Me and my wife and our daughter (8 months) will be travelling in California, Arizona and Nevada for about two months this spring/summer. Initially we were thinking that we wanted to rent a RV for the first month. However, it does not seem very safe with regards to securing the child while driving and we are looking into other options. My question is this. Are there cabins or similar that can be rented at the different camp grounds or similar? Any idea of the general price to rent a basic cabin? If there is having a big car seems like a safer and more comfortable option. We really want to be as close to the national parks as possible and in general wanna spend much time outdoors hiking. Just as a side note, we will have to spend some nights in motels and hotels along the way, but we want to avoid it as much as possible.
The answer to this is that it depends on the campground. Generally your best bet is to find a cabin/lodge at a RV park. Many of them cater to families with youngsters and have pools, campground benches for picnics, as well as fire pits and cabins for rent.
Each site varies so there is no standard layout. Cabins will vary from the very basic at about $35 a night to the more elaborate $95 a night if they have a pool and campground to those in places like Yosemite that have to be booked months in advance for $125 a night. Also, the same applies to the hotels in certain places--for example, the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite is probably already booked for most of this year, and many popular tourist resorts (for example, the small town of Paso Robles, which hosts a major rodeo, a mid-state fair, and special wine weekends, will have all its hotels, including ones as far away as 40 miles booked months in advance--so plan accordingly. You don't want to arrive someplace and find there are no accommodations for 70 miles in any direction.
[ Edit: Edited on 04-Apr-2014, at 12:59 by Calcruzer ]
Thanks for a great reply. We ended up renting a camper from Jucy rentals instead of a RV. These were the pros for us:
1. Everyone is secured in a real seat while driving.
2. The car is not too big and handles like any other car. Therefore we don't have to be in the "RV lane" and can go faster.
3. There are two beds so we can always use them if there are no cabins or similar available at the RV parks
4. We still have cooking equipment and similar in the car.
Obviously there is no bathroom and not as much space as in a RV, but with the lower price for the car we can rent places to stay more often if we want. Who knows, the car might even be able to squeeze in places where RV's wouldn't be allow to stay if the camp is already full.