Top 5 TentBox Vacation Spots
You’ll never want to be at home when you’ve got your tent box, and with so many exciting places to visit, why would you want to be!
We can’t possibly recommend them all but if we had to choose just 5 spots to camp out, we’d go for ones with unrivalled scenery and exploration opportunities!
Grand Canyon – AZ
If you can’t think of a good reason to visit the Grand Canyon then perhaps you’re reading the wrong blog! If its 277 miles of wilderness and beauty don’t grab you, what about the wild Colorado River snaking through the canyon’s floor. The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder unparalleled the world over!
Many people camp at the Grand Canyon (although maybe not that many in a tentbox); there are 4 developed NPS campgrounds where vehicles are permitted within the Grand Canyon National Park so a fair bit of choice.
- Mather Campground (South Rim) – open all year. Takes reservations. No RV hook ups.
- Trailer Campground (South Rim) – Open all year. Takes reservations. Full RV hook ups.
- NPS Desert View Campground (South Rim) – open April-October every year. First come, first served only. No RV hook ups.
- North Rim Campground – open May 15 through October 31 each year. Takes reservations. No RV hook ups.
Located on the North Rim, this is not a developed campground so don’t expect showers, phone service or hook ups – you’ll also need a high clearance vehicle and camping does require a reservation permit. Tuweep gives you an opportunity to explore and experience sunsets, sunrises and everything inbetween, perfect for explorers!
The South Rim is most popular with tourists but don’t write it off just yet – camping at the South Rim is closer to I40 so may be less of a trek! We’d strongly recommend reserving your campground where you can as it does get busy, especially in the Summer season.
Desert View Campground tends to fill by noon but is in a less developed area so perfect if you want something a little more secluded. The other NPS campgrounds within the park on the South Rim are in busier areas, although that’s great if you want to be explore historic Grand Canyon Village and nearby areas.
The North Rim is wilder and more secluded than the South Rim and has an increased likelihood of early snowfall, so the tourist season lasts from May-October each year. You can only reach the North Rim by road and there is also the option to stay at Tuweep campground.
Whichever Rim you choose, you can guarantee beautiful and breath-taking scenery!
Olympic National Park, WA
There’s lots to see for nature lovers and explorers here, but beach and sea fans will also love it here as one of the regions edges onto the Pacific coastline, making a 60-mile strip of beach to explore and enjoy.
There are a number of campgrounds on the Olympic National Park, but only 2 take reservations during the Summer; Kalaloch & Sol Duc. All others operate on a first come-first serve basis. Kalaloch & Sol Duc are also the only sites that take group bookings. If you want hook ups and water, then you’ll need to go to either Sol Duc or Log Cabin Resort.
If you want to go off-grid for a night or two, there are also a number of trails and wilderness camping reservations, but you will not be able to take your vehicle. Permits are required to camp overnight.
- Deer Park – Not RV accessible but suitable for cars and SUVs. Mountain views and starry skies make this a beautiful camping spot. No reservations. Pit toilets and notable water. Open June – October (weather and road condition dependent).
- Dosewallips – Not vehicle accessible at present as the access road has been washed out in recent storms. Open year round to walkers with pit toilets. No potable water. Open year round.
- Fairholme – No reservations, open April – October. Suitable for RVs up to 21 feet and cars. Handicap accessible, with flushing toilets and potable water.
- Graves Creek – Open year round, does not take reservations. No RVs or trailers allowed but cars and SUVs permitted. Pit toilets with no running water.
- Heart O’ the Hills – surrounded by forest, this is a great family site. Open year round but not accessible by vehicle during heavy snowfall. No reservations, flushing toilets and potable water. RVs permitted but there is no dump station.
- Hoh – Open year round, does not take reservations. Flushing toilets and potable water. RVs and cars permitted.
- Kalaloch – takes reservations and group bookings. Space for RVs, tents, vehicles etc. Flushing toilets with potable water. No handicap beach accessible trails.
- Mora – Open year round with flushing toilets and potable water. No reservations. RV and vehicle accessible. Two miles from Rialto beach.
- North Fork – Open year round with 9 sites. No reservations. Pit toilets and no running water. Not recommended for RVs and trailers. Handicap accessible.
- Ozette – Open year round although can be prone to flooding in winter. First come, first served basis. Pit toilets, potable water. RV and handicap accessible.
- Queets – Only accessible from the Upper Queets River Road due to a past mudslide. Open year round but RVs and trailers are not recommended. No reservations. Handicap accessible. Pit toilets, no running water.
- Sol Duc – takes reservations and groups. Open Mar-Oct and has space for 82 sites. Flushing toilets with running water. RV accessible. Handicap accessible
- South Beach – Open May-September, on a first come-first serve basis. No potable water but does have flushing toilets (not handicap accessible). RV accessible. No handicap beach trails but is handicap accessible on site.
- Staircase – Open year round but very primitive in winter. Flush toilets and potable water during Summer only. Pit toilets and no water in Winter. Handicap and RV accessible.
