What length of Airstream can I visit the National Parks with?
RV Size Restrictions at National Parks*
Before you head out this summer, you should make sure that your home-away-from-home meets the national park RV length restrictions. Otherwise, even the best-laid plans can go awry after being denied permission to camp because your Airstream is too long.
Each of the sixty-one national parks in the United States has different RV length restriction. These aren’t arbitrary measurements. Most parks have length restrictions so that you’ll be able to negotiate the winding roads that lead in and out of the designated campsites.
As you shop Airstream and before you purchase the perfect model, you should know:
- The average national park RV length restriction is 27 feet.
- Some parks allow RVs as long as 40 feet while others have a restricting 20 feet limit
- There are a handful of parks that prohibit RVs of any size
- Approximately 98% of national park campgrounds can accommodate RVs up to 19 feet long (perfect for several Basecamp, Bambi, and Caravel floor plans)
- If your Airstream is smaller than 25 feet, more than 90% of parks permit that length.
- The number of available campsites drops if your Airstream is 29 to 32 feet long since about 80% of parks will let you in.
National Park Service Official Website
Visit the National Park Service website to find a park and learn more - https://www.nps.gov/
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*The statistics related to RV length and National Parks was originally published on NADA Guides and has been edited for Airstream-specific models.