What Is a Conestoga Wagon?
Conestoga wagons are a symbol of America's pioneering spirit. Imagine yourself setting out for adventure and traveling with all your worldly goods when you spend the night in one of these large, covered wagons.
At select KOA locations, you can choose to stay in an authentic Conestoga wagon that looks like it is straight out of the pioneering days. However, it is equipped with modern amenities and sleeping arrangements. These wagons are the perfect blend of historical ambiance and contemporary comfort.
What Is Covered Wagon Camping?
Conestoga wagon camping, also sometimes more generally called "covered wagon camping," combines the thrill of sleeping under the stars with some of the luxuries of home. Unlike the pioneers who had to sleep under their wagons, you will be laid out in style. Conestoga wagon lodgings have a large dome canvas top and plenty of room inside for you and a few of your friends or family members.
Each wagon comes equipped with a large king-size bed and two sets of bunks. It also has lots of space to enjoy a tasty cup of coffee you can brew fresh from the coffee maker within. Climate control ensures you never have to worry about the nights getting too hot or too cold. Plus, nearby shower facilities mean you do not have to go days without washing like some weary settlers from bygone days.
The History of the Conestoga Wagon
If you have watched a movie or TV show about the Old West, then you have undoubtedly seen the famed covered wagon. These canvas-topped, animal-drawn wagons were the preferred mode of transportation as settlers made their way West during the 1800s. Although the large and bulky Conestogas are commonly associated with the Oregon Trail, they were actually too large to make the epic journey. Instead, it was the smaller prairie schooners that pioneers used to cross the prairie.
The first known Conestoga wagon was crafted in the early 1700s by German settlers in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It featured a huge frame designed to carry up to three tons of goods. Although it was too large for the westward expansion, the Conestoga helped settlers migrate throughout the Appalachian Valley.
Once the transcontinental railroad made its way west in the 1860s, the Conestoga wagon fell out of use. Its image, however, continues to capture the imagination of all those infatuated with the Old West.
Why Camp in a Conestoga Wagon?
Because of its connection with adventuring pioneers, the Conestoga wagon remains an enduring symbol. Camping in a Conestoga wagon allows you to relive its glory days. Available at some KOA locations, you will find that these spacious glamping wagons come well-equipped with all the comforts you need for an extended vacation with the whole family.
Our authentic Conestoga wagons come with a plush king-sized bed, two sets of bunks and air conditioning to ensure you are cozy and comfortable no matter how long you stay. For Conestoga wagon KOA camping destinations, contact us today.