RV Adventure in Oregon’s State and National Parks

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.

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June NHRA Racing Action Continues to Burn Rubber

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.

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RV Vacation Idea – May NASCAR Races

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.

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RV Adventure: National and State Parks of Southern California

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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NHRA Races from North Carolina to Virginia and Route 66

NHRA racing continues in late April and May with some really exciting races.

From April 26th – 28th the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Mello Yello Four-Wide Nationals will burn up the track at the zMax Dragway in Concord, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC. This Dragway is famous for its fan amenities and enormous grandstands, where tons of fans can watch the excitement. Racers try to qualify in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycles, as well as Pro Mod racing. The Semi-Finals and Finals take place on Sunday afternoon. Take the time to watch the 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 Charlotte.

Camping for your RV is available from 4/25-4/28 at the Camping World Racing Resort adjacent to the zMax Dragway. And, trackside camping is available at the Dragway where you can  enjoy the comforts of home while watching the fastest accelerating machines on the planet race all weekend. These sites are located near the top of the timing light on the east side. For more information on tickets and to reserve camping, see NGK Spark Plugs NHRA race.

The next weekend takes racers to the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway. This race weekend occurs on May 3rd through the 5th with Pro Qualifying races on Friday and Saturday with the Pro Stock Motorcycle and Nitro Final races on Sunday afternoon. This is one of NHRA’s long-established events; this belle of the south has gained a reputation as one of the tougher events on the tour to win. With summer approaching, warm temperatures can turn the event into “Hotlanta” and throw crew chiefs a curve as they try to glue their charges to the facility’s 660-foot concrete launch pad.

For more information or to find out more schedule details or to see about on-site camping, check the Atlanta Dragway website.

As the temperatures heat up, so does the excitement while the NHRA’s best Top Fuel and Funny Car competitors battle at Virginia NHRA Mello Yello Nationals in Virginia Motorsports Park. This exciting event takes place on the weekend of May 17th-19th and will be full of fast cars, motorcycles and fun! Starting with Pro Stock Qualifying and Nitro Qualifying sessions on Friday, the excitement continues on Saturday and Pro Stock Eliminations and Nitro Elimination finals are on Sunday.

Camping inside is available and you can get all the details of the race and the available campgrounds at the Virginia Motorsports Park website.

And to wrap up May, from the 30th to June 2nd, don’t miss the Route 66 Nationals at the northeast end of Route 66 in Chicago. Friday and Saturday are qualifying rounds and Sunday will be the eliminations, semi-Finals and Finals for the Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations races. For more information on the races, camping and tickets see Route 66 NHRA Nationals.

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

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

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 for all our El Monte Rental locations and check with the nearest one for available rentals.

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RV Vacation – More Music Festivals in April

How about getting out of town in your RV and driving to a fantastic music festival for a relaxing yet exciting RV vacation?  There are many music festivals happening in April around the country. We’ll feature a few on each side.

First and foremost is Coachella, which everyone has probably heard of, taking place in Indio, California from April 12th – 14th and 19th to the 21st.  Indio is east of LA by about 2 hours and 20 to 30 minutes – depending on traffic of course.

This festival is the traditional kickoff to the summer festival season. The glitz and glamour of Los Angeles migrates east to the Indio desert for back to back weekends of the biggest names in music. What started as a small electronic festival in the desert has transformed into a cultural touchstone for the festival season. It also features a Sunday Service on Easter Sunday, the last day of this year’s festival. Amazing headliners include Ariana Grande, Tame Impala and Weezer, as well as Childish Gambino opening on the two Fridays of the festival. See the Coachella official website for all the performer details and camping opportunities in Indio.  Music Festival RV Vacations

If you want to make a longer journey than just one weekend, consider camping in Joshua Tree National Park, less than an hour to drive the 30 miles northeast from Coachella.

If you need to rent an RV for this adventure, check out our California page on Where to Rent an RV – and see several California locations to choose from.

Moving eastward from California, there is another large alternative rock and hip hop music festival called So What? in Houston on April 27th – 28th. This festival features Beartooth, Crown the Empire, We Came as Romans and others like Parkway Drive and Killswitch Engage. It takes place at White Oak Music Hall, a five acre, three-stage indoor/outdoor live music venue. You can find out all the other bands that will play and the full schedule and ticket prices by checking the So What Music Festival Website. Camping in your RV near Houston should be relatively easy. The Lakeview RV Resort or Westlake RV Resort are both highly rated as is the AllStar RV Resort.

Need to rent an RV? Our Dallas El Monte RV Rental location is just under a 4 hour drive to Houston. Check there for availability and rental rates.

And on the eastern seaboard, there are several music choices depending on the type of music you prefer. On the weekend of April 13th-14th, you could choose to go to Charleston, SC for the High Water Fest, or to Baton Rouge for a Blues Festival. The High Water Fest is a new South Carolina music festival, organized by the husband and wife team behind the folk duo, Shovels & Rope. The curated lineup at Riverfront Park in N. Charleston, is filled with plenty of Americana folk rock acts like The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Dawes. High Water also features plenty of tasty local libations along with Charleston chef-curated dining experiences. More information is at their website High Water Fest.

The Baton Rouge Blues Festival takes place the same weekend – April 13th-14th in Baton Rouge’s Repentance Park. Originating in 1981, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival is one of the oldest free blues festivals in America. Produced by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, the festival is made possible in part by the Foundation’s board of directors, a volunteer Blues Festival committee, local support and generous partners. This year’s lineup features Mavis Staples, Kenny Neal, Lil Ray Neal and Tyree Neal and lots and lots of other jazz greats. See all the lineup details and more official information at the Baton Rouge Blues Festival’s website.

