RV Vacation – Summertime Music and Other Festivals

Part of your summer vacation plans should include getting on the road in your RV or ours to enjoy some of these exciting and entertaining music and other festivals and fairs! August is packed with lots of exciting events all around the country.

Several are featured here but please check our EVENTS page for many other possibilities.

From Chicago’s Lollapalooza Music Festival to the Oregon Jamboree on the weekend of August 1-4th, there are lots of options on the first weekend in August.  

The weekend of the 1st to 4th of August will find Grant Park in Chicago filled with fans of alternative rock and hip-hop bands like The Strokes, The Chainsmokers, 21 Pilots, and Childish Gambino among a host of other high-profile musical celebrities. Ariana Grande will perform on Sunday August 4th and there is an aftershow (should be called a pre-show) at the Metro on Clark Street on July 31st to kick off this weekend, featuring Hozier. For all the details and the full lineup please see Lollapalooza Music Festival.

The Oregon Jamboree, billed as the Pacific Northwest’s premier music and camping festival, occurs on the same weekend – from the 1st to 4th of August in Sweet Home, OR. It features the Brothers Osborne, Hank Williams, Jr. and Chris Young, among many other featured country stars. Check out their website for all the details and for ticket sales.

New Jersey State Fair

New Jersey State Fair

The New Jersey State Fair is held in Lafayette, NJ and is held from August 2nd to 11th. Then the Illinois State Fair starts in Springfield on August 8th and runs through the 18th. This year the fair will feature such grandstand acts as Pentatonix, Snoop Dogg and Friends, Montgomery Gentry, and Neil Diamond as well as Shinedown, Reba McEntire and many other stars. Check their respective websites for all the details and ticket information.

If you happen to be on the East Coast, take in the Moonrise Music Festival in Baltimore from August 10th-11th. This unique festival is held on the Pimlico Race Course (yes of Triple Crown fame), and is right in the middle of the action, but about 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, and they even have shuttle service so you won’t have to hassle with traffic. For the full lineup of talent and the various other events around the main event, see the website at Moonrise Music Festival.

This is the high season for State Fairs, as the Kentucky State Fair begins in Louisville on August 15th and runs through the 25th. Besides the usual State Fair fare, there will also be a Texas Roadhouse Concert series which occurs each day of the Fair. Concerts each begin at 8 pm, except the Sunday, August 25th show which starts at 4 pm. For all the details and the exceptional lineup of top-shelf entertainment, see their website.

If you are near Watkins Glen, NY the Woodstock Music Festival runs from August 16th to 18th. This is the place to be for the most eclectic bill of music from hip-hop and rock to some pop and even some of the legacy bands from the original festival. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 celebration and will be headed by founder Michael Lang. The Woodstock 50 lineup is a star-studded one. Among the artists/bands scheduled for the festival are: Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus, The Lumineers, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters; The Man, Gary Clark Jr., Nahko and Medicine for the People, Imagine Dragons, Judah and the Lion, Cage the Elephant, Courtney Barnett, Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt, Pussy Riot, and many more. Among the original Woodstock acts appearing are Santana, John Sebastian, David Crosby, Country Joe McDonald, and Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna. Check out their website for all the information you will need about the tickets and camping there this August.

If you happen to be on the West Coast, take in the Psycho Music Festival that same weekend at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas (August 16th-18th). Featuring more than 70 artists from around the world, this mid-August mirage in the desert will be packed full of music and fun. See their website for the details.

Wrapping up the month are three more State Fairs, both from August 22nd to September 2nd. The first is the Washington State Fair in Monroe, Washington; the second is near Baltimore in Timonium, Maryland, the Maryland State Fair; the third is the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo from August 23rd to September second. Each one has a unique lineup of entertainment, horse races, rodeos, etc. Check out their websites for details. Plan well in advance to go to these as many of them offer great entertainment and will likely be very crowded.

Need an RV?

