Whether you want to be in the middle of nowhere with zero cell reception or prefer the company of others and days filled with activities, there’s something for everyone when it comes to finding an RV site that fits your lifestyle and budget.
In our last blog, we talked about the types of hookups available at RV campsites. This month we’re going to cover various types of RV parks and resorts — from remote, rustic locations to full-on vacation spots and resorts — and everything in between.
Gorgeous views, trails for hiking and lakes for fishing are just some of the features you can expect at a national park campground. While most do not offer hookups, national parks tend to be more affordable than RV parks. The key with national parks is to plan early — as much as six months to a year in advance — to ensure you reserve a spot for your fifth wheel or travel trailer.
RV Parks and Resorts
Here’s the difference between camping and glamping. Larger RV resorts tend to be more expensive, but they also have full hookups, onsite restrooms and shower facilities and offer amenities like pools, water slides and other family-friendly activities. Not all RV resorts are created equal so don’t be fooled by the name. Some offer ample space between you and your neighbors while others like to pack in as many campers and RVs as they can.
State parks fall somewhere in between national parks and RV resorts when it comes to amenities, pricing and the types of hookups offered. They tend to have smaller campgrounds, but are big when it comes to outdoor activities with lots of room for hiking and exploring.
These types of RV campsites are unique in that they vary from owner to owner. While they typically do not offer hookups of any kind, you might find a gem, or at least a great place to spend the night as you head to your final destination. Private campsites also tend to be more secluded with room for only a handful of RVs, so if privacy tops your priority list, then this might be for you.
Boondocking and BLM Land
Did someone say free? Boondocking, or dry camping as some like to call it because there are no hookups, requires a self-contained RV. Most boondocking areas are run by the Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service. And while this type of camping isn’t for everyone because you’ll really be roughing it, it can be a great stopping place between campgrounds. Stay a night or two and soak up the scenery and get back in touch with Mother Nature.
Wherever you are headed, plan ahead! Visit websites, browse images, check the rules, compare rates and read reviews, all of which should provide ample information for you to make an informed decision. Whether you’re staying the night, a week or longer, know before you go to make the most of your next RV adventure.