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The 10 Best Vanlife Campsites in the Southwest

Live the vanlife for a little while. You won't regret it.

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We've all experienced vanlife FOMO  at least once, if not over and over again. Whether you saw it on Instagram, in a magazine, or out in the real world, there's something about cruising down the highway in your adventure home on wheels that appeals to the nomad in all of us. Some of us may aspire to live on the road full time, while others could be just as stoked to rent a campervan and hit the road for a few days or even a few weeks. 

If the second option speaks to you, you need to check out Escape Campervans. They're the best campervan rental service you can find and make taking vanlife for a test drive not only possible, but super easy and affordable. 


My husband and I took a trip from Phoenix, AZ to Denver, CO and national-park-hopped the whole way. What a stunning part of the US to explore! We rented a Mavericks campervan from Escape and had the absolute best experience. The van was perfect for our evenings camping, cooking and sitting by the fire. It was super easy to pack up and take to explore the little towns and eateries around each park as well. It had plenty of room for the two of us, all of our belongings and a week's worth of groceries and snacks. I would highly recommend renting a van and just going!! You won't regret riding in style in these convenient, hand-painted beauties. - Katelyn Calderwood

My friend and I had an amazing experience on a road trip from Seattle WA to Los Angeles CA in an Escape Campervan! We stopped in Portland, Bend, Big Basin Redwoods, Yosemite, and Mammoth along the way. It was a reliable and comfortable ride. Having the amenities of a bed, dining area, and kitchenette available to us made our camping experience memorable and enjoyable. Everyone must experience this at least once in their lifetime! - Lorena Becerra

When it comes to campervan camping, the American Southwest is one of our favorite regions to explore. Not only is the setting some of the most stunning landscape in the world, but there are so many beautiful campsites and even more open BLM land (AKA free, dispersed camping). The beauty of campervans is that they're really compact compared to a big RV, which means you can still easily fit into most tent campsites. And good news for anyone who's ready to give Escape Campervans a try on a trip to the Southwest, they have four locations in the region that put you in prime position to hit the road and find an epic campsite in no time.

Once you've decided where to begin, check out 10 of our favorite campsites in the area below and book your Escape Campervan for the journey! 

Adventure by Holly Mandarich

Adventure by Moe Lauchert

Adventure by Sal Cavazos

Adventure by Jon King

Adventure by Josiah Roe

Adventure by Jason Hatfield

Adventure by Josiah Roe

Adventure by Holly Mandarich

Adventure by Josiah Roe

Adventure by Will McKay

Cover photo courtesy of Escape Campervans.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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