NHRA Racing Burns Rubber in August!

This August, take your family on an exciting RV vacation to see any one of these exciting NHRA races.  From Seattle on the weekend of August 2nd–4th, NHRA Northwest Nationals take place at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington. Then two weeks later, from August 15th– 18th, take off for Minneapolis in your RV or ours to follow the Lucas Oil Nationals at the Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, MN. The last weekend of August finds NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Don’t miss the heart pounding action of drag racing while camping out in your comfortable home away from home RV at one of these exciting spots!

Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways

NHRA racing

NHRA racing

The first weekend of August finds the Northwest Nationals in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle at Pacific Raceways. As usual at NHRA races, Friday and Saturday are mostly qualifying races for both the Pro Stocks and the Nitro racers. Sunday is the main event with semi-finals and final races starting at 3:40 and 3:45 pm. Click to see the complete weekend schedule at Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

You can rent an RV nearby at our Ferndale/Bellingham, Washington location. For more information on pricing and availability, please check with the El Monte RV Rental Ferndale/Bellingham location. For camping in your RV, there are numerous campgrounds in the area or you may get lucky and be able to book into the Pacific Raceway Campground if spaces are available. If not, there are other RV Campgrounds nearby such as Cranmar RV Park and Lake Sawyer RV Resort. Book early as this will be a popular spot in early August.

Two weeks after this excitement on the west coast take off for Minneapolis in your RV or ours to watch the excitement at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at the Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, MN. The schedule opens on Friday, August 16th with the Pro Stock Qualifying Sessions and the Nitro Qualifying Sessions, and continues with more qualifying sessions on Saturday, capped off by the Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations, Semi-Finals and Finals on Sunday afternoon.

To rent an RV nearby, our closest El Monte RV Rental Location is near Chicago in Glen Ellyn, IL. Go to the Where to Rent an RV page of our website to check out that location and contact them to find out about available rentals and rates.

RV Camping near Brainerd: If you want to camp nearby, check out Rager’s Acres Seasonal RV Park, or Birch Bay RV Resort or you may try your luck to be able to put your name on a wait list to stay at the Raceway itself at their PleasureLand RV VIP Campground.

To see a fully detailed schedule of the action, see Lucas Oil Nationals.

Labor Day weekend this year is August 28th – Sept. 2nd and brings NHRA to Indianapolis at the Lucas Oil Raceway. Find all the action you can imagine here for this long weekend of fun and speed. The home for the U.S. Nationals, this Chevrolet Performance weekend is packed full of non-stop action. The schedule opens with Sportsman Qualifying races on Wednesday the 28th and Thursday the 29th, followed by Sportsman Eliminations and Hemi Challenges on Friday August 30th. Then the action heats up even more as Pro Stock and Nitro Qualifying Sessions occupy Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The weekend culminates with Pro Stock and Nitro Eliminations and Finals on Monday afternoon.

Camping at Lucas Oil Raceway is a family experience with lots of choices of campgrounds to suit your family’s needs. Try to reserve early to get your choice of campsites in one of several campgrounds.

To rent an RV, you can visit our El Monte RV Rentals Chicago Location only about three hours or so from Indianapolis.

To learn more, see our page devoted to NHRA Racing Vacations.

Whichever track you choose to visit, have fun with your friends and family watching these amazingly fast dragsters as they burn rubber on the track.

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RV Adventures in Colorado National and State Parks

Colorado offers so many National and State parks plus a great climate for summer RV enthusiasts that it may be tricky to decide where to start. Here are some of the most popular but not necessarily really crowded spots.

If you are starting out at El Monte RV’s  Denver rental location,  you could travel north to Rocky Mountain National Park, or just south a bit to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and pick some spots to stay along the way, but be sure to get to the western edge of Colorado to Colorado National Monument and all the way to southern Colorado to the Capulin Volcano National Monument this summer as it is truly full of national treasure.

There are 13 National Parks in Colorado – Here are a few highlights:

Rocky Mountain National Park: Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road –cresting at over 12,000 feet, and including many overlooks to experience the sub-alpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument: Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado.

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument: Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.

Capulin Volcano National Monument: Although this monument is in New Mexico, it is worth the drive a little farther south and east to see it. View a dramatic landscape—a unique place of mountains, plains, and sky. Born of fire and forces continually reshaping the earth’s surface, Capulin Volcano provides access to nature’s most awe-inspiring work.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve: Open all day and night year-round; the tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece of a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience a starry sky on moonless nights, or a surreal walk on the dunes under bright full moonlight.

One thing you should also note, there is also a Free Admission Day to many national parks on Sunday, August 25th to commemorate the National Park Service Anniversary, and on September 28th to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

State Parks in Colorado

Not to be missed are some of the most spectacular sights ensconced in the 41 State Parks of Colorado. Colorado’s 41 state parks are as diverse as the state itself, and they offer something for everyone. Take a hair-raising whitewater river trip, or kick back in a lawn chair and watch the sunset. Enjoy a family picnic, cast a line in the water, take a hike, ride a horse, try snowshoeing or discover geocaching. From Eastern Plains parks at 3,800 feet to high-mountain parks at 9,500, the network of state parks offers a wealth of activities for busy people of all ages, or the chance to do nothing at all. You can play on land or on water: on a high peak or on the prairie: in the country or the city: in spring, summer, winter or fall. Download a guide to Colorado’s 41 state parks. Here are just a few suggestions:

Golden Gate Canyon State Park: Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park located in Gilpin and Jefferson counties northwest of Golden, Colorado. The 11,998-acre Front Range Park established in 1960 has 36 miles of hiking trails, with horse and bicycle travel allowed on 22 miles.

Castlewood Canyon State Park: Castlewood Canyon State Park is a Colorado state park near Franktown, Colorado. The park retains a unique part of Colorado’s history, the remains of Castlewood Canyon Dam. Visitors can still see the remnants and damage from that dam which burst in 1933.

Mueller State Park: Mueller State Park is a Colorado state park encompassing 5,112 acres of land outside Divide, Colorado, west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The park offers many outdoor activities. There are 55 miles of trails, biking, year-round camping, hunting, hiking, and horseback riding.

Camping Spots

You can discover some of America’s best outdoor experiences in Colorado. To find which parks will reserve spaces for camping in your RV, go to Colorado Campgrounds and Camping provided by ReserveAmerica.

Camp in the National Parks – with reservations for many spots, you may have to book early to get one. But, our national park system is very sophisticated and they purposely leave many sites first-come, first-served. You can get full details including which sites filled yesterday at the park’s websites.

To make the most of your Colorado parks trip, easily rent an RV at El Monte RV Rentals in Denver.

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July NASCAR RV Vacation – Daytona to the Poconos

NASCAR drivers start off the month by celebrating the 4th of July weekend at Daytona with the Xfinity Series Race – the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race – the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

NASCAR RV Tailgating Party

The next weekend, starting on July 11th, fans will lineup at Kentucky Speedway to watch the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race, an Xfinity Series, and Monster Energy Series as well.

For the weekend of the 20th to 21st of July be sure to catch the racing action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for an Xfinity Series on the 20th, followed by the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 21st.

And closing out the month, drivers will speed around the Pocono Raceway track from the 26th to 28th of July for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series as well as an Xfinity Series Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Gander Outdoors 400.

Here are the details for each weekend at each track.

  • Daytona International Speedway – July 5th and 6th – Whether you’re going for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 for the first time or a Daytona International Speedway veteran, they’ve got everything at the “World Center of Racing” all in one place! See all the details of staying there and all the events scheduled for this exciting weekend on the Daytona – Plan Your Visit
  • Drive to the Kentucky Speedway for July 11th – 13th for three days of racing excitement. NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series kicks off the action at 7:30 pm on Thursday the 11th with the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. Then on Friday, are the Qualifying rounds for the Quaker State 400, and the shooting gun starts the ALSCO300 NASCAR Xfinity Series at 7:30 pm. Saturday is time for two concerts, the Naked Karate Girls at 3:30 and the JD Shelburne pre-race concert at 5:30 pm. All this is leading up to the Quaker State 400, presented by Walmart, a part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Campground check-in begins at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 9th if you want to make it a longer visit, or on Wednesday, July 10th at 7 am.

