Do you love paddling a canoe or kayak past jaw-dropping scenery? Then here’s all you need to know—it’s Spring in the Ozarks and the Buffalo National River in Arkansas is RV camping and paddling at its best. 

One-hundred twenty five miles north of Little Rock in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, it’s easy to reach this magnificent stretch of undammed water from almost anywhere in the US. Whether you’re coming from Dallas (seven hours on I-30) or Chicago (nine hours on I-55), it’s an easy long-weekend trek, especially when you’re coming by RV.

But you may be asking just what it is that draws paddlers from every state to this river. Did we mention this is one of the last undammed waterways in America? For nearly one-hundred fifty miles, you can float past four-story limestone bluffs, navigate around gravel bars large enough for a stopover, watch the shoreline and shallows for Rocky Mountain elk and black bears or idle your watercraft in the shade of a willow while preparing to launch down Class II rapids.   Buffalo_National_River

Spring in the Ozark Mountains makes the journey especially spectacular, when hardwood forests burst into life, providing a lush backdrop for the caves, craggy hollows and secret trails all along the waterway.

If you’ve never floated a river or don’t own a canoe, you can still experience the region’s magnificent scenery from the water. Simply book a float trip with one of the authorized outfitters and let them handle the details.

And there’s another reason why thousands float these waters every year—the scenic campsites within the National Park Service boundaries make it easy to stay close to the action while enjoying the comforts of RV camping. You’ll also find excellent Arkansas campgrounds throughout the region, whether you’re putting in on the Upper, Middle or Lower Buffalo River.

Need a bit more incentive to pack the RV and head for Arkansas for spring floating season? When you’re ready to stretch your legs after a morning on the water, more than ninety-five-thousand acres of pristine wilderness are waiting to be explored. Local hikers recommend the trails within the Ponca Wilderness in the Upper River Region, where you’ll find waterfalls, box canyons, wildlife and stunning Ozark Mountain vistas in an unspoiled setting.

Just in case you’re still undecided, paddling enthusiasts who also love to fish will be thrilled to learn you can fish year-round on the river. Fly fishing for smallmouth bass is especially popular, so use this handy guide to licensing, regulations and Arkansas fishing reports and start packing your gear.

There’s a wonderland waiting in the Ozarks where paddling, camping, fishing and hiking are just the beginning of the adventure. We’d love to help make it the best adventure possible, so let us know when you’re ready to go. Bring your family or your favorite paddling buddies and come find out why the Buffalo National River has been preserved as a genuine national treasure.

Photo Attribution:  By National Park Service Digital Image Archives [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Spring is the perfect time to visit Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park, before the blazing summer sun heats up the stunning red rock landscape. Why not make the trip now? We’ve got a half-dozen reasons why outdoor enthusiasts vote it one of Nevada’s top spots for engaging Nature.

Easy Access to the Valley of Fire

One of the reasons this amazing spot should be on your motorhome camping itinerary is its easy access from major destinations. Following I-15, the Park is just an hour north of Las Vegas, about four and a half hours northeast of Los Angeles on the same highway and also about five hours southwest of Salt Lake City. The Park is right next door to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, as well, so plan to make it a two-for-one camping adventure.

Modern RV Campsites On-Site

Park your RV and set up camp in an unforgettable Mojave desert setting. Within the two campground, some campsites even have 50-amp service, but plan to arrive early in the day, as all sites are first-come-first-served. A dump station and showers are available on-site, too.

Premier Hiking Destination

The trails that wind through the Valley of Fire have so much to offer, you’ll want to follow them all. Whether your journey takes you through massive red sandstone arches and ‘beehives’, past ancient petroglyphs or to a natural water basin where a Southern Paiute renegade once laid in wait for travelers, the hiking here is always an adventure. Don’t forget the cameras!  valley_of_fire

A Glimpse into the Past

The civilizations who have called this valley in the Mojave Desert home left their mark, and so have the forces of Nature. Rock paintings by ancient Native tribes, including the Anasazi, are well-preserved within the Park. You’ll also have a chance to see extraordinary examples of the ways rock is shaped and changed over time—from the White Domes and the canyons of Rainbow Vista to the amazing Elephant Rock—you simply must see this special place yourself to understand the timeless power of Nature.