To rent an RV for either Baton Rouge or Charleston, check out our Orlando RV Rentals location. Ask about availability and rates.

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NASCAR This April – Races at Bristol, Richmond and Talladega

NASCAR racing continues this month with the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on the weekend of April 6-8th, then the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 12-14, followed two weeks later by the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on the weekend of April 27th-29th. Don’t miss the exciting action at the track when you go in your RV or ours to any of these NASCAR events.

Bristol Motor Speedway hosts race fans for the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on April 7th. The Food City 500 is the cornerstone event of the Spring race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, and one of the most anticipated events on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, with action that lasts all weekend long. For infield access, or schedule information or to learn more about camping on site, check out Bristol Motor Speedway Fan Information.

Richmond Raceway is the site of the next weekend’s NASCAR action. Here, racers will line up for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night April 13th. Leading up to that event, however, fans can experience three days of ultra-exciting racing action. Get down and dirty with dirt racing on Thursday April 11th, followed by the Toyota Care 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday April 12th. The schedule is jam-packed with action from fan-viewing the Monster Energy Cars in the NASCAR Garage, to practice races all weekend long. Plus the Xfinity Series Qualifying race on Friday afternoon at 3:40 pm. Then don’t miss a chance to sit in on the Xfinity Series Drive/Crew Chief Meeting and another Monster Energy Qualifying race at 5:40. Saturday is full again with driver introductions and the 400 lap, 300 mile Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy race at 7:30. Don’t miss all the action!

For more information about camping near or in the Richmond Raceway, see the GEICO Camping Richmond Raceway – Tickets and Camping page. Richmond Raceway offers both RV and tent camping. All lots are reserved, so please contact them in advance to see what spots are available. And, if they are full, there are other RV campgrounds nearby at Ashland, just 20 minutes away at Americamps RV Resort and another at Kosmo Village in Glen Allen, VA, only 10 minutes from the Raceway.

Talladega Motor Speedway is open for action for the GEICO 500 from Thursday April 25th, with campgrounds open even earlier on Monday, April 22nd. The actual GEICO 500 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 Xfinity Series and the ARCA Menards Series races. Friday sees driver introductions at 4:30 for the ARCA race and the General Tire 200/ ARCA, 76 lap race begins at 5:00 pm. This will be followed by Big One on the Blvd Infield Party at 7:00 pm.

Then Saturday, April 27th, the MoneyLion 200 Xfinity series race, kicks off at 12 pm followed by a Saturday night Infield Concert at 7:00 pm. Lots of other activities will be happening all weekend long. Sunday is the GEICO 500 Monster Energy Series race starting at 1:00 pm.

Check out the Talladega SuperSpeedway  website for more schedule details.

And if you want to camp at Talladega, there are many options for you, including three free campgrounds for fans who hold a Sunday Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ticket. Entry to these campgrounds begins Monday of race week at 9:00 AM. Learn more about each campground by checking out the Talladega Find Your Campground Camping Pages.

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.

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

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. The closest for Bristol would be our Louisville RV Rentals location. For RV Rental near Richmond, our nearest spot will be our Baltimore El Monte RV Rentals location. And for Talladega, check out Louisville RV Rentals or our Orlando El Monte RV Rentals location.

See availability and rental rates on their pages. No matter where you start on this NASCAR RV Vacation, you are certain to enjoy the roar of the engines and the cheers of the crowds.

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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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RV Camping Adventure: Arizona State and National Parks

Arizona has a variety of things to offer for an outstanding RV adventure!

Arizona is a prime destination for RV’ers; once you stay there, you will see why. The Grand Canyon State is high in sunshine and scenery and low in precipitation. The temperature remains relatively warm throughout the year with temperatures easily reaching the upper 70s even in January. This makes it a haven for RV’ers escaping the harsh winter weather.

With 35 State Parks, Arizona, also known as the Copper State, offers beautiful camping locations in several regions. Starting with the western region, the “west coast” of Arizona is bordered by the Colorado River with four parks offering you the choice of where to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The Colorado River is a popular spot for boating, tubing, and floating your days away, and here 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.

Head south along the river to reach the Parker strip and two more beautiful state parks, Buckskin Mountain and River Island. Both parks have gorgeous views of the river, the nearby mountains that line the river on both sides, family-friendly events and activities, and amazing amenities to make your camping trip the best yet. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is which park to choose! See the Arizona State Parks and Trails site to get a full lineup of possible parks to stay in.

Alamo State Park, AZ

Alamo State Park, AZ

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.

There are many national parks and monuments in addition to the state parks, and if time and weather permits, Grand Canyon National Park is something you shouldn’t miss. However, if southern Arizona’s more temperate climate is preferable, visit the amazing Joshua Tree National Park. Or check out Saguaro National Park in the southeast corner of Arizona and on the eastern edge of the state, you can see the Red Basin and Martha’s Butte in the Petrified Forest. Don’t leave out Montezuma Castle National Monument in the center of the state, just south of Flagstaff. Here you can see through windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.

For more information on RV camping and all the National Parks in Arizona, see National Parks in Arizona.

Rent an RV for your trip:

For this unique travel experience, to best see the sights in Arizona you can rent an RV from our El Monte RV Rental location in Phoenix.

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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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