Don’t have an RV? You can rent an RV for your July RV adventure from one of our numerous El Monte RV Rental Locations. Check out the Where You Can Rent RV’s page to see the location closest to where you want to start your adventure.

Wherever you decide to adventure to, be sure to take your family and camera so you can capture the memories of this exciting summer fun.

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RV Adventure: National and State Parks of Nevada

Is it time to take off for some open road and see the sights of one of our most beautiful states? Nevada offers plenty of opportunities to travel by RV to see gorgeous caves in Great Basin and great contrasts in Death Valley, as well as abundant recreational opportunities and pristine waters at Lake Mead.

Nevada National Parks and National Historic Sites:

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park

You will find Great Basin National Park in east central Nevada, near the town of Baker and while it may be cold to camp there, it is worth visiting. You will find sage-covered foothills to the summit of Wheeler Peak at 13,000 feet elevation. You can partake of the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages.

Don’t skip Lake Mead National Recreation Area in the Mojave Desert where you can boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mojave, or find solitude in one of the park’s nine wilderness areas.

There are also National Monuments and historic trails in Nevada and you won’t want to miss Tule Springs Fossil Beds. Here, mammoths, lions and camels once roamed along wetlands just north of what is now known as Las Vegas, Nevada. Their history is preserved at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and is ready to be discovered.

And in Death Valley National Park, 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, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.

National Forests in Nevada

You can also enjoy our National Forests in Nevada as you drive through the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, one of the largest national forests in the lower 48 states.  It covers all of Nevada and a small portion of eastern California. Because it is so large there are 10 different ranger districts taking care of it.

Just a short 45 minute drive from Las Vegas is the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, which is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it is located just 45 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity.

Enjoy snow-capped mountain peaks that are surrounded by desert and are home to over 50 sensitive plants and animals, some of which are found only in this special area and nowhere else in the world. The panoramic mountain range provides a quick getaway from the city. RVers can enjoy camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and wildlife and wildflower viewing.

State Parks of Nevada

You can also find lots of beautiful state parks in Nevada. Big Bend of the Colorado Recreation Area, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Sand Harbor and Lake Tahoe, South Fork, Cave Lake State Park and Echo Canyon State Park are just some of the Nevada parks that are all well worth visiting.  Viewing the scenery at Spring Valley State Park and Valley of Fire State Park from the front seat of a motorhome is highly recommended.

RV Rental

If you’d like to rent an RV for your adventures in Nevada, start at our conveniently located Las Vegas El Monte RV Rental in Henderson, just southeast of Las Vegas. To get some exercise, you can start your adventure with a beautiful hike through nearby Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, taking in all the stunning vistas from well-maintained trails. Wild sheep live in the area and are great subjects to photograph.

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NHRA Races in Las Vegas and Houston in April

NHRA racing started this February with the Winternationals in Pomona, CA. In March the track was already ablaze with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL. But don’t worry; these two kickoff races will be followed by some really exciting races in April.

You still have time to plan to get to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV for the Strip’s famous DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on the weekend of April 5th – 7th. The Speedway offers seating for more than 130,000 fans to watch the excitement as racers try to qualify in both Pro Stock and Nitro Qualifying races on Friday and Saturday, with Semi-Finals and Finals on Sunday afternoon. Take the time to see Top Alcohol racers as well as racers in the Sportsman category at this NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race. The wheels will be spinning and tires burning as top racers vie for points in Las Vegas.

Camping for your RV is available on site, at the Burnout RV lot. Located next to the dragway behind the general admission grandstands, the Burnout RV Lot features reserved camping. This allows for easy access to the pits and main grandstands. Race tickets are required in order to camp in this lot. For more information on tickets and to reserve camping, see DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA race.

The next weekend takes racers to the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals Presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park near Houston, TX. This race weekend occurs on April 12th through the 14th with Pro Qualifying races on Friday and Saturday and the final elimination races on Sunday afternoon. This weekend is the fifth race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

As the temperatures heat up, so does the excitement while the NHRA’s best Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors battle for an early season points lead at Houston Raceway Park. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower machines to their limits!

