From the sandstone deserts of Arizona to a lake in the Adirondacks, Musement takes a look at ten of the most scenic campsites in America.
Now more than ever, camping seems to stand front and center for summer travel. Whether you’re a seasoned vet or a newbie, there’s something about isolating with loved ones against the backdrop of Mother Nature that’s just so cozy—especially as travel restrictions start to ease. So with that in mind, here’s a look at ten of the most scenic campsites in America.
1. Jumbo Rocks Campground, Joshua Tree National Park, California
The crossing point of the high Mohave and low Colorado deserts, Joshua Tree National Park is replete with jaw-dropping landscapes which include its namesake yucca trees. The Jumbo Rocks Campground is surrounded by unique rocks and boulders that make for an unforgettable backdrop by both night and day.
2. Lake Ozark RV Park and Campground, Arkansas
If you’ve watched the Netflix series set in this mountainous region between Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas, it should come as no surprise that the Ozarks have plenty of sites to pitch a tent. With both outdoor and water activities, you can definitely make the most of your time at the lake.
3. Mount Desert Campgrounds, Acadia National Park, Maine
The East Coast’s northernmost state, Maine is awesome for many reasons, one of which is Acadia National Park located in the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic Ocean. Close to the water and boasting 158 miles of hiking trails, the park is a gem. Mount Desert Campground, located on the island of the same name that contains most of Acadia, is the perfect place to set up shop and explore.
4. Devil’s Fork Camp Site, Devil’s Fork State Park, South Carolina
Located just east of South Carolina’s Sumter National Forest, Devil’s Fork State Park boasts an array of activities from hiking the trails to canoeing and kayaking in the pristine water of Lake Jocassee. An ideal destination for those looking to spend some quality time in the Great Outdoors.
5. Fulford Cave Campground, White River National Forest, Colorado
America’s most visited forest, White River National Forest spans 2.3 million acres and is home to ski resorts, wilderness areas, hiking trails and more. Fulford Cave, one of the park’s most famous sites, is particularly popular among adventure seekers. This campsite at a 9,500-foot elevation is just a half-mile from the cave and features exquisite views of the surrounding wilderness.
6. View Campground, Monument Valley, Arizona
Located on the Arizona and Utah border, Monument Valley, with its distinct sandstone buttes, the highest reaching 1,000 feet, is considered the exemplification of the American West. The View Campground is equipped for every type of traveler and to keep yourself occupied, you can explore the fascinating geology, book a jeep safari, take a Navajo tour, stargaze, and more.
7. Jenny Lake Campground, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Grand Teton National Park, just ten miles from Yellowstone, encompasses a good deal of the Teton Mountain Range and Jackson Hole, a valley near the Idaho border that’s considered one of the most spectacular places in America. The Jenny Lake Campground, which has 59 sites, couples the best of both worlds: the lake for which it’s named and the breathtaking mountain ambiance.
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8. Desert View Campground, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
There’s probably no American landscape as storied as the Grand Canyon, which celebrated its centennial as a National Park in 2019. Desert View Campground sits in the popular South Rim. From here, you can admire one of the world’s most majestic sunrises.
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9. Meadowbrook Campground, The Adirondacks, NY
The Adirondack Mountain Range in Upstate New York is studded with lakes, and Lake Placid, home to the 1980 Winter Olympics, is one of the most famous. Meadowbrook Campground is close to the town of Lake Placid as well as many exciting hiking trails for all levels. Whiteface Mountain, a popular ski resort and the fifth highest peak in New York State, is also nearby.
10. Chisos Basin Campground, Big Bend National Park, Texas
Located in Southwest Texas, Big Bend National Park contains the entire Chisos Mountain Range and then some. The Chisos Basin Campground is strewn among beautiful cliffs and boasts close proximity to several hiking trails.
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The Window — The westward facing portal out of Chisos Basin. To try a give you a sense of scale — From where I took this picture, The Window is almost 1000 feet below me and nearly 2 miles away. My neighbors who hiked to its opening described the tremendous wind passing through it, as if the mountain was drawing breath through this gap in the earth. Chisos was a true place of wonder. The low winter sun, obscured by Casa Grande’s 7300ft peak didn’t strike our campground until almost 10 every morning. Both nights I camped here temperatures dropped below freezing. My camping gear, as planned, withstood the wind and cold to keep me safe and sound regardless. Lunch at the Chiso Mountains Lodge was a treat, a delicious steak followed by a slice of pecan cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream. There is an incredible tranquility about this place. Every stranger I met was friendly. I was invited on a morning hike, then another, passersby would ask me questions about my bike and my journey. People had come from all over America to bask in the majesty of landscape around them. I’ll be back here soon, there is far too much I didn’t have the time to explore.