Gifts for RVers: National Park Passes

Looking for gift ideas for the RVers in your life? An America the Beautiful National Park Pass could be the perfect gift!

A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person).

To purchase the pass –

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Celebrate National Parks Week

The 20 Best Campgrounds Coast to Coast

From Atlantic to Pacific, America abounds with breathtaking scenery – and what better way to explore our nation’s beauty than a summertime camping trip? Sleeping under the stars renews the spirit, and pitching a tent is a budget-friendly alternative to expensive hotels. Plus, with more than 1,000 campgrounds across the country, there’s surely a destination for everyone. Whether you’re after breezy beaches or rugged wilderness, consider adding a few of these gorgeous campgrounds to your itinerary.

  1. Bartlett Cove at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska

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    Bartlett Cove offers picturesque views of Glacier Bay and its surrounding mountains. The remote lakeside campsite is accessible only via foot trail, but being able to whale watch from your tent is more than worth the walk.

  2. Redfish Lake Recreation Complex at Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho

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    Redfish Lake was named for the droves of sockeye salmon that used to journey here every year, but the endangered population has since become depleted, leading to the opening of a hatchery. Visitors to Redfish Lake Recreation Complex can spend their time hiking, fishing, picnicking, waterskiing, and exploring the forests of Idaho.

     

  3. Blackwoods Campground at Acadia National Park in Maine

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    Nestled along the rugged coastline of Acadia National Park, Blackwoods Campground provides ample opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, and canoeing. A 27-mile loop road allows for easy access to trailheads and historic sites like the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.

  4. Lovells Island at Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park in Massachusetts

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    Take a ferry to this 62-acre island, and you can camp near the beach, explore tide pools, and wander through the crumbling foundations of Fort Standish. Scenic hikes offer glimpses of the historic Boston Light on nearby Little Brewster Island, the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States.

  5. Lewey Lake State Campground in the Adirondacks in New York

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    Serene waterfront views await visitors to Lewey Lake State Campground, which is nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. If you’re planning to stay at the wooded site, be sure to add swimming, fishing, and hiking to your itinerary.

  6. Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland

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    Famed for its wild horse population, this 37-mile-long barrier island offers oceanside camping in a unique landscape. Consider renting kayaks to admire the feral horses from a distance.

     

  7. Tyler Bend Campground at Buffalo National River in Arkansas

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    Buffalo River has something for everyone, with recreations ranging from casual canoeing to whitewater rafting. Spend the day engaged in water activities, then relax on dry land at Tyler Bend Campground.

  8. Cades Cove at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee

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    Enjoy the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains in Cades Cove, a verdant valley full of hiking trails and wildlife. Visitors can also explore numerous historic buildings, including cabins, churches, and a gristmill.

  9. Chisos Basin Campground at Big Bend National Park in Texas

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    Surrounded by rocky cliffs, this desert campsite is located near some of Big Bend National Park’s most popular trailheads and the sinuous Rio Grande river.

  10. Sage Creek Campground at Badlands National Park in South Dakota

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    A stay at this primitive campground offers an authentic experience of the vast Badlands. Visitors can observe bison roaming the park’s prairie landscape, which abounds with colorful buttes formed from layers of sediment.

  11. North Rim Campground at the Grand Canyon in Arizona

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    You can experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World up close when you sleep on the North Rim of the breathtaking Grand Canyon. The campsite also affords easy access to the area’s most popular hiking trails and scenic vistas.

  12. Devils Garden Campground at Arches National Park in Utah

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    At Devils Garden Campground, visitors spend the night among the natural sandstone formations of Arches National Park. During the day, they can hike through the desert landscape, admiring the flowering cacti and juniper trees.

  13. Many Glacier at Glacier National Park in Montana

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    Sparkling lakes and abundant wildlife, including bighorn sheep, make Many Glacier campsite truly magical. Ancient glaciers carved out the mountainous terrain, and small glaciers can still be seen in the park today.

  14. Gallo Campground at Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico

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    Explore the ruins of the ancient Chacoan people at Gallo Campground in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The desert landscape is also perfect for stargazing, because the area is designated a “natural darkness zone,” where lighting is carefully regulated.

  15. Piñon Flats Campground at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado

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    Piñon Flats Campground has remarkable views of the towering sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Nearby activities include sand sledding and floating along Medano Creek.

  16. Little Beaver Lake Campground at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan

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    Little Beaver Lake Campground is the perfect home base for hikers in northern Michigan. The Lake Superior shoreline lies just 1.5 miles away, ready to greet visitors with sandstone cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and wild forestland.

  17. Deer Park Campground at Olympic National Park in Washington

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    This remote mountaintop campsite harbors panoramic views of the ridges of the Olympic Mountains. Once the sun sets, stunning night skies will make for plenty of dramatic photographs.

  18. Pebble Creek Campground at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

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    Old Faithful geyser is world famous, yet this nearby campsite feels like a hidden gem. Set against the scenic backdrop of the Absaroka Range, the campground is close to popular trailheads and other Yellowstone attractions.

