Get on the Road Again to These National Parks With an RV Rental

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, summer recreation, in particular, seems to be at risk. Many local governments remain focused on getting the most vital parts of the economy back up and running while managing public health concerns close to home, rather than reopening pools, waterparks, and golf courses. As a result, it’s a better time than ever to check out the outdoor activities and racing events that are currently available across the country.

The best way to get there with minimal contact? Renting an RV.

RVing is a Safe COVID-19 Travel Option

Why Is RVing a Safe Option?

As mentioned, the benefits of renting an RV are numerous. Most significantly, you and your family can travel together in one vehicle, preventing you from encountering the crowds at the airport. Better yet, you can prepare your food, either within your RV or outside on the open fire, saving you money and ensuring your food has minimal human contact before serving.


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If you choose to utilize a full-size Class A models or fifth wheels, RVing even beats out traditional camping when it comes to safety. Once you’re at your destination, you’ll be able to live and sleep in an enclosed space controlled by you while you’re on vacation—no more wondering if in-park bathroom facilities have been disinfected. Overall, while you’ll still need to put in some time cleaning the interior of your RV to make sure that your accommodations are clean and free from other people—especially compared to the traditional airline, hotel, and restaurant amenities—RVing wins the day.

Where Can You Go RVing?

Where Can You Go RVing?

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the benefit of appreciating the great outdoors and all the beautiful spaces Mother Nature provides. Most state and national parks offer recreational opportunities off the beaten path and well within the social distancing requirements mandated by the CDC. However, most parks took a phased approach to closing back in late February and early March, and according to the National Park Service, have taken the same approach to reopening now, depending on local and regional concerns.

As a result, while most state and national parks have at least begun opening to visitors—including drivers, hikers, bike riders, and more—not all are open for camping. Even fewer have had the resources allocated to reopen successfully, staff, and maintain on-site facilities like visitors’ centers, guide stations, restrooms, and high-contact activities like boat rentals and tours. With this in mind, refer to our chart of major national parks and current reopening information (current as of June 30, 2020):

  • Acadia (Maine)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: No
    Camping: No (Potentially 8/1/20)
  • Arches (Utah)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: No
    Camping: Yes (7/19/20)
  • Badlands (South Dakota)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Yes
  • Big Bend (Texas)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: Yes
  • Biscayne (Florida)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: No
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison (Colorado)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Yes.
  • Bryce Canyon (Utah)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Yes
  • Canyonlands (Utah)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Slightly Limited
    Camping: Yes (7/1/20)
  • Capitol Reef (Utah)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: Yes
  • Carlsbad Caverns (New Mexico)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Yes
  • Channel Islands (California)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: No
    Camping: No
  • Congaree (South Carolina)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: No
  • Crater Lake (Oregon)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: No
  • Cuyahoga Valley (Ohio)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Slightly Limited
    Camping: No Camping Available
  • Death Valley (California)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: No
    Camping: No
  • Denali (Alaska)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Yes
  • Dry Tortugas (Florida)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: Yes
  • Everglades (Florida)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: Yes
  • Gates of the Arctic (Alaska)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: No
    Camping: Yes
  • Gateway Arch (Missouri)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: No Camping Available
  • Glacier (Montana)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Limited to East Park
  • Glacier Bay (Alaska)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Yes
  • Grand Canyon (Nevada)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Slightly Limited
    Camping: Yes
  • Grand Teton (Wyoming)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Yes
  • Great Basin (Nevada)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Yes
  • Great Sand Dunes (Colorado)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: All but Group Loop
  • Great Smoky Mountains (North Carolina/Tennessee)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Limited to Cades Cove, Deep Creek, Elkmont, and Smokemont
  • Guadalupe Mountains (Texas)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Extremely Limited
    Camping: No
  • Haleakala (Hawaii)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: No Camping Available
  • Hawai’i Volcanoes (Hawaii)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: No Camping Available
  • Hot Springs (Arkansas)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Most are open, except the Visitors’ Center
    Camping: Yes
  • Indiana Dunes (Indiana)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes, except for Central Ave and Lake View Beaches
    Camping: Yes
  • Isle Royale (Michigan)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: No visitor ferry, lighthouse, or lodge services
    Camping: No
  • Joshua Tree (California)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: Yes, except group campsites
  • Katmai (Alaska)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited until 7/1/20
    Camping: Backcountry only until 7/23/20
  • Kenai Fjords (Alaska)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: Backcountry only until further notice
  • Kings Canyon (California)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: No
    Camping: No
  • Kobuk Valley (Alaska)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: No
    Camping: Yes
  • Lake Clark (Alaska)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: LimitedCamping: Yes
  • Lassen Volcanic (California)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Yes
  • Mammoth Cave (Kentucky)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: Yes
  • Mesa Verde (Colorado)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited—cliff dwellings and Visitors Center remain closed
    Camping: Yes
  • Mount Rainier (Washington)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Backcountry and day use only
  • North Cascades (Washington)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Limited to non-group camping
  • Olympic (Washington)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Limited—some remain closed
  • Petrified Forest (Arizona)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: Yes
  • Pinnacles (California)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited traffic and biking past entrance points
    Camping: Yes
  • Redwood (California)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited- no Visitors Centers are open
    Camping: Yes
  • Rocky Mountain (Colorado)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited to 60% capacity
    Camping: Yes
  • Saguaro (Arizona)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Yes, in groups under 10
  • Sequoia (California)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: No
    Camping: No
  • Shenandoah (Virginia)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: Yes, at reduced capacity
  • Theodore Roosevelt (North Dakota)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: No
    Camping: No
  • Voyageurs (Minnesota)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited with no Visitors’ Center or houseboat tours
    Camping: Yes, for tents only
  • White Sands (New Mexico)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: No
  • Wind Cave (South Dakota)
    Open: Partially, though the cave is closed
    Amenities: Limited
    Camping: Limited
  • Wrangell-St. Elias (Alaska)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Limited to self-service
    Camping: Backcountry only
  • Yellowstone (Montana/Wyoming/Idaho)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: No
  • Yosemite (California)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes
    Camping: Yes
  • Zion (Utah)
    Open: Yes
    Amenities: Yes, beginning 7/1/20
    Camping: No Camping Available

Can You Camp in State Parks During COVID-19?

Can You Camp in State Parks During COVID-19?

Much like the National Parks System, states have been allowed to address their state parks on a case-by-case and state-by-state basis. However, aside from California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Rhode Island—which are either limiting or closing state parks to RV camping—most states appear to be well on their way to fully reopening campsites. Be sure to visit each state’s parks site or a comprehensive list of state availabilities before traveling.

Whether you prefer a deliverable RV brought straight to your door, or prefer to customize a trip (even right here in Arizona), renting an RV is the perfect way to travel during COVID-19. Peruse our list of national parks, find one that suits your vacation fancies, and get back on the road today.


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