Top 10 Most Unique RV Resorts in America

November 04, 2021

Top 10 Most Unique RV Resorts in America. Unique Camping + Marine

If you’ve travelled the country in your RV, you’ve probably seen a rainbow of different types of RV resorts; some you’d rather forget you ever stayed at and others you’d go back to as soon as possible. There are some very unique RV resorts out there with many different amenities and are geared toward different types of patrons. Some offer easy access to the great outdoors with few simple perks that most campgrounds don’t offer, and others are more like a real resort with hot tubs, pools, gyms, full-service spa, and fine dining restaurants onsite. Regardless of the level of glamping you want, we have compiled some of the most unique resorts that fit into all those categories.

If you’re looking for family and kid-friendly resorts, we have identified fantastic resorts for the summer vacation of a lifetime. If you’re looking for something that gets you near lots of different outdoor activities, there are several choices that provide common and very unique outdoor activities along with amenities like laundry facilities, Wifi, and showers. If you’re retired and looking for a place that only allows seasoned adults, we have found some very community-oriented resorts that offer great amenities and activities, but also at a reasonable price. So dive in and discover the stand-out resorts that await you and your RV all across the country. 


1. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

Yogi Bear RV Resort. Top 10 RV Parks In America.

If you were around for the sixties, you probably remember Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo very fondly and the antics they shared at Jellystone Park. Well, at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort in Kerrville, Texas, you can experience Jellystone Park for real and even meet the characters. There are currently 79 licensed Jellystone Park campgrounds located in 30 states, so you have options in terms of location. This location enjoys some very high ratings and is always renovating and adding new, amazing attractions. There are campsites for both RVs and tents and they also rent cabins/cottages for those who don’t have RVs or prefer to leave the RV at home for their visit.


Yogi Bear RV Resort. Top 10 RV Parks In America.

Onsite Amenities:

  • Yogi Waterpark with 4 new water slides
  • Outdoor Pool/Heated Indoor Pool and Hot Tub
  • Playgrounds/New Ninja Playground
  • Outdoor Sports/Pedal Carts
  • Gem Mining
  • Mini Golf/Laser Tag
  • Hayrides
  • Jumping Pillows/Jump Pad
  • Nature Walk
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Billiards/Arcade
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Planned Park Activities

Local Attractions:

  • Guadalupe River
  • Riverside Nature Center
  • Buzzie's BBQ
  • Golf Course
  • Stonehenge II
  • Enchanted Rock
  • Bandera (Cowboy City)/Rodeos
  • Cave Without a Name
  • Concerts
  • Shopping
  • The Alamo
  • Ingram Dam
  • The Preserve
  • Wineries
  • Wildseed Farms

This is themed glamping at it’s best because you have access to everything you could possibly need right in the park. Need groceries? They have a general store that can supply you with groceries AND camping gear, ice, wood, adult beverages, charcoal, propane, and even RV supplies! They have standard pools and a crazy-awesome water park to cool off in when the Texas heat becomes too much. They have lots of planned activities each day throughout the summer, mainly geared toward kids but they still plan some adult activities as well.

Laundry facilities, showers, trash and recycling pick-up, cable TV, and Wifi are just a few of the perks from home that you may not get at all RV parks, which makes a trip to Jellystone Park feel like an extension of home with a plethora of attractions to make it feel like a true vacation. Even if your kids have no idea who Yogi Bear is, this family-friendly RV resort will have them begging to go back the following summer.




2. Cherry Hill Park

Cherry Hill Park RV Resort. Top 10 Unique RV Parks in America

There is so much history to be seen in Washington D.C. and this RV resort is only about twelve miles away from the National Mall where you can visit the national memorials and make this camping trip about more than just relaxing. Take a day to observe the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and the monuments honoring pivotal figures in the formation of our great country. In fact, the RV Park itself has their own bus that you can book for a tour, so you won’t even have to drive yourself to the National Mall and worry about desperately looking for or paying for parking. There is an extra cost associated with this, but the resort website is very thorough on many other options to get to the National Mall without your own car and around the National Mall for much less.