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

Camping inside Houston Raceway Park is already mostly sold out but there are some spots left in the Nitro Village Campground. If that is full, there are several area RV campgrounds nearby. Check these out in Baytown, TX. Highest rated is Buzzards Roost RV Park, which gets 4.9 out of 5 stars on Google. Also nearby is Pine Lakes RV Park, Mont Belvieu, Houston East and Texans RV Park, all rated with at least 4 stars.

For more information on camping and tickets see Mopar Express Lane NHRA Spring Nationals.

Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV to either of these NHRA events.

Need to rent an RV? Find your ideal recreational vehicle at one of our El Monte RV Rental locations. Planning to go to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway? Check our Las Vegas Rental location for rates and availability.

If you are heading to Houston, our closest location is at El Monte RV Rental in Dallas, only a 4-hour drive from the Houston Raceway Park.

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NASCAR Races to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Texas in March

NASCAR racing started again this February with the famous Daytona 500 as the kickoff race. Now it continues with Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 2-4 weekend, ISM Raceway in Phoenix the next weekend and Texas Motor Speedway on March 30-April 1st. Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV to any of these NASCAR events.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts race fans for the Pennzoil 400 on March 3rd but the action lasts all weekend long. For infield access, one can add a Neon Garage pass to the ticket package which includes pit passes. They’ve also just completed some road construction projects to make ingress and egress easier for all the fans. LVMS’s spring 2019 NASCAR Weekend begins with Strat Qualifying and the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, March 1; it continues with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 2; and finishes with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 3. The NASCAR action will be preceded by two nights of World of Outlaws action on Feb. 27 and 28 and the Star Nursery 100 K&N Pro Series West race on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the LVMS Dirt Track, giving the nearly 1,000-acre facility five consecutive days of top-notch racing.

ISM Raceway in Phoenix is the site of the next weekend’s NASCAR action. Here is the lineup for the TicketGuardian 500 main event which happens at 12:30 pm on Sunday, March 10th. Preceding that race is the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday at 2 pm. And before that, the NASCAR Weekend kicks off on Friday, March 8, 2019 with Gatorade Pole Day. Don’t miss practice sessions for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series before the starting line-up is set for the TicketGuardian 500. You can even sign up for the INfield, an all-new experience that lets you watch driver’s meetings, see your favorite teams, or even get in on the kudos in Victory Lane.

Texas Motor Speedway is open for the action of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 from Thursday March 28th, with campgrounds open even earlier and infield camping opens on Wednesday, March 27th. The actual O’Reilly race takes place on Sunday and is part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. In addition this weekend will be the site for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race. Friday will be the qualifying races and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race is Friday night – starting at 8 pm. Sunday at 2 pm the 334 lap O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 race begins. Lots of other activities occur all weekend long. Check out the website for schedule details.

Camping at NASCAR Tracks:

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

Traveling to a NASCAR race in RV comfort, camping close to the action with a bunch of race-friendly fans can bring new excitement and fun for your family. Pick a race, get tips from motorhome camping NASCAR fans and reserve your campsite. Pick a location and reserve your RV for any race week you want.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to Las Vegas from our location there. In Phoenix, see our El Monte RV rentals location there, and in Texas – you can rent from our Dallas location, less than an hour’s drive from the track. See availability and rental rates on their pages.

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NASCAR Racing and RV Tailgating Destinations

It’s Playoff Season in NASCAR circles! This September the NASCAR circuit takes you to Las Vegas and Indianapolis. Don’t miss the racing and RV tailgating at Indy on the weekend of September 8th and 9th as NASCAR features the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, the final of the regular season Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. And the next weekend NASCAR fans go to Las Vegas Motor Speedway starting on Thursday, September 13th– to Sunday the 16th, where the celebrations begin early on the 13th at the Speedway for the three big NASCAR races.

