The rowdiness of the city can sometimes be too much for someone who lives for the outdoors, someone who wants peace and quiet, or someone who just wants to get lost in their deepest introspection. This solitude that people sometimes yearn for can lift spirits up, and people most likely turn to nature for positive isolation. But with more and more people making the outdoors, specifically National Parks, their haven for silence; this silence is also less and less achieved. Sometimes, it’s even too hard to listen to the therapeutic river stream or the sweet chirping of birds because it has been said that the human noise in the outdoors has increased over 10 times in the last recent years. How sad is that?
So in constant search of this quiet solitude, where should we, the avid RV campers, go? It may sound a bit unorthodox but it’s better to take the roads, or should I say the National Parks, less traveled for a more peace and quiet RV camping experience. Here are the top 5 of the quietest national parks for RV camping.
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1. Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Do you want to know an interesting fact? This national park derived its name from the mountain ranges that resembled the park’s spine-like form, the Wrangell and the St. Elias mountain ranges. The mountain is considered the second highest peak in the USA which pierces the skyline at 18,008 feet and is also one of the most humongous active volcanoes in North America. But wait, I’m not done about its magnificence yet; it’s the largest national park in America which has a 13-million-acre beauty! In order to get to the park, you can drive from either Anchorage or the Alaska Highway to McCarthy Road or the Nebesna Road to get to Kennecott, the park’s core.
2. North Cascades National Park, Washington
This is definitely one of the quietest national parks around because of it’s challenging road access. Even though it’s just a 100-mile reach from Seattle, the park still only had under 27,000 visitors since 2015. Is that cool or what? I’d say if you’re looking for a reticent RV camping experience, then this is a perfect place. Don’t let the lack of roads cast down on your adventurous spirit. Each campsite only allows a maximum of eight people, three tents, and two RVs; this is as quiet as it can get! Also since it’s a remote area, it’s best to bring all your camping essentials especially the best RV generators to give you a bit of frill during your secluded trip.
3. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
From the name itself, I guess you can figure out what is abundant here – organ pipe cactuses! The Sonoran Desert in this park is home to the extraordinary and spectacular organ pipe cactus and many other species of cacti as well. Now this may sound a bit peculiar but there is a reason why this is one of the quietest national parks in the world; because it’s sitting on the border beside Mexico, immigration problems and drug smuggling are pretty prevalent here. That’s why, people are warned to always be cautious of goings-on, stay on marked trails all the time, and by all mean, never pick up a hitchhiker.
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4. Black Canyon, Gunnison National Park, Colorado
You can feel like a tiny speck standing amidst the 2000-foot monumental canyon walls. This park offers several trail routes for the adventure seekers which can be accessed from the canyon’s south and north rims where the RV campsites are also located. But the best experience you’re probably going to witness is the marvelous view of the Milky Way. This park, due to its isolation, is included in the International Dark Sky Association because of its incredible dark skies!
5. Great Basin National Park, Nevada
This park is absolutely a remote place to bring your RVs to, that’s why it’s a top choice if you’re looking for that long overdue peace-and-quiet camping adventure. Camping in this park can feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. If you spend your next camping trip here, you shouldn’t miss the stunning Lehman Caves and some night sky programs that are led by rangers to really experience what the Great Basin has to offer.