Where are some places to stay driving across country on I-40?

We’ve actually driven I-40 either as a long shot or in small chunks a few times now. And I’ve actually written this post up twice now for folks on FB groups, so it was time to save it here. Running east to West, starting in Tennessee and ending in Arizona:

Outside of Knoxville, we stayed at Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park in Kodak, TN. This was remarkably peaceful for just being up on a hill and no real amenities at the park.

In Nashville, we’ve stayed at both Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns and Tanbark Campground in Dickson. Tanbark was fine, nothing special but the people we interacted with were nice.

For Memphis, we’ve stayed at Tom Sawyer RV Park in West Memphis, AR. Nice park and watching the barges is weirdly enjoyable.

We also stayed at South Abutment Campground, a COE park in Coldwater, MS. Beautiful park but electric + water hookups only.

We dropped off of I-40 so we could go to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. We stayed at Treasure Isle RV Park using Passport America and lucked into a reservation snafu that put us into a waterfront spot.

A bigger deviation off of I-40 is dropping way down to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. This is a unique stop that you actually get to hunt for diamonds and keep your spoils if you find anything. We got skunked but had a fun day.

In Oklahoma City, we stayed at Roadrunner RV Park. Nice place and the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial was very well done (we just did the grounds and audio tour, not the museum due to time constraints). We also went to a Chihuly Exhibit at the OKC Museum of Art that was neat.

We’ve been to Amarillo a couple of times now. First time, we stayed at Oasis RV Park. Pretty and well kept. The second time, we stayed down in Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Mesquite campground. Absolutely stunning down there, but water + electric only spots.

In Albuquerque, we’ve stayed at High Desert RV Park. Nice place but fairly plain. Really nice pool table in the office building and private bath houses.

In Holbrook, AZ, we stayed at OK RV Park and it lived up to it’s name. Weirdly laid out, like you were in a housing sub-division but it had RV spots instead of houses. Across the main road was Aliberto’s Mexican was really quite good.

In Kingman, AZ, we stayed at Zuni Village RV Park. Plain jane with a tiny pool. But it served our needs well of “just passing through”.