More about Indy:

The Brickyard 400 will mark the final race of the regular season, determine the regular season champion and set the field for the NASCAR Playoffs, which begin the following weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“The Brickyard 400 has been one of NASCAR’s premier events for 25 years, and we’re thrilled the race is moving to one of the most important dates on the NASCAR calendar,” said J. Douglas Boles, IMS president. “Our fans will love the excitement that comes with crowning a regular season champion at The Racing Capital of the World, and the cooler temperatures of early September will make the race more enjoyable for everyone.”

More about Las Vegas:

The second weekend in September, see all of your favorite drivers in fabulous Las Vegas during the Fall NASCAR Weekend, Sept. 13-16, 2018. Fans can also experience the one-of-a-kind Neon Garage featuring live music and entertainment all weekend long. It’s your up-close view of the garages from behind the glass and a great view of Victory Lane.

Driver Introductions and Lucky 7 Preferred Parking Passes also are available. The event-filled weekend includes the inaugural South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race, the DC Solar 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the World of Westgate 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff race and the Star Nursery 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at The Dirt Track.

Where to Camp

1)  Indianapolis: You can possibly arrange camping at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but in case they are filled, here are a few other suggestions in the Indy area:

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

  1. A) Lake Haven Retreat
  2. B) Touchdown RV
  3. C) Raceview Family Campground
  4. D) Park at Indy

Be sure to contact the campgrounds as early as possible as they may be filling up soon.

2)  Las Vegas Motor Speedway: If you are lucky, you might be able to get in the Speedway for camping, but if they are filled, check out these surrounding possible places to park your RV.

  1. A) American Campground
  2. B) Hitchin’ Post RV Park
  3. C) Desert Eagle RV Park
  4. D) Las Vegas Mobile Park

To learn more about each of these parks, please contact them directly or go to their websites.

To get additional race information, please visit the NASCAR website.

Other Sights to See:

Extend your stay around Las Vegas and see the beauty of the natural world.

Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the scenery – if your schedule permits, there are tons of exciting sights to see around Las Vegas, and not just the casinos. Try a trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, which allows visitors to hike, picnic and view plant and animal life under 3,000-foot-high red rock formations.

Or check out Lake Mead, where you can feast your eyes on one of the largest manmade lakes in the world, Lake Mead is fun to escape to when you want to take a dive in a natural body of water. There are also brunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises, if you’re one of those people who would rather stay dry. FYI, this lake borders the Hoover Dam which is a wonder worth seeing itself.

To rent an RV for your trip, our location closest to Indianapolis is our Louisville rv rental location; and to find our rv rental locations in Nevada, click here for three choice locations.

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Spring RV Travel in Search of Desert Wildflowers

North American desert landscapes will host lavish displays of color this spring, thanks to heavy winter rains. In parts of California, they’re actually calling 2017 the year of the ‘Super Bloom’.

It’s time to take the RV out of winter hibernation for a trip to the desert in search of wildflowers. We’ve got all the information you’ll need to hike, camp and thoroughly enjoy the desert’s flashiest season.  

RV Wildflower Viewing Trips

RV Wildflower Viewing Trips

RV Desert Wildflower Itineraries

According to DesertUSA.com, there are several desert locations in America where wildflowers are either blooming right now (last minute RV road trip, anyone?) or will be in full bloom in the next thirty days.

Some of the best places to enjoy desert wildflowers are on BLM preserves. This year has promised to bring such abundant color that the Bureau of Land Management has set up a special hashtag, #TracktheBloom, and is asking desert visitors to share their wildflower photos on social media sites such as the BLM California Facebook page.

That last-minute location we mentioned, where cacti and other desert plants are showing their best colors this month is Carrizo Plain National Monument in California’s Central Valley. Here’s what you need to know to plan your RV trip:

What’s Blooming? Plenty! Expect to see lupine, delphinium, goldfield, hillside daisies and poppies through April in the immense valley that’s home to Soda Lake.

