The 10 Best RV Parks in America

Every year we look back on our travels and create a list of the BEST RV PARKS we visited. This year we camped at over 60 locations and traveled from Alabama to California and everywhere in between!

In the list we include “approximate starting rate” for each RV Park – keep in mind, these are only approximations and are alway subject to change.

If free camping (or boondocking) is more your speed, check out our list of the Top 10 Free Campsites of 2017!

Let’s Start the Countdown!

#10 Sand Dune Recreation

LOCATION: Hooper, Colorado


IDEAL FOR: Exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park, soaking in hot springs, and adult RV park vibes

OVERVIEW: We really enjoyed our time at Sand Dune Recreation. Stumbling upon unique hot springs is one of our favorite parts of RV life! This facility has multiple pools, an adult only area, a dining facility, bar and a friendly staff.

CONSIDERATIONS: The sites don’t have sewer hookups (a dump station is available) and there aren’t many RV Sites – so make a reservation early!

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Sand Dune Recreation


LOCATION: Moab, Utah


IDEAL FOR: Visiting Arches & Canyonlands National Park, being close to downtown Moab, and full hookups during summer in Moab!

OVERVIEW: Moab is one of our favorite towns and the KOA really lets us be close to all the action. Its a short drive to downtown Moab where you’ll find restaurants, shops and walking trails. Arches is also just a short drive from the park.

CONSIDERATIONS: There’s not much shade, not a laundry room (but, there is one under construction), and its a little pricey.


#8 Lightner Creek Campground

LOCATION: Durango, Colorado


IDEAL FOR: Being close to downtown Durango and near Silverton, Pagosa Springs and Mesa Verde National Park.

OVERVIEW: Lightner Creek Campground was one of the most peaceful RV parks we’ve camped. There’s lots of mature trees and a creek running through the center of the park. The location is also awesome. We loved being close to Downtown Durango!

CONSIDERATIONS: The park can fit large rigs, but maneuvering might be tight. Receiving a strong cell connection is challenging inside the park.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Lightner Creek Campground

#7 Black Canyon Campground

LOCATION: Santa Fe, New Mexico


IDEAL FOR: A vibey & economical choice in Santa Fe. Great for the authentic camping feel!

OVERVIEW: As we made our way to Santa Fe, we were really struggling to find a good camping option. Fortunately we discovered Black Canyon Campground. It’s a national forest campsite located about 1000 feet above Santa Fe. The evenings were cool and enjoyable even during the summer! There are no hookups here, but there is water available and vault toilets.

CONSIDERATIONS: No hookups. No cell service. Lots of shade, so not much sun for solar panels.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Black Canyon Campground

#6 Sam’s Family Spa

LOCATION: Desert Hot Springs, California


IDEAL FOR: Natural hot springs, close to Palm Springs and awesome winter weather.

OVERVIEW: We’ve spent the last three winters in Desert Hot Springs, and two of those at Sam’s Family Spa. We absolutely love the natural hot spring tubs and the relatively low monthly rate ($575). The park has a dated, 1970s feel, but its VERY well maintained.

CONSIDERATIONS: The sites are pretty close together and it can get quite windy in Desert Hot Springs!


#5 Paradise by the Sea RV Resort

LOCATION: Oceanside, California


IDEAL FOR: Proximity to the Pacific Ocean (300 yards) and its close to San Diego. Beautiful urban camping that is actually quite peaceful.

OVERVIEW: We loved Paradise by the Sea for its location and amenities. Onsite they have a pool, community room and a beautiful patio with multiple propane fire pits. The resort also felt secure; there’s 24 hour security and code-protected access gates. BUT, the best part about the park is its proximity to the Pacific Ocean!

CONSIDERATIONS: The spaces are located close together and the price is steep (but, that’s to be expected in this area).

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Paradise by the Sea RV Resort

#4 Stella Mare RV Resort

LOCATION: Galveston, Texas


IDEAL FOR: Proximity to Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico. Brand new resort with new amenities.

OVERVIEW: We were amazed upon arrival at Stella Mare. The park is brand new and has beautiful concrete pull-through pads, pristine bathrooms and a pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. This was our first visit to Galveston and we really enjoyed exploring the downtown area and learning about the town’s history.

CONSIDERATIONS: NONE – this park is great and the price is justified!


#3 Mountain Valley RV Resort

LOCATION: Heber City, Utah


IDEAL FOR: Central location with easy access to Salt Lake City, Park City and Sundance. Multiple Pools and an entire adult-only section of the park. Huge concrete pull throughs.

OVERVIEW: Mountain Valley RV Resort is one of the prettiest parks we’ve visited. It’s located in a valley with snow capped mountains surrounding. We loved the adult only pool and hot tub. During our stay we were able to hike epic trails with waterfalls and beautiful overlooks.

CONSIDERATIONS: NONE – its awesome and well worth the price!

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Mountain Valley RV Resort

#2 Catherine’s Landing

LOCATION: Hot Springs. Arkansas


IDEAL FOR: Proximity to Hot Springs National Park and waterfront location.

OVERVIEW: Catherine’s Landing is a beautiful resort with concrete pads and a TON of amenities. We particularly enjoyed the onsite pool, hiking trails and disc golf course. The park also rents kayaks & boats. In Hot Springs we enjoyed exploring the old bath houses and National Park.

CONSIDERATIONS: NONE – this park is great!

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Catherine’s Landing Resort

#1 Flying Flags RV Resort

LOCATION: Buellton, California


IDEAL FOR: Vineyard tours (over 50 in the area), and the park is very family friendly

OVERVIEW: Flying Flags RV Resort is amazing! They offer multiple resort-style pools with private cabanas and ample seating. They also have a nearby splash pad and workout room. In the community patio, Flying Flag hosts outdoor movie nights. During our stay we explored the local vineyards in Los Olivos and the Danish architecture in Solvang.

CONSIDERATIONS: NONE – this park is great!


Check out our other Top 10 lists

Top 10 Free Campsites of 2017

Top 10 Free Campsites of 2016

Top 10 RV Gift Ideas

Top 10 Small Towns of 2016

Top 10 RV Parks of 2016

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6 thoughts on “The 10 Best RV Parks in America

  1. You both are awesome to hear about. God bless you both. Can’t wait to see you guys as you remodel your new vintage rv

  2. Remember from one of your blogs that you were wondering when is the best time to visit Washington State. Make it around July and August and you’ll find it is mostly dry with reasonable temperatures. Just stay West of the Cascade Mountains. A long visit to the Olympic Peninsula is recommended.

  3. Catherine’s Landing was our first stop when we launched. It was the benchmark for and it’s still has a special place in our hearts. We rented a pontoon boat and they had activities for the kids too! These are great!

  4. As local Arkansans, we camp A LOT all over Arkansas, ESPECIALLY central AR. I was surprised to see Lake Catherine on your list, but I CERTAINLY understand why! We went there for the first time last year and ABSOLUTELY fell in love! It’s probably my favorite spot so far…of ANYWHERE we’ve camped! Glad you loved it!

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