Oregon is a treasure trove of beautiful scenery whether you’re in the mountains, at the seashore or in between. There are a total of 195 State Parks in Oregon, and an additional 6 National Parks including National Historic, Monuments, Parks and Sites. You will definitely see an array of beautiful natural treasures when touring this state in an RV. If you are looking for adventure and beautiful scenery, consider parking in an Oregon State Park (46 allow RV camping), or a National Park in Oregon.

This year FREE camping and parking is offered by the Oregon State Parks on Saturday, June 1st. Camping is free the night of June 1 in full hookup, electric hookup and tent sites. Parking is free at the 25 day-use parks that charge a parking fee June 1 and June 2, too.

If you want to guarantee a site, you’ll need to make a reservation (the reservation fee is $8, and that’s a flat fee no matter how many nights you stay). Make your campsite reservations by calling 1-800-452-5687. You can also reserve online at Oregon State Parks website.

This year Oregon State Parks partnered with Oregon Lottery to sponsor events at six parks: Champoeg State Heritage Area, Fort Stevens State Park, Tumalo State Park, The Cove Palisades State Park, Wallowa Lake State Park and Silver Falls State Park. In total, 10 state parks are holding events on Saturday June 1. See the Oregon State Parks Free camping page for the full event list.

To find an Oregon State park that offers RV Camping, check out the State Parks Find a Park page, where you can also select all the activities you would like to have and choose by the facilities they offer.

Oregon National Parks

From the Willamette National Forest to the Umpqua National Forest, to the Warm Springs Reservation and Mt. Hood National Forest in the mountains east of Portland, there are so many places to see that you may want to plan a whole month of camping in Oregon. Farther east from Mt. Hood is the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, featuring active science with spectacular scenery. Colorful rock formations at the John Day Fossil Beds preserve the history of plant and animal evolution, changing climatic conditions and track ecosystems for the past 40 million years. Exhibits and a working lab at the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center as well as scenic drives and hikes at all three units (the Clarno Unit to the north, the Sheep Rock Unit farther east, and the Painted Hills Unit to the south) allow visitors to explore the prehistoric past of Oregon and see science in action.

And drive just about 4 hours farther south to find the most amazing national treasure at Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and one of the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range. The most popular months to visit Crater Lake are July, August, and September. That’s when the park’s roads, trails, and facilities tend to be fully open.

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

May and June are months of transition in the park, as winter slowly gives way to summer. They can also be months of frustration, as lingering snow prevents access to much of the park. However, May and June are also wonderful months to visit providing you are prepared for the variable weather. These months can bring sunny skies or severe snowstorms. In May, the average daily high temperature is 50 degrees F. But the average monthly snowfall is 20 inches, and the average snow depth at Park Headquarters is more than 6 feet! In June, daily highs average 69 degrees F. The park averages only 4 inches of new snow, but the average snow depth at Park Headquarters is still 2 feet. So bring your snowshoes or rent them there and you will be fine visiting this awesome sight.

Here you can view America’s deepest lake, with a depth of 1,943 feet. The water is an intense blue, an indication of its depth and purity. Surrounded by high cliffs, this lake is fed entirely by rain and snow and is considered by scientists to be the cleanest and clearest large body of water in the world.

There is one RV Campground within Crater Lake National Park, called Mazama, which is open from June 15th to late September. It can accommodate an RV up to 50 feet long and offers plenty of facilities. Reserve early however, as there are only 214 sites available. There are also additional nearby camping options if this one is full.

You can rent an RV from us for your Oregon RV vacation adventure at either our Reno RV Rentals location or from our Ferndale, WA RV Rentals location. Starting at either point, you will be treated to a variety of beautiful scenery on your way to absolutely magnificent views in Oregon.

What could be more fun than driving to an NHRA race in an RV? Camping out in one for the entire race! This June, NHRA will travel to Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka from June 7th-9th, Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol Dragway in Tennessee, June 14th – 16th, followed by Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, OH at Summit Motorsports Park the next weekend. Don’t miss the action of RV camping and watching the drag racing at one of these exciting spots!

NHRA excitement

NHRA excitement

First, June 7th to 9thMenards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kansas – Heartland Motorsports Park: Heartland Motorsports Park has been a Midwest favorite since it opened in 1989, but its drag strip has gained the majority of headlines. This event, originally held in the fall, featured numerous recordsetting performances, including the shattering of the quarter-mile four-second and 300-mph barriers in Funny Car in 1993 and record runs in Funny Car in 2017.

