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Old 10-06-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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Maximum trailer length in National Parks

Has anyone had a problem with a 25 or 27 foot tailer being too long for some of the National Parks out west. We seen somewhere there was a maximum limit for some of the parks.


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Old 10-06-2012, 09:57 PM   #2
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We went last year to Capital Reef, Canyonlands and Arches. Did not have a problem at any of them. I have a super crew pickup and towed a 27' AS.

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Old 10-06-2012, 10:22 PM   #3
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Many park roads are narrow, with steep grades.

You can access campgrounds in Glacier National Park with just about any RV, but driving over the Logan Pass (Going to the Sun Road) is limited to vehicles less than 22 feet long - at least that's my recollection. It's more fun to park the Airstream and drive solo over the pass anyway.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:36 PM   #4
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We tow our 27' FC with a Suburban and have never had a problem with length in any CA state or national park in the almost two years we've been "streaming." Worst case, if you get turned away, just find a local private or FS campground.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:05 PM   #5
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I just camped at Crater Lake National Park in my 27FB. There was plenty of room for the trailer and my Silverado 2500HD crew cab in the camp site. The only problem I had was tree branches that brushed the side of the trailer getting into the site.
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:27 AM   #6
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Never any problem with our 25'er

Sometimes you have to be a little creative with the tow vehicle..

This was in the Grand Tetons at Signal Mtn.

We have had tight ones in both Glacier and Olympic, but no issues. Most likely would have been fine with 27 feet in all of them.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:44 AM   #7
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Many NP campgrounds cite a limit of 24'. There is generally no policing of this - if you can fit you can stay. There will be fewer site choices for longer units, but I've seen a number of 27 footers in the 'roadside pull-through' sites. If you disconnect and move your TV you can manage more sites. Our 23FB connected to our Jeep GC has been a good but tight fit in many 'back-in' NP sites, yet I've had to disconnect to get my nose out of the road a number of times. This was a primary factor for us in choosing the size - we visit a lot of NP, FS and BLM sites. The NP reservation service, where it is used, will show the sites suitable for your size unit.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:48 AM   #8
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You can also access any national park via the website to find out what size RV or trailer a site will take and the amenities provided. Often it will give you a picture of the site.
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We have a 30'er and have found some sites that would have been too small and some that are a little tight. There seems to be no enforcement where these limitations are posted just good judgement in choosing your site and locating your trailer on the site. We visited Glacier NP back in August and several Nat. Forest campgrounds along the way. Never had a problem.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:37 AM   #10
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National Parks and Forest Service campgrounds don't always have the same standards. Within the San Juan National Forest there are several different size standards for RV camp sites, depending on the campground. More and more NFS districts are discouraging dispersed RV camping due to the damage caused by over use.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:01 AM   #11
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This question has been around the block a time or two...

We have drug our 34' all over the place and have not had a problem. Granted we haven't been EVERYWHERE and yes, there are some sites we won't fit into but in general, we have stayed at every National Park we wanted too.

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:43 AM   #12
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You shouldn't have "much" trouble with a 25 footer. I am the type that likes to reserve before I go so I will know if the site is large enough or not before getting there. Now that we are retired we go in the off season without reservations and have found a number of sites that were too small for our setup. The longer the trailer, the more problem you will have but that doesn't mean you can't go into the national or state parks. Just remember that, especially in the older parks, there will be some that are too small.

As far as an earlier poster mentioned, you CANNOT pull a trailer, of any length, over the Going To The Sun road in Glacier any longer. A number of years ago they started to limit the widths, then the lengths and now they are banned all together. There were just too many problems caused up on the pass.
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I think it really depends upon the park, and how many long sites or pull-throughs they have. Most will have some, but the smaller RV units probably have more sites available to them. Many NPS campgrounds were developed a long time ago (like during the CCC-era), when the average RV was smaller. If the campground takes reservations, they will ask how long your unit is, and try to fit you in accordingly.

In addition to the Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier NP, the Zion NP tunnel in Utah has some size restrictions, and charges most RVs a fee for using it.

Most cramped-looking sites we saw in 2012: Natural Bridges NM in Utah.

Largest sites, ample for monster RVs: Lake Louise CG in Banff NP.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:19 AM   #14
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Tip: Natural Bridges NP Camping

[QUOTE=Len n Jeanne;1214318

Most cramped-looking sites we saw in 2012: Natural Bridges NM in Utah.
Largest sites, ample for monster RVs: Lake Louise CG in Banff NP.[/QUOTE]

Since you mentioned Natural Bridges NP, which we like very much, I'd mention the 'overflow' camping on BLM land at Deer Flats Road, just outside the park. The gravel road has a grade, but is quite easy to negotiate to some beautiful free sites.

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