There’s a place just three hours north of Denver that beckons RV travelers to escape late summer’s oppressive heat.  The deep-forest and lakeside campgrounds of Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest are ringed by snowcapped peaks, steeped in Native American lore and perfectly positioned for maximum outdoor recreation.

Medicine Bow National Forest

Medicine Bow National Forest

Sound like the kind of place you’d like to spend late summer experiencing? Don’t hesitate to make plans, as most campgrounds in this national forest are only open through mid-September.  But there’s still time to park the RV beneath the trees and absorb the cool, green wonders of Medicine Bow.

If that sounds too sedate for your active RV camping crew, never fear. There are so many different ways to experience Wyoming’s Snowy Range!  Here are just a few ideas for spending time while RV camping in Medicine Bow National Forest:

  • Camp at Vedauwoo Recreation Area, just twenty miles east of Laramie, WY on I-80. The campground is surrounded by enormous granite formations, with unforgettable views of the Snowy Range.  The National Park Service has taken great pains to create a comfortable campground that manages to seem wild and remote.

What to do while camping at Vedauwoo?  Go mountain biking on Turtle Rock Trail, hike the more than twenty miles of trails through high meadows and subalpine forests (not to mention taking in the rock formations all around you), or take a quick drive over to the Ames Monument “Pyramid” on the other side of I-80.

  • Did we mention that Medicine Bow NF stretches out for a million acres in southern Wyoming? That’s why it’s possible to camp at places like Silver Lake Campground, eighteen miles east of Centennial on WY-130 (also known as the Snowy Range Scenic Byway) and feel like you’ve left civilization behind. This small, well-planned campground at just over ten thousand feet elevation is only open July to September, making it the perfect late summer refuge.

If you choose Silver Lake as your Medicine Bow RV camping base, the sky’s the limit for outdoor recreation. Hikers will enjoy the short but awesomely scenic trail around the lake and trails to special places like Lake Marie Falls.  There’s also a trail up Medicine Bow Peak, where you can hike as far as your expertise allows (snow and ice even in mid-June, some scrambling across boulder fields near the summit), with magnificent views of the Smoky Range at every level.

Silver Lake itself is popular with ‘belly boat’ fishermen and kayakers, too, so bring the watercraft if that’s your passion.

  • Speaking of fishing, the small Sugarloaf campground tucked into the spruce and pine forests on Libby Lake offers campers the chance to fish two clear, snowmelt lakes—Libby Lake and Lewis Lake—for brook trout and splake.

Popular trailheads in the Sugarloaf area invite hikers to explore the forest or hike the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain. Great vacation photos guaranteed!

Whether escaping the late summer heat for you means relaxing in a quiet forest campground, hiking to a mountain summit or fishing and paddling your way across an alpine lake, Medicine Bow National Forest is the place to be.

Pick up a Denver RV rental and head north to Wyoming. The Smoky Range is waiting to fulfill your late summer, RV camping dreams.

The northern Rocky Mountains of Montana play host to a two-million-acre wonderland, where wildlife, outdoor recreation and immense areas untouched by development are waiting for RV travelers to enjoy. Flathead National Forest, just south of the Canadian border and adjacent to Glacier National Park, invites visitors to discover how the West once looked to America’s early inhabitants.

Flathead National Forest

Flathead National Forest

Whether it’s taking the kids on a hike to a scenic overlook, quietly sketching the mountains surrounding a pristine lake or taking to the water on remote lakes or rivers, you’ll find a special place to do it while you’re there. Use our guide to three ways to enjoy Flathead National Forest to seed your own dreams of a Montana RV vacation. 

RV Camping and Hiking Flathead National Forest

Once you’ve chosen one of the many campgrounds in Flathead National Forest as your home base, take to the trails to see why this wilderness is treasured by hikers. More than twenty-two-hundred miles of trails crisscross the national forest, so there’s no shortage of ways to explore on foot.