How to Get There? Carrizo Plain NM can be reached via several major highways. From Van Nuys, drive north on I-5 (four-hour trip.) From Las Vegas, it’s nearly a straight shot west eight hours via I-15, same distance from Phoenix via I-10.

Where to Camp? There are two improved campgrounds within this two-hundred-thousand-acre preserve, if you’re up for primitive camping (vault toilets, no utilities). If you prefer developed campsites, there are dozens of RV campgrounds near Carrizo Plain NM in Bakersfield, Santa Margarita or San Luis Obispo.

Or, you could drive farther south to where Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is also in full bloom through late April.

What’s Blooming? Ocotillos, desert sunflowers, many kinds of blooming cacti and spectacular indigo bush are just a few of the species waiting to delight the eye.

How to Get There? The State Park is two hours northeast of San Diego on Montezuma Valley Road, about an hour-and-a-half southeast of Temecula or a six-hour drive west from Tucson, AZ via I-8.

Where to Camp? Lots of options, but be sure to call ahead, as wildflower season may fill campgrounds. Borrego Palm Canyon Campground, The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Tamarisk Grove Campground, an hour south in Julian, CA are three campgrounds to consider for your RV trip to Anza-Borrego.

We’ll leave you with a trio of other RV road trip ideas to find desert wildflowers. Pick one that sounds fun and get packing!

Have a four-wheel drive towed vehicle? Bounce along the 25-mile Quebradas National Backcountry Byway in southern New Mexico. You’ll find beautiful blooming cacti and desert plants in a rugged, undeveloped setting. Take I-25 south from Albuquerque, follow the Byway signs from Escondida, NM to Escondido Lake and beyond. This is on BLM land, and you can find developed campgrounds nearby in Magdalena, NM.

Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada is another stunningly scenic landscape that’s especially nice when brittle bush and cactus species are abloom. Find it forty miles north of Las Vegas on I-15 (northern end of Lake Mead), with campsites both primitive and developed within the park, or Las Vegas campgrounds close enough to make it a day trip.

Poppies, lupine and globe mallows dominate the slopes of Picacho Peak State Park in southeast Arizona. Located midway between Phoenix and Tucson off I-10, this wildflower haven is easy to access and features hiking trails surrounding the peak that gives the park its name. There are eighty electric-only campsites within the Park (fill those water tanks before you arrive) as well as a private RV resort near the I-10 park entrance.

What better reason to travel by RV in spring than to seek the desert places abloom with wildflowers? Pick one or more of these amazing desert settings and bring your hiking shoes. You’re going to want to get close to nature when you see what she’s offering this spring!

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Three More Reasons to Visit Las Vegas by RV

RV travelers flock to Las Vegas year-round—for the gaming, for the shows and for the 24-hour glitter this desert gem displays like no place else. But there are three more important reasons to consider visiting Vegas by RV, and we’ve gathered them here just for you.

Reason #1: Las Vegas RV Parks—Luxury and Convenience

Anyone’s who’s visited Vegas knows the hotels, casinos and entertainment venues there are focused on delivering a first-class customer experience. But did you know the RV parks in Las Vegas also offer an impressive array of amenities?

Here are just a few examples of the lengths to which Vegas RV park owners go to make their visitors comfortable:

  • Oasis RV Resort, just south of the Las Vegas Strip, not only keeps RVers close to the action, it also offers two lagoon-style pools, grass putting greens, 24-hour check-in, Wi-Fi service and gated security in a Casablanca-themed setting.
  • Arizona Charlie’s-Boulder offers the chance to camp away from the crowds but still enjoy the excitement of Vegas gaming. This hotel/casino/RV park complex is about ten miles off the Strip on Boulder Highway and features a clubhouse, fitness and laundry facilities, four on-site restaurants and plenty of casino action steps from your campsite.
  • Las Vegas KOA at Sam’s Town puts RV travelers in the heart of an amazing range of entertainment possibilities. From the one-hundred-thousand-plus square feet casino to a theater complex, bowling alley, wide range of eateries and an RV park complete with dog parks, swimming pools, Wi-Fi and all the amenities Las Vegas RV campers have come to expect, you’ll find it all out at Sam’s Town on the ‘Boulder Strip’. 

