Campgrounds in California are reporting higher occupancies this year than last year, according to the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. “Great weather and lower fuel costs have encouraged more people to travel across the state,” said Debbie Sipe, the association’s executive director.
“Our San Diego traffic is up about 17 percent,” said Clint Bell, general manager of the San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista, adding, “I think people are getting out to explore the nation a little more.” At the opposite northern end of the state, the owner of Kamp Klamath said his resort’s occupancy was up 50 percent. Not faring as well are lakefront campgrounds, which have been hurt by drought and declining water levels.
Campgrounds in other western states also seem to be faring well. Kampgrounds of America reported in early September that occupancies were up 4.5 percent overall in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado.