What are your summer vacation plans? Some people enjoy luxury vacation packages at high-end resorts and amusement parks, others want all-inclusive cruises…but if you’re like me, you can’t beat a weeks-long, summer tour of the National Parks. If you want to take in the great outdoors, pack your days full of exploring, and breathe in gorgeous views of natural wonders, wildlife, and national monuments, then throw the kids and your backpack into your new or used RV and hit the road – the National Parks await!
The Mighty Five
One of my favorite states to visit for their stunning National Parks is Utah. Utah is home to five of the best National Parks you’ll find: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands. You’ll find things to do for all ages in these beautiful parks, so whether you’re looking for family-friendly hiking trails, moderate-skill backpacking, or advanced climbing opportunities, you won’t be disappointed in Utah’s “Mighty Five.” My personal three favorites are Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Zion National Park.
Bryce Canyon National Park is home to the largest concentration of hoodoos anywhere on Earth! Hoodoos are irregularly eroded spires of rocks, and you’ll have the most iconic view of these from the Bryce Amphitheatre. Want to see them up close? Burro trail ride services are available, so saddle up!
When you visit Arches National Park, you’ll be amazed to discover a wonderland of red-rock land forms unlike anything you’ve ever seen. There are more than 2,000 natural stone arches in the park and hundreds of monstrous balanced rocks and towering pinnacles. Ready to be amazed? Start planning your visit to Arches National Park!
Zion National Park features loads of hiking, backpacking, climbing, and canyoning opportunities, so plan to stay all day before heading back to your RV at night! Preparing for the trails you want to embark on does require some advance planning, so get your park maps ahead of time. Make sure to stay as the sun goes down for incredible sunset views and star gazing. You won’t regret it!
Places to Stay
Utah’s National Parks offer multiple campgrounds with different accommodations for any kind of RV camper you might have. Whether you’re driving a motor home or hauling a fifth wheel or travel trailer, you’ll find a variety of campground options. If you don’t want to stay directly in the park or if that particular campground is at capacity, run an internet search for nearby campgrounds. You may find plenty of other campgrounds nearby that have space and offer competitive rates. You may even find staying a few minutes away rather than in the heart of the park gives you more freedom and flexibility!
Every Kid in a Park
If you have a fourth-grader in the house, you’ll definitely want to check out Every Kid in a Park. Created in 2015 as an initiative to help families enjoy the beauty and educational resources in our National Parks, Every Kid in a Park has a simple premise: fourth-graders and their families receive free admission into hundreds of the best National Parks. Simply fill out the form online and print your pass. That’s it! You can exchange it at qualifying parks for a hard plastic pass that you can keep in your wallet.
Have you visited Utah’s Mighty Five? Which was your favorite? If you’re ready to start planning your trip and have any RV service needs or questions about your new or used RV before you hit the road, contact us today.