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wnytaxman 06-22-2010 08:13 PM

RV Parking at the Gateway Arch
We will be coming into St. Louis on I-70 from Indy and I was wondering if there is RV parking at the Gateway Arch. On Google Earth it doesn't appear that there is any RV parking.

RJay 06-22-2010 09:06 PM


Originally Posted by wnytaxman (Post 658624)
We will be coming into St. Louis on I-70 from Indy and I was wondering if there is RV parking at the Gateway Arch. On Google Earth it doesn't appear that there is any RV parking.

Hi wnytaxman,
There is a road that parallels the Mississippi River and passes in front of the Arch between the river and the Arch. I saw signs on that road pointing to RV parking in the direction of the I-70 bridge but I never saw the actual parking area. I was on foot since I took the train into St. Louis but I did see RV's on the road heading in the direction the signs were pointing. Be aware there is alot of construction in the downtown St. Louis area.

FleetMan 06-22-2010 10:27 PM

A fall back position you could use is to park at the Casino Queen on the Illinois side, directly across from the Arch and take the train over. If you have a toad, parking for that is a lot more convenient than parking for an RV.

bdaball 06-23-2010 06:51 AM

That road between the arch and the river was underwater when we were there in March.
Your better off parking at Casino Queen and driving the toad back to a paid parking lot or walk across the bridge. It's not far at all.
The paid parking lots are much cheaper a few blocks away from the monument parking gargage.
Yes there is construction around the area.

RJay 06-23-2010 07:31 AM

I am in St. Louis now and although both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers are high the road between the Arch and the Mississippi was dry when I was at the Arch two weeks ago. But I agree with the others about parking at the casino and taking the train to the Arch and avoiding the traffic and construction.

Frank P. Martin 06-23-2010 09:59 AM

If you have the time, Why not just camp overnight at the Casino Queen? I did that back in 2002. It was inexpensive and the Casino Queen had a shuttle that took us right to the light rail station where we boarded the car to take us across the river to St Louis.

One thing you have to keep in mind, though. While it's pegged as a campground, it's more like Walmart parking, but with hookups. If you like trains, you're in for a treat as they're nearby and you'll hear them all hours of the day.

Also, you should make reservations to take the ride to the top of the arch. There's a train of 8 cars on each side of the arch and each car holds 5 passengers (40 in total). The trips run on a schedule so you need to book your date and time you expect to be there. Riding in one of the cars is like riding in an oversized dryer drum and in my opinion, it is not something for those who are claustrophobic. Below is a picture of what the entrance of one of the cars looks like. The red bars are scaffolding. There were renovations being done when we visited.

More information is available here:

Gateway Arch Riverfront

Enjoy your visit. I'd go again if I ever had another opportunity.

Ray,IN 06-23-2010 11:00 AM

I've got to agree, the Arch RV park- about 2-3 blocks S., is a joke, a sad one to be sure. You are inside a 8-10' chain-link fence on blacktop parking lot. The Casino RV park is pleasant, clean, and as like others replied. The Casino is in a not-so-good area of E. St. Louis, I;, but their security is very reassuring.

CurbCrusher 06-23-2010 11:18 AM

We were there a couple of weeks ago and stayed at Babler State Park just west of St. Louis and drove the toad in. I didn't even notice the RV parking signs as were were approaching the Arch, I just know I would not have liked driving the RV in that part of St. Louis, it felt tight in the Vue.
Through June 30, if you buy your tickets to go to the top of the Arch at the web site in advance, they include parking in the Arch garage that is right there at the park.

a k 06-23-2010 12:17 PM

I went up in the Arch in 1970 and would never do it again. You better hope every body in there has on deoderant. Hippies in the 70's didn't. It's going to be 100 degrees here in St Louis today. Casino Queen is the place to stay. You can ride the Metro Link over to the Arch. There is a RV park on the west side of the Missouri River Sundermeierrvpark. If you stay in the one downtown, I would advise you to be armed.

Frank P. Martin 06-23-2010 05:53 PM


Originally Posted by Ray,IN (Post 658895)
The Casino is in a not-so-good area of E. St. Louis, I;, but their security is very reassuring.

That was the scariest part of the trip- driving through E. St. Louis to the Casino Queen. I felt like Chevy Chase in "National Lampoon's Vacation" where he's driving through a rough section of St Louis. Every traffic light I had to stop at I was half-tempted to holler "Roll 'em up!" even though all my windows were already in that position.

CurbCrusher 06-23-2010 06:02 PM

Just noted that it looks like wyntaxman (who started the thread) has a bunk house. That indicates you might have kids with you. On another thread in the Crossroads section someone traveling with kids said that the Casino park in East St. Louis does not allow campers under 21. You might want check on that if you are headed there.

Bill Adams 06-23-2010 06:32 PM

RV parking anywhere near the Arch on the MO side is out of the question at this point due to the flooding going on. I highly recommend that stay at the Casino Queen RV Park on the IL side of the river. No, E. St. Louis is not the greatest city in the US, but if you come in from the West you won't even see the city and if you come in from any other direction you will just barely touch the outskirts before you get to the park. The Arch is less than 5 minutes from the park across the Eads bridge. The park is very safe, has a great location, is well run and quite full on the weekends and during many of the Cardinals games.
We have been in this park for the last week and we have to leave tomorrow (dang). We are on a waiting list to get back in here for the 4th of July. If you want to see the Arch, this is the place to be.
By the way, while the elevators to the top of the arch are very small, I highly recommend the trip to the top. I am not claustrophobic but I did find this to be a bit intimidating at first. However, the pay-off was well worth it and the trip up (after a minute or 2) and the trip back down actually became a most interesting event. I don't know about the hippies, but there was nothing offensive about anything or anyone during our trip up or down.

