. In fact, we thought it would be difficult to find good campgrounds for these big rigs as well. But we were wrong.
After crunching the data, we found 24 National Parks that had campgrounds suitable for large RVs, 5th wheels or travel trailers. And the results do not correlate with the size of the National Park.
Campsites for large travel trailers and motorhomes can be found from the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in between. If you have a large RV, check out this list!
Denali National Park
There are three campgrounds in Denali National Park that can accommodate large RVs. None of the campgrounds in Denali have electricity, so you’ll want to pack your generator, hook up some solar panels, or try these boondocking tips.
Riley Creek Campground is open year-round and has the most amenities including laundry, a dump station, and flush toilets. The area is large and wooded with flat, gravel roads making it easy to drive. Riley Creek has 142 campsites and admission is free making it a great place to stop.
Teklaniaka River and Sage River Campgrounds have a combined 93 campsites with pit toilets and potable water. They are typically open from May-September.
Grand Canyon National Park
With views of the Grand Canyon just steps aways, Trailer Village Campground is the ideal location for a large motorhome or travel trailer. There are 84 campsites with full hookups and pull-through lots large enough for campers up to 50 feet in length.
You’ll find a dump station, potable water, showers, and laundry services on-site and it’s open year-round. Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time because there are no first-come, first-served campsites.
Hot Springs National Park
One of the most relaxing vacations you can take is a trip to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. The tourist destination has a variety of spas and quiet hiking trails to unwind. Gulpha Gorge Campground is run by the National Park Service and has 40 campsites. Some of the sites are large enough for RV campers up to 60 feet long!
The campground is open year-round and has a dump station, electric hookups, and flush toilets–though you won’t find any showers.
California National Parks have a lot of options when it comes to large RV camping.
Death Valley National Park
If there was ever a park made for large RVs, it’s Death Valley. The flat, gravel campgrounds in Death Valley make driving and parking easy–although you will be right next to the neighbors.
The Sunset and Stovepipe Wells campgrounds have a combined 460 sites for any length of RV. Many of these are pull-through lots so you can bring the largest motorhomes. Amenities include flush toilets and dump stations. But you won’t find any electric hookups or laundry services. Fortunately, both of these campgrounds allow generators.
Camping in the desert gets HOT so we don’t recommend going there in the summer.
King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
The campgrounds at King’s Canyon and Sequioia are surprisingly friendly to large RVs. The National Park Service has a shuttle that allows you to set up camp then get to the best hiking trails without much of a walk.
Sentinel campground is the best for really large RVs because there are pull-through sites for campers over 50 feet! Lodgepole has campsites for vehicles up to 42 feet, while Dorst Creek and Sunset have spots for motorhomes up to 45 feet in length.
None of the RV campgrounds at King’s Canyon or Sequoia have electric hookups, but a dump station can be found at Dorst Creek.
Lassen Volcanic Park
Two campsites in Lassen Volcanic Park: Butte and Manzanita are perfect for large motorhomes. Each of these campsites can house vehicles up to 45 feet and have potable water and flush toilets.
Unfortunately, no campgrounds in Lassen have electric hookups or dump stations–so get ready for some boondocking!
Lost Creek Campground has 8 group sites with enough space for a 40-foot camper.
Pinnacles National Park
Camping at the Pinnacles National Park is perfect for tents, RVs and travel trailers. With a variety of flat sites that are easy to access, every type of adventurer is welcome. At the Pinnacles Campground, you’ll find electric hookups at nearly every site, a dump station, water, and showers.
Pinnacles have 134 mixed campsites; the largest of which can house vehicles up to 70 feet long.
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison
If you want perfect views of the night sky and access to electric hookups for your large RV then South Rim Campground in Black Canyon of the Gunnison is the place to go. There are 88 campsites with 20A, 30A and 50A hookups and potable water.
Campsites can support campers up to 55 feet and the location is within one mile of the visitor center.
Rocky Mountain National Park
In the famous Rocky Mountain National Park, there is just one campsite with spaces large enough for RVs up to 40 feet; Moraine Park.
Moraine Park has 244 mixed campsites with potable water, flush toilets, and a dump station. You won’t find any electric hookups at this location, but there are 360 degrees of views and numerous hiking trails to keep you occupied.