     

  19. Huntington Beach Campground at Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina

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    Treat yourself to a breezy beach getaway at Huntington Beach Campground; the surrounding area is known for its bird population and wetlands.

  20. Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground at Big Sur in California

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    Towering redwood trees line the Big Sur River at this spectacular site. Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground, located just off State Route 1, also offers access to other scenic wonders of Big Sur.

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How to Celebrate National Park Week

Saturday, April 21 officially kicked off National Park Week, and the National Park Service is celebrating by offering free admission to all its serviced parks and sites – including the 118 that charge entrance fees. It’s the perfect time to take that long awaited trip to the Grand Canyon, or cross climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan off your bucket list. If you are looking for some travel inspiration, we’ve rounded up a list of the our top 6 National Parks!

Tuweep, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona 

grand canyonThis is the perfect camping spot for the Winnebago Revel. The stunning view from Toroweap Overlook can only be reached by negotiating difficult roads. At 3,000 vertical feet (880 m) above the Colorado River, the sheer drop from Toroweap Overlook offers a dramatic view. The volcanic cinder cones and lava flows in this ancestral home of the Southern Paiute people make this area unique. Tuweep does not allow vehicles longer than 22 ft. so the Revel’s 19’5” are perfect, you will certainly put the off-road tires to use to get to this campsite.

You are in for some serious views when you reach your camping site. Learn more here.

 

 

 

 

Pinon Flats, Great Sand Dunes National Park – Colorado

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Pinon Flats Campground is located in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in southern Colorado. The huge dunes are the tallest in North America and comprise about 11 percent of an enormous sand deposit that covers more than 330 square miles. The dunes have long stood as a landmark for travelers from ancient North Americans to Southern Ute, Jicarilla Apaches, Navajos, early explorers, gold miners, homesteaders, ranchers, farmers and migrant field workers, to you – today’s park visitor.

Pinon Flats is located one mile north of the Great Sand Dunes NP visitor center and is open April thru October each year. Pinon Flats is a bit more “RV friendly” than Tuweep. There are 3 loops of camping spots, loop 1 and 2 are for tents and RVs up to 35 feet. There are no hookups, but there are local dump stations and a local camping supply store between loop 1 and 2.

Expect to see wildlife at Pinon Flats including black bears! Learn more here.

 

Savage River Campground, Denali National Park – Alaska

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Home to North America’s tallest peak, Denali has been a mecca for mountaineering and adventuring for more than a century. Today, the park continues to enchant climbers, pack-rafters, skiers, dog mushers and athletes seeking to test themselves against the raw, unchecked power of a truly wild landscape.

This campground is near the end of the paved, publicly-accessible portion of the Denali Park Road. You may drive a car or RV to and from the campground any time of the day or night when the campground is open. There are 32 spots available in Savage River Campground and RVs (with tow cars) under 40 ft. are allowed in Savage River Campground. Learn more here.

 

 

 

Fruita, Capital Reef National Park – Utah

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The Fruita Campground is often described as an oasis within the desert. Adjacent to the Fremont River and surrounded by historic orchards, this developed campground has 64 RV/tent sites and 7 walk-in tent sites. Each site has a picnic table and firepit (walk-in sites have a grill instead of a firepit), but no individual water, sewage, or electrical hookups. There is a RV dump and potable water fill station near the entrance to Loops A and B. Restrooms feature running water and flush toilets, but no showers. Accessible sites are located adjacent to restrooms. Learn more here.

 

 

 

 

 

Seawall, Acadia National Park – Maine

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Seawall Campground is located in breathtaking Acadia National Park on the western side of Mount Desert Island on the Maine Coast. The campground is approximately 18 miles from Bar Harbor and the park loop road. Visitors venture to Acadia for its picturesque scenery, historic sites and recreational activities, including hiking, biking and canoeing. Southwest Harbor is located on the west side of Mount Desert Island. The west side of the Island is considered the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island. All the sites at Seawall Campground are wooded and within a 10-minute walk to the ocean. There are many beautiful and quiet hiking trails on this side of the Island, as well as Echo lake, a wonderful lake for swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and picnics. Acadia is comprised of a cluster of islands on the Atlantic coast of Maine. Mountains, lakes, streams, wetlands, forests, meadows and beaches are all found within roughly 45,000 acres comprising Acadia. Explore Acadia here.

 

Slough Creek, Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming

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Slough Creek Campground is located in Lamary Valley near some of the best wildlife watching opportunities in the park. Located at the end of a two-mile graded dirt road, this campground is best suited for tents and small RVs. Slough Creek is a very popular stream for fishing. The famous, scenic Beartooth Pass is a short drive away. There are plenty of hiking opportunities nearby, including the Slough Creek Trail which begins nearby. Nighttime offers a quiet, unimpeded view of the stars and the possibility of hearing wolves howl.

Visit Yellowstone and experience the world’s first national park. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. Explore mountains, forests, and lakes to watch wildlife and witness the drama of the natural world unfold. Discover the history that led to the conservation of our national treasures “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Learn more here.