Napa Valley Activities While RV Camping
Napa Valley is one of the most beautiful regions in the state of California. It is an area filled with some of the most luxurious destinations that the country has to offer, which is why visiting in your Bowlus just makes sense. Why visit an area known for its incredible grandeur without being able to bring along your own? While the outdoor activities in the area are limited, knowing where to look can make your Napa Valley trip the ultimate in camping.
While the region is most known for its wine, it offers multiple areas where you can get out and hike, from short, easy hikes to far more advanced ones. Whether you visit Napa Valley for its hiking or it’s just something to do between wine tours, there are plenty of options to choose from.
If you’re looking for an easier hike between visits to some of the local wineries, there are a few that will offer just what you’re looking for. There are two local parks located inside the city of Napa—Alston Park and Westwood Hills Park—that offer short hikes you can finish in just an hour or two. Both offer some beautiful views of Napa Valley, so they’re definitely worthwhile.
Not too far out of the way is Bale Grist Mill State Park, which features a historic mill built in 1846. It’s one of the most interesting pieces of history in the area, and there is a trail that connects the state park with Bothe-Napa Valley State Park nearby.
If you’re looking for something a little longer and more challenging without being overwhelming, the Ritchey Canyon Trail inside the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park may be the perfect hike for you. Sitting at about eight miles round trip, the Ritchey Canyon Trail will lead you by babbling streams and through thick redwoods.
A few other local hikes meet the same requirements, like some of the hikes at Skyline Wilderness Park or nearby Moore Creek Park. Each offers majestic views of the area, including lakes and local wildlife.
For those who like their hikes to be challenging, Napa Valley won’t disappoint there either. By far the most popular area for more challenging, advanced hikes is Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, which rewards your hard work with views of the Bay Area and Mount Saint Helena. Most hikes are between eight and nineteen miles round trip.
Regardless of whether you like your hikes short and easy or long and challenging, Napa Valley has something for you. When you’re done, head back to your Bowlus and relax in the spacious living area, created with meticulous detail.
The luxury travel trailer was designed with a stunning, hotel-style en suite bathroom that is incredibly spacious. It features luxurious chrome and teak finishes and a shower with continuous hot water that extends outside as well. It also has large yours-and-mine wardrobes with hanging bars so that you can change out of your hiking clothes and into clothes that are ready to hit any of the local wineries. It’s the ultimate in luxury.
If biking is more your style, there are a few opportunities in the Napa Valley area as well. Between Napa, California, and nearby Yountville, there is a 25-mile round trip biking trail system to check out. Although it is fairly flat, it winds through many of the local vineyards, allowing you to see what the area has to offer. It is part of the larger Napa Valley Vine Trail, which will eventually be expanding into a trail that reaches all the way to Calistoga.
For people who prefer mountain biking to biking on the pavement, Skyline Wilderness Park, Moore Creek Park, and Robert Louis Stevenson State Park all offer mountain biking opportunities. If you’re looking for a challenge, check out the Oat Hill Mine Trail in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Sitting at a 2,800-foot elevation, the trail is a challenging 16-mile ride.
Before heading out for the day, cook yourself a warm, filling meal in the kitchen of your luxury travel trailer. When you hit the trails with a nutritious breakfast, like oatmeal or freshly made pancakes, and a cup of coffee in your stomach, you’ll have all of the power you need to push yourself on the trails. Instead of having to rely on extra stops to eat at a greasy spoon before you hop on your bike, you’ll be able to prepare your meal your own way in the luxury kitchen of your Bowlus.
In between hiking and biking, why not take in a round of golf?
The Napa Valley area has multiple golf courses, although some require either an overnight stay or that you know a member.
The appropriately named Chardonnay Golf Club is one of the better 18 hole, full-service golf courses in the area, and you don’t have to be a member to enjoy it. The championship course is challenging for golfers of all different skill levels and features views of the local vineyards that rival anything you can see while hiking in them.
For beginners, the Mount Saint Helena and Kennedy Park golf courses are another option. They are easily accessible, and you can take your time enjoying your round of golf even if it’s your first time trying it.
There is even a disc golf course at Skyline Wilderness Park if that’s your thing! It’s an interesting twist on traditional golf in one of the most fun outdoor spaces in Napa Valley.
Where To Camp
Although Napa Valley is known for its upscale bed and breakfasts, when you travel in your Bowlus, you never have to worry about finding a place to stay.
There are plenty of places where you can park your Bowlus when you visit the Napa Valley region. One of the best, in our opinion, is the Napa Valley Exposition RV Park. While we normally like to take our Bowlus off-grid and enjoy all of the features that allow us to spend time out in nature relying on hookups, the RV park is a place to stay based on its location alone.
Located just ten blocks away from downtown Napa, the Napa Valley Exposition RV Park allows you to park your luxury travel trailer in a central location so you have a home base to come back to after a long day of exploring the area. It offers water, sewer, and electrical hookups, and the attached expo area also hosts a variety of different big musical events throughout the year.
Obviously, Napa Valley is known first and foremost for its vineyards. What would a trip to the area be without enjoying all of the amazing wine that is unique to the region?
There are multiple wine tours that you can sign up for when visiting the area. When you take a tour, you can rely on the expertise of the people who know the region best. They’ll guide you to some of the top vineyards in the area and let you taste some of the wines that have made the Napa Valley region a top wine destination. Best of all, when you can come back to your luxury travel trailer, you won’t have to worry about driving. It’s a safe, fun way to experience Napa Valley without having to know your way around.
The top-rated wine tour in the area comes from Napa Native, who also host hiking, brewery, biking, and river excursion tours. Much like Bowlus is the ultimate in luxury travel, Napa Native wine tours are the ultimate way to explore local vineyards.
Napa Valley isn’t just about the wine… although that is a major part of its allure. When visiting the area in your Bowlus, you can enjoy hiking, biking, and golfing before returning to your stylish luxury travel trailer for the night. Enjoy the ultimate in land travel after enjoying a delicious, world-class glass of wine in one of the most beautiful areas in the world.