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Fort Defiance State Park is a smaller park encompassing 191 acres just outside of Estherville, Iowa. This park opened in 1930, making it one of the oldest parks in the state. Motorhome camping is a great activity for families to enjoy while exploring Iowa. Spirit Lake is only about 15 minutes west of the park and is a convenient place to stock up on supplies before parking your RV rental at Fort Defiance State Park.

You don't have to own an RV to enjoy a camping adventure at Fort Defiance. Book an RV in Emmet County and camp in style. Take a few extra days to explore northern Iowa; the park is situated close to the Iowa-Minnesota state line and only about 25 minutes from Jackson, Minnesota.

Getting Outdoors

Camp in an RV near Fort Defiance State Park and bring along your horse for fantastic trail rides on the park's three equestrian trails. Visitors must bring their own horses for self-guided trail rides; the park doesn't offer horses for rent or trail guides. The park does require that any horses coming to the park from out of state have a current health certificate and a negative Coggins test.

The trails in the park can be used by hikers and bikers. All routes are rated moderate to difficult and are marked for hikers to easily follow. The trails will take you through prairies and woodlands. While the terrain can be a bit hilly, the hikes offer a nice, relaxing walk for visitors. During the winter months, when the trails are covered with snow, cross-country skiing is a popular pastime. Pack your skis in your motorhome rental for a cool adventure during the snowy season.

The park provides access to the Des Moines River, as well as a boat launch. Canoes and kayaks are a common sight on the river. Bring along your fishing gear and try your hand at catching your dinner. Anglers can fish from the bank on the river or from a boat near the middle of the river.

Camping at Fort Defiance State Park

Fort Defiance State Park camping can be a bit primitive, even with your camper rental. However, the peacefulness of the park is worth sacrificing a few creature comforts. There are a few campsites with electrical hookups, and potable water is within walking distance. Pit toilets are located near the campgrounds, but there are no shower facilities. Reservations are encouraged during the busy season between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

If you'd prefer to camp in an RV near Fort Defiance State Park instead, head over to Fieldstone RV Park in the city of Arnolds Park. This RV park has several deluxe campsites with water and electric hookups. Modern restrooms and shower facilities are centrally located within the park, and a laundry room is also available for guests.

KOAs are usually equipped with all the comforts of home, and the Jackson KOA in Jackson, Minnesota is no exception. This campground features full hookups with 50-amp electric service. Larger RVs up to 100 feet in length are welcome at this KOA. Modern restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities are available as well as Wi-Fi. Jackson KOA is only about 25 minutes from Fort Defiance State Park.

Exploring the Area

Leave extra time in your Fort Defiance State Park camping itinerary to visit Sioux City and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. This 20,000-square-foot complex pays homage to the Corps of Discovery’s 1804 expedition into the area surrounding Sioux City. The interpretive center uses technology and interactive exhibits to draw visitors in and teach them about the expedition. A popular exhibit is the Traditional Native Games, where visitors can learn more about Native American games that portrayed the relationship between the buffalo and the Native Americans.

Drive over to West Bend, only about an hour from the park, and view the Grotto of the Redemption. This is a religious shrine that's made from nine grottos that are rich in minerals. These grottos depict several scenes from the life of Christ. This is one of the largest grottos in the world and is also believed to be one of the largest collections of fossil minerals found in the United States. A museum sits on the grounds and offers visitors a glimpse of some of the precious and semi-precious stones found throughout the world.

Before packing up camp at Fort Defiance State Park, tour the Schroeter Diesel Technology Museum in Estherville. This is the perfect place for the self-proclaimed grease monkey to get lost in the evolution of the diesel engine. Collections housed in the museum include equipment, tools, operating manuals, and blueprints.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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