Top Harvest Hosts Farms and Attractions for RVing Families in the Southwest

Harvest Hosts aren’t just wineries, breweries, and distilleries that welcome adults. There are hundreds of farms, attractions, and museums that the whole family will love. These Harvest Hosts are favorites among children with their petting zoos, kid-friendly activities, and yummy treats to eat!

Here’s a look at just some of the Harvest Hosts that roll out the red carpet for RV camping families in the U.S. Southwest:

Rock Springs Cafe, Black Canyon Cafe, AZ

If your kids like pie, your family won’t want to miss Rock Springs Cafe, just off Highway 17, north of Phoenix. Chocolate cream, blueberry crumb, key lime, strawberry rhubarb… all your favorite flavors are here! Of course, you can also take a break from RV cooking and order a full meal, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily and plenty of comfort foods on the menu, from buttermilk pancakes to smoked chicken pot pie.

Another top spot for RVing families in Arizona: Thunder Mountain Alpaca Ranch

Windrush Alpacas, Clovis, NM

Harvest Hosts is so pleased to have several alpaca farms operating as Hosts across the country. Kids absolutely love being able to interact or feed the alpacas — and often other farm animals — that make their home at these locations. At Windrush Alpacas, close to the Texas border, you can visit the fuzzy alpacas in their pens, and also shop for cool souvenirs at the gift shop, including socks and hats made with alpaca fiber, as well as alpaca-themed toys for kids. 

Another top spot for RVing families in New Mexico: High Country Alpaca Farm

Hangar 25 Air Museum, Big Spring, TX

The Hangar 25 Air Museum is housed in a fully restored World War II era hangar, just off Highway 20, west of Abilene, Texas. Little ones who are enamored by planes and adults who study military history will appreciate the indoor and outdoor displays of aircraft once used by Air Force and Army Air Corps pilots. Harvest Host members who have stayed here say their children enjoy taking bicycles out on the expansive pavement that was once tarmac for a working Air Force base.

The Dinosaur Museum, Blanding, UT

Toddlers who can already tell the difference between a T-rex and a triceratops love The Dinosaur Museum in southeast Utah. This museum tells the history of dinosaurs on earth with realistic sculptures, skeletons, and fossilized footprints. There are also exhibits dedicated to raptors and other “feathered dinosaurs,” memorabilia from dinosaur movies, and a butterfly garden to stroll through. 

Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner, Yermo, CA

History buffs flock to Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner for its authentic vibe — in fact, this roadside diner was built in 1954, so it’s long served hungry travelers just off of I-15, northeast of Los Angeles. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with plenty of kid-friendly favorites, from curly French fries to old-fashioned ice cream sodas. Take time to check out the display of movie memorabilia. 

Pleasant Journey Alpacas, Hesperus, CO

More than 70 alpacas will greet you as you pull up to Pleasant Journey Alpacas in southwest Colorado, and you can park your RV overlooking the pen where mom alpacas take care of their young. Shop at the ranch store for all sorts of souvenirs and gifts, such as handspun yarn, alpaca socks, hats, gloves, stuffed animals, and much more. 

Another top spot for RVing families in Colorado: Alpacalypse Ranch

Have you stayed at a family-friendly Harvest Host? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Gary and June
    7th May, 2021

    We will be definitely stopping here on our way home to AZ from Glacier National Park! Sounds like a fun experience and our 14 year old grandson will enjoy this! See you the end of June!

    1. Sam Leash
      15th June, 2021

      Sounds like such a fun trip, happy trails!

  2. Sherri Rutherford
    22nd April, 2021

    We stayed at Pleasant Journey Alpaca in Durango last October in their beautiful setting in the mountains. Susan’s tour was so interesting for these two city-slicker Seniors. It would be an educational experience for kids. We had lost our last Westie in April of last year and didn’t want to adopt another with our RV lifestyle so Susan’s gift store had the perfect solution; a stuffed little white dog made of Alpaca wool. We named him Durango. It was easy maneuvering for us RV Newbies.

    1. Sam Leash
      4th May, 2021

      Thanks so much for sharing about your stay, Sherri! Glad to hear you enjoyed the location. This location is in my home state, so I can’t wait to check it out! 🙂

  3. Nan Joesten
    22nd April, 2021

    We LOVED staying at Windrush Alpacas on a camper van trip in late February. Rosemary is a marvelous host, and the alpacas are so fun! I got several skeins of yarn at the charming gift shop, as I love to weave and knit. I’m so glad we found Windrush Alpacas on Harvest Host. There is plenty of room for a few rigs to easily get in and pull straight through. A total delight.

    1. Sam Leash
      4th May, 2021

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Nan! I will have to check out this location. 🙂

  4. Barbara Mason
    22nd April, 2021

    Thank you for all the great ideas for RV traveling. We are new RVers. We hope to get on the road heading southwest from Florida in the next few weeks. Thanks again for your great ideas and hints to have a wonderful time on the road.

    1. Sam Leash
      4th May, 2021

      That sounds so fun! Thanks so much for your kind words. Happy trails to you as well!