For RV enthusiasts, this year's long July 4 weekend beckons a wilderness or recreational trip. Some of the best RV resorts are in Indian country, and many of them are near top-rated casinos. Beyond gaming, there are a variety of opportunities for family fun, like swimming, visiting museums, viewing national monuments, hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding.
Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory, Woodall's and Trailer Life ranked these Indian-owned RV parks in New York, California, Arizona, Oklahoma and Oregon, among the best in North America.
1. The Villages at Turning Stone RV Park (New York)
Explore the beauty of Upstate New York while hiking or biking across 2.5 miles of nature trails, or paddle boat or fish in separate ponds. Interact with other visitors in the recreational area for bocce ball, horse shoes, tennis, basketball and volleyball. The park also offers a pavillion fire pit, arcade room, and heated pool and whirlpool.
Turning Stone Resort & Casino guests have access to two RV parks, The Villages at Turning Stone RV Park and Peaceful Pines Campground & RV Park. The Villages offers 175 paved sites includes full utility hookup and wireless internet service.
2. Jackson Rancheria RV Park (California)
Jackson Rancheria RV Park
Secluded in a gorgeous forest setting, roughly one-hour drive west from Sacramento, Jackson Rancheria RV Park is ideal for taking in the beauty of Northern California.
The RV park has free 24-hour shuttle service to Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel, which houses 48 gaming tables, 15 poker tables and more than 1,500 slot and video poker machines.
Beyond adventuring through nature's playground, enjoy the park's horseshoes, walking path, table tennis and bocce ball.
3. Distant Drums RV Resort (Arizona)
Nestled in the central Verde Valley region of Arizona, Yavapai-Apache Nation's Distant Drums RV Resort is minutes from many great national park and attractions like: Sedona Red Rock Country, Montezuma National Monument, Tuzigoot National Monument, Verde Canyon Railroad and more. The tribe also owns and operates the nearby Cliff Castle Casino Hotel.
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Easy trails take you to the top of this hill where you can view the unique Hoodoos colored spires) that make this part of Utah famous. Bryce Canyon is chuck full of them. Some American Indians believe that each Hoodoo is a departed person.
Check-out these attractions around Distant Drums:
Cliff Castle Casino Hotel
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Red Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through Manzanita and Juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock. The creek meanders through the park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat provides the setting and the opportunity for the park to offer a focus on environmental education.
Coconino National Forest
The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous Red Rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa Pine Forests, to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish forest lakes and wade in lazy creeks and streams.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
The developed portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres. The 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures that are ideal for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the Verde River, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape. Marveling at this enduring legacy of the Sinagua culture reveals a people surprisingly similar to ourselves.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Often called "Red Rock Country" Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone - whether you're into history and archaeology; arts and culture; shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Located high on top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) between Prescott and Flagstaff is the historic copper mining town of Jerome, Arizona. Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community. Four disastrous fires destroyed large sections of the town during its early history, resulting in the incorporation of the City of Jerome in 1899.
4. Choctaw Casino Resort KOA RV Park (Oklahoma)
The Durant, Oklahoma-based Choctaw RV Park is owned and operated by the Choctaw Nation and managed by Charlie Tyree, who has been recognized as receiving one of the top three customer service scores in the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) system--the world’s largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds, founded on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962. KOA has 475 locations in the United States and Canada.
Last year the tribe upgraded all its RV sites to premium sites. “We pride ourselves on giving our guests the very best experience here at the Choctaw Casino Resort
KOA RV Park,” Tyree said. “In upgrading all of our sites to premium sites, we’re giving every camper a world-class camping experience complete with unbeatable amenities and great customer service.”
The Choctaw Casino Resort KOA RV Park also includes a 10,000 square foot main building with a meeting room, fully-appointed kitchen, fireplace, plasma television, laundry room, restrooms, showers, a game room, a vending room and a business center. Outdoor amenities include a heated outdoor salt-water pool, a covered patio, playground, fire pit and Kamp K-9 dog park. The park also has free hourly shuttle service to Choctaw Casino Resort and hourly security patrols.
Reservations can also be made online at http://choctawcasinos.com/Durant/Amenities/RVPark.aspx. The Choctaw Casino Resort KOA RV Park in Durant, Okla. is a short drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex at 3650 Enterprise Blvd, Durant, OK 74701.
Choctaw Casino Resort KOA RV Park
5. Seven Feathers RV Resort (Oregon)
In the "Land of Umpqua", Seven Feathers RV Resort is situated in a canyon of Douglas Fir and Pines, where their fragrance lingers long after quiet hours. Even the meandering drive to the park, via Exit 99 off the I-5, offers breathtaking scenery.
The park features 23 acres of manicured lawns and lush landscaping, a heated pool and hot tub, fitness center, and gift gallery.Day trips are available to Grants Pass, Crater & Diamond Lakes. Visitors can also take a shuttle to the tribe's beautiful casino with dining and live entertainment.
Seven Feathers RV Park