7 Vintage RV Parks for the Old Soul

There’s nothing quite like the quirkiness of vintage or retro anything. It has that unmistakable (and irresistible!) look and feel that’s both whimsical and nostalgic. That’s especially true of vintage RV parks, where a bit of kitsch blends seamlessly with functionality and The Great Outdoors

Fortunately, you don’t have to own a retro trailer to enjoy vintage campgrounds. On the contrary, a Cruise America RV rental allows you to experience their wonderful kitschiness in top-notch comfort. Here, we rounded up some of the best vintage RV parks to inspire your retro-themed road trip. 

Best Vintage RV Parks to Visit

The best vintage RV parks are often—but not always—off-the-beaten-path. There’s a vintage RV park for everyone, from a desert oasis to a funky park in the middle of badlands. 

Desert’s Edge RV Park

Vintage-RV-Parks-4.jpgWhy you should visit: Combining just the right amount of retro kitsch, mountain views, and lush desert landscaping, Desert’s Edge RV Park is a desert oasis. 

Amenities: Visitors are encouraged to pick the abundant citrus trees at this vintage RV park, so help yourself! All sites have full hookups, and there’s a playground, heated pool and hot tub, covered ramada with BBQ grills, recreation room, and gym. The park is also exceptionally dog-friendly, with a dog park, fenced runs, and dog wash. Desert’s Edge RV Park is centrally located and just minutes away from four major sports facilities (spring training, anyone?). 

Capacity: 220 sites

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

More information: Desert’s Edge RV Park 

Covered Wagon RV Park

Why you should visit: Covered Wagon is one of the oldest family-run parks in Phoenix, lending it a vibe synonymous with vintage RV parks. 

Amenities: All the sites at these vintage campgrounds have full hookups, and the grounds themselves are well-shaded by mature trees—something fairly unusual in the desert! The pet-friendly RV park has a pool, laundry facilities, free WiFi, and mailboxes. Its downtown location puts you close to dining, shopping, nightlife, outdoor recreation, and sports facilities.

Capacity: 52 sites

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

More information: Covered Wagon RV Park 

America’s Best Campground

Vintage-RV-Parks-3.jpgWhy you should visit: The motto of America’s Best Campground, “ABC,” is “city close—country quiet.” It’s convenient to all the attractions in downtown Branson but situated in such a way that you enjoy quiet serenity.

Amenities: Reader’s Digest voted ABC the Best RV Park in Missouri, and for a good reason. The park’s upscale amenities include a pool and spa, game room, car/RV wash, convenience store, satellite, WiFi, and even a concierge. Yet, its slightly rural location puts you in touch with nature and makes you feel as if you’re staying in one of the vintage RV parks in another time. 

Capacity: 158 (136 pull-thru) sites

Location: Branson, Missouri

More information: America’s Best Campground

Sou’Wester Lodge

Why you should visit: Officially called the Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort, this vintage RV park offers a little something for everyone. It’s near the beach and offers a variety of accommodations and eclectic activities. 

Amenities: All RV spaces at Sou’Wester Lodge have full hookups and access to the Finnish sauna and community outdoor kitchen. There are also semi-private bathhouses, a thrift/general store, a wellness trailer with yoga and meditation, and a cold plunge pool. The park is on Long Beach Peninsula, minutes from endless hiking trails and the beach.

Capacity: 9 sites; maximum capacity of 28 feet long

Location: Seaview, Washington

More information: Sou’Wester Lodge 

Enchanted Trails RV Park and Trading Post

Vintage-RV-Parks-2.jpgWhy you should visit: Enchanted Trails was built as a trading post in the 1940s, and the property has preserved many original elements. A large collection of retro memorabilia and trailers make this one of the most authentic vintage RV parks anywhere.

Amenities: At Enchanted Trails, you get upscale modern amenities with true vintage flavor. Enjoy complimentary WiFi, a seasonal pool and spa, laundry facilities, and a game room. Camping World is next door, so you have easy access to supplies, plus the spectacular natural beauty and outdoor recreation Albuquerque is known for. 

Capacity: 115 sites

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

More information: Enchanted Trails RV Park 

Hotel Luna Mystica

Why you should visit: Billing itself as a “vintage trailer hotel and starlight campground,” Hotel Luna Mystica is the ultimate destination for people who love retro and The Great Outdoors. 

Amenities: All the campsites at Hotel Luna Mystica are primitive, meaning they don’t have hookups. In an area such as Taos, though, that’s largely the point — to “unplug” and connect with nature. Have a fire and stargaze, but if you decide you need it, there is complimentary wi-fi. The park is pet-friendly, and Taos Mesa Brewery is right next door.

Capacity: 60 sites; note these are boondocking sites

Location: Taos, New Mexico

More information: Hotel Luna Mystica 

Tin Valley Retro Rentals

Vintage-RV-Parks-1.jpgWhy you should visit: Just outside Big Bend National Park, Tin Valley offers guests a stunning high desert location, outdoor recreation, and an eclectic mix of RV sites and vintage campgrounds with trailers, buses, and even boats. 

Amenities: Tin Valley Retro Rentals may be rustic, but it has plenty to offer in the way of amenities. For starters, there are breathtaking 360-degree mountain views. The sites are also pull-through and have 30-amp and 50-amp hookups, plus access to port-a-potties, outdoor showers, water fill stations, and a dump station. 

Capacity: 4 sites

Location: Terlingua, Texas

More information: Tin Valley Retro Rentals 

Rent an RV to Explore These Vintage Campsites

Now that you know where to find these hidden gems, all you have to do is reserve your Cruise America rental RV and decide which vintage RV park to visit first! You’ll get the best of both worlds—that vintage flair, but from the comfort of a modern RV. 

With 130+ rental locations in North America and several models to choose from, it’s quick and convenient to hit the road on your terms. Contact us today to see which RV best meets your needs.