For more details and to check on camping availability, please see the Kentucky Speedway Camping Options page. Make reservations early as these spaces will sell out fast.

  • Follow the NASCAR action to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the weekend of July 20th to 21st. The weekend will kick off at 4:00 pm Saturday with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Lakes Region 200, followed by the United Site Services 70 at 6:45-7:30 pm. Then Sunday is the Speedway Children’s Charities Red Bucket Brigade capped off by the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at 3:00 pm, another leg in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. To learn more about camping at NHMS, find out availability or other details please see the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Camping
  • The excitement of NASCAR racing wraps up the month at the Tricky Triangle of the Pocono Raceway on July 26th to 28th. On July 26th the Pennsylvania 150- ARCA Menards Series race will be held. Then the Gander RV 150 Gander Outdoors Truck Series will see racers put the pedal down on Saturday followed by the Gander RV 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday. Don’t miss all the racing excitement of the Pocono Raceway for this fabulous weekend.

Camping at the Pocono Raceway

To find out about camping at the Pocono Raceway, check out all the camping options on the Pocono Raceway site. Buy in advance to get the spot you want and, if you purchase an Infield Camping spot before Wednesday, July 24, 2019; your purchase comes with two complimentary Pit/Paddock Passes.

Need to Rent an RV?

You can rent an RV from El Monte RV for your trip to any of these tracks from one of our El Monte RV rentals locations. Find all our RV Rental Locations there. See availability and rental rates on the specific pages for the location nearest your RV NASCAR adventure.

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. No matter where you start your RV Vacation, you are sure to enjoy the roar of the engines along with the cheers of the crowds at NASCAR racing.

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Awe-inspiring RV Adventures to State and National Parks in Utah

Are you up for a real RV adventure? If so, start in Salt Lake City! This is the place to launch an exciting trip to see several national parks and some amazing state parks as well in Utah.

Here are just a few of the national and state parks and monuments that are located near Salt Lake City, Utah. To get more details on each park, see the link. These are some really remarkable places that you won’t want to miss. The scenery in Utah’s National and State parks is just breathtaking!

Wasatch Mountain State Park only 30 minutes from Salt Lake City – This Park offers year-round activities including golfing, hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding and much more.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument – only 37 miles south from Salt Lake City, this is a treasure of many dazzling formations found within 3 spectacularly decorated caverns. The strenuous climb to the cave entrance, a hike gaining over 1,000 feet in elevation, offers incredible views of American Fork Canyon.

Some of Utah’s more spectacular National Parks are located within a 4 hour drive (or so) of Salt Lake City. Here you can visit:

Arches National ParkVisit Arches to discover a landscape of contrasting colors, land forms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.

Glen Canyon and Lake PowellEncompassing more than 1.25 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.  Rainbow Bridge National Monument and Lake Powell are found within the boundaries of Glen Canyon.

Canyonlands National ParkThe Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. Find out much more about this amazingly diverse park at the NPS website.

Hovenweep National MonumentHovenweep National Monument protects multiple 700+-year-old archeological sites spread over a large area along the Utah-Colorado border. Sites can be reached by car on paved or unpaved roads, but most require walking to fully explore.

A visit to Hovenweep may inspire many questions such as how were the multi-story towers built? Why? What was life like here 700 years ago?

Natural BridgesThis is Utah’s First National Monument. There are three majestic natural bridges here that invite you to ponder about the power of water in a usually dry landscape. This is actually a true testament to the power of water and time, etching a majestic landscape you won’t want to miss.

Driving between the parks in your RV gives you the best views imaginable and an opportunity to see what the ancient Native Americans found so captivating about this country.

There is also a Free Admission Day to many national parks on Sunday, August 25th to commemorate the National Park Service Anniversary.

In addition to these remarkable sights, you can also visit numerous state parks near Salt Lake City.

Some of the State Parks in Utah include Palisade, Antelope Island and Green River. For much more information about the abundant Utah State Parks, please see their website.

