One of the things to do when you are looking for good campgrounds is to search online. But you have to be careful. Some of the results may be 20 years old and those listed parks may be closed. Or some of the more recent websites, may have gone out of business, etc.
To see some campground names, just continue to read our article. It has the information you want to know about so you can find the perfect night stop on your journey. Just make sure to phone ahead for reservations as campgrounds get booked up fairly quickly.
One of the first places to start would be to join one or more RV discussion forums. Once you have joined, you can pick the brains of those members who have stayed at different campgrounds along this interstate.
Also, they should be able to tell you which ones are still open and which ones are good, as well as which ones are closed and which ones to avoid. The only drawback to this option is that some of the information may be long out of date. So watch the date of the thread and posts to get better and more recent info.
The next place to look would be all those websites on the internet dedicated to providing this type of information. One of those websites is found at this link and they provide location, contact information as well as how close it is to an exit.
If you prefer to stay at a KOA campground, then you can go to that company’s website
to get a list of KOA campgrounds along the I-40. There are numerous websites that you can access that will provide the best information and a lot more detail about the different campgrounds.
You won’t need an app on your cell phone to find a campground near where you want to stop for the night. There are plenty of websites providing this and more information for you.
At no time will this and the following lists be exhaustive. We can only put so many campground names and addresses in this article to get you started. Use the first link above to find more campgrounds in each state.
1. Arrowhead RV Park, near Logan, NM
503 North US Highway 54, Logan, New Mexico 88426
2. Cibola Sands RV Park, near Grants, NM
26 Cibola Sands Loop, Grants, New Mexico 87020
3. Hidden Valley Camping Resort, near Tijeras, NM
844b State Highway 333, Tijeras, New Mexico 87059-7307
4. Blue Spruce RV Park, near Grants, NM
1708 Zuni Canyon Rd, Grants, New Mexico 87020-3762
5. Kiva RV Park, near Tucumcari, NM
1415 East Rankin Avenue, Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401
6. Wagon Wheel RV Park, near Portales, NM
42699 US 70, Portales, New Mexico 88130-9032
7. USA RV Park, near Gallup, NM
2925 W Highway 66, Gallup, New Mexico 87301-6812
8. Lee Acres RV Park, near Farmington, NM
63 Road 5500, Farmington, New Mexico 87401
9. Ramblin' Rose RV Park, near Santa Rosa, NM
602 Black Street, Santa Rosa, New Mexico 88435
10. Travelers World Campground, near Clovis, NM
1361 US 60 84, Clovis, New Mexico 88101-9668
At no time do we make any guarantees about space, reservations, fees, and so on. You have to talk to the campgrounds directly to get your questions answered and make your reservation.
We also do not guarantee these campgrounds will be open or are still open when you want to travel this interstate.
1. Bear Paw RV Park, near Eagar, AZ
425 East Central Avenue, Eagar, Arizona 85925
To give you an idea of the other information that is included in the first link above, here is an example:
2. KOA Campgrounds, near Ash Fork, AZ
783 Old Route 66, Ash Fork, Arizona 86320
[~0.29 miles to Exit 144 of I-40 AZ]
[~1.00 miles to Exit 146 of I-40 AZ]
[ food(3), gas(2), lodging(0), coffee(0), attractions(1), grocery(3), bars(1) within 10 miles ]
Map • Local services • Live AI Agent
3. Elk Pines RV Resort, near Heber, AZ
2256 Highway 260, Heber, Arizona 85928
4. Bullhead RV Park, near Bullhead City, AZ
1610 Highway 95, Bullhead City, Arizona 86442
5. Blake Ranch RV Park, near Kingman, AZ
9315 East Blake Ranch Road, Kingman, Arizona 86401
6. Ash Fork Grand Canyon RV Park, near Ash Fork, AZ
783 West Old Route 66 Highway, Ash Fork, Arizona 86320
7. Fiesta RV Resort, near Bullhead City, AZ
3190 Highway 95 Ofc, Bullhead City, Arizona 86442
8. Chloride Western RV Park, near Chloride, AZ
5123 West Tennessee Avenue, Chloride, Arizona 86431
9. Elk Horn RV Park, near Lakeside, AZ
4307 Highway 260, Lakeside, Arizona 85929
10. Circle S Campground, near Kingman, AZ
2360 Airway Avenue, Kingman, Arizona 86401
1. New Horizon RV Park, near Horseshoe Bend, AR
Highway 289, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas 72512
2. Mission RV Park, near Russellville, AR
229 Mission Drive Ofc, Russellville, Arkansas 72802
3. Higgins Landing, near Gould, AR
RR 2 Box 652, Gould, Arkansas 71643-9716
4. Jacksonport State Park, near Newport, AR
205 Avenue St, Newport, Arkansas 72112-8771
5. Crawford RV Park, near Mountain Home, AR
99 Broadview Cir, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653-9786
6. Brannon & Brannon Rv Park, near Conway, AR
31 Brannon Landing Rd, Conway, Arkansas 72032-9255
7. Village Creek State Park, near Wynne, AR
201 County Road 754, Wynne, Arkansas 72396-8035
8. River City RV Park, near N Little Rock, AR
10600 Maybelline Rd, N Little Rock, Arkansas 72117-1887
9. Baker's RV Park, near Batesville, AR
170 T And J Circle Drive, Batesville, Arkansas 72501
10. Cane Creek State Park, near Star City, AR
Highway 293, Star City, Arkansas 71667
1. My Harbor RV & Mini Storage, near Fort Gibson, OK
1217 S. Scott Street, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 74434
2. Wink's Campgrounds, near Clinton, OK
1410 Neptune Dr, Clinton, Oklahoma 73601-9721
