Whether you’re able to work remotely or are signing off for a summer of adventure, camper vans offer an ideal way to take in the great outdoors. Not only do you have everything you need (from a comfy bed to reliable cell service), but you can wake up and end the day in the midst of nature. Mikey Rudman, founder of Phoenix-based Tommy Camper Vans, offers up four camper van travel destinations for exploring (and beating the Phoenix heat) this summer.
Mt. Lemmon sits just an hour outside of Tucson–and is about 30 degrees cooler than Phoenix! Camper van travelers head to Mt. Lemmon to take on around 2,000 rock-climbing routes. Come wintertime, pack your camper van with your snow equipment (which is easily stored in Tommy Camper Vans’ Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Camper Van with Custom Interior Layout) as Ski Valley at Mt. Lemmon marks the nation’s most southernmost ski resort.
Forest Lakes Recreation Area/Mogollon Rim
In addition to breathtaking views, the geological wonder that is Mogollon Rim is ideal for alfresco adventures of all sorts, making it an ideal camper van travel destination. Travelers can savor the open air by biking, horseback riding, rock-climbing, stargazing and bird-watching, as well as fishing and boating.
A retreat from the scorching summer heat, Pinetop is a breathtaking destination brimming with tall pines, mountain lakes and babbling creeks and rivers. For hikers, bikers and wildlife lovers (you might spy elk, mountain lions and more!), the White Mountains has more than 200 miles of trails to explore. And there are 10 golf courses in the area too, making it a prime camper van travel destination for those wanting to tee off this summer.
Chiricahua National Monument/Willcox
Geology nerds are in for a treat at Chiricahua National Monument. The park is a hotbed of rhyolite rock pinnacles, caves, ancient lava flows, mountain formations and a giant volcanic caldera, as well as diverse flora and fauna. Though many outdoor pursuits are allowed at the monument, like hiking, birding and stargazing, it is also a inspiring spot for nature photography.
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