And don’t forget that just a 4.5 to 5 hour drive north of Salt Lake City on I-15 is Yellowstone National Park. You can enjoy a leisurely drive through the Grand Tetons where you will find numerous places to stop and take captivating photos or even camp along the way. If you are not in a hurry to arrive at Yellowstone, take your time and savor the beauty of southern Wyoming. It generally takes longer to experience the Yellowstone area than a day. If you allow 4-5 days, you should have plenty of time to pursue some leisure time activities there such as fishing, hiking, bird-watching, etc. Take your time to see some sights off the beaten track and enjoy your freedom to roam the outdoors knowing you can come back to the comfort of your RV in the evening.

To rent an RV for this awesome Utah adventure, contact El Monte RV Rental in Salt Lake City. Here you can find all the information about your Class A or Class C Motorhome for an outstanding summer vacation.

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RV Vacation – Music Festivals in June – So Much Summertime Fun!

What fun to get out and travel in your RV or ours to attend one of these super cool music festivals coming up in June! Whether you are on the west coast or east, New England or the South, there are plenty of options out there. Just a few that you may be interested in are highlighted for you here.

The first takes place in Nashville from the 6th to the 9th of June and is the Country Music Association Fest or CMA Fest.  This is the place to be for Country music all-stars. Included in this star-studded lineup are Eric Church on Friday June 7th, along with such notables as Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Maren Morris, and a host of other top-billed country singers. Held in the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, the CMA Fest will open each night with the national anthem, sung by Nashville School of the Arts (Thursday), Lindsay Ell (Friday), Runaway June (Saturday) and Jimmie Allen (Sunday). Check their website for more artists and schedule information at CMA Fest.

Our Louisville, KY El Monte RV Rental location is less than 3 hours drive from Nashville. Please check to see about available RV’s as this festival is coming up very soon.

If you are a Jimmy Buffet fan, don’t miss his appearance in Dallas on June 6th. You can join Jimmy and a bunch of Parrot head fans in this “Margaritaville State of Mind” concert. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s 2019 Son of a Son of a Sailor High Tide Tour is officially underway, so your favorite live performers are back on the road. Before the Dos Equis Pavilion location, there will be a June 4th appearance at Bok Center in Tulsa, OK and one on June 6th at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock. Check out these tour dates and if you need to rent an RV, see our El Monte RV, Where you can rent RVs page.

Country Music

Country Jam Music Festival

Jumping ahead to the following weekend, there is a Country Jam Music Festival from June 13th to the 16th in Mack, Colorado. Country Jam is a four-day country music festival featuring the biggest names in country music on multiple stages, surrounded by Colorado’s awe-inspiring red rock landscape.

Then, there is the famed Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival those same dates in Manchester, TN. Bonnaroo has so many top performers it is almost impossible to imagine all of them in one place from June 13-16th. From Childish Gambino to Kacey Musgraves and Post Malone to the Lumineers, this is one amazing collection of talent. Check here for this year’s incredible Bonnaroo Musician lineup.

But that is not all!

The Mountain Jam Music Festival will be taking place this year in the site of the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, in Bethel, New York, organizers just announced. The 2019 Mountain Jam won’t take place at Hunter Mountain in Upstate New York. Instead, this year’s event will take place over four days on three stages at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, more than 70 miles away, on June 13-16. See the full lineup of artists at this Mountain Jam link.

And, you won’t want to miss the Clearwater Music Festival for the weekend of June 15-16th in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, also referred to as The Clearwater Festival, founded by Pete Seeger, just announced some additional artists set to perform on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, New York. Mavis Staples, The Lone Bellow, Immortal Technique are added to the Clearwater festival line-up for 2019. The Clearwater Festival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June.

With so many choices, you may want to decide based on proximity to where you are or where you want to start your summer vacation. Of course for any of these locations, we have RV rentals available to travel in high-style and comfort. Just check our El Monte RV Where to rent RVs page for all our locations and availability of RVs. Travel well and in first-class comfort to whichever music festivals you choose.

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NASCAR RV Vacation in June – Poconos, Michigan, Sonoma and Chicagoland

Summer is Heating Up!

NASCAR drivers will race to the Poconos for the weekend of June 1st-2nd, followed by Michigan June 8th-10th, and then Sonoma, CA for the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd and wrap up the month at Chicagoland Motor Speedway, in Joliet, IL.