Check out the schedule for this fired up weekend of drag racing at the Heartland Motorsports Park page.

Camping for Heartland Nationals: There are many options for camping near Heartland Motorsports Park. You could check out Forbes Landing RV Park, Topeka/Capital City KOA Journey, or Lake Shawnee Campground, just to name the closest ones. Find one that will fit your family best.

Then, from June 14th – 16th, Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee will be packed with action for the entire weekend. Check the link above for the full schedule of activities and events leading up to the Nitro Eliminations finals on Sunday at 4:40 pm. Don’t miss the Top Fuel Harley Eliminations Finals before that and the Mountain Motor Pro- Stock Finals and Pro Mod Eliminations Finals, all from 3:45 pm on. These races are fast! Get there early and enjoy the whole weekend of non-stop action if you can.

Camping for Thunder Valley Nationals: The Bristol Motor Speedway is adjacent to the Bristol Dragway. There are many places to stay nearby and if the Speedway is filled up, check out “Start Your Engines” Campground super close by or the Dave and Kaye’s Family Campground, just about 10 minutes south of the Dragway. There are plenty of options near Bristol, Tennessee if these are filled.

The weekend of June 21st – 23rd takes the NHRA action to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, OH. This weekend will again be jammed full of non-stop, heart-racing action complete with Mello Yello guided walking tour and Pro-Stock Motorcycle autograph sessions, which are followed on Friday afternoon by the Pro-Stock and Nitro qualifying sessions. The qualifying and preliminary races continue on Saturday while Sunday is packed with Semi-Finals and Final races in several categories, including the top alcohol eliminations finals, factory stock showdown finals, pro-mod eliminations finals and finally pro-stock and nitro eliminations finals at 4:00 pm.

For the full schedule of all the Summit Motorsports Park action, check out the link.

Camping for NHRA Nationals in Norwalk: Lots of campgrounds surround the Summit Motorsports Park, from Indian Trail Campground to Homerville or Shelby/Mansfield KOA if the Summit Motorsports Park is already full. Check with them early to try to book your spot if you want to camp in the middle of the drag racing action! If they are full, Camp Conley in Collins, OH is also highly rated.

Need to rent an RV? Find your ideal recreational vehicle at one of our El Monte RV Rental locations.   See our Where to Rent an RV page and check with the nearest one for available rentals.   And be sure to check out our NHRA RV Rentals page for more suggestions and information about the NHRA and NHRA vacations.

The Racing Never Stops!

NASCAR drivers race to Dover, Delaware this May 3rd -5th, followed by Kansas City, May 10th -12th, and then two weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 17th-19th and the 25th-27th of May (Memorial Day weekend.) Enjoy all the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV or ours to any of these fun-filled NASCAR events.

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

Don’t miss the excitement of the 50th anniversary at Dover Speedway, as NASCAR fills the first weekend in May with tons of racing fun. The “JEGS 200” NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race kicks off the festivities on Friday night beginning at 5 pm. Then Saturday, racers compete in the “Allied Steel Buildings 200,” a NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm. The weekend finale is the “Gander RV 400” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race starting at 2 pm on Sunday May 5th.

Camping at Dover

If you want to camp at Dover there are many monster mile camping options. You can choose from the Meadow, the Hideout and many more. Check out all the camping options on the Dover Speedway site.

The next weekend, the KC Masterpiece 400 will take racers around the track at the Kansas Speedway. The first big race on May 10th will begin at 7:30 pm, the Digital Ally 250. Then on Saturday night, May 11th, the excitement of the Digital Ally 400 starts at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss the Pre-race concert by Sister Hazel on Saturday night. Pre-race passes for Saturday night, May 11, which allow up close access to the Sister Hazel concert and driver introductions, are currently available online. Pre-race passes must be accompanied by a grandstand ticket or RV admission. Tickets for the May 11 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race and May 10 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race are also available.

Camping at Kansas Speedway

Enjoy the thrill of one of NASCAR’s most unpredictable tracks from right in the middle of the action! Skip the traffic and enjoy your Kansas Speedway experience from the comfort of your own RV. With six unique campgrounds to choose from, there is a space for every camper right here at the track. Find out details and availability of spaces at Kansas Speedway RV Camping.

Then on May 17-19th, check out the NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the following weekend brings fans from all over the country to Charlotte again for the Coca-Cola 600 race.

The highlight of this first weekend is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night, May 18th starting at 8:00 pm. The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will battle under the lights at America’s Home for Racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway in what will surely be a night to remember. Prior to the racing action AJR is performing the pre-race concert on Party Island located outside turn 1.