Everglades National Park
There are warm, sunny days 365 days of the year in Florida making it a great location to take the RV down in the winter. Two campgrounds in the Everglades National Park are particularly receptive to large motorhomes.
Long Pine Key Campground has 108 sites for RVs and trailers up to 45 feet. There is also a dump station, showers, and potable water. If you want electric hookups, head on over to the Flamingo Campground. At Flamingo you’ll find 120 campsites for rigs up to 45 feet, a dump station, showers, electricity, and flush toilets.
Glacier National Park
Way up north on the border of Canada in Montana is beautiful Glacier National Park. Camping at Glacier is a special treat because you have the opportunity to wake up next to 700 miles of trails right outside your doorstep. The park is a hiker’s paradise.
St. Mary Campground is located on the far east end of the park. It is the largest campground in the area and has three campsites that can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, and 22 campsites that can host rigs up to 35 feet. The campground also has flush toilets, showers, and a dump station.
On the opposite side of the park, Apgar Campground has 25 campsites that are suitable for campers up to 40 feet in length. The campsites feature flush toilets, electric hookups, and a dump station.
Each of these campgrounds in Glacier are open year-round and accept reservations ahead of time.
Great Basin National Park
In the foothills of Nevada lies Great Basin National Park. Although there are 7 campgrounds in the park, only one is developed. It’s also designed for large RV campers. Lower Lehman Creek has pull-through sites for campers up to 50 feet long.
Unfortunately, there are only 11 campsites here and reservations are not available ahead of time so you’ll need to plan ahead. There are no electric hookups or a dump station.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
There is one campground in Theodore Roosevelt National Park as well as one group campsite and one horse camp. The cottonwood campground has 72 sites ranging from tent to boat-in and RV campsites.
The longest RV sites can house campers up to 65-feet. Unfortunately there are no electric hookups or dump stations in this park.
Wind Cave National Park
One of the longest and most complex cave systems in the world is at Wind Cave National Park. Above the cave, rolling prairies and grasslands paint the area and create a pleasant camping space. Elk Mountain Campground is the only campsite within the park.
It has 61 sites with flush toilets and drinking water available throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Elk Mountain has a number of campsites that will work for RVs up to 40 feet in length. There is no cell phone service, dump station, or reservations available, so plan accordingly!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The most visited National Parks in the United States is the Great Smoky Mountains. Camping in the National Park is the perfect way to experience wildlife, the close-in trail system, and surround yourself with rivers and waterfalls.
None of the campgrounds in the Great Smoky Mountains have electric hookups or showers.
Three campgrounds within the park are suitable for large RVs. Cades Cove Campground is the largest and has a dump station, flush toilets, and water. It’s open year-round and can house campers up to 40 feet long.
When staying at Look Rock Campground there’s a good chance you’ll get to see some wildlife. There are pull-through sites big enough for any length of RV, a dump station nearby, and cool temperatures.
Smokemont Campground rests in the meadows on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. There are campsites here for RVs up to 40 feet long, flush toilets, and a year-round dump station.
Big Bend National Park
Located next to the Chisos Mountain Range and Chihuahuan desert is Big Bend National Park. The campgrounds in Big Bend are open year-round and equipped with everything you would need for a large camper.
The Rio Grand Village RV campground has 25 sites for campers up to 40 feet. 20 of these can be reserved, and the other 5 are saved first-come, first-served travelers. Each of these sites comes with full hookups including electric, sewer, and water. There is also a dump station located nearby.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Pine Springs Campground has 19 sites that are suitable for motorhomes and trailers up to 40 feet in length. These campsites are paved and not very private; in fact, many campers describe the area as a parking lot. There are no hookups, dump stations, or hose connections for water within the park–although there is a spigot near the registration board.
The benefit to Pine Springs is that it’s nearby many trailheads so there are a lot of opportunities for hiking right outside your door.
Capitol Reef National Park
Smack dab in the middle of red rock country is the colorful Capitol Reef National Park. With cliffs, canyons, and unique rock formations to explore, this is a can’t miss park in Utah’s Big 5.