You will certainly enjoy all these action-packed weekends at the track when you go in your RV or ours to any of these fun-filled NASCAR events.

Don’t miss the excitement of the Tricky Triangle at Pocono Raceway as NASCAR fills the first weekend of June with racing fun of the Pocono 400. Camping and RV registration opens on the afternoon of May 30th, followed by a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hauler Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday starting early is the final practice for the ARCA Menards Series followed by several appearances on the Fan Stage at 10:00 pm. The practice and qualifying races and various other fan stage appearances continue on Saturday the 1st of June, with an infield Block Party on Saturday night from 5-11:30 pm.  The weekend finale is the Pocono 400, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race starting at 2 pm on Sunday June 2nd.

Camping at the Pocono Raceway

To find out about camping at the Pocono Raceway, check out all the camping options on the Pocono Raceway site. Buy in Advance to get the spot you want and, if you purchase an Infield Camping spot before Wednesday, May 29, 2019; your purchase comes with two complimentary Pit/Paddock Passes.

The next weekend, the FireKeepers Casino 400 NASCAR Race will take racers around the track at the Michigan International Speedway. This is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season at Michigan International Speedway.  Don’t miss out! The first big race is on Friday, June 7th and begins at 6:30 pm, the ARCA Menards Series 200. Then on Saturday, June 8th, the excitement of the Xfinity Series LTI Printing 250 race starts at 1:30 pm. This is 250 miles of pure action with the future stars of NASCAR competing against the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series veterans. Don’t miss the Monster Energy FireKeepers Casino 400 race starting at 2pm on Sunday June 9th. Watch as your favorite NASCAR drivers battle it out for a trip to victory lane in the FireKeepers Casino 400.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Camping at Michigan International Speedway

With nearly 9,000 campsites, MIS is the largest registered campground in the State of Michigan. Each year, thousands of campers arrive at MIS during race week, spending the weekend camping out with their family and friends. Find out all the details and availability of spaces at Michigan Speedway Camping.

Then for the weekend of June 21st – 23rd, check out the Toyota/ SaveMart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California. Guaranteed to be a wild ride, this race is held in the heart of wine country, where you won’t want to miss a minute of the action both on and off the track. See the full weekend Sonoma schedule with Monster Energy final practices and cup series qualifying races on Friday and Saturday followed by the Toyota SaveMart Monster Energy NASCAR 350 Race starting at noon on Sunday. Celebrating 50 years of this track, this year should be special in many ways, with lots of featured guests, entertainment and more surprises in store.

Camping at Sonoma

For more information or to reserve your campsite, please contact the Sonoma Raceway ticketing department. There are several campgrounds to choose from and more than a thousand camp spaces so book your chosen spot to be able to see all the race action from your RV.

Continue your RV NASCAR adventure the next weekend as the NASCAR action moves to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.

The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series return as the Chicagoland Speedway’s Summer Festival Weekend culminates with the Camping World 400 on Sunday, June 30th at 2:00 p.m. But first, to kick off the weekend, on June 27th, at 8 pm is the ARCA Menards Series Bounty 150 race and Friday, June 28th is the Camping World 225, ever-unpredictable Gander Outdoors Truck Series, which showcases NASCAR’s newest stars starting at 8 pm. Saturday, June 29th, Chicagoland Speedway is host to the drivers of the Xfinity Series racing against some of NASCAR’s biggest stars in the Camping World 300. “Names Are Made Here.”  This race starts at 2:30 p.m.

This will be a fun-packed weekend for sure, with tons of racing, entertainment and lots of family fun.

Camping at Chicagoland

For camping information at Chicagoland Speedway, check the Camping Page at Chicagoland Speedway. They offer more than 1800 campsites in 4 campgrounds where you can grab your friends and family for up to five nights of camping as the Ultimate Summer NASCAR Festival weekend features four action-packed races June 27-30, 2019. YOU choose your schedule: camping load-in starts Wednesday and all campgrounds are open through Monday morning.

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 tracks from any of our El Monte RV rentals locations. You can find all our RV Rental Locations there. See availability and rental rates on the specific pages for the location nearest your RV adventure.

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

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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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