Glacier National Park, MT
Glacier National Park is known as the Crown of the Continent; it is the headwater for streams that flow to the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico and Hudson’s Bay. Visitors can expect a great mix of camping, hiking, boating and fishing here, as well as the beautiful scenery that brings in tourists the world over. You may also see bears, mountain lions or other wild animals on your travels!
There are 13 different campgrounds in Glacier, although not all welcome RVs or trailers. Most also operate a first come-first serve basis, although you can book some in advance.
- Apgar – The largest campground in the park and located near Apgar Village. Open year round. Has flush toilets but no showers. Does not take reservations except for groups.
- Avalanche – No reservations. Open in the Summer season only, June – September. Flush toilets but no showers.
- Bowman Lake – Open May – Oct but quite primitive from Sept onwards. No flush toilets or showers. Does not take reservations.
- Cut Bank – Open June – Sept, has no showers or flush toilets and does not take reservations.
- Fish Creek – Open June – Sept. Takes reservations. Offers showers and flush toilets. Groups welcome. RV accessible.
- Kintla Lake – the most remote site on the Park in the frontcountry, this is vehicle accessible although not for RVs. No flush toilets or showers and open year round.
- Logging Creek – One of the smallest campgrounds, this has 7 sites and does not offer flush toilets or showers. Open June – Sept. No reservations
- Many Glacier – One of the most popular campgrounds, this is open May – sept. No reservations except for groups. Flush toilets but no showers.
- Quartz Creek. Does not take reservations and is open June – Oct. this is the smallest campground in the Park by size. No trailers or RVs permitted.
- Rising Sun – Offers beautiful sunrises against Red Eagle Mountain; this site does not take reservations but does have flush toilets and showers. Open June – Sept.
- Sprague Creek – First come-first serve basis operated at this campground. No showers but has flush toilets. No towed units permitted.
- Mary. Some sites available for reservations. Year round. This is the largest campground on the east side of the park. Flush toilets and showers available.
- Two Medicine – Open May – Oct but primitive during Sept-Oct, this offers flush toilets. Does not take reservations. RVs/trailers permitted on 10 sites.
Yosemite National Park, CA
Best known for its waterfalls, Yosemite National Park is one of Cali’s best loved tourist destinations. Spread over nearly 1,200 square miles there’s something for everyone; meadows, deep valleys, wilderness and ancient sequoias, you won’t be disappointed! Camping is very popular and well catered for here, with campgrounds spread across the park.
Main Yosemite Valley
- Upper Pines – Open year round. Takes reservations year through. RVs and trailers permitted. Tap water available.
- Lower Pines – Open Mar-Oct. Takes reservations, tap water on site. RVs and trailers permitted.
- North Pines – Open Mar–Nov. Tap water on site. Takes reservations. RVs and trailers permitted.
- Camp 4 – Open year round. No RVs or trailers permitted. Operates a first come-first serve basis. No pets allowed and tap water available.
South of Yosemite Valley
- Wawona – Open year round, although reservations can only be made Apr-Oct. Tap water available and takes pets. RVs and trailers permitted.
- Bridalveil Creek – Open Jul-Sept on a first come-first serve basis. Tap water available and pets are allowed. RVs and trailers permitted.
North of Yosemite Valley
- Hodgdon Meadow – Open year-round. Reservations can be made Apr-Oct. Tap water is available at the campground and pets are allowed. RVs and trailers permitted.
- Crane Flat – Open end May-Oct. Takes reservations and pets are allowed. Tap water on site. RVs and trailers permitted.
- Tamarack Flat – RVs or trailers not recommended. Open Jun-Oct. Does not take reservations. Pets are allowed but there is no fresh water on site, water available via the creek and must be boiled before use.
- White Wolf – No reservations; RVs and trailers permitted. Tap water is available and pets are permitted. Open Summer – Oct.
- Yosemite Creek – RVs or trailers not recommended. Open Jul-Oct on a first come-first serve basis. No tap water on site so campers need to bring their own or boil creek water.
- Porcupine Flat – RVs or trailers not recommended. No tap water; water accessible via creek which must be boiled before use. No reservations.
- Tuolmne Meadows – Open Jun-Sept and takes reservations. Tap water available and pets are permitted, as are RVs and trailers.
Meteor Crater, AZ
A move away from National Parks but well worth a mention, the Meteor Crater (aka Canyon Diablo Crater) is proclaimed to be the “best preserved meteorite crater on Earth”. It has to be seen to be believed and attracts thousands of tourists each year, come to marvel at the 50,000 year old “hole in the ground.”
The land is privately owned and there is no campground on site, however there is Meotor Crater RV Park is 5 miles away with easy access to I40 and the Meteor Crater Visitors Center. This also takes tents and trailers so versatile no matter what type of camping you’re after.
There are also other campgrounds and lots further afield, including Woody Mountain Campground, J and H RV Park and Dead Horse Ranch State Park.