These are just a few examples of the ways RV resorts in Las Vegas cater to RV travelers. Here’s a link to help you find the Las Vegas RV park that fits your vacation style.

Reason #2: Las Vegas RV Park Affordability

Another big plus while camping by RV in Vegas is the surprising affordability of campsites close to major attractions, especially in ‘off-season’. You won’t, of course, enjoy the extreme frugality of state park camping while staying near the Strip, but Vegas campgrounds almost always have some sort of special rate offer available, so be sure to ask when making your reservations.

You can also save big while camping in Las Vegas by taking advantage of your well-equipped RV kitchen to prepare some of your meals, saving your vacation dollars for special meals out. Combined with affordable laundry facilities, on-site Wi-Fi and phone connections, shuttle service to the Strip and special entertainment and gaming offers for campers, you can save big while staying and playing in Vegas.

Reason #3: Easy Access to Attractions Outside Las Vegas

If you’re driving by RV to Las Vegas, you’ve got a built-in way to reach attractions beyond the city. Whether you’re getting around with your towed vehicle or using your RV to visit sites like Hoover Dam, Lake Mead

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Lake Mead

or Valley of Fire State Park, having the freedom to travel when and where you please (and not having to depend on tour or shuttle schedules) is one more plus for Vegas RV travel.

There’s so much more to see, do and experience near Las Vegas than just the casinos and shows (as exciting as those are!) Immerse yourself in the red rock beauty and magnificent waterways that surround this desert oasis. Your RV is your ticket to travel wherever you’d like, right? Take full advantage of having Las Vegas as your starting point for a true outdoor adventure.

If you’ve wondered whether RV travel to Las Vegas is right for you, use these tips to jump start your imagination. Whether renting an RV or planning your next trip in your own vacation home on wheels, camping while in Las Vegas just makes sense. Enjoy the amenities and affordability of Las Vegas RV resorts and be sure to round out your trip by visiting the natural wonders close by. You’ll be so glad you did!

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Celebrate National Parks Week with an RV Camping Trip!

With America’s National Parks Week just around the corner, it’s time for RV camping fans to start planning for national park camping. For one hundred years, the National Park Service has managed our country’s most beautiful destinations. In honor of their centennial, from April 16-24, 2016 they’re waiving entrance fees for all national park visitors.

With more than four hundred destinations to choose from, finding the perfect national park for your April camping adventure might seem difficult. Never fear! We’ve gathered tools to help our readers locate national park campsites and attractions from Acadia NP in coastal Maine to California’s Joshua Tree National Park. Ready to plan?

How to Pick Your Next National Park Camping Destination

One of the things we like best about America’s National Park Service is their visitor-friendly attitude. Since 1916, they’ve been refining their outreach to national park visitors to make it easy for anyone to access information on NPS-managed locations.

Finding a park that suits your interests, travel schedule and camping style is simple, with several ways to search and access national park information. The first is through the FindYourPark.com website, a community-engagement resource where national park fans can share information, search for national park locations and learn about ways the NPS connects with communities.

National Park Service

National Park Service

Another excellent resource for national park RV campers is the National Park Service  website itself. You can search for NPS-managed locations, including national parks, heritage areas, historic sites and monuments, state by state, by using their easy-to-understand search tools. Once you’ve located one or more possible National Parks Week camping destinations, click on each park’s link to access information such as driving directions, things to do, places to see and campground amenities.

What to Expect RV Camping at a National Park

Never camped at a national park campground and wondering what to expect? National Park Service campgrounds run the gamut from no-hookups ‘dispersed camping’ to full-hookups, amenity-rich developed campsites. One note for those who plan to camp during National Parks Week—entrance fees are waived, but campground fees will still apply.