Cherry Hill Park RV Resort 1

Onsite Amenities:

  • 2 Heated Pools, Hot Tub and Sauna
  • Splash Park
  • Tractor Rides
  • Movie Nights (Summer)
  • 18-hole Mini Golf
  • Playgrounds/Game Room
  • Dog Park/Dog Walking Services
  • Gem Mining
  • Gaga Pit
  • Walking and Biking Trails
  • Outdoor Fitness Area/Sports facilities
  • Indoor Gym
  • Lounge and Fireplace
  • Bathhouses
  • Fishing Pond
  • Cafe/DIning
  • Golf Cart Rental
  • Campground Shuttle/Onsite Security
  • Campground Grocery Store
  • RV and Souvenir Store/Propane Delivery
  • Sightseeing session/Cherry Hill Park Tours

Local Attractions:

  • National Mall
  • The White House
  • Smithsonian Museum
  • D.C. Cherry Blossoms
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Gettysburg
  • Boat and Bus Tours

While you’re not in the capital taking in the history, there is so much to do at Cherry Hill Park. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the 40+ miles of biking and hiking trails in the immediate area, onsite fishing pond, outdoor fitness area, and outdoor sports. Kids have no shortage of fun activities with pools, a splash park, playgrounds, gem mining and so much more. You can even start a tab and charge things to your site throughout your stay, just like a hotel. And don’t worry if you forgot something, they have a modest grocery store and even an RV store if something is amiss on your rig!

If you have an RV and want your family to have the special experience of seeing all the historical landmarks and memorials that D.C. has to offer in addition to a fun-filled family vacation, opt for Cherry Hill Park over hotels in the D.C. area. While area hotels can sometimes be comparable or less than the per night rate for an RV pad, staying at Cherry Hill Park includes so many more amenities than you could ever hope for at a hotel for the very same or sometimes a lower price.




3. Paradise Shores

Paradise Shores RV Resort. Top 10 Unique RV Resorts In America

Many weekend warriors use their RVs to get away from luxury and comforts of home so they can spend more time outdoors enjoying nature. Paradise Shores is the place to be if you are an outdoor enthusiast but still want some of those perks. It provides much needed home comforts like laundry facilities, showers, and Wifi (so you’re not completely disconnected), but is also located very near to almost any outdoor activity you could possibly imagine. 

Onsite Amenities:

  • Pet-friendly
  • Dog Wash
  • Off leash dog beach
  • Wifi
  • Showers
  • Laundry Access
  • Clean restrooms

Local Attractions:

  • Hot Springs
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Backpacking and Hiking
  • Lakes (Kayaking/Paddleboarding)
  • Ghost Towns
  • Yosemite National Forest
  • Mountain Biking Trails
  • Offroading/ATV Trails

There are several hiking trails that will take you right past spectacular lakes, stunning meadows, and through breath-taking forest pathways. The nearby town of Bodie, CA also boasts the best preserved ghost town in California, which is a very unique attraction that is not available near every campground. The surrounding area includes several outstanding lakes for fishing and non-motorized water sports and Yosemite National Park (see the resort’s Explore page for more information). There are three separate horseback riding stations with helpful guides for any experience level. For those rock climbers out there, there are four different rock climbing areas, some better for bouldering and others that are better for summiting the entire peak (see the resort’s Activities page for more information).


Paradise Shores RV Resort. Top Unique RV Resorts in Amarica

This resort also has tent camping sites and RVs for rent if you have friends or family who want to come but don’t have an RV of their own. Daily rates are surprisingly reasonable for the proximity to Yosemite National Park, and it’s even cheaper if you know you will be staying for a week, so plan your next camping trip here for the ultimate in outdoor sports and activities and the natural beauty of our amazing earth. 




4. Dark Sky RV Campground

Dark Sky Campground. Top 10 Most Unique RV Campgrounds in America

Some people think camping is not camping without a forest. Others love changing it up by camping in the desert, which is what Dark Sky Campground gives you; stunning views of red rocks, killer sunsets, and starry skies unobstructed by city lights will accompany you as you live it up at this amazing RV campground that is heavily geared toward outdoor enthusiasts. The best part is that you can enjoy the wilderness of the desert and still have restaurants, grocery, and other necessities only four miles away in Kanab, UT. The sites are also spread much farther apart than most campgrounds which makes you feel like you are all by yourself camping, but still in a community.

Onsite Amenities:

  • RV SItes include: Covered Terrace with Weber Grill, Dining and Cocktail Table, Propane Fire Pit
  • Sitting Area with Coffee/Tea
  • Water Bar
  • Bathhouse with Private Bath Suites
  • Open Air Laundry
  • Fiber Optic Wifi
  • Great Cell Coverage
  • Propane refills and tank rentals
  • Bones/Buried Treasure Dig Pit
  • 75 ft. zipline
  • Enclosed Leash free dog park
  • Rent and Drive Roxor jeep or e-bike

Local Attractions:

  • July 4th Celebration
  • Kanab Music Festival
  • Pioneer Day Fireworks
  • Hammerfest (learn how to Blacksmith)
  • Marathon
  • Western Legends Heritage
  • Kane County Fair
  • Sighthound Shivoo (greyhound Meetup)
  • Wheels up Kanab (Kanab Xgames)
  • Halloween event and Trunk or Treat
  • K-Town Turkey Trot 5K
  • Christmas Light Parade
  • Polar Express Experience

The area is great for four-wheeling with your off-roading toys, but if you don’t have your own, they have jeep rentals so you can still enjoy rock crawling. And if outdoor activities in the desert isn’t your thing, no problem because you can use Dark Sky as a basecamp when you visit places only an hour or two away like Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park just to name a few. Local attractions will lure you in with historical celebrations, Kanab’s version of the Xgames, marathons, and other events.


Dark Sky Campground. Top 10 Unique RV Parks in the USA

While the park is not specifically geared toward children (no pool, splash pad, playground, etc.), they do have a 75 foot zipline and a Dig Pit where kids can dig for buried animal bones and treasure. This campground is fairly new and is owned by a couple families who took a leap of faith to start this campground where campers can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and still have access to some of the luxurious comforts of home. Laundry facilities can be paid for using Venmo, there are shade structures at every site, fantastic Wifi and cell service through the whole park, and even coffee and tea at the community sitting area. Customers have been giving this park rave reviews, which means that it might be extra popular and hard to book very soon, so check it out as soon as possible.




5. Ingall's Homestead

Ingalls Homestead 1. Top 10 Unique RV Campgrounds in America

This camping destination is very unique because it is the actual homestead of the famous author, Laura Ingalls Wilder and gives campers the chance to experience some of the activities she might have engaged in like wagon rides, washing clothes with a washboard, making a jump rope and corn cob dolls. This property does not have a ton of traditional RV resort bells and whistles like a pool, hot tub, dog park, laundry facilities, dining onsite, etc. The owners have tried to keep the spirit of the property as it was when Laura Ingalls Wilder lived there, so much of the property is a little more rustic than most RV resorts.

Onsite Amenities:

  • Covered Wagon Ride
  • Hay Twisting and Wheat Grinding Lessons
  • Drive a Pony Cart
  • Washing Clothes (old-fashioned style)
  • Make a Jump Rope Lesson
  • Building Corn Cob Dolls
  • Experience a Pioneer School Day
  • Firewood $7 a bundle
  • Simple bathroom and shower facilities

Local Attractions:

  • Restaurants and grocery
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society
  • The Loftus Store (written about in book)
  • The Depot Museum
  • Wilder Welcome Center & Prairie Bus Tour
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant
  • Old Settler's Day
  • Harvey Dunn Plein Air Paint Out

There is no food service on the property, but with restaurants and grocery stores just a mile away in De Smet, any food items you forgot can be easily found in town. You can really dip your food into history if you’re in town at the right time to catch the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant and Old Settler’s Day, and of course enjoy many Laura Ingalls Wilder related attractions around town any time. The property is closed for the winter, but you can still call for information and reservations through the winter. The homestead only has four RV pads, but they also have four covered wagons for rent, one bunkhouse, or you can tent camp on the open prairie. While it may seem like it’s difficult to get an RV spot, most people take a day trip to the homestead and the RV sites typically do not book up months in advance, so if you reserve early enough, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a spot. 




6. Bella Terra of Gulf Shores

Bella Terra Resort. Top 10 Most Unique RV Camping Spots in the USA

Bella Terra purports to be one of the Top 5 Class A RV Resorts in the country and Google, Yelp, and Campground review sites bear out that claim. This place leaves the term glamping in the dust, so be prepared for the red carpet treatment when you stay here. The grounds are meticulously maintained with lush foliage and open space for enjoying a nice day. No matter which site you get, lake views can be had from almost anywhere on the property. You can rent sites short-term or you can own an RV pad here and live there year-round, essentially living the resort lifestyle indefinitely. And if you decide you want to go on the road for a while and explore, you can choose to rent out your RV pad to cover some expense while you’re gone; lot owners receive 60 percent of rental proceeds and the rental process is professionally managed like a rental condo or hotel would be, so owners do not have to worry. This resort is restricted to Class A RVs, at least 32 feet in length, and no older than 15 years at the time of arrival, so before you book, make sure you have a qualifying RV.

