National Park Trailer Camping Guide

Trailer camping in and around national parks is a wonderful way to see some of the most beautiful, pristine spots in America.Since the inception of the National Park Service in 1916, the federal program has given travelers the opportunity to see nature in it’s most primal form.

Travelers looking to stay inside the parks should take note of several rules put in place by the NPS:

  • Trailer campers should make sure to find out their chosen park’s maximum allowed trailer length. The average permitted size is 27 feet, but it varies from 20 feet up to 40 feet.
  • Those looking to go trailer camping in national parks should note what kind of hookups are available. Some parks have hookups and dump stations, but others don’t.
  • Many parks have strict rules about noise. For any campers with a generator, this is a very important thing to find out before setting up camp. All national parks prohibit noise reaching 60 decibels at 50 feet as a rule. But rangers can limit noise below that based on location, time of day and impact on other park users.

Setting up camp at a site nearby trailer campsite is one of the best ways to explore the national treasures and have all the amenities of a normal RV park.

National Parks By State

Gates of the Arctic National Park

Gates of the Arctic National Park

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