Where to find national park campgrounds with RV hookups

You don’t have to sacrifice amenities to enjoy these national park campgrounds that offer electric, water, and sewer hookups.

Do you like to camp amid the scenery of a national park without having to give up creature comforts? Camping in national parks often requires dry camping, without electric, water, or sewer hookups; however, approximately a dozen national park campgrounds have full or partial hookups. 

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The National Park Service (NPS) provides camping at more than 130 of its units. Backcountry camping requires hiking in and is generally for campers who backpack. Frontcountry camping varies from primitive tent sites to full-hookup RV sites that can accommodate larger rigs. The vast majority of park campgrounds have no hookups, and of the ones that do, many only offer partial hookups. 

Tips for Staying in a National Park Campground With Hookups

When reserving a national park campsite with hookups, keep the following in mind:

  • The NPS doesn’t directly operate all of these campgrounds. Some are run by private concessionaires, each of which sets its own rules and rates.
  • As you can imagine, these campgrounds are popular; be sure to check the reservation window in order to book them as soon as possible.
  • Length limitations are quite common. When in doubt, call the campground to find out size and site information to make sure you’ll have room to maneuver your RV.
  • Some campgrounds don’t allow tents or soft-sided trailers due to bear activity. You may also need to take care while storing food; bear boxes are sometimes provided.
  • Adequate cell phone signals and WiFi speeds vary greatly between parks. If you plan to work from the campground, take extra care to research coverage. 
  • Some campgrounds are located deep within the national park, meaning you may not have easy access to stores and restaurants.
  • As a plus, if you’re camping within park boundaries, you’ll be spared the traffic congestion that can sometimes occur at entrance gates.
  • If the national park requires timed permits to enter, you’ll be allowed to enter at any time with camping reservations, which is a huge benefit.
  • You may have to pay park entrance fees for the duration of your stay, in addition to camping fees.
  • Always confirm the type of hookups offered at the specific campsite you wish to reserve. Some parks provide services only in specific loops or sections. Not all sites have equal amenities.
a campground with an RV and a black truck along with two elk grazing near a wooden picnic table
Trailer Village RV Park in Grand Canyon National Park. | Photo: The Sweet Breezes

Here are some national park campgrounds that offer full or partial hookups in the U.S.

National Park Campgrounds With Full Hookups

These campgrounds offer electric, water, and sewer hookups at all or some sites:

Yellowstone National Park

Fishing Bridge Campground

Fishing Bridge is a recently renovated National Park Campground. The 310 full-hookup sites provide a convenient base camp for touring all of Yellowstone. 

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Railway RV Park

This popular campground offers spacious full-hookup sites at the doorstep of the iconic Grand Canyon Railroad. Camp out, hope the train, and arrive right at the feet of our grand national marvel.

Grand Tetons National Park
Photo credit: Nate Foong via Unsplash

Grand Teton National Park

Colter Bay RV Park

Located on the shores of scenic Jackson Lake, this park offers 112 campsites close to many park amenities in Colter Bay Village. Be careful not to book Colter Bay Campground, which is nearby but doesn’t offer hookups. 

Hot Springs National Park

Gulpha Gorge Campground

Hot Springs is a non-traditional national park with an urban setting, but this campground is scenic and earns 5-star reviews for its 40 full-hookup sites. The sites were previously first-come, first-served, but reservations are now required.

Big Bend National Park

Rio Grande Village RV Park

This is another park where you have to be careful to book the designated RV park if you want full hookups, since the Rio Grande Village Campground, of a similar name, doesn’t have them. This is the only full-hookup park in Big Bend and has 25 sites.

a black truck towing an airstream trailer is parked under a pink and blue sunset sky
Furnace Creek Campground at Death Valley National Park. | Photo: Zamia Ventures

Death Valley National Park

Furnace Creek Campground, Stovepipe Wells Village RV Park, and Panamint Springs Resort

Death Valley has three full-hookup campgrounds spread amid 3.5 million acres: Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, and Panamint Springs. With Death Valley’s infamous heat, you’ll especially appreciate the electricity to run your A/C. 

National Park Campgrounds With Water and Electric Hookups

These national parks offer water and electric at some or all sites, as well as a dump station:

Acadia National Park

Schoodic Woods Campground

This park earns 5-star reviews for its 94 spacious, scenic campsites. The campground opened in 2015 and is located in the Mount Desert Island region of the park.

Olympic National Park

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort RV Park and Campground

Though the sites are at the smaller end, this campground’s rainforest scenery and access to hot springs help make up for the tight spaces.

National Park Campgrounds With Only Electric Hookups

You’ll have to bring your own water and use a dump station, but you can plug in at these parks:

Everglades National Park

Flamingo Campground

You may catch a glimpse of some flamingos at this aptly-named campground, which offers spacious sites, some with partial hookups. Come prepared to ward off mosquitoes at certain times of the year.

Badlands National Park
Photo credit: trails2hike via Unsplash

Badlands National Park

Cedar Pass Campground

Though site sizes aren’t large, the views around the campground are unforgettable. Watch the sunset over the silhouetted ridges of the Badlands. You may even spy some bison in the grasslands.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

South Rim Campground

Most sites have exceptional privacy, thanks to the bushes. This park offers easy access to the geological wonder, as well as dark skies for stargazing.

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Photo credit: Jamie Hagan via Unsplash

Zion National Park

Watchman Campground

You’ll definitely feel like you’re camping in Zion, with views of the red rock ridges surrounding this campground. You’ll find 176 sites here along the Virgin River.

If you can’t find a campground with hookups in the national park you want to visit—or if these campsites are fully booked—remember that many private campgrounds are located just outside of park gates. 

At the end of a busy day exploring the national park, you’ll be able to return to your cozy RV. The crowds will leave, and you’ll feel like you have the park to yourself.