CurbCrusher 06-23-2010 08:20 PM

St. Louis was a stop on June 12th, along a big swing out west for us. While sitting in the hot tub at the Rafter J some folks told us the secret to the Arch was to go early. I bought tickets online (with free garage parking thrown in) for 9:20. We left Babler State Park around 8:00, got parked and walked to the Arch by about 8:45. We went inside (no line for security) and they let us board the next tram to the top. There were a few people at the top, not packed by any means, and it did not smell.
We took pictures and hung around for a while and then took the tram down without waiting in line. By the time we hit the bottom it was probably 9:45 and there were still not lines for the trams going up.
After wandering around the museum, and letting our daughter do the Jr. Ranger book, we left the Arch around 10:45 and the line to get past security was stretched most of the way up the ramp.

phays 06-24-2010 04:16 PM

I too recommend the Casino Queen RV Park. If you aren't going to be there overnight there appears to be ample parking in an area just before you get to the RV park. I've stayed there twice. The first time with my two grandsons (age 9 and 11) and the second time on a business trip. On both trips I took the metrolink across the river. The arch is the first stop after you cross the river.

Coming in on I-70 you will exit on the left. Watch for your exit carefully. I missed it the last time and ended up in downtown St. Louis with my MH and toad. Fortunately it was Sunday and I was familiar with downtown St. Louis so I made it back across the river without too much trouble.

Oh, the casino will not allow anyone under 21 to enter. I had hoped to utilize their restaurants with my grandsons but struck out on that one. The sites on the south side of the rv park are a little larger and have a bit of grass.

Olive 06-24-2010 05:06 PM

I too recommend the Casino Queen RV Park although I've never actually stayed there. A few years ago I decided to stop by St Louis on my way to IA and was directed to the Casino Queen Park. It was almost July 4 so of course they were full but they have or did have large spaces marked off in front of the fence outside of the park for RVs to boondock free. I could not use park facilities, which I didn't need, but did get the shuttle to the river. May be another option if the park is full. I saw security frequently in the lot.

St Louis on July 4 was wonderful, one of my favorites and I lived in DC a few years. They have a fair around the grounds of the Arch. Backed up to the fence I could sit in the MH and watch the fireworks. Had great view and no heat or bugs. It was very hot.

May be an option for you Bill A if those spots are still there. They are on the left as you enter the park just marked off on the gravel of the lot. They are plenty wide to set up. There were several of us there when I was there.

RJay 06-24-2010 05:13 PM

I was at the Arch today and surprised by how high the Mississippi has risen, it is now 5' above flood stage and the road that runs parallel to the river is under 2' of water. The sightseeing helicopter pad and the paddle boat tours are shut down because of the flooding but nothing else that I could see is effected. If the OP can't stay at the casino I would suggest staying at the Sundermeier RV Park in St. Charles, MO Exit 7 off I-370. From there you can either drive into St. Louis, or take the Metrolink from the Lambert Airport Station. A parking garage is about 200 yards from the Arch and the Metrolink station is across the street from it.

Bill Adams 06-24-2010 05:26 PM

The President Casino (the Admiral) is also closed due to the flooding (just N of the attractions you mention). Since it was scheduled to close forever on the 28th of this month I suspect that they really don't care at this point and if the water did recede in the next couple of days I doubt they would open for the last day or 2. When it's over, it's over!

JeffAZ 07-11-2021 10:17 AM

Does anybody have any informative updates to this 11 year old thread, concerning the Arch and nearby camping facilities? Especially with the Covid circumstances?

n2zon 07-11-2021 10:56 AM


Originally Posted by JeffAZ (Post 5827155)
Does anybody have any informative updates to this 11 year old thread, concerning the Arch and nearby camping facilities? Especially with the Covid circumstances?

We were there in early May, and had no trouble finding a nearby campground. (Sorry, don't recall which we used.) At the Arch, masks were required indoors, and only people in the same group could occupy a pod, which cut their capacity by perhaps half. They strongly suggested buying tickets in advance, which we did.

We found the museum in the visitor's center worthwhile. It takes a couple of hours to see all of it, in addition to the time it takes to wait in line, ride a pod, see the view from the top, etc.

mkeitsock 07-11-2021 11:14 AM

We were there in May and stayed at 370 lakeside park campground, beautiful campground on a lake, FHU, about 20 minutes northwest of downtown st. louis. Spacious sites big rig friendly. Off rt 370. The arch limits time at the top to 15 minutes. We also visited US Grants home and the Cahokia mounds, just across the river in Illinois, mounds were awesome, it is a world heritage site. Also visited the city museum in st louis, really cool. As far a rv parking around or near the arch, do not know, we had our toad with us.

David 70 07-11-2021 11:32 AM

St. Louis Arch
Maybe I should check the dates on posts. I read the entire first page and was wondering why the Mississippi was flooding since we are in a drought hiere in Minnesota where the Mississippi starts.:facepalm:

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