7 National Parks You Can Take the RV in Winter 124

North Cascades National Park

With winter around the corner, many think it’s time to put the RV in park until warmer weather reappears. Not true! In fact, many places become the type of winter wonderland you read about or see in the movies. After a summer spent traveling in hot and humid temperatures, a winter excursion is the perfect reward.

Because winter isn’t the most popular time to travel, it’s the ideal time to take advantage of the empty roads. Some of the best destinations are national parks, which enjoy a quiet off-season. We’ve gathered up seven of the best national parks you can RV to in winter. So grab a coat, pack the RV, and start planning your next adventure.

Mount Rainier National Park in Washington

If winter sports are on your list of things to explore, then visiting Mount Rainier National Park is a solid choice. Enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding or give snowmobiling a try! Whether you’re traveling with kids or not, there’s really no excuse not to stop by areas designated for snow forts and snowman building. Stick around long enough and you’re sure to become part of a snowball battle. Afterward, sled or snowshoe through the lush wilderness on your own or with a guide. Either way, make sure you soak in the views and follow these tips for towing in the snow.

Campgrounds Near Mount Rainier National Park:

Majestic RV Park

Washington Land Yacht Harbor RV Park & Event Center

Gig Harbor RV Resort

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona

 

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As one of the 8 wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is impressive no matter the season. Without fail, the Grand Canyon National Park delivers gorgeous photo opportunities. However, there’s something magical about winter. The natural wonder of the canyon takes on a new look by accumulating snow to cap its peaks – a winter hat, if you will. Temperatures are chilly during the day in the 40s, here and there before dropping to freezing desert temperature at night, so wear plenty of layers and bundle up – it’s worth it.

Campgrounds Near Grand Canyon National Park:

Grand Canyon Railway RV Park

Grand Canyon Trailer Village RV Park

Canyon Gateway Grand Canyon RV Park & Glamping

Yosemite National Park in California

 

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Yosemite is a summer RV destination, without a doubt. Yet the views at Yosemite National Park in winter transport you somewhere else entirely. Snow transforms the summer playground into a winter adventure where skiing and snowboarding are available. New to winter sports? No worries. Explore lessons for beginners and for those looking to brush up on their skills. The river takes on a slush-like flow from the marriage of the waterfall mist and the below-freezing temperatures. It’s cold, sure, but it’s stunning.

Campgrounds Near Yosemite National Park:

Yosemite Lakes RV Resort

Bass Lake at Yosemite RV Resort

High Sierra RV & Mobile Park

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah

Another park that throws on a sweet snow cap over its peaks is Bryce Canyon National Park. The red rock base in contrast with the light dusting of snow and sporadic pops of green foliage create a mix of earthtone colors not often seen together. The weather, mild and rarely dropping below freezing, invites you and your family to stay for several days. After soaking in all the beauty while the sun is out, make sure to venture out at night as well to do a bit of stargazing. The clear sky of Bryce Canyon is the perfect location to get an unobstructed view of the stars above.

Campgrounds Near Bryce Canyon National Park:

Bryce Canyon Pines Campground & RV Park

Bryce Valley Ranch RV & Horse Park

Red Canyon Village

Glacier National Park in Montana

 

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While it’s typically crowded the rest of the year, Glacier National Park quiets down significantly in the winter. Covered in a blanket of snow, the views become magical. You’ll feel like you’re inside a snow globe as you explore closed roads on snowshoes either alone or on a guided tour. Work your way through pristine forests, rugged mountains, and alpine meadows surrounded by frozen lakes. Hiking, this time of year, is the perfect opportunity to see native wildlife roaming about. Grab a pair of winter hiking boots to steady yourself and a pair of binoculars, while you’re at it, to see the animals from afar. You’re guaranteed to make memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

Campgrounds Near Glacier National Park:

Glacier Meadow RV Park

Red Eagle Campground

Johnson’s of St. Mary Campground & RV Park

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

The goal when planning an RV trip, even in the winter, is to see where the road takes you. If the path leads to the Rocky Mountain National Park, then you’re in luck since this one is a crowd-pleaser. With a variety of activities ranging from snowshoeing to skiing, sledding to sightseeing, and more, this park has it all. The neighboring town has an abundance of stores that cater to visitors, so no need to pack all your gear. You’re able to rent or buy whatever you need for whatever activity suits your fancy while you’re there.

Campgrounds Near Rocky Mountain National Park:

Spruce Lake RV Resort

Elk Meadow Lodge & RV Resort

Riverview RV Park & Campground

Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee

Most travel to the Great Smoky Mountains for the fall foliage with good reason, but if you’re planning a trip, we would advise planning to stay through the winter. The temperatures are mild compared to most winter destinations, but the views are just as beautiful. If you’ve ever wanted a white Christmas, then the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the place to get it. Hiking is available but make a point to check the trails for snowfall before heading out. If safe to venture about, check out the waterfalls along the trail where some will be flowing and some are sure to be frozen. Bring your camera with you – you won’t regret it.

Campgrounds Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

Stonebridge RV Resort

Pigeon River Campground

Smoky Bear Campground & RV Park

Which National Park are you planning to visit this winter? Tell us in the comments below.

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