Camping has always been one of the most beloved outdoor activities, and since 1970, June has been National Camping Month. Which not only represents the beginning of summer but also the best time to start participating in various outdoor activities. Camping is perfect for family, friends or just to enjoy and embrace nature by yourself. The air and beauty of the outdoors are always invigorating and desirable. Camping is a very popular activity that also allows children to actively take part outside of school. Enjoy camping at your own pace, leave all electronic devices behind, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. That's why we have compiled a list of the types of camping and the very worthy campgrounds in the country. It can make your June outdoor activities more exciting.
Types of camping
What you need to know is that not all forms of camping are right for you. Some camping is for enjoyment, while others test your abilities. After carefully browsing through these types of camping, you can pick the best way for you.
Ordinary tent camping
This is the most common type of camping, as long as the tent can be set up in outdoor places. For example, parks, and forests can be set up as tents as resting places. Camping at a campground is also a great way to get your family and friends involved in outdoor activities. Tent camping tests the ability to set up and secure a tent, as well as how to cook outdoors. Even in a well-equipped campground, there are shared restrooms and other facilities. This type of camping still requires some experience.
RV & Car Camping
Also a very popular form of camping, this is more suitable for long-distance or road trips. Many state parks or campgrounds allow RV or car camping, or you can search for specialized RV campgrounds. In the case of RV camping, it is generally not necessary to bring a special camping tent, and using a pop-up canopy as an outdoor dining space is enough.
This is the kind of camping we've recommended before for newbies and parents. Camping most conveniently and affordably. Backyard camping also gives you a reason to get outside without having to go far. There is no need to feel stressed, everything you need is within reach and safe. There is also no need to share sanitary facilities with others, but you can also experience the fun of camping outdoors.
This is a luxurious way of camping, where the glamping company usually provides the site as well as the tents. The tent will be fully equipped with beds, cabinets, and other things that you would normally have in a room. This is more like a vacation style because you don't need any equipment other than your personal belongings. This way takes away the stress and hassle of traditional camping but of course more expensive in terms of price.
Outstanding campground recommendations
There are 113,000 federally managed campgrounds across the country, but not all of them have great views. Every state has a campground with spectacular views, but this compilation is a look at the best camping sites across the country.
Dry Tortugas National Park
This national park is located in a small archipelago of coral islands about 70 miles west of Florida. It can only be reached by boat or seaplane. It has miles of clear blue water and colorful marine life as well as the unique coastal fortress, Fort Jefferson. Camping is also available at Garden Key, but transportation is by ferry only and you will need to book in advance. You will also need to make reservations in advance with the park if there are more than 10 people. There are 8 sites in the park and each site can accommodate 6 people.
The only facilities at the campground are tables and grills, no showers or WiFi or electricity, and the restrooms will be closed from 10 am to 3 pm. The rest of the time, you can only use the facilities of the ferry on the pier. It can be said that this is almost an isolated campground. So before you come here, be prepared to have enough water, at least two gallons per person per day, and enough food. It is also important to note that the ferry does not allow compressed gas tanks. The cost of the campground is $15 per night, cash only.
Joshua Tree National Park
Although Joshua Tree National Park is called a park, it is made up of huge deserts and rocks, including a variety of trees and towering mountains. Not only can you camp here, but it is also a hiker's paradise, with piles of giant rocks. Remember to book in advance during the high season from September to May. 124 sites are available at Jumbo Rocks Campground, and RV camping is available.
The maximum length of an RV is 35 feet, so you need to pay attention to the right side of your RV. The campground provides toilets and tables, but you'll need to bring everything else, such as enough food and water. You will need to bring your fuel for the fire, as the climate here is very dry and you will need to be extra careful when you build a fire. Each camping site can accommodate up to 6 people for $20 a night.
Glacier National Park
A U.S. National Park located in northwest Montana, on the Canada-U.S. border. There are two major mountain ranges, over 130 lakes, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. An estimated 150 glaciers exist in the park, with only 25 active glaciers remaining by 2010.
There are 13 campgrounds, of which Apgar Campground and Sprague Creek Campground will require reservations during the high season. The other campgrounds are still available on a first-come, first-served basis. Summer camping rates range from $10 to $23 per night. Many campgrounds have stores, but each campground has different shower facilities, and some will offer showers for a fee. Also, beware of the park's wildlife and keep your distance from them for safety.
Garden of the Gods Recreation Area
Located in southern Illinois, this area has unique rock formations and views of forested pristine hills that stretch for miles. In addition to these views, you can also experience horseback riding and game hunting. The Gardens of the Gods Recreation Area has a total of 12 campsites and is open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. The picnic area and observation deck are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The campgrounds here are better equipped and offer fire pits, picnic tables, toilets, and drinking water. Each camping site can accommodate up to eight people and costs $10 a night.
Zion National Park is Utah's first national park, with 229 square miles of breathtaking scenery. And Watchman Campground is in the middle of it, with 189 campgrounds, 90 of which have electricity. However, reservations are required for the campgrounds. And the maximum size limit for RVs is 40 feet. The weather in Zion is very changeable in the summer, with monsoons from mid-July to September, so keep an eye on the weather before heading out to camp.
The campground has excellent facilities, including water, toilets, barbecue grills, firewood, and laundry provided for use. The cost is more expensive than other campgrounds, $30 a night for a campground with electricity and $20 a night for a regular campground. Group rates vary depending on the number of people, from $50.00 per night for 7-12 people, $90.00 per night for 16-25 people, and $130.00 per night for 26-40 people.
Tips for camping
If this is your first outdoor camping trip, these tips will be very useful.
- Check the local weather conditions ahead of time and be prepared for this.
- Always bring extra water and food, you won't know when you'll need them. For safety reasons, bring medical supplies.
- If you want to create a nice private environment, a pop-up canopy with sides can help.
- Choose easy destinations and travel in groups, as unfamiliar outdoor environments are likely to be confusing. So it's safer and easier to travel with a friend.
- Finally, if you're camping alone. Send your destination and itinerary to your family and stay in touch.
I am sure you will be able to enjoy nature and have fun during this national camping month.