The Best RV Parks

The Best RV Parks
If you are planning a travel itinerary across the United States and you hope to stay in one or more of the best RV parks, there a few standouts. Perhaps you are looking for a campground that meets your children's needs and also allows you to bring along the beloved family pet. Still other travelers like to rent RVs to serve as a home base for outdoorsy activities, and you might be looking for a park that offers low rates and plenty of nearby opportunities for recreational activities.

Pet and Family Friendly Yosemite Pines RV Park

Yosemite Pines RV Park is listed on the Travel Channel's list of the best places you should see by RV. Just 22 miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park, this RV park is a great campground for outdoor enthusiasts, who plan on taking advantage of the national park's trails and lakes.

Yosemite Pines is also a pet friendly venue that is highly cognizant of children's needs. Kids have gratis access to a petting zoo that features alpacas and other friendly animals, a playground as well as tot lot and campfire evenings with story time and marshmallow roasting. Campers of all ages enjoy the pool, panning for gold, hayrides, ice cream socials organized by park management and tours through a gold mine. On-site laundry facilities make this RV park a great choice for a long-term stay.

The 2009 pull-through rates start at $35 per night during the off season and $45 during peak; back-in site rates are lower, starting at $30 during the off season and $40 during peak.

Yosemite Pines RV Park
20450 Old Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321
(209) 962-7690
http://www.yosemitepinesrv.com

Gila Hot Springs RV Park for Equestrians

Gila Hot Springs RV Park capitalizes on the beauty of the Gila Wilderness Area. The park is actually part of a ranch that features in-house, tent camping and RV lodging options. RV campsites start at $20 per night and offer cold and also hot water taps for each slot. The park has shower facilities and also a Jacuzzi.
Other features include a natural hot pool, community use pavilion with barbecue facilities and herds of sheep that children may enjoy watching and petting. If you like to go horseback riding, the ranch offers access to well trained horses. Guests, who bring along their own horses, may use the corrals for housing the animals during their stays. Guides accompany horseback riders to point out areas of interest and to ensure the safety of inexperienced riders.

Gila Hot Springs RV Park
HC 68 Box 80
Silver City, NM 88061
(575) 536-9314
http://www.gilahotspringsranch.com

Spruce Lake RV Resort Offers a Community Look and Feel

Frommer's lists Spruce Lake RV Resort as the best RV park in the Rocky Mountain National Park. This RV campground features 110 level sites that are reserved for RVers with rigs measuring up to 40 feet. RV sites are sufficiently spacious to allow plenty of room, even after you extend your slide-outs.
Resort amenities include access to well stocked Spruce Lake or fly fishing spots at the Big Thompson River. There is a heated pool and hot tub on-site, as well as a miniature golf course and children's playground. Well apportioned restroom and shower facilities relieve the feelings of being cramped in your RV, while the on-site laundry makes this a great RV park for an extended stay.

The whimsical street signs in the park give the locale a community look and feel, and travelers from everywhere will feel like they "belong" when staying at this neighborhood-oriented park. Daily rates vary at the resort, and 2009 costs start at $35 for AAA or Good Sam's Club members or $39 for those without membership.

Spruce Lake RV Resort
1050 Mary's Lake Road
Estes Park, CO 80517
(800) 536.1050
http://www.sprucelakerv.com

Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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