A First-Rate Visitors Center

The time that was taken to plan the center at the heart of this state park will be evident as you roll your RV into the parking lot. Built to blend beautifully into the massive rock formations that surround it, the center offers excellent educational exhibits covering the people who once inhabited the area, the valley’s geological origins and other topics of interest to park visitors. Be sure to stop in to gain in-depth understanding into the Valley of Fire.

Family-Friendly Destination

Besides the education the kids will receive at the Visitors Center, the valley also welcomes families with easy-access trails to many of its main attractions. Break out the sunscreen and sturdy walking shoes and don’t be afraid to take the kids along.

As always, we’re here to help with a Nevada RV rental as you plan your trip to the Valley of Fire. Get in touch to let us know how we can lend a hand, and don’t forget to post your comments to share your vacation experiences. Nevada’s Valley of Fire—the perfect place to kick off spring RV camping season!

It’s that time of year, when we tune up the RV and start mapping scenic drives to find spring wildflowers. We’ve gathered a bouquet of six of the best scenic drives in America, bursting each spring with color and variety. Come along as we take a tour of six spring wildflower scenic drives for RV campers to savor.    wildflower_scenic_drives

I-10 to Picacho Peak State Park – Arizona

Traveling I-10 south out of Phoenix (or north out of Tucson) in early April is sure to reward you with a glorious display of wildflowers. One of our favorite spots, and also a dandy place to camp in your RV, is Picacho Peak State Park, midway between these two Arizona cities.

Watch for blooming saguaro cactus, palo verde and Mexican gold poppies by the thousands, along the roadways and especially as you hike this park’s trails. The entire area surrounding Picacho Peak is a nature photographer’s dream in early spring.

Willow City Loop – Fredericksburg, Texas

Cruise north in springtime out of Fredericksburg, Texas on the famous loop trail to Willow City. You’ll soon learn why Hill Country is at the heart of so many Texans. Wildflowers populate the rugged hills and canyons along the way, including daisies, bluebonnets and sunflowers, to name just a few.

Mount Nebo Scenic Byway – Uinta National Forest, Utah

The rugged, red rock beauty of central Utah is reason enough to head there this spring, but there’s an added bonus of eye-catching color from spring wildflowers in the Uinta National Forest. Follow the 35-mile Mount Nebo Scenic Byway in late spring to glimpse meadows full of gold and bright white flowers framed by aspen and fir. Plenty of pull-outs and scenic overlooks allow even the driver to enjoy the wonder of spring wildflowers in Utah.

Tioga Road – Yosemite National Park, California

There’s always a scenic drive waiting to thrill in Yosemite, and spring is no exception. Point your RV toward Tioga Road, a stunning journey complete with a high meadow filled with wildflowers in late May and early June. Tuolumne Meadow, above eight-thousand feet in elevation, promises spider lupine, tufted poppy and dozens of other plant species happy to display their colors.

Pinto Basin Road – Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, located near Palm Springs, California, boasts a wide range of wildflowers starting each year in early spring. Once you reach the park via I-10, follow Pinto Basin Road past the blazing red blossoms in the Ocotillo Patch, the sand verbena and desert lilies at Pinto Dunes and the subtle gold of creosote bushes everywhere you look.

Highland Scenic Byway – Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

Does the chance to view miles of rhododendron, Canadian lilies and scarlet bee balm seem like a great reason for a leisurely springtime drive? That’s what you’ll find along the Highland Scenic Highway in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. Start in Richwood and follow State Route 39 until it joins State Route 150, then watch the profusion of color all along the route until it meets US-219.

There you have it, a half dozen reasons to warm up the RV and take a drive. Break out the wildflower field guide, because the meadows, mountainsides and desert valleys are blooming. Spring is the perfect time to visit America’s scenic byways. And we’re always ready to help with a first-rate RV rental for your trip!