There is only one campground in Capitol Reef: Fruita Campground. Fortunately, this is a great place to camp in your RV. Fruita campground has 71 sites although only a portion of these are compatible with large campers.
29 campsites can fit an RV up to 40 feet and 22 campsites accommodate motorhomes up to 52 feet. There are no electric hookups or showers located here, but there is a dump station.
Zion National Park
Zion is one of the most popular National Parks in the US. With steep red cliffs, breathtaking canyons, and the famous Angel’s Landing hike, there is a lot to explore. Two campgrounds in Zion are perfect for large RVs.
South Campground has 117 sites and is perfect for RVs up to 40 feet. It’s located just 1/2 mile from the park entrance so it’s very easy to get to. There is no electricity or showers at South campground, but there is good cell phone service and a dump station.
Watchman Campground is even larger and better for RVs. This campsite has pull-through spaces big enough for 50 foot trailers. Like South Campground, there are no showers or electric hookups but there is a dump station and good cell reception.
Zion has a shuttle system throughout the park so it’s easy to set up camp and explore everything on foot and by bus.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park rests outside the city of Moab and is known for its hundreds of natural arch formations. There is only one campground within the park, so sites fill up quickly. We recommend making reservations ahead of time. These are available from March-October.
Devil’s Garden Campground has 51 campsites with flush toilets and potable water. And many of the campsites can accommodate RVs 20-40 feet long. Paved roads make it easy to maneuver your motorhome through the park. Close proximity to a variety of hiking trails makes Devil’s Garden a prime starting point for hiking to Delicate Arch.
There are no electric hookups, showers, or dump stations at this campsite. Cell phone reception is also poor. From November to February all campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so it can be difficult to snag a site.
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is an excellent park to visit if you have a large RV or travel trailer set up. With three campsites that can fit RVs between 35-100 feet long you’ll be sure to find a place to spend the night.
Matthew’s Arm Campground has 116 campsites with potable water, flush toilets, and a dump station. It is suitable for campers up to 75 feet.
Big Meadows is the best in the park if you have a big rig. There are 167 campsites and many of the lots are pull-through sites so you can bring a motorhome up to 100 feet long. This campground also has the most amenities with flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities, and a dump station.
Lewis Mountain is another great campground for big campers. Here, you’ll find 31 campsites with room for rigs up to 40 feet. There are also shower and laundry facilities available. This campground is available on a first-come, first-served basis only.
North Cascades National Park
A mix of glaciers, lakes, and mountains, nothing beats the beauty of North Cascades National Park. Even though there are 19 established campgrounds in the park, only one is suitable for large campers.
Newhalem Creek Campground has 109 sites that are available by reservation only. A few of these campsites are large enough for RVs up to 45 feet long. This campground has flush toilets and drinking water, but there are no showers, electric hookups, or dump stations.
We saved the best for last. If you have a very large motorhome or travel trailer, then Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming are the best places to travel.
Each of these parks has hundreds of campsites that can fit RVs of all sizes.
Yellowstone National Park
In Yellowstone, four campgrounds are suitable for rigs up to 40 feet long. And Norris Campground can hold the largest motorhomes up to 50 feet in length.
Fishing Bridge RV Park is the only one in Yellowstone with full electric hookups. However, all of these campgrounds come with potable water, flush toilets, and are nearby dump stations.
Grand Teton National Park
In Grand Teton National Park, four campsites are suitable for motorhomes up to 45 feet in length. All four have potable water and flush toilets. Colter Bay, Colter Bay RV Park, and Headwaters also have showers, laundry, electric hookups, and a dump station. All RV campsites are reservable ahead of time.
Happy Travels With Your Large RV!
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Hey guys! Thanks for the article on camping with a big camper. My wife and I are in the market for our first new to us camper. Most of the time it’ll just be us camping but we’d still like a camper that feels somewhat roomy on the inside so we like ones with slides. I would love any advice on what overall length to try to stay under in addition to my 20′ long Ford F-150. We’re looking at one now for example that is 30′ overall length. We love the camper but don’t want to start limiting our options with an overall length of 50′.
Thanks for any advice you can give!
Thank you for the valuable information.
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