Onsite Amenities:

  • Oversized RV lots (some as large as 4500 sq ft)
  • Fenced-in Dog Parks
  • Open-space landscaped with lush foliage
  • Zero-entry, infinity-edge pool
  • Jacuzzi, dry sauna, spa
  • Fully stocked lake for catch/release fishing
  • Expansive lake views
  • Clubhouse with outdoor fire pit & BBQ
  • Fully-appointed fitness center
  • Lounge
  • Putting green
  • Private bath houses with showers and restrooms
  • Private movie theater that seats 14
  • Daily programmed activities & events
  • Concierge Services
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Business center
  • Free Wifi internet access

Local Attractions:

  • Numerous Golf Courses
  • USS Alabama Battleship memorial
  • Orange Beach Art Center
  • American Sport Art Museum/Archives
  • Gulf St. Park/Historic Blakeley St. Park
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
  • Bellingrath Gardens
  • Biophilia Nature Center
  • Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Alligator Alley
  • Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
  • Gulf Coast Festivals and Events
  • Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
  • Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
  • Fishing Charters
  • Recreation Centers
  • Community Theatre/Movie theaters
  • Outlet Malls
  • Hunting Preserve
  • Festivals & Events
  • Public Aquarium
  • Museums
  • Music Festival
  • National Shrimp Festival
  • Dolphin Boating and Sailing Cruises
  • Shoreline Pontoon Boat Rentals

Bella Terra Resort. Top 10 Unique RV Resorts in America

With onsite laundry facilities, private movie theater, fitness center, and even a spa, retirement or even just a short family vacation will be easy and luxurious for much less than staying in an actual resort with hotel rooms. The beach is only a 30 min drive from town and is surrounded by so many interesting attractions like a zoo, historical memorials, nature preserves and attractions, and numerous golf courses. If you’ve got the right type of RV, make this a definite stop in your adventure planning.




7. Miami Everglades RV Resort

Miami Everglades RV Resort> Top Unique RV Parks in the USA

The Miami Everglades is such a unique attraction and by staying at this resort, you can explore it with any number of touring companies easily because it’s only a 10-mile drive from the resort. While it doesn’t offer quite as many kid-friendly amenities and activities as some other resorts, it can still be a very family friendly resort with Miami Beach just 30 miles away. Many of the activities and services provided at this resort are geared more toward Seniors, but they still provide fun things for children like mini golf, a playground, outdoor yard games, and a pool.

Monthly and yearly stays are allowed, but electricity is an additional charge with stays like these. RV pads at this resort are very close together and all the amenities are grouped together near the front of the resort, so you may want to bring a bike to get around the property (golf carts are not allowed). Pets are welcome with the exception of pitbulls due to a county ban on this breed, and only two pets are allowed at each site, but keep in mind that they must always be on leash and there is no fenced dog park for them to run free. Wifi is also not included in the price of the stay; it is an additional charge that you can purchase by the day, week, or month.


Miami Everglades RV Resort. Top 10 Unique RV Parks in the USA

Onsite Amenities:

  • 18 Hole Miniature Golf
  • Shuffleboard/Moonlight Shuffleboard
  • Volleyball/Pickleball/Horseshoes
  • Bean Bag Baseball/Ping Pong
  • Cards and Games Nightly/Bingo
  • Movie Nights on the Big Screen
  • Potlucks/Holiday Dinners
  • Children's Playground
  • Resort Style Pool and Hot Tub
  • Walking/Biking Trail - 1 Mile Around Park
  • Morning Coffee on Deck
  • Daily Exercise (Clubhouse)/Bone Building
  • Water Aerobics
  • 5 o' Clock Somewhere Happy Hour on Deck
  • Blood Pressure and Weight Check
  • Jam Sessions on Deck
  • Quilting and Hand Crafting
  • Sunday Church Service
  • Concrete Pads, picnic table, Internet, Cable
  • Laundry

Local Attractions:

  • Everglades National Park just 10 miles away
  • Only 30 miles south:
    • Key Largo
    • South Beach Art Deco District
    • Miami Beach
    • Museums
    • Coral Gables Miracle Mile
    • Bayside shopping areas

Some of the RV sites are unique here because they are just grass as opposed to tracking in gravel to your RV with the standard gravel pads in many other resorts. The best part about this resort is that you get a lot of benefits for a lower rate, the convenience of beaches close by, and lots of attractions in the Miami area. Some of the amenities may not be as flashy as other resorts, but the rates coupled with the location in Miami and the simple, but vital services offered will make you feel at home and on vacation all at the same time.




8. Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort

Lake Rudolph Resort. Top 10 Unique RV Resorts In The USA

One of the most unique things about this RV resort is that the entire place is themed around Christmas. Street names and building names all have some kind of Christmas-related name that will get you wishing for Christmas in the middle of your summer vacation. The property is huge and there are so many choices in terms of RV sites, spread all over the property. They have standard RV sites, 30 amp only, and 30/50 amp sites. The main attractions, like the water park and play pool, are located right in the middle of the property, and because they understand the size of the property, they have a parking lot in front of the water park in case you don’t want to walk. They even rent out golf carts if you want an easy, smaller sized mode of transportation to get to the resort amenities. They have their own lake where you can fish and paddle board, walking trails, mini golf, and lots of fun activities in Prancer’s Activity Center.


Lake Rudolph Resort. Top 10 Unique RV Resorts in America

Onsite Amenities:

  • Santa’s SplashDown WaterPark
  • RainDeer WaterWorks (wet playground)
  • Dasher Splasher Splash Pad
  • Blitzen Bay Family Pool and Kiddie Pool
  • Two Playgrounds
  • Two Basketball Courts
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Fishing Lake
  • Gem Mining
  • Beach Volleyball Court
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddleboat Rentals
  • Game Room
  • Nature Trails
  • Snack Bar/Cafe
  • Bathhouses
  • Welcome Center/Tourist Info/Shuttle
  • Laundry
  • Camp Store/ATM/Supplies
  • Free Wifi
  • Planned Activities
  • Sites include: picnic table, fire ring, free Wifi, full hook-ups (some site shared with neighboring site)

Local Attractions:

  • Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
  • Santa's Candy Castle
  • Santa Claus Museum
  • Santa Claus Post Office
  • Holly Berry Farm
  • Mistletoe Drive
  • Santa Claus Christmas Store
  • Santa's Stables (Horseback Riding)
  • Santa's TOYS
  • Frosty's Fun Center
  • Holly Tree Christmas Shop
  • Christmas Lake Golf Course

Aside from site amenities, inject another healthy dose of Christmas into your stay by checking out all the Christmas-related local activities in the town of Santa Claus. There are multiple Christmas shops to browse, horseback riding at Santa’s Stables, the Santa Claus Museum, and so much more. In fact, if you are around during the actual Christmas season, enjoy the Santa Claus Land of Lights (Family Christmas Light Adventure) where you drive your car through an amazing display of motion lights all over the property. This attraction goes from Thanksgiving Day until just a few days after Christmas Day.


Lake Rudolph Resort. 10 Unique RV Campgrounds you should visit.

Another must see is Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, something that is more than a water park and includes multiple water slides, splash playground, actual roller coasters, incredible Christmas shopping, and even shows. This amazing attraction is located literally right next door to the resort, so close you could walk if you wanted to; seriously, you’ll probably hear the roller coasters whooshing by during the day. Lake Rudolph also sells discounted tickets to this attraction and provides several shuttle stops all around the park to get you there without walking.

Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort is one of the most kid-friendly RV resorts out there and also speaks to the adult whose favorite holiday is Christmas. If you want to use the campground water park, book during the summer because the waterpark feature is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year, but even if you book in the winter months, there is still a ton of stuff to do in the campground and in the surrounding area, so go get your Christmas on any time of the year at Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort.




9. Waters Edge RV Resort

Waters Edge Resort. Top 10 Unique RV Resorts in America
  • Website: https://watersedgervresort.com/
  • Location: Punta Gorda, FL
  • Daily Rate Range: $48-$55 (depending on hook-up type)
  • Weekly Rate Range: $285-$352 (depending on hook-up type)
  • Monthly Rate Range: $619-$1,178 (depending on number of months and hook-up type)
  • Hook-up Options: Full and Partial Hook-up available
  • Resort Type: 55+ Only (View Resort Map)

Waters Edge RV Resort is a 55+ resident-owned resort in Punta Gorda, FL, a city ranked among the most healthy places to retire. This beautiful property has a huge pond right in the center and all the RV sites circle around it. Even if you don’t get lucky enough to snag a spot with a water view, non-water’s edge sites are all a very short walk to the lake. This resort can be a short retreat with daily, weekly, and monthly rentals or a home with site ownership. With the popularity of RV resorts in Florida, especially in the winter months, site ownership is a great way to ensure that you always have an RV site in the crowded winter months after you’re done exploring the country in the hot summer months.