Here are just a few suggestions for hikes to take while you’re there:

  • Holland Lake & Falls Trail is a little over three miles long roundtrip and leads along a bright, blue mountain lake surrounded by dense forest. The waterfall on this trail makes for great vacation photos and the terrain is gentle enough to take young hikers.
  • Numerous small lakes sparkle throughout the Jewel Basin Area of the national forest near Kalispell. Follow one or several of the marked trails, including one of moderate difficulty that climbs to the summit of Mt Aeneas, for breathtaking views and primo picnicking spots.
  • Hike (or mountain bike!) at least a section of the Whitefish Divide-Smokey Range National Recreation Trail for wilderness at its best. You’ll find the trail north of Whitefish, MT in a rugged, unspoiled region filled with wildlife and views that go on for miles.

The Forest Service website offers maps and tips for discovering trails of varying difficulty throughout the Flathead region. Your bonus—with campgrounds scattered throughout the national forest, you’ll come off a long day of hiking to RV luxury. 

RV Camping and Boating Flathead National Forest

Another popular way to enjoy outdoor recreation while RV camping at Flathead National Forest is to explore its lakes and rivers. Boaters, in particular, will want to camp at Hungry Horse Reservoir Recreation Area. Lakeside campgrounds ring this thirty-five mile lake below Hungry Horse Dam on the South Fork Flathead River, making it easy to camp and boat from several vantage points.

If you prefer to explore wilderness waterways by kayak, raft or canoe, the North, Middle and South Forks of the Wild and Scenic Flathead River offer nearly unlimited adventure. Bring your own watercraft or take a guided tour with an area outfitter, either way you’ll have a water expedition worth remembering on these unspoiled waterways.

RV Camping with Scenic Drives Through Flathead National Forest

The ability to set out on nearly any national forest road or the highways that connect Flathead National Forest to Glacier National Park and be assured of wondrous views is a third reason RV travelers come to western Montana.

A particular favorite is the Seeley-Swan scenic drive (Hwy 83) from Seeley Lake to Swan Lake along the western edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness section of the national forest. Jagged peaks, mountain lakes, wildlife and easy access to hiking trails make this drive something you simply must experience for yourself while RV camping in Montana.

If you’re ready for an RV journey to a place where nature reigns supreme, your next camping trip should be to Montana’s Flathead National Forest. Rent an RV or pack up the one in your driveway and get going! It’s high time to visit this Rocky Mountain wilderness and see what all the excitement is about.

The rivers and springs north of Gainesville, Florida are world famous for their clean, clear water, an amazing variety of marine life and epic underwater cave systems. The good news for divers who like to travel by RV is that North Central Florida RV parks are also famous for their laid back hospitality and scenic beauty.

If you’ve dived underwater caves elsewhere and hope to visit Florida’s caverns soon, here’s a quick guide to finding the best cave diving and RV campsites in North Central Florida.

Three North Central FL Cave Diving Venues

Ginnie Springs Outdoors, a private recreation complex on the Santa Fe River, is just north of Gainesville, or two hours north of Orlando, via I-75. Not only do they offer RV camping plus swimming, tubing and paddling in a beautifully-wooded natural setting, they also offer scuba divers the chance to explore caves in seven freshwater springs. If you’re new to the sport, the on-site staff can provide PADI certification instruction. Certified cave divers can explore more than thirty-thousand-feet of underwater caves in the Devil’s Eye Cave System—it’s on the bucket list of most well-experienced divers!

Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park, two miles east of Luraville, FL, is also cave diving heaven for veteran divers. If you’ve received certification in cave diving, you’ll be able to explore the longest underwater cave system in the US. Not quite ready to try this extensive cave system in two large springs and six sinkholes? You can still immerse yourself in outdoor recreation by swimming, paddling or hiking throughout the park. RV camping isn’t available on-site, but there are a number of private campgrounds just up the road in Live Oak.

While RV camping in Live Oak, FL, you’re also going to want to explore

Madison Blue Spring State Park

Madison Blue Spring State Park

the extensive, mapped cave system at Madison Blue Spring State Park.