Have you thought about taking the kids RV camping to Dallas this year? This booming Texas metroplex has attractions to tempt every youngster, from toddler to teenager. To help you start planning your next vacation, here’s a quick list of ways to enjoy family RV camping in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Cowboy Up

We can’t talk about these big Texas towns without a tip of the ten-gallon hat to their Western heritage. Once you’ve set up camp in DFW, follow the trail to the Fort Worth Stockyards, a historic district with enough Western-themed attractions to keep you busy all week.  Bull riding

Stockyards Station combines walking tours to attractions like the Texas Cowboy of Fame with fantastic shopping and dining venues. Be sure to visit the Fort Worth Herd of longhorns and challenge the family to conquer the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze (keep an eye out for the cattle drive!)

Be a Sport

Home to the Texas Rangers, Dallas/Fort Worth is the perfect place to come RV camping during baseball season. The team’s new home at Globe Park in Arlington is fully dedicated to the sport, from the Rangers Hall of Fame to the state of the art ballpark.

But that’s not the only sport in town! Score big points by taking young football fans on a tour of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where plenty of Dallas Cowboys history is displayed in this enormous domed stadium. One more tip for RV camping sports fans in Dallas—check the schedule for the American Airlines Center, home to Dallas Mavericks NBA action and the Dallas Stars NHL hockey.

Take a Thrill Ride

If you’ve been to Dallas in the past, chances are you’ve visited Six Flags Over Texas, home to some of the best thrill rides in Texas. But did you know there’s even more for amusement park fans to experience in DFW? Sandy Lake Amusement Park in Carrollton is an old-fashioned attraction that offers your family swimming, amusement rides, mini-golf and a beautiful lakeside setting.

Here’s one more tip for thrill-seeking campers when they visit Dallas: Zero Gravity Thrill Park is the place to go for bungee jumping, taking a ride on a SkyCoaster or free-falling more than one hundred feet into a net!

Shop, Shop, Shop

Have a teen with a retail addiction? The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is a paradise for shoppers. Plan time to treat them to one of the area’s many upscale shopping districts like Fort Worth’s West 7th. If you’re always happy to find a bargain on vacation, be sure to visit the outlet malls in Grand Prairie and Grapevine. Two more standouts—Firewheel Town Center in Garland, a ‘small town’ with shop-lined streets that will fascinate the whole family, and shops like Wild Bill’s Western Wear in the historic West End district of Dallas.

Whether your RV camping family wants to head to the ballpark, take a ride on a roller coaster or shop while surrounded by cattle town history, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has an awesome place to do it. Book a Dallas RV rental and make your campground reservations early—there’s no better time than right now to visit Dallas/Fort Worth by RV.

RV Camping Flea Market Adventures—California Style

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Next to camping in a motorhome, do you love finding bargains best? We know many of our readers never miss a chance to visit local flea markets while camping. That’s why we’ll be sharing our series on the best flea …

 

Five Waterfalls to Add to Your RV Travel List

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The rush of water down the face of a mountain is a sight worth travelling to see, especially when you’re travelling in motorhome comfort. We’ve done the homework to create a ‘must-see’ list of five waterfalls worth adding to your …

 

Six State Parks for Your RV Camping Bucket List

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Motorhome campers from every state have shared stories of the scenic state parks they love to visit. We’ve chosen six of those special places to share with our readers—once in a lifetime, don’t-miss state parks to add to your RV …

 

NASCAR RV Camping—The Ultimate Racing Experience

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Set up your motorhome inside Turn One at the speedway and you’ll soon understand why RV camping at a NASCAR race is the ultimate experience for racing fans. Whether you camp in the infield, next to the grandstand or in …

 

Minnesota RV Camping – Voyageurs National Park

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Spend a summer day paddling the deep blue waterways along the US/Canadian border. Scan tall pines for eagles’ nests high above a granite shoreline. Hike cool, lush forest trails and stop to photograph a white-tailed deer just ahead. These are …

 

RV New Mexico-Carlsbad Caverns for a New Generation

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Every year, it seems there’s a hot new travel destination that beckons to RVers from the travel blogs. But what about the tried-and-true wonders of nature, the ones that have thrilled and amazed since the first North American inhabitants peered …