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Pursuing outdoor adventures and recreation usually involves camping and RVing. For the outdoor enthusiast, camping is often secondary to great outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, and tours of your favorite national landmarks, national parks, and national forests.
Like most campers and RVers, you probably use tools like RV LIFE Campgrounds or the RV LIFE app to find a campground. While you will always find the campgrounds you need with those great tools, you won’t understand the full breadth of amazing facilities and recreation activities offered by Recreation.gov, or be able to make reservations for national parks, forests, and other federal recreation sites unless you visit Recreation.gov yourself.
Bring home a story
Outdoor recreation is not only about seeing some of this country’s great natural resources, it’s about bringing home a story. Whether you’re hiking, teaching your children how to fish, or just toasting s’mores around the campfire, you want to create lasting memories and bring home a story of the experience that you’ll remember for decades.
All of those memories begin with a visit to Recreation.gov. From camping to cultural tours to white water rafting, Recreation.gov offers a range of outdoor adventures at over 3,600 federal recreation facilities and more than 103,000 individual locations, including over 74,000 RV campsites.
Recreation.gov partners with over a dozen federal agencies to deliver information and reservations for camping, RVing, backcountry adventures, historical tours, ranger-led experiences, hunting and fishing, boating, and so much more.
Search for activities and recreation sites
Visitors to Recreation.gov can find locations or activities by using the search bar on the homepage and typing in the name of a campground, tour, or destination. You’ll also be able to search for national parks, national forests, and other federal recreation sites. Search for activities using keywords such as “camping”, “RVing”, or “rafting.”
Finding location-specific resources is easy as well. Simply type the name of a city or state, or using a phrase like “camping near Denver” for more specific results.
A quick search for “Camping near Colorado” yields a map with associated Recreation.gov campgrounds, bordered by an informative panel showing recreation areas, points of interest, camping, and day-use areas, all of which can be booked right on the web page.
When booking a campsite, planning a tour, or applying for a permit, visitors can also read ratings and reviews from other visitors to help inform their travel planning.
Tours and tickets
Clicking the Tours & Tickets link will take you to a map of exciting and educational tours at national parks, forests, and other federal recreation sites like White Sands National Monument, Independence Hall, Carlsbad Caverns, and Joshua Tree National Park. Once you’ve decided on your tour adventure, you can reserve your tickets directly from the information panel.
Recreation.gov also provides a link for permits that are required for some activities. Here again, all of the tools and resources are conveniently located right on their beautifully designed, easy to navigate website.
Find your next adventure
Finding your next adventure is made even easier with the Recreation.gov app, available for iOS and Android. The Recreation.gov app helps you find and reserve campsites and tours, review points of interest and location details, and quickly access information on past and upcoming reservations.
If pursuing national parks, forests, activities, and recreation at our nation’s top outdoor facilities and resources is for you, then so is Recreation.gov. The team at Recreation.gov has done an outstanding job of putting together a rich and attractive resource for finding your next adventure.
Find information and inspiration, book your next trip, and bring home a story by visiting Recreation.gov today!
All around RV industry enthusiast who has been RVing for 8 years and enjoys trips with his wife and dogs in their diesel pusher.
Damian Neeld says
Awesome website. Thanks for the information. Ten years ago we were RV’ing blind when we showed up at National Parks. This is very helpful to have the information before we even leave home. Great work.
Bob Miscavage says
Many of us are discussed with using recreation.gov to reserve camp sites. Their web site isn’t user friendly and don’t always show campsites available. Their fee is to expensive and some complain their cancellation fee is to expensive. So many won’t cancel. They just don’t show up. Because the have a monopoly it don’t seem like they care to prove their site. Many people complain about them on rvtravel.com
Sherry Brown says
Why are so many parks closed for the winter in Texas? Winter is much better camping temperatures than summer.
Patricia Nash says
I wo uld like to reserve a RV site at Dunes State Park, Chesterton In. What number do I call to make a reservation?
Kim l Erl says
Whatever happened to the days when you can just say ” Hey, let’s go camping this weekend,” drive into a campground of your choice, go into the office, some places let you go in and pick a site, pay (for the site only, no extra reservation fees) and enjoy the stay. I’ll tell you what happened, MONEY, GREED! The parks realized they could make a fortune charging extra fees for having to make the reservations and they can keep all of your money when people, for whatever reason, don’t or can’t show up. Having to make and pay for camping MONTHS in advance just doesn’t make any sense at all. Life gives you curve balls. Bad weather, jobs, death, all kinds of unexpected situations come up. Do they care? NO. They have your money! They just sucked the fun out of our little bit of pleasure and made it more expensive and stressful! And the same things happening at the National Parks. It’s a D***M SHAME !