AJR PRE-RACE CONCERT

Don’t miss platinum recording artists AJR as they ramp up the pre-race festivities for the 35th running of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a spectacular concert!

Post-Race Concert: Once the smoke clears from the AJR show and the biggest all-star event in sports, stick around for the post-race concert featuring Hairball – an acclaimed group of performers who specialize in 1980s hair metal music – fueled by Monster Energy who will bringing arena rock to America’s Home for Racing!

The next weekend at Charlotte features the Coca-Cola 600 at 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 26th. This will be the historic 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s toughest test of man and machine! Tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 include additional fan-friendly entertainment including a spectacular, patriotic pre-race salute to our military heroes and a concert featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick! After the stage clears and the green flag flies, sit back and enjoy watching the excitement of the Coca-Cola 600.

Click here to find out more about camping at Charlotte Motor Speedway. There are many options available but they go quickly on big weekends so be sure to contact the track directly to make reservations soon for the campground setup you prefer.

More about Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

Visit Monty’s Musings blog topic – NASCAR RV Camping – The Ultimate Racing Experience. Learn the top ten things you need to know before you go.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to any of these three locations  from our El Monte RV rentals locations. For RV Rental near Dover, our nearest spot will be our Baltimore El Monte RV Rentals location. For Kansas City and Charlotte, check out our Louisville RV Rentals location. See availability and rental rates on their pages.

No matter where you start on your May NASCAR RV Vacation, enjoy the roar of the engines and the cheers of the crowds.

Think about taking time away from it all, seeing a panoply of varied geography like ocean, desert, and mountains with national and state parks abounding, all within a few hours’ drive and you’ve described Southern California.

California National Parks

Within just a few hours’ drive of Los Angeles, you can find Pinnacles National Park, the Channel Islands National Park, Cabrillo National Monument and Joshua Tree National Park. Named for its founder, Juan Rodgriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the United States, Cabrillo National Park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. The Channel Islands are off the coast of Ventura and the park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. This park has helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. About 3 hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree displays a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional

RV camping at Joshua Tree National Park

RV camping at Joshua Tree National Park

torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Joshua Tree is located in southern California between I-10 and Hwy 62; its headquarters is in Twenty nine Palms, CA.

Pinnacles National Park was formed about 23 million years ago from the eruption of various volcanoes. What remains is a unique landscape. Travelers journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life including prairie and peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor. Bird watchers and hikers alike will delight in the treasures of Pinnacles National Park.

And the hottest, driest and lowest National Park is Death Valley National Park, bordering Nevada and California. Here you will see a below-sea-level basin, which steady drought and record summer heat have made this park a land of extremes. These extremes make Death Valley a rare picture of contrasts: towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite the name, there is a great diversity of life surviving in Death Valley.

State Parks of Southern California

You can also find lots of beautiful state parks in California. In Los Angeles County alone, there are more than 30 state parks to choose from. Orange County offers visitors another 6 state parks and San Diego County has about 15 more state parks to visit. Visitors can choose to visit the Tijuana Estuary, the largest coastal wetland in Southern California, located on the international border between the US and Mexico. The estuary is primarily a shallow water habitat, though often termed an “intermittent estuary,” as it is subject to extreme changes in stream flow at different times of the year. Extended periods of drought leave parts of the estuary dry during some periods, while flooding inundates the same areas during others. For this reason, the Tijuana Estuary is considered to be a very unique part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System.

Another spectacular view in a state natural reserve is located in Los Angeles County at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. As of April 13th, the blooming poppies were still blanketing the reserve with their magnificent orange color. Every flower and other plants that exist at the Poppy Reserve are currently blooming. This month is a great time to visit. Officials expect the bloom to last through April, but the peak of the bloom may have already been reached. The bloom continues to be amazing, with a few flowers that have started to wilt while there are still some plants that have buds. If you are looking to find the exact location of a particular flower or plant, the park staff can point you to the right trails when you arrive.

Check each of the California State Parks for camping availability before you go as some allow RV camping and others do not.

RV Rental

If you’d like to rent an RV for your southern California adventure, start by checking our California El Monte RV Rental locations. This page also contains much more information about traveling by RV in California so be sure to check it out when planning your RV adventure.

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NASCAR This April – Races at Bristol, Richmond and Talladega

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RV Adventure: National and State Parks of Nevada

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NHRA Races in Las Vegas and Houston in April

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RV Vacation Idea – Three Music Festivals in April

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