A pretty place on the banks of the Withlacoochee River, this small spring delivers a big treat for certified cave divers. It’s also a popular swimming hole and kayakers will enjoy paddling the river for a scenic taste of North Central Florida.

These are just three of the most famous cave diving venues in North Central Florida—the area’s more remote, less-documented springs and sinkholes also promise adventure for highly-experienced cave divers. We do need to mention that cave diving isn’t for everyone—it requires extensive training for certification. But those who’ve spent the time underwater to learn what cave diving takes will no doubt find Florida’s freshwater springs a first-rate experience.

The campgrounds you’ll find throughout historic North Florida are well-equipped to meet the needs of divers, paddlers and hikers in search of adventure. So why not come RV camping to Florida’s spring-rich northern paradise? As always, we’re ready to help with a Florida RV rental.

The rivers, springs and sinkholes, combined with ‘old-time Florida’s’ relaxed and friendly campgrounds, will soon have you planning your return trip to discover even more underwater caves in North Central Florida.

The boulder-lined canyons and dense alpine forests that make up much of Utah’s terrain also make for spectacular single-track trails. Mountain biking fans will find that RV camping is the best way to get close to Utah’s top trails. Ride along as we offer tips for enjoying four of the best mountain biking venues in Utah, including where to camp closest to the trailheads.

Utah RV Camping and Mountain Biking Destinations

  1. Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City is becoming famous with single track fans for its challenging downhill trails served by three convenient chair lifts. Set up your base camp at nearby Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest campgrounds or at one of several private RV campgrounds in Heber City or Park City.

What can you expect to experience on Deer Valley’s trails? How about six mountains, more than sixty miles of mountain bike trails and easy access to hundreds of miles of additional trails in Park City’s trail system? While at the resort, take the chairlift to the top of your chosen mountain and then blast down trails built by experts for each level of mountain biking skill.

  1. Slickrock Trail, just outside Moab, UT is a breathtaking, gear-grinding ride over Navajo sandstone that’s best suited for experienced technical riders, but there’s a loop that even newbies will want to try. Moab has become a magnet for mountain bikers from around the globe, thanks to its proximity to trails through awesome terrain like Flat Iron Mesa, Klondike Bluffs and Arches National Park.

Adding to the appeal is the abundance of camping venues in the Moab area. Whether you enjoy a full-amenities RV resort, BLM ‘dispersed’ camping or something in between, there’s a place for you to park the RV while mountain biking in Moab.

Bonus Tip: outfitters abound in Moab, offering bike rentals, shuttles to popular trails and guided trips through area terrain.

  1. Wasatch Crest Trail on Salt Lake City’s eastern border offers plenty of trail riding thrills, plus views from the crest at nearly ten thousand feet elevation. It’s easy to access this trail without finding a place to park at the trailhead, thanks to local mountain bike shuttles that make several trips a day to the summit. Ride up, bike down and unwind in the comfort of your RV. Camp at East Canyon State Park, Antelope Island State Park or at one of the many Salt Lake City area RV resorts, depending on your camping style.
  1. Brian Head Ski Resort, smack in the middle of a golden triangle of jaw-dropping geography, offers one hundred miles of trails down Giant Head and Navajo Mountains. Centrally located near Cedar Breaks National Monument and Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, you’ll never run out of challenging terrain while you’re there. Plan to experience all the elements of single track challenge and trails suited to every level rider. Buy a mountain biking day pass to gain access to chair lifts, shuttles and all Brian Head trails.

Where to camp while biking Brian Head? Try one of five private RV parks in Cedar City or the Cedar Canyon Campground in Dixie National Forest. You’re sure to find Southern Utah’s famous hospitality and there’s no end to spectacular scenery here!

Ready to load the mountain bikes and head for Utah? Before you go, reserve your campsites and, if you don’t own an RV, make arrangements for a Salt Lake City RV rental. Mountain biking and RV camping in Utah—there’s no better way to get the adrenaline flowing.

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