How about a Pet-friendly RV vacation?

As the holiday season is fast approaching – oh my, we are already right in the middle of it– we can’t forget our furry friends. When we take to the open road in an RV, we want to bring Fido or Felix or Rover along with us. Fortunately there are many places that are pet-friendly and allow or encourage us to bring along our furrier family members when we go. RV campers willing to follow the same common-sense rules they observe with their pets at home shouldn’t have a problem including their animals on vacation.

Here are some spots to consider for your next Fido-friendly vacation:

  • Arizona: See the Arizona State Parks and Trails site to get a full lineup of possible parks to stay in. Here are just a couple of suggestions:
    1. The Colorado River is a popular spot for boating, tubing, and floating your days away, and there are four great state parks that have camping available so you can get into river life mode for a week or a weekend. The most well-known park, Lake Havasu State Park, boasts a white-sand beach, five boat ramps, and plenty of electric hook-up sites for your RV, including beach-front sites. If you want a quieter park, check out Cattail Cove State Park, located just 15 minutes away. This park has 61 campsites, including boat-in campsites for you to enjoy near the water. Plus, there’s a dog-friendly beach so you can enjoy time with your best companion! Boat on the blue waters, sail into quiet coves, or water or jet ski out on the open lake.
    2. For a completely different experience, head east from the river to Alamo Lake State Park, located near Wendon, Ariz. This is the place to be for bass fishing, expansive views, and quiet solitude. With the nearest city lights nearly 40 miles away, this is also a prime stargazing park. In spring, wildflowers bring bright colors to the gentle rolling hills, and visitors can enjoy camping in tents, RVs, or the park cabins year-round. Take your boat out on the lake, or try a canoe or kayak to get the best views. With plenty of group sites, camping spots, and quiet, you’ll be able to get away from it all and unwind. This park also offers access to some of the best off-highway vehicle trails in the state.


  1. Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in Williams, AZ not only provides rail transportation to the Grand Canyon, it offers state-of-the-art kennels for your dogs or cats during your stay.
  • Want some other examples of pet-friendly family destinations in the midwest to explore? Try Cedar Point Amusement Park, on Lake Erie in Sandusky, OH which has a special Pet Check facility where dogs can be kenneled while you enjoy the park. And there’s a pet-friendly Camper Villageon-site!
  • A whole string of California amusements provide pet lodging for visitors. Some of the most-loved are: Disneylandin Anaheim, SeaWorld in San Diego and Universal Studios in Hollywood.

Pet-Friendly RV Camping Resorts

One more idea for RV campers hoping to share vacation fun with their pets is to make a luxurious pet-friendly RV camping resort your destination. Here’s a pet-friendly tip—most KOA Kampgrounds are designed to accommodate dogs.
These ideas for destinations can help you start planning your trip:

  • Dallas Metro Arlington, TX has an off-leash dog park that’s designed to keep Fido happy as you camp.
  • Four Paws Kingdom in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is a dog-dedicated campground with an amazing array of pet-centered amenities and activities.
  • San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista, CA has a seven-thousand-square-foot Kamp K9 dog park for campers and their furry friends!
  • Angel’s Camp RV Resor tin Angel’s Camp, CA has a large dog park and welcomes your four-legged family member as they do you.

Also, check out our Pet Friendly RV Vacations page to see some other great potential destinations that will welcome your pet.

Are you one of those people who loves to see dogs on parade? Well, you can travel in RV luxury to see the excitement and glamour of many of the top U.S. dog shows. The American Kennel Club sponsors dog shows throughout the country. These shows display the very best in dog show competition and give credibility to this rapidly growing sport. Agility trials, conformation events and several other categories of shows promise something for every type of dog lover. To learn more about specific locations of the AKC shows each year, check out our Traveling by RV to Dog Shows page.


To Rent an RV for your trip:

For the unique travel experience in Arizona you can rent an RV from our El Monte RV Rental location in Phoenix.

For all of our other locations around the country, see our Where to Rent An RV page.

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