Onsite Amenities:

  • Golf
  • Jazzercise
  • Water Aerobics
  • Game Nights & Darts
  • Bingo
  • Line Dancing
  • Crafts
  • Bible Study
  • Kayaks
  • Horseshoes/Bocce Ball

Local Attractions:

  • Tampa Sports Park
  • Fisherman’s Village
  • Charlotte Town Center Mall
  • Promenades Mall
  • Muscle Car City Museum
  • Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum
  • Edison Winter Home
  • Henry Ford Winter Home
  • Ringling Museum of Art
  • Babcock Wilderness Adventures
  • The Shell Factory
  • Beaches:
  • Port Charlotte Beach Park
  • Cayo Costa State Park
  • Don Pedro Island State Park
  • Gasparilla Island State Park
  • Stump Pass Beach State Park

Waters Edge is a very active community of people who love to be in community. With onsite activities planned and coordinated by resident owners, community happens organically and everyone is able to enjoy themselves. A great way to see this in action is to look through one of their newsletters. It’s simple, but captures the fun times and memories that were made in the month’s activities. In addition to onsite activities, local attractions afford residents and visitors lots to do and see, including museums, nature adventures, sports, and of course beaches! The resort does warn that alligators like to cool off in their pond, so always be aware of your surroundings when walking the property, especially near the edge of the water.

This resort does not have gobs of amenities like a pool, hot tub, restaurant, and spa facilities, but that’s the way they like it. More amenities means higher prices and this resort is perfect for the RVer or retiree who just wants an inexpensive place to bed down and do their own thing while still enjoying a strong sense of community. The information on the website describes the feel of the resort beautifully: “Water’s Edge is not a typical ‘campground’ nor is it a high-end resort with snob appeal. It is a comfortable, attractive RV park with modest facilities, friendly residents, and a bright future.”




10. Venture In RV Resort

Venture In RV Resort. Top 10 Unique RV Campgrounds in the USA

This is one of the best RV resorts you can find when trying to escape the heat of the hot summer months. The climate in the White Mountains of Arizona is 20-30 degrees cooler than the Phoenix and Tucson areas, and while people scoff at the expression “it’s a dry heat,” the dryness of the climate here really does make a difference. Outdoor fun in warm climates is always better when it doesn’t feel like a perpetual steam room. And this resort has so many activities, it might be hard to know where to start. There are amenities and activities to keep you active, like shuffleboard, line dancing, and a fitness center and other great community building activities like cards, bingo, ice cream, coffee and donut socials, potlucks, movie nights, arts and crafts and so much more. For the outdoor enthusiast, there are many great fishing lakes and streams nearby and horseback riding stables. While the resort does not feature an onsite pool or hot tub, these amenities are available offsite at the Show Low Aquatic Center.

It is a fairly large resort and all the amenities are located in the middle of the property. They do not provide golf cart rentals, but they do allow both electric and gas powered golf carts in order to move around the property; you must be a licensed driver to drive golf carts around the property. There are certain sites that will not accommodate pets, but the ones that do have a two-pet limit. Conveniently, there is also a dog groomer and veterinary clinic just down the road from the resort so your furry friends will always be taken care of. Wifi is available for free in certain community locations on the property, but if you would like internet connection at your site, there is an additional fee for that convenience.

Onsite Amenities:

  • Activities Center
  • Bingo/Card Playing
  • Church Service
  • Dancing/Dance Hall with Stage/Jam Sessions
  • Live Entertainment
  • Planned Activities
  • Red Hat Society
  • Arts & Crafts/Quilting
  • Computer Club/WiFi
  • E-Mail Access/central modem connection
  • Clogging/Line Dancing
  • Fitness Center/Exercise Classes
  • Men's/Women's Golf League
  • Tournaments
  • Western Line Dance classes
  • Singles Club
  • Happy Hour Potlucks
  • Coffee and Donut Socials
  • Bingo/Billiards
  • Women's Club/Veterans Group
  • Yoga/Mahjong
  • Casino Excursions/Variety Shows/Poker Tourneys
  • Movie Nights
  • On-site Post Office/City Bus Stop
  • Live Bands
  • Bocce Ball/Shuffleboard/Horseshoes/Lawn Bowling
  • Community Gathering BBQ Area
  • Ice Cream Socials/Paint 'n' Sip/Taco Tuesdays
  • Dog Park
  • Over 100 Events Every Week

Local Attractions:

  • Off-site Horse Stables
  • Off-site Pickleball
  • Off-site Aquatic Center
  • Off-site Water Aerobics
  • Off-site Jacuzzi
  • Off-site Hiking Trails
  • Nearby to trout fishing lakes

The city of Show Low is large, and access to all the normal chain stores and necessities are just a short drive away, but the resort is positioned in a place where it feels like you’re roughing it a little because it’s surrounded by trees and the majority of the immediate community is residential. The resort is only open from April 1 to Nov. 30, so treat this resort as a heat getaway lasting several months and opt for other resorts in the Phoenix metro area that are open year round during the winter months. There are other RV resorts in the high country (Show Low, Greer, Chino Valley, Prescott, etc.) that are open even through the winter, but you may have to endure some snow and certainly colder temperatures than the Phoenix valley, so consider moving closer to the big city to enjoy mild weather during the winter months.