3. Rockwell RV Park & Campground, near Oklahoma City, OK
720 South Rockwell Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73128
4. Lake El Reno Campground, near El Reno, OK
2001 Sunset Drive, El Reno, Oklahoma 73036
5. Robbers Cave State Park, near Wilburton, OK
2450 SE Regional Ln, Wilburton, Oklahoma 74578
6. K River Campground, near Moyers, OK
HC 66 Box 42, Moyers, Oklahoma 74557-9701
7. Big Cedar RV Park, near Hodgen, OK
21823 State Highway 63, Hodgen, Oklahoma 74939-3113
8. Okmulgee State Park, near Okmulgee, OK
16830 Dripping Springs Rd, Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447-8606
9. Crazy Woman Campground, near Stigler, OK
101 N Bk 1110 Rd, Stigler, Oklahoma 74462-2596
10. Horizon Sands RV Park, near Altus, OK
200 Horizon Drive, Altus, Oklahoma 73521
1. Chickasaw State Park, near Henderson, TN
20 Cabin Ln, Henderson, Tennessee 38340-4128
2. Riverside RV Park & Resort, near Sevierville, TN
4280 Boyds Creek Hwy, Sevierville, Tennessee 37876-0462
3. Pickwick Landing State Park, near Pickwick Dam, TN
120 Playground Loup, Pickwick Dam, Tennessee 38365
4. River Trail Campground, near Celina, TN
905 River Rd, Celina, Tennessee 38551-7225
5. Whispering Pines RV Park, near Jackson, TN
129 Mckenzie Rd, Jackson, Tennessee 38301-5658
6. King's Holly Haven RV Park, near Pigeon Forge, TN
647 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863
7. Cades Cove Campground, near Townsend, TN
10042 Campground Dr, Townsend, Tennessee 37882-5004
8. Dale Hollow Dam Campground, near Celina, TN
5103 Campground Rd, Celina, Tennessee 38551-6502
9. Jellystone Park Camp Resort, near Cosby, TN
4946 Hooper Highway, Cosby, Tennessee 37722
10. Big Meadow Family Campground, near Townsend, TN
8215 Cedar Creek Road, Townsend, Tennessee 37882
According to the link we used to compile these lists, there are supposed to be 104 RV campgrounds and parks along the I-40 in Tennessee alone. That means you should have plenty of options available to you if you plan to stay somewhere between these two cities.
According to the map provided by the first link above, there are roughly 4 RV campgrounds around Memphis, with 2 technically being between these two cities. One is called the T-O Fuller State Park and the other is called Mississippi River RV Park.
With Memphis on the border of Arkansas and Tennessee, you have to use the Arkansas map and info to find more campgrounds in this area. To get the same information as above for the following list, go to that website and scroll down till you find the names of each park.
There may be some duplication of the parks in this list:
1. America’s Best Campground
2. KOA campground (just west of Memphis)
3. Village Creek State Park
4. River City RV Park
5. NLR RV Park
The last two are near Little Rock so you will not have far to go for entertainment, food, and more amenities.
As you know when you see the word free before RV park you know that you will be boondocking at the following locations. Boondocking for a night is not that bad and gives you a break from campgrounds and their rules.
Keep in mind that space is limited and done on a first come first served basis. Here are some places along the I-40 where you can boondock and save a little money:
1. Heart of the Mojave West
GPS: 34.7012, -115.6763
About the Campsite: There’s room for multiple rigs to park for the night, but the ground is very unlevel, so it might be difficult for larger RVs. A long dirt road leads to multiple camping areas.
2. Six Mile Canyon Dispersed Camping (Cibola National Forest)
GPS: 35.4776, -108.4622
About the Campsite: A long 2-mile gravel road leads travelers to the camping location. There are a few washes, so drive slowly. Depending on the condition of the road, big rigs may want to avoid this location.
3. San Jon Municipal Park
GPS: 35.1075, -103.3317
About the Campsite: Bathrooms are on-site and well-maintained. There are even a couple of concrete picnic tables with shelters available. It’s a very clean location for boondocking.
4. County Road 122 Dispersed Camping
GPS: 34.8361, -91.5489
About the Campsite: A few fire rings and fresh water are available. Loves is nearby for food and bathroom access. The ground is hard-packed gravel as long as you stay on the path. Wooded setting with a campground feel.
5. Dagmar Designated Campsites
GPS: 34.8611, -91.3118
About the Campsite: Shaded, peaceful sites along the bayou for overnight camping. Several sites are available. There’s a wooded setting with a hard-packed gravel road.
6. Welch Road Dispersed Camping
GPS: 35.2185, -112.3775
About the Campsite: Easy access right off Interstate 40. There is lots of space, so it’s big rig rig-friendly. A dirt road leads to the dispersed camping sites.
7. Walnut Canyon Dispersed Camping
GPS: 35.1784, -111.4992
About the Campsite: It’s a popular, convenient location for dispersed camping. A paved road leads to the area before turning into a dirt road. Numerous turns from the dirt road that opens into several camp spots.
Information for all of these locations came from this website- https://drivinvibin.com/2022/07/05/free-campsites-interstate-40/
There are a good number of RV parks or campgrounds you can stop at along the I-40. Which one you choose to use will depend on where you want to stop for the night and if the campground meets your needs.
Watch out for trailer lengths though as some of these options may have length restrictions. Make sure to read the rules of each place you want to stop at and make sure you can abide by them all.
The I-40 seems to be very RV-friendly when it comes to camping.