5 Ways To Avoid Crowded Campgrounds
It’s safe to say there are few people who like going camping in crowded campgrounds. Most of us camp to get away from the noise and hubbub of day-to-day life.
The problem is that camping is more popular than ever because more people have discovered RV camping in recent years. It seems everyone wants to get away in their RV these days. This is leading to more competition than ever to get a campsite.
We’re also seeing crowded campgrounds full of the very hustle and bustle we are trying to escape. Luckily, we’ve found five ways to avoid crowded campgrounds so you really get away from it all in your RV.
1. Plan ahead
It’s easier to avoid crowds if you plan your travels ahead of time. RV LIFE Trip Wizard and RV LIFE Campgrounds are both invaluable tools for finding campgrounds off the beaten path and seeing what other campers have to say about them. You can also use the RV LIFE App to get RV-safe GPS directions based on your vehicle’s specifications.
2. Avoid camping in July and August
July and August are the busiest summer months for camping. Children are out of school and families are seeking to vacation and enjoy the summer together.
If you opt for shoulder season camping instead, you’ll find a lot fewer campers in the campgrounds. Usually, it’s warm enough to camp in most places by the middle of May and into June. September to mid-October is also usually a quiet time to camp, and camping in the fall lets you enjoy the beautiful colors of the changing leaves.
3. Avoid traditionally busy areas
You can find a quieter campground when you avoid places that are traditionally busy. For instance: Yellowstone National Park is known to be crowded, but you’ll find some campgrounds nearby that are less packed than campgrounds in the park. You’ll also find that RV parks near urban areas will often be more crowded than campgrounds in more remote locations.
4. Camp on weekdays
Many RVers choose weekends for camping getaways. It’s particularly hard to avoid the camping crowds on long weekends. If you want to avoid crowded camping, you’ll need to be different and go camping on weekdays when you’ll find a lot more empty campsites.
5. Consider boondocking at a dispersed camping area
You’ll often find fewer people at dispersed campgrounds. However, this is because you won’t find any services (electricity, toilets, water or sewer hookups) at dispersed campsites. If you are okay with being self-contained and off-grid in your RV, dispersed campsites provide an amazing opportunity to camp without many other people around.
Dispersed camping provides two other appealing benefits as well: it’s free and you won’t need to reserve in advance. Although there is no fee for dispersed camping, it’s a good idea to register at the ranger station when you arrive so they’ll know you’re there. You can find dispersed campsites on BLM land and National Forest land.
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Lynne lives, travels, and works full-time in a Forest-River R-Pod 180 with her 2-pointers, Jolene and Annabelle. Lynne has been an enthusiastic RVer for over 35 years. And then one day in 2019, she began full-time RVing as a lifestyle experiment. She quickly fell in love with the convenience, freedom and minimalist lifestyle offered by full-time RV living. Lynne is a professional writer and has been a professional dog trainer since 1995. You can read about her travel adventures on her R-Pod Adventure blog, R-podyssey at: http://www.rpodaventure.com
Len Zuga says
All good advice that has stood us well over the last twenty or thirty years in both National and state parks but the explosion in the RV industry and Covid era popularity of getting outdoors have put pressure on any full service “camping “. We note that electric only or simple tent sites continue to adhere to this description.
Tom G says
With school starting the first week of August in many parts of the U.S., the campgrounds seem to booked solid for weekends, but not through the week.
Watch school schedules, though, Fall Breaks can bring a flood of people camping.