Arizona Campervan Adventure: Beyond The National Parks - Native Campervans

Arizona Campervan Adventure: Beyond The National Parks

From the Grand Canyon to Saguaro, Arizona has stunning national parks, but what lies beyond them? Whether you want to explore somewhere new, avoid crowded parks, or want to see more of Arizona, you’ll want to visit one of these unique spots. Pick up your campervan rental at our Phoenix office and explore beyond Arizona’s national parks. 

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Things to do:

The Wave – The Wave is an otherworldly rock formation that is known for its stunning wave appearance. This is a hot spot of destinations and requires a permit only attainable by winning a lottery. If you want to visit this spot, you need to plan well in advance.

Hiking – If you aren’t able to explore The Wave, no need to fret! There are many stunning hikes in and around the monument. Here are a few to try:
Sun Valley Mine Trail – Moderate – 2.4 mi. – Out & Back 
Coyote Buttes South via Pine Tree Road – Moderate – 22.7 mi. – Out & Back
White Pocket Petroglyphs – Moderate – 2.7 mi. – Loop

Sand Hill Petroglphys – If you enjoy history, you will want to make a pit stop here. Explore these petroglyphs that range between 2500 to 800 years old!

Where to camp:

Lees Ferry Campground – This campground sits within the monument, and no reservations are required! You just need to pay $20 a night at the pay station. There are 54 sites, but make sure you get there early to get a spot. 
Stateline Campground – This campground sits right on the border of Utah and Arizona and has 7 sites with a bathroom. Get there early to secure a spot. 


Things to do:

Hiking – There is no shortage of epic hikes in Prescott. From beginner to advanced, from short to long, there is a hike for you. Check out one of these:
Granite Creek Trail – Easy – 2.6 mi. – Out & Back
Thumb Butte Trail – Moderate – 2.2 mi. – Loop
Willy Nilly Tractor – Moderate – 5.5 mi. – Loop

Whisky Row – Whisky Row is a historic Prescott section containing authentic Western saloons. Enjoy a warm drink and embrace the old Western feel.

The Predator Zipline – If you are an adrenaline junkie, you’ll want to try out ziplining. This 2-hour excursion takes you over the beautiful landscape of Arizona. 

Where to camp:

FDR 373 Thumb Butte Loop – This excellent dispersed camping spot has plenty of space to enjoy nature without crowds. 
Ponderosa Rd Dispersed – If you’re looking for free camping, this is another great dispersed camping spot to park for a night or two. 
Lynx Lake Campground – If you are a creature of comfort, this is an epic campground. They have all the amenities you need. Just make sure you reserve a spot in advance and pay the required fee.

Lake Powell

Things to do:

Hiking – Lake Powell expands over thousands of miles and sits between Utah and Arizona. This means there is a wide variety of trails and places to camp. Try one of these epic hikes:

Horseshoe Bend Trail – Easy – 1.5 mi. – Out & Back
Rainbow Bridge – Easy – 1.8 mi. – Out & Back
Trail to Skylight Arch – Easy – 2 mi. – Out & Back

Boat Tours – What’s a lake day without a boat ride? Lake Powell offers a variety of boat tours that take you through the stunning landscape. 

Rafting Trip – If you are looking for a new kind of adventure and want to meet new people, enjoy a 15-mile rafting trip through the canals of Lake Powell. 

Where to camp:

Lone Rock Beach Primitive Camping Area – This campground is only $14 a night and does not require a reservation. Get there early and enjoy the stunning lake-side view.
Glen Canyon BLM Dispersed – Enjoy this free, dispersed camping site for a comfortable night of sleep. Remember – there are no amenities at dispersed campgrounds. 
Wahweap Campground – Wahweap has all the amenities you need to camp in comfort. Reservations are required, and a nightly fee varies based on the time of year.

We hope you have an epic adVANture through Arizona. Don’t forget to explore all the things Arizona has to offer on our locations page.
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