Have a thirst for adventure and plan to come to Texas by RV? Don’t leave that daredevil mentality at home! RV travelers to Texas soon find there are plenty of places to pump up their adrenaline. Here’s a quick list of the best RV trips for adventure seekers in Texas.
- Go Bungee Jumping —Love the feel of a free fall, with a snap that pulls you up short at the last minute? There’s a place in the heart of Dallas that understands! Zero Gravity Park has a wide range of thrill rides to please the boldest adrenaline junkie. Whether you choose the Skycoaster (triple-passenger, 100-foot lift and drop), the Blastoff giant slingshot or the 16-story bungee jump, your heart will do plenty of pumping.
Insider Tip: Park your RV at a Dallas-area campground, so you can stay close to the action. For a scenic campsite less than 30 minutes away, try Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie.
- Go Hang Gliding — Always wanted to learn how to hang glide? Come to Lake Conroe in East Texas on your next RV camping trip and learn with the best. An hour north of Houston on I-45, Lake Conroe is home to Lakeshore Hang Gliding, where certified instructors will take you up in-tandem behind the tow boat and let you experience the big, blue skies of Texas in a whole new way.
RV campgrounds around Lake Conroe make it easy to relax after a day of hanging high above the lake. Just be sure to book your campsite before you show up!
- Go Mountain Biking
Keep the thrill alive on your Texas trip—bring along a mountain bike and hit the trails. A favorite place for Dallas area mountain bikers is Sansom Park on Lake Worth. It may not be in the mountains, but the tight turns, quick descents and rocky terrain make it well worth a visit. Here’s a handy link to Dallas-area RV campgrounds to help you plan your trip.
Another hotspot for mountain biking Texas RV campers is Caprock Canyons State Park, about an hour and a half southeast of Amarillo. The beautiful red rock canyons and bluffs in the southern Panhandle prairie are crisscrossed with miles of trails to challenge even the expert mountain biker. Inexpensive electric and water campsites within the park make it easy to spend your whole vacation exploring Caprock’s mysteries.
Insider Tip: While you’re there, keep an eye out for the Texas State Bison Herd. For an amazing sight, make your way to Clarity Tunnel at dusk, when thousands of bats take flight.
- Go Canyoneering
Here’s an idea for experienced aficionados of rock climbing and rappelling: a week-long RV trip to Big Bend National Park. Park the RV at one of three developed campgrounds inside the park and make that your base camp for the trip. Crank up your four wheel drive towed vehicle, get your backcountry permits and head for the awesome, rocky mountains that sprawl across this park on the border of Mexico and Texas.
Follow slots cut through multilayered rock by the Rio Grande and rappel down into 15-story canyons where few have dared to climb. This is West Texas at its most lonesome, so if getting away from it all with a little canyon-climbing thrown in sounds like a perfect vacation, Big Bend is the place for you!
Just because you like your camping comfortable doesn’t mean you don’t have the need for adventure. Camp your RV in Texas and bring along your mountain biking, rock climbing, bungee jumping spirit. You’ll find plenty to keep you from being bored.
About the Author
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, a nationwide RV rental company. Joe has been on the road working within the travel industry for over 20 years, and greatly enjoys exploring the outdoors. Joe has been camping across the United States, from coast-to-coast, and makes a point to stop at national landmarks along the way. He is also actively involved in numerous campground associations, including RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee, as well as travel industry association.