You’ve probably heard the saying, “everything’s bigger in Texas.” Well, the camping fun to be had in the Lone Star State is no exception to this rule. The massive size of Texas spans climates and ecosystem zones—perfect for a camping adventure that will provide you with a lot of diverse experiences. The state is also an amazing combination of cultures, so each stop is full of fascinating history and delicious food.
For your camping trip through Texas, consider something a little different this year by renting an RV. Renting an RV is the perfect combination of mobility and comfort for you and your companions. Look into renting an RV for your Texas trip today and take the first step towards a vacation you’ll never forget.
Texas is big. Very big. It has the largest road system in the country with nearly 680,000 miles of paved roads throughout the state. What this means for you is some significant time on the road. You don’t want to be stuck in the minivan for hours on end.
Instead, imagine traveling in your RV in style. With plush furniture, a kitchen, and a functioning restroom, everyone will be truly happy campers. Those small tensions that can build up in confined spaces are no longer an issue and you can be confident that the group will get along better than ever.
In addition, everyone can sleep on mattresses! No more sleeping bags on the ground or uncomfortable cots. A good night’s sleep is a major factor in the quality of your vacation days. Move on from the backaches and restless nights and upgrade to the RV way of life.
For your most comfortable camping trip yet, take a look at rental RVs in Texas today.
From east to west, Texas is 773 miles wide and offers all kinds of camping opportunities. The most prominent feature of the east is the lowlands of the Gulf Coast. As you move to the north, the climate is conducive to lush forests and beautiful lakes. Towards the west, there’s plenty of desert and mountain ranges.
There’s so much to see in Texas that planning a trip can be overwhelming. So, we’ve compiled a list of 10 must-see attractions to make things easier.
In East Central Texas (about an hour outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth area) is a destination offering tons of fun for the whole family: Dinosaur Valley State Park. As the name suggests, the park is full of dinosaur-related attractions. Walk in actual dinosaur tracks and hunt for fossils. Or, attend one of the many ranger-led activities to learn more about the beasts that once roamed the area. Other activities include more than 20 miles of hiking trails, fishing, kayaking, geocaching, and horseback riding.
After a day of dinosaur fun, spend the night at one of the 44 RV-friendly campsites within the park. These sites offer 30-amp electrical service, water hookups, a picnic table, and a fire ring. Learn more about Dinosaur Valley State Park.
A summer trip to Texas might sound awesome but consider the heat. Triple digits are common in the summer, and, in coastal regions (like near Houston), the humidity can be downright oppressive. If you have health conditions that could be worsened by high heat, check with your physician before deciding on a Texas visit in the summer.
Spring and Fall are the optimal times to visit Texas for (enjoyably) warm weather, sun, and natural beauty. The trees are still green, and the wildlife is active. Winter in some parts of Texas can be fairly cool and the northern tip can even receive snow sometimes. You can certainly RV during the winter in Texas, however, you’ll be able to appreciate the state a whole lot more in the spring and fall.
During your visit in the warmer months, it’s very important to keep an eye on the weather. Texas is uniquely positioned to see both tornadoes and hurricanes in the summer and early fall. These storms can develop quickly, so be sure to understand the evacuation or shelter protocols for your campground should severe weather strike.
Finally, Texas has a lot of fascinating, but also dangerous, wildlife. Of course, rattlesnakes and scorpions come to mind, but you should also keep an eye out for alligators in coastal areas. In addition, wild boar may seem harmless from a distance, but these animals are known to charge if they feel threatened and they can cause serious injury. In less developed or natural areas, keep an eye out for these animals and keep a respectful distance or avoid them whenever possible.
If you are looking to get "away from it all," dry camping or “boondocking” is your best RV option to isolate yourself. Boondocking means that there are no hookups available (e.g. sewer, electrical, water), and your RV unit is operating independently. Typically, this is not recommended for novice RVers, so we encourage you to do more research if you are interested in giving dry camping a try.
A great place to do this is on public land identified by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Unfortunately, Texas does not currently have any BLM sites suitable for dry camping in your RV. Although, some state or national parks have large areas suitable for standalone RV sites, so double-check with your destination directly. You can also check with some "big box stores" that allow RV travelers to set up camp in their parking lots.
If you’d like to look at your campground options more thoroughly, check out this list from Good Sam.