Discover Popular Campgrounds in America
Each year thousands of Americans travel to national parks and other outdoor locations to go camping. The National Park Service alone lists over 200 sites that offer camping facilities. The best places to camp offer quality recreational, cleaning, cooking and historic services and educational events for the entire family.
Cave Springs, Arizona Campgrounds
Cave Springs Campgrounds is located 14 miles outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. The grounds are open for use from April through November. Fishing, hiking and swimming are activities that individuals and families can engage it at the campgrounds. Campers can bring their pets to the campgrounds, but they must keep them leashed.
Bring plenty of food to eat or prepare at the site to allow for a long four to five day stay. Equipment and services available to campers include hot showers, cold running drinking water, grills, picnic tables and vault toilets. Trailers or mobile homes up to 36 feet long are allowed. Campers can rent space at the campgrounds for one day for about $7. Showers cost about $3 to operate.
Grand Canyon National Park
Both campgrounds are on the park’s South rim. Individual and group camping locations are available at both sites. Campers can visit the Canyon Village Marketplace to get hiking gear, access ATM machines or mail correspondence at the local post office. The fee to camp at the Mather site for two vehicles and six people is about $15 per night. It costs about $24 per night to camp at Trailer Village for two vehicles and six people.
Desert View and North Rim are open from May through October and cost about $10 per night for two vehicles and six people. Both campsites offer similar amenities as do Mather and Trailer Village with the difference being that North Rim campgrounds are close to the Grand Canyon and Kaibab lodges.
The Lodge has restaurants and a snack bar. Campers can go fishing, mule riding, hiking or bike riding through the park from the campgrounds. Pets are allowed but they must be on a leash. Reservations should be made between four to six months prior to arrival.
The Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains offer back and front country camping sites. Back country campsites take several miles of hiking to reach and are therefore recommended for agile back packers. Front country campsites are surrounded by woods and are equipped with restrooms, flushing toilets, picnic tables, fire grates and cold running water.
The Cades Cove Campground Store has a snack bar, groceries, film, firewood and ice. Up to as many as eight people per group can enjoy an overnight stay at one of the campsites located throughout the park. Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash. Pets are not allowed on the park trails.
Approximately 1,500 black bears reside at the park so it is important that campers adhere to park and ranger regulations. Adults and children can go hiking, bike riding, fishing, horseback riding, enjoy the waterfalls and observe wildlife. Swimming and tubing are not recommended at the park that is open year round. However, some campsites, particularly those in higher elevations, are open only during spring, summer and autumn. It cost between $14 and $23 per night to camp at the park.