Honorable Mentions

Because camping has taken on a whole other look nowadays, we thought there were some resorts that deserved an honorable mention for uniqueness even though they do not accommodate RVs. Let’s face it, sometimes full-time RVers want to get away from their RV just like home-owners want a getaway from their house. The following honorable mentions will provide you with the out-of-the-box getaway of a lifetime!


Conestoga Ranch

Conestoga Ranch Resort. Top 10 Unique Camping Resorts in the USA

The term “conestoga” refers to freight wagons that used to carry supplies cross country before train lines were built. Picture the covered prairie wagon and pioneers crossing the country; those people-moving wagon designs were taken from the design of the conestoga wagon. At Conestoga Ranch, you can rent either a Conestoga wagon that sleeps up to six people or a luxury tent that sleeps two, four, or six people. And when they say luxury tents, they mean it. Each comes equipped with a hotel grade bed and linens, bathroom and shower, electricity, hand-picked rustic furnishings, fire pit, and some even have a claw-foot soaker tub and mini fridge. You will not feel like you’re camping when enjoying the luxury of a wagon or tent, but you will feel all the feelings most campers enjoy when they step into the great outdoors. Certain tents are located on a hillside where stunning lake views can be enjoyed. Large groups and family reunions can easily be accommodated here; in fact, if you book far enough in advance, you can reserve the entire resort for your group getaway.


Conestoga Ranch Resort. 10 Unique Campgrounds in the USA

Onsite Amenities:

  • Complimentary Cruiser Bikes
  • Campfire Valet Service
  • Bath House
  • Restaurant/General Store
  • Linen Service/Laundry
  • Playgrounds
  • Game Tent
  • Wifi/Excellent Cell Reception
  • Outdoor Sports
  • Yoga and Massage

Local Attractions:

  • Paris Ice Cave
  • Minnetonka Cave
  • Beaches
  • Fishing
  • Water Sports
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking Trails
  • Fish Dig Quarry (keep every fossil you find)
  • ATV Trails
  • Mountain Biking Trails

Conestoga Ranch Resort. Top 10 Unique RV Campgrounds in America

Garden City, Utah also offers many outdoor activities right around the corner from the resort such as caves, beautiful fresh water beaches, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and so much more. You can do all the outdoor activities you would normally do while camping in your RV, but in the luxury of a tent or wagon, furnished like a hotel would be. This resort caters to families and couples and sees a boom of activity in the summer, so be sure to reserve a tent or wagon far in advance to guarantee you get the date you want.




Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort

Out n About Treesort. Top 10 Unique Camping Experiences in America

Remember that Swiss Family Robinson movie from way back, when they were shipwrecked and created a house in the trees? Which kid back then didn’t want to live in a house like that? Well, now you can experience something like that at Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort. This very unique getaway features treehouses from only a few feet off the ground to 47 feet off the ground and there are nearly 20 choices of treehouse styles. However, there are currently only five treehouse types that have been approved by the county for overnight use, so be sure to book early since overnight choices are limited. The pool they have is really a natural stream or freshwater lagoon where you can cool off or just sit and enjoy nature. Their primary onsite activities are horseback riding, zipline, and a giant tarzan swing, some of which require an extra fee to participate.


Out N About Treesort. Unique Camping in the USA

In the main season (April-November), a full breakfast is available in the main lodge as well as a phone and wifi. There are barbeques, microwaves, and stovetops in designated places on the property. Not every treehouse unit has every convenience of home. Some do not include their own private toilets and some do, so if this feature is important to you, make sure you check to see that the unit you are renting has an attached bathroom; otherwise, you’ll be heading outside and down the treehouse steps to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.


