5 Tips for Booking the Perfect Campsite

5 Tips for Booking the Perfect Campsite

Camping is a timeless summertime staple that transcends generations and provides enduring fun, memories, and experiences for nature-lovers from all walks of life — but if there’s one thing that can throw a wrench in the plans it’s neglecting to properly book the right campsite. Securing the perfect spot is no longer as simple as it once was; with so much interest in outdoor recreation these days, it’s no longer easy to just pull up at a campground on any given day without a reservation. Planning, more so than ever, has become paramount. Fortunately, there are plenty of tips and tricks that are sure to whittle down the uncertainty and stress, and guarantee that your pending camping trip is as magical as you hoped. Here are 5 tips for booking the perfect campsite with ease.



Naturally, proper planning is the most pivotal piece of the puzzle when it comes to booking your ideal campsite. That’s because, as wonderful as it is that so many people are interested in camping, the increased interest has made it a blatant necessity to plan in advance. Especially in the summer and early fall months, when a vast majority of folks are clamoring for the same sites, it’s imperative to map out your desired location, find the campground of your choice, and book whatever site(s) that you’re able to snag — ideally months in advance, especially for weekends or holidays (trust us). 


Let’s face it, though: planning can be easier said than done. Particularly when it comes to plotting an otherwise leisurely trip into the wilderness. It might seem counterintuitive to plan a summer camping trip in winter, but for some of the more popular campground areas — like Yellowstone, much of Colorado, Utah, etc. — it’s basically vital, lest you wind up camping hours away from your desired destination. One step that can come in clutch in the planning process is to set reminders on your calendars. While doing research for future outings, look at campground websites and note what dates they open reservations on, and simply set reminders so that it’s out of mind until it needs to be.


Not all campsites are the same for every type of camper — quite the contrary, in fact. A site that might work for someone might be totally unsuitable for someone else, and while some folks might be looking for bells and whistles, others prefer a more primitive off-the-grid experience. Doing some cursory preemptive research will show you a wide assortment of camping styles, and coupling that with the destination of your choice, you’ll have a clearer determination of what works for you, and which types of sites you should be prioritizing. For instance, backcountry campsites are rougher options that require backpacking out into the wilderness to reach a primitive site, while frontcountry offers comfier confines for car camping gear and van-lifers. Developed campsites are typically well-trod sites run by campgrounds that list amenities available, or you can go the opposite direction with a primitive campsite that usually has zero amenities. Then there are group campsites, which usually entail a minimum number of campers to book, and often feature group-friendly shelters. The choice is yours, just be sure that you’re selecting the type of site that best fits your needs.


Another key factor when booking is budget. Contrary to some preconceived stereotypes, not all camping is free or cheap. In fact, some sites can be downright decadent, as a result of factors like campground amenities, peak season, and proximity to national parks and other attractions. For these reasons, have a budget in mind so that you’re not overextending yourself on a site you hadn’t allocated for, and be sure to remember inevitable costs related to food, activities, and transportation and gas. This is another instance where it pays to book well in advance, too — if you’re looking at sites months ahead of time, this is when you’re most likely to find deals.


For all the aforementioned variables, it’s important to maintain realistic expectations while searching for that perfect campsite. Try not to get attached, or too presumptuous, about a particular campground or campsite. Things change, prices vary, and demand ebbs and flows — so it’s hard to monitor this process with precision. Try to be flexible, and open to different dates and locations, so that you don’t get disappointed if things don’t work out exactly as hoped. Rest assured, there’s a whole big beautiful world out there, and there are plenty of alternatives and backup plans that might lead you to something better than you could have ever imagined.


The Vernal / Dinosaurland KOA Holiday combines natural wonders, fascinating history, and modern comforts to create an unforgettable vacation experience. This KOA campground is the ideal location for exploring the local area, and there is plenty to do right on the premises. You can learn more about the ancient history of these fossils by visiting museums and exhibits, or explore the beautiful natural landscapes with slot canyons, arches and more. You can stay at one of the RV Sites, Deluxe or Camping Cabins, and Tent Sites to make unforgettable memories with your family or friends. You can even book your RV Rentals through our partnership with RVshare. You can also inquire about extended stay or group stay options to get the most out of your camping experience. Staying at our campground will not be complete without trying some of our awesome features, including miniature golf, glamping, giant jenga, E-Bike rentals, and more!

From exploring dinosaur fossils to immersing yourself in outdoor adventures, this campground has something to offer every visitor. Reserve a campsite today for your next camping adventure!

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