Rockies RV Camping: Banff Tunnel Mountain Campground

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Written by Patrick J. Smith posted on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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Rockies RV camping is the stuff of legends, offering a great combination of some of the best scenic drives you’ll find anywhere, along with amazing mountain views and Rockies vacation activities such as rafting, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding. In the Rockies, you’ll find great places, such a Banff, Canmore and Jasper.

One great place to set up camp in Banff is the Tunnel Mountain campground.

The Rockies offer some of the best RV camping in North America.

You’ll find the Tunnel Mountain campground just outside of Banff townsite in Banff National Park. The Tunnel Mountain Trailer Park Campground is marked by a red triangle with the number 3 in the map.

This is Banff’s biggest campground area, with 320 sites. Staying here, you’ll get great views of the valley, the Hoodoos and the Banff Springs Golf Course. It is located on Tunnel Mountain, just 2.4 km from the town of Banff. That’s within walking distance! In addition to the campground’s services, food, laundry and even a waterslide are nearby!

Banff’s Tunnel Mountain is also the only campground in the national park that has full RV hookups available (15 and 30-amp electrical hookups, water and sewer). The sites can accommodate large RVs, up to 50-feet long, and are pull-through (not just back-in).

Some of the sites are reservable, while others remain open for visitors on a first-come, first served basis. The campground is open from early May to early October (reservable May 14- October 3).

Visit Parks Canada Campground Reservation Service or call toll-free to 1.877.737.3783 (1.877.RESERVE) to reserve your spot at the Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court in Banff National Park. Please note that reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

You may also want to visit Parks Canada for descriptions of all campsites (reservable and non-reservable) on national park grounds.

Additional Services

  • flush toilets
  • hot showers
  • pets allowed
  • each site has a picnic table
  • disabled accessible
  • interpretive programs
  • fee: $38.20 (subject to change)

Other RV Campgrounds in Banff National Park:

  • Tunnel Mountain Village II
  • 188 sites
  • open year-round (reservable May 14- October 3)
  • some sites available by reservation, others first-come, first served
  • 15 and 30-amp electric hookups at each site, (no water or sewer hookups)
  • can accommodate vehicles up to 50 feet long
  • flush toilets
  • hot showers
  • fire pits and picnic tables at each site
  • kitchen shelters located on grounds
  • pets allowed
  • fee: $32.30 (subject to change)

Rampart Creek Campground

  • reservations not accepted, all first-come, first-served*
  • 50 sites on 4 loops, some overlooking the North Saskatchewan River
  • can only accommodate small RVs, no hookups
  • back-in sites only
  • open June 25 – September 6 (weather permitting)
  • dry toilets
  • water stations
  • well water (hand pumped)
  • kitchen shelters with wood burning cook stoves
  • garbage containters + recycling bins
  • food containers (bear safe)
  • fire pits and firewood (available when you get the required fire permit)
  • disabled access
  • fee: $15.70 fee for site, $8.80 fee for use of fire pit (subject to change)
  • Check out time is at 11 a.m., and is therefore the best time to arrive to secure a site.

For more information about camping in Banff National Park:

Banff National Park

Box 900

Banff, AB

Canada, T1L 1K2

Phone: (403) 762-1550

Camp Banff

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