Out N About Treesort. Top 10 Unique Campgrounds in the USA

Onsite Amenities:

  • Horseback Riding/Hiking
  • Treehouse Ziplines
  • Giant Tarzan Swing
  • Pool/River to Swim in
  • Wifi in Main Lodge/Spotty cell service
  • Phone available in Main Lodge
  • Bath towels and sheets provided
  • Attached bathrooms for some units
  • Full breakfast included (main season)
  • Abbreviated breakfast (off seasons)
  • BBQs, microwaves, and stovetops in designated areas
  • Restaurants and Grocery nearby

Local Attractions:

  • Siskiyou National Forest
  • Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve
  • Great Cats World Park
  • Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Museum
  • Foris Vineyards
  • Illinois River Forks State Park:
    • Frisbee golf course
    • Picnic tables
    • Wheelchair access
    • River access for swimming
    • Bathroom facilities
    • Park host that keep park clean
  • Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area
  • Mt. Elijah
  • Tiger Preservation Center
  • Bridgeview Vineyard & Winery
  • Liquid Expeditions Rafting
  • Taylor's Sausage Country Store
  • Captain Drake's Family Aerial Adventures
  • Treehouse Ziplines
  • Rusk Ranch Nature Center
  • Illinois Valley Golf Club

A couple other interesting features about this resort is their Lilly Pad treehouse and their 420 treehouses. The Lilly Pad treehouse is located 1.2 miles away from the main lodge and is a perfect place for a romantic, more secluded getaway; it features it’s own bathroom with hot water, toilet, sink, refrigerator, fold away table and chairs and can sleep up to four people. The 420 treehouses are located on a legal medical marajuna grow site and overlook the grow fields. There is easy access to bathrooms, a queen bed, and sit 35 feet off the ground with spectacular views of the field. They are also looking to provide tours of the grow operation in the future.

Outside of the awesomeness of the resort itself, there’s plenty to see in the surrounding community as well, so don’t be afraid to make your stay longer; you will not be starving for fun, family activities.




Treebones Resort

Treebones Resort. Top 10 Unique Camping Resorts in America

If you are a lover of the earth and want to be as environmentally conscious as possible, this may be the getaway for you. The owners of this resort have a steadfast commitment to leaving the smallest possible footprint on the earth and their Our Story page proves they really are serious about this commitment. They do not allow non-booked patrons to tour the property in the interests of privacy for their paying guests, but they have provided stunning, well-made videos that will give you a very good sense of how spectacular the property and the beauty of the surrounding area is.


Treebones Resort. Top 10 Unique Camping Experiences in America

They allow tent camping with your own tent (which is the cheapest option), but they also have yurts for rent which are basically glampified tents with a hotel grade bed, small couch, table/chairs, small sink, and a small heater. There is also a small deck on each one with chairs so you can enjoy the ocean views any time you want to. The most interesting lodging options at this resort are the Human Nest and the Twig Hut. These are non-weather proof wood creations that make you feel like you have stumbled onto an improvised shelter in the wilderness. Both of these options are definitely out-of-the-box lodging experiences, but beware that rain will not be kept out (so you’ll want to bring your own tent in case of inclement weather) and local wildlife can easily join you during your stay, so keep that in mind when considering these options.

Onsite Amenities:

  • Bathroom and showers located nearby
  • Pool and hot tub
  • Massage (extra cost)
  • Weekly Yoga (extra cost)
  • Beachcombing
  • Big Sur Hiking Tour (extra cost)
  • Kayak Tours (extra cost)
  • Whale Watching
  • Wild Coast Restaurant
  • Oceanview Sushi Bar

Local Attractions:

  • Seal Beach Scenic Overlook
  • Tanbark Trail & Tin House
  • Hawthorne Gallery/Coast Gallery Big Sur
  • Henry Miller Memorial Library
  • Salmon Creek Falls Trail/McWay Falls
  • Ragged Point
  • Rocky Creek Bridge
  • Point Sur Lighthouse Tours
  • New Camaldoli Hermitage
  • Hearst Castle
  • Bixby Bridge
  • Pfeiffer Beach
  • Point Sur State Historic Park
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
  • Limekiln State Park

Treebones Resort. Top 10 Unique Camping Resorts in America

At Treebones, you can enjoy the perks of a high end resort in an eco-friendly, off the grid way by taking advantage of the massage services, yoga classes, sushi bar, and gourmet food at the onsite Wild Coast Restaurant. There are amazing outdoor activities to take advantage of as well, such as kayaking, whale watching (in season), hiking, beach combing, and lots of gorgeous points of interest in the surrounding area. If you aren’t interested in outdoor activities, there are wonderful historical sites and other tours you can participate in like touring the Hearst Castle (which could be a whole day in itself), the Point Sur Lighthouse, the New Camaldoli Hermitage (monastery), and the Henry Miller Library. With so many things to keep your attention or just enough to give you the relaxation you desire, Treebones Resort will give you all that and the sense that you are enjoying the earth without harming it.




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