Here are some examples of national park campgrounds, to give you an idea of the range of amenities.

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area, that water sports wonderland on the Arizona/Nevada border, offers both developed campgrounds run by concessionaires and NPS-run campgrounds with water and dump stations but no hook-ups.
  • The campgrounds at Everglades National Park also offer a range of possibilities, from sites with electric hook-ups only on Florida Bay to ‘dry camping’ sites in a pine forest.
  • Yosemite National Park’s ten campgrounds are located amidst magnificent scenery, but plan ahead because hook-ups aren’t part of the camping amenities.
  • Maine’s vast and scenic Acadia National Park gives RV campers the choice of primitive campsites, electric sites and electric/water sites.
  • The large campground at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park is a beautiful spot without RV hookups but with easy access to the cave’s entrance and miles of above-ground hiking trails.

Ready to Go National Park Camping?

Keep in mind, no matter where you camp in America’s national parks, you can expect scenic wonders, outdoor adventures and interesting people you might never have met otherwise. Don’t those all sound like fantastic reasons to go RV camping during National Parks Week?

One more tool  for planning to camp in your RV at a national park—Recreation.gov offers a wealth of ideas and information on national park vacations, and for those campgrounds that allow reservations, this is the place to reserve your campsites before you go.

Let’s celebrate our country’s National Park Centennial by doing what we love best—camping in a motorhome or trailer.  And be sure to let us know about your national park camping experience in the Comments Section below!

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Five Day Trips for Las Vegas RV Travelers

You already know when you come RV camping to Las Vegas that you’ll find the casinos, the shows and the architecture like nowhere else in America. Easy access to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam make those two wonders natural side trips while visiting, as well.

But did you know this desert city is surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness, just waiting to be explored? If you’ve never seen Vegas beyond the lights, it’s time to find the best spots to hike, bike and  photograph just a short drive from the city limits.

Las Vegas Day Trip #1: Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Don’t miss the stunning red rock formations in this enormous park just west of Lake Mead and an hour northeast of Las Vegas on I-15. Stop by the visitor center first to get a feel for just how special Valley of Fire State Park really is, then choose a trail or scenic drive and get closer.

The stunning beauty of gigantic shapes formed by wind and water will capture the attention of everyone in your group. From Mouse’s Tank to the White Domes and Elephant Rock, there’s a trail that will get you there, if you’re willing to venture off the road. There’s even a full-service campground on-site, if you decide to stay another day in the Valley of Fire. 

Las Vegas Day Trip #2: Mt Charleston (Spring Mountains National Recreation Area)

About an hour northwest of Las Vegas, with a scenic drive across Red Rock Canyon, RV travelers will find Mt Charleston, the highest point in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The mountains rise up from the Mojave and offer a startling contrast to surrounding desert life.

A nicely-planned visitor gateway informs and educates about the wildlife, waterways and geological formations you’ll encounter. Hike through pine forests for views that encompass three states. Take a rocky, streamside trail on a mountain bike. Follow a scenic drive through canyons and forests, in the shadow of limestone bluffs. There are campgrounds, as well, for those who choose to stay outside Vegas an extra day. 

Las Vegas Day Trip #3: Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

Imagine this: peace and quiet just a short drive south of Vegas, in the form of a pristine wilderness area. Sloan Canyon is an undeveloped dream of a place, where hikers can set out in search of mountain trails, desert flora and fauna and hundreds of petroglyphs waiting to be photographed.

Access the trails from the north by way of the Anthem trailhead in Henderson, NV. Bring what you need! This will be an authentic high desert, wilderness experience.

Las Vegas Day Trip #4: Lake Mead

It’s a quick forty minute drive southeast from Vegas to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, where hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming and taking scenic drives are just a few of the ways to spend a day trip.

The redrock landscape surrounding this waterway on the Arizona/Nevada border is full of secret canyons, rocky trails and Mojave Desert wildlife. Take the bikes along and follow marked trails past windy coves and wilderness landscapes. Drive a scenic loop along some of the lake’s more than eight hundred miles of shoreline. Or put on those hiking boots you’ve meant to use and discover why Lake Mead draws visitors year-round.

And when it’s time to rest, the lake itself beckons paddlers and boaters to explore the bright blue waters set against a brilliant landscape. It’s like no other lake you’ll visit on your US RV travels. 

Las Vegas Day Trip #5: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Those brilliant red cliffs you can see from your Las Vegas campground are waiting to be explored! Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, less than an hour west of the city, offers dozens of trails, excellent wildlife watching and a blazing palette of colors for photographers.

Follow trails through sandstone canyons, along the base of towering cliffs and through diverse landscapes teeming with plant and wildlife. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep, fossils, petroglyphs and hidden pools. With so many trails to choose from, you may decide to plan several day trips to Red Rock Canyon, with Vegas as an easy base camp.

An RV camping trip to Las Vegas offers gaming, entertainment, fine dining and an amazing range of outdoor adventures. Book your Vegas RV rental now and start making plans to discover a different side of Vegas on your next vacation.

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Are You Camping at Burning Man 2015?

Seventy thousand people in the Black Rock Desert of Northwestern Nevada—that’s one way to describe the annual celebration of art and community known as Burning Man. You could also say this gathering that culminates every Labor Day Weekend is a festival of self-expression and self-reliance. The many facets of Burning Man are there to explore for anyone with a ticket and a vehicle pass, and RV and tent camping are the usual ways to attend.

If you’ve never investigated the Burning Man phenomenon, having a few basic facts can help start your journey.

  • When: August 30 to September 7, 2015
  • Where: One hundred twenty miles northeast of Reno, NV on the ‘playa’ in the Black Rock Desert.
  • Where to Buy Tickets: Tickets have been on sale since February, but never fear. You can still find tickets on the Secure Ticket Exchange Program from folks who purchased tickets and can’t attend. Another way to secure a late ticket is to register for the OMG ticket sale that will take place August 5, 2015. You’ll start by creating a Burner Profile. One thousand tickets are sold on August 5 on a first come, first served basis. Each Burner can purchase two tickets and one vehicle pass as available.
  • How Much Does it Cost? Tickets are $390 each (good for the entire week) and each vehicle requires a $50 pass. Tip: To save vehicle pass costs and travel expense, share the costs of renting an RV with another couple or a group of friends.

What should you expect at Burning Man? That’s a big question! You can expect to not see any type of advertising or commercial enterprises. You will see people gathered in camping groups, sharing facilities, food and tasks. Visually stunning, Burning Man is filled with tens of thousands of costumed participants, epic outdoor art forms and bicycles, bicycles, bicycles (the best mode of transportation.) From the ‘big burns’ where spectacular art installations go up in flames to the comradery and communal strength of the ‘City’, there’s something remarkable about being there.

What will be unforgettable for most campers at Burning Man will be the construction of ‘Black Rock City’ in the middle of the desert, complete with streets and medical facilities. That same temporary city is completely removed from the playa (including outdoor art) when Burning Man is over, following the festival’s core value of ‘Leave No Trace.’

If this sound like the place for you to be this Labor Day Weekend, take steps now:

  1. Set up a Burner Profile so you’ll be in line for OMG tickets
  2. Check out the STEP ticket exchange, too
  3. Rent your RV now if you don’t own one, or pack up your tent gear
  4. Start packing for life in Black Rock City—costumes, hot weather clothes and supplies, bicycles. Here’s a list of Black Rock City essentials.
  5. Launch your 2015 journey to Burning Man!

Attending Burning Man is unlike any camping experience you’ll ever have. It’s sharing a week in the desert with thousands of free thinking, art and nature loving temporary citizens of Black Rock City, creating art and community.

Are you RV or tent camping at Burning Man 2